Gary Kuyper

Biography

Gary Kuyper began his professional literary career writing self-help and general interest articles for Daan Retief Publishers who produced a monthly book for their woman’s club called Woman’s Forum. These articles would sometimes require research and had titles as diverse as The Human Brain and Body Painting!

Being a professional photographer on a part-time basis Gary has also managed to have his articles on photography (With accompanying photographs) published in books and magazines. He has also done some free-lance photography and photojournalism projects for numerous local newspapers.

Over the past four years he has constantly managed to be one of the top finalists in the Nova Short Story Competition (A competition for budding writers of science fiction and/or fantasy).
Last year (2009) Gary had the pleasure of seeing The Devil's Little Tadpoles grace the pages of the local SF & Fantasy Fanzine Probe.

He is an avid film buff and amateur film maker. A few years ago I managed to take first prize in the SA Ten Best Film Makers Competition with a short film entitled The Crimson Cobra - An action-packed martial arts / superhero movie using some of the very talented local artists.

He is a qualified prosthetics make-up artist and has used this talent on both amateur and professional productions. He has also appeared on television in a youth program especially made for enlightening people in the art of special effects make-up.

Gary has a rather excellent general knowledge being not only an avid writer but reader of any material that is able to stimulate him cerebrally.
He taught himself Adobe Photoshop and has become adapt and proficient enough at utilizing the software to such a degree that he has managed to sell a number of creations to various institutes and organizations. He is particularly fond of a logo designed for the Krazy Mug Coffee Shop and several covers that have graced the front of Probe.

Gary has a vast knowledge of music and has appeared on the local Television Music Quiz Show Note for Note where he was able to win a substantial amount of prize money.

In 2008 he entered the SF / Fantasy Mini Radio Play Competition and took first prize with his The Adventures of Captain Max Power of the Intergalactic Police - an obvious homage to the early Flash Gordon radio series’. A number of skilled professionals are now planning to produce Max to CD and have it aired on a local radio station (SAfm).

All his literary and photojournalistic accomplishments have been done on a part-time basis due to the fact that his full time career is lecturing mathematics as well as engineering science at a Technical College. Although this is a most fulfilling profession, it has long been Gary's ideal to become a full-time writer – especially of fantasy, science fiction and horror novels.

He has recently published his first full-length fantasy novel - The Chronicles of Baltrath: The DARK WIZARDS.
As a considerable amount of time and effort has been expended in building the world of Baltrath, Gary has begun work on a sequel to The Dark Wizards.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Ray Bradbury, Jack Vance and Daniel Keyes.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The need to be creative. The need to earn a living. The need for coffee.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Gary Kuyper online

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Series

101 Politically Incorrect Limericks
A series of raunchy and hilarious limerick books.
101 Politically Incorrect Limericks
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!)
101 Politically Incorrect Limericks: Volume Three
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!)
101 Politically Incorrect Limericks - Volume Two
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until July 31!)
Self Improvement
A series of self improvement articles
Self Improvement Series - Improve Your Memory
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!)
Self Improvement Series - Improve Your Photography
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!)

