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Jul 22, Ariel Heller-sabet rated it it was amazing. It feels like the author has left things morally ambiguous on purpose. This isn't to say nothing happens, a lot does. Get to Know Us. The attention to all the little details in the world-building are fun, everything from names of favourite beers to classical music get a mention. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations.
Faith Santia is on an expedition and archeological dig in the northern Zenith. The frozen lands is home to the Zenithian tribes. With pyramids and mysterious artifacts being discovered, Faith is on a quest to discover the secrets of the people and of Earth. Only problem that she is encountering is Dr. With his hatred for Faith, he is out to sabotage her expedition and make thing impossible for her. With everything going on between the two warring nations, it's all comes down to these key characters to who this war will turn out. Will it be the mysteries in the northern Zenith that will help pull this war to one side or another?
Will it be the powers that some of these people possess that help win the war? Or will there be another option to this war? The author did a remarkable job creating each person and letting you get a great insight into what makes each tick. Levinson also did a superb job in describing the planet Earth. The way he created this new world and how he is so descriptive, you feel as if you are traversing the world yourself.
I found myself being wrapped up in more in what was going on in the northern Zenith than any more aspect of the book. If you are into epic sci-fi books, then this would be an exceptional read for you to invest the time in. Jun 09, Paul rated it really liked it. The idea that hostility exists between two huge countries based on super-human mental abilities really appeals. There is quite a large cast of characters in Fires of Man.
Initially, things focus on two psionics who have just come into their powers. Stockon Finn and Aaron Waverly act as our guides into the countries of Orion and Calchis respectively. Through them both Levinson has ample opportunity to explore their differing ways of life.
As the narrative expands, chapters begin to include other people involved in the ongoing struggle. Part of the Calchis intelligence community he is a psionic with what I suppose could best be described as sociopathic tendencies. Agent will do anything to get the job done, and I mean anything. He is the perfect weapon — driven, tenacious, critically minded and totally without any moral qualms when it comes to violence or killing to achieve a goal.
It feels like the author has left things morally ambiguous on purpose. In this war there is no such thing as black and white, only differing shades of grey.
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I liked that I could see good and bad on both sides of the conflict. It made things feel far more realistic. Levinson has a writing style that is very easy to get caught up in. The shifts between the main characters keep the pace from flagging and also allows the author to explore every aspect of all the different cultures he has created. The attention to all the little details in the world-building are fun, everything from names of favourite beers to classical music get a mention. This alternate version of Earth is in some ways very much like our own but in others it is entirely different.
Though the two international superpowers of Calchis and Orion are the two most prominently featured societies my personal preference was for the chapters set in the land of Kaito. There is an Oriental flavour to their culture and their interpretation of psionic powers is far more inner-focused and spiritual than elsewhere.
All the different races and countries featured have their own flaws and failings as well as strengths. Religious intolerance, racism and class boundaries are all explored. The good news however is that these comments are presented in such a way that it gives the reader the opportunity to form their own opinion. Overall, I enjoyed Fires of Man. There is plenty going on in the plot, loads of action and some nice unexpectedly thoughtful moments to round things off. I got the distinct impression however that there is a still a much bigger story waiting to be revealed.
There is a narrative strand following a character called Faith and when her story ends in this book, things are still far from over. Jun 08, Sorcha added it Shelves: In the heart of Calchis, a powerful young psion named Aaron Waverly is kidnapped, and forcibly conscripted. Meanwhile, officers Nyne Allen and Kay Barrett navigate the aftermath of their shattered love affair, oblivious to the fact that Calchis draws ever closer to destroying the tenuous peace.
Finally, in the arctic land of Zenith, Calchan archaeologist Faith Santia unearths a millennia-old ruin. This lost temple might just hold the hidden history of psionic powers, as well as hints of a deeper mystery. I have done an interview with Dan previously and it is here Set in an alternative , in an Earth equivalent, there is a secret war being waged, and both sides are training up their psionics in secret to launch a new attack. Aaron and Finn, recruited to their own sides - forcibly in Aaron's case - have to come to terms with dealing with their new powers whilst knowing that they will be used as weapons some time in the future.
