Weekend Writing Warriors – Restoration #2

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This portion continues from last week’s snipped.

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He had picked up the thief’s trail three days earlier, after being summoned to Elder Gallien’s personal quarters.

“Demeas,” said Gallien, the Elder of Temple Khalmara, “I am glad that you could make it here so quickly.”

“I came as soon as you asked for me. The message seemed urgent.”

“Demeas, our copy of The Pillars has been stolen.”

“What?”

“This is a shocking and disturbing event.”

“When did this happen?” Demeas asked.

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Next week I’ll have the next portion for you.

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Currently Reading The Black Country by Alex Grecian

Because I enjoying “The Yard”, I though I would give this title a read.

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The black CountryThe Black Country (Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad Book 2)
by Alex Grecian @alexgrecian 

Kindle Edition 

Paperback Edition 

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~~~ Book Decription ~~~

The British Midlands. Inhabitants call it the “Black Country”—and with good reason. Bad things happen there.

When three members of a prominent family disappear from the Midlands—and a human eyeball is discovered in a bird’s nest—Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad is called in. But Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith have stepped into something much more bizarre and complicated than expected.

Superstitions abound in the intertwined histories of the villagers, including a local legend about a monster some claim to have seen. In addition, a mysterious epidemic is killing off the inhabitants, and the village itself is sinking into the coal mines below. Day and Hammersmith soon realize that they, too, are in over their heads. And the more they investigate, the more they fear that they may never be allowed to leave.

~~~ From The Amazon Product Page ~~~

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Currently Reading BLACKDOWN by D. M. Mitchell

Finished reading the book last night (Aug 12,2015). Over all I enjoyed the book. It has an interesting idea I thought was carried through well. Good surprise ending, by the way. Some may not like Mitchell’s, seemingly, over-descriptiveness in much of his narrative: even I found it a little much at times. The story flow felt good. Apart from a slow beginning, the remainder of the story moved along quite well.

The only downside I could see was the editing, or lack of. A good copy editor would have caught many of the omission I readily found. The worst of which was missing opening and closing quotation marks. Rather annoying when your not sure where the dialogue begins or ends sometimes.

Even with these problems I will still give BLACKDOWN 4 stars.

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This book showed up at the top of my “Home” page of my Kindle the other day. Not sure how that happened, but it looks like I purchased the book back on January 13, 2014. How does that happen, anyway? I guess I will have to give it a read, then.

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BLACKDOBLACKDOWNWN (a thriller and murder mystery)
by D. M. Mitchell @dmtheauthor 

Kindle Edition
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~~~ Book Description ~~~

‘THE MOST SAVAGE OF BEASTS IS TO BE FOUND WITHIN THE HEART OF MAN.’ It is 1817, Regency England. Thomas Blackdown, a thieftaker and ex-soldier, receives word that his brother and father are in deep trouble and need his help. But Blackdown is a man that harbours bitter memories; a man banished from his homeland because of a terrible accident, and so is reluctant to return to his ancestral home in Somerset. However, once there he discovers that his brother has been savagely murdered – torn to shreds by a mythical creature the locals call the Blackdown Beast. Thomas Blackdown does not believe in a creature of fantasy, and is determined to bring to justice his brother’s murderer, encouraged by his brother’s fiancé, Julianne Tresham, and aided by the faithful servant Addison. But Blackdown is quickly drawn deep into a complicated web of deceit, power, greed and murder involving Lord Tresham – Julianne’s father – and the cold Sir Peter Lansdowne. What is the mysterious Lupercal Club? Why do ex-soldiers go missing from Commodore Pettigrew’s travelling theatre? What strange thing is happening in Devilbowl Wood where Blackdown’s brother was found mutilated? And what savage, hellish creature prowls the night? Soon, Blackdown must fight for his own life and face up to his demons both imaginary and real. He will need all his wits and skills to survive if he is ever to discover the shocking truth behind the evil that has penetrated as far as the government itself. Set in Regency England following the end of the Napoleonic wars, ‘Blackdown’ is D. M. Mitchell at his creative best, crafting a believable world of strange, larger-than-life characters, with his trademark intricate plotting and surprise ending, a novel that is a rollicking good thriller, horror and adventure story rolled into one. And in Thomas Blackdown, Mitchell has given us a hero like no other before – a Darcy with bite, a Bond in breeches…

~~~ From Amazon Product Page ~~~

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Restoration #1

Hi, I’m back with a fresh start to Weekend Writing Warriors after a two year absence.
I did a major re-write of Restoration from The H’Rhophyan Chronicles Series, along with completing nine more stories in the series. Planned on ten, maybe end up with twelve.

The first Episode in Series is called “Restoration“.

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What follows starts at the beginning…

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RESTORATION

HE DID NOT WANT TO BE HERE. Snow fell on Demeas, concealing the golden-brown of his cowled cloak. He looked older than the forty-six years he was assumed to be, but his wrinkled face, buried under several days of greying stubble, revealed the toll the elements had taken making him look older still. Winter came early at this altitude, as shown by the sight of his breath and that of his horse. As a priest, he was accustomed to hardship and had never enjoyed what many considered luxuries. As a tracker, this was part of his job. He was glad, however, that he brought his rabbit fur-lined gauntlets. His steel-blue eyes surveyed the vastness before of him. The tracks that lay ahead of him would be preserved by the cold, making it easier for him to track his quarry. He just did not want to be here.

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Next week I’ll have the next portion for you.

