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Conversations with Larry Xenomorph is a devastatingly, hilariously accurate commentary on every aspect of current society from Facebook to political correctness to the reason for the CIA, as told by a stock broker to an alien from outer space.

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Orion Rising is a unique science fiction adventure set on the oceans of Earth’s future, brought vividly alive by Chard Andrews’ knowledge of ships and the sea.

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Through the Hostage is the story of the only human to enter the world of the Cortiian mercenaries and leave alive…and still human. Full of fast-paced action and underlaid with a conflict of loyalties in a society where the wrong move gets you dead, this is adventure sci-fi at its best.

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Outland Exile: Old Men and Infidels opens in the Unity, a high-tech, totalitarian society where designer drugs are distributed by the government and computer-generated experiences and reality are interchangeable; a society where specialised training begins at thirteen and forcible retirement from society comes at forty.

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Kahtar: Warrior of the Ages creates a world within a world of Covenant Keepers, living beside the modern world, invoking touches of the folklore of the faery land of Underhill woven in with Christian mythology.

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A Mighty Rolling Thunder is a masterful blend of fantasy and dystopia, a fast-paced and original story of what happens when good and evil are quite literally unleashed in all of us.

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If there be Giants Giants is a story of archaeology and myths, giants and visions, set in Cornwall, the seat of all British legend. Ellison Blackburn has created a story richly woven with archaeological detail and Christian mythology, bound to keep you guessing.

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Dead Sea Games is a fantastic example of the action / horror genre, where the characters are unquestionably real and the action grabs you in a chokehold and never lets up.

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With a plot where the supernatural blends seamlessly into a murder mystery, peopled with circus performers, murderous clowns, and the closed, ritual-bound community of the Skomori, Bloodwalker will suck you in from the first page and not let go until the last one.

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Vassal is a wonderful example of the epic fantasy genre. The storytelling is evocative, but the characterization is where the story truly shines. This story focuses on a group of people who won’t give up on what they believe in, no matter the dangers, and no matter the odds.

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Lightfingers is a thrilling debut novel, sketching a palimpsest London of back alleys, hidden secrets and magical beings.

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Forgotten is a twisty, complex thriller, where family relationships add a complex layer of intrigue to the action. Claudia needs to figure out who she can trust – before it’s too late.

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A.I. P.I. is a beautifully crafted story in the style of a ‘50s crime thriller, set in a future society whose prejudices and reactions are stunningly plausible.

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Rabia Gale’s writing brings her story to epic life in the glare of gaslamps and the frenetic gaiety of a world clinging to survival by its fingernails.

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It’s a Nightmare peels back layers of complacency to reveal a disturbing alternate-universe view of how the gender biases ingrained in our society could play out, a chilling and brilliantly-written exposé on the danger of being different.

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The Enemy Within is a brilliantly written sci-fi thriller, with a plot twisty enough to keep you guessing all the way. Between the armed forces, the group of desperate teenagers on the run, and the mysterious Eye, the divergent interests in play kept the stakes and the tension high right through to the finale.

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Tales from Alternate Earths is a unique and well-crafted collection of alt-history stories, offering a series of ‘what-if’ snapshots ranging from how time travel contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs to if China had converted to Islam and discovered South America.

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Her Last Breath is another twisty, intelligent mystery thriller from author J. A. Schneider, where the evidence coils and turns like an eel on a hook, and the suspense will keep you turning pages to the explosive finale.

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Phoenix Afterlife is a fast-paced, thought-provoking sci-fi thriller with a chilling twist – guaranteed to keep you thinking, and looking over your shoulder, long after you close the book.

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The Last Prophet, Michael J Hallisey

The Last Prophet Riley McKee is a brilliant trauma surgeon, one of those rare people able to connect the dots and save a life while others are still fumbling for a diagnosis. With her best friend and fellow surgeon, Genevieve Neugold, she shares an obsession for...

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The Chronocar, Steve Bellinger

The Chronocar Bored students will get into trouble. Always. In this case, Tony, a gifted young engineering student, has stumbled across an obscure article dating to the early 1900s, discussing how to build a vehicle to move through time – and has built a successful...

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Between Two Worlds, Christy Santo

Between Two Worlds Between Two Worlds is a fantasy story, following the experiences of a woman whose concussion turns into a coma of several months’ duration. It offers an interesting perspective of a combination of the protagonist’s real life experiences of her coma...

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The Enemy Within, Scott Burn

The Enemy Within A strange world is burning in Max’s head, and the visions are crippling him with seizures. When a botched suicide attempt lands him in psychiatric care, his doctor is convinced that he’s suffering from hallucinations, but neither of them is aware of...

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Burn Slowly, Fabio Casto

Burn Slowly (Original: Bruciate Lentamente, translated Sarah Jane Webb) I really hate having to quit on a review read. Unfortunately, Burn Slowly was one of the ones I had to give up on. Part of the trouble I had with the story was the use of language. While it was...

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Virgo 97, Italo Marago

Virgo 97: A science-fiction thriller Virgo 97 is the name of a spacecraft. You could equally call it the spacecraft. More sensitive to CO2 than humans, the last of the bees died last year, and without them, crops and animals are already beginning to die as well. Virgo...

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The Explorers of Serdame, Phoenix Williams

The Explorers of Serdame: The Alfred Arnold Saga Book 2 The Explorers of Serdame is a humorous fiction story, with a writing style and a theme that would make it suitable for younger audiences. Sadly, we reviewers at By Rite of Word have almost no sense of humour,...

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Becoming the Wolf, R H Neil

Becoming the Wolf: A White Wolf Justice Thriller JD Ward is ex-military, currently working as a police officer in the outskirts of Cincinnati. With a chief who respects him enough to assign him the nasty cases, a partner who gives him hell on a regular basis, and a...

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