Books

Shootout in La Loma
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 2,220. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Will the renegade and bank robber Laz Morgan aka Lazy-Eye Lazarus, renowned for his speed and accuracy with his Colt Peacemaker, meet his maker in a showdown and shootout in La loma, New Mexico? Read this gripping Western saga to find out.
Grey Matter
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 5,210. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When the end of the world becomes more than just a probability, three men sit on a tainted beach and discuss the fate of humankind.
The Water Hole
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 2,700. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: January 15, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
When a British lord comes into possession of an old and remarkable diary he sets out to discover whether or not the incredible game hunting accounts recorded within are true or merely the wild fantasies of a deluded pioneer and tracker who trekked and hunted the bushlands and plains of Southern Africa. The result is rather unexpected and most humorous.
The Long Honeymoon
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 47,860. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Don’t let the title mislead you – this is definitely NOT a romance novel. As the blurb on the cover suggests: ‘A book for the woman who wants to change her man - and for the man that wants to murder his wife.’ 50 short TNT-charged chapters make this novel an easy read, but a page-turner that will be difficult to put down once started. A neo-noir novel that will keep you guessing to the end.
Grandma's Breath
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 2,720. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
Alice, convinced that the attractive cookie-jar-shaped-container would make a splendid addition to her bookcase, purchased the item for what she considered to be a great bargain. Unfortunately, the rather elegant, decorative urn would cost her more than what she had bargained for. Read this award-winning, but extremely disturbing, short story if you dare.
The Thing with Red Eyes
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 1,700. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
Soon after moving in, a boy finds out that the neighbourhood kids think the house is haunted. He starts to make up stories, but the more stories he makes up, the more it seems that…
Crimson Crime
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 5,840. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Three intriguing and thought-provoking tales that deal with humankind's darkest side .
Benchmarks
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 6,090. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2019. Categories: Plays » Ancient & Classical, Screenplays » Drama
An Award-Winning One-Act Play that highlights the evils of racism and 'Apartheid' in South Afirca.
A Gentleman's Game
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 2,110. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
The Siege of Mafeking began in October 1899 and ended in May 1900. This meant that all combatants involved welcomed in the twentieth century from a state of ongoing military conflict. This is their story.
Legacy of Stone
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 1,600. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
An arrogant and egotistical king employs the services of a powerful sorcerer to rid his kingdom of the last dragon. The outcome may not be that for which he was hoping.
Neverwas
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 2,230. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This, dear reader, is the story of YOUR life - a life that NEVERWAS.
Carte Blanche
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 3,110. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Affie is literally a colorless vampire who longs to mingle amongst mortals. Although this short story has elements of darkness and horror, it is basically the poignant tale of a passive creature that longs for a semblance of human normalcy and acceptance.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 2,580. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Homicide and Horror meet in this short noir mystery as Detective Gus Kowalski attempts to solve the crimes of the serial killer dubbed 'The Queen of Hearts.'
The Family Tree
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 4,570. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
This prize-winning (Nova Short Story Competition) adult fantasy tale has an intriguing mixture of bright hopes and light humor blended with subtle shadows and mysterious dark overtones.
A Mammoth Error
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 3,800. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
(4.00 from 1 review)
Constructing a device capable of projecting a person through time remains intriguing to many. After all, if you know the future you can control the present. That would be a great power to wield. Yet to change even one small thing in the past could change the present – dramatically (The Butterfly Effect); the person or persons responsible for constructing the device might even cease to exist.
101 Politically Incorrect Limericks: Volume Three
Series: 101 Politically Incorrect Limericks. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 3,370. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2016. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
IT’S HERE AT LAST! The long awaited Volume Three of the popular '101 Politically Incorrect LIMERICKS' series is raunchier, more daring and much funnier than Volume One and Two! This collection of totally new and fresh humorous prose is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud! A MUST FOR ALL SERIOUS COLLECTORS OF LIMERICKS!
Wanted: Undead or Alive
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 44,330. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Horror » Undead
