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About Richard Paolinelli
Richard Paolinelli's official website: https://scifiscribe.com/
Richard began his writing journey as a freelance writer in 1984 and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Comics sci-fi/fantasy series, Seadragon. His 20-year sports writing career was highlighted by the 2001 California Newspaper Publishers Association award for Best Sports Story.
In 2010, Richard retired as a sportswriter and returned to his fiction writing roots. Since then he has written seven novels, two non-fiction sports books, and has appeared in several anthologies including five Sherlock Holmes collections. He has won several awards and his novel, Escaping Infinity, was a 2017 Dragon Award Finalist for Best Sci-Fi novel.
He is currently co-writing the six-novella Timeless series with his grandson, and offers exclusive content to premium subscribers to his blog as well as excellent free content to non-subscribers: www.scifiscribe.com
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Sherlock Holmes! The very name of the world's greatest detective conjures up images of Victorian London, gaslit streets, hansom cabs, and dense fogs. But there was a time, a dark three-year period, when London had to make do without Sherlock Holmes.
From 1891 to 1894, he was presumed dead, having perished during the epic struggle with that infamous Napoleon of crime, Professor Moriarty, atop the Reichenbach Falls. But unknown to most, even his friend Dr. Watson, Holmes survived. During those three years, he roamed the world, acting as an agent for the British Government and using his very special skills along the way.
Holmes Away from Home, Volume II: 1893-1894 contains a collection of new traditional Holmes adventures.
Who – or what – is killing members of the Navajo tribe? RESERVATIONS, the first book of the Jack Del Rio political mystery/thriller series, is set near Gallup, New Mexico, where the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni reservations lie adjacent. Three tribal leaders have been murdered - murdered in a fashion that suggests the deeds were carried out by COYOTE, a legendary supernatural evil trickster feared by many Native Americans.
The tribal president contacts an old friend in the FBI for assistance in solving the crimes and preventing more murders. Star agent, Jack Del Rio, is dispatched to New Mexico where he finds a situation tangled in political intrigue. Jack must work his way through those issues on his way to solving the mystery. Sparks fly as Navajo police officer Lucy Chee is assigned to assist him in his quest.
Question is can Del Rio and Chee solve the mystery and find the killer before he strikes again? Because the killer is on the hunt and he has his sights on Del Rio himself.
Long after that heroic stand, a mercenary by the name of Galen Dwyn has been hired to rescue a kidnapped princess. Enticed by a healthy down payment and a chance to settle an old score, Galen accepts the job, only to find out it's a lot more than he bargained for.
Soon Galen finds himself weaving and dodging through a web of political intrigue as the very forces that chase him have set in motion plans that will throw the galactic alliance into civil war.
To his surprise, he also finds that the rescued princess might not be quite the spoiled brat he rescued from the clutches of her keeper.
Accompanied by the princess, his former mentor, and a snarky AI, Galen sets out to find a way to outsmart entire kingdoms, keep the princess alive, and avert the deaths of millions.
Of course, he'll also learn the reasons behind his namesake's chosen path, as he realizes that the only way to win is Galen's way.
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Dragon Award finalist Richard Paolinelli takes us on a grand adventure in this Space Opera offering set in the first book of the Starquest Saga. Set in the 4th age of Dragon Award winner John C. Wright’s Starquest universe that will feature several books by Paolinelli, Wright, and other authors in the months and years to come.
More info on this book, print copies and the upcoming series can be found here: https://scifiscribe.com/books/galens-way-a-starquest-4th-age-adventure/
From a ReadersFavorite.com 5-star review by Steve Robson:
Galen’s Way: A Starquest 4th Age Adventure by Richard Paolinelli is a paradigm shift to a galaxy as distant in the future as it is in space: Andromeda, a place Captain Galen Dwyn calls home. As a mercenary in charge of the space ship Tempest, Galen finds himself drawn into intrigue by the lure of wealth beyond his imagination; a convoluted web of deceit, treachery, political plots, and galactic forces that will not only threaten his life but the lives of those he loves and the peace of all hominids. How Galen negotiates the challenges which are thrown at him will reveal his character and worth as an individual and will have implications that reverberate throughout the worlds of Andromeda, and into a future of uncertainty. Only the climactic end of this fast-paced action-adventure tale will determine the destiny of Galen’s Way; a revelation unexpected and shocking in its possibilities.
