Dan lives in the United Kingdom - born in the historic town of Canterbury, Kent. He picked up a love of Fantasy stories after reading such classics as The Lord of the Rings, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and numerous Roald Dahl novels.
His biggest influences are Douglas Adams, Alan Moore, Stan Lee, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joss Whedon, H.P Lovecraft, Hiromu Arakawa and George R R Martin. He is highly influenced by Anime, Video Games and Comic books. He has also written a fan parody series on YouTube called Totalitarian Warlords and Termination Squadron.
As well as writing, Dan likes to collect models for Age of Sigmar (and paint them) and he has played guitar in a few bands. He likes all kinds of music—but he mainly listens to rock and metal, rap, some pop music and also film and video game scores. He also loves Disney and Pixar movies—often finding himself singing along to the tunes, or crying manly tears!
He is also a slave to his cat, who takes up a lot of his time when he isn’t at work or writing!
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Trapped on Draconica
by Dan Wright
How will Ben cope when he finds himself... Trapped on Draconica?
*DISCLAIMER: This is an updated version that no longer contains interior artwork*
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Smashwords book reviews by Dan Wright
- A Shadow Passed Over the Son
on Nov. 23, 2011
What starts off as an innocent enough scene where Parker innocently decides to skip school on his birthday ends up as a life changing experience as a bomb attack leaves him buried alive and many people dead – his mother included. Three years later, Parker is learning trying to recover from his loss and the country seems to have fallen into hard times, the threat of war ever present. Whilst the country appears to be in control and recovering from what is known as The Attack, the city has imposed seemingly totalitarian authority as a way of maintaining the order – even going so far as to shoot someone for stealing.
The book has a lot of parallels with 9/11 and the fear that resulted after that, forcing most of the world to impose much stronger rules for the purpose of “security”. And this is the feeling we get with the world this story is set in – war has devastated them and they’ve had to create harsher laws in order to impose the social status. I do like the fact that the full details of the way are not revealed straight away and therefore we don’t find the whole story straight away. There isn’t a long winded prologue to explain the reason of the war like many sci-fi stories and this allows us to slowly put the pieces together.
The main focus of the story is Parker, a young boy whose life has been turned around by The Attacks. The story is told practically from his view and we really see how disillusioned he is with the world. His only solace comes from his friends and also playing battle armour simulators, popularised by the character Colby Max. Colby is an actor that is famous for a TV series whereby he plays a super pilot that is loved by all, endorsing all manner of products and merchandise and is pretty much a cultural icon – offering some manner of hope to the public.
At the heart of it, A Shadow Passed Over The Son is a story about friendship and the hardships of war. It’s a fairly chilling tale in places and one that really invokes emotion in the reader. There is a lot of symbolism within the story that really accentuates this perfectly.
My only major gripe would be the pacing of the story. It is a very slow moving story and it takes a while to get going. And when it does pick up, it ends abruptly, which I found rather jarring. I would have preferred it if it picked up pace a lot sooner. That being said, the ending did make me want to read more so in that sense it’s a good ending.
Overall, A Shadow Passed Over The Son is more than your usual “teen reads”. It has a lot of real human emotion to it and really shows how devastating the effects of war can be on society. It’s slow moving, but a good read that can be done in one sitting if you have an hour to use.
- An Eggcellent Proposal
on March 15, 2012
A very short but absolutely wonderful read. In just 6 pages, Mysti crams in both humour and romance in a story that just feels right - with a feel good ending. A great book by a great author! Highly recommended.