Monday, March 30, 2015

Edi's Spotlight: The Void by Timothy S Johnston

Dear Readers,

today is the day of  The Void (digital, 30th March 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI] by Timothy S. Johnston which is the third an final book in the Tanner Sequence. It is also the day of my review of  The Void.

I was keen to read  The Void after I have had the pleasure to devour The Furnace (digital 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00F942TT2] - my review -  and The Freezer (digital 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00KPJNL3E].

No without further ado my two cent about The Void

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 Void (digital, March 30th, 2013) 
[Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI

"2403 AD

It would be easier to kill him than to trust him.

Transporting a serial killer might seem like a simple job for CCF Homicide Investigator Kyle Tanner. After spending years apprehending murderers, he's ready to hang up his pistol. Babysitting a prisoner will bring him to Alpha Centauri, where he can search for a way to escape the CCF forever.

If he makes it.

When his ship breaks down in deep space and a CCF research vessel comes to his aid, Tanner realizes he's in terrible danger: the scientists on board have blocked his distress call. And when Tanner's prisoner escapes, he begins to suspect that the proximity of the research vessel had nothing to do with luck and everything to do with the CCF's relentless reach.

Facing near-certain death by his own organization, Tanner must unravel a tangled skein of vengeance, duplicity and murder in deep space. But he's being held at the will of master puppeteers, and if he can't cut the strings, he'll dance straight to a gruesome, excruciating death…." [Source]

The Delivery
The 304 pages are divided into 34 consecutively numbered chapters framed by a prologue and  an epilogue. Narration is in first person via main character Lieutenant Kyle Tanner, CCF investigator.

This is the third and as far as I know the final appearance of Lieutenant Kyle Tanner, CCF investigator.
After the hot like hellfire environment in The Furnace and the ice-cold  environment in The Freezer it is the great blankness between the stars where most of the story takes part in The Void.
The story starts with a gory mess left by a serial killer which is nothing for the faint heart. It is up to Kyle Tanner to arrest the "Grim Reaper". One more success in the career of the CCF investigator.

After the disturbing prelude the reader gets a rest in form of information about  Tanner's  private life and a first insight into his thoughts about future. This part is welcomed and necessary for the story at the same time.

With the start of the serial killer transfer to Alpha Centauri the wheel is set into motion. In case you read The Furnace and/or The Freezer before, you count the pages until the real drama starts.
In this regard The Void is no exception.

What follows is the third classic murder mystery spiced with science taking place in a distant future. The description of the claustrophobic location - two space ships in the great blankness between the stars is excellent and breathtaking.

I admire the fact that the reader does not know more than investigator Kyle Tanner. Even when you try to avoid guessing you will fail after a short time. More less permanently new pieces of information coming in and together with Kyle Tanner you have to put together the jigsaw pieces which sometimes lead you in a completely wrong direction.

The crew of the research vessel looks innocuous at first sight. Tanner is a master when it comes "to peel" the many layers of the personality of each crew member.

There is a complex relationship between the crew members who furthermore have different ranks and therefore different authorities and there motives and there is one dead crew member .... Incredible.
But that is not half of the complexity. Add to this the serial killer AND Shaheen who is Kyle lover and is also on board of the transfer ship.  Both are in discussion about their future.

I think for clarification I have to add the both vessels are stranded in the great blankness.
It does not take long and the life of Kyle is in serious danger. With that, tons of action comes into play.
So far I did not talk about politics which play of course an important role too. It seems the whole galactic situation is condensed on board the vessel.

Like in  The Furnace and in The Freezer science is an important ingredient. There are moments where you think Kyle Tanner is one man CSI team. In lack of a physician - WHAT?? No physician on board the research vessel?? -  it is up to the investigator to perform a postmortem investigation. The description of the postmortem clearly shows that the author must have spent some time in a real morgue. It is no spoiler when I tell you the postmortem is one of the key elements to understand what happened.

The more I think about the book after reading it the more I admire what  Timothy S. Johnston delivered. While reading I did not realise the real complexity of the story. In fact there passages where the difference between string puppets and puppeteers is blurred.

Even I know that this is for now the last book in the Tanner Sequence, I have been surprised by the end. I found it most satisfying and it comprise the possibility of more stories starring Kyle Tanner.

