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I was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. I discovered science fiction at a very early age when one of my cousins turned me on to the old TV show, Fireball XL5. I have been hooked ever since. Science fiction and later, fantasy books and movies have been a large part of my life. I love writing and hope that you find some enjoyment in reading my work.
The sequel to Oracles, "Vampires of Aragret" is coming along nicely. I have developed all of the major characters and have outlined about 80% of the story. Nigel, Colleen, and Merrick are back for more action, fighting on opposite sides of a war between a fanatical church and deadly, powerful vampires. The story is set in the capital city of Aragret, Whitehall, seat of the Grand Duke’s power. Look for action, romance, and adventure set against a world driven by coal, steam, and passion.
on April 13, 2012 :
Great book! Mark Whitney has created an interesting novel that is heavy on the steampunk (lots of dirigibles) with a bit of fantasy (some spell casting, a little necromancy, fortunately no lame prophecies) mixed in. It's a real page turner from the start, with tons of action, culminating in an extensive and very well-paced land and air battle that covers the last hundred pages or so. There are interesting, well developed characters. It bears mentioning that the antagonist Dillon is especially well written - there were numerous times that I actually felt bad for the guy, yet he was an awful human with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. That type of feat is quite impressive. Kudos to Mr. Whitney!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)