21 Jun 2014

New Release: M. Joseph Murphy: “Beyond the Black Sea”

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“Beyond the Black Sea” by M. Joseph Murphy is the second in his powerful and imaginative Activation Series.  cover

Wisdom is an immortal who leads a group of youngsters with supernatural powers against the evil Council of Peacocks. Besides planet Earth there is also Maghe Sihre, portals between the worlds and a pocket dimension by the Black Sea in Turkey. The plot is highly evolved but the main action revolves around Travis, a normal earthling and cousin to one of Wisdom’s group. He becomes a pawn in the game between good and evil and the plan to activate the Verdenstab, a device that will change the world as we know it.

It is hard not to be in awe of this book that so effortlessly combines so many great ideas. Murphy delivers classic scifi and fantasy fare, amongst others there are time travel, dimensional portals, dragon-like fire-breathing reptiles called Wypera, djinns, demons and even talk of Atlantis and Greek mythology.
The characters are real and not boring infallible super heroes. The youngsters bring in an enjoyable tongue-in-cheek element by talking about contemporary Earth TV culture which makes this novel even more fun to read. I am sure I missed quite a few insider references for regulars of the genre, but what I picked up is an immense love for the genre that permeates the writing and makes this very enjoyable.

With some fast paced action and suspense the story runs along effortlessly as plotlines follow Travis on one hand and Wisdom’s group on the other in a race against time.

There are also some deeper and thoughtful concepts in this book, such as reality, belief and our perception of it that show that this is all well thought-through writing and not just mindless pulp fiction (although the philosophical edge does not get in the way of the action).

This book raises the bar set by its predecessor by adding plenty of new ideas and plot devices in an already highly original and imaginative blend. If you are looking for a repetitive and formulaic style or a one-trick pony writer you have so come to the wrong place. An exemplary piece of science fiction.


 Here’s the smart link to direct you to the Amazon in your country.myBook.to/BeyondtheBlackSea


coverIf you prefer Smashwords, or simply hate Amazon, you can purchase the book in a variety of electronic formats here:https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/447394




Interview with Joseph on Proof Positive

Interview with Joseph on this blog earlier this year


Joseph Murphy was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. He earned his geekdom at an early age. He read X-Men comics from at the age of 8 and it only went downhill from there.

As a teenager he wrote short stories and wanted to be the next Stephen King. Instead of horror, however, he kept writing fantasy stories. After surviving high school as a goth with a purple mohawk, he studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor.

When not writing, Joseph works as Lead Accounting instructor at Everest College. He also lectures to other businesses on outside-the-box marketing. He lives in Windsor, ON (right across the stream from Detroit, Michigan) with his husband, two cats, and shy-but-friendly ghost

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

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