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Bob FergusonBob Ferguson grew up in a remote region of Canada without electricity or telephones. He spent evenings listening to an old battery-operated radio and dreaming of faraway places. Later in life he traveled extensively. His travels to the Bahamas form the basis for Buzzard Bay. The author and his wife currently live in Fiji, where Bob writes and his wife teaches. Their children and grandchildren live in Canada.

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About the Book:

Murder, drugs trafficking, kidnapping and betrayal are the detonators that set Bob Ferguson’s explosive thriller BUZZARD BAY into motion.

The tale begins on a cold winter night in a remote area of Canada. Five assassins surround an old farm house. They have already made four kills and this one seems as routine as the others. But then a dog barks and the murderous plan is suddenly disrupted. In a breathless chase over the next two days, three of the assassins lie dead, including their leader. Eventually, the only assassin to escape is a man named Henekie. He had vowed to kill the man they missed and knew someone who would be willing to pay him to do it. He heads back to Germany to find that contact.

The killers’ target is Bob Green, a Canadian farmer who needs some serious funding to keep his business operating in the black. A solution seemed to materialize when Bob joined the other assassination victims to work on a farm project in the Bahamas touted as “the opportunity of a lifetime.” Bob and his wife, July, had spent a blissful honeymoon in the Bahamas, so he is happy to return to his paradise with the promise of making money. But paradise turns deadly when his Buzzard BAy 4fellow workers discover that the project is just a front to keep an airstrip open to be used as part of a cocaine distribution route from the islands. Now, the Canadians are being eliminated one by one after being sent back home, and someone is holding July in the Bahamas. Bob must get back to the Bahamas to find her.

The suspense mounts as Bob sets out to rescue his wife and set things right. To do that, he must agree to a CIA plot to go underground and pose as a well-known drug dealer thought to be dead. His decision puts both July’s and his life at stake.

Bob Ferguson’s Buzzard Bay gives readers all the adventure and thrill they could ask for in this unputdownable read.

Interview:

Would you call yourself a born writer? No, but I have stories to tell and I think people will like to read about them.

What was your inspiration for Buzzard Bay? I went to a remote island in the Bahamas where I found an airstrip that had been ploughed up. I asked the locals about the airstrip and the stories they told me were my inspiration.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing? How cocaine travels around the world and its effects on people’s lives.

How long did it take you to complete the novel? We travel a lot so I like to use many locations in my books. This book took me ten years to complete but my next one will follow the same characters with new locations so it will not take long.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day. Some days I will write a chapter, and other days I will write more. This past year, I have spent approximately six hours a day writing. Sometimes I did not write anything for a few days until I had everything straight in my head.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book? Timeline and cast of characters.

What do you love most about being an author? Telling about things most people don’t know exist.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision? I self published. This is my first book so I made lots of mistakes, but as a first time writer you have to get your book out there and then promote it.

Where can we find you on the web? buzzardbaythriller.com

 

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Revelation:  Book One of the Revelation Trilogy

By:  M. J. Mancini

ISBN: 147920806X

Paperback                    

Publisher:  Create Space Independent Publishing

368 Pages

$13.86

Review by guest reviewer Irene S. Roth

Revelation is a story that resembles Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code.  If you enjoyed that book you will certainly love this intriguing page turner too.  It is a book about murder, betrayal, intrigue, and the holy church.

Michael Gabriel Raphael is a devoted husband and father, enjoying a peaceful and fulfilling life. Then one day, one moment later, he is thrown into an abyss of frustration, torture, and suffering the likes of which is very hard to fathom. Accidents do happen, of course. But few accidents change the course of one’s whole life like this one did for Michael.

Michael’s estranged daughter is abducted by the Cavalieri di Satana (Knights of Satan), a society of devil worshipers. The Cavalieri plans to possibly kill his daughter in a ritual to prevent the second coming of Christ. Michael is told by Nicholas Nevsky, a religious theologian from Rila Monastery in Bulgaria that his daughter is the Holy Vessel Jesus Christ. There is no apparent coincidence between Michael’s last name and that of the Archangel Raphael.  Is Michael’s daughter who they think she is?

Revelation is a unique intellectual thriller.  It is violent, torturous, intriguing, and downright scary. The reader will be transported into this dark world of the Cavalieri. It is a nasty place indeed.  How could such a good man end up there?  How can he make it out?

