Spotlight on The Ultra Thin Man by Patrick Swenson—and a Giveaway!

The Ultra Thin Man

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Title: The Ultra Thin Man
Author: Patrick Swenson
Publisher: Tor
Publication Date: August 12, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery, Noir, Thriller

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Synopsis

In the twenty-second century, a future in which mortaline wire controls the
weather on the settled planets and entire refugee camps drowse in drug-induced
slumber, no one—alive or dead, human or alien—is quite what they seem. When
terrorists manage to crash Coral, the moon, into its home planet of Ribon,
forcing evacuation, it’s up to Dave Crowell and Alan Brindos, contract detectives
for the Network Intelligence Organization, to solve a case of interplanetary
consequences. Crowell’ and Brindos’s investigation plunges them neck-deep
into a conspiracy much more dangerous than anything they could have imagined.

The two detectives soon find themselves separated, chasing opposite leads: Brindos
has to hunt down the massive Helkunn alien Terl Plenko, shadow leader of the
terrorist Movement of Worlds. Crowell, meanwhile, runs into something far
more sinister—an elaborate frame job that puts our heroes on the hook for treason.

In this novel from Patrick Swenson, Crowell and Brindos are forced to fight
through the intrigue to discover the depths of an interstellar conspiracy. And to
answer the all-important question: Who, and what, is the Ultra Thin Man?

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About the Author

Credit @2012  Bobbie Climer

Credit @2012
Bobbie Climer

Patrick Swenson’s first novel The Ultra Thin Man was released by Tor in 2014. He edited the small press magazine Talebones magazine  for 14 years, and still runs Fairwood Press, a book line, which began in 2000. A graduate of Clarion West, he has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Figment, and others. He runs the Rainforest Writers Village retreat every spring at Lake Quinault, Washington. Patrick, a high school teacher for 28 years, has a Masters Degree in Education, teaches in Auburn, Washington, and lives in Bonney Lake, Washington with his twelve-year-old son Orion.

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To enter the drawing for a hardcover copy of
The Ultra Thin Man by Patrick Swenson, leave
a comment below. The winning name will be
drawn Tuesday evening, November 18th. This
drawing is open to residents of the US.

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“The thriller pacing carries the story along until the structure
of the conspiracy becomes clear. By the epic finale, the universe
is fleshed out enough to make the ultimate question–Who is
behind this chain of events?–one worth answering. All in all,
an entertaining piece of storytelling.”  – Booklist

Pig Latin, an exotic drug, a comic strip, and a retractable penis add
colorful detail to a showdown that puts love and sacrifice at the
heart of the self.”  – Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

Book Blitz: Eleventh Elementum by J.L. Bond and Val Richards

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Title: Eleventh Elementum
Series: The Primortus Chronicles Book1
Authors: J.L. Bond and Val Richards
Publication Date: December 14, 2012
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Magic, Young Adult

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Synopsis

It has begun! Fourteen years after a catastrophic disaster, the world has
regained its balance with the help of the Primortus. They have secretly
walked amongst us since the beginning of time, protecting the earth
with the power of the elements. When a fourteen-year-old girl is
given two mysterious gifts from a father she never knew,
she is drawn into their dangerous world of magic.

She must learn to wield the power of the Eleventh Elementum to
survive. With the help of Will (her best friend), his cousin and her new
stepsister, she seeks out the evil that threatens New Zealand. But a
black-eyed stranger is watching their every move. Now, two powerful
beings will battle one another and the outcome will determine our way of life.

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Eleventh Elementum The Primortus Chronicles Series It Has Begun

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An Excerpt from Eleventh Elementum

Skylee crept into the room, carefully avoiding the open suitcases, shoeboxes and clothing scattered on the floor. Dressing for the wedding had created quite a mess. She had wanted to clean it up, but her almost stepsister insisted that her father had hired people to do such things.

Eleventh ElementumAs she approached the package, her pulse raced. Skylee normally opened a present slowly and carefully like a doctor performing surgery, but her excitement made her eagerly tear through the wrapping.

Inside, cushioned on a bed of crumpled paper, was a brown leather book bound with four gold rings. A diamond shape was carved into the front cover. She held the book close to her heart realizing that it could be her father’s journal, a look into his soul. Turning it over, she examined it more closely and tried to imagine him holding it in his hands. Despite her feeling of excitement, a deep sadness washed over her.

Skylee reached up and pushed back the heavy curtains, flooding the room with sunlight. As she opened the book, a musty odor filled the room even though the cover looked new. She thumbed through the crisp white pages to find page after page of strange hand written lettering, which appeared to be an ancient language. Skylee squinted at the lettering and tried to make out the words.

Holding the book closer to her face, she decided it was a language she had never seen before. Her heart sank in disappointment. It wasn’t her father’s journal. Why…she wondered…why did my dad want me to have a book that I can’t read?

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About the Authors

J.L. Bond and Val RichardsJ.L. Bond and Val Richards met in college in Clarksville Tennessee, where Val excelled in Math and J.L excelled in creative ways to talk Val out of going to class. A few years later…okay, more than a few, they found themselves living about an hour away from one another in Florida and joined forces to write the Primortus Chronicles, YA fantasy- adventure series. Nowadays, J.L. likes to remind Val that Math isn’t necessary for writing.


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