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As the October 31 launch date nears for the Kindle version of our new release crime-thriller Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes), a new paperback giveaway competition is underway on Goodreads.com – open to all Goodreads members worldwide.

The competition ends October 29.

To enter go to: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/259651-silent-fear

 

Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes)

Paperback giveaway underway.

 

Silent Fear continues to attract rave reviews. Check them out at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075HRYTVC/

 

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Win one of three paperback copies of Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes) – the new release novel they’re all talking about – on Goodreads.com

 

Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes)

Scotland Yard detective Valerie Crowther is assigned to investigate the murder of a student at a university for the Deaf in London, England. The murder investigation coincides with a deadly flu virus outbreak, resulting in the university being quarantined from the outside world. When more Deaf students are murdered, it becomes clear there is a serial killer operating within the sealed-off university. A chilling cat-and-mouse game evolves as the unknown killer targets Valerie and the virus claims more lives.

 

Enter giveaway via https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/256535-silent-fear

Entries close October 15.

Open to residents of US, CA and UK.

To see advance reviews of Silent Fear  visit: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0473408120

 

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UK author and reviewer Harry Whitewolf has posted the most insightful review yet of our new release thriller Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes) on the literary site Goodreads.com so we have opted to run it in full – and here it is:

 

The premise of this book alone is extremely enticing and original, which means my expectations were high from the start, but boy, do the authors deliver!

There are three main facets to this story:

1) It is a whodunnit mystery thriller, where the main protagonist, detective Valerie Crowther tries to track down a serial killer who’s targetting deaf students at a world-renowned university.

2) There is a worldwide virus known as Monkey Flu which is killing hundreds of thousands of people. The U.K has escaped the epidemic until there is a breakout at the very uni Crowther is conducting her investigations, so the school soon becomes quarantined and shut off from the outside world.

3) The story is a great insight into the deaf community.

Combining these three facets makes for an exciting and interesting read. At first, I was a little cautious at embarking on an 800 page story, but I needn’t have worried. It doesn’t feel like a long book at all, and the authors are so adept at breaking up the scenes and the various tangents, and pacing it so well, that I didn’t feel like I was reading a mammoth book at all. I’d thought it would probably take me a couple of months to get through it, but I raced through this in a week. Like all clever and well written thrillers, there are enough cliff-hanging chapters and side stories which made me think I’d just read one more chapter and then before I knew it, I’d read another fifty pages. So don’t let the length of this book put you off at all – it’s exactly the right length that the book needs to be – especially when it’s effectively combining two stories in one (the outbreak of the virus and the whodunnit mystery).

It’s superbly written, and there are plenty of red herrings and clues throughout to make you try to guess who the killer is, only for you to then completely change your mind a few pages later.

There are also plenty of other side stories going on, such as – unexpectedly – Satanic rituals, and the personal stories of the characters. And man, for a book with so many characters (as there needs to be), the authors make it such an easy read to follow who’s who and to have such solid, well-rounded, believeable characters. There are the students – who are a vast array of different types, including some punkish ruffians, there’s the main protagonist Crowther; and her Superintendent ex husband on the outside, there are two news reporters who have bluffed their way into the school and who soon find themselves being quarantined with the rest and becoming the eyes and ears of the media, there are… so many engaging characters with their own stories – and they are all effortlessly portrayed well throughout.

Even the opening scene in the prologue is exceptionally brilliant – it feels like a classic scene from a classic film: where the killer is taking care in bricklaying a wall to conceal his first victim behind it. The attention the killer has to using three parts sand, one part cement and the skill of angling his trowel, with little thought towards the fact that he’s just killed someone in cold blood, is the perfect introduction to a disturbed psychopathic mind. Not to mention that he also then masturbates upon finishing the job.

And knowing that this book is going to be made into a film, I can already see that scene being chillingly played out as clear as mud.

No way will you figure out who the killer is, but you’ll enjoy trying to figure it out. I can guarantee it.

