#BlogTour The Girl Who Found The Sun by Matthew Cox

Today it’s also a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Girl Who Found the Sun by Matthew Cox.About the Author

Originally from South Amboy NJ, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Since 1996, he has developed the “Divergent Fates” world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, The Awakened Series, The Harmony Paradox, the Prophet of the Badlands series, and the Daughter of Mars series take place.

His books span adult, young-adult, and middle-grade fiction in multiple genres, predominantly science fiction, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy.

About the book

It started with the insects.

The mass die-offs had been a warning unheeded. Before society realized the danger, the Earth had inexorably begun a transformation into a place where life could not survive. A small group found shelter in the Arc, an underground refuge safe from the toxins ravaging the surface.

After centuries of darkness, humanity’s second chance is running out—and Raven Wilder knows it.

Her job fixing the machinery in the Arc makes her aware of how close everything is to breaking down. When the systems fail, the last survivors of the human race will suffocate in the tunnels meant to protect them from the deadly air outside—starting with the most vulnerable. Unfortunately, in an example of history repeating itself, those in charge dismiss her concerns.

When her six-year-old begins showing signs of oxygen deprivation, Raven refuses to go quietly into oblivion. She will break every rule to keep her daughter alive.

Review

Raven is part of a nearly two-hundred person strong community. Survivors. Descendants of survivors. The last remnants of the human race living deep under the earth in a multi-layered facility built exactly for that purpose.

Raven is also one of a very small number of women of child bearing age, so according to the community it is up to them, their wombs and their fertility to keep the human race alive and kicking. No romantic matches – just genetically more or less suitable copulation. Sounds really enticing.

When certain details of her daily job start to make her suspicious about the safety of the underground facility and simultaneously about how dangerous it actually is above ground. You know, where the air is poisonous and the aliens are waiting to disintegrate any human in sight. She starts to ask uncomfortable questions.

It’s a dystopian futuristic story with a strong and determined main character.

Although the story is heavy on the technical and mechanical details, it was refreshing that the women are equal in skills and job assignments. I say that, despite the fact they are also treated like convenient descendant incubators. There is no question of capability when it comes to securing and repairing equipment that will keep them alive underground or doubt in her skills when she is chosen to fix something on the topside.

From a dystopian and sci-fi genre perspective the concept of an underground community, the survivors of a major earth destroying disaster reinventing the wheel somewhere deep under the earth, isn’t a new one. It is however always fascinating to see how authors interpret a scenario like that differently.

Cox delivers a compelling read about survival, denial and the way entire civilisations are driven by myths and rules dictated by ancestors.

Buy The Girl Who Found The Sun at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Division Zero Press; pub date 7 Dec. 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour Death of a Young Lieutenant by B.R. Stateham

It’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Death of a Young Lieutenant by B.R. Stateham.About the Author

B.R. Stateham is a fourteen-year-old boy trapped in a seventy-year-old body.  But his enthusiasm and boyish delight in anything mysterious and/or unknown continue.

Writing novels, especially detectives, is just the avenue of escape which keeps the author’s mind sharp and inquisitive.  He’s published a ton of short stories in online magazines like Crooked, Darkest Before the Dawn, Abandoned Towers, Pulp Metal Magazine, Suspense Magazine, Spinetingler Magazine, Near to The Knuckle, A Twist of Noir, Angie’s Diary, Power Burn Flash, and Eastern Standard Crime.  He writes both detective/mysteries, as well as science-fiction and fantasy.

In 2008 the first book in the series featuring homicide detectives Turner Hahn and Frank Morales came out, called Murderous Passions. Also, in 2008 he self-published a fantasy novel entitled, Roland of the High Crags: Evil Arises. In 2009 he created a character named Smitty. So far twenty-eight short stories and two novellas have been written about this dark eyed, unusually complex hit man. In 2012 Untreed Reads published book two of the Turner Hahn/Frank Morales series A Taste of Old Revenge.

In 2015 NumberThirteen Press published a Smitty novella entitled, A Killing Kiss. In 2017 a British indie publisher, Endeavour Media, re-issued A Taste of Old Revenge, and soon followed by a second Turner Hahn/Frank Morales novel entitled, There Are No Innocents. In 2018 Endeavour Media published a third novel of mine, the first in a 1st Century Roman detective series, entitled While the Emperor Slept. Also in 2018, NumberThirteen Press merged with another famous British indie, Fahrenheit Press. Soon afterwards, Fahrenheit Press re-issued an old novel of mine entitled, Death of a Young Lieutenant.

Now, after all of this apparent success, you would think Fame and Fortune would have sailed into my harbor, making me the delight of the hard-core genre world. Ah but contraire, mon ami! Fame and Fortune are two devious little wraths who pick and chooses the poor souls they wish to bedevil. I remain in complete anonymity and am just as bereft of fortune as I have always been. And apparently will continue to be for a long time to come.

B.R. Stateham has a blog called, In the Dark Mind of B.R. Stateham – noirtaketurner-frank.blogspot.com/

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About the book

Meet Captain Jake Reynolds – pilot, adventurer, art thief, spy.

In the opening weeks of World War One, and as a member of the newly formed British Royal Flying Corps, Captain Jake Reynolds is shipped off to Belgium. Roped in by his squadron commander to prove the innocence of a young lieutenant accused of murder, Jake also wants to steal a 14th Century Jan van Eck painting.

The problem is both the evidence and the painting are behind enemy lines. How do you prove a man’s innocence and steal a masterpiece while an entire German army is breathing down your neck?Review

Jake Reynolds has the kind of roguish charm that makes him the type of person people find it hard to say no to, and even if they do he finds a way to achieve his goals. He is so much more than a man serving his country – he is a man serving his own agenda. An agenda that includes accumulating irreplaceable works of art. A bit of forgery, here and there, never hurt anyone right?

His goal of acquiring a valuable piece of art behind enemy lines takes a second seat to an odd incident, which takes place nearby and he is asked to look into. What appears to be a violent argument, that ends with one man dead and the other badly wounded, soon distracts him from his more profitable endeavours. Did the young soldier commit a murder or was it an accident?

It’s a murder mystery set in the midst of the conflict of WWI. Stateham gives his readers a real sense of the mischievous and carefree attitude that surrounds Jake throughout the story, despite the tragic conflict taking place around him.

At times some moments seem frivolous and perhaps not in keeping with the setting of the Great War, however I think it’s important to remember those moments are what kept the men going and perhaps even sane. Given the ending I think the author had exactly that in mind. The futility of the war, in the majority of cases the inevitability of death, and the attempt to keep morale high in such difficult circumstances. It’s an interesting parallel path to draw, especially whilst simultaneously giving readers an entertaining murder mystery at the same time.

Buy Death of a Young Lieutenant at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Fahrenheit Press, pub date 19 Jun. 2019. Buy at Amazon com.