Book review: Time Crawler by Varun Sayal

Time CrawlersTime Crawlers by Varun Sayal

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The book is a collection of unique short stories, on superior beings (aliens) existing amongst humans on earth. Hiding their true nature but living in plain sight, they are slowly manipulating everything in their favor. It would not be long when the human race would be completely obliterated. Only a gifted few humans can see them for what they are, which is why they are being targeted and killed off.

I liked the stories and found the concept definitely frightening and yet intriguing, which is what kept me going.

All the short stories are unique and captivating, but not all are of the same level. The opening story ‘Eclipse’ was a tad slow and dragged a bit. I would have preferred it to be a bit more crisp and tight. There are long narratives portions that made it monotonous at times. If they could have been dialogues it would have made a big difference. There were some sections I found a bit hard to understand—I got confused in the 3D and 4D parts and had to keep going back to make sense of it.

‘Death by Crowd’ was quite hardcore and the clean-cut writing brought it out well. Handled better than the first one. ‘The Genie’ was comical and fun reading. “Time Crawlers’, ‘the Cave’ and Nark-Astra’ were the best of all.

I liked that though starting off slow, the stories picked up the pace and kept me engrossed to the end. I liked the style of writing, and look forward to reading more stories from the author.

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Spotlight: The Valarsard Chronicles

Presenting—The Valarsard Chronicles by Erin Eldridge

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SERIES: The Valarsard Chronicles

 BOOK ONE: The Ravening Heart of the Wolf

BOOK TWO: The Wolf in Winter

AUTHOR: Erin EldridgeEE.jpg

AUTHOR BIO: I live in Christchurch, New Zealand. The city is still rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. I have been a teacher for most of my life, most recently, a teacher of deaf students. Currently, I do part time support work with International students at a boys’ college. I’ve taught overseas as well, in Africa and in Brunei. I have two children, one of who, my daughter, lives in the UK and the other, my son, lives around the corner! I started writing two years ago and have completed four books: a contemporary romance, two war stories and a medieval fantasy. I have many more ideas for stories yet to come.

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The Valarsard Chronicles

 

BOOK ONE SYNOPSIS: A brutal medieval warlord believes his lost true love has returned to him from the grave. A young girl is uprooted from the sheltered life that is all she has known and must learn to survive in a violent and pitiless world where man is wolf to man. A valiant young warrior loses his heart to her, but the unforeseen tears them apart. Fate conspires to throw all three into each other’s path with shattering results. A colorful cast of minor characters helps to create a stunning, stained-glass-montage of an adventure that will enthrall readers young, old, and in-between.

 

AD4.pngBOOK TWO SYNOPSIS: Following the dramatic events that closed Book One, the Valarsards settle back into harmonious co-existence. But tranquility is short-lived, enemies are close at hand, and both the wolf and the eagle are called upon as never before to protect loved ones and avert further tragedy.

 

AUTHOR SITE LINKS: http://www.immortallongings.net/, https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100016952262180
AMAZON US
BOOK ONE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079J4Y8HY
BOOK TWO: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079VVNJYR
AMAZON UK
BOOK ONE: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079J4Y8HY
BOOK TWO: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079VVNJYR
AMAZON CA
BOOK ONE: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B079J4Y8HY
BOOK TWO: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B079VVNJYR 

 

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

7 Brilliant pieces of literature you can read for free on your lunch break

A few short reads, not to be missed…

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In 1930, the great economist John Maynard Keynes predicted the working week would be drastically cut – to perhaps 15 hours a week, with people choosing to pursue leisure as their material needs were satisfied. Yet despite rising living standards, we are working longer hours than ever before. As the post-war compromise between big business and labour has been rolled back, the world of “ruthless corporate management” that legendary writer Willa Cather broke free of at the turn of the 19th century seems to be returning: leaving us with mountains of work and no opportunity to do anything else with our lives.

We’ve written before about how the new work-life imbalance is stifling our creativity – and unfortunately it seems as though we are on a one-way street. There’s no chance to collect our thoughts when we’re always collecting emails and phone calls…

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Book Review— The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

The Butterfly Garden (The Collector #1)The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It took me some time to decide on what kind of rating I wanted to give to this book. I’m still not sure if a five star is the right one or not. To be honest, I’ve not been able to make up my mind about this book—whether I liked it or not.