Both men have a feeling of isolation, Aaron because he has been physically isolated as part of his training, Finn because he is initially bullied in the training camp, and has to be extracted out to another facility for everyone's safety. There are other strands to the story - Kay Barrett and Nyne Allen are both soldiers that are coming to terms badly with the fallout from their affair. It doesnt help that Kay's brother Tiberian has resurfaced after 7 years and seems to have defected to the other side.
Nyne gets himself transferred an outpost essentially Japan to investigate whether they have any psionics themselves, and this makes him question what he was taught by his own government. Kay, in the mean time, has a rebound affair with Cole, who has been recruited by the mysterious Agent to help execute a plan to destroy the Orion training camp.
Meanwhile, Faith, an archaeologist hand picked by Tiberian, is investigating a pyramid packed in ice, but whose dig is interrupted just as she finds out something she still cant comprehend. Apart from the link to Tiberian, she has no other link to the psionics or what happens next, so it'll be interesting to see where her story goes next. The last part of the book is the attack on the Orion training base, that is executed well, and demonstrates the heat of battle, where you have both psionics and non psionics fighting together. Damage is done, people are lost, and grieving begins.
We also begin to get an indication of the significance of the Figure In Red. I thought this was a great first in a series, with all the main characters being well rounded individuals, with some being placed in difficult situations. Training didnt get bogged down in too much detail, and some people might be disappointed with that, but I thought it was pitched at about the right level.
It would have been too easy to make everyone like Agent the cold, calculating, agent of death , but this brought that even experienced soldiers are still human. Would easily consider reading the next book in this series at least! Published by JollyFishPress Additional information about Dan and his books can be found at the interview done previously on my blog nordie. Jun 29, Jessica rated it liked it. It's been quite a while since I carved out a block of time to read a Science Fiction Epic. Once upon a time, these were a regular part of my reading regime.
It's the huge worlds that are built, the ample amount of characters that come to life on the page, and the stories that feel bigger than anything I could imagine, that keep drawing me back into books like this. What caught my eye specifically about Fires of Man, was that it dealt with psionic powers. Imagine the ability to harness the energy It's been quite a while since I carved out a block of time to read a Science Fiction Epic.
Imagine the ability to harness the energy around you, and channeling it to perform amazing feats. Summoning balls of fire in your hands, creating personal shields, and even throwing a person across the room without ever touching them. It's hard not be caught up in the idea of that. Which is why, quite honestly, I wanted to get my hands on this book. It bears mentioning that it took me a while to become invested in this story. Fires of Man is told from multiple points of view, and it felt a little jarring to be shuttled back and forth between so many minds. What I liked about this, was that I had the ability to see the war from both sides.
Levinson includes characters from the two camps of this war. All of which have their own flaws and vices. It was nice to see these characters through the eyes of others. The problem was, at least for me, that there were a lot of them. If I counted correctly, there are 7 different people to follow in this book.
That's tough for anyone to keep track of. The other issue with this layout, was that not every story overlaps. While the good majority of these characters at some point have converging stories, Faith's felt completely out in left field. She was the only character who had any resolution, not counting any who may have met gruesome ends, and so I when I reached the conclusion of the book I was confused.
Did her story have a point here? It's possible that she'll make a comeback in the second book, thus making it necessary for her to be introduced here, but I don't know. For now, she felt out of place.
Add in the fact that I felt the ending to be rather abrupt, and I was left feeling a little lost. What this book does well though, is the storytelling. Fires of Man is rich with descriptive writing, drawing the reader into the world that Levinson has built for this psionic war. While most of the settings are similar to our world, they take on a life of their own.
I found myself intrigued by the idea of two separate groups of psionic warriors, two sets of people who have unlimited power, as the only thing stopping the other side from harming the rest of the world. It's a large concept, and one that I'll happily follow. So although I had a little bit of trouble with the way this story was presented, it definitely captured my imagination. I'm happy to have been introduced to Dan Levinson's writing, and I can't wait for more! Jun 22, Marissa Pedroza rated it liked it. This novel takes place on an earth-like planet and the story unfolds through the view point of many characters.
