Book Review My Name is Nelson

Title: My Name is Nelson

Author: Dylan Fairchild
Genre: Thriller
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

President Andrew MacIntyre was having a pretty good first year in the Oval Office.  Suddenly, during what should have been a peaceful Christmas season, he’s facing one of the worst national security crises in American history.  And it’s being masterminded out of a sleazy, New Mexico strip joint?  What the hell?

Is this a political thriller?  Or is it science fiction?  A zany comedy?  Perhaps it’s a love story.  Whatever it is, it’s a riveting page-turner with a little sex appeal, and a lot of laughs.  If “Doctor Strangelove” can find the humor in nuclear war, then surely there’s a little bit of laughter lurking in unmanned aviation, as well as some serious, heartfelt moments.

It’s little wonder White House National Security Advisor Chet Addington* said this was, “Pretty much the best novel ever.”**

* Absolutely, positively, not a real person
** He’s been known to be wrong about stuff

“My Name is Nelson” is a mix of sci-fi, thriller and adventure, all mixed into one.

Nelson Troutman is a brilliant scientist. Yet, being bullied as a child, and now being considered “different” by everyone in his life, has sent him over the edge. Determined to get some payback, he leaves his job and sets up shop in his favorite strip club. There, he works on his master plan to create the ultimate weapon of mass destruction, all the while enjoying the company of Tiffany Golden, his almost-sort-of girlfriend.

Nelson is determined to get his revenge on all the bullies in the world, and does so in a brilliant clash of genres that leaves the reader at the edge of their seat. Despite Nelson’s tendencies for vengeance, he is an intriguing character that leaves a lasting impression on the reader.

Fast-paced and suspenseful, “My Name is Nelson” reads like an action movie.

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Author Interview Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café

  • How long have you been writing?

I wrote a short story in 1979 and it became a novel in 2012! I guess that life got in the way there. I never thought that I’d write more than one novel. Then someone asked me why a character did something in that story and I realized that I could write a prequel to explain it. The rest, as they say, is history. I’ve picked up the pace since then; I now have 7 novels, 2 books of short stories and a piece in a collection of Historical Fiction.

  • What is your favorite genre to write?

I love writing Science Fiction and Steampunk adventures, often involving a chase, a love story or the triumph of one person against the odds. I try to include as many of the above as I can in every story.

  • Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

I’d love to try my hand at Fantasy. After Game of Thrones, which I found via the T.V. Series, I’d like to have a go at some sort of epic saga but with a more Sci-fi angle to it.  Maybe dabble in magic or special powers. Everything I’ve done up to now has a basis in science, it would be fun to explore the alternatives.

  • Please tell us about your book.

Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café is the first in what I hope will be a series. At about the same time, in 2016, I had an idea for a short story about a murder on a space station and I was challenged to write a female character. I wanted to do something a bit more light-hearted and thought that I could combine the two. A fish out of water lady, escaping from her past life with the only person she could trust, ends up on a space station and discovers a secret. It’s all a bit Miss Marple meets Agatha Raisin, with dry humour and excitement, I hope. I wrote a short story, which went down well; I was encouraged to develop it into a novel. It was my NaNoWriMo project for 2016 and was first published in June 2017.

  • Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

Andorra Pett is a great character to work with. She’s feisty, a bit clumsy and accident prone. She can snatch defeat from the very jaws of victory. Underneath it all, she is cleverer than she realizes. Having three daughters gave me some clues to develop her personality, I wouldn’t say it’s them but there are bits of them in her.

I hate writing villains in general, being basically a nice person, I struggle to get the motivation and reasoning that allows someone to justify doing bad things. In Andorra Pett, there were a couple of people who right from the start were difficult to write. I don’t want to give the plot away but they took a lot of effort to fit into things, especially as it wasn’t clear what their role would be, even though I knew they had to be there.

  • What was the hardest part about writing your book?

As I don’t plot, I never know who the bad guy (pardon my gender type) will be until I get to the end. In this book, I had several suspects, right up to the moment when the real killer revealed themselves. And it was as much a shock to me as I hope it is to anyone reading it. In the end, I find it easier to let my characters choose among themselves.  They seem to know what’s going on better than I do most of the time.

