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Murder of Crows (The Icarus Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Kauffmann
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Book Description

What would you consider freedom? For some, it's choosing their way to die.

Murder of Crows is based in a not-so-far-flung universe where humanity did not reach the stars but instead found itself mired in corporate takeovers and local politics. In order to deal with overpopulation and pollution the governments of the world decided to tow asteroids into orbit around Earth, add atmospheres and transform them into miniature planets. While most of the asteroids were designed for colonization, Eris was destined for constant commercial warfare. Most people just call it "War World" after their favorite television show.

The lower class thinks that War World is the best thing since the beginning of the universe. All of the soldiers are divided into teams and, in order to maintain rosters, each soldier is cloned prior to the games. When they die, their consciousness and memories are transferred into new clones and the process begins all over again. What the rest of humanity doesn't realize is that each death and resurrection is incredibly painful and disorienting. In addition, due to the costs of resurrection after their deaths each one of these soldiers becomes a slave to this cruel system.

Rarely do any of them make it off the asteroid.

The novel tells the story of Ryan Jenkins and his teammates from the Crows, one of the best teams in the system. Drawing on themes of grief, freedom and coping with an uncaring world, the story centers on the trauma these men and women experience as they die for public entertainment.

Murder of Crows is the first part of Kevin Kauffmann's Icarus Trilogy, telling a loose interpretation of the myth in a future dystopia.


As of March 6th, 2013, in preparation for the release of the anniversary edition of The Icarus Trilogy, Murder of Crows has been updated to reflect the new content. With the addition of 20,000 words,the help of both Amazon Reviewers and a copy-editor, and a more developed writing style, the book is now a much more polished experience and more appropriate beginning to the epic tale.

*AUTHOR'S NOTE* On 7/14/2014, I basically "patched" the book once more, taking into  account the criticism about confusing names and references, and also cleaning up the book to reflect my current style. It should be a better experience all around.

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About the Author

Kevin Kauffmann (1987-)was one of those kids that would make up stories every day, creating worlds and adventures for action figures, old Transformers and even lucky stuffed animals. Then the real world came knocking and he forgot he loved to tell stories. Kauffmann went to UNC-Chapel Hill for a degree in Peace, War and Defense with a minor in Arabic Studies, determined to get into government work. Then, as soon as he graduated in 2009, he realized that he couldn't stand a desk job or working in the traditional world. That's when he rediscovered writing and started to create his own worlds once more. The Icarus Trilogy is Kauffmann's first professional project and he released Murder of Crows back in April, 2010. While Murder of Crows was originally supposed to be a graphic novel, Kauffmann began writing it as a short story due to his lack of artistic talent. Then he got attached to the characters and got lost inside their struggles, which caused the story to get more and more intricate In July of that year, Kauffmann was told that his grandmother had been diagnosed with cancer, which caused Murder of Crows to become an entirely different project. In order to cope with his grief, Kauffmann's writing became focused on how his characters dealt with loss, both in the form of personal identity and actually losing the people closest to them. Kauffmann had made a promise to himself that he would try to finish his first professional book before his grandmother passed, which became quite the struggle. One morning at the beginning of October, Kevin Kauffmann finished the first draft of Murder of Crows, but he didn't get to tell his grandmother. She passed later that day. As painful as it was for Kauffmann, writing Murder of Crows in this fashion was an effective way of dealing with his loss. And by leaving a bit of an inheritance, his grandmother was able to help him promote his series and push him on to further success. That's why the first book is dedicated to her: "For Grandma E. She wouldn't have liked it, but she would have been proud." Kauffmann has continued the series in this emotional arc, realizing the power that comes with experiencing true feelings and making a connection to the people who are closest to you. Kauffmann's characters became his friends and family throughout this series, sometimes with unfortunate consequences. For him, there is something beautiful in even the most tragic moments.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 676 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477478132
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZKGQX8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,101 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Murder of Crows 14 Dec. 2014
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This was a free ebook I downloaded and it sat on my Kindle for a while until I read it more or less by accident. At first I thought I'd read a couple of pages, it's not the most lighthearted book and the characters were little difficult to get to know, but before long it had pulled me in. The storyline became clear and the direction the book was going in resolved. I ended up enjoying the Murder of Crows and will download the next in the series. Mr Kaufmann is a good writer and with a little more time and polish will be very good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great start. 29 Jun. 2014
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I really enjoyed this whole Trilogy.
Yes its not as polished as it could be, and it can be a bit jarring in some places. But the story is solid, the dialogue for the most part is really good, and its easy to fall in love (and be heart broken) with the characters.

Its been a long time since a book grabbed me as hard as this one did, as soon as I started reading it I couldnt stop for 2 days until I'd devoured the whole trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 17 April 2014
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What can I say? A very different story with a lovely twist and enough character development for you to care about their fates later on. I won't go into it but the relationships are important for the other books.

This story weaves slavery into a futuristic twist and does so almost effortlessley with enough detail to make the world believeable but not so much to bog you down with improbably futuristic gobbledegook.

An excellent start to what becomes a fantastic series of books.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Weak writing - plot has potential 27 Nov. 2012
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The plot idea has good potential - dark, large in vision and interesting. However, the writing leaves a lot to be desired.

The characterisations are wooden, the writing style feels unedited, and the descriptions are paper-thin. There is always a clue when a writer has to describe the emotions of the characters directly, that he hasn't found a way of letting us know through actions and descriptions that fit into the flow.
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