The Virtual Lookalike
Review , Science Fiction & Fantasy / April 13, 2019

  Somewhere in Israel, a mysterious explosion underneath the massive, recently-built Taylor Institute obliterates the building and triggers a search and rescue that uncovers strange and unexpected events. Four men tasked with solving the mystery join forces on a quest of epic proportions. What follows is a deep spiritual search and discovery that has the potential to shatter our beliefs of our world and our universe. As the men try to unearth the clues that may lead to the missing scientists’ disappearance, a powerful and unique set of computers is discovered. Through the use of these machines the men, with the help of computer experts, try to recreate the last moments before the explosion. What they discover instead will shock and transform them. Israel, a mysterious explosion: * Just what were the scientists trying to create in their secret lab? * Did they succeed? Follow the team, led by Arik and Yaron, and overseen by the powerful Mr. Taylor, as they uncover clues to solve the grand puzzle, and embark on a thought-provoking journey of self-discovery that applies to everyone who has questions about our universe. The Virtual Lookalike is a fascinating philosophical science-fiction novel, in which the invention of a…

The Far Sighted: The Novelettes of T. E. Mark
Review , Science Fiction & Fantasy / February 19, 2019

  The Novelettes of T.E. Mark contains five clever, thought-provoking, and imaginative stories written by the consummate 21st-century storyteller. Each is unique, fresh, profound and richly thematic. A man who wants his wife to think more like him thus has her brain remapped mirroring his own. The government’s attempts to exploit a gifted boy who can see through the eyes of others. A man given an unsympathetic choice: die within a week or relive his life without his beloved wife and children. An idealistic journalist who tries to educate the lower classes about their world but finds himself joining them and learning the truth about his own. These are world-class stories written by a writer with a searching imagination and gift for making relevant statements in everything he writes.   REVIEW   It’s been a while since I enjoyed a book this much! Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Forty-some years ago my uncle gave me a science fiction anthology. It was a thick red hardback that I read from cover to cover. It inspired a lifelong love of the genre. The stories in that book made me think outside the box. They filled me with awe…

DREAMS INC.: The Novelettes of T. E. Mark – Vol II
Science Fiction & Fantasy / February 4, 2019

  T. E. Mark delivers with his new anthology of Novelettes offering five fresh, thoughtful and engaging stories. Employing rich themes and the unique story design he has pioneered, Mark reaches deeper into character and extends himself with more compelling and complex plots. In a world where dreams are administered artificially by Dreams Inc, and no one sleeps, people are losing interest in reality – opting instead for their manufactured dream worlds. A woman unleashes a demon when she follows the recommendation of her sentient machine companion by installing a revolutionary AI programming language. A profound story with a dark and refined grittiness to it. Bobby Bright is 17. He’s remote, a gifted design student and a puzzle to everyone. When Annabeth Bachman, a passionate young therapist, uncovers what Bobby’s been working on, her world, his and ours will change forever. A neuronthologist is tasked with extracting the memories of a 17-year-old resistance fighter who can hyper-accelerate – move through solid matter when he’s caught inside a Pentagon general’s house stealing a top-secret war plan. Pinnacle is the future. A future where art and music are unlawful. An austere future where people only see in black and white. And in…

Arcadia’s Children: The Fyfield Plantation
Science Fiction & Fantasy / February 1, 2019

  Continuing the story line of Arcadia’s Children: Samantha’s Revenge, this futuristic sci-fi tale brings back Mick Tarmy and a cast of characters guaranteed to create a fascinating journey to destroy a plantation dedicated to growing zuka milk, which produces a powerful narcotic street drug. The Great Ones, who use the drug to raise funds for their war against humanity, will go to any lengths to stop Mick, his cohorts Claire Hyndman and Nonie Tomio, from their mission. Journey through a world filled with aliens, robots and clones in this book that is a cracking good read for all ages.   REVIEW Another well-crafted sci-fi fantasy sequel. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Author Andrew R. Williams weaves another fantastic sci-fi fantasy with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the opening page. The author paints an exciting and adventurous story of aliens, robots and clones in a very vivid and convincing way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and integrity. The story had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s…

Mylee in the Mirror (Greek Mythology Fantasy Series Book 2)

  Freshman year is just starting, and already Mylee fears her family is falling apart. She’s not interested in dating or any of the high-school drama it brings, but that’s just what she gets when Sam, the most popular guy at school, invites her to the Homecoming dance. Mylee needs advice, so she summons Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Beauty, her secret confidant. Tyler is worried about Mylee, his best friend and teammate. Already sad about her family woes, he’s livid that Slimeball Sam is trying to ooze his way into her life. And she seems to be falling for Sam’s act! Worse, Ty is worried all this attention from such a popular guy will place Mylee officially out of his league. What does an ancient Greek goddess know about modern teenage romance? Can My and Ty save their friendship and discover what matters most?   REVIEW A must-read whimsical fiction interwoven with true-life teenage drama. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Award-winning author Ellie Collins weaves another well-crafted contemporary coming of age novel. The story had every element a good story should have. A solid and captivating plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed…

