It is a rare thrill for me to discover a writer whose writes thoroughly entertaining and mind-expanding books. I experienced that thrill a couple of months ago when I discovered Steve Berry's "The Jefferson Key". In the days following that discovery, I have bought and read all of his books (13 in total) with the exception of his latest, "The Patriot Threat".
Here is my over-all take: - All the books are worth reading once.
- The books can be classified as historic fiction. The novella, "The Tudor Plot", is alternate history and as such, may even be classified as SF.
- Some books I liked more than the others. My particular favourites (in no particular order) are: The Templar Legacy; The Alexandria Link; The Jefferson Key; The Third Secret; and The King's Deception.
- Some of his novels (other than the above 5) suffer a bit from plot holes, particularly with reference to the motives of the characters.
- I love the notes at the end of the books, giving a peak into the facts behind the fictions.
In short: A writer worth reading and following.
"The Presonic Man" is one of my shortest and most liked and most reprinted and stories. This story was first published in Anotherealm, then reprinted in Antipodean, GateWay S-F, Ragged Edge Publishing and InterNova. It was translated into Lithuanian and published in "Dorados Raganos", into Croatian and published in "Futura" and into Finnish and published in "Spin".
And now the story has been re-born again. It appears in the latest issue of Blue Minaret: http://www.blueminaret.com/the-presonic-man/
Another of my stories, "Synchronicity", will be translated into Spanish and appear in the Spanish magazine, Nova Fantasia.
My mystery short-short, "Dr. Watson's Secret Diary" (http://sunoasis.com/drwatson.html), is being translated and published in the Polish magazine, Szortal. This would be second foreign language translation of this story. A few years back it was translated into German and published in the Sherlockian anthology, "Sherlock Holmes im Labyrinth der Lugen", published by Blitz-Verlag.
Written about not-so-well-known but extremely important religious rituals of Shia women, this book captures a niche and fills a void. The book is scholarly and at the same time very interesting and immensely readable. The viewpoint is unbiased and very balanced throughout. The sub-culture of Shia women in the south Indian city of Hyderabad is vividly brought to life and delicately analysed. The book is available from The University of South Carolina Press: https://www.sc.edu/uscpress/books/2014/7377.html
Just got news that my story, "The Pulsar and the Planet", has been accepted for the anthology, "Ill-considered Expeditions", from April Moon Books.
Here is the complete TOC:
Pete Mesling - In the Chillest Land
Matthew Barron - Hell Island
James Dorr - Ice Vermin
John McCormack - Mother's Grasp
Steve Foreman - The Strange Affair of Bunny Fosdyke
Ahmed A. Khan - The Pulsar and the Planet
Gerry Griffiths - Jonathon Stone's Swansong
Nicholas Nicario - Povo de Ossos
Rick Leider - The Secret of Bumare-Moto
Jess Landry - The Root
Franklin Marsh - The Wood
Josh Reynolds - An Incident at the Plateau of Tsang
DJ Tyrer - The White Goddess
Stanley Webb - Captain Baxter's Journal
Patrick Loveland - Ghosts of the Spires
Paul M. Feeney - The Room at the Top of the House