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ISBN-13: 9781890586232
Publisher: TIPS Technical Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 12/29/2012
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Ben Chaney grew up with a passion for Sci-Fi and Fantasy that led him to study visual storytelling and illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. After graduation, he worked his way up through the video game industry; becoming a Game Artist, and later, an Art Director.

But storytelling had taken a hold of him at SCAD, and manifested in a pet writing project. Often neglected or pushed aside for other things, "Son of Sedonia" grew slowly over six long years. Somehow, the image of the boy on the slum rooftop stayed stuck in his head.

As Ben honed his craft, the world changed. America plunged into recession, political discord, and uncertainty, triggering a desire for information the likes of which he had never before experienced. Ben's writing, and this book, matured as he did.

Video game development had given him confidence in his abilities. What to do with those abilities became impossible to ignore. That and the ceaseless, loving voices around him, all saying the same thing: "Follow your heart." In June 2012, he left a successful career in game development to do just that.

Son of Sedonia is the result.

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Son of Sedonia 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Suvorov More than 1 year ago
Son of Sedonia takes place in a futuristic, dystopian society where the elite live in a city with all the comforts technology provides and everyone else struggles in the slums outside the walled city. However, unrest is close at hand... Okay, so that is quite the vague summary, but for very good reason. The book starts out with a bang. I mean I was shocked. From the beginning of the book I was hooked. Therefore I can't even really set up the scene for you because that would even be a huge spoiler. Bottom line, this is a really good story and I am actually surprised it wasn't picked up by a major publisher. Maybe author's choice? Anyway, in my opinion, the story was well thought out and I cared about what happened to the characters. I can't resist making one random comment though. I don't know if the author was inspired or influenced by other books or movies, but there is one scene that brought me back to the 1980 movie Flash Gordon. After you read Son of Sedonia, maybe you can comment and tell me what you think. There are five parts of the book and I admit I did not find part three to be as exciting as the others. Again, I don't want to go into details and ruin it for you, because I absolutely recommend this book, but I guess I was hoping for a little more detail. When you get to part three, if you feel the same way, don't worry because part four picks right back up. And the ending... LOVED IT! I did not see it coming and I absolutely love when that happens! I thought the writing and character development was great. While the reader will immediately recognize an obvious, and not traditional, characteristic in Chaney's writing, do not doubt for a second that it is indeed intentional. And it works. In addition, there are a few small jumps back and forth in time, and two major jumps forward. Sometimes I find this distracting, but again, in this case it works. I think you'll be surprised at how well the two big jumps in time work. So when deciding how to rate the book, I made it simple. Five parts, five possible stars. Each part that I really enjoyed received a star- that comes out to 4 out of 5 stars and a pretty strong recommendation. P.S. The cover is awesome. It's even better in actual print!
GotZombie More than 1 year ago
I only picked this book up as the author gave it away on Reddit and I needed something to read at the cottage. I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. This book was well written and the plot, while not always original, kept me sitting in the hammock and glued to the page. Definitely one of the better self-published books I've read (and much better than some more traditionally published fiction) and I'll definitely check out the sequel when it comes out (it definitely set up a sequel).
plappen More than 1 year ago
This story is about a young man who is the spark needed to bring change to a near-future Earth. Less than 100 years from now, Sedonia City is home to over 40 million people. It is a bright, shining city, with giant skyscrapers, and neural implants called meurals that can provide any needed distraction. On the other side of the half-mile high Border is the Rasalla slum. Home to another 20 million people, it was cut off from the Future like a diseased limb, and allowed to collapse. A gang called the T99 runs the slum. Among its residents are brothers Jogun and Matteo. If an airship, for instance, from Sedonia City is unlucky enough to crash in Rasalla, within minutes it is stripped clean of every useful bit of electronics. Anyone found alive in the wreckage is quickly murdered. During a paramilitary crackdown to root out suspected "terrorists," Jogun is taken away. Matteo manages as best he can, until, several years later, he too is taken into custody (Matteo is not your average slum resident). He finds himself in a prison on the Moon, where the inmates are forced to mine an element called Helium-3. It seems that Sedonia City is in serious danger of using up the entire known supply. If the citizens lose their modern conveniences, things will get very unpleasant for those in power. While in prison, Matteo meets up with Jogun, who tells him some very interesting things about his origin. The prisoners stage a jailbreak, hijack several ships and head back to Earth, where they plan to do something about their treatment by Sedonia City. It seesm like the entire Rasalla slum is in open rebellion, but not if Sedonia City's paramilitary force, the EXOs, have anything to say about it. There are many pitched battles. Imagine this story as "Black Hawk Down" in the world of "Blade Runner." It's got heart, emotion, good writing and plenty of action. It is a gem of a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the better distopic future scifi books I have read recrntly. Will be looking forward to the next book in the series.