by Lee Stephen


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ISBN-13: 9780978850821
Publisher: Stone Aside Publishing
Publication date: 02/27/2009
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

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Epic 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
I’ve been getting back to reading science fiction again. I got away from it for a while and I’ve discovered some exciting new authors and stories lately Author Lee Stephen and his EPIC series are among them. I’m huge on character driven novels and got everything I could ask for with Dawn of Destiny. There’s also a lot of action and intrigue. Several different alien species are attacking our planet. We don’t know why. Their attacks are random and sporadic. The world unites, setting up military bases all over the world. The agenda: attack, eliminate, protect. Our very survival depends on it. From the beginning you are drawn into story. The characters are strongly written. They all have distinctive voices. I could recognize some easily without the author even having to mention who was acting or speaking. How these military units came together, how they learned to work together, and their personal issues were so captivating. I had a couple of favorites right from the beginning, but as new ones entered the story, I found more. I came to care about them, to celebrate their triumphs, grieve over their losses, and rage over the injustices. I also became interested in a few of the not so nice characters. They were equally well developed and their stories were fascinating too. It was hard not to feel some empathy for a few of them. I wanted to let down my guard, as some of the characters in the book did, but I quickly remembered, this is a book, the author doesn’t promise me good things, and anything can and will happen. Boy. did it ever. The battles were strongly written too. Watching a lot of science fiction movies made it easy to visualize these. Especially when it came to the aliens. There are two main ones and they both utilize other alien creatures as weapons. Those are pretty scary. One scene with some necrilids was very chilling and I used the last Predators movie to see that. And I wanted to mention the characters again. When they were first all brought together I pictured the movie Starship Troopers. It wasn’t a blockbuster movie, but I really liked it. The camaraderie of the units, their personal lives, their wins and losses, it all felt similar in Dawn of Destiny. This was the spine of this story and it was strong. As for the ending. I got one. A good one. I knew it was the first book in the series and would leave me hanging so I wasn’t surprised by that. But it did wrap up some things and leave me wanting more. I was glad their would be more and immediately started reading the second book, which takes place three months later. I hope you try this series. You don’t have to love science fiction to enjoy these. They read fast, and even when there’s no shooting, running, screaming, and blowing things up, there’s plenty to keep you glued to the pages.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading "Dawn of Destiny" and I was hooked from the very first page.  I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves a sci-fi novel that has a lot of action and a great storyline. Scott Remington really thinks that it is his duty and his destiny to fight this war. He decides that he has to go on this mission and he has to forget about his former life. The author, Lee Stephen  has given us a fantastic story. I cannot wait to read more from him. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for the purpose of a review and all opinions are my own.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Dawn of Destiny   Epic Book 1    By Stephen Lee    Earth is under attack from various species, the Bakma seemingly the most vicious and persistent in their attacks. Earth's defense is found in EDEN - Earth DEfense Network. When a Bakma attack takes out almost an entire platoon - Falcon Platoon is rebuilt with rookies - a highly unusual situation, but necessary considering the state Falcon Platoon finds itself in. It is to Falcon Platoon based out of Richmond that Scott Remington finds himself stationed. Scott never wanted to go to war, but he feels that this is something he has to do, that this is something that God wants him to do. Scott more than proves himself to the surprise of everyone, but his success may prove to be more curse than blessing. Though there is plenty of action this is more of a character driven story. And more than anything this is Scott's story. This is truly an EPIC performance that you don't want to miss! I was provided a copy of this book by the author through iRead Book Tours in exchange for my review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Lee Stephen in his new book, “Dawn Of Destiny” Book One in the Epic series published by Stone Aside Publishing introduces us to Scott Remington. From the back cover: Some men go to war for the glory. Some men go to war to escape. For Scott Remington, war is entirely different. It is a belief. It is a calling. It is a destiny. Leaving everything behind-his fiancée, his future, his life-he embarks on a mission of faith into a battle he can barely understand. This is his story. This is his war. This is only the beginning. They call this type of story “Military Sci-Fi, me, I call it terrific! Not one but three aliens are attacking the Earth and Scott Remington is just joining the battle. This is a marvelous way to introduce us to the character and the plot simultaneously. When he joins up so do we, when he goes to battle so do we. This is great stuff and the really good news is there really is more. This is only book one in the series there are two more books for those that really really enjoyed this one (hint, hint). These are fascinating characters that seem very real and we feel as though we are part of their team as well. The action and battle realism is intense and there are moments of great suspense. I recommend this book highly. I am so glad I found Mr. Stephen and am so looking forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from IRead Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
This novel is so vivid and larger than life.  The story is fast paced and suspenseful.  It is an in-depth and intricate story that will blow your mind.  Stephen’s straightforward writing style lends itself to the story well.  The possibilities opened by the premise of this novel are endless and frighteningly realistic.  Stephen definitely took the stereotype of Eden and turned it on its head.  Stephen brings some of humanity’s worst fears to life in a wildly imaginative way.   There is lots of scene and world building in this novel, transporting readers directly into the novel.  The beginning is a bit slow as we get to know the characters and the world is built before our eyes, but once this happens, Stephen takes us on a journey that’s out of this world. Everything became so real that I didn’t simply picture the battles as they occurred, I could hear, smell & feel them as well.  The inclusion of maps of the major battle sites made it easier to visualise the who, what, where & how of the situations as well.   I also appreciated the fact that ‘Earth’ isn’t a single people in this novel.  Sure, humans fight together against this outside threat, but they don’t magically become a single people.  The countries remain independent entities with separate cultures and values.  This lends itself not only to an extra sense of realism for the reader, but also to a well-defined cast of characters.  Many of these individuals really stand out, and there were quite a few that I would love to consider friends. Oh Veck!  What a tale & a half.  My final thoughts?  ‘Please Sir, may I have some more?’  (That’s right; Stephen has me cracking out some Oliver Twist to beg for the sequel).   Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
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JDebro More than 1 year ago
I ordered Dawn of Destiny after I discovered the official website for the Epic Universe and became interested in the series. I read Dawn of Destiny and I have to say that this is an awesome book. The characters are great, the setting, pacing of the story, it is all well developed. Author Lee Stephen's direction and vision are clear and well-written. This series also does not pull punches, even faith and GOD are explored in detail. Overall, this is an wonderful series that I would recommend to anyone who is interested. Dawn of Destiny is an excellent starting point to the Epic series. Great series, great author. What more need i say?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dawn of Destiny, the first in a series of books by Lee Stephen. Amidst full-time post secondary and a 30 hour/week job, I somehow found time to read this book in about three days, with the few hours I had to spare. This book had my attention right from the first sentence, and it didn't let it it go until the very last. Lee's writing style made every scene come alive in my mind, so much that it felt like I was plopped into an IMAX theatre. My brain had surround sound. When the scene called for silence, it was dead quiet. At one point in the book during what was called a 'bug hunt,' I was actually startled. Lee created the characters in such a way that it's so easy to empathize with them. They're so incredibly real and fleshed out. There's no cardboard cut-out characters in this book, each of them has a personality that one person or another can identify with.