11 Jan 2015

Review: “Destiny Nexus (Shimmer In The Dark series 2)” by Ceri London #asmsg

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Ceri 1“Destiny Nexus (Shimmer In The Dark series 2)” by Ceri London is the excellent and well constructed second book in her space opera series that shines with its masterful suspense, great depth and scientific competence. 

 

The scenarios are thought through and convincing, Niall a fascinating character with many talents and sides to him and the book is rich in plot and intrigue.
London is clearly not a one-trick pony and has many more up her sleeve as far as her stories go. Governmental politics (with some great references to current Earthly affairs), alien immigrants, time portals, telepathic powers, an evil nemesis, threats to Niall’s family and to himself – this really is a fireworks of excellent ideas, put together professionally with attention for detail, tight editing and great use of language.

 

I’m not a huge fan of science fiction and find myself bored easily. This reeled me in depite the late hours I was reading it and the multiple distractions and interruptions.
Truly remarkable.

Blurb/Synopsis:

“This man isn’t the exclusive property of the US any longer. He is answerable to the world.”

Major Niall Kearey is the only man capable of bridging space-time to create portals across the known universe. His government and the US military exploit his abilities, a secret society incites global unease in a bid to control him, and the alien refugees he smuggled to Earth revere him as the fulfillment of ancient prophecy.

Under threat of exposure, a potential one-man weapon of mass destruction, Niall and his family are forced back into hiding. Struggling to protect his wife and children, honor his oath to God and country, Kearey discovers he’s attracted the attention of a devourer of worlds – the legendary Balor – an enemy so powerful it enslaves or destroys everyone in its path.

The world needs Niall Kearey and his abilities, but the shady politics and dirty maneuverings of Earth’s power-brokers have tied his hands. Shackled by the unceasing suspicion and assaults on his liberty, Niall desperately seeks a means to protect planet Earth against the ancient predator hunting him down. Whether Balor’s purpose is Apocalypse or invasion, the threat escalates as Niall realizes the answer to the future lies in the past—his past.

How far can one man travel to preserve a world that has turned on him? Niall must accept his destiny as the nexus – a magnet for destructive forces and possibly mankind’s last hope for salvation.

An exploration of love and betrayal with the high-octane pace of military thriller, Destiny Nexus stretches a man’s moral fiber to breaking point and changes him forever. This action-packed sequel continues the epic space opera saga introduced in Rogue Genesis.

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Author Information Ceri 5

Ceri London (pen name) is an author of science fiction / fantasy who has just published the second volume in her Shimmer In The Dark series. She is a member of ASMSG, a league of international writers.

Back on Earth, life is very normal. Ceri lives in the UK, is married, a mother of two girls, and a piano tutor following a fifteen year career in IT within the international financial industry. She holds a BSc Honors degree in Chemistry & Computer Science, but acknowledges that in no way provides her any authority with regards to the science in her fiction writing, relying on research and drawing on the experience of others far more qualified.

Looking forward, Ceri is committed to completing her Shimmer In The Dark series and developing a range of related short stories and spin off novels.

Author Links

 

Amazon Author Page

Smashwords Author Page

Website

 Facebook Page

Goodreads

Google+

Twitter

Author Email: cerlondon@yahoo.com

Link to my interview with Ceri 

 

Other Work Ceri 6

Destiny Nexus is the sequel to Rogue GenesisRogue Genesis is the first book in Ceri London’s Shimmer In The Dark series and can be read as a standalone novel.

“I’ve loved developing the characters from Rogue Genesis and have introduced a few more as Niall discovers his heritage and unravels the threat of an alien predator hunting him across the cosmos. I’m now looking forward to developing a cast of new alien characters in Galacticus Elecion, the third book in the series.” Ceri London.

Rogue Genesis Blurb/Synopsis:

One man. Two worlds separated by a universe. Space-time warped by black holes. In the passing of seconds on Earth, Major Niall Kearey has witnessed the birth and death of generations on Astereal. His mind shortcuts light years to visit a fantastical world of floating sky cities populated by telepaths.

Astereal is in decline, the dueling forces of black holes threaten extinction. Ancient prophecy predicts their interstellar visitor brings salvation. As Niall faces the staggering truth – that his alien dream world is real – he and his family are targeted by secret societies, scheming politicians, and the US military.

Time is running out as Astereal races towards annihilation and temporal alignment with Earth. Power brokers vie for control of his capabilities. Niall must act, balancing the needs of Earth, his family, and the alien civilization he has come to know and love. The fate of two worlds rests on Niall Kearey’s shoulders.

 

My review:

“Rogue Genesis” by Ceri London is a complex, highly intelligent and competently written Science Fiction / fantasy thriller. I don’t often read Science Fiction and only let my curiosity get the better of me because several of my friends raved about this book. They were right to do so.