  • What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

I do most of my writing in the early mornings, an unfortunate legacy of my job is the inability to lie in. I was always on call, so to speak, when I wake up I get up. A cup of herbal tea and I’m good to go. I’ll try and do 2,000 or so words before breakfast. I might do more later if I have a good idea. I keep a notebook and watch/listen for inspiration. I also walk on the cliffs near my house; it’s where things often pop into my head, it’s like strolling in a store filled with inspiration.

  • How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

Andorra Pett took a month to enlarge the short story to 70,000 words. That was largely thanks to NaNoWriMo giving me a focus. Most titles take a little longer, as I have the tendency to hop from project to project as I get ideas. But I reckon to complete three books a year, all around the 80,000-word mark

  • Can you tell us about your editing process?

I’m lucky to have a fantastic team. I have an editor, a formatter and a team of beta readers. My work gets an edit, a beta read, a second edit, a format, a third edit and a final check before it goes on sale. I also have a great cover designer.

  • Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

When I finished Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café, I realised that there was a lot more that Andorra could get up to. I actually started the second story, Andorra Pett on Mars while I was writing the first. That one is being edited at the moment and will hopefully be out in April. I also have ideas for several other adventures. The third, Andorra Pett and her Sister, is about a quarter written and Andorra Pett takes a Break is more than an idea. And that’s before I start on the prequels and spin-offs which will inevitably come to mind.

  • Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Get some words down on paper (or screen), it doesn’t matter what they are (to a certain extent), you can always edit them, but only once you’ve written them! And try to get into a routine, once you are, it will all flow and cease to be a chore.

  • Why should everyone read your book?

I write about familiar themes, principally conspiracy, love, loss and redemption. Not necessarily in that order.  The idea is not to blind people with the Science, it’s there to complement the Fiction. Putting people in unfamiliar settings and seeing what happens is a great way to engage, it’s a thing that we can all relate to. The greatest compliment I have been paid was “I’m not usually a fan of Science Fiction but Ribbonworld (one of my other novels) is a thriller that would work in any genre.”

  • If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

Isaac Asimov, Frederick Forsyth and Charles Dickens. They have all influenced me and my work; they were all masters of creating a setting, drawing you into the lives of real people, providing action and excitement.

  • What inspired you to write your book?

There was room in the world for someone like Andorra Pett, she had an interesting story to tell. You can never have enough amateur detectives. And who knows, one day the situations I’ve devised for her to exist in might be as normal to us as flying to Spain is now.

  • Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

I’m always working on something, I try to write new stuff but keep getting sidetracked with sequels, prequels and spin-offs from my existing catalogue. So at the moment, I’m working on a sequel to each of my Sci-fi and steampunk series, more Andorra Pett and some new projects, which are all exciting me. In 2018, I hope to have an online course available, giving you my method of creating a realistic Sci-fi or Steampunk world. Featuring examples, video and exercises, I hope it will show you just how easy it is to construct a setting for any type of speculative fiction.

Watch my website, www.richarddeescifi.co.uk for news, free short stories, extracts and a weekly post. . I’m also on Facebook as RichardDeeAuthor and I’ll be ramping up my twitter presence @richarddockett1

Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café

Meet Andorra Pett; with her trusty sidekick, she’s taken over a derelict café. On a mining station. It just happens to be orbiting Saturn!
She’s hoping for a fresh start, away from all the drama of her old life. It’s a chance to relax and start again in a place where nobody knows anything about her or her past.

But the café holds a secret, and secrets have a habit of coming out; whether you want them to or not. And being accident prone doesn’t help. The more you try to pretend that you know what’s going on, the worse it gets.
Andorra’s plans for peace and quiet get lost amid the revelations and skulduggery and she soon realises that the fate of the whole station lies in her hapless hands.
In space, you can still trip over your feet; the question is, will you land upright?

Universal Purchase Link – https://www.books2read.com/u/4XoQ6e

Author Bio

A native of Brixham in Devon, Richard Dee’s family left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986. Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, including Marine Insurance Surveyor and Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich. In 1994 he was head-hunted and offered a job as a Thames Estuary Pilot. In 1999 he transferred to the Thames River Pilots, where he regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as H.M.S. Belfast and through Tower Bridge. In all, he piloted over 3,500 vessels in a 22-year career with the Port of London Authority. Richard was offered part time working in 2010, which allowed him to return to live in Brixham, where he took up writing and blogging. He retired in 2015, when he set up and ran a successful Organic bakery, supplying local shops and cafés. The urge to write eventually overtook the urge to bake but Richard still makes bread for friends and family. Richard is married with three adult children and two grandchildren.

