The long wait is over! It’s been just over a year since the release of Fourth World, and during that time the response to my first novel has been fantastic. In addition to the usual suspects (e.g. immediate family), many friends-of-friends and distant acquaintances have expressed admiration for Fourth World. For the numerologists out there, and those who love “objective” data: out of 13 reviews, 11 gave the book five stars– and the other two, four stars. The main complaint I’ve heard is that people are anxious to know what happens to the mysterious hero/anti-hero Benn Marr, and to his sometimes-befuddled friend Lora.
You may recall the final paragraph of Fourth World (spoiler alert):
Walther Beame shook his head, overcome by a heady mixture of resentment, relief and triumph. Stepping forward once again with the Dermamist squeezed tightly in his trembling hand, he uttered through gritted teeth, “Welcome home, son. Welcome home.”
Is Benn returning home like Leopold Bloom, or Ulysses, or is he more the Prodigal Son? The answer to that and other burning questions lies in the sequel, Fourth World Nation (this is the second part of a planned trilogy).
To quote my own blurb on the back cover: “The year is 2197, and young Benn Marr has joined the Chimera Project. To escape the clutches of a greedy pharmaceutical corporation and the Pan-World Electorate, Benn and Lora flee to Mars, where they encounter the cruel effects of colonialism: shameless exploitation, political inequity and militaristic oppression. They are swept into the deadly conflict erupting between the world government, the Resistance, and a mysterious, quasi-religious cult. It is a conflict which turns all of Benn’s relationships, as well as his conception of his own uncanny abilities, upside-down.”
Fourth World Nation is available on Amazon, in paperback or as an eBook (you can download the Kindle app for free). There are links to both books on this blog, but here’s the Amazon site:
For those who have yet to read Fourth World, the first book in the science fiction trilogy, it really is best to start at the beginning. Fourth World is also available on Amazon, as a paperback or eBook. Here’s a link to that site:
My heartfelt gratitude to everyone for your generous comments, reviews and support!
All my best,