Richard Paolinelli’s Galen’s Way is a gripping story of love, hope, and the battles fought to overcome the evil and vile deeds of despots driven by the corruption of ultimate power. Melded into this mesh of plots within plots lies a number of characters that build great empathy with the reader as their characters develop real depth; people like Princess Rhianna, whose apparent vulnerability is underpinned by a steely fierceness powered by love, or Cassandra, the AI resident in Tempest, who has her own distinct personality, humor and feelings. Then there is Galen, who struggles with questions of his own worth, especially in the spotlight of blooming love, and ultimately has to confront his past and his destiny alone; something he seems very used to. All of the players bring a definite reality to this epic. It will engage you in an interesting story that you can’t wait to see unfold and equally can’t endure the passing of the final word.
The journey of Galen Dwyn continues in the second book of the Starquest 4th Age series.
While Dwyn lies in stasis, recovering from his injuries in his stand against Harmool's fleet, Rhea has assumed the title of Regent of Salacia while leading the search for her missing father, King Iodocus. She is also helping repair the damage done to the Alliance in her Uncle's and Mother's mad quest to launch a new Empire. A shocking assassination attempt is thwarted at the last second by Dwyn, who seems to be a changed man now that he has exited stasis to save his love.
The King's location is ascertained and a rescue mission mounted to retrieve him from the Wilds, a lawless area of space. An ambush splits their forces and Dwyn leads the ambushers away so that Rhea and her father can escape. Before Dwyn can find a way back to Alliance territory, an old enemy returns from the grave, and hold Rhea and the King hostage, while triggering a massive insurrection that overthrows the Alliance and installs a new Emperor.
Dwyn must now mount a second rescue while finding a way to rally a rebellion against this threat to peace in the Hominids' corner of the Andromeda Galaxy.
From reviewer Stan Johnson:
I was given an Advanced Review Copy of Galen's Blade in exchange for an honest review.
Honestly, I very much enjoyed the book. It was a solid follow-on from the previous installation, Galen's Way, and carries on the fast-paced adventure of Galen Dwyn, smuggler-turned hero.
In Galen's Blade, the galactic Alliance is recovering from an attempted overthrow at the hands of Adalwin Harmool, a former Chamberlain of Kind Iodocus of Salacia. The king, himself, is still missing, secreted away by his traitorous brother and treacherous wife.
Meanwhile, Princess Rhiannon guides Salacia as regent, longing for the return of her father and of her hero and lover, Galen Dwyn, who hovers between life and death after nearly giving his life to end Harmool's threat.
Little does Rhiannon know what surprises are in store for her--and the Alliance--in the near future.
Galen's Blade reunites the crew of the Tempest as they tackle an unexpected rising evil that will tear the Alliance apart, and drive even the best of people into hiding.
Yet, even in the ashes of terror lies an ancient hope waiting to be reborn.
I enjoy Paolinelli's clean prose and easy style. As I said of Galen's Way, this story bears the hallmarks of classic sci-fi, while still moving the story forward at a good clip.
The characters are distinct, and I enjoyed their chemistry, same as I did in the previous novel. Galen's Blade certainly ups the stakes--both for the universe, and for Galen Dwyn personally--but Galen certainly rises to the challenge, now endowed with newfound and inexplicable abilities.
Even better, he gets a little taste of the tougher parts of fatherhood; I won't give any spoilers, but for those who read Galen's Way, let's just say it was bound to happen, given the circumstances and the characters involved.
For anyone looking for a light, fun sci-fi read, I'd recommend Galen's Blade. I'm looking forward to the next installment, currently due out in 2023.
“Who are you?” Matsuo asked, the first of the two men to find his voice.
“My name is Oracle Veritas,” she replied, “I am of the House of Delphi in the Caste Olympia. I have been tasked to tell you our story. There is much to tell and precious little time to tell it.”
“Why?” Buffa asked.
“Because a dark force is rising up once again,” the strange woman replied. “And I fear that this time it will destroy us once and for all.”
- When The Gods Fell
The first mission to Mars discovers our origin stories were wrong. Earth's gods, led by Zeus, Odin, Ra, and Lucifer, waged a terrible war on the Red Planet millions of years ago; but the final battle still looms, and Earth will be the final battlefield.
But what happens when authors have too much free time on their hands?