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Currently Reading Vulcan’s Forge by Jack Du Brul

Finished reading August 6,2015. While it wasn’t great, I rather liked it. This is the first I’ve read on Jack Du Brul, not even one of his collaborative works with Clive Cussler. The premiss for the book is interesting, although I don’t think Du Brul quite got it where he wanted. Lagging at times, the story had its moments of good pace. I was surprised at the editing, or lack of it, for this book. Spelling mistakes: should not be happening considering the publisher is Penguin. And the background information dumps. I do undertand the necessity for the amount presented as it seems a little over the top for me at times. The information was good, but for the most part, only served to stall the progress of the book’s flow. This is the first book by Du Brul so most of my issues with the book are with Penguin, not the author. I’ll certainly check out the next book in the series and reserve judgment on the author until a later time. For Vulcan’s Forge, I will give it a solid 3 stars. But does the hero always get the girl?

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VulcVulcans Forgean’s Forge (Philip Mercer Book 1)
by Jack Du Brul

Kindle Edition
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It begins deep beneath the Pacific Ocean, where a nuclear bomb strikes at the fiery hot heart of the earth. Churning, spewing boiling lava, a volcano rises with unnatural speed from the ocean floor — the source of a new mineral that promises clean, limitless nuclear power.
It continues in hot spots around the globe: Hawaii, where a secessionist movement is about to turn violent and the American army may be asked to fire on U.S. citizens; Washington, D.C., where the subway system becomes the site of a running gun battle; the Far East, where disrupted diplomatic negotiations jeopardize world peace; a rogue Russian submarine, circling the infant volcano.

Caught in the middle is Philip Mercer, a geologist and a one-time commando with shady contacts in all the right (or is it wrong?) places. When Mercer learns that the daughter of an old friend is being kept under armed guard in a local hospital, he vows to rescue her, not knowing that this is the first step in unraveling the fantastic secrets of Vulcan’s Forge.

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A Look At The F.P.R. Indus Fountain Pen

As a writer, who prefers to write with pen and paper, having a good writing instrument is paramount. The pen of choice, you guessed it, a fountain pen. The choice to return to these fine pens was because of my hand cramping. Using the ballpoint pens for any length of time always brought writer’s cramp in short order. Not so with fountain pens which one can use with little effort and a long, long, long, long, long time. I think you understand what I’m trying to say. Fountain pens, for me, have been a hand saver.

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Recently I purchased a piston fill F.P.R. Indus fountain pen from Fountain Pen Revolution. I never had one of this type before – only converter, refill or eye dropper – so I thought it would be a nice change. And it was.

Black was the chosen colour for black ink (I use several coloured inks) with a fine nib. Writing with this pen has been a pleasure. It writes very smooth and glides without effort across the page using Waterman Black ink. The ink reservoir appear to be large enough to handle the amount of writing I do without the need to be constantly refilling. The piston fill mechanism worked very well after I got a good handle on its use – like I said, first one of these owned.

There are a few things that I was not fond of.  First, the weight. It feels a little light (14 grams) compared with other pens in my collection , but after using for some time now it is hardly noticeable. The second is the cap. Although I like the fact it is a screw on cap, I feel uncomfortable posting it as it seems it might crack if I do. Writing with an un-posted pen is not an issue as it still fits in my hand well, but I don’t want to risk cracking the cap. Another thing, but this is a personal note, I should have bought the pen with an Extra Fine nib instead of the Fine nib. I’ll be sure to grab some when I order another pen, likely the maroon F.P.R. Indus for red ink editing. You can view the entire F.P.R collection here.

I am very happy with this pen. It writes well, but because of my cap issue, I will rate it 8/10.

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Currently Reading “The Ark” by Boyd Morrison

Just finished, actually. I’ve been reading this genre a lot more lately and find it interesting and captivating. “The Ark“, Morrisons first novel and was delighted. Books are supposed to be enteraining and “The Ark” was. Thank Boyd. I will give “the Ark” 4/5 Stars.

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The ArkThe Ark: A Novel (Tyler Locke series)
Boyd Morrison  @BoydMorrison

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In national bestselling author Boyd Morrison’s debut, the unraveling of one of the greatest archeological mysteries from the bible—Noah’s Ark—could threaten civilization itself in this blockbuster hailed by James Rollins as “a stunning thriller.”

When brilliant archaeologist Dilara Kenner is contacted by Sam Watson, an old family friend who says that he has crucial information about her missing father, Dilara abandons her Peruvian dig and rushes to Los Angeles to meet him. But at the airport, Sam speaks instead of Noah’s Ark—the artifact her father had long been searching for—and the possible death of billions. Before Sam can explain, he collapses. With his dying breath, he urges Dilara to find Tyler Locke—a man she’s never heard of.

Two days later Dilara manages to track down former combat engineer Tyler Locke on an oil rig off Newfoundland. Her helicopter transport goes down well short of the oil rig’s landing pad and Dilara and those aboard nearly drown. No sooner is Dilara safely on the rig than she convinces Tyler the crash was no accident. Tyler agrees to help her uncover the secret behind Noah’s Ark and, more important, her father’s disappearance. As the picture begins to come into focus, they realize they have just seven days to find the Ark before its secret is used to wipe out civilization once again.

With a chilling premise and a blistering pace, Boyd Morrison combines all the best elements of a blockbuster thriller with an intelligent and fascinating exploration of one of the Old Testament’s great mysteries.

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