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This week's featured author: M. P. Hopcroft
NIWA member M.P. Hopcroft recently released his first novel, Pardigan: The Steel Crucible. (Edited by Joyce Reynolds-Ward)
“These are the stories of how an empire began — with one man, one ship, and one galaxy….
Andreas Pardigan and his small crew are sent to retrieve a dissolute nobleman and return him to his father, but while they offer him a week before the mast the situation at home changes dramatically. Now Pardigan must somehow deal with a ruthless, intelligent foe who will stop at nothing to bring about the death of his charge...
The first Pardigan adventure on Amazon, and the first novel for M.P. Hopcroft.”
“Space opera at it's finest…” — Amazon Reviewer
Check out all of M. P. Hopcroft's books.
Well, it’s happening. The righteous are being taken up to heaven (in swirls of feathers, no less), the unrighteous are being burned to cinders, and the middle-of-the-roaders are being left behind. As the Rapture proceeds from country to country alphabetically, with the United States closer to the bottom of the list, larcenous Larry establishes his Post-Rapture Pet-Sitting Service. For a modest fee, he promises to take excellent care of pets left behind when their owners are swept heavenward. Business is booming.
That’s the premise of Ellen King Rice's satiric gem. At times hilarious and at other times sobering in its insightful critique of theological fringes and televangelism, Rice’s book brims with intelligence and humor. Told with as much compassion as “bite,” the story makes us care about Larry, his ex-con mother (“Marjorie Medicare”), and a host of quirky characters trying to make their way in a strange new world. And wait till you meet Dottie, the last dog on earth, and Lucifer, a cat who just might be the spawn of the devil.
Rice has created a brash, irreverent, page-turner of a book which will provoke as much thought as laughter. Highly recommended.
Pamela Cowan writes a cracklin' good mystery. She is equally skilled at plot and character development as shown in FIRE AND LIES. The sister relation between two of the lead characters is a strong one, a very believable duet (speaking as a younger sister myself).
This care is true in her side characters as well. They are not stick figures, but thought out and given mannerisms that make them feel real.
I enjoy a look at cultures that are foreign to me, so Cowan's comfort in describing the lifestyle of Pacific NW tribal members in this book is both interesting and instructive.
This author is unafraid to look close at dead bodies, so her books are not for the squeamish among you. But you'd be missing a grand story if you let that bother you.
Oh, and by the way? A little heat in the romantic intrigue department is a good thing, too!
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