The story is based on a excellent idea: A man from Earth who kind of lives in two worlds at the same time.
The other world, Astereal, is in danger because the fragile balance of black holes holding it in place is coming loose. The concept of time folds, time warps, astral travel or whatever phrase you would like to use for this double excistence is highly original, fascinating and certainly unique. It made the story stand out from others in the genre just for that. With this creative set up, the subplots and the competent military/ technological writing it is impossible to find fault with this book.

Our protagonist, US Air Force Major Niall Kearey, is a splendid character with his own family life, deep thought and with – literally – A LOT on his overloaded mind. The way the author blends the telepathic fantasy side with more technological science fiction and fantasy is brilliant and made me think that maybe I should read scifi books more often. This is a far cry from repetitive and formulaic writing; this novel is innovative and therefore hugely rewarding.
It is also a gripping thriller, a family story and simply a must read.

 

02 Jan 2015

New Release: “Destiny Nexus (Shimmer In The Dark, Volume: 2)” by Ceri London #asmsg

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      Ceri 1Destiny Nexus (Shimmer In The Dark, Vol 2) by Ceri London

 

I’m really looking forward to reading this. The genre is a bit of a hit and miss for me but Ceri’s first book in the series, “Rogue Genesis” really took me by surprise with its excellent characters, research and a brilliant premise. I’ve added my review of “Rogue Genesis” at the end of this post.

“Destiny Nexus” has big shoes to fill. 

 

 

Blurb/Synopsis:

“This man isn’t the exclusive property of the US any longer. He is answerable to the world.”

Major Niall Kearey is the only man capable of bridging space-time to create portals across the known universe. His government and the US military exploit his abilities, a secret society incites global unease in a bid to control him, and the alien refugees he smuggled to Earth revere him as the fulfillment of ancient prophecy.

Under threat of exposure, a potential one-man weapon of mass destruction, Niall and his family are forced back into hiding. Struggling to protect his wife and children, honor his oath to God and country, Kearey discovers he’s attracted the attention of a devourer of worlds – the legendary Balor – an enemy so powerful it enslaves or destroys everyone in its path.

The world needs Niall Kearey and his abilities, but the shady politics and dirty maneuverings of Earth’s power-brokers have tied his hands. Shackled by the unceasing suspicion and assaults on his liberty, Niall desperately seeks a means to protect planet Earth against the ancient predator hunting him down. Whether Balor’s purpose is Apocalypse or invasion, the threat escalates as Niall realizes the answer to the future lies in the past—his past.

How far can one man travel to preserve a world that has turned on him? Niall must accept his destiny as the nexus – a magnet for destructive forces and possibly mankind’s last hope for salvation.

An exploration of love and betrayal with the high-octane pace of military thriller, Destiny Nexus stretches a man’s moral fiber to breaking point and changes him forever. This action-packed sequel continues the epic space opera saga introduced in Rogue Genesis.

Book Links

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Amazon

 

Author Information Ceri 5

Ceri London (pen name) is an author of science fiction / fantasy who has just published the second volume in her Shimmer In The Dark series. She is a member of ASMSG, a league of international writers.

Back on Earth, life is very normal. Ceri lives in the UK, is married, a mother of two girls, and a piano tutor following a fifteen year career in IT within the international financial industry. She holds a BSc Honors degree in Chemistry & Computer Science, but acknowledges that in no way provides her any authority with regards to the science in her fiction writing, relying on research and drawing on the experience of others far more qualified.

Looking forward, Ceri is committed to completing her Shimmer In The Dark series and developing a range of related short stories and spin off novels.

Author Links

 

Amazon Author Page

Smashwords Author Page

Website

 Facebook Page

Goodreads

Google+

Twitter

Author Email: cerlondon@yahoo.com

Link to my interview with Ceri 

 

 

 

Other Work Ceri 6

Destiny Nexus is the sequel to Rogue GenesisRogue Genesis is the first book in Ceri London’s Shimmer In The Dark series and can be read as a standalone novel.

“I’ve loved developing the characters from Rogue Genesis and have introduced a few more as Niall discovers his heritage and unravels the threat of an alien predator hunting him across the cosmos. I’m now looking forward to developing a cast of new alien characters in Galacticus Elecion, the third book in the series.” Ceri London.

Rogue Genesis Blurb/Synopsis:

One man. Two worlds separated by a universe. Space-time warped by black holes. In the passing of seconds on Earth, Major Niall Kearey has witnessed the birth and death of generations on Astereal. His mind shortcuts light years to visit a fantastical world of floating sky cities populated by telepaths.

Astereal is in decline, the dueling forces of black holes threaten extinction. Ancient prophecy predicts their interstellar visitor brings salvation. As Niall faces the staggering truth – that his alien dream world is real – he and his family are targeted by secret societies, scheming politicians, and the US military.

