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“An exciting New Zealand outdoors adventure!” That’s how Amazon Hall of Fame Top 100 reviewer Grady Harp describes the new release, crime-based adventure High Country Contract, written by Lance & James Morcan and published this week by Sterling Gate Books.

Harp’s Amazon review follows (below) unabridged:

 

High Country Contract

Crime-based adventure resonates with critic.

 

The Morcans know how to deliver intrigue, both on scientific subjects and most assuredly on suspense thrillers. They invite us in with their story with and introduction to New Zealand and the chief character Arch Quaid:

‘Twenty-five-year-old Arch Quaid along with other MOEs (Members of the Unemployed) surveyed the latest job vacancies at Work and Income New Zealand’s Christchurch office. It was a routine he’d become used to since winter’s arrival had seen unskilled workers like himself laid off. He wasn’t sure if it was his imagination, but the number of unemployed seemed to increase each day and the list of vacancies seemed to decrease proportionately…Resigned to remaining unemployed for another day at least, the young Kiwi left the WINZ office and headed for a nearby café that currently served as his home away from home…’

With that flavor of credible authenticity the story proceeds – we learn that Arch endured an injury to his right leg while yearning to launch a rugby career, and that he is a loner following a family schism.

He meets Sam Bartlett who presents him with a deer culling contract on a high country property bordering the Southern Alps (named Rocky Mountain High), he meets the Maori girl Janine, and the story begins. Or as the authors describe it, ‘Young Kiwi drifter Arch Quaid thinks he has landed the contract of his life when he’s hired to cull deer on a high country property in the South Island of New Zealand. He quickly changes his mind when he discovers he’s the hunted, not the hunter. Caught up in the middle of it all is his new love Janine, a beautiful Maori girl, who will likely be the killer’s next target if Arch doesn’t overcome the most daunting of odds.’

This is a tense thriller, beautifully written with wholly credible characters and many twists and turns that keep the reader magnetized. HIGH COUNTRY CONTRACT proves once again that the Morcans are a very fine writing team.

This is a tale that pleads to be a film – and perhaps that will happen, as James is also a screenwriter! Highly recommended. -Grady Harp

 

High Country Contract can be viewed on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VWP6FHD/  

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Los Angeles-based reviewer Grady Harp is the author of WAR SONGS, an artist representative, gallery owner, writer of essays and articles on Figurative and all Representational art for museum catalogues and for travelling exhibitions.

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Hall of Famer Grady Harp.

In his words: “My passion is for Figurative painting and in that role I gladly accept the opportunity of introducing both experienced and inexperienced eyes to the joy of the visual arts. In painting and sculpture, in music, and in literature I am ever on the alert for the new and promising geniuses of tomorrow. I feel the future of the arts is in the journey toward finding Beauty.”

More about Grady Harp at: http://fictionaut.com/users/grady-harp

 

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White Spirit  and Into the Americas, our two historical fiction novels that are both based on true-life, wilderness survival tales, remain firm favorites with our followers, currently enjoying an average 4.5 star rating with Amazon book reviewers.

 

White Spirit (A novel based on a true story)            Into the Americas (A novel based on a true story)

Two novels for lovers of true-life, wilderness survival tales.

 

To see what the critics are saying go to:

White Spirit: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LWIRH9J/ 

Into the Americas: https://www.amazon.com/Into-Americas-novel-based-story-ebook/dp/B00YJKM51E/  

 

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THE DOGON INITIATIVE (The Deniables, Book 1)  currently has a 4.8 star rating (out of 5 stars) on Amazon and a 4.6 star rating on Goodreads, showing that reviewers are resonating with this new release novel by New Zealand father-and-son writing team Lance and James Morcan.

Co-authors of the bestselling historical adventures WHITE SPIRIT  and INTO THE AMERICAS, and the thrillers SILENT FEAR and THE ORPHAN TRILOGY, the Morcans say their latest novel and the series it has spawned, or is about to spawn, were inspired by the belief American intelligence contracts foreign mercenaries to undertake clandestine missions abroad.

“They’re known as deniable assets,” Lance explains. “Deniable because, if a mission goes belly up, the agency will deny any knowledge of their existence and no-one’s to their assistance. For obvious reasons, we refer to the assets as the Deniables.”

James say book one in the series shows how the CIA’s New Paradigms Team, a newly-formed humanitarian division of the agency, is tasked with saving Mali’s persecuted Dogon people from genocide.

He continues, “Although fictional, we consider it’s not too unlikely the CIA is pursuing humanitarian goals, and, with that in mind, that’s the basis of the entire series. Each book will focus on the Deniables’ latest mission.”