This is such a meaty book, that I could go on for another thousand words detailing just how well it’s all been put together and how well it’s been written, but this review is already turning out to be a long one, so I’ll leave it on this point:

Not only is this a great epidemic-sci-fi and mystery thriller, it’s also a fantastic insight into the deaf community, and it’s very apparent how much research has gone into this book. Reading the afterword from the authors’ consultant makes this clear, and it’s good to know that the writers have gone to lengths to show a very realistic portrayal of that community. Forget the whodunnit and epidemic stories, this book works just as well at being a much needed insight for hearing people into a community we may not know much, or anything, about. As their liaison Brent Macpherson says in the afterword:

“Silent Fear is one of the few mainstream novels to address the unique challenges faced by members of the Deaf community in any great detail. As a member of that community, and as someone who has been Deaf since birth, I believe this book is an important addition to the dearth of literature that exists about Deaf people and Deaf culture.”

Harry Whitewolf is the author of several acclaimed books, including The Road To Purification: Hustlers, Hassles & Hash  and Matrix Visions.

 

To see all the reviews of Silent Fear go to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35626239-silent-fear

 

Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes) by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]

Amazon pre-orders for this book open now.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075HRYTVC/

 

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In a quarantined university for the deaf, there’s a serial killer and a deadly airborne virus.

Don’t blink. Don’t breathe.

Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes)

Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes) by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James] 

Available now for pre-order now on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075HRYTVC/

 

Enjoy the Silent Fear  trailer for the book and planned feature film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8bv1vbQxYo&t=1s

 

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The intriguing topic of underrated scientists has arisen in our Underground Knowledge group’s Fringe science discussion thread, on Goodreads, and members are pulling some interesting names out of the hat.

It started when the group’s co-founder James posted this:

Besides the great Nikola Tesla, here are some other scientists I think deserve more recognition…Please add any more names you feel have influenced our world, or who were ahead of their time and whose scientific ideas are now influencing our future.

Viktor Schauberger

Viktor Schauberger

Viktor Schauberger (30 June 1885 in Holzschlag, Upper Austria[1] – 25 September 1958 in Linz, Austria[1]) was an Austrian forest caretaker, naturalist, philosopher, inventor and biomimicry experimenter. Schauberger developed his own ideas based on what he observed in nature. In Implosion magazine, a magazine released by Schauberger’s family, he said that aeronautical and marine engineers had incorrectly designed the propeller.

Here’s a snapshot of members’ “underrated scientists” picks (abridged):

Buckminster Fuller (aka Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller; July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983)was an American architect, systems theorist, author, designer and inventor. Fuller published more than 30 books, coining or popularizing terms such as “Spaceship Earth”, ephemeralization, and synergetic. He also developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs, and popularized the widely known geodesic dome.

For the best scientist that hardly anyone has ever heard of (I would be extraordinarily surprised if anyone here has): F. E. Volochine. Now, confess – have you heard of him? Why? In 1925 he developed a theory to account for nuclear binding energies, based on magnetism. He predicted the neutron would have a spin of 1/2, and he predicted its magnetic moment quite accurately, and his bonding energies were extremely good, including the excited states.

Beyond Tesla: History’s Most Overlooked Scientists https://www.livescience.com/46723-mos…

Top 7 Most Underrated Scientists Ever http://www.debate.org/opinions/polls/…

Interesting that they have Maxwell as highly underrated. I always thought physicists everywhere really rate Maxwell, and Faraday got himself on an English banknote.

How about Benoit Mandelbrot, the creator of fractal geometry? The Fractalist: Memoir of a Scientific Maverick

I would add Kristian Birkeland. He was the first to recognize auroras as electrical currents in plasma.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristia…

 

To view all comments in full, or better still to have YOUR say, go to:  https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18212950-underrated-scientists-please-add-more?comment=170409048#comment_170409048

 

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Underground Knowledge — A discussion group

Underground Knowledge — A discussion group

This global discussion group has been designed to encourage debates about important and underreported issues of our era. All you need is an enquiring mind and a desire to gain or share “underground knowledge”. Our members come from all walks of life and include award-winning writers, scientists, teachers, students, housewives, blue and white-collar workers, social activists, conspiracy theorists, journalists, ex-intelligence agents, former members of the military and, of course, everyday readers and authors.

