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The Anvil of the Craftsman

The Anvil of the Craftsman

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by Dale Amidei

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** "Anvil" was honored at the 2013 Best of the Independent eBook Awards with recognition for Best Editing and was also named the Runner-up in both Best Action/Adventure and Best Villain.

"You have love, hate and indifference. Choose."

A doctoral candidate in Theological Studies is recruited by an acquaintance in the U.S. State Department for outreach to


** "Anvil" was honored at the 2013 Best of the Independent eBook Awards with recognition for Best Editing and was also named the Runner-up in both Best Action/Adventure and Best Villain.

"You have love, hate and indifference. Choose."

A doctoral candidate in Theological Studies is recruited by an acquaintance in the U.S. State Department for outreach to the most troublesome province in Iraq. The many challenges of nation building expand the mission from diplomacy into a survival situation, as local and international interests position themselves to oppose the initiative.

Terrorism and counter-terror operations threaten to keep the team from leaving the relative safety of Baghdad, until a former USAF Special Tactics operative hunting the men who want to kill them is assigned to be their protector. Provincial and regional stability stand in the balance as the simple questions posed during a tribal council explode into a clash of loyalty, faith, schism, and betrayal. The outcome will shape the future of two nations.

The Anvil of the Craftsman, the debut novel by author Dale Amidei, will be appreciated by fans of a broad range of fiction; from aficionados of the haunting themes of Ernest Hemingway to readers of the tightly woven plots of Tom Clancy and popular titles of authors like Vince Flynn, David Baldacci, W.E.B. Griffin and Richard Marcinko.

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I am a fan of authors Vince Flynn and Brad Thor, who obviously have been fantastically successful ... you are their equal in writing action novels with great character development ... I think you have hit upon a "vein of gold" in the class of the Tom Clancy/Jack Ryan series.
Fizz and Fangs - CC MacKenzie
A book that grabs me by the throat and doesn’t let go is a very rare thing these days but Dale Amidei managed to do just that. It’s thrilling read which actually made me cry. Thanks for that, Dale. This book more than deserves to be in the best seller lists.

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Dale Amidei
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Jon's Trilogy , #1
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Meet the Author

Dale Amidei lives and writes on the wind- and snow-swept Northern Plains of South Dakota. Novels about people and the perspectives that guide their decisions are the result. It features faith-based themes set in the real world, which is occasionally profane or violent. His characters are realistically portrayed as caught between heaven and earth, not always what they should be, nor what they used to be. In this way they are like all of us. As Dale says: "A novel begins with having something to say. Everything that comes next, developing the characters, the plot, the first draft, the editing, the polishing, all follow this. First have something to say, and then start writing."

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The Anvil of the Craftsman 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I had trouble getting into the book. The names are difficult to pronounce. And the plot jumped from one side to the other, us and them. But it didn't take long to hook me. I found the inter-working of the state dept employees fascinating. The violence was difficult at times, since it's all still so fresh in our minds. But It's a wonderful story really well told. And yeah, it's classified as Christian, but it's not your typical Christian novel by any means.  I wold classify it as  God novel, from all aspects of how we all relate to God. Definitely well worth the read, for men and women. I will look for more by Dale Amilei. In fact, there are two additional books following this one based on the same character.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anvil of the Craftsman has been one of the most enjoyable reads I've had in some time. The characters are multidimensional and passionate in their beliefs, even when it ensures conflict with others. The basic theme of the story - choosing how we conduct our lives, is thought-provoking as we watch a young man struggling with those very issues in a very intense setting. We observe other older characters that show struggle does not end with age or experience, but involves a conscious choice on a regular basis. The action is intense, and the storyline steadily builds to a very satisfying conclusion. But this is not just an action novel by any means. It delves into culture, culpability, personal growth, sacrifices and living with passion and commitment to a higher cause. I recommend it highly to anybody who enjoys delving into psychological, philosophic journeys. I look forward to Amidei's next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for agood read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action novels aren't a typical read for me, but I had a hard time putting this book down. It's an interesting premise and a well written story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read my way straight through all 3 books, barely coming up for air. Not only were they great stories with great characters, they were free of the all too common grammar and editing errors rampant in so many of the self published ebooks I've read(or tried to read!)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While this is a political book on the guise of a thriller it also had a moal ethical dimension
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It follows a diverse group of people as they end up in Iraq on a diplomatic mission that is not particularly popular with all the people there. There is a tough, glad-he-is-on-our-side Air Force officer who deals with bad goes. There is a State Department diplomat and a theology doctoral student whose academics are not doing so well. They are surrounded by a lot of others. The story held my attention. The bad guys are really bad and don't want anything good to happen. Our officer deals with them. A little bit of profanity and lots of blood and guts, but a good story. I would like to read others like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and real hard to put down. This one would make a great movie. A good polished book with non stop action.
Gregory_Carrico More than 1 year ago
I must admit that this title decorated my Kindle for over a year before I read the first sentence. My preconceptions about The Anvil of the Craftsman as a Christian novel kept me from starting what I feared would be a thin veneer of a story wrapped around a preachy message. I couldn't have been more wrong. Dale Amidei has masterfully, almost magically created the total literary package. This book is meticulously edited and formatted, and thoroughly researched. The level of detail goes beyond building an utterly believable world. It pulled me into the story so seamlessly that some of the scenes feel more like personal memories than something I read. With a fairly large cast of characters, I am impressed by the apparent ease with which Mr. Amidei gives each a distinct voice, not only making them real, but making them so engaging that I feel like I know them, both the good guys and the baddies. What I did NOT get from this book was any confirmation of my foolish preconceptions about this genre. This is a beautifully crafted, exciting, thought provoking ride, and any true master of his craft, Mister Amidei makes it look easy. I could kick myself for not reading it sooner. This author has jumped right to the top of my Must Read list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read-action plus lifelike characters plus realistic locations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well written novel combining suspense and military action. The heart of the author love of Iraq and people of divegent backgrounds was very evident
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Be prepared to be transported to a place that not many authors can take you. You will experience an Iraq, torn apart by war, internal civil strife, and struggling warlords. Enter Jon Anthony, a theologian recruited by a State Department offical to assist in 'Nation Building'. A must read for anyone who would like to have a little better understanding of one man's thoughts on how to find common ground and understanding with the people of Iraq. J M Lydon
Anna_ErishkigalAE More than 1 year ago
A heart pounding ride… This book grabs you by the seat of the pants and won't let you go as it drags you by through the IED-laden minefields of Iraq along with the hero/protagonist Jon Anthony and his spooky Special Forces protector, Matt Kameldorn. Along the way we are given fascinating, credible-sounding glimpses into the minds and motivations of not only the Al Qaida operatives, but also some of the ordinary people and tribal leaders who eventually rally against the foreign terrorists in their midst. I will definitely be continuing on with this series, but first, I think I'll go write me some serious Kameldorn fanfiction :-)