Time is running out as Astereal races towards annihilation and temporal alignment with Earth. Power brokers vie for control of his capabilities. Niall must act, balancing the needs of Earth, his family, and the alien civilization he has come to know and love. The fate of two worlds rests on Niall Kearey’s shoulders.

 

My review:

“Rogue Genesis” by Ceri London is a complex, highly intelligent and competently written Science Fiction / fantasy thriller. I don’t often read Science Fiction and only let my curiosity get the better of me because several of my friends raved about this book. They were right to do so.

The story is based on a excellent idea: A man from Earth who kind of lives in two worlds at the same time.
The other world, Astereal, is in danger because the fragile balance of black holes holding it in place is coming loose. The concept of time folds, time warps, astral travel or whatever phrase you would like to use for this double excistence is highly original, fascinating and certainly unique. It made the story stand out from others in the genre just for that. With this creative set up, the subplots and the competent military/ technological writing it is impossible to find fault with this book.

Our protagonist, US Air Force Major Niall Kearey, is a splendid character with his own family life, deep thought and with – literally – A LOT on his overloaded mind. The way the author blends the telepathic fantasy side with more technological science fiction and fantasy is brilliant and made me think that maybe I should read scifi books more often. This is a far cry from repetitive and formulaic writing; this novel is innovative and therefore hugely rewarding.
It is also a gripping thriller, a family story and simply a must read.

 

23 Jan 2014

Curran Geist – The Sity

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Early on in my blog days I kept coming across the memorable name Curran Geist and “The Sity” which seemed to reap great reviews and admirati0n everywhere. Not a huge fan of Science Fiction I took some time to finally download the book and read it, but curiosity got the better of me. I am glad I did. Here is the verdict and an interview with Curran.

“The Sity” by Curran Geist is a gripping futuristic, interstellar thriller in which three armed green skinned aliens called Kuljiks are ruling the world. Acid rain is making the word less habitable and our story features a kind of circus where humans are being shown on display and made to fight each other.
Carina escapes and hides in a sanctuary where she learns about a time where humans were masters of the world. Victor has helped her but in the process has become a target himself. The only way is to form an army and fight back.
This is great action with some deeper psychological edge to it. It is not just a well done science fiction opus with action and suspense it has also great characters, depth a message relevant independent of its futuristic setting. I loved the ending and am looking forward to finding out where the series is going from here.
If you love sci-fi…you will love The Sity! This is book one of a planned series of four.

Summary:

Victor’s memory has been damaged from months of torture and enslavement. But there’s one thing they couldn’t steal from him…the hope of finding his lost family. Carina is haunted by strange visions and the symbols etched into her skin. She will stop at nothing to discover her true identity.

In this tale of survival and vengeance, two young humans fight back against the oppression of an alien race called the Kuljik. Dangers and unspeakable horrors lie around every corner of the Sity, a violent metropolis where enslaved humans are abused for the pleasure of the aliens. Victor and Carina are both blessed with mysterious supernatural powers and represent humanity’s best hope to escape. Will their personal demons cause them to unravel as they forge the destiny of their futures?

Can friendship, community, and even love survive in the darkest of worlds? Dreams are dashed and nightmares are realized in this Sci-Fi Fantasy novel by author Curran Geist.

BIO:

Curran Geist grew up in the quaint town of Schwenksville, PA. As a home educated student, Curran often lived within books and his vibrant imagination allowed him to escape to fictional worlds beyond the tiny town where he was raised. Writing is and has always been Curran’s passion. By the age of 12, he had already begun writing novels. This included a series called Captured and a children’s book The Ultrasaurus That Was Afraid of Heights. As a teenager, he won multiple youth poetry competitions and started his own independent art newsletter entitled In-Between Dreams.

While studying Religion at Gettysburg College, Curran participated in numerous poetry slams. Human rights has also always been very important to Curran as evidenced through his experience in the Americorps, with Amnesty International, and at the Museum of Tolerance New York. In writing his first self-published novel THE SITY, Curran Geist has merged his love of science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres with his belief in combatting social injustices. THE SITY paints a dystopian, post-apocalyptic, extraterrestrial landscape that mirrors many modern day social issues, including: the exploitation of children, sexual slavery, and cruelty towards animals. The lead characters embark on a harrowing journey of survival and vengeance while trying to unravel the mysteries of their pasts and forge a destiny to save humanity. Curran Geist received his Master’s Degree at Hunter College in New York City.

Interview with Curran:

Tell us a little about yourself as writer and a person. Curran Geist

I am a quirky idealist with lots of different sides to my personality.

People have commented that I have a unique writing style. I love that because I see myself as a unique person. I don’t really fit into any boxes, and I don’t think my writing fits into any one genre or category. My writing does, however, reflect the complexity of being human and the best and worst in people. 