He can be found at www.richarddeescifi.co.uk

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RichardDeeAuthor

Twitter – https://twitter.com/@RichardDockett1



 

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Midlight

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for YA scifi “Midlight”. The tour runs from January 15 to January 22.

Tour Schedule

January 15th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

January 15th: Promo Post @ Nesie’s Place

January 16th: Book Excerpt @ Jena Baxter Books

January 19th: Book Excerpt @ Bookworm for Kids

January 21st: Book Excerpt @ La Libreria di Beppe

January 22nd: Book Review @ Renaissance Writer

About the Book

Title: Midlight

Author: Autumn Grace

Genre: YA Scifi

If the daylight doesn’t kill you, the diurnal ones will. But when death is the one requirement to be transitioned into a mechanized Hybrid, why spend another night lost in the dark?

Deadly radiation has forced the population to become nocturnal in an effort to avoid the mutilating effects of daylight. While this helped for a time, rogue groups began neglecting these practices, increasing the death rate and the need to finalize a procedure to bring the dead back to life. This controversial advancement became means for prosperity to President Umber as he took over the growing city of Umber Heights.

Five years ago, Bain woke up on the side of the road with no prior memories. After three years of serving as a brutal Corsair for Ailand’s ruthless leader, Beckett, Bain cuts ties with his current life. He must revisit his estranged friend in his safe coastal town with the proposal to join him in Umber Heights, the only place Beckett and Umber’s feud prohibits Beckett from entering. Bain and Argon struggle to get their relationship back, cautiously diving deeper into their romantic feelings while trying to balance conflicting personalities and Bain’s lack of readiness to open up.

Now in Heights seemingly for good, Bain must determine if the lines of right and wrong really do gray when it comes to protecting human life over man-made creation.

Author Bio

Autumn Grace grew up in New England with her mom, older brother, younger sister, and her identical twin. Her aim is to bring diverse characters outside of genres they have identified with to promote equality and acceptance. She’s drawn to retro-futuristic concepts and is obsessed with robots and aliens.

Links

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Book Review The Matriarch Matrix

Title: The Matriarch Matrix
Author: Maxime Trencavel
Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure
Rating: 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

The Matriarch Matrix – A speculative fiction novel of origins, faith, passion, and the pursuit of peace.

It was always his destiny to save her. It was always her destiny to die. The fate of the world hangs on their choices… 

The past foretells her future…

What does it take to change a loving child of peace into an assassin for a dangerous and powerful oligarch? Zara Khatum knows. Once a fighter for her Kurdish people, the memory of the atrocities inflicted by her captors has Zara seeking one thing: vengeance. But the voices of the ancients call to Zara. In the past, in another life, she knew the secrets of the artifact…

Twelve thousand years ago…

She is Nanshe, revered matriarch of the family she led away from the monsters of the north. In the land that would one day mark the treacherous border between Turkey and Syria, she created the temples at Gobleki Tepe and founded a dynasty, heirs to a powerful object. For millennia, Nanshe’s descendants have passed down the legend of the artifact: “The object can save. But only a man and woman together can guide the salvation of others.”

Heirs to destiny…

By fate or destiny, Zara is thrown in with Peter Gollinger, a quirky Californian from the other side of the world and the other side of everything she believes. But he, too, is heeding the voices of his ancestors. Joined by Jean-Paul, a former Jesuit priest, these three people—from wildly different religions and cultures—must find a way to work together to solve a twelve thousand-year-old mystery of the powerful object that spawned a faith. The world teeters on the precipice of war. The outcome depends on them. And one of them is living a lie.

The Matriarch Matrix is a rich and deeply layered epic story – a spiritual odyssey with a heartbeat of an action adventure. It may make you think, ponder, reflect upon where we came from and where we are going. It blends our past with a speculative future of things that are not so far-fetched. It blends the drama, the comedy, the romance, the tragedy of three protagonists with different cultures, traditions, and beliefs – a Sufi woman, a Jesuit priest, and an alien origin believing atheist. Their journeys separately and together will be a test of their respective faiths and their inner search for personal and family redemption.

