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Son of Sedonia - An adventure for those who dare to dream

Meagan Chaney Gumpert - Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I have a few confessions to make. I do not read as much as I used to. As the mother of two small children, there is not a lot of leisure time. In recent years, most of the books on my bedside table have involved baby poop, sleep training, or breastfeeding. Science fiction is not my genre. But when your younger brother writes, illustrates and publishes a book, reading it becomes a priority. Finding the time to read it wasn't a problem once I started. I blew through the 300 page book in 4 days! I could not put it down! Seriously!

My other confession - I was nervous about reading it. What if I didn't like it? What if I didn't think it was any good? What would I tell him?  My fears were quickly put to rest after reading just the prologue. This was going to be a great, well-written story!

And after all Ben's hard work, Son of Sedonia is now available on Kindle and in paperback through Amazon.


The book is best described as Blade Runner + City of Dawn + Black Hawk Down. A full summary and more author info are available on the website

Ben has graciously provided a Son of Sedonia Free Preview Download too. You know, if you're the type who likes to check something out before making a commitment to buy. (Note: Apparently they're still working out some kinks with the download. It seems to be working better on Google Chrome or Internet Explorer. And you'll need to have a plug in for ePub or Mobi Kindle Fire.)

I was blown away by the story, yes. But not only the is the story itself amazing, but so is the journey of how the story came to be. It began in June of 2006. Here's how Ben tells it...

It started with an illustration. Thumbing through a coffee table book of Steve McCurry photo portraits, I came across the image of a young Mali boy. There was something especially arresting about him, so I started sketching. A few iterations later, the fiction started coming together in my head. A young boy growing up in the slums outside a futuristic megacity. It should feel like National Geographic were exploring and reporting on a real place 70-80 years in our future.


What started as a digital painting portfolio piece turned into a 6 year long obsession. And my first novel.

[Fast forward to June of 2012.] I had what some would consider a dream job. Art Director at an iPhone game developer. The people were great, the money was great, but the work... After 5 years in the game industry, clawing tooth and nail to become a professional artist, I had finally made it. Only it felt like someone else's dream. And the story was ever on my mind, filling my nights at home. The moment came to make a decision, and I did the crazy thing. I quit. I quit to see what the Best-I-Can-Do looks like. It has resulted in one of the happiest periods of my life.

Well, Ben, the Best-You-Can-Do is pretty freaking amazing!! And this is just your first novel! I could not be more proud of you! You are an inspiration!

So, Readers out there, I hope you'll click on over to Amazon and order your copy of Son of Sedonia today. You will not be disappointed.

Happy Reading!

PS - Read it? Liked it? You can help by spreading the word. Like the Son of Sedonia facebook page, pass the novel along, and share the links.  

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