Available: June 17, 2014 | ISBN 9781939967329 | paperback | 392 pages | 6 in. x 9 in. | World (translation, audiobook) | $16.99 US (trade paperback), $9.99 US (e-book)
Fires of Man
Psionic Earth, Book 1 of 3
by Dan Levinson
In a world where powerful nations wage grand wars with psionic super-soldiers, the outcome of the coming conflict falls to a handful of individuals. Unaware of the part they will play in the great geo-political game, can these soldiers and scientists protect their countries without losing themselves?
In a world where a gifted few can manipulate reality with their minds, two great nations—Calchis and Orion—employ these psionic powers in a covert war for global superiority.
In the heart of Calchis, a powerful young psion named Aaron Waverly is kidnapped and forcibly conscripted. To the north, in the capital, a plan is hatched to decimate Orion, to be carried out by the ruthless operative known only as “Agent.”
In Orion, fresh recruit Stockton Finn comes to terms with his incredible new powers, and learns firsthand how dangerous they can be. Meanwhile, Orion 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.
Amid all this, Calchan archaeologist Faith Santia unearths a millennia-old ruin in the arctic land of Zenith. This lost temple might hold the hidden history of psionic powers, as well as hints of a deeper mystery that could shake the foundations of all mankind.
“This is a book about people first. Yes, it does feature a war between nations, and war and battles dominate the second half, but this isn’t about the nations or about war. The characters are individual from one another, and there is a lot to like about them. They grow and change. They aren’t perfect, and that’s good. The villains are deeply disturbed. Good people do bad things for the wrong reasons, and bad people do good things for the right reasons. Complexity abounds.” —Galleywampus
“Definitely add it to your list if you like sci-fi with political/military undertones and superpowers.” —BooksAreMyThing.com
“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.” —HopelessBibliophile.com
“There is a lot I could say about this book, but I’ll start by saying the writing is excellent. The dialogue feels realistic and it’s quite well edited. There are some really thought provoking subtexts too—the horrors of war, the transition from boy to man to soldier, the value of morals when confronted with the reality of kill or be killed, love, etc. But in the end it’s really just the beginning of something.” —SadieForsythe.com
“A strong and fast-paced plot will keep you invested the entire way through.” —MyAddictionIsReading.blogspot.com
“I'm going to categorize Fires of Man as a sweeping urban sci-fi epic. There's a heavy fantasy element with the psionic powers, and also a strong military/war aspect. It isn't a light read but rather an immersive experience.” —KimberlyLWheaton9.booklikes.com
“This stunning piece of military science fiction avoids the pitfalls of ‘take that hill’ military-speak hoo-rah and delivers solid characters and intricate plotting.” —Abysspexzine.com
“What occurs within is a book that has some top-notch, high-octane action which when blended with some cracking prose alongside pace really demonstrates that Dan knows how to craft a good book. Added to the mix solid dialogue and all round you know that it’s a book with all the right ingredients to keep readers happy.” —FalcataTimes.blogspot.com
“Fires Of Man is well-paced with an interesting plot. It is a very good introduction to The Psionic Earth series and I’m looking forward to the next volume.” —Andy Whitaker, SFCrowsnest.org.uk