Undead outlaws terrorize the good folks of El Paso in this black comedy featuring Lazy-Eye Lazarus, the fastest gun alive...or dead. Wanted: Undead or Alive is a rootin, tootin’ but mostly shootin’ adventure of epic proportions. Although written in Screenplay form, the narrative is just as enjoyable as if you were munching on a tub of hot buttered popcorn in your favorite cinema theater - heeya!
Frozen Assets
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 3,060. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(5.00 from 1 review)
In the not too distant future cryogenics has become an exact science making it possible for people with terminal illnesses to have themselves frozen in the hope that a cure to their ailment will eventually be discovered. There will also be those who choose to have themselves placed in suspended animation in expectation that the future will be a better place for humanity - a utopian society.
Dark Reflections
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 7,410. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
(2.00 from 1 review)
Dark Reflections is fresh and original. Gary Kuyper has added a dash of fantasy and some supernatural elements to these two completely different tales that speculate on the origins of London's most notorious serial killer. If black humor and intriguing scenarios are your delight then look no further than this duo of delectable delirium and decadence.
The New Neighbors
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 5,570. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.00 from 1 review)
Aliens have landed on Mars and have started terraforming procedures in order to colonize the red planet. The powers-that-be on Earth are not happy, but have little choice other than to establish diplomatic relations with the new neighbors when they unexpectedly pop over for a friendly visit. This light-hearted foray into the world of SF could easily be subtitled, '50 shades of Diplomacy.'
Time Travelers
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 23,610. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(4.00 from 1 review)
A collection of short sf stories delving into the fascinating concept of Time Travel
Self Improvement Series - Improve Your Photography
Series: Self Improvement. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 5,600. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
Improve Your Photography will not only help the avid beginner or budding enthusiast, but will even enlighten those who consider themselves to be veterans of this wonderful hobby and/or profession. You are guaranteed that after reading Improve Your Photography you will most certainly be taking pictures in a very new light (pun intended).
Self Improvement Series - Improve Your Memory
Series: Self Improvement. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 5,120. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Memory Improvement
A person’s memory is a very powerful and necessary ‘tool’. IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY is part of the Self Improvement Series (SIS) which can be used to improve not only your own personal recall functions and abilities but also those of your child. This will show you how to gain an important advantage in life by improving your memory recall by up to 20%!
Chemical Creatures
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 4,330. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(3.33 from 3 reviews)
Gary Kuyper’s award winning story deals with the fickleness of the mind, how it is affected by the amount and type of chemical that happens to be pumping through the brain at that moment. The story involves two protagonists – one human, the other not. Their paths will cross because, although different in many ways, they are both invariably...Chemical Creatures.
101 Politically Incorrect Limericks - Volume Two
Series: 101 Politically Incorrect Limericks. Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 7,840. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.00 from 1 review)
IT'S LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR! The long awaited Volume Two of the popular '101 Politically Incorrect LIMERICKS' series is raunchier, more daring and much funnier than Volume One! This collection of totally new and fresh humorous prose is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud! A MUST FOR ALL SERIOUS COLLECTORS OF LIMERICKS!
The Second Hand Man
Price: $9.95 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 127,740. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
What happens when the gifted mind of a womanizing, whisky-guzzling, cigar-chomping, 55-year-old billionaire player inadvertently ends up trapped inside the body of a 6-year-old child? Situations run from brilliant to bizarre; from traumatically tragic to highly humorous; and from shockingly sensual to arousingly erotic!
Short Stories for Long Waits
Price: $3.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 64,450. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Horror » General
A collection of short stories by master story teller Gary Kuyper. This anthology caters for fans of Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction. Ranging from creepy and disturbing to whimsical and humorous, this superb compilation guarantees reading pleasure for all enthusiasts of the genres.
The Unholy Scryptvrs
Price: $3.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 64,510. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Horror » General
A collection of short stories by master story teller Gary Kuyper. This anthology caters for fans of Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction. Ranging from creepy and disturbing to whimsical and humorous, this superb compilation guarantees reading pleasure for all enthusiasts of the genres.
Goldstruck
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 10,180. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Horror » General
