Sci fi at its best. Or if you prefer, unusual futuristic mystery. Greg Mandel is gifted with some natural empathy and because of this he is fitted with biotechnology that makes him a living lie detector and is hired by Event Horizons to investigate corporate espionage in Mindstar Rising. A Quantum Murder takes place two years later when again Greg Mandel’s special talents are demanded by Event Horizons and its young owner, Julia Evans. This one involves a bit of a twist to the locked-room mystery. Both books are fast paced and sci fi fun. Everything takes place in a post apocalyptic world created by extreme global warming and not too hard to believe. What’s amazing is the innovative way people have learned to survive.
In Michael Parker’s new novel, Joel Dunn Jr. tells the story of how he did everything he could to save his family after his mother left and his father’s tenuous hold on sanity unraveled. On a journey from the town of Trent, North Carolina, to the coast, Joel and his little brother Tank thread their way back to their mother, fueled by potato chips, Coke, and the soundtrack of the powerful soul music that their daddy taught them to love. Always keeping the faith that their mother is waiting for them, they move from one kindly stranger to another on their odyssey, Joel ever certain they are being guided to her door: “I was being passed from person to person,” he says, “on my way back into her wide open window.”
Caught between the endless idealism of childhood and the sobering tests of adulthood, Joel and Tank bravely negotiate their way through a landscape of love and beauty, abandonment and betrayal, to learn that the one sure thing is often right by your side.