The Matriarch Matrix is an unique science fiction adventure that pushes the boundaries of the genre in more than one way. Zara Khatum, the main character, isn’t your typical heroine, a far cry from it even. She was once a fighter for her Kurdish people, and went through hell at the hands of her captors, leaving her to seek vengeance first and foremost.

Yet, in another life, she was someone else entirely. A family matriarch, who led her loved ones away from the monsters of the north. She created temples and founded a dynasty with as main purpose to protect a powerful object that hides mysterious powers.

Back in the present day, Zara must work otgether with Peter Gollinger, a quirky Californian, and Jean-Paul, a former Jesuit priest, to solve the mystery of the artifact she swore to protect in her past life.

The book is science-fiction / fantasy in a certain sense, but the way Dan Brown’s books are, while still being firmly set in our contemporary world, the fantasy/scifi part involves an ancient mystery begging to be solved. I quite enjoy this set-up, and was glad to see it here too. However, while I generally enjoy Dan Brown’s books, I have to admit The Matriarch Matrix is of a whole different sort, much more complex, with a lot more layers, and an extremely complicated yet intriguing main character.

For me, even more than the plot, which is very engrossing all by itself, I was charmed by Zara, our protagonist, a woman who is complex and strong, who has her own code of morality, who went through hell yet fights for her beliefs.

While I liked Peter, the other main character, too, I didn’t like him as much as I liked Zara. He was more the stereotypical geek, extremely smart but also extremely clumsy and quirky.

Told partially in the present, partially in the past, this book pushes the boundaries of genre, as well as of time and space, and ultimately provides an outstanding reading experience to anyone who picks it up.

Book Review: Killers, Traitors & Runaways (Outcasts of the World II)

Title: Killers, Traitors & Runaways (Outcasts of the World II)
Author: Lucas Aubrey Paynter
Genre: Cosmic Fantasy
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

As reality nears its final days, worlds fall to ruin. A benevolent god is shackled, and when freed, will create a new one … allowing only the pure of heart. A company of seven have united on a bloody quest to stop him, but have little hope of emerging victorious.

The outcasts are adrift—they have a mission but no means to fulfill it. Airia Rousow, the fallen goddess who set them on their path, is gone. Guardian Poe, her intended successor, believes deification will absolve him of his sins and his remorse alike. And Zella Renivar, daughter of the Living God, is still hunted by her father’s agents, drawing danger on them all.

Trapped in this storm, Flynn is able to find and open the ways between worlds, but cannot discern which path is the right one. Since losing the trust of his closest friend, the temptation to fall back on his former, deceitful ways grows with every crisis he faces.

These are heroes not of virtue, but of circumstance—and it will fall on Flynn to keep them all together.

About three years ago, I reviewed Outcasts of the Worlds, the first book in this scifi fantasy series by author Lucas Aubrey Paynter. I rated that book 4,5 stars, and remember really enjoying it although, since it’s been several years, I had forgotten a great many details of what happened during the book. However, once I started reading the sequel, Killers, Traitors & Runaways, it didn’t take that long for those details to come back to me.

The heroes in this book are truly the most unlikely band of heroes you’ll ever meet. The “outcasts” as they’re called, are still on a mission, but it’s become impossible for them to fulfill their task. Flynn is still my favorite chracter, same as he was in the first book, although he’s struggling a lot thrughout this book. Flynn has the ability to find and open paths between worlds, but finding the right path is the real difficulty, especially now he can no longer rely on his best friend. With every step they take, Flynn leans closer and closer to the deceitful ways he’d often utilized in the past, and to returning to the man he swore he would never become again.

The world-building, pretty much like in the first book, is still extraordinary. This is one of the best cosmic fantasy series I’ve had the pleasure of reading, and the way all the tiny plotlines and side plots tie into a much larger, much grander plot is pretty amazing. I can only hope that Lucas Aubrey Paynter finishes his next book, soon.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party The Matriarch Matrix

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for “The Matriarch Matrix”. Enjoy the tour!

