From Belfast, Northern Ireland, Jim Murdoch faced a paradigm shift which gave him a new world view. He views everything and everyone being connected. A path of self development studies followed where he delved into many subjects including metaphysics and, yes, dragons. With his wife, Katharina, he co-authored their self-help story Wings of Change. This got him thinking about writing fiction instead of boring self-help books. Taking inspiration from The Alchemist and The Celestine Prophecies he waited for the inspiration. 'Pursuit' is the result. Jim lives with his wife in Switzerland.
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Do dragons exist? Do our dreams become part of our reality? Einarr, a young warrior, follows a riddle from his father to find the treasure of his life. Gaby, a little girl and passionate reader, makes an amazing discovery within the pages of an antique book. Pat climbs a mountain to escape overwhelming changes in his life and his sick pregnant wife.
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on May 28, 2013
A slow beginning but gripping just the same. The prologue, adequately titled "Prologue Warnings" reminds of the many animal, bird and fish deaths in recent years around the world, news facts we are all familiar with. The story begins, all told in first person, following an ordinary guy at an ordinary job and the circumstances which bring him home early. More news pops out of the radio about gorilla deaths. We anticipate what may be coming.
The story begins proper when the protagonist drives his daughter to school only to realize the rest of the world didn't wake up, and those who did weren't any more. It continues with Dan's realization of their predicament, his inner thoughts and feelings, the search for survivors and the ultimate discovery of what actually happened. This is a story to get you thinking about the world today and what our future could possibly hold if we don't mend our ways. It is a story challenging our way of life and world view. Your beliefs will be shaken when you see Dan face a new world and learning how he adapts. Adapting is a major theme and we are challenged to assess our current beliefs and truths: "we can and must talk about freedom as coming from the multiplicity, variety, and quality of different influences which can break the chains of our own beliefs and convictions." I for one can relate to this as I have faced such circumstances which broke those chains.
This book will not let you go. When you walk down the street, when you go shopping, you will be thinking of Daimones and wondering "What if?"
- Once Humans
on July 10, 2013
Having read part 1, Daimones, getting Once Human was a must. As if waking up to a global human culling and learning to survive with the aid of the alien instigators wasn't bad enough (see Daimones) Dan, our first person narrator and evolving Eridu (Earth) leader, finds out that all wasn't a simple plan to prevent humanity from destroying itself, again! Intrigue and betrayal are the central themes to keep you on the edge of your seat in this volume. Dan learns of another alien race interfering with Eridu's progress and turning many of the spared one's against Dan and his people. Intergalactic espionage makes the success of the human experiment doubtful and Dan is troubled by what that experiment really is.
Once Human was not a disappointment. Massimo's clever ability to intertwine many elements of a story together provides the reader with an exciting journey. We are taken on a ride to secret hidden alien bases on Earth, far away alien planets and we are indulged in want-to-have advanced technology. Dan is constantly battling for the rights of humans to master their own destiny and to save the turned spared ones. But there is also a very personal side revealed as Dan has his inner battles and relationships to contend with. I really enjoyed reading this book and I am sure the third volume of the trilogy will be no less a brilliant story. The author leaves a few threads untied and the intrigue is bound to continue. Well worth five stars as a hard-to-put-down book.
- Peter: A Darkened Fairytale
on July 10, 2013
Get ready for a long helter-skelter ride in an alternative world where young Peter encounters many strange and curious characters. He meets mice, elves, monsters in the sir, in the water and on land. There is much magic going on and Peter is soon entrusted on a mission which seems impossible and even doomed to fail. It all begins with a mysterious box with odd contents including a key, and a tall clock which is the doorway to the mystical kingdom.
This is definitely an adult tale with enough gore, blood and death to make the reader cringe. It is indeed "A darkened fairytale". It isn't my cup of tea and I struggled to complete it. But fans of mystical lands, elves and monsters, where every thing turns chaotic and the hero is lost in the confusion, will love this book.
- Tales From Dark Places - The Halloween Collection
on Nov. 22, 2013
Suspense, surprise, surreal, shocking, sinister, subtle, heart-pounding, side-glancing, door-checking, spine-shivers. These are words and reactions which best describe this collection of uncanny short stories. Each author has delved deep into their psyche, raising scenes and unwrapping fears which are best left be. Read at your peril. A delightful read on a darkened night with only your cat as company.
- Yuletide Tales A Festive Collective
on Nov. 30, 2013
To comment on the other stories which are not mine, these are a collection of humorous, unusual, paranormal, romantic, frightening short stories which will have you laughing, crying, sighing, and looking for more. I commend my fellow authors for their great work, creativity and collaboration in putting this book together. The top prize goes to Peter John who started it all and without his much work in the background we would not have gotten this far so soon. Thanks too to our creative cover designer Gedi Phillips.