Alchemy is the procedure whereby base metals such as lead or brass are turned into gold. Horror and Fantasy meet head on in this intriguing story about the terrible power that gold can wield over mortal man. It is only inevitable that greed, deception and murder will follow in the wake of successful alchemy.
Hybrids
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 3,040. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » General
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
What will be the consequences when governments start to allow geneticists the right to add human DNA into their cauldrons? Is this a horror or a Science Fiction story? Perhaps it is a realistically terrifying look at what may very well come to pass in our near future!
The Promise
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 9,730. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » General
Many children go through a phase where they have an imaginary friend, but what if that 'friend' was not as imaginary as expected? Also, what if that entity had a very disturbing agenda to complete? After reading this chilling story, you might just take your child's fantasies a little more seriously!
The Sensing
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 32,640. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
THE SENSING a.k.a. Teddy Scare is a deep south supernatural thriller! Gary Kuyper portrays a vivid image of life (and death) in late fifties Louisiana.
Teddy Scare
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 27,710. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
When an old Voodoo Queen from Houma, Louisiana offered to fix young Theodore Stone’s teddy bear, little did the bullies that had damaged Theo’s favourite toy realize the bizarre and terrible forces that were about to be unleashed on them…and the world.
The Sorrowapple Tree and Other Short Philosophical Tales
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 5,210. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Three short and humorous philosophical tales for the thinking person. Includes an extract from the epic fantasy: The Chronicles of Baltrath - The DARK WIZARDS.
What Goes Around...
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 10,750. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A time-travel tale of murder and deceit! Attempting to perfect his MolSaP (Molecular Stimulator and Projector), a brilliant scientist instead discovers he has inadvertently constructed something far better - the first functional time machine. Now it is imperative that it remains a secret from his employers at Etronn, especially from the wily Roger Tlad; a task that would prove most difficult
The Wizards of O-Zone
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 9,900. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A humorous sf story about playing God. Lieutenants West and Poppyfield had gotten bored patroling the less technologically advanced planets spanning the area of space known as the O-Zone. Ignoring the Zone Authorities’ Non-Interference Policy regarding primitive societies, they had decided to take advantage of the 'inferior' humanoid life-forms; especially those of the female variety!
The Devil's Little Tadpoles
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 10,010. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Horror » General
Why were the victims children? Why did the abductions occur during or after a hard nocturnal downpour? And was it possible that the horror terrorizing the surrounding villages had taken up residence in the old abandoned monastery? One young man, who had lost his brother to the evil, had resolved to solve the mystery or die trying. But, of course, some fates are far worse than death!
Latent Images
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 10,470. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When Roald Menal designed the Ghosting Extractor based on Harold Mooney’s RLP (Refractive Light Pulses) Theory, Holo-Domes (Holographic Cinemas) were soon to become the new rage. But little did the world know that Mooney had discovered a more sinister application for his theory; a fantastic secret that he dare not reveal to anyone else!
Lizards and Wizards
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 14,010. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A fantasy novella for all ages, telling the spellbinding tale of how the very first dragon came to be.
Made-to-Order
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 5,130. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A chilling and thought-provoking post-apocalyptic tale that highlights the futility of Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.).
101 Politically Incorrect Limericks
Series: 101 Politically Incorrect Limericks. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 18,210. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2010. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
I have here some brand new ditties From old and not-so-old cities They mostly contain Stuff to warp your brain Such as sex, violence, language and nudities
The Chronicles of Baltrath: The Dark Wizards
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 154,180. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Ten thousand years ago the Dark Wizards defeated Rava Zool, the Great Dragon. With time the wizards became divided in their primary purpose of keeping Rava Zool incarcerated for all eternity. Now, in order to prevent his emancipation, the few faithful Dark Wizards must unite their forces with Baltrath’s most unlikely populace; including the brooding Kithian warrior known as the Son of Zemth.
Bedrhyme Stories - The Crystal-Glow
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 2,330. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
A group of outcasts befriend each other because normal society finds it fit to reject them. They then set out on a quest to gain possession of the crystal-glow, a unique gemstone inside the throat of an evil dragon. The crystal-glow allows the dragon to control its fire-breathing power. Remove the crystal-glow and you destroy the beast.

