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Known Afterlife (The Provider Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Trey Copeland
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Stalling and Steffor inhabit different worlds, yet they are connected. Together, but unbeknownst to one of them, they race towards an inevitable, if unimaginable collision.

As a Guardian, Steffor protects the Provider’s Citizens from a host of dangers inherent to a world of perpetual wilderness. When not serving as a resident hero, Steffor spends his time training for the Dive. Qualified for this season's championship, manifesting his future fame seems certain, if not for events manifesting a different future for Steffor and his peaceful society. A future in direct lockstep with destiny.

On Antium, artificial intelligence fast approaches the point of exceeding human intelligence. Despite its aggressive development and implementation of technology over that past century, hubris hinders the Church of Salvation from seeing the Singularity's inevitable arrival, much less process its implications on the future. The lethal weakness of their enemy identified, Stalling Alterian and his cadre of gifted conspirators accelerate the Singularity’s arrival to lead a fertile insurrection against the merciless theocracy. Committed to saving their society, or die trying, moments away from completing the crucial and final phase of their clandestine mission, Stalling discovers a fatal error in his calculations that threatens to destroy it all. Absent of any solution and the enemy closing in, can Stalling impose his technological miracle onto humanity before the noose pulls tight?


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 362 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific, exciting read! 30 May 2014
By Meghan
Format:Kindle Edition
For some reason, Trey Copeland’s book, ‘Known Afterlife’ reminds me so much of the best aspects of David Mitchell’s ‘Cloud Atlas’ (recently made into a film by the Wachowskis), but only in how it masterfully intertwines parallel worlds in order to juxtapose the meaning simmering underneath its two realities: the moral challenges that we all must overcome and solve, regardless of the world we live in.

At its heart, ‘Known Afterlife’ is an incredibly entertaining yarn, in which the two threads of narrative—set thousands of years in the past and the other thousands of years in the future—provide the perfect vessels for author Trey Copeland’s morality play. In one thread, where men live in a world called the Provider (which uncannily rings of the Gaea myths I’ve read as a child), where the most important goal is enlightenment, men live each day both as a celebration of their ancient triumph over their oppressor, the Deagron Maker. Juxtapose that with the other world, Antium, a bleak place where men stew in the utter lack of aspiration and dreams and where corruption holds sway. Against these two backdrops are the stories of two heroes, Stalling and Steffor, who grapple with the challenges of their time just to do what they know in their hearts is right.

Let me suffice it to say that I had goosebumps while reading the book—it is a narrative that will sweep you off your feet, The suspense, the excitement mounts perfectly, thanks to the author’s fine literary craftsmanship. Even reading the first few sample chapters will show you what I speak of.

Overall, ‘Known Afterlife’ is a book that will stay with you long after you’ve read it—richly imagined, intricately textured, and deeply provocative, it is a well-crafted story that is as laden with meaning as it is entertaining. Both fans and non-fans of the genre will find this a delightful read. It fully deserves all the five-star ratings it eventually gets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent and entertaining funfest! 21 April 2013
Format:Paperback
What if your entire existence, every experience, every loss, every joy, every lesson learned would someday combine to make you the one person with the ability and knowledge to save your world?

What if every life you had ever lived combined to make you the one being able to fully and completely embody the life force that created and protected your world?

What if you existed simultaneously in two worlds, and the lessons learned in the one would be the salvation of another?

What if you did not know of this dual existence until it was time to become all that the lessons, loves and lives had made you?

Known Afterlife by Trey Copeland is an extremely well crafted story about two worlds, whose very existence are inextricably combined with one another. Each of the worlds is well developed, with its religion, its society, and the people living there. Each world is on the brink of change, one the natural change of evolutionary progress, the other a revolutionary change brought about by the works of the men and women that live there.

One man is instrumental to the change in both worlds, as he exists in both.

Mr. Copeland has graciously allowed that I, the reader, will have the intelligence to enter into the worlds he has created without becoming pedantic in his descriptions. He assumes that I have come to his book with imagination and the desire to enter a new creation, and he definitely delivers the goods.

Well, done!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Killie
Format:Kindle Edition
"Known Afterlife" by Trey Copeland is an interesting blend of fantasy and science fiction with a little spiritual exploration included. The novel follows two separate narratives; the first of these is focused on Steffor, a Guardian who fights to ensure the protection of his arboreal world known simply as The Provider. The second narrative is based around Stalling, a powerful businessman on the planet Antium who has dedicated his entire commercial empire to trying to break the control of the all powerful Church of Salvation that he feels is stifling and limiting the people.

These two very different plotlines form part of an enjoyable ride that takes the reader back and forth between a futuristic world of technology and corruption to a world of fantasy, full of strange creatures, magical powers and a strong link between people and nature. At times it can be hard to understand how these two storylines could ever come together but Copeland does a good job at the end with the inevitable and intriguing merger. I have to admit that by half way through the novel I had begun to guess how and why these two stories were linked but I still enjoyed the final reveal none the less.

The overall pacing and originality of the story kept me hooked from the start to the finish although I have to admit that the jumping between storylines did get a little bit irritating at times. This was mainly because I would be getting engrossed in where one of the plots was going, only for the story to then switch onto the other plotline and so on. Maybe if the transitions were a bit smoother it would have been easier to accept but it did at times really break up the flow.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent and entertaining funfest! 21 April 2013
By bertiejf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What if your entire existence, every experience, every loss, every joy, every lesson learned would someday combine to make you the one person with the ability and knowledge to save your world?

What if every life you had ever lived combined to make you the one being able to fully and completely embody the life force that created and protected your world?

What if you existed simultaneously in two worlds, and the lessons learned in the one would be the salvation of another?