Come visit! New members welcome…  https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/142309-underground-knowledge-a-discussion-group   

 

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For immediate release 23 August, 2017:  Hot topics being aired this week in our Underground Knowledge group on Goodreads include the (unbelievable) declassification of Operation Northwoods — The U.S. Military’s official proposal to kill American civilians, bomb U.S. cities and fly planes into buildings in staged terrorist attacks (Operation Northwoods declassified)  

 

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Operation Northwoods is just one of the contentious, alarming, educational, outside-left-field topics currently being aired in our Underground Knowledge group. Here’s some of the others.

But first… In case you are wondering what our definition of underground knowledge  is, here it is: What is “underground knowledge” and why is it important? 

Hot topics:

Evidence for scientifically advanced Ancient civilizations?    /  MK-Ultra (the CIA’s declassified mind control program)   /  Modern fascism (in our governments!)   /  Finding (hiding) a cure for cancer   /  Ambidexterity   /  Is North Korea a genuine threat to world peace? Undergrounders say no!   /  Earlier historical versions of Jesus Christ?   /  (Profiting from) The War on Drugs   /  What’s up with Denver International Airport?   /  “Imagine there’s no countries” – the case for global citizenship   /  Hurricane Katrina and African-American communities   /  The First World versus the Third World   /  Can we trust news media outlets?   /  The case for restructuring Capitalism   /  Amazing UFO quotes from world leaders, NASA astronauts and other prominent figures   /  Is President Trump for the common people? Or has he secretly been installed by the 1% elite?   /  6,000+ Group Members (aka 6,000+ Undergrounders)!! 

 

To view all Undergrounders’ comments, or better still to have YOUR say, go to: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18630809-is-zero-a-number?page=1

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The Underground Knowledge discussion group has been designed to encourage debates about important and underreported issues of our era. All you need is an enquiring mind, an interest in the world we live in and a desire to learn or share ‘underground knowledge’.

  

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For immediate release 14 August, 2017: Hot topics being aired this week in our Underground Knowledge group on Goodreads include Princess Diana: Accidental death or murder? (POLL: 58% of you say MURDER)

 

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Princess Diana…murdered?

 

Other popular topics include:  Is North Korea a genuine threat to world peace? Undergrounders say no!   /  Earlier historical versions of Jesus Christ?   /  (Profiting from) The War on Drugs   /  What’s up with Denver International Airport?   /  “Imagine there’s no countries” – the case for global citizenship   /  Hurricane Katrina and African-American communities   /  The First World versus the Third World   /  Can we trust news media outlets?   /  The case for restructuring Capitalism   /  Amazing UFO quotes from world leaders, NASA astronauts and other prominent figures   /  Is President Trump for the common people? Or has he secretly been installed by the 1% elite?   /  Evidence for scientifically advanced Ancient civilizations?    /  MK-Ultra (the CIA’s declassified mind control program)   /  Modern fascism (in our governments!)   /  Finding (hiding) a cure for cancer   /  Ambidexterity   /  The U.S. Military’s official proposal to kill American civilians, bomb U.S. cities and fly planes into buildings in staged terrorist attacks (Operation Northwoods declassified)   /  What is “underground knowledge” and why is it important?   /  6,000+ Group Members (aka 6,000+ Undergrounders)!!   

To view all Undergrounders’ comments, or better still to have YOUR say, go to: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18630809-is-zero-a-number?page=1

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The Underground Knowledge discussion group has been designed to encourage debates about important and underreported issues of our era. All you need is an enquiring mind, an interest in the world we live in and a desire to learn or share ‘underground knowledge’.

  

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