Eden, Dawn

Rated 4.89/5 based on 18 reviews
Plagued by the gory memories of Earth’s final days, the loss of his parents, and awakened feelings for a girl his best friend loves, seventeen-year-old Ristan Abel finds himself plunged into a cauldron of turmoil and treason on a brutal, unforgiving planet. Trying to rescue a clan in chaos, he discovers the truth about mankind’s mortal enemies, and the human traitor allying with them. More
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About Archer Swift

Archer Swift lives in the rocking city that is Melbourne, Australia and has now turned his wall map upside down to confuse all his northern hemisphere friends, some of whom are under the impression that Down Under is literally at the bottom of the world. (Maybe because they feel the need to compensate for being behind us in time? Just thinking out loud here.)

After taxing the world with his non-fiction work for nearly ten years, he decided the planet really needed another novelist. You know, due to the chronic shortage of books and the lack of good stories. He's a humble guy who'd prefer not to be lionised for answering this, the world's greatest of needs. He'll gladly accept a simple Facebook page Like as a token of gratitude.

He's got a secret addiction to coffee he’d prefer to remain secret, and spends endless hours staring at sunrises and sunsets. Why? Because he likes them. And he's got a soft spot for genuine acts of kindness*, but prefers not to take stray things home with him. Oh, and he has a serious fetish for all things sport, but that's covered in the opening line ... yeah, Melbourne rocks, baby!

*Genuine acts of kindness include all forms of tree hugging, and all efforts to end world poverty. World peace is strictly the responsibility of Miss Universe.

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Review by: Peter McLennan on Nov. 05, 2014 :
This is a very entertaining read. The author does a great job of controlling the release of information, which creates a good deal of suspense and interest. Just when you think you know what's going to happen, a twist throws you.

The world and its creatures are vividly depicted. You feel like you're there.

I was wary about reading this book as I expected it to have no ending, since it is book one in a series. I need not have worried; the ending is very satisfying.
(review of free book)

Review by: EWs Ghost on Sep. 08, 2014 : (no rating)
I loved this book and can't wait for the rest. You are a very talented writer and sucked me right into the characters and Eden. Keep up the great work and please... due hurry :-)
(review of free book)

Review by: Mary Blackwell on June 14, 2014 :
Some decades ago when I was about nine I started to read the science fiction books alphabetically in my local library. I discovered scifi ranged wildly from tedious descriptions of machinery to incredible new worlds to discover. This book falls resoundingly into the latter category.

It starts with an unknown person waking to the sights and sounds of a clearly alien jungle. We learn about what happened to bring humans to Eden and their experiences on arriving gradually. For me, this was one of the wonderful aspects of this story ... show not tell (ie no long descriptions of history/botany etc).

Without giving too much away, there are situations where Ristan makes hard decisions based on his moral code rather than making assumptions based on shared beliefs. Will this lead to success or doom? I was on tenterhooks throughout my reading; through the twisty turny plots within plots.

I also loved the way that belief in something better than ourselves is explored and of course it's counter-part of power-crazed individuals.

I would heartily recommend this to both adults and young adults. It has pace, struggle, death, survival and a host of surprises/shocks. Violent deaths do occur but these are 'off-screen' and are in context whether the enemy is humanoid, animal or vegetable.
(review of free book)

Review by: Greg Taylor on May 15, 2014 :
I pulled an all-nighter reading this book, so taken with Ristan and his unfolding drama was I. Spaceships, new planets, mystery indigenous humanoids, terrifying blood-thirsty Sabres and Raptors, and the raw drama of human skulduggery all rolled into one gripping adventure. Even the love-interest element felt real and essential rather than cloying and distracting. Highly recommend this first part of The Chronicles of Paradise.
(review of free book)

