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[Alternate cover edition for ASIN: B00RY202VO]

A relentless enemy eats away at the frontier of human occupied space, altering human colonists to their purpose in the process. Ahead of the invasion front a young girl is forced to flee from her home world. On the starliner carrying her family to safety, she vows to her father to defend their new home, and twenty years later s
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Kindle Edition, 310 pages
Published May 2017 by All or Nothing Books (first published January 31st 2015)
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Bruno Goncalves
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Anvil of Dust and Stars is one of those books that you don’t see coming, not only due to the cover art and summary not doing it any justice, but also because of the way in which the story itself develops.

Up until about the 50% mark I’d say it was an enjoyable read. I had by then noted that I was reading an imaginative story based upon well-speculated scientific principles, a veritable hard military sci-fi book (thus hitting my genre preference dead center). But from mid-way onwards the story
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Scott
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nanotechnology and Artificial Intelligence team up to become humanity's greatest threat in a Kurzweil-ian event gone wrong in the far future. A "technological singularity" apocalypse among the stars.

The story follows Sarah Dayson, a constant refugee of the Hive, a self replicating nano horror like a microscopic Von Neumann machine nightmare. Star system after star system is consumed by the Hive, but humanity doesn't go without a fight. Victories against the Hive are few and far between, and Sar
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Sarah Pottenger
I don't know what number of stars to give this, so I'm just leaving the stars blank. :P Honestly, this is not at all my preferred brand of sci-fi. It is much more military and more technical than my usual tastes. So it was a little hard to get through at times, especially in battle scenes, which were very heavy on military lingo and tech speak.

But it was quite well done for a first novel, and Damon (see, I can call him by his first name because I know him :P) was right to self-publish. I hope th
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Brian Espinoza
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very captivating story and it is just the beginning. Really enjoyed the world Mr Alan has created. The main character and subsequent side characters add wealth and substance to the story. It was a bit hard at first with the created lingo however had I read the supplement in the back first, the beginning reading would've been a lot more smooth for me. I am ordering the second book in the series I love how the author flows with the story. You get a sense of being there in every situation. I would ...more
Bruce Parrello
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is not a single story; rather, it is episodes from the life of a remarkable warrior-- Sarah Dayson. The author puts you directly inside Sarah's head. You feel what she feels, and the feelings are completely worthwhile. It is very rewarding to share those feelings. Unlike so many modern protagonists, Sarah does not give in to despair, she moves forward and takes action. Thus, the book keeps you in the action and never drags. As you move through key points in her life, you watch her grow ...more
DAVID
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really Good Storyline

Well I have really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next book in the series.. All being well it will continue with great action
Kelly
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Engaging and exciting!
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Damon Alan was born in Columbus, IN in 1966. He grew up in different southern Indiana locations, moving many times in his youth. Wherever he went, he was always the geek in the crowd, developing an early love for science fiction and fantasy. An avid fan of early sci-fi on TV, he hungrily consumed what was available and was upset if he couldn’t be Spock on the playground. That’s not doing a good jo ...more

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