For me, the best part of the novel was the Psionic abilities and techniques that the soldiers were trained in. The possibilities were endless as far as where this series could go in regard to a war between nations using psionic powers. For both of the nations, Calchis and Orion, you delve into the story through the eyes of various characters. One of the things that bothered me was that there were so many characters and background stories, that it was easy to loose your way. You never got a clear understanding of why Calchis and Orion are at war… was it politics, border disagreements, evil vs.
The novel ends on a cliffhanger, but in my humble opinion it does not leave you with an unfinished novel. I personally hate it when a novel in a series does not have a contained plot and I have to go to the next novel to see what happens. With Fires of Man you do get a complete novel, but it ends in such a way as to make you question reality kind of like the Matrix.
This is book 1 of the Psionic Earth series and I am looking forward to the next edition. Would I recommend this novel? There is subplots of romance and the training or warping of young minds in an attempt to harness their psionic abilities. The later half of this novel is spot on and the battle scenes do not disappoint. I would read the next edition because I want to know… If this is earth, what happened to all the countries that currently exist? Who are the indigenous people, and are they our descendants? How did man evolve into beings with pscionic abilities? The plot is persuading enough to make me want to delve further into the new world of Psionic Earth.
Mar 13, Conal rated it liked it Shelves: I received this book as an ARC copy from the author. The author crafted a well designed story that effectively uses psionics by the characters. It detai I received this book as an ARC copy from the author. It details the conflict between the two current major powers Orion and Calchis of the planet and the on-going struggle for supremacy.
It contains a lot of characters that are each detailed in separate chapters regarding current activities. These characters are well written and I found myself interested in each one. My belief was that the author would add some convergence to the character stories being told but I was disappointed in this. The characters at least in this first story of the series stories never really overlap and even those who have some connection seem to be written to separate them from those they already know.
I can say that this did lessen my enjoyment overall in the book.
It left virtually all the plot lines open and the only characters that were killed off had any conclusion. As I am already engaged, I will probably continue as they come out. Mar 02, Ally Shields rated it it was amazing. Fires of Man is the first book in a scifi war series by Dan Levinson, and I can't wait for him to publish the second.
Epic science fiction stories aren't hard to find, but the Psion stories are a worthy and unique addition to the field. The author knows his craft, combining a smooth writing style with a flare for story-telling, an interesting fictional world, and characters you'll care about. Two great nations currently in a cold war standoff are on the brink of open warfare. Both have amassed a Fires of Man is the first book in a scifi war series by Dan Levinson, and I can't wait for him to publish the second. Both have amassed and trained secret specialty units of psions, those humans with the ability to manipulate reality, delivering death and destruction with their minds.
Into this landscape are dropped a cast of fascinating characters, including two young men who are both reluctant warriors; a long, lost brother; a woman afraid to fall in love; a soldier who believes there can be a better way, and a robotic-style human killer named Agent. But what I found the most unique is that likable characters are presented from both sides of the conflict, forcing the reader to root for the characters rather than the cause. The only complaint I have is the book ended on a cliff hanger, and I wanted to know immediately what happened to each of the characters!
Fires of Man is fast paced and reads quickly. Well worth your time. Jul 16, Bonnie Watchko rated it it was amazing. A page turner-- can't wait for the next installment! As a "Trekkie" from the original s Star Trek series, not the other "generations" , this was a great read for me. Unlike the simplistic, monochromatic extra terrestrial cultures of many sci-fi stories, Levinson has crafted a complex, multi-cultural world in The Fires of Man.
However, it should be noted The book is beautifully written with characters A page turner-- can't wait for the next installment! The book is beautifully written with characters that are fully fleshed out and true to life--psionic powers not withstanding. Levinson does an excellent job of portraying female characters who, like their male counterparts, feel the ravages of war.
