"Secrets of the CitySpire - Book 1, A Familiar Love Song"

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“Secrets of the CitySpire” is a gothic sci-fi novel that is influenced by the poems of Emily Dickinson and inspired by science fiction writer, Phillip K. Dick. It is a modernization of Shakespeare’s infamous play, “The Tempest” and complimented by 18th and 19th century style of writing from classical writers such as Jane Austen, Horace Walpole, Clara Reeve and Mary Shelly. More

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About Nathan Reese Maher

I started writing when I was young. I was inspired by most books that I read, mostly fantasy, that I was able to find around the house or in local books stores. My favorite series growing up was the "Circle of Magick" series by Deborah Doyle and James D. McDonald. Movies have also been a large contributing factor to my inspiration, of course, watching "Back to the Future" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" well over 50 times was sure to leave some lasting impression.

In my teenage years I was addicted to my Sega Genesis and Dungeons and Dragons. I stand by my role-playing years, gifting me a strong ability in creating characters and making them appear more real than your average hack and slash deal.

I went to college and focused on Ballet, anthropology and English literature with an emphasis in creative writing and classics. I eventually married my college heartthrob and settled in the Des Moines, IA area.

My goal is to eventually catch the eye of an agent and follow a full-time writing career. For now, I offer the first book in any series for free in digital form. I am currently working on the sequels listed below, a Gothic fairytale and more RPG material for the free tabletop RPG I created. Keep tabs on me. I may one day surprise you.

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Review by: k3books on Aug. 02, 2012 :
Secrets of the CitySpire
By Nathan Reece Maher

I found the book to be very good value for money.

This book is a modern masterpiece. It's starts with Mr Bell the central character awakening from what appears to be a bomb blast. He has some memory of his life before the blast but it's all reminiscent and vague this failure to recognise this new reality he finds himself in and the failings of his memory is the foundation of the horror.

The book starts by describing the magical half real, half dream world that is the CitySpire.. I don't know if the author has ever recovered from a bomb blast or a serious car accident, (I have) and I can tell you he has a good idea of how the post traumatic mind sees the world. Food taste differently, colours seem duller, the fear is turned up to 11. The author has done a good job here. The book is well written, if he has written this entirely from imagination it's amazing..

The CitySpire is no ordinary place, the maker of this world is a dark God. I loved this part of the book because the CitySpire is hard to imagine, the tall buildings the ever-present menace. This aspect of his state of mind is complicated because this fear is not entirely irrational, there is someone watching him, there is real danger hunting him. In the first chapter of the book Mr Bell (love the name in the understated context of this story) meets up with his soul mate Emily. But we experience the CitySpire and this love affair with Emily through Mr Bell's apparently paranoid eyes we can feel his pain and empathise with his post traumatic phobic state of mind….his world, and what a world.

I love the language used to describe the mood, the feel of the place, the desolate oppressive buildings, the emptiness that pervades the CitySpire. The rich use of adjectives, you ask the question is this a real place? is Mr Bell still in a coma? This is a nightmare world. The love story is set in this nightmare world. I liked this aspect of the book not everyone will… but I did. The mind is at it's most vulnerable when in recover mode after a trauma. But the CitySpire is a magical place, the love story is romantic and frantic, the book is a puzzle, the plot is elusive, the si-fi springs out of this nightmare and distracts your then reminds you this is not an ordinary place.

But for me the physiological horror is the best bit, and horror is a potent mental poison. Without solid memory and certainty the mind turns to a quivering jelly of fear. The love affair with Emily moderates Mr Bell's fear, but it's still there. I have read then I have re read this book a numbers of times. It's huge at 200,000 words.

Mixed genre is not for everyone, but I guarantee the writing is top quality and I predicted one day this book will be a best seller or rather I should say it should be. The world is dumbing down and few people can read a large book like this and enjoy it. But it's worth the effort.

The CitySpire is a fantastic imaginative world a phobic state of mind that you may well… one day… find yourselves in. A very strange place to fall in love. The book is highly recommended.

Paul Kendall Yorkshire UK
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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