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The Artifact Competition (Approaching Infinity Book 1)

The Artifact Competition (Approaching Infinity Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Chris Eisenlauer

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Jav Holson has a time bomb ticking away inside him with one chance to survive: learn the martial art known as the Eighteen Heavenly Claws and win the Artifact Competition. The prize will make him an elite Shade of the Viscain Empire and virtually immortal. There's just one catch: learning the Eighteen Heavenly Claws.

Jav is willing and able, but nobody knows when the time bomb will go off. Undeterred, he practices long past dark every day, enduring heavy gravity training and the not-so-petty abuse of other students. His only distraction is carving stone flowers for the girl he inadvertently put into a coma, and for Mai, who takes over his training.

Even as Jav begins to excel, developing a number of unique techniques based on the advanced Approaching Infinity principles, one of his teachers tries to kill him in a fit of prideful anger. Another tries to seduce him, which would be all well and good if Jav hadn't already fallen for Mai.

His every success has a cost and every step along the tightrope path is a hazard, but the competition still lies ahead. For all the challenges his training poses, Jav must still cross fists with the top fighters of the Viscain Empire and risk a double--permanent--loss to ensure his preservation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Chris Eisenlauer (20 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DRNNN6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #368,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read! 28 Aug 2011
By AppleAdore - Published on
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"The Artifact Competition" takes 2 of my favorite Genres (Sci-Fi and Martial Arts) and blends them seamlessly in a book that is fast paced and hard to put down. The setting is both fantastical but believable and I found it easy to immerse myself in the world of the Viscain Empire. The characters are believable and human and I found myself caring about what happened to them. The Author pays extra attention to the Martial Arts sequences and I am assuming they spent a lot of their youth watching old Kung-Fu movies because these scenes were vivid and engaging. I have already started on the second book and so far I am loving what I am reading. I am always on the look out for great new Authors and I think they have really hit on something with this book. I cant wait for the rest of the series and I highly recommend "The Artifact Competition".
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 5 Sep 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Fantastic sci fi mixed with martial arts. The author kind of dumps you into the middle of it at the beginning, and is somewhat confusing to start, but it really builds well and fills in the gaps quite quickly and leaves you wanting more.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hi-tech Zen Combat 9 Feb 2012
By Acheron's Flow - Published on
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Very nice sci-fi martial arts reality bending tale. Bare handed and various edged weapons are used in a tournament with the winners given objects of power. Telekinesis or something like it adds some good twists. No overnight super champs. The book spans some years but doesn't read like it. To the good.

As others have mentioned blast through the beginning. It's confusing and irrelevant. The story settles fast after a couple chapters. This world might be in an adjoining dimension. There seems to be some interaction and makes me wonder about future books.

This a sad brutal world at times, being a society that conquers all that it sees and moves on to the next target. The tournament takes place during a lull when the empire is rebuilding. There even is a botanical flavor to the method of travel and the structure of the empire itself. Some really good ideas going on here.

Good story that caught my interest with plenty left to explain or expand on if the author decides to.

Well done.
3.0 out of 5 stars The Artifact Competition Review 22 Mar 2014
By jbshorses - Published on
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An interesting treatise on the many fighting styles of hand to hand combat in the eastern way. The plot premise and characters are thin but show promise of becoming more thoroughly explored in the following books. This is a tough read if you aren't fascinated by eastern fighting styles. If you are, it's a good read.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like a comic book for people that like real books 18 Sep 2012
By Anonymouse - Published on
My apologies to those of you that might be offended by the title of this review. It is not meant as a diss on comic books, but a compliment to the balance of creativity, humanity and solid writing that is present in The Artifact Competition.

The fighting styles, techniques, and training, besides being just plain cool, were very clearly written and easy to visualize as a reader. It was balanced well between personal elements(the love triangle) and the sometimes deliciously brutal action. This kept the story from becoming 2-dimensional, the human side definitely came through. The length of the book did limit the characters from becoming as complex or complete as they could have, but viewed as an introduction to the world the writer has created, it gets the job done well. When I finished reading, I honestly wanted to know what would happen next. I guess I have to get the next book.

I get easily annoyed with writers that pour on the extraneous analogies and such, but I was never put off by the writer's tone. The prose was educated but efficient, not condescending or arrogant.

It was an entertaining read and the pace keeps up so that the book's momentum carries through well to the end. If you like kung fu and you like outer space, you will enjoy this book.
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