Mission Perilous
Science Fiction & Fantasy / November 29, 2018

  Deep in a dungeon beneath the streets of the Black City, three men await their fate. To escape, Rofe, a crusading knight, Olaf, the Barbarian, and Merc, ‘Prince of Thieves’, must put aside their differences and band together. They journey through enemy territory, fighting gargantuan reptiles, man-eating plants, and voodoo poisons. Their survival is dependent on their swords, courage and sheer cunning.   REVIEW A well-crafted sci-fi fantasy tale! By Piaras on November 29,2018 (Emerald Book Reviews) Author Margaret Pearce weaves a fascinating sci-fi fantasy with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a unique, creative and dark tale of swords and sorcery in a very vivid and convincing way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction. It’s a relatively fast-paced novel that will keep you engaged from the first page to the last. The book description gives only a sneak preview: ‘Deep in a dungeon beneath the streets of the Black City, three men await their fate. To escape, Rofe, a crusading knight, Olaf, the Barbarian, and Merc, ‘Prince of Thieves’, must put aside their differences and band together. They journey through enemy territory,…

Hidden Religion – A Novel

  What is stronger? A man’s beliefs or his survival instinct? When the rational gives you a death sentence, the irrational becomes your best friend. When Alnor Loro, a 25-year-old, learns that he has a terminal illness, no amount of brightness of the day can stop his world from falling apart. Desperation and hopelessness force him to make the only decision he believes right – leave everything and everyone he has ever known behind and spend his last years on a long vacation in England. As chance would have it, he won’t be going through this journey alone, after all. Befriending a mysterious girl, who undermines his reasoning, makes him second-guess the actual fatality of his illness and question everything he has ever believed (or has never believed) in. Upon hearing about a special place and a hidden religion that can bring about his full recovery, Alnor is increasingly convinced that this girl is far from sane. Nevertheless, since there is nothing left to lose, Alnor lets curiosity (and hope, perhaps?) get the better of him and finds himself on a spiritual journey during which everything seems to be possible. What is the right way when there is no way?…

The Zarion: Saving Mankind

Davis Summerfield thought he was retired and living the good life, that was before he had to accept an offer he wasn’t at liberty to refuse. Interplay, a secret government agency wants him to head up their space exploration/research department. Not cooperating was not in his best interest. Not knowing what his position as head of the department entails, he is surprised when he finds out it includes an exploration mission to outer space. During the mission, he has his first encounter with the strange ships. Just before their craft, Algenon I, is pulled into the black hole, the unknown ship comes in between them and stops them from being sucked in. Why did they help? Who are they? Davis soon learns there is an infiltrator inside Interplay, which places him in an uncomfortable position. He must find out who it is and report them to his superior, but can he trust them? With contacts from his past life, he begins an investigation of his own which only puts him in danger. What is Interplay’s role? How far will they go to keep their secrets? Along with his staff, he discovers the missing link in the human DNA. Only, he…

The Finest Mask
Blog / October 18, 2018

What if the Europeans who came to North America three hundred years ago had been susceptible to epidemics, but the 500 Indigenous nations’ people were not? This is the alternate history world of The Finest Mask, where disease has disfigured nearly all of Europe’s population. Sometime in the future, the people have become accustomed to wearing masks to conceal their scars. Gene hunter, scientist Sir William Potter travels from London to New York City in search of an illusive gene for perfect skin, a gene to prevent the ravages of infections and the disfiguring scars. What he finds might protect his future and reawaken his heart.   REVIEW   A masterclass in story telling By Piaras on October 18, 2018 (Emerald Book Reviews) Author J.J. Brown weaves a unique and fascinating sci-fi fantasy tale, with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a dystopian diseased-ridden society in a very vivid and convincing way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction. It’s a fascinating short story that will keep you engaged from the first page to the last. The story had every element a good story should…

The Adventures of the Immortal Zombie Girl
Children's Books / August 29, 2018

What if you got a second shot at life? Ever since Charlotte Belmore came back from the dead getting through High School went from tough to insane. Now in addition to dealing with friends, family, homework, and romance, she’s pestered night and day by the malevolent hordes of darkness including a deranged witch, a maniacal demonic octopus from another dimension and the Grim Reaper himself! She’s survived death but Charlotte’s greatest challenge will be surviving life! Can Charlotte protect her friends while overcoming her greatest enemy… herself? This fun-filled illustrated comedy has something for everybody: magic, monsters, mayhem, super-powered criminals, enchanted artifacts, fast food, shopping, golf, and an undead heroine who just doesn’t know when to quit. Read this book or your place in the afterlife CANNOT BE GUARANTEED! REVIEW A highly recommended fun-filled illustrated comedy. By Piaras on August 6, 2018 (Emerald Book Reviews) Author Anthony Dial weaves a fun-filled paranormal fantasy with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a witty and entertaining yarn in a very vivid and convincing way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and integrity. The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘What…