Review by: RebeccBe on May 11, 2014 :
“Eden, Dawn” is the beginning of an action-packed trilogy. With Earth hemorrhaging, a select group was to start anew on this nightmarish alien planet. Many didn’t survive. The story begins 10 years after arrival, with the fortunate(?) ones that made it. It intertwines in just enough background information, while still dwelling on the present. The dangers are many on this planet, with toxic berries and flesh-ripping raptures to name a few. It felt as if I was pulled into a completely different world, and I can’t wait to get started on Eden, Noon. You will definitely want the best for Ristan Abel, and delight in this captivating Sci-Fi thriller.
(review of free book)

Review by: Dale Gregg on May 04, 2014 :
Wonderful kickstart to a trilogy. Identified with the protagonist in an almost harrowing way. Rist was me at seventeen. Just helluva lot braver ;-). Highly engaging read. Recommended!
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: Helen on May 04, 2014 :
Eden, Dawn surprised me. I picked it up after a friend urged me to do so. Not knowing the author's other works (and I usually stick with what I know), I had little else to go on. I guess I could say I started out as a sceptic, and ended as a fan. A huge fan who can't wait for the second instalment.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Anne R on May 02, 2014 :
Loved it! The story was intense and moved at real pace but there were beautiful moments to catch your breath and imbibe the sights and smells and sounds of an alien planet. I whizzed through it but plan to read it a second time to make sure I catch the full effect of this unique world. Wish I could give it more than five stars
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Amber Milton on May 02, 2014 :
Hooked from the first page. Fell in love with the characters and with every unveiling became more enchanted with this new planet and its inhabitants. That ending. I was, like, yay! ... OWM! ... huh? ... ahh ... whuh? ... Damn! Highly recommended.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Susan Downes on May 01, 2014 :
OMW! Absolutely loved it! Couldn't put it down. Great job!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Melissa Wilson on May 01, 2014 :
Confession: I'm not a young adult, and don't usually read YA fiction. Urged to read this by a friend, I was transported back a decade (or so) by the reality of the protagonist. The self-doubt, the over thinking, the reluctance, and at times, silliness was spot on making Ristan very engaging and endearing. I was rooting for him every step of the way. A very enjoyable read I highly recommend whatever age you are and whatever genre preference you have.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Penny Smith on May 01, 2014 :
Wow, that ending. My head’s spinning. Fantastic read. When is Eden, Noon available? Please don’t make me wait too long!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Nicky Bruce on April 30, 2014 :
I just finished reading Eden Dawn and felt completely pulled into this new planet and the characters' desperate struggle. For all his foibles, the protagonist quickly crept into my heart and I was just about out of breath by the end. A thrilling conclusion that immediately evokes a hundred questions. Now I wait eagerly for Noon.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Wendy Song on April 30, 2014 :
Really enjoyed it ... and I'm hard to please;-)
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Matthew Palmer on April 30, 2014 :
Well done, Mr. Swift. You’ve got me. I don’t read much to be honest. I got tricked into being a guinea pig in the sneak peak ten thing by my girlfriend. (What have you done for love, hey?) Enjoyed the preview, loved the book. And now like a groupie I wait in anticipation for the next book.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Judy T15 on April 30, 2014 :
I also became a fan reading the ten chapter sneak peak. Eden Dawn did not disappoint. Haunting yet hopeful, it kept me up all night. Layers upon layers until a thrilling conclusion segued into an intriguing cliff-hanger. Bring on Eden Noon.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Anthony McHugh on April 29, 2014 :
Very enjoyable. Great development of plot that twisted one way and then the next. I hardly had time to come up for air. 5 stars for sure.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Loz Hunt on April 29, 2014 :
Great book, gripping storyline, engaging characters and an intriguing backstory of Earth's demise. YA, sci fi, thriller, dystopia - Dawn had it all for me. The ending has me pining for book two.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Rachel White on April 29, 2014 :
Wonderful read! All that I expected and more. I had a chance to read the first 10 chapters with a hundred others in a sneak peak team preview. My hopes were not disappointed. Hooked me from the start and didn't let me go until the breathless end. I can't wait for Eden Noon.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

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