This book is the first in a series of three novels in the Revelation Trilogy. M. J. Marcini was an only child. He was forced to use his imagination to entertain himself. Now, drawing from his wealth of creativity which permeates his writing, Mancini has become one of the most identifiable and intriguing authors.

This review was first published on Blogcritics.

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Imprisoned for a murder he didn’t commit and betrayed by those closest to him, Dean Weston struggles to stop the genocide of newly discovered energy-based life forms so unique they cause humans to acquire extraordinary intelligence for a brief period following exposure. As genius edges toward insanity for those exploiting the peaceful entities, a ruthless experiment goes awry leading to the creation of an evil capable of redefining human existence.

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About the Author

Joanne Elder is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering Science at the University of Western Ontario. During her professional career, she spent several years in the aeronautical and nuclear industries, published numerous technical papers in the field of Metallurgic Engineering and presented at international conferences. She now resides in King City, Ontario with her two teen-aged children and husband.

You can visit Joanne Elder’s website at www.sciencefictionthrillers.com. 

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Interview

Would you call yourself a born writer?

During my engineering career, I published many technical papers. Never did I think my love for science fiction would pull me to write in that genre, but it did. I feel fortunate, as few people stumble upon an unexpected passion as I have done with writing.        It’s an incredible thing to discover a born talent within you and run with it.

What was your inspiration for Spectra?

Often science fiction plots involve extraterrestrials carrying out ruthless experiments on humans. I loved the thought of switching it up and stirring in some deadly consequences for those immoral enough to exploit a newly discovered, peaceful and intelligent life form.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I love to explore the “unknown” and science fiction is the perfect avenue to do that with. As we know from the past, today’s speculative fiction may become tomorrow’s scientific fact. A subplot in Spectra narrows in on the human soul and what it is. Scientifically speaking, if it exists, it has to be something. So does God for that matter. I carried out a lot of research into the human energy field. In particular, a study done at UCLA where it was actually measured, thus proving that we have an “aura.” I also researched dark plasma theory to model the energy life forms in Spectra as plasma life, which, interestingly, could well exist. Spectra is fiction, but real science does support the existence of energy based life as portrayed in the book.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

It took just under a year to complete Spectra.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I’m extremely disciplined. When I’m writing, I become fully engaged with my story. I like to write first thing in the morning as I find I’m more creative when I’m fresh. If I get a dose of writer’s block, I take my dog for a walk. That usually cures it.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

The scientific research I did for Spectra was fascinating and intriguing. The challenge was to take this research and convey it in a completely non-technical manner so it would be thought provoking for the reader but not confusing.

What do you love most about being an author?

I love the creative aspect of writing. Writing is complete escapism and I enjoy it even more than reading a good book.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I’m published with MuseItUp Publishing, a small press. I was able to submit to them without using an agent, who would have been entitled to a percentage of the royalties. MuseItUp is a fantastic publisher and I’m very pleased with them. From the author’s point of view, small presses have many advantages such as the ability to put forth ideas for the cover art etc.

Where can we find you on the web?

My website is www.sciencefictionthrillers.com and my facebook page is www.facebook.com/Spectra.Series. Follow me on Twitter @JoanneElder.

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Lisa is a brilliant, 30-year-old computer programmer recruited by ISF-Intel Securities Foundation, a contractor for the Department of Defense. At such a young age, she already has a patent on a software that the DOD is willing to buy from her at any price. Overnight, it has become the most sought-after program on the planet.

Then one day she is kidnapped and badly hurt in the process. To avoid giving her captors what they want, she fools them by faking amnesia. What keep her alive are thoughts of seeing again her son and the man she loves.

Meanwhile, her father Sam and her son Zach, together with the authorities, are doing everything they can to find her. Sam has a love-hate relationship with Lisa because he blames her for the death of her mother–and the only woman Sam ever loved.

Their relationship is further damaged by the fact that he took Zach away from Lisa and raised him as his own son. His action was partly due to the fact that Lisa was only a young teenager when she had Zach. The story, told in multiple points of view, switches from Lisa and her ordeal as she’s kept captive, to Sam and Zach as they try to find her.

There is quite a lot of backstory, especially at the beginning, which together with various punctuation mistakes, was somewhat distracting. However, I was able to root for Lisa and I also found interesting the dark family dynamics taking place between father and daughter, and mother and son until the compelling ending when there’s a transformation among the characters.

Part-thriller, part-drama, Betrayal and Forgiveness is an out-of-the-ordinary story that will appeal to fans of Christian fiction.

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