 

The Dogon Initiative (The Deniables Book 1) by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]

Available now via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NKTD515/

 

Random review excerpts for THE DOGON INITIATIVE  follow:

★★★★★ “Excellent Black Ops Adventure… There is plenty of action as the ‘Deniables’ first must fight to get the Dogon leader back to his former home village, and then fight to keep him alive.” –N. Hall

★★★★ “I found this a fascinating read… Highly recommended by me.. especially to fellow Africans (I’m South African).” –‘Dinx’ 

★★★★★ “This is a tale that pleads to be a film… Highly recommended.” –Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Top 50 Reviewer

★★★★★ “Compelling… A fascinating suspense and adventure.” –P. Blevins

★★★★★ “There are some books that just can’t pull yourself away from with the need to find out what’s going to happen, and this is definitely one of those.” –Todd Simpson

 

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“A novel of epic length, THE DOGON INITIATIVE proves once again that the Morcans are a very fine writing team. This is a tale that pleads to be a film…Highly recommended.” – That’s Amazon Hall of Fame Top 50 reviewer Grady Harp’s take on the new release action-thriller by Lance & James Morcan, the authors of nine published novels.

Excerpts from Grady’s Amazon review follow:

The Morcans know how to deliver intrigue, both on scientific subjects and most assuredly on suspense thrillers. They invite us in with their moody Prologue which in addition to giving us insight in the tale to follow allows us to appreciate some fine African ‘history’. ‘The first full moon of the rainy season was a momentous occasion for the Dogon people of Mali. It marked the day, many countless moons ago when, according to legend at least, Moussa Diarra, one of their ancient forefathers, discovered Sirius B, the second star in the Sirius solar system and one that wouldn’t be rediscovered by astronomers until hundreds of years later. And then only with the aid of telescopes. Every year, Dogon used the occasion to celebrate Moussa’s discovery and to pay homage to the greatest of all their spiritual leaders. Moussa had ruled over Dogon when the Mali Empire was the largest in West Africa. Its western border stretched all the way to the Atlantic Ocean and it was a center of culture, language, education, mathematics, science, law, trade, and great wealth. It was a time when Dogon had considerable more influence. In the present day they are a persecuted minority facing cultural extinction as they’re continually attacked by larger ethnic and religious fundamentalist groups whose number include disenchanted Muslims.’

With that flavor of credible authenticity the story proceeds – mood set, characters arise. Apropos of the authors the lead character is Australian – security consultant Dean Hawkins. Or as the summary of the plot states, ‘A group of foreign mercenaries hired as deniable assets by a newly-formed humanitarian division of the CIA is tasked with saving Mali’s persecuted Dogon people from genocide. The operation must be carried out in stealth while journeying across some of West Africa’s most hostile terrain. They are also instructed to help solve an ancient astronomical mystery linked to the pyramids of Egypt. Nicknamed the Deniables because their existence isn’t officially acknowledged by the CIA, the mercenaries are crazy enough to accept the mission anyway. However, they soon find themselves fighting for their lives when they get caught in the middle of warring ethnic factions in Mali. Their only way to survive is to join with the Dogon in a race against the clock. The stakes are so high that not only could an entire indigenous group be wiped off the face of the Earth, but all evidence that supports advanced ancient technology theories surrounding the Dogon and a lost civilization thesis may be destroyed in the process. Inspired by a true-life mystery of astronomy.’

Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Top 50 reviewer

 

The Dogon Initiative (The Deniables Book 1) by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]

THE DOGON INITIATIVE (The Deniables, Book 1)  is available via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NKTD515/

 

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Book review:

A Walk in the Rain  –by Udai Yadla

★★★★★ Exquisite!

This reader discovered ‘A Walk in the Rain’ is an oft-used title, gracing the covers of a number of books. However, Udai Yadla’s version must surely stand alone. It’s truly unique and beautifully written. Exquisite!

Aptly subtitled ‘A journey of love and redemption,’ it is exactly that. A romantic, often intense, occasionally delicate and always gripping tale of a love found and lost, and an unforgettable journey of self-discovery.

The writing is tight but not rushed, the characterization is excellent and the storyline grabs you from the prologue right through to the last page. A must-read! Sterling Gate Books

Synopsis:
Love is poison that kills you. Love is elixir that keeps you alive. An unreciprocated love keeps you alive, but kills every day.

Heartbroken Sunny lives a reclusive life, trapped in the past, living in his memories. He has no complaints about his life, but refuses to embrace the present.

Saloni is a prostitute who is desperate to earn money by any means. She does not care about exploiting others to fulfill her purpose.

Fate unites the loner and the prostitute to embark on a life changing journey of retribution and self discovery.

Lovelorn Sunny turns misogynistic after Sandy, the only girl he loved walks away from his life, unannounced. He suffers painful solitude for almost two decades with the relentless haunting of her thoughts. A distressed friend Imran, vows to change his life forever. A surprise planned for his birthday turns into a tragedy that claims the life of his dear friend, triggering a series of unbelievable events. As Imran gets killed by a stranger, Sunny’s calm life suddenly turns into a turbulent storm. With nothing left to live for, vengeance becomes his ultimate mission. His reluctant alliance with a prostitute to trace the killer sets him onto a nerve racking adventure of life and death.

