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Phoenix Rising (The Icarus Trilogy Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Kauffmann
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Important Note:
As of April 15th, 2013, Phoenix Rising has been updated with the content of the upcoming anniversary edition of the trilogy. You can get the compilation, which is cheaper than all three individually, here

*AUTHOR'S NOTE* On 8/6/2014, 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.

The first book in the series, Murder of Crows, is also free all the time:

The Revolution is about to start, but the Hero is dead.

Phoenix Rising continues the story of Ryan Jenkins and his teammates from the Crows. They are slaves to a corporate system that uses death and resurrection as just another hidden fee; their pain the entertainment for the masses. Most people watch War World and just think it's the next best thing in sports.

The Eris Freedom Initiative wants to change that.

They have recruited doctors, undercover agents and soldiers, but the system in place is oppressive and far-reaching. The corporations and alliances that build up the Trade Union are the true power on Earth and its eight daughter asteroids. And above all of them stands War World Entertainment, the company that owns Eris, a planet full of slave soldiers.

These corporate masters have promoted Ryan Jenkins as a hero, but the man fighting and dying on those screens is not the same boy from New Chicago. He was changed, behaviorally modified, and is a symbol for the Trade Union's corruption. He is a sociopath who enjoys killing; a hero for all the wrong reasons. That's why The EFI is planning to bring the real Ryan Jenkins back.

But can humanity rely on a man who killed himself?

Phoenix Rising is the second book in Kevin Kauffmann's Icarus Trilogy. Telling a story of heroes and redemption, the novel shows what happens when corporate corruption has gone too far.

Books In This Series (3 Books)
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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 2542 KB
    • Print Length: 386 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478380462
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B008UD2MRI
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Phoenix Rising (Book Two of The Icarus Trilogy) 3 Nov. 2012
    By blobby
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    A most enjoyable read, enjoyed the characters and futuristic setting where greed still exists, looking forward to reading Book Three.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first 21 Jan. 2013
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    Gets better as it builds starting book three now do please do not disturb for bit. 4 more words required
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Just like its predecessor... 18 Sept. 2013
    By Mark Henderson - Published on
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    ...this book makes you want to scream in agony for the protagonist and his friends. The enemy here is an enemy we all face at one time or another - reckless authority. Anyone who has ever wondered why someone in a position of authority over them made the decision they did will relate to this story. READ IT.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Slow Start; Explosive Ending 10 Dec. 2012
    By 4Nbahu - Published on
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    After reading the first book in the series, Murder of Crows (Book One of The Icarus Trilogy), I was expecting this to be a hard and difficult read. I was correct, but sometimes you have to go through a long night before the daylight shines. And shine it did.

    Life on Eris is not fun. Life in the solar system is not fun. It is being run by a corporation which controls almost every aspect of people's lives. There is still a small hold out of humanity that wishes for something better. In "Murder", the author was able to portray the depression and desperation that the Crows and others felt. While I could appreciate the excellent writing. I can't say I was happy with the emotions it left me with.

    After reading the first book and coming to like and appreciate some characters and despise others as the rumor of an insurrections travels. I wanted to see what happens, especially after the ending.

    The first half of "Phoenix Rising", shows us how the insurrection is to begin. In painstakingly detail, we see each of the major characters reactions and choices as to whether they will join or not.

    Then about the halfway mark, the insurrection happens and then it is one wild action filled read. The ending was a twist I did not see coming. At the end my heart was racing, my spirits were rising. I no longer am dreading the next book. I am eager to see where the heroes lead. Swan Song (Book Three of the Icarus Trilogy)

    This first half of the book is full of character development and introspection. The common man rising to the occasion. If you can handle the fact that before they can rise, they have to start in the muck. Take a chance. The second half is the payoff.

    I recommend this book.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the first, if not better. 3 Dec. 2012
    By Web - Published on
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    A lot of the amazon reviews I have read seem to be there for the inflation of a novels ratings, filling them with vague, blanket statements about how "amazing" the product is. THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM.

    There are only a few other authors aside from Mr. Kauffmann who, in my humble opinion, have produced a sequel that outshines the first (among them I would list R.A. Salvatore, Raymond E. Fiest, Steven Brust, Charles DeLint & L. E. Modesitt Jr. to name a few of my favorites). This is pretty heavy company... but I say what I think and damn the consequences. I hope Mr.Kauffmann doesnt make me eat my words in the future.

    Ok, so I'm rambling... back to Phoenix Rising.

    I became invested in the story and these characters, and in this sequel they became all the more real to me. I could relate to them because in the characters I could see people I have known in the past who remind me of what Mr. Kauffmann has created... I could see myself, parts of my own personality, in each of these soldiers as well. In some of the novels that I've read, I had come to love the characters so much that when one or more exit the storyline in one way or another, I'd be a little upset. Not so with this series. While it's science fiction, I can understand the reasoning behind the loss of a character... the logic of why they are gone... why they had to die. There is a realism here that I dont find in every novel that comes my way.

    I've already started on the third book of the series, and with the first two as evidence, I'm sure it will be as enjoyable.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Down with media-hyped war 19 Nov. 2012
    By terrylea - Published on
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    First let me say "Thank you, Mr Kaufman, for getting the Icarus Trilogy out close together." I tend to not purchase books until the series is complete and was ever so thankful that you made these available quickly so I could truly enjoy the series. I reveled in the idea that a "chosen few" were manipulated to fight our battles, while The Man sat safe and made bank. I feel that this is not so far in the future;that we are ramping up towards this mode already (scary thought). Your descriptions of the weapons and tactical aspects were engaging enough not to loose me and keep me interested for the battles that ensued. The characterizations were great in defining who/what the warriors were/are about. I highly recommend these books;even to the females who don't normally like UMF/WWF etc. motife.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very solid story, getting better and better 1 Nov. 2012
    By Midnight Fox - Published on
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    At the time of this writing, I haven't yet posted a review of book 1 - but feel compelled to go ahead and share some thoughts about book 2. At this point I am totally hooked on the trilogy, and am eagerly awaiting book 3. I am not sure if I am just getting used to the style of writing, or whether it has become progressively more polished over the first two books, but no matter the reason the result is the same. By the end of Phoenix Rising I have found myself in that most wonderful of places - experiencing a compelling story as if it is happening in front of me (rather than having to be pulled from the printed words). The characters are interesting, believable, and multidimensional. The plot is also coming together nicely, and I am intrigued with how things will fall out in the end. If I could rate this book in halves I would give the first half 4 stars and the second half five. As it is, I will go with four stars, with the anticipation that book 3 will be even better.
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