Tuesday, November 25, 2014

THE VOID - A new chapter in the TANNER SEQUENCE by Timothy S. Johnston

Dear Readers,

on Sunday, 23rd of November 2014 I posted my review of The Furnace (digital 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00F942TT2] by Timothy S. Johnston which is the first book in the science fiction murder mystery series The Tanner Sequence.
My review of the second book -The Freezer (digital 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00KPJNL3E] - is in progress.

Today I can share good news with all fans and soon to be fans of The Tanner Sequence.
Author Timothy S. Johnston has been so kind to offer me brand new information including cover revelation of the next book in the series:

is coming March 30, 2015.

The Void 
A Tanner Sequence Novel 
(digital, 30th March 2015) 
[Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI]

A Tanner Sequence Novel
Transporting a serial killer might seem like a simple job for Homicide Investigator Kyle Tanner. 
But when his ship breaks down in interstellar space and another murderer starts carving a path through the people around him, Tanner realizes that he might be in over his head. Unfortunately there’s no one to call for help, and the days are ticking down to his probable death. He’s facing a mysterious threat in deep space, but he knows that if he can’t decipher the clues and capture the killer, he’ll at least die trying …

The Void is coming from Timothy S. Johnston and Carina Press on March 30, 2015.
All books in The Tanner Sequence series can be read without knowing the other ones.
Each book delivers a standalone murder mysteries set in unique and claustrophobic environments.

I highly recommend to read the books in the released order because that give you the opportunity to follow the character development of Lieutenant Kyle Tanner.

The Tanner Sequence
The Furnace (digital 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00F942TT2]  available
The Freezer (digital 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00KPJNL3E] available
The Void (digital, 30th March 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI] READY FOR PRE-ORDER

Meet the author and his books over at
Author's Website

Monday, November 24, 2014

Britannia's Shark - The next chapter in the Dawlish Chronicles by Antione Vanner

Dear Readers,

a while ago I discovered the naval fiction series Dawlish Chronicles by Antoine Vanner.
Of course this is not the one and only naval fiction series.
That leads inescapably to the question "What does make the series so special?

The first argument is the period the series is set in.
The Dawlish Chronicles cover the years from 1859 to 1918. Do you remember history lessons at school? The period is characterised by a rapid political and technological development which culminated in World War I.
From naval point of view it was the transition from "sail and wood" to "steam and steel".

The second argument is the main character: Nicholas Dawlish (1845 - 1918)
There is no dictionary entry for person with this name and the reason is simple:
Nicholas Dawlish is a completely fictional character invented by  Antoine Vanner but with an own biography which you can read by following THIS LINK.

Nicholas Dawlish's life it is a great , entertaining, emotional and informative adventure which started with Britannia's Wolf  (digital 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CLHET9S] and covers the period September 1877 to February 1878.
The following Britannia's Reach  (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00I9I8DWC] covers the period November 1879 to April 1880.

So far I read and enjoyed Britannia's Wolf.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"There are still many untold stories of British naval history from Victorian times. Especially when it comes to the change from wooden and wind driven to steel made and stream driven war ships.

Fortunately there are authors like Antoine Vanner who did an excellent job in telling an excellent historical naval fiction from a lesser known conflict.

Nicholas Dawlish is a tough main character with a deeply hidden soft spot.
Sometimes I felt a little bit over strained by the the level of sea battle details.

A more than promising start of the Dawlish Chronicles.
Recommended to everyone who likes strong and detailed naval historical fiction."

Now the third chapter is on the way. Due to information from Antoine Vanner Britannia's Shark should be available in early December 2014.


Britannia's Shark  
(digital and paperback, Decmber 2014) 

"It’s 1881 and a daring act of piracy draws the ambitious British naval officer, Nicholas Dawlish, into a deadly maelstrom of intrigue and revolution. Drawn in too is his wife Florence, for whom the glimpse of a half-forgotten face evokes memories of earlier tragedy. For both a nightmare lies ahead, amid the wealth and squalor of America’s Gilded Age and on a fever-ridden island ruled by savage tyranny. Manipulated ruthlessly from London by the shadowy Admiral Topcliffe, Nicholas and Florence Dawlish must make some very strange alliances if they are to survive – and prevail."

For more information about Antoine Vanner and the Dawlish Chronicles please visit
Author's Website
Author's Blog

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Edi's Spotlight: The Furnace by Timothy S Johnston

Dear Readers,

it is science fiction time. Time warp ..... into the year 2401 AD.
This is the first case of investigator Lieutenant Kyle Tanner from CCF (= Confederated Combined Forces).

