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Book Review THE DEAN MACHINE A Book Review By Jonathan Herbert 58 This heartfelt fantasy novel brings a memorable group of characters together to fight against a societal power shielding truth, hope, and love. “The Dean Machine” is written by Dylan Lee Peters, a grand storyteller with futuristic ideas that mirror parts of our world today with a frightening outlook on what the future might hold. His hero is a small red dog, Dean living in a city where everything is yellow, who inspires a down on his luck, one armed man with no memory beyond five years, to venture beyond the city walls. Together, they discover what is real about their past and find everlasting companionship. Peters first discovered his writing voice in 2008, “I had to take a creative writing class as a requirement of my Graphic Design degree. My professor liked my work and encouraged me to write something on a larger scale. Between semesters, I had a lot of time on my hands, so I began writing “Everflame.” I was merely looking for something to do, never thinking it would turn into a full novel. Over 80,000 words later, I had the first book in the Everflame series and a new love for writing.” One amazon reviewer described his writing style as “Christopher Paolini meets C.S. Lewis.” He is humbled by this comparison. “I’m not sure I can compare my style to any one author. I think it’s difficult to self-evaluate in that way. However, I like to keep the pace of my plots moving, and I try to create great characters. I’m never looking to write an incredibly detailed description of a person, or landscape, and I’m never looking to write a step-by-step detail of how something works. I find that when I read, it’s plot line and character depth that keep me wanting more. So I try to achieve that with my writing.” Dan had entered the Outer Reaches. He had left Yellow City for the first time in his memory. All of the stories he had been told of the dangerous creatures that inhabited the forest clawed their way through his mind, faster and faster, until his fear and paranoia made him nauseated. He fell to his knees and wretched into the dead leaves, pine needles, and dirt…How did I get here? Dan wondered. How did they get me down here? The preface for this novel tells the real story behind the author’s relationship with Dean and the positive effects he has had on his life. Dylan is donating at least 10 percent of all royalties from sales of The Dean Machine to animal rescue shelters. This gesture truly shows his compassion for this cause. He explains, “I think where someone like myself can help is to raise awareness of the abuse that is taking place. I believe awareness is an issue that needs to be addressed in this state and worldwide. Many dogs are purchased unknowingly from puppy mills, affiliates of puppy mills, or breeders who are abusive in their practices. It’s important for people to know where a dog is coming from when they bring it into their family, so they know they are not putting money into the pockets of people who abuse animals. An easy way for people to do that is it to adopt animals from rescue shelters. That way, they’ll be helping to fund organizations that fight to make a positive difference.” This novel follows a successful four book series entitled, Everflame. Dylan compares his approach to writing both, “It wasn’t much different at all as far as the writing process was concerned. The only exception to that


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