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Unlike most authors, Joshua did not immerse himself into the world of books as a child. After finishing graduate school, he quickly made up for lost time by buying and devouring countless graphic novels. Remembering his love of the original Conan movies, he moved on to the fantasy genre with the compilations of Robert E. Howard. He was hooked.
Since then, he has moved on to other authors such as Glen Cook, Joe Abercrombie, George R.R. Martin, Steven Erikson, Paul Kearney, Steven Brust, Peter V. Brett, Patrick Rothfuss and many more.
Joshua was inspired to write and create his own fantasy world after reading Glen Cook’s Black Company series. Thanks to a vivid imagination, he soon found himself with more ideas than he knew what to do with. After some prompting by his wife, he decided to focus his efforts on stories in a series called Blood and Tears.
Due to uncertainty in the publishing industry these days, Joshua is pursuing self-publishing. Warleader, a prequel short story, and Rise and Fall, the first book, are both now available. Walk Through Fire, a prequel novella, is scheduled to be released in April.
When not writing, Joshua lives a life devoted to God and spends time with his beautiful family. He is employed as an accountant.
Currently, he is working on the remaining projects in the Blood and Tears series.
BLOOD AND TEARS
Warleader: a prequel short story (available now!)
Rise and Fall: Book One in the trilogy (available now!)
Walk Through Fire: a prequel novella (available now!)
Steel and Sorrow: Book Two in the trilogy (Summer 2012)
Break the Chains: a novella (Fall 2012)
Untitled: Book Three in the trilogy (Early 2013)
on Aug. 14, 2012 :
I'll be honest, after reading an incredible book, this one kind of paled. Thought the two can't be at all compared, I was really impressed and this book failed to capture my attention. Towards the end, I felt less lost than I had been feeling throughout reading the story and I did start to care much more about the characters and where they were heading, but I really wish I understood more about their beginnings and history. It was a weird book about what I can only assume is an "army-for-hire" (something I learned about in a political science class but had never heard of before) and there's some mystery of the main character's, Jonrell's, past that he's going back to (in the next installment of the series) as well as some mystery surrounding Cassus. There was some familial love/bonding going on too, which seemed uncharacteristic for hardened army men. Throw in some mages too and overall, it was an interesting book but nothing overly exciting. I would like to read more of the story though to find out what Jonrell, Cassus and Yanasi are all about and where they end up.
Oh, and I was really confused my the book numbering because it seemed like I was reading "Book 2" but there was an excerpt from the next story which was called "Book 1" but did clearly pick up where this story had ended so...
Anyway, it was a good read, but not an amazing story that I would recommend up and down to strangers on the street (like I would with the previous book I finished) ... I really wish I had more positive things to say...
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Aug. 02, 2012 :
Review of “ Walk Through Fire” Author Joshua P. Simon
If you’re looking for a thrill ride “Walk Through Fire” could be the answer to your prayers. Author Joshua Simon throws us into a post cataclysmic world where all traces of humanity have been erased and replaced with endless wars for power and land. From our first glimpse of the streets of Mudhole Bay, Simon grabs you and drags you through a world of assassins, traitors and sorcerers where friendship and loyalty is bought and trust is often paid for in blood. This is one ride you can’t get off until the end. Don’t take my word for it get a copy of “Walk Through Fire” and hang on tight.
Review by Dave Stewart
(reviewed within a month of purchase)