Tour Schedule

October 16th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

October 17th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

October 18th: Book Excerpt @ Author C.A. Milson’s Blog

October 20th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

October 21st: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

October 23rd: Book Excerpt @ Silver Dagger Scriptoriuim

October 25th: Book Excerpt @ Bright Street Books

October 27th: Book Excerpt @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

October 29th: Book Review @ Renaissance Writer

October 29th: Book Excerpt @ T’s Stuff

October 31st: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

November 1st: Book Excerpt @ Bedazzled Reading

November 3rd: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

November 5th: Book Excerpt @ Books, Dreams, Life

November 7th: Character Interview @ The Book Daily

November 8th: Book Excerpt @ Dark Treasury

November 9th: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

November 11th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

November 13th: Book Review @ Books are Forever

November 14th: Book Review @ Bedazzled Reading

November 15th: Author Interview @ Jena Baxter Books

November 16th: Book Excerpt @ The Resistance

About the Book

Title: The Matriarch Matrix

Author: Maxime Trencavel

Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure

The Matriarch Matrix – A speculative fiction novel of origins, faith, passion, and the pursuit of peace.

It was always his destiny to save her. It was always her destiny to die. The fate of the world hangs on their choices… 

The past foretells her future…

What does it take to change a loving child of peace into an assassin for a dangerous and powerful oligarch? Zara Khatum knows. Once a fighter for her Kurdish people, the memory of the atrocities inflicted by her captors has Zara seeking one thing: vengeance. But the voices of the ancients call to Zara. In the past, in another life, she knew the secrets of the artifact…

Twelve thousand years ago…

She is Nanshe, revered matriarch of the family she led away from the monsters of the north. In the land that would one day mark the treacherous border between Turkey and Syria, she created the temples at Gobleki Tepe and founded a dynasty, heirs to a powerful object. For millennia, Nanshe’s descendants have passed down the legend of the artifact: “The object can save. But only a man and woman together can guide the salvation of others.”

Heirs to destiny…

By fate or destiny, Zara is thrown in with Peter Gollinger, a quirky Californian from the other side of the world and the other side of everything she believes. But he, too, is heeding the voices of his ancestors. Joined by Jean-Paul, a former Jesuit priest, these three people—from wildly different religions and cultures—must find a way to work together to solve a twelve thousand-year-old mystery of the powerful object that spawned a faith. The world teeters on the precipice of war. The outcome depends on them. And one of them is living a lie.

The Matriarch Matrix is a rich and deeply layered epic story – a spiritual odyssey with a heartbeat of an action adventure. It may make you think, ponder, reflect upon where we came from and where we are going. It blends our past with a speculative future of things that are not so far-fetched. It blends the drama, the comedy, the romance, the tragedy of three protagonists with different cultures, traditions, and beliefs – a Sufi woman, a Jesuit priest, and an alien origin believing atheist. Their journeys separately and together will be a test of their respective faiths and their inner search for personal and family redemption.

Author Bio

Maxime has been scribbling stories since grade school from adventure epics to morality plays. Blessed with living in multicultural pluralistic settings and having earned degrees in science and marketing, Maxime has worked in business and sports, traveling to countries across five continents and learning about cultures, traditions, and the importance of tolerance and understanding. Maxime’s debut novel was written and edited in different locations in Belgium, including the Turkish and Kurdish neighborhoods of Brussels, in South America, and on the two coasts of the United States.

 

Links

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https://www.facebook.com/MaximeTrencavel/
https://www.instagram.com/maximetrencavel/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17168784.Maxime_Trencavel
https://www.amazon.com/Maxime-Trencavel/

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Cover Reveal Blitz The Matriarch Matrix

About the Book

Title: The Matriarch Matrix

Author: Maxime Trencavel

Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure

The Matriarch Matrix – A speculative fiction novel of origins, faith, passion, and the pursuit of peace.

It was always his destiny to save her. It was always her destiny to die. The fate of the world hangs on their choices… 

The past foretells her future…

What does it take to change a loving child of peace into an assassin for a dangerous and powerful oligarch? Zara Khatum knows. Once a fighter for her Kurdish people, the memory of the atrocities inflicted by her captors has Zara seeking one thing: vengeance. But the voices of the ancients call to Zara. In the past, in another life, she knew the secrets of the artifact…

Twelve thousand years ago…

She is Nanshe, revered matriarch of the family she led away from the monsters of the north. In the land that would one day mark the treacherous border between Turkey and Syria, she created the temples at Gobleki Tepe and founded a dynasty, heirs to a powerful object. For millennia, Nanshe’s descendants have passed down the legend of the artifact: “The object can save. But only a man and woman together can guide the salvation of others.”

