Thursday, March 26, 2015

Dawn of Destiny - Review and Interview

Book Description:
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 fiancĂ©e, 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.

Audiobook Description:

The Dawn of Destiny audiobook project is a full adaptation of the first book in the Epic series. It's not your typical “audiobook,” even though technically that's what it is. When people hear “audiobook,” there’s a certain type of thing that usually comes to mind. Most likely it’s the thought of someone reading a book to them, occasionally with music playing in the background. This isn't that.

What you’re going to hear in this project, is more of an audio “experience,” the audio equivalent of a summer blockbuster movie. Over thirty voice actors played a role in this. This is ear-splitting sound effects, bombastic music, and characters shouting back and forth in the middle of a war zone. This is unlike anything you've ever heard.

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Audio Book Review:

As a huge fan of dystopian and science fiction works, I was definitely not disappointed with Dawn of Destiny (Epic Book 1).

This is not your usual audiobook. It is more like listening to a movie without watching the pictures. With lots of background effects and a variety of voice actors to accompany the narrator's reading you are drawn into the story as we are sent on missions with Scott Remington and his team.

While there is plenty of explosive action, blood gore and futuristic themes, there is also a underlying Christian theme that, while not the main focus of the story, has its relevance. Is this really their destiny?

I enjoyed the eclectic mix of characters that we are introduced to and while there were no deep connections between them, felt that they all worked well together, and did not detract from the story overall.

While there is plenty of drama, I also enjoyed how the author included a number of lighter, offhand and comical comments between characters that had me laughing at the scene.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, and would recommend it to anybody who is looking for something a little different to your ordinary audio-book.

Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 4.5 dragonflies

Author's Bio:
Born and raised in Cajun country, Lee Stephen spent his childhood paddling pirogues through the marshes of South Louisiana. When he wasn't catching bullfrogs or playing with alligators in the bathtub (both true), he was escaping to the world of the imagination, creating worlds in his mind filled with strange creatures and epic journeys. This hasn't stopped.

Now a resident of Luling, Louisiana, Lee spends time every day delving into the world of Epic, the science-fiction series that has come to define him as a writer and producer. Alongside his wife, Lindsey, their son, Levi, and their dog, Jake, Lee has made it a mission to create a series that is unique in its genre—one unafraid to address the human condition while staying grounded in elements of faith.

In addition to writing, Lee works full-time for the Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness. He has also spent time as a church deacon, guitar hobbyist, and New Orleans Saints season ticket holder. He is a graduate of Louisiana College in Pineville.

Connect with Lee:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

Interview with Lee Stephen:

Is there a specific ritualistic thing you do during your writing time?
I jam. I listen to music, I rock out, and I pace incessantly. It helps get me in the mood to write.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?
I’m a notoriously slow writer, so I’ve begun a process where I force myself to write 500 words a day. It’s really helped me a lot, even when the words aren’t “good” and need to be rewritten completely the next day (or further down the road). More important than the writing itself in those instances, I think, is having the dedication of focus. It keeps you in a writing mindset around the clock.

Where do you write?
I have a laptop, so I can write pretty much anywhere. At home I typically set up on our dining room table (which my wife just loves), though I occasionally get out of the house and go to a coffee shop.

Do you snack while writing?
Not snack so much as drink coffee. I’ve been drinking coffee since I was five years old! It was “prescribed” to me as a pinch-fix for asthma, and I’ve been drinking it ever since.

Favorite travel spot?
Wherever I am with my wife. Yes, it’s true! I’d rather be with her in a traffic jam than on a beautiful beach alone.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the review, Pinky! I'm so glad the DOD audiobook was a fun experience for you.