What made you decide to write science fiction and The Sity in particular?

I’ve been writing fiction since I was a little kid. I wrote my first sci-fi novel when I was thirteen. I always used to say that the most exciting thing about my hometown was the public library. I lived within the books there and eventually began writing myself. Writing and publishing a novel, whether independently or traditionally, has always been something on my bucket list. Of course, I don’t plan on dying any time soon. Knock on wood. However, I decided a few years ago to really focus my energy and get back to the thing I love most – writing. That, of course, led to The Sity.

Tell us a little about the history of the book. How did you have the inspiration for your story and your characters?


The Sity is considered sci-fi, however, it is inspired by moral issues in the real world, including child slavery, terrorism, and animal abuse. About six years ago, I spoke with a former child soldier by the name of Ishmael Beah. He wrote a memoir of his traumatic experiences. His story resonated with me on the cycle of violence and impact of war on young lives. My own book started out as a three-page comic spread that I drew of an enslaved child. I then decided to turn it into a novel.

How much of the stories was fixed before you started writing and how much changed during the process?


I start with an outline of the major plot points for each chapter. However, the story has changed quite significantly through the writing process. For me, the characters are like real people. So it’s an organic process, where I will let the characters’ personalities dictate the decisions they make. This might cause drastic shifts in the direction of the book. For example, a very early conversation in the novel, which was supposed to be pleasant and civil, turned hostile due to the volatile emotions of the protagonist.

Which of your characters was most enjoyable to write?
 Who would play them in a film?

It was actually quite fun to write one of the smaller characters, Qhoro. Although he’s only in a few parts, they are all quite significant. I think Ryan Gosling would be great for that role. My wife would be very happy with that casting. She is quite the fan of Gosling.

Are you like any of the characters in the book?

Sure, I am like all the best aspects of the characters. Just kidding. I do think there are aspects of myself in some of the characters. A key theme in The Sity is how people reconcile with their pasts and self doubts. I see a bit of myself in Victor and Logan.


What is your life like? What do you do for pleasure and work when you are not writing?

Right now writing is my priority. However, I also spend my time being a good uncle to a two-year old, taking care of my pets, cooking for my wife, and getting my heart broken by my hometown Philadelphia sports teams.

Who are your literary influences? What are your favorite books/ films/ albums?

Many readers have mentioned that they think The Sity would be great as a comic book. It’s interesting, because my writing is very much influenced by comics, such as the Walking Dead and The Watchmen. I would say one of my favorite films is Lord of the Rings and my favorite album is In Utero by Nirvana.

What are your views on independent publishing?

I think indie publishing is great because it gives more authors a chance to get their stories out into the world. There are just so many barriers to break through in the traditional route. Some really great books would never have seen the light of day if not for indie publishing.      

Can you recommend any indie books/ authors?


Any book by Christoph Fischer. Ok, no more kissing up. I recently read a great indie horror book called Small Things by Joe DeRouen.

What would your friends tell us if we asked for your best and your oddest qualities?

Best quality is probably my helpfulness to others, whether friend or stranger. Oddest quality is that I talk to animals as if they are humans. For example, some times I will wave at dogs and say “Hi”.

 

What are your favorite animal/ color/ outdoor activity?

Otters, purple, tennis

What would you take to a remote island?


I’m not a big fan of remote islands. I prefer to be around people and mountains. I also don’t like the heat and most islands are hot. This might be a boring answer, but I would mostly think of my survival. So number one, I would take some type of water purifier bottle and cutting tool.

 

Who would you like to invite for dinner and why?


George R.R. Martin. I’m tired of waiting for his next book and hopefully he’ll tell me some spoilers. Plus, his favorite food is barbeque, and I like that, too.

What are you writing at the moment and where would we find out about your next projects?


I am working on The Sity: Book Two and hope for it to be done some time this spring. You can follow my progress on my website http://thesity2012.wordpress.com.

Last year, I also launched an independent art website called In-Between Dreams at http://dreamsinbetween.wordpress.com. This online newsletter includes poetry, short stories, drawings, and photos from a variety of indie artists. I invite you to check it out or to even submit your own work.

What else would you like us to know about you and your books?


Something random about me is that I often get mistaken for Jimmy Fallon. I wish I was as funny as him! Regarding my book, I would just say read it. If Sci-Fi is not usually your cup-of-tea, I think you’ll find that my novel is really a mixture of many different genres. Ultimately, it is about relationships and the power of people to overcome inner demons and achieve their destinies.

BOOK LINKS:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Sity-Curran-Geist-ebook/dp/B008MNR49W

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Sity-Curran-Geist-ebook/dp/B008MNR49W

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-sity-curran-geist/1112181856

http://thesity2012.wordpress.com

@CGeist_thesity

 

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