Heirs to destiny…

By fate or destiny, Zara is thrown in with Peter Gollinger, a quirky Californian from the other side of the world and the other side of everything she believes. But he, too, is heeding the voices of his ancestors. Joined by Jean-Paul, a former Jesuit priest, these three people—from wildly different religions and cultures—must find a way to work together to solve a twelve thousand-year-old mystery of the powerful object that spawned a faith. The world teeters on the precipice of war. The outcome depends on them. And one of them is living a lie.

The Matriarch Matrix is a rich and deeply layered epic story – a spiritual odyssey with a heartbeat of an action adventure. It may make you think, ponder, reflect upon where we came from and where we are going. It blends our past with a speculative future of things that are not so far-fetched. It blends the drama, the comedy, the romance, the tragedy of three protagonists with different cultures, traditions, and beliefs – a Sufi woman, a Jesuit priest, and an alien origin believing atheist. Their journeys separately and together will be a test of their respective faiths and their inner search for personal and family redemption.

Author Bio

Maxime has been scribbling stories since grade school from adventure epics to morality plays. Blessed with living in multicultural pluralistic settings and having earned degrees in science and marketing, Maxime has worked in business and sports, traveling to countries across five continents and learning about cultures, traditions, and the importance of tolerance and understanding. Maxime’s debut novel was written and edited in different locations in Belgium, including the Turkish and Kurdish neighborhoods of Brussels, in South America, and on the two coasts of the United States.

 

Links

tailofthebird.com
https://www.facebook.com/MaximeTrencavel/
https://www.instagram.com/maximetrencavel/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17168784.Maxime_Trencavel
https://www.amazon.com/Maxime-Trencavel/

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Book Review 5th Floor Below by Menahem Misgav

Title: 5th Floor Below
Author: Menahem Misgav
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Could Israeli scientists have stumbled upon the secret to eternal life?

In a highly secured research facility atop Mount Carmel in Haifa, a group of military scientists are involved in space research. Captain Dr. Naama Kashti, a beautiful young Israeli physicist, is exposed to an unknown substance that made her body undergo very lengthy life cycles during a short period of time. Thus begins a futuristic drama about discovering the formula for both the fountain of youth and the well of desolation. Can this heavenly spark assure its possessor eternal life?

The world is shaken to the core by the stunning possibilities and perils

The dramatic secret shakes the foundations of government and is leaked to the international media. Intelligence agencies of the super powers send greedy fingers to Israel in order to extract fragments of information discovered on Mount Carmel. The Vatican is horrified by the possibility of eternal life that was not given by divine providence. This futuristic science novel is replete with theological explorations of truth, scandalous probing of human nature, and romantic fortitude alongside cynical promiscuity.

In 5th Floor Below, Israeli scientists involved in space research accidentally stumbled upon the possible secret to eternal life. Dr. Naama Kashti, a beautiful physicist was exposed to an unknown subtance that made her body undergo very lengthy life cycles during a short period of time. While science can’t explain what’s happening, this doesn’t stop them from experimenting with what might happen next.

Of course, this news shakes the foundation of the government and when the media gets hold of the news, things get even worse. The Vatican is horrified that eternal life could exist. Intelligence agencies from all over the world are travelling to Mount Carmel to find out more about the scientific miracle that has occured. And it turns out that finding the secret to eternal life might not just be a miracle… It might also be extremely dangerous.

A futuristic thriller about the implications of a discovery so magnificent yet so terrifying it would rattle the world to its core. The characters are endaring, in particular Dr. Naama Kashti herself. Sometimes, the book gets a little science-y, explaining things in a rather lengthy way, but one can easily look over that and instead embrace the fast-paced writing and thrilling twists.

A solid read for fans of futuristic thrillers.