Both are bound to a common goal with different motives, but destiny has its own motive.

A walk in the rain is an intricate tale of intense emotions, driven by hair raising twists and turns.

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After recently registering its 50th Five-Star review on Amazon, our conspiracy thriller THE NINTH ORPHAN (The Orphan Trilogy, #1) has received one of its best reviews to date.

The review, by Rave Reviews Book Club mover-and-shaker Nonnie Jules, has appeared on the Rave Reviews by Nonnie Jules blog at http://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/nonnies-blog-reviews/

Here’s the review, as it appears on Ms Jules’ blog, unabbridged:

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6/6/14 – THE NINTH ORPHAN

5*****Star Rated!!!!

OK, so when I was asked to review this book, I looked at the title and said to myself jokingly, “I don’t have time to read a book about an orphan.” When I SAW the cover of this book, I said to myself, “An orphan with a gun? OK, I seriously don’t want to read it now.” But, in my world, your word is golden…I said I would review, and so I was going to! What I’m about to say next, is why you should never judge a book by it’s cover OR it’s title: “CAN I GIVE IT TEN STARS?!!!!” THAT’S HOW GOOD THIS BOOK IS!

You know, it’s getting extremely common to see some reviewers write “It hooked me from page one,” and since that very common line is annoying to me, I won’t say it (but I am thinking it!). I found myself reading this book in the shower (among other places in “that” room that I’m too much of a lady to say), any place I had to sit and wait (think doctor’s office, in the car waiting for kids, etc.), at the dinner table (to the chagrin of my family), and even in the dark of night when I should have been trying to get some sleep (which by the way, I never get but I’m so thankful for the white back-light on my Samsung Galaxy tab because it was blinding bright, and it kept me awake!). THIS book should be turned into a movie, and if it ever is, I will be the first in line to see it! IT…WAS…SO…GOOD! And the writing was STELLAR as was the editing! You all know how those two things make me the happiest Lion in the jungle.

These authors were so good at crafting a perfect story and a perfect storm…creating characters and events that were so intriguing and thrilling, I was literally smiling at the really crafty parts where The Ninth Orphan (Sebastian), continually eluded capture from his former “family” at the Omega Agency. “Nine,” as he was called, was born in a laboratory along with 22 other super-human forms..all referred to by the number of the order of their birth. What captivated me the most, was the chameleon effect that the authors gave to Nine and his fellow orphans. The descriptions were so well depicted, I pictured Nine in each role he turned himself into while on the run. If I say anymore, I’ll be giving it all away, so let me end with this…YOU WANT A REALLLLLLLY GOOD BOOK, run get THE NINTH ORPHAN !

PLEASE! You won’t be disappointed!

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THE NINTH ORPHAN is available as a trade paperback and Kindle ebook via Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056I4FKC

Happy reading! –Lance & James

 

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The Scars of Ambition – by Jason Letts

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The ancient family sword’s immaculate steel blade reminded him that there were still parts of the world where this was the only weapon people had, the old ways were still alive and well, and there were creatures out there and powerful things beyond what he could ever imagine.”

Lowell Bracken had complete control. His empire, his ruthless executives, his family’s legacy, his wife, his children, they all had a part to play in the near omnipotent control he exerted in Cumeria. But a freak attack exposed how tenuous that control really is, and Lowell scrambles to preserve it, discovering he is only playing a small part in larger, darker schemes for control.

From the shadows, mysterious and disturbing threats disrupt the already-turbulent business landscape in Cumeria. When blood is spilled, the fight for survival becomes more than just a euphemism for going out of business, and the Brackens’ struggles to retain order might be the only thing keeping all of Cumeria from plunging into chaos.

 

Book review: 5 Stars

Plaudits for this superior read

Sci-fi/fantasy novels are not my preferred genre. So it says a lot for this first book of ‘The Cumerian Unraveling’ that I literally couldn’t put it down and I finished reading it in one sitting!

It’s a quick read. This may have something to do with the fact it’s only 95,000 words give or take, but I
suspect it’s more to do with the superior storyline crafted by author Jason Letts: it’s fast-paced and action-filled with very little downtime.

The book’s catchy tagline – “The battlefield meets the boardroom” – nicely sums up this highly original story of corporate espionage, wealthy families and political intrigue. It beautifully sets up the sequel, ‘The Vendetta Clause’. Can’t wait! -Lance

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The Kindle edition of this novel is available via Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Scars-Ambition-Cumerian-Unraveling-ebook/dp/B00DO9HMXC/

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Happy reading! –Lance & James

 

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