Monday, October 11, 2010

Review of MINERVA'S SOUL

MINERVA'S SOUL is the long-awaited sequel to STOLEN WORLDS and TO THE STARS, comprising the Harry Irons Trilogy. Thomas Stone's final book in the ground-breaking science fiction trilogy is a tour de force as well as a thrilling and thought-provoking conclusion to an action-packed space opera. It's not often a science fiction writer completes a trilogy with such a strong story. MINERVA'S SOUL not only rounds out the Harry Irons Trilogy in Stone's typically engaging fashion but also offers readers alternative views of cosmic evolution that are assured to fascinate and entertain.

Stone has bridged the gap between hard sci-fi and space opera by offering a tale full of passionate, believable characters coming to grips with a startling new vision of quantum manipulation.

The story has a number of intertwining sub plots, but the chief motivating plot concerns the return of Harry Irons and his companions to the planet Mirabel for the purpose of curing Harry of a deadly infection. Harry's companions believe the key to Harry's cure is within the genetic code of a substance secreted by a mysterious alien creature, the kitzloc. The kitzloc is a strange breed that keeps to the sands of the Great Wahabi desert. Many have attempted to hunt the kitzloc but have always met with tragedy. The search for the creature rapidly deteriorates into a struggle for survival as Harry and his team confront the elements of a dangerous environment that includes rebellious colonists, a military force sent to arrest the team, and an alien contingent equally interested in solving the mystery of the kitzloc.

MINERVA'S SOUL twists and turns like a carnival ride, leading the reader to a thrilling conclusion only the imaginative mind of author Stone could invent. This book, and for that matter, the entire Harry Irons Trilogy, will satisfy sci-fi fans who've been waiting for a sci-fi tale that not only stretches the imagination but also delivers a fast-paced, human adventure.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

New Releases by Thomas Stone

Cooper's Press, a New Zealand publisher of speculative fiction, is pleased to announce the release of two new science fiction novels by Thomas C. Stone on Oct. 2, 2010. The first, entitled MINERVA'S SOUL, is the last book in a science fiction trilogy referred to as the Harry Irons Trilogy. Here's the blurb:

Harry Irons has been infected by the kitzloc, an enigmatic alien species. As a result, he's losing his mind. It's a race against time as Harry and his team seek a cure in the sands of the Great Wahabi, a desert on the newly colonized world of Mirabel. A difficult task becomes impossible as they encounter disgruntled colonists, a security force from Earth, off-world aliens, and the mind-bending powers of the kitzloc.

MINERVA’S SOUL takes readers on a roller-coaster ride while offering a thought-provoking adventure which speculates on the nature of advanced species and the possibility of quantum manipulation.

The second release is also a science fiction novel, entitled SMOLIF. SMOLIF traces the fortunes of Contra Marlo, a retired, alcoholic, security specialist. Contra was the best before he dropped out and became a full-time drunk. When a company rep offers him a job, Marlo must deal with sobriety, inexperienced team members, and a lack of information -- as well as the dangers of an alien world and the man who would be king of that world.

Pre-release reviews for SMOLIF and MINERVA'S  SOUL have been outstanding. Both books are only offered in ebook formats at this time via a number of digital sources, but the following links are supplied for your convenience.

MINERVA'S SOUL can be found here: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/25778
SMOLIF can be found here: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/25783

Good reading and enjoy!