Brian Blose is an Army Veteran, husband, father, software developer, and writer. He has a Bachelor's in Computer Science and a Master's of Business Administration. In his spare time, he pursues interests such as rock climbing, kayaking, ethnic cuisine, and reading science fiction. He likes flawed characters, unreliable narration, and moral ambiguity.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had this story idea for over ten years about these enigmatic Observers watching human lives. Their purpose was to provide objective opinions, but anything capable of having an opinion is by definition not objective. I had no idea who these Observers worked for. Aliens? God? AI from the future? None of those options provided a story I wanted to tell.
More recently, I was planning out a different story based around an immortal man whose only desire was to die. Same problem as before. It was a neat idea, but between work and family obligations I don't have a lot of free time to write a story that didn't fully engage my interest.
But then it occurred to me that I could combine these two ideas in a single story. After two days of rapid outlining, I started writing The Participants. I set out to write a philosophical science-fiction character study, but to be honest, what came out is more Paranormal Romance. Whatever its genre label, I am very pleased with how this book came out. Feedback from reviewers has been positive (though still none on Smashwords, hint hint).
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Two factors swayed my decision to go the indie route.
First, there is very little money to be made from traditional publishing. While the Steven Kings and JK Rowlings of the literary world rake in the dough, midlist authors make about as much as a kid working a drivethrough window. I have a career in software development that pays the bills nicely and don't see much benefit to begging agents and editors to read my work just so I can maybe make a little bit of money in a few years.
And second, I just want to share my stories.
So given that I am one of those crazy writer folk, don't have any delusions of international bestsellerdom, and would love to have real people read all about the things my imaginary people do, going indie was the best way forward for me.
Immortal Observers have watched the world on behalf of the Creator for millennium. Until now. The most recent world, Iteration 145, is broken. All evidence points to a schism among the Observers as the source of the problem. And the solution might require immortals to die.
Everything that is made must one day be unmade.
Zack is one of the immortal Observers watching the world on behalf of the Creator. He attracts the attention of other Observers when his suicide attempt fails.
They believe he is the reincarnation of a rebellious Observer from a previous world and decide to punish him for his sins. Another Observer wants back the man she has loved through hundreds of worlds. But Zack isn't who they think.
Three fleets of generational ships arrive in a distant solar system at the invitation of an alien artifact. As cultures collide and politicians play games, it becomes obvious that the artifact's benevolent offer is not what it seems.
The salvation of the fleets may depend upon Gabriel, a man who resents them as much as they despise him. They needed a hero. They got something else.
Murder By Suicide
on Feb. 07, 2013
Murder By Suicide is a first person narrative told as if you are hearing only one side of a conversation with an elderly man. The style is a bit unusual, but it works well enough.
The author does a good job setting the tone and making the narrator seem real, but I feel it could have used a bit more excitement. It definitely came across as more literary and less genre (assuming literary = heavy on psychology and genre = heavy on plot).
It was a nice quick read and the author knows how to write.
on Feb. 07, 2013
Travel Opportunities is a lot like an episode of Quantum Leap. Some might be put off by this, but I enjoyed the nostalgia. As a short story, this is well suited as a diversion if you have half an hour to fill. I didn't feel there was any great depth to the story or characters. But as an old-time sci-fi romp, it succeeds.
Cyber Nightmares: For The Sake Of Nine Million
on Feb. 08, 2013
There is a major info-dump halfway through that bogs down the story, but otherwise I found this to be a fascinating read. The author seems very knowledgeable about the natural gas industry and information technology security and weaves a cautionary tale of cyber-terrorism. Though I wasn't a fan of how the author relayed the background information, the subject and situation was interesting enough to make up for that.
The Days and Months We Were First Born- The Unraveling
on Feb. 13, 2013
A lot of the free samples on Smashwords are terrible, so I feel obligated to review the good ones. The worst thing about "The Days and Months We Were First Born- The Unraveling" is the title. The story inside is much better! I also thought it could benefit from being better formatted - it uses block paragraphs and lacks a hyper-linked table of contents.
But those are just nitpicks. I really enjoyed this post-apocalyptic novella. The main story is peppered with fascinating glimpses into the future of America. After reading this first book for free, I will be purchasing the rest of the series.
on Feb. 18, 2013
Interesting concept, poor execution.
on Feb. 27, 2013
It reads like the opening act of a classic sci-fi horror movie. Avid watchers of the syfy channel might enjoy a read. Unfortunately, a few things prevented me from really enjoying this. First, there was too much dialog and not enough exposition for my tastes. And second, there were more characters than necessary for a 10-page short story. Overall, it's not a bad read. Just not my cup of tea.
on Feb. 27, 2013
This is one of those concept stories that really makes you think. It really isn't much of a stretch from some of the horror stories surrounding China's One Child Policy. The story draws you on due to its premise and some suspenseful moments, but it sputters out at the end.
Dreaming of Deliverance
on March 11, 2013
Five stars. This book is of professional quality and I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected based on the description. It doesn't fit neatly into any genre, but weaves together elements of fantasy, prison fiction, and romance.
I would compare it to the Thomas Covenant novels (thought not so dark) except with a female protagonist. I liked that the plot wasn't cookie-cutter standard and that the characters were distinct. My biggest complaint is that the narration was a bit long-winded during action scenes when you would like a more rapid pace.
Contagium The Way We Were
on Dec. 18, 2016
This book takes place in a fascinating far-future world with lots of cool tech -- they still have bad bosses, though. There are plenty of big ideas and it keeps you guessing up until the end.