Characters-- and countries-- for that matter, are neither evil nor good; but rather shades of gray along the spectrum of good and evil. I did enjoy the literary device of chapters devoted to single characters. Although the thread that connects the characters is not fully explored in the first book of the series, I suspect the thread will be tighten in the next two installments. This is an imaginative, well written novel that would translate well to the big screen, in my opinion.
Until that happens, I'm eagerly awaiting Book 2 of the series. Dec 25, Bennett Reiss rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fires of Man is engaging from start to finish. As a person who loves history, follows international relations and global news - the author, Dan Levinson does a great job in creating a world which seems to mirror a modern reality of nation states. While there are other nations mentioned and introduced we still do not know too much about them from the first book, but the seed has been p Fires of Man is engaging from start to finish. While there are other nations mentioned and introduced we still do not know too much about them from the first book, but the seed has been planted which makes me look forward to the future books to learn more about the world the author has created.
The characters draw you in and you yearn to know more about their past and where their POV point of view stories are going. The Psionic powers they employ are a unique creation by the author in which select elite can channel their Psionic ability into almost magical attacks and defenses. The Psionic powers almost mirror secret technologies in the real world which can both protect and destroy.
All in all its a great book which introduces a world which I feel I enter as I read the book. I only wish I could explore more of the world Dan Levinson has created and I look forward to the future books. Apr 20, Evan Quan rated it liked it. The book was decent, if not playing on some cliche parts. It had a lot of cool stuff powers and crap!
Finn thinks- drafted into elite program to hunt traitors or whatever Oh no, what if I hunt down my love don't even remember her name , for no reason AT ALL.
The 2nd book isn't out yet but he made it WAY too obvious. So, I know this is a terrible review, just wanted to throw my thoughts together and write this.. Seriously, what the hell is wrong with me? May 20, Ann Meyers rated it it was amazing. Each side wants to recruit as many people with magic as possible in order to gain the upper hand.
The story is fast-paced and is a quick and entertaining read. The success of Fires of Man does not rely purely on its magical or fantasy element, but on the range and diversity of the characters themselves. Jun 30, Teri Harman rated it really liked it. I grabbed this book off my nightstand one morning, not wanting to get out of bed yet, and started reading. It grabbed me so powerfully that I ended up staying in bed much longer than I should have.
Honestly, though I've watched a lot of science fiction, I haven't read that much. But I'm so glad I read this one. It's complex and intelligent, so well written, and a thrilling ride from beginning to end. I loved the multiple character point of views and how the science fiction world felt rooted in o I grabbed this book off my nightstand one morning, not wanting to get out of bed yet, and started reading. I loved the multiple character point of views and how the science fiction world felt rooted in ours and yet unique to itself. A well conceived plot and emotionally driven characters make this novel a must-read.
Moderate use of foul language, including the F-word, sexual references and a couple slightly descriptive, short sex scenes, moderate violence. Sep 18, Nicholas Rossis rated it it was amazing. One of the best books I've read this year. If you like sci-fi with a paranormal twist, then you'll love Fires of Man. I'm a prolific reader, having bought over books in so far. Hands down, this was one of the top ten.
Heck, one of the top three. Everything was perfect, from the concept to the writing to the characterization. The main story arc a cold war flaring up was presented through a myriad subplots, each narrated through the eyes of a different character. They all had their own m One of the best books I've read this year. They all had their own motives, fears and hopes; from the chilling villain to the child Messiah. One could not help but empathize with them, eagerly reading on to find out what happens to them.
Fires of Man is the first book in a planned series of five.
I'm very much looking forward to reading the next installment in the series. Nov 12, Bailey Ember rated it it was amazing Shelves: An explosive start to a new Sci-Fi series. Dan Levinson manages to draw readers into his world and captivate us with his writing and characters. I think my main praise for Levinson would be his ability to use vivid descriptions to make the reader feel like they are in the world with the characters. Being that this is the first in the series, there is a lot to wrap your head around.
I loved the way that he is able to introduce us to all of the new places and things without us feeling bogged down w An explosive start to a new Sci-Fi series. I loved the way that he is able to introduce us to all of the new places and things without us feeling bogged down with detail.