What if you did not know of this dual existence until it was time to become all that the lessons, loves and lives had made you?

Known Afterlife by Trey Copeland is an extremely well crafted story about two worlds, whose very existence are inextricably combined with one another. Each of the worlds is well developed, with its religion, its society, and the people living there. Each world is on the brink of change, one the natural change of evolutionary progress, the other a revolutionary change brought about by the works of the men and women that live there.

One man is instrumental to the change in both worlds, as he exists in both.

Mr. Copeland has graciously allowed that I, the reader, will have the intelligence to enter into the worlds he has created without becoming pedantic in his descriptions. He assumes that I have come to his book with imagination and the desire to enter a new creation, and he definitely delivers the goods.

Well, done!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and exciting 22 April 2013
By T. February - Published on Amazon.com
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Known Afterlife is more than just a fantasy-science fiction novel in the vein of Orson Scott Card, it's also a surprisingly deep exploration of the role of religion in society, and it's refreshing to see a take on this that isn't heavy-handed or evangelical, primarily because we get two very different takes on it, which keeps one viewpoint from dominating.

For most of the novel, we're following two separate stories, one about a Guardian fighting to protect his arboreal world known as "The Provider." This narrative feels like a fantasy along the lines of Avatar, with a lush world full of creatures and magic dominated by nature. The second storyline is about Stalling, a successful businessman on the planet Antium, where the overly rigid Church of Salvation is in control. Stalling uses his vast resources to break the planet free of the stifling control of the Church.

The genius of the novel is how it shows the two sides of the same coin. On The Provider, Copeland presents the positive aspects of spiritual exploration, while the Antium, he demonstrates the dangers of organized religion. The end result is an earnest look at how religion is neither intrinsically good or evil, but can be used for both purposes.

All that's fascinating, but I haven't even touched on the story yet, which is alternately exciting and engrossing. I sometimes wish the novel didn't bounce back and forth between both worlds because I would be enjoying the story I was reading, and suddenly we're in a (literally) completely different world, but that's a testament to how great a story Copeland weaves. (And sometimes it pays to leave the audience hanging a bit.) At times I was wondering if the two would even intersect. Rest assured they do, in a very satisfying way at the end.

Intelligent and thrilling, Trey Copeland's novel is definitely worth checking out.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended For Lovers of the Genre 26 Dec 2011
By Red Haircrow: Author, Activist & More - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Some of the wording was noticeably repetitive in the many descriptions of "Known Afterlife", but for me that wasn't a bad point. I like the fact the author didn't oversimplify his work or streamline it with modern words and slang that wouldn't have fit the story and characters created, but sometimes the narrative read as unnecessary complex to convey an idea to me. I like what I call "immersive" fantasy like Known Afterlife, where I can easily visualize a world and dive in, so to speak, but word choice and sentence structure matching action and character movement could have helped the flow. More transitional phrases and occasionally shorter sentences at crucial points can help keep a story moving instead of slowing a reader down trying to understand intricate phrasing.

I had questioned whether I might take this review request at first, as it did reference a religious theme involving a "Church of Salvation", as I prefer not to speak on any such subjects online in general. Though at times it became borderline for me, in the spirit of Frank Herbert's Dune, I felt the author created a work in which beliefs and disbeliefs are important, but conversion, doctrine and dogma weren't always central points. Known Afterlife definitely has its good points and I think it was a great effort in the sci-fi fantasy genre by an author with a unique style.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating novel that could have benefited from a little background information 26 Dec 2013
By Artimatic - Published on Amazon.com
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Known Afterlife is the story of Stalling and Steffor. Stalling is a Guardian from the arboreal planet the Provider. His life is dedicated to protecting the denizens of the planet. Stalling comes from the a technocratic society ruled over by a ruthless theocratic government known as the Church of Salvation. He is part of a group of conspirators seeking to overthrow the Church of Salvation. These two characters from vastly different worlds are tied together by destiny as their lives intertwine.

Trey Copeland builds a fantasy world that’s deep and tremendously interesting. Unfortunately the plot fails to fill the reader in on many of the finer details of the universe Copeland has created. Terms and jargon consistently turn up without any explanation confusing the reader. This book would have benefited from a glossary giving background on many of the entities existing in the Known Afterlife universe.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Compelling plot, but confusing and poorly edited 19 Mar 2014
By S. Emoto - Published on Amazon.com
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The author, Trey Copeland, has created two compelling worlds in this book, but the first third of the trilogy is confusing beyond belief. He doesn't pull those two worlds together until, literally, the final sentence of the book. I spent the entire book being jerked from one universe to another without the slightest idea what was going on in either -- buoyed up by the hope that the next chapter would be the one to make things clear.

I'm writing this review because I think at least one reviewer should make it clear that the frustration factor is very high in this first installment. If you plan to read all three books, perhaps that's not a big concern. As for me, I feel strung along for an entire book.

Another thing I don't see mentioned in the reviews is the lack of editing, in particular sound-alike words and common phrases the author simply gets wrong. The author has an extensive vocabulary, making it odd to see so many word choice and similar errors.

For instance: "Then" used in place of than, "site" for sight, "strait" for straight, "mix words" for mince words, "withdraw" for withdrawal, "bi-product" for byproduct, "recluse" for reclusive, "discrete" for discreet, "change tact" for change tack, "alright" for all right (always 2 words, just like all wrong), "fruit-baring" for fruit-bearing, "teaming" for teeming & "deep seeded fear" for deep-seated fear. He also has problems with "illusive," "elusive" and "allusive."

These are just SOME of the errors in the first 1/3 of the book. There are many, many more.
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