In August 2014 I visited Sci-Fi Fan Letter. Since then I own copies of two more digital books.
I read both - I finished the second one on 2012-09-22 - and liked them a lot.

I talk about the science fiction series The Tanner Sequence  by Timothy S. Johnston, so far consisting of The Furnace (digital 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00F942TT2]  and The Freezer (digital 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00KPJNL3E]. The title of the next book is The Void and is coming in early 2015.

Book Store Information
In general my decision to read a book is mostly based on the cover and the blurb/synopsis delivered on the back cover. You do not get more information when you are in a book store. The world of books is changing which means I also will take in account blurbs and descriptions on GOODREADS and other places.
Here we go:

The Furnace (digital 2013) 
[Kindle edition ASIN: B00F942TT2

"Dead Space, 2401 AD

Kyle Tanner is about to die. Alone, floating in a vacsuit only a few million kilometers from a massive, uncaring sun, he has barely enough time or juice to get out a distress signal before either his oxygen runs out or he succumbs to the radiation.

When the CCF sent investigator Kyle Tanner to SOLEX One, a solar energy harvester past Mercury, he thought it would be an open-and-shut murder case. A crew member was found dead, minus his head and hands. Not the worst Tanner has ever seen, but the deeper he delves, the more nightmarish it becomes. A shadowy figure, bleeding from his hands, assaults Tanner in his quarters. Then two more turn up dead, missing their heads and hands as well.

With no one to trust and everyone a suspect—even the intriguing chief engineer, Shaheen—Tanner must navigate a crew on the brink of madness to uncover a conspiracy that could threaten the whole of the human race. Even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice…" [Source]

The Delivery
The 334 pages are divided into five main parts which are subdivided into 34 consecutively numbered chapters followed by an epilogue. Narration is in first person via main character Lieutenant Kyle Tanner, CCF investigator.

 The book description delivers a good summary of what to expect from The Furnace. I wrote a first impression over at GOODREADS but I thought this book deserve an extended praise to raise the interest in a book which delivers hours of excellent entertainment. Or as I said:
The Furnace .... took me by storm.

As explained in the description the story starts nearly at the end of the story. In the supposed to be last hours in his life, investigator Lieutenant Kyle Tanner records the events of the past days.

Immediately I felt the heat from the sun, my pulse raised in fear of radiation and I lost contact to my surrounding.
Kyle Tanner is an experienced investigator with a lot of success. He is also analytical and has the right gut feeling. The way Kyle Tanner works reminded my of a famous detective from Victorian era ...... The energy harvester SOLEX One is the crime scene and all crew members are under suspicion. It is like an over dimensional locked room.

During the investigation Timothy S. Johnston delivers scientific stuff. He does it in an entertaining and believable way. Instead of bombarding the reader with tons of scientific terms, he let the scientists on board explain things to Kyle Tanner
and these explanations are the proof that the author definitely spent time for research.

The investigation itself is intricate due to the number of suspects, their relationship within the group, the opinions of the suspects about the government and society and the technological aspect of the crime.

Interrogation can be very boring and exhausting. Fortunately The Furnace shows the contrary. It does not take long and the reader starts guessing fuelled by new information on all areas.
I should not forget to tell you that Kyle Tanner's past which is revealed slowly has a certain impact especially on his private live.

The murder of more crew members boil and speed up the story and a love affair complicates Kyle Tanner's work. It is also the time we learn something new about him. For me it was like Kyle Tanner turns into a kind of John McClane, well-known from the Die Hard movies. It is the time when the detective story turns into a breathtaking, emotional and irresistible space action thriller.  Sometimes I nearly forgot to breathe.

I was quite happy that the end was different compared to the one I expected. Even the case is solved by then, there are several questions left unanswered which means stuff  for more books to come.

The Inevitable

 A crime has been committed. 
A famous investigator gets the order to find the killer. 
Sounds like a description I read one thousand times before. 
That is true. 

But that is also the point where the similarities to these stories end. The Furnace takes place in 2401 AD. The crime scene is SOLEX ONE, a research station orbiting the sun. The investigator is Lieutenant Kyle Tanner from CCF (= Confederated Combined Forces).

What starts as an usual investigation at an unusual place turns into much more.
Revenge, treason, conspiracy, scientific invention, a pinch of love, action, fleshed characters which develop and whom you will eagerly follow are the ingredients of The Furnace which took me by storm.

I have had a great and entertaining time with Kyle Tanner and other characters and all my guesses went wrong.

 Looking for a scifi crime which is more than a scifi crime then give The Furnace a try. I would like to see this story on a big screen. The good thing is there will be at least two more books starring Kyle Tanner. For more information about The Tanner Sequence series I recommend to visit the official site.
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