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"Mike Auburn dangles above the city of Chicago from the beams of a half-built skyscraper. He is seconds from plummeting towards the circuit board of buildings and streetlights below, but oblivion is not what he seeks it s the dead.
Obsessed with discovering evidence of the afterlife, Mike s death-defying stunts have brought him closer than ever to lifting the veil of reality, always just out of reach. However, his ventures to the edge have not gone unnoticed, and a tenebrous organization led by O'Neil seeks to recruit him to their own cause: preparing the city for impending Ragnarok, the end of the world as they know it.
Before long, a world ruled by scientific method and rational thinking is challenged by the supernatural luring the dead, the damned, and the demons that have long awaited the return of magic, and they will stop at nothing to bring it back for good. Suddenly, Mike is at the center of a battle between the forces of reason, of good, of evil and everything in between."
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Richard Heinz’ inspiration for The Seventh Age traces back to his professional history as an electrician, and draws on as his fascination with politics and deep interest in symbology and numerology not to mention countless caffeine-driven hours spent playing Diablo. The Seventh Age: Dawn is Rick’s first book, as well as book one in the sprawling urban fantasy epic, The Seventh Age Series .
When he isn’t navigating the labyrinthine corridors of his own imagination, Rick works as a project manager in Chicago. You can follow Rick on Twitter @CrankyBolt or go Seventh-Age.com to uncover more about the world of The Seventh Age .
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Heinz is a natural story teller, who crafts a thrilling story and a rich setting filled with intrigue, sinister conspiracies and supernatural secret societies. The plot is gripping, well-paced and complexly interwoven, grabbing the reader in the first chapter and keeping them turning the pages to see what will happen next. The line between hero and villain blurs, as each character is the hero of their own personal thread of the story, making each character well-developed, each with distinct personalities and personal motivations. He creates an entire and rich mythology within the pages that leave you anticipating the next in the series!
The Seventh Age: Dawn was a fantastic read. While I am a huge fan of the action scenes (who doesn’t like reading about demons and vampires tearing each other apart in new and creative ways?!), what really kept me glued to the book were the layers of complexity Heinz created within the factions and underworld politics – I can’t wait to see where the sequels will take the story.
The Seventh Age: Dawn is a Great Read The Seventh Age Dawn is a page turner. From the minute Mike appears on the 21st floor of a skyscraper in Chicago, the action never ends. The story moves through the streets and underbelly of Chicago and then on to Minneapolis. Mike is surrounded by freakish friends and acquaintances. A rogue group with their own supernatural gifts set out to save the world from vampires, demons, and ghosts. Heinz is a great storyteller. He has the ability develop intricate characters, fascinating places, while the action speeds along. This is urban fantasy at its best. I can’t wait for the sequel.
I'll be honest, I think there were quite a few scenes in this book that could have been omitted. But, the action scenes were engaging and the main character was quite clever. I liked the writing style for the most part and would recommend Seventh Age to anyone who likes urban fantasy. I will for sure be purchasing the sequel.
Mike Auburn is one of the freshest, sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek, most-interesting-nearly-fourth-wall-breaking protagonists I've had the pleasure to encounter in a book in a long time. Normally I don't go all-in for snarky, quippy characters, but something about Mike's salt-of-the-earth charm really immersed me in this book. READ THIS for Mike's character arc alone. SIX STARS / Five But I have to take one away because the immense amount of world-building in this story could be extremely hard to follow at times. Ironic, too, because it takes place in OUR world, during OUR contemporary time. I would often get the two sides of this great, unseen, occult conflict mixed up. "Which one wanted to resurrect Lazarus and show humanity that magic actually exists, and which wanted to keep it secret?" Also, if I have to read the word "ritual" one more time...!!! The other characters are all right. There were some I didn't care much about who were overdeveloped, and some that I cared a lot for who I didn't hardly know anything. But author Rick Heinz is building a world here - a series that will span multiple books, so he's essentially laying down the zoning permits in this debut "Dawn," and honestly, Mike Auburn was so godamn cool that I'm willing to give Heinz a pass if some of the other characters left me with an unbalanced feeling. The plot is somewhat derivative of a thousand things that came before it (but, c'mon, what's fiction if not derivative?) - but Heinz throws in EVERYTHING in a very unique way, something I've never experienced before in another occult fiction / urban fantasy story. It's got angels, demons, warlocks, vampires, something called a RAKSHASA which had me looking up whatever the hell a 'rakshasa' is. I also had to look up the 'Room of Duf.' I was referencing scenes from the book of revelations. I was googling Illuminati and Freemasons (I don't suggest that, by the way. Hello, FBI!) and the McCarthy Witchhunts of the mid-20th century. So, it's no wonder I said it can be a bit tough to keep track of earlier in this review. So for a reader who's smarter than me and decides to take a couple notes along the journey - I think you'll have an awesome time delving (or should I say "helldiving!") into The Seventh Age: Dawn. (Full disclosure: This review is copy/pasted from my Goodreads page. Also, my purchase was made direct from the publisher - Inkshares.)