Saturday, 23 March 2019

New Release: Beat Surrender by Bob Stone

Title: Beat Surrender
Author: Bob Stone
Genre: Young AdultScience FictionFantasy
Published: 23rd March, 2019
ISBN: Paperback: 978-1-78645-286-3
eBook: 978-1-78645-287-0
Length: 66,000 words approx.
URL: beatentrackpublishing.com/beatsurrender

Blurb:
"Something came from somewhere else and crashed onto Trafalgar Square."

Joey Cale thought he was going home but instead has ended up on another version of Earth just as dangerous as the last.

Aided by his friends, he must discover the cause of one of the greatest disasters Britain has seen. But a threat as old as time is pursuing him and will do anything to stop him.

Who are the sinister Green Jackets? Why are the birds gathering and watching? And what is buried in a wall deep beneath London?

Beat Surrender is the second book in the heart-stopping trilogy which began with Missing Beat.



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Editor's Review:
Beat Surrender. How to review it.

I'll start by clarifying I'm not talking about the song, of which, I must confess, I'm not a fan. But I am a fan of the second instalment of Bob Stone's incredible Young Adult trilogy, which began in 2018 with Missing Beat.

By this point in the trilogy, readers have met Joey, our protagonist - an unlikely hero - and, of course, his fellow adventurers. Most have read book one and therefore know what happens prior to book two - I have it on good authority that Beat Surrender makes sense even without reading Missing Beat. However, I recommend reading these stories in the correct order or else the beginning of book two will seem quite ordinary - just an eighteen-year-old lad standing by the River Mersey and pondering over life.

Then the action kicks off, big-time.

Beat Surrender is dark, a bit scary - as in Weeping Angels scary, which is impressive after the Screamers in book one, because they were super-scary. I think it comes down to how familiar most of the Beat Surrender scenario is, to point that in places it reads as allegory. I should make clear that this IS Young Adult fiction 'for all ages' (quoting the author), and while there are quite a few grim scenes, these are not too graphic on-page. There are also some mild swear words.

As for the ending...well... At the Beat Surrender launch, Estelle Maher (author: Grace and the Ghost, Angel's Rebellion) called Bob Stone the master of the cliffhanger, and I have to agree. He'd also best be the master of very speedily finishing book three before I run out of nails to chew.

Lest I spoil the story, I'll say no more.

Beat Surrender is a Young Adult sci-fi/fantasy novel, released 23rd March, 2019, available in ebook and paperback formats from the usual places.

Also available:
Missing Beat (book one)
Out of Season (a novella)

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About Bob Stone:
Liverpool born Bob Stone is an author and bookshop owner. He has been writing for as long as he could hold a pen and some would say his handwriting has never improved. He is the author of two self-published children's books, A Bushy Tale and A Bushy Tale: The Brush Off. Missing Beat, the first in a trilogy for Young Adults, was his first full-length novel.

Bob still lives in Liverpool with his wife and cat and sees no reason to change any of that.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/BobStoneAuthor

Thursday, 14 March 2019

New Release: The Golden One - Deceit by Hans M Hirschi

Title: The Golden One - Deceit
Author: Hans M Hirschi
Language: English
Published: 14th March, 2019
Length: 68,000 words (approx.)
ISBN: Paperback: 978-1-78645-313-6
eBook: 978-1-78645-314-3
Category: Fiction
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Blurb:
The global Ohana is planning for the transition of power, and its head, Dawit Abraham, is anxious to meet the Golden One. Shortly after, Jason begins to experience strange dreams. All the while, he and his four friends are trying to figure out why Mother sent the Golden One to Amberville. Powerful enemies lurk in the shadows, ready to make Jason's existence a living hell.

Don't miss the continuation of the thrilling fantasy trilogy about seventeen-year-old Jason Mendez, aka the Golden One, as he navigates the shoals of deception of the people supposedly closest to him.

The Golden One is an exciting fantasy trilogy dealing with urgent topics affecting humanity today.


Editor's Review:
A short one because I'm super busy, and I have the third and final part of The Golden One a little way down my editing queue, and I want to read it now, now, now! However, I couldn't let the launch day for Deceit pass without saying something about this novel.

Deceit is the second instalment in Hans M Hirschi's Young Adult trilogy 'The Golden One', and it's epic. This series might just win the award for featuring my most-hated character - they're the villain, so it's all good. After all, what is adventure without a decent villain?

At the heart of the story is Jason - a young man on the brink of adulthood who's dealing with a lot - his grandfather's relatively recent death, his family's financial struggles, getting through school, thinking about college, getting over first love...being The Golden One and all it entails. Add to that some other stark and quite horrifying revelations, and it quickly becomes apparent our hero really has his work cut out.

Surrounding Jason is his small band of friends who understand much of what he is dealing with and are there for him when it matters. As I move through the trilogy, I find my allegiances shift quite significantly. At the beginning of Blooming (Book 1), Laurel was my favourite and Hannah got on my nerves. Now, Hannah's nicked the top spot...for the time being, at least. One can never tell what's around the corner.

As this is the second book, it does continue from the first insofar as all the 'who's who' stuff has been done, so whilst you could jump straight into book two and understand what's going on, I'd recommend starting at the beginning. There is a sense in Deceit of being left 'up in the air' as regards the overarching story, which is to be expected with a trilogy, and I can't really say more than the blurb already says without giving away the plot. So I'll just say this is an excellent read for anyone who enjoys Young Adult fantasy adventure at the edge of reality as we know it and appreciates characters who accurately reflect our wonderfully diverse world.

The Golden One - Deceit is book two of The Golden One and is available in paperback and ebook formats from the usual places.

Also available: The Golden One - Blooming (book one).

Coming September 2019: The Golden One - Reckoning (book three).



About the Author:
Photo: John O’Leary
Hans M Hirschi has been writing stories since childhood. As an adult, the demands of corporate life put an end to his fiction for more than twenty years. A global executive in training, he has traveled the world and published several non-fiction titles as well as four well-received novels. The birth of his son provided him with the opportunity to rekindle his love of creative writing, where he expresses his deep passion for a better world through love and tolerance. Hans lives with his husband and son on a small island off the west coast of Sweden.

Website: Hirschi.se