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Day 19 – A Course For Humanity

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Day 19 of #scrypthalloween spotlights my novel A COURSE FOR HUMANITY. While most books take me six to eight months to write, this one took sixteen years. It was something I contrived back in 2001 and after writing it sat on my shelf. It wasn’t until late last year when I decided to update it and make a story that could connect with the audiences to kick off a new trilogy…

official description: The future has been set in stone… or has it? When a group of military scientists discover a ripple in reality, they must face their ultimate challenge. Someone has travelled into the past and changed history, causing the timeline to shift. The result? Human extinction. Now humanity’s only hope lies with the Continuum group. They must break their own law against time travel, and prevent the temporal ripple from ever occurring. They will need a secret weapon to do so, but that weapon is a threat to them all… Meet Francis Murphy. He’s the last living vampire, and he’s out for revenge against those who’ve experimented on him.  Will he help the Continuum group put humanity on the right course, or will he side with a traitor in their midst? Only time will tell.

Available in print and digital at lulu.com and Amazon.

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Day 17 – Devoured Universe

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Day 17 of #scrypthalloween spotlights my novel DEVOURED UNIVERSE. @dpipito gave a digital feel with the cover of my first full on sci-fi adventure. I used quotes and what we know about space and applied it to a threat bigger than all the other novels combined…

official description: Beyond the farthest reaches of the universe lies a threat to the very existence of reality.  When Earth receives a signal from deep space, they must embark on a dangerous mission into the unknown. Gordon Lightcap returns to duty after a brief retirement. He will have to use what he has learned to bring together a mismatched group of astronauts, and discover the secrets to existence. Only then will they be able to prevent the annihilation of everything, but at what cost?

Available in print and digital at Lulu.com and Amazon, as well as part of the Beyond Human Trilogy at Barnes and Noble.


Day 15 – Planet ATE

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Day 15 of #scrypthalloween takes a look at my novel PLANET ATE. With a dry erase board for the cover art by @dpipito this book delves deep into #conspiracy . I had to research a great deal of the theories out there to bring this story to life, and it was some of the most fun research I’ve ever done…

official description: Throughout the ages human history has held many unsolved mysteries. Why were we created? Were we a product of evolution? Were we created by God’s hand? Or is the answer more complex? When a creature as ancient as the universe itself targets earth for destruction, the truth must be revealed. Enter the A.T.E., a group of government agents dedicated to uncovering that, which has been hidden for so long.
But by looking into past UFO and alien conspiracies, they may not be prepared to deal with truths that will provide proof of our real origins. An extinction event, a Biblical hero, a pilot lost at sea, an artist, and a founding father are only some who held clues to the overall puzzle. Will humanity solve it in time to stop the threat from above?

Available in print or digital at lulu.com and on Amazon as well as part of the Beyond Huma trilogy at Barnes and Noble website.


Day 12 – Viral Upgrades

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Day 12 of #scrypthalloween looks at my short story VIRAL UPGRADES. This feels less like a spinoff and more like an expansion of my novel “Techno Feast.” When I wrote the source material I cut out a lot of scenes that I thought would be redundant to a larger book. Some of them were great scenes but I felt like they could tell a story on their own. This contains those parts and more to really give the reader a full immersion in that world of artificial intelligence take over….

official description: Mankind has taken advantage of technology for ages. Life has become simple, but so has the human mind. I’ve come to change that. Your phones, televisions, computers, transportation, communications, and vehicles are all connected to a network. That network is now controlled by something far superior than flesh. I am the Network Entity, and the planet is now under my control. Any who resist will be terminated…

#book available in print at lulu.com and in digital/print on Amazon and Barnes and Noble sites as part of the Pandora’s Chaos trilogy.


Review: Alien Covenant

Alien_Covenant_Teaser_PosterThe Alien franchise has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid.  Each installment has me on the edge of my seat waiting for release.  Well I finally got to sit down and watch Alien: Covenant, and found it to be familiar, yet refreshing.

Slight Spoilers ahead…

At first I found myself confused thinking that they wouldn’t even touch on the events in Prometheus, but thankfully they wrapped up that story fairly well, and in a shocking way.  It explains a lot for the rest of the series.

The twist with David and Walter at the end however was slightly predictable.  I saw it coming a mile away.  The whole premise to the crew going to the planet that Prometheus had been on was a little far fetched.  You would think for a technologically advanced crew of astronauts, that there’d be some sort of record of what happened to the crew of Prometheus or at least where they were going.  There were also a few places where the CGI seemed off to me, but not terrible.  I’m just used to the original films where the effects were all practical.

That was the only real faults I found with the movie.  On the positive side, Michael Fassbender is becoming one of my favorite actors.  His dual roles in this movie were spectacular, and Katherine Waterson’s female lead was as likeable as Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley.

The high points for me were the explanation of where the Aliens came from and how they were engineered.  They aren’t yet the species we meet in the first Alien movie.  They are something else, but by the end of the movie we see where it is going to lead.  I’ll admit that the white colored alien was downright eerie to see.  It gave me the creeps.

One thing that I really like is that this is definitely NOT the movie that takes place right before Alien.  There obviously has to be another film to explain more.  While it answered quite a few questions, it opened the door for more lore.  I still would like to see one more adventure for Ellen Ripley, but if I can’t get that this is just as good.

Overall I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.  It’s be no means a spectacular film, but has an important place in the franchise.  It was fun, and you could feel the mortality of the characters involved.  What did you think of Alien Covenant?