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Smashwords book reviews by Gary Kuyper

  • Space Trippers Book 1: Trippin' on April 07, 2010

    Space Trippers is space opera at its finest. The book takes its catchy name from a device that was invented for the specific purpose of transporting ones enemies unharmed through a space warp to some uncharted part of the universe without the possibility of them ever returning to their original coordinates. This gives new meaning to the old adage: Out of sight, out of mind! Aurora Lightbourne is a PC Tech with an excellent knowledge of electronic devices and computers which she uses to infuse uncanny life into her creations. Her style is very easy to read and has a nice flow to it. She certainly has a good command of the English language and knows how to build up the necessary intrigue and drama to keep the reader turning the pages. Being a female author, Lightbourne has added a number of strong female characters to her narrative: The by-the-book military Captain C. Fairbanks and the book’s main character Valesque Rhaugh - a strong-willed, independent thinking, no-nonsense taking female Virrilian. One might even surmise that she is an extension of the author herself except for her physical appearance which is very much vampirish (Pale skinned and fanged). Valesque is a brilliant scientist who has constructed a state-of-the-art spaceship named the I.S.A. Magellan; she is also, although regretful of it, the inventor of the space tripping device. The narrative starts off by introducing us to the environment of the Space Trippers viz. the characters, the technology and the politics that have led to the raging intergalactic war that has caused bitterness between Valasque’s race and the humans who are now known as Earthians. An unfortunate (or perhaps fortunate) chain of events have forced her to flee from her own people and reluctantly assist the Earthian controlled Intergalactic Planetary Alliance (I.P.A.) when they illegally commandeer her ship; even changing the name to the I.P.A. Vortex. One can compare this to a roller coaster ride - a slow build up as we ascend to the top but then from the end of chapter four onwards it’s non-stop action and adventure all the way to the last enthralling page that will have you panting for more in Book 2. The characters are all well-developed, and there are a number of scenes rife with sexual tension and some with humour that even had me laughing out loud. If you like stuff like Firefly, Ice Pirates or, and especially, the Star Trek series Voyager, then Space Trippers is definitely a must-read. Given enough time, I expect that Lightbourne’s Vortex will become as well-known as Lucas’ Millennium Falcon or even Roddenberry’s Enterprise. Enjoy!
  • Iron II: Unknown Place, Unknown Universe on March 27, 2012

    SF Action and Adventure at its best Although this is the second part of what promises to be a very exciting trilogy, it is also very much a standalone novel. The best way to describe Iron II is a subtle blending between Stargate and The Flight of the Phoenix. Without giving too much away, the basic plot is about three space academy graduates who crash land on an unknown planet inhabited by primitive humanoid warring tribes. The three’s knowledge of science and technology make them almost godlike in the eyes of the planet’s inhabitants, yet they soon discover that they are not the first beings from the stars to visit here. They befriend one of the tribes and manage to convince them to help with the tremendous task of recovering their space craft from beneath the shifting desert sand. During the course of repairing the ship they undergo many trials and tribulations – some excitingly dangerous whilst others are laugh-out-loud humorous. Lazlo Ferran has managed to create a truly believable scenario of adventure and intrigue that will keep you turning the pages all the way to the end. Recommended!
  • Ordo Lupus II: The Devil's Own Dice on Sep. 07, 2012

    This is an excellent sequel to the first book, and is mostly set in 13th century France after the protagonist is forced to make a journey back through time to rescue a loved one. The story grips you from the very beginning, and although it is the second in the series, can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. One thing is very evident about this work of fiction – the author has done a good bit of research regarding life in the 13th century. The description of the battle (and the aftermath) at The Battle of Bouvines is extremely vivid and detailed – makes one have the sensation of being right there in the heat of it all – one feels almost as exhausted and as in pain as the protagonist – excellent writing!!! Although this work is definitely for readers interested in stories set in medieval times, it also delves into the eternal battle between werewolves and vampires – so, fans of these popular genres will also find this work exciting and intriguing. The author has successfully managed to create his own unique mythology – I hope it finds the following that it so greatly deserves. I certainly am a big fan! Highly recommended!