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Amazon Top 500 reviewer Susan Elliot describes SILENT FEAR (A novel inspired by true crimes)  as the most riveting crime novel she has read in a long time. “The plot, the pace and the characters all came together,” she says.

 

Book: Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes) by James & Lance Morcan

Mystery crime-thriller impresses the critics.

 

After 50 customer reviews Silent Fear  enjoys a review rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

To see all the reviews go to: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075HRYTVC/ 

 

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The recent release, action-thriller novel, THE DOGON INITIATIVE, highlights some of the many myths and theories surrounding the fascinating Dogon people of Mali. In particular, their unexplained knowledge of the invisible-to-the-eye Sirius B white dwarf star, the rings of Saturn and other heavenly bodies, and their rumored ancestral relationship to ancient Egyptians.

 

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

“Excellent black ops adventure.” -Amazon Reviews

 

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

 

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Book critic Jon Nakapalau doesn’t hold back in praising our detective-thriller novel Silent Fear  in his Goodreads review.

He says: “This one really grabbed me! It is by far one of the best thrillers I have read in quite some time! The feeling of isolation is gelatinous as events unfold and questions start to follow every answer – I found myself wondering what I would do if I were in a similar situation (which is one of the ways I know I am getting ‘drawn in’). Unlike so many ‘formulaic’ attempts to scare this is a ‘nightmare stew’ that will fill you full of dread!”

To see all the reviews for this book on Goodreads go to: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40180265-silent-fear#other_reviews

 

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

Novel enjoys a 4.5 star rating on Amazon.

 

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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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In his review of Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes), author Grady Harp insists the book is “a stunning, grisly mystery that pleads to become a film.”

 

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

 

Harp, who is the Art and Poetry Reviewer for POETS and ARTISTS Magazine  and a bestselling author in his own right, says, “The quality of prose is excellent in this thriller – likely attributable in part to the authors’ experience with creating film both in storyline and acting.”

Excerpts from his review follow:

So often the tenor of a novel is distinctly set in a finely honed Prologue, and that is certainly the case here.

‘…Ever so gradually the hole in the brick wall grew smaller as he laid more bricks. Despite what was at stake, he worked at a leisurely pace, all the while thinking. That was something he did a lot these days. Thinking, that is.

‘The hole was now so small he could hardly see the object he was concealing. Only the deceased’s face was visible, covered by the transparent plastic bag he’d used so effectively to cut off the other’s air supply just thirty minutes earlier.

‘He smiled at the memory of the deceased’s final moments. Those last seconds when the young man had recognised his attacker and realised he was about to die. Beautiful…poetry in motion…slow motion. Oh how he loved the exhilarating, orgasmic-like feelings he’d experienced as the life of another was snuffed out. He willingly embraced them as he relived the moment. It was as if the helpless young man before him was still dying.

‘Studying the deceased now, or what he could still see of him at least, he recalled how he’d laughed uproariously just before death came to his victim. The visuals replayed over and over in his mind. He remembered how the veins in the young man’s eyeballs, face and neck appeared to burst as he was deprived of air, and how fragile he’d looked – like a child being tortured.

‘The icing on the cake had been when he’d used his hands to communicate a final message via sign language. He could still see the look on his victim’s face when, seconds before death came, he realised what was being communicated to him. It was a look of total horror, which was somehow more accentuated when viewed through the transparent plastic bag. That had made this killing even more satisfying.’

It is with the same degree of imaginative intensity that his story is revealed, and as the synopsis describes the plot the book becomes even more inviting – ‘When you can’t hear…death comes silently.’

 

Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes) is available via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075HRYTVC/  

 

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The Kindle ebook version of our thriller-horror SILENT FEAR (A novel inspired by true crimes)  will be launched on October 31 and we thought it appropriate this coincides with Halloween. It’s a scary read.

Our friend and collaborator-in-crime Lisa Norris — @ernorris — kindly designed this artwork (below) to commemorate the occasion, and we reckon she nailed it!

 

SF Halloween poster

 

Pre-orders for the Kindle version of Silent Fear  are open now  via https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075HRYTVC/ — Order now and it will be auto-delivered to your Kindle at Halloween.

The paperback’s available already via https://www.amazon.com/dp/0473408120

Prepare to be scared!

 

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Media Release – September 19, 2017: A new thriller novel to be launched on Amazon next month was inspired by the true-life murders of students at Gallaudet University, one of the world’s premiere learning institutions for the deaf and hard of hearing, in Washington, D.C.

Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes), by New Zealand father-and-son writing team Lance and James Morcan, has been dedicated to the many millions of deaf people around the world and was written under the guidance of one of the world’s leading deaf storytellers working in film, television and other creative mediums.

The actual crimes that provided the inspiration for the novel occurred at Gallaudet University between 1980 and the early 2000’s.

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Gallaudet University…scene of three student murders.

The 1980 murder saw one student stab another to death on August 16th of that year. The ‘dual’ killings two decades later gripped America from the time of the first of those murders until an arrest was made following the second some five months later. Washington Metropolitan Police didn’t know if these were ‘inside jobs’ and for a time nearly everyone connected to Gallaudet was under suspicion.

When the Morcans learned of the murders a decade ago, they came up with the idea of a novel set in a university for the deaf. It has, they say, been a labour of love ever since.

Speaking from his home in Papamoa, New Zealand, Lance Morcan says while Silent Fear  could have been set just about anywhere in the civilized world, he and his son chose to set it in London.

“We felt the thriller genre suits London,” he says. “This story has a very British feel to it and we set it in the upmarket Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.”

Morcan says members of Gallaudet’s senior staff are aware of the upcoming novel and requested an advance reading copy of the manuscript. No comment on the novel has been received back from them at the time of writing.

“Writing Silent Fear certainly presented challenges as neither James nor I were familiar with deaf culture or with the unique issues facing members of the deaf community. To this end we owe a debt of gratitude to deaf filmmaker Brent Macpherson, our number one collaborator, who figuratively held our hands throughout the entire lengthy endeavour.

“Brent educated us on the unique challenges facing the deaf community and he corrected potentially embarrassing errors in our portrayal of deaf and hard of hearing people. His commentary on Silent Fear from a deaf reader’s viewpoint is included at the end of the book.”

The premise of Silent Fear, in brief, is:

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.

The paperback version of Silent Fear  is scheduled for publication on Amazon on October 1. The Kindle ebook version is available now via Amazon’s Pre-order Program, and will be auto-delivered to buyers’ Kindles on October 31.

The Morcans, who are also screenwriters and filmmakers, are, in league with Macpherson, developing a feature film adaptation of Silent Fear. The following trailer promotes the novel and planned film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8bv1vbQxYo

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Media information:

The Amazon link for Silent Fear  is: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075HRYTVC/

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

ARCs (advance review copies) of this novel are available now via the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/Dv7GH9oJVAKLuRM23

 

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