Some of the best reads:
Author: Nicholas Forristal
I've read three of the 'M' series so far - fantastic, quirky and different.
Chronicles Of M - Book 1
The short version:
Samuel is a retired Hollywood Agent who is offered
a unique opportunity - join an ex-governmental agency who's tasked with
handling an unconventional and unpredictable maniac named M as he
battles the paranormal.
Their first task is to investigate the strange murder in a small town where nothing is what it seems.
The long version:
retired Hollywood agent finds a surprising new career with an unnamed
ex-government facility, dedicated to handling those cases that the
police can't handle - including those involving the supernatural.
problem for the agency is M, the worlds only currently living super
hero. He is their primary weapon for stopping these events from getting
worse. The only problem is: M also causes far more death and destruction
than is necessary, because he can.
Will Samuel stay on and risk life and limb for a pay check, or will he get out before it's too late?
This is the first book of the first trilogy and nothing is what it seems. Don't believe me? Read the reviews.
I was sent a copy of this story by the author for a review, and I really
enjoyed it. I liked the way it was so different and unexpected - and
very well written.
Although a quirky and offbeat novel...and
fantastical in many ways...the storyteller had a wonderful way of making
it believable, with many twists, turns and surprises - just great.
I don't give spoilers, but will say that this book is definitely worth reading if you like the unusual - highly recommended.
I look forward to reading the next one in the series.
UK link to Chronicles of M - Book 1
USA link to Chronicles of M - Book 1
Chronicles of M - Book 2 - Ammit
Thomas and Samuel race to find a way to expel the demon that controls M
and fail. It escapes, disappearing in broad daylight. With Thomas unable
to track it down, magically or with science, he's forced to do the one
thing he hoped to not do. Thomas has to rely on the advice of a
all-powerful being that he wants nothing to do with and use it's 1400
year old demon slayer to hunt down the demon in M.
Will Thomas be
able to purge the demon inside M? Even if he can, Thomas has to tell
him why he was possessed in the first place. Will M be able to accept
Thomas's twisted, tainted and sad past, or will their 100 year old
friendship be destroyed, leaving Thomas to deal with yesterdays problems
As a reviewer as well as an author, I was given this book for review - it was fantastic!
where book one left off, it throws us immediately back into this
wonderful story, the characters, old and new, ready for the adventure.
It's quirky, it's unique and brilliant!
I never give spoilers but I will say that it a fantastic story, well-written with immense imagination.
Highly recommended - I'm truly looking forward to the next installment.
UK link to Chronicles of M - Book 2 Ammit
USA link to Chronicles of M - Book 2 - Ammit
Chronicles of M - Book 3 - A'loc
A serial killer is on the loose. With no clues, no witnesses and the
bodies piling up, the local police call for the only people who can
help. What the police don't know is just how full Thomas and M's plate
already is. Time is running out. It's been ten months since A'loc showed
up and challenged M to a duel to the death.
For him to even
have a chance against A'loc, M must learn a lifetime's worth of magic,
but Thomas's brother Amit is missing. Without him, M can only hope to
learn what Thomas is physically able to show him. M also has to learn
how to handle himself in a fight from Mai and discover the extent his
mutant powers can go, but how can he do that when he can't even beat
her? It's been a long hard road for everyone and it's not even close to
Amit is the third and last book of the first trilogy in the Chronicles of M.
As a reviewer as well as an author, I was given this book, as I'd read the others in the series - it was fantastic.
It carries on the story from book 2 and I loved its twists and turns and the 'not quite knowing' what will happen next.
I love this series, it's quirky, fun, humorous, clever and 'out there' - absolutely genius.
don't give spoilers, so it is difficult to say too much, however, this
saga filled with fantasy, science-fiction and mystery in the extreme,
plus wonderful characters and, despite its off-the-wall feel,
believable...such is the brilliance of its author.
Highly recommended - but the first two should be read first for complete enjoyment.
UK link to Chronicles of M - Book 3 - A'loc
USA link to Chronicles of M - Book 3 - A'loc
This trilogy also comes in an omnibus edition
UK link to trilogy
USA link to trilogy
Nicholas Forristal's Author Page
Author: Seb Kirby
I've only read one of his books so far - Double Bind - and am currently reading another - Take No More - both are excellent.
In the sci-fi thriller Double Bind, successful writer Raymond Bridges must unravel a mystery that goes to the heart of his being and face apparently irresolvable doubts about his identity, set off by encountering a perfect double of himself.
It's a thrilling journey that leads him to question so much of what he finds in the world around him - even the loyalty of those he knows, including his love, Victoria.