Book Review: The Aeon Star

Title: The Aeon Star
Author: Lauren T. Hart
Genre: New Adult, Sci-Fi
Age Group: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Jenny has never wanted for more than the simple, normal life she has; helping her parents care for her seven younger siblings, working for her dad at his church, going to college someday – hopefully in the fall. And one day, settling down with the boy next door to start a family of her own…

There’s just one problem. Jenny was never meant to have an ordinary life. She can ignore the nightmares, her parent’s overprotective natures, and even the sense that she doesn’t really belong. But try as she might, she can’t escape her destiny and when the dangers and secrets of a past she can’t remember come hunting for her, her simple life doesn’t just crumble it shatters.

Nick Grace is a researcher looking for a way to destroy an ancient evil – one that sounds hauntingly similar to Jen’s nightmares. Nick says he wants to help her find answers, but can she trust him? The inescapable pull she feels toward him whenever he’s near only makes her more unsure.

As the danger looms ever closer, she will have to make a stand against her enemies as well as her friends in this compelling urban-sci-fi page turner, with just the right amount of romance, that will keep you guessing up to the very last plot twist.

In The Aeon Star, 19-year-old Jenny wants nothing more than a simple, normal life. With seven younger siblings to care for and working hard to start college, she barely has time for anything else. Her life is planned out. She even knows already who she plans to settle down with and start a family of her own – the boy next door.

But Jenny isn’t mean to have an ordinary life. She senses she doesn’t really belong here and if her nightmares are any indication, then the destiny awaiting for her isn’t as peaceful as she hopes it is. Her life is about to be turned by an ancient evil that seeks to destroy her. She’ll need allies if she wants to defeat her enemies, and one of those allies is Nick Grace, a researcher who wants to help her find answers. But can she trust him?

The Aeon Star reminded me of why I enjoy urban fantasy so much. The book is lengthy, at 500 pages, and it might’ve also worked as 2 books, but despite the length, it never really felt that long. I was so enthralled in the world the author described that I barely noticed how long the book was. It started off with action and a fast pace, and never slowed down. The romance was a good addition too, and it didn’t overwhelm the story but just added to it.

An intriguing, engaging read recommended to fans of urban fantasy and new adult books.

Book Review: 2036 The Proof

Title: 2036 The Proof
Author: Zvi Speiser
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by thep ubolisher in exchange for an honest review.

Will the most profound secret of the human race, seeded millions of years ago, finally be discovered?

Can Heller and Thorne figure out why scientists keep getting involved in accidents?

What do a huge asteroid rushing into earth, human DNA going crazy in a lab, exploding stars and an ancient sect have in common? All have been ingeniously woven together in this riveting science fiction thriller. Join Chicago police Detective Rick Heller and investigative journalist Will Thorne as they try to figure out why scientists connected to these discoveries are almost killed and a security guard is murdered.

Can the US president marshal covert scientific knowledge to safeguard the world?

When Will Thorne discovers a mysterious link among the asteroid, the DNA and the exploding stars, US President Emily White tries to use this top-secret tinder box, revealing the discovery of humanity’s deepest secret, for a peaceful message to the human race. Her initiative ultimately results in aggressive religious riots that threaten human security throughout the world.

Can an ancient, secret sect be the key to human salvation?

In 586 BCE, soldiers of the Sect of the Guardians gave their lives to secure the hiding place of the Ark of the Covenant, which they had removed from the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. What is the ancient secret, more than 3,300 years old, that the Guardians are ordered to hide at any cost?

First of all, 2036 The Proof has an amazing cover. I just need to put that out there, I’m in love with the color scheme, the font, everything. Amazing, and it’s what pulled me in to read the book even more so than the blurb did, while it’s usually the other way around.

So for the plot, a lot of things are happening at once. A huge asteroid is rushing toward earth, human DNA is going crazy in a lab, stars are exploding, and it all seems to lead to something terrible about to happen. Chicago police Detective Rick Heller and investigative journalist Will Thorne are square in the middle of the madness, and are trying to figure out what is going, and why scientists related to these discoveries keep getting into accidents.

The mystery seems to go back to an ancient sect dating back from 586 BCE, and humanity’s deepest secret, kept hidden for centuries. It reads kind of like The Da Vinci Code, with humanity itself at stake and a good amount of science fiction thrown in.

A fast-paced, engaging science fiction thriller about humanity and what it means to be alive.