As much as the gruesomeness and starkness nauseated me, the story was riveting and held my attention from the get-go. Inara did not seem to be a reliable witness because I was never really sure if she was telling the truth or just trying to keep the investigators on their toes. Yet, as I read further, I realized that she was the only one I could actually trust (you don’t have a choice there).

I trudged cautiously through the pages, unsure of what would be revealed and what turn the story would take. My hands often trembled and I shed quite a few tears (okay, a lot of tears) and was overwhelmed with the emotions Inara’s narration filled me with. I cried each time a girl whispered her real name. Every goodbye had me tearing my heart out. There were moments I felt I couldn’t read further, yet I continued. The way Dot Hutchinson has woven the story, Inara’s blunt narrative, to say that there were goosebumps on my skin and tears in my eyes, would not be far from the truth.

It sure is a haunting story and will stay with you for a long time. What scares me more, is the possibility of somewhere, there being a gardener collecting his butterflies, to fulfill his twisted fantasies. I can only pray that our girls stay safe, the lost never lose hope, and that we find them and bring them home, safe. Cause that’s all that matters.

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Blog Tour: The Bermuda Connection by Robert Rapoza

Hi Everyone,

Please join me in welcoming Robert Rapoza, author of The Bermuda Connection today, as part of his book tour! I love the book cover—it sure promises to be quite an adventurous ride. Do remember to head on over to your favorite e-store and grab your copy today.

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TITLE: The Bermuda Connection

RELEASE DATE: July 2017

AUTHOR: Robert Rapoza

KEYWORDS: Thriller, Adventure, Action, Mystery, Suspense, Science Fiction, Military Secret Code

CATEGORIES: Thriller/Suspense & Science Fiction Mystery

SYNOPSIS: Archeologist Nick Randall is haunted by a recurring nightmare that may be tied to the abduction of a woman he’s never met. As he searches for clues, assassins attack and nearly kill him, forcing him into hiding. Nick’s son, John Randall, a talented Bioengineer, finds himself engulfed in his own mystery. Having developed a drug that erases traumatic memories, his research partner suddenly disappears. While searching for him, John makes a terrifying discovery. He has been part of secret, psychological military project, and their henchman will stop at nothing to get his research—including murder. John narrowly escapes, only to find he is now wanted by the authorities.

Their paths cross when they are both drawn to a mysterious woman on the Island of Bermuda. But they must find her and solve the riddle before evil forces unleash a horrific weapon on humanity.

PAGE COUNT: 320

ISBN: 978-1975970741

IMPRINT: Devil’s Tower

BOOK PAGE: http://ravenswoodpublishing.com/bookpages/thebermudaconnection.html

 


About Robert

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Robert Rapoza is the author of THE RUINS (formerly The Vilcabamba Prophecy), a 2015 Adventure Writers Competition Semi-Finalist. This action-packed, science fiction thriller, is the first in the Nick Randall series, following the exploits of archaeologist Nick Randall and his daughter Samantha. This was followed by a short fiction story, NAZCA, featuring a young Nick Randall in his first adventure. His recently released second novel, THE BERMUDA CONNECTION, finds Nick and his son John searching for clues that lead them from sunny Bermuda to the frigid Antarctic continent.

Born and raised in Southern California, when not writing novels, Bob enjoys the outdoors, taking bike rides along the beach and camping along the California coast. A die-hard Red Sox and Patriots fan, he also enjoys watching sports.

A member of the Southern California Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers Association (ITW), Bob was a member of the International Thriller Writers 2015-16 Debut Authors program and was among several new authors featured at the Debut Author session at ThrillerFest in New York City.

You can write to him at authorrobertrapoza@gmail.com or reach out to him on his Website | Twitter | Facebook page as well as Goodreads.

Don’t forget  to buy your copy of ‘The Bermuda Connection’ at: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Barnes & Nobles | CreateSpace | Paperback

Get Your Copy Today!