What he uncovers is a conspiracy that shakes the world he knows to its foundations and asks key questions about how we live now.
What a fantastical sci-fi told as a cautionary tale - I loved it!
This story is fast-paced, extremely well-written and extraordinarily different - one that gripped me from the beginning to the very end.
The problem is that I don't give spoilers, so it isn't easy to say much, however, despite its 'off the wall' feeling, it's believable and the plot is one that you never quite know what will happen next, demonstrating the wonderful talent of this author. It is also thought-provoking and inspiring.
Highly recommended for those who love a fabulous story told with perfection.
UK link to Double Bind
USA link to Double Bind
Seb Kirby's Author Page
Author: Alan Tucker
Although I've only read one of his books so far, I loved Knot in Time.
Knot in Time
My name is Darius Arthur Heisenberg, but most people call me Dare. If my
last name sounds familiar, it’s probably because of my great-great
uncle Werner Heisenberg. He was a physicist who came up with something
called the Uncertainty Principle. But listen, Uncle Werner had no idea
how uncertain things really are.
I work for a group, called the
Keepers, that label themselves the custodians of time. And, believe me,
time is a mess. It needs all the custodians it can get. Which is, of
course, why the Keepers selected me, a nineteen-year-old high school
dropout, to join them. I recently worked as a janitor for a couple
months. Perfect fit, right?
Okay, it didn’t make much sense to me
either, but I wasn’t in a position to turn down a steady job and a roof
over my head. Besides, all I’m supposed to do is travel through time
and save the universe as we know it, how hard could it be?
Yeah, better hold on. This could get ugly.
From the beginning of this story I knew it was going to be different,
and yes, quirky. The writing style hooked me and I loved the humour
This is a wonderful science-fictional tale
of time travel, which may seem impossible in many ways, and certainly
crazy in others, and yet, it rang true due to the talent of this clever
I loved it and would recommend it as a must read.
UK link to Knot in Time
USA link to Knot in Time
Alan Tucker's Author Page
Author: M. E Lorde
This is the first in a series and I loved it.
Tolomay's World and The Pool of Light
If you enjoyed Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, and The Lion, The Witch,
and The Wardrobe, you will LOVE this book. There is no swearing or sex
in this series. Due to adult theme, it is Not intended for young YA
readers. Genre is NEW ADULT/FANTASY/ROMANCE FANTASY
Lorde creates a gripping story set in the earth’s future, where the
youth of the world have the privilege and burden of saving humanity from
Years before an apocalyptic event, a new means of
travel is discovered. The modern technology comes just in the nick of
time. Though none can return to a past-time in order to fix what men
have destroyed, some candidates can now move forward to begin anew.
intelligent, Tolomay Ramey was trained since birth to do one thing… to
lead others into the future of the ‘clean earth’ where both nature and
mankind are given a fresh start. Leaving the pod community behind, she
arrives as the only living ‘Original’ from the first team of candidates.
The clean world, abundant with plant and animal life, is covered in
green for the first time in hundreds of years.
this young girl and despite the beauty of the replenished earth, nothing
she experiences from the moment she arrives is as expected. Alone for
three years, until others finally join her, she learns to survive off
the land, but that will not be what she finds most challenging. What
will happen when a strong-headed young man arrives with the mindset that
he should have been the first in this paradise? Can independent
Tolomay and fiercely confident Kenter meet in the middle? Can the clean
world become what it was intended to be for the new community, or will
all thoughts of peace be left a thousand years in the past?
The first of a series, the second novel (TOLOMAY'S WORLD and The Mountain of Tegi) will be released March 2013.
As a reviewer as well as an author, I was lucky enough to be given this book to read - and I loved it.
is a cautionary tale of sorts (I don't give spoilers), a fantasy mixed
with romance and an amazing insight into a 'clean world', where the
talent and imagination of the author abounds.
The story is filled
with wonderful descriptions and 'fitting' language that intertwines
English with a twist...a mix of future and past and a dash of how
communication and beliefs could evolve.
The characters are
believable, although Kenter may have to 'grow up', but as the story
continues, we do see his possibilities. Tolomay is fantastic, and I
look forward to finding out how she continues on her 'journey'.
Kenter's sister, too, has great potential. The males do seem to be far
weaker than the females - so far :)
A fabulous read, although my 'problem' is having to wait for the next installment.
UK link to Tolomay's World and The Pool of Light
USA link to Tolomay's World and The Pool of Light
M. E. Lorde's Author Page
These are just a few of the wonderful books I've had the pleasure of reading - I highly recommend them all.