Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves.
For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them.
I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick.
As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics.
I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me.
While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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Stranger Passing: A Sword and the Flame Novella
by CP Bialois
Approx. 25,710 words.
Published on April 21, 2013.
Eron Lightheart has always been a dreamer. While thievery is the preferred and respected way of life for a Halfling to embark on, Eron has other plans. Facing a determined sister and mother wishing him to follow the path of his people, the young boy is determined to become a brave warrior.
The Sword and the Flame: The Purging
by CP Bialois
Approx. 73,800 words.
Published on April 16, 2013.
From the dawn of their world, dragons have fought to control all those they deemed beneath them. With Pyrain on the brink of destruction, peace was found and the dragons returned to their hidden burrows to sleep until the world was ready for them to return. One, a giant red dragon, has planned for his own release for hundreds of years.
The Sword and the Flame: The Forging
by CP Bialois
Approx. 79,920 words.
Published on April 16, 2013.
In a world where magic and the sword rule and dragons are forgotten, a band of friends find each other but can they overcome their own fears and trials in time to fulfill their destiny? Their adventure begins in The Sword and the Flame: The Forging. Before a weapon can be used, it must be forged in the fires of life.
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Smashwords book reviews by CP Bialois
- Phantom Squad
on Sep. 14, 2012
I’m a fan of any good story out there, but I’ve always had a soft spot for mystery, suspense, and thrillers. I have taken some heat for this over the years but I’m a Dan Brown fan. His books are well paced and fun so when I met author J.M. Leduc at an author showcase a little over six month’s ago he caught my attention with his Trilogy of the Chosen where in each generation a single person is given the task of keeping the secret to eternal life safe. If anyone ingests the formula, the world will face a cataclysm worse than the Great Flood and this time humanity won’t be spared. Sounds exciting, right?
In the course of the first book, we meet the hero Brent Venturi, and through a series of flashbacks we’re shown the training he undertook to become one of the Phantom Squad including their final training session that nearly killed him and his comrades. That brings me to this week’s selection.
J.M. Leduc’s Phantom Squad is a novella that focused on Venturi’s final training mission and the reason for forming the Phantom Squad under the watchful eye of Seven. While it contains some of the same flashbacks seen in the first book of the trilogy and fleshes them out, I was disappointed due to my assumption it was going to focus on Venturi’s final mission in greater detail and delve deeper into the trauma he faced following it.
With that in mind, it was still a very entertaining story as I’ve always enjoyed characters similar to Venturi and Seven. Venturi keeps his emotions under control and buried, sometimes to his detriment, while Seven is your stereotypical instructor (think Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket without as much abuse. Beware the language for young viewers.:))
on Feb. 01, 2013
The thing I love about Panoptemitry is the undertones of the age old struggle between science and religion. The priests of the Caytalan Church use prison planets to grow and harvest “sprites”, a substance that enables those with high quantities in their blood to communicate with one another and even a god named Caytal.
Science is represented by the galactic computer network S.Y.M.A.C. Using S.Y.M.A.C., humans learned to create artificial life or androids by studying the growing cells of their fellow man. A combination of biology and technology, the androids are designed with certain parameters to guide their interactions with humans, ie they won’t attack and can’t knowingly lie.
One android, Max, is sent to study ancient Cayatlan texts that result in the capture of his human controllers Ryan Mead and Emilija Lithuan by the Caytalan Church. The Caytalans inject Mead with their sprites while banishing Lithuan to a prison planet where she befriends a killer sent there to die.
Following Max’s rescue of the three of them, they’re confronted with the moral implications of their actions to one another as well as trying to determine whether they should trust the words of Caytal while the god attempt to use them to do his bidding.
Sounds exciting right? It is, but there were a couple of drawbacks. I never harp on editing or formatting, but there were times I was taken out of the story by a few glitches here and there. The story had such a great buildup that I expected more at the ending. This could just be me, but the ending seemed rushed as the loose ends were tied up faster than I would’ve liked.
If you’re like me and can’t get enough of sci-fi, then check it out. But read some of the free sample first to make sure it’s your cup of tea, so to speak.
- Dr. Daedalus, The Devil's Army
on April 26, 2013
One of the things that stuck out to me was the liberal use of various characters from history and mythology. Characters and people like Varney the Vampire and Nicolas Flemal and his Philosopher’s Stone gave the story a comfortability for me and helped to pull me in. Even the main character, Dr. Daedalus, should be familiar to history/mythology fans.
My only issue is I would’ve liked to see the story become deeper. While a quick read, I wouldn’t mind it being a four hundred page novel, but that’s my own feeling. All in all, I really enjoyed it and recommend it for any fantasy fan looking for a new take on the genre.