Craft a story featuring our favorite feathered raptors: the CHICKEN.
Twenty authors deliver in some unexpected ways and live to crow about it.
From chickens in space to cozy murder mystery farm yards to schools of magickal thought...
Includes guardian angels, chicken shifters, aliens, and feathered matchmakers,
Maybe even a non-fiction adventure or two... and more!
These amazing chickens come from the minds of twenty cooped-up authors on the edge of cracking...
Read CRACKED: An Anthology of Eggsellent Chicken Stories.
“Where am I?” he asked, trying to comprehend what he was seeing.
“You’re still in San Francisco, Dr. Collins, just one hundred and two years later. A lot has happened since you last saw the city.”
“You have a talent for understatement.”
Steve Collins was just trying to save the world from the next killer asteroid. He wound up killing over seven billion people instead. A century later, he's now the only hope to save the surviving one million humans left alive in the entire universe.
This one-of-a-kind anthology features traditional Holmes stories, blended with one or more tales from Edgar Allan Poe, including The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Masque of the Red Death, The Gold-Bug, The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, William Wilson, The Tell-Tale Heart – and many more!
The Barrel of Lagavulin by Craig Stephen Copland
The Strange Case of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether by Katie Magnusson
The Keeper’s Tale by David Marcum
The Adventure at Sparremere Hall by Vicki Weisfeld
Nevermore, or The Mystery of the Albino Raven by Richard Paolinelli
The Naval Man by Brenda Seabrooke
The Gold Bug Legacy by Joseph S. Walker
Sherlock Holmes and the Cask of Amontillado by Jen Matteis
What the Raven Knew by Elizabeth Varadan
Memoria Dell’Amore by Robert Perret
The Mysterious Death of the Masked Reveller by Rohit Sawant
The Nightmare Within the Dream by Megan Elmendorf
The Revelation of the Roget Murderer by Derrick Belanger
The Toast to Irene Adler by Brian Belanger
The Unsettling Matter of the Madness Stone by John H. Watson, M.D.
Or, rather, imagine a Holmes without the voice of Watson. Is there a difference?
After all, we have learned about the great detective not through his own voice and eyes, but through that of his loyal companion, his dear friend, his Boswell. What might we be missing? Who else could tell of the great detective’s feats?
Find out as some of today's best Sherlock Holmes authors including Derrick Belanger, Luke Kuhns, Kieran Lyne, David Marcum, Jack McDevitt, Richard Paolinelli, David Ruffle, Geri Schear, Don Smith, Elizabeth Varadan, Daniel Victor, and Marcia Wilson tell stories from the perspectives of:
Colonel Sebastian Moran
and many others...
Experience Holmes like never before as you go Beyond Watson! Includes a special introductory toast from Mark Levy, BSI.
Belanger Books specialises in Sherlock Holmes fiction, children’s fiction and science fiction.
In this story we will find out how the invasion of the United States plays out in general, and how it affects the men, and their families, stationed at a U.S. Army Fort near Denver, Colorado.
For Major Daniel Wayne, an arrow in his knee has ended his career in the U.S. Army. Shortly after he arrives at Fort Logan outside of Denver, Colorado to hand in his retirement papers, word is received of an extra-worldly invasion of England. Before he and the Fort's commander can begin to process this information, the first Martian cylinder lands to the east of Denver.
Wayne is entrusted with the safety of the civilians at the Fort and in the surrounding area, taking them to the safety of the nearby Front Range even as the battle to defend Denver rages behind them. Wayne must keep the trust of his fellow officers to keep their familes safe, and confronts the ghosts of his own past, even as he longs to join the battle.
But the shades of his past are not yet done with him yet. Surviving elements of his enemies from London and Washington D.C. want to see him actually filling out a grave and are coming for him. Compounding matters, a newspaper reporter from Phoenix is also on his trail and a former flame is coming from England and is bringing news that will change everything for Del Rio.
A pair of deadly ambushes just outside his new home proves to be the last straw and Del Rio returns to the fight with a vengeance. By the time he is done he will dispatch enemies on U.S. and foreign soil and be named an international terrorist. But even as the world turns against him, Del Rio uncovers one last gasp effort by the conspiracy he has fought for so many years to overthrow the U.S. government.
As his final battle draws to a close, Del Rio makes his final moves in an endgame no one will see coming.