Like The Furnace and The FreezerThe Void works as a stand-alone. BUT BUT BUT I really recommend to read all three books because all three are excellent classic murder mysteries  spiced with science, action and emotion taking place in a distant future at extraordinary and unique environments  and you learn more about Lieutenant Kyle Tanner, CCF investigator.

The Inevitable

Timothy S. Johnston did it again for the third time and I begin to discover why The Void is the last book in the Tanner Sequence for now. Each book is set in an extraordinary and unique environment without they would have delivered only half the fun.

I have had a superb, nailing and most entertaining time with Kyle Tanner and other characters and all my guesses went wrong.

The Void is the more than worthy end of the Tanner Sequence. It delivers a lot for different readers.
If one of the following expressions should ring a bell then you should have a look at The Void:
murder mysteries, science fiction, thrillers, medical mysteries, locked rooms, conspiracy, horror

 You are looking for
Classic murder mysteries  spiced with understandable science, tons of action and roller coaster emotions at extraordinary and unique locations taking place in a distant future

then read
The Furnace,  
The Freezer,
and from today (30th March 2015) on  
The Void 

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Guest Post post by Timothy S. Johnston

Dear Readers,

tomorrow - 30th March 2015 - marks the publishing date of  The Void (digital, 30th March 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI] by Timothy S. Johnston which is the third an final book in the Tanner Sequence.
Tomorrow I will also post my review of The Void.

Today I have the pleasure to present you a guest post by author  by Timothy S. Johnston.

THE VOID and the Classic Murder Mystery 
by Timothy S. Johnston 

The Classic Murder Mystery has a strict formula: an isolated and claustrophobic location, a small cast of characters that includes a killer and an investigator, a storm with power outages, a rising body count, extreme paranoia, and a shocking reveal near the end. THE VOID is no exception to these rules. It’s a murder mystery that takes place in the future, yes, but it’s also a “classic” murder mystery.

Agatha Christie was the queen of this type of story. AND THEN THERE WERE NONE and THE MOUSETRAP are the preeminent examples. I wanted to take this genre and twist and transform it into a futuristic thriller. Science is a crucial element in the cause of death, and the investigator, Lt. Kyle Tanner, must decipher the clues and figure out the science to not only catch the killer, but to also save his own life.

The futuristic setting has allowed me to use extremely unique and hostile locations. Whereas Christie used a rural inn closed in by a blizzard, or an island with no transport on or off, I’ve used a remote space station in THE FURNACE, a scientific outpost on an ice moon in THE FREEZER, and a disabled research vessel stranded in the vast loneliness of interstellar space in THE VOID.

The science is easy to understand and is key to the murder. If you enjoy thrillers, murder mysteries, science fiction, horror, or medical mysteries, I know you’ll love THE VOID.

Timothy S. Johnston 22 March 2015

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave Issue #1513

Dear Readers,

this one of three posts you will get from today on in consecutive order. Tomorrow I will present you a guest post by author Timothy S. Johnston and on Monday you will get the review of his new book The Void (digital, 30th March 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI].
I'm happy that from time time to offer you more than just my weekly post.


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB

  1. Reading progress 
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Acheron Books
  2. Where to park bicycles in towns like Tokyo?
  3. Shadow Art

Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Robot Overlords

The member of the house of quotes and a quote himself the Keeper of the minutes ( we call him Kotm) fished for you
  1. German proverbs, sayings and idiomsQuote related to scientists
The Lighthouse
Don't ask me how I managed but I finished two books and I hope to finish my remaining current read in the next days.

I finished

- The Shard (digital, 1st of May 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00U8UQVGY] by Ted Cross.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Epic fantasy full of adventure, fights, blood and gore, love, friendship, hope and desperation.
Meet elves, dwarves, trolls, goblins, dragons, wizards and ... humans."

- The Void (digital, 30th March 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI] by Timothy S. Johnston.
My review will be available on 30th of March 2015.


- 356 pages in Hearts of Darkness (pb, February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0749015329] by Paul Lawrence.
Read nearly 100 pages.

No progress

Finally I moved the books which stayed here for month to my "to be continued later" shelf on GOODREADS.

 Enjoy your weekend ....


Dear readers, I'm the one to tell you about books - only books? What about novellas and other stuff? My name is Bona. I scour shelves, shops and the net for books. If you call me a book whore I would not gainsay you. But be aware I have my own, sometimes elusive taste.
New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another

Two digital copies found a new home on my reader. There is a story behind these books which I share with you in a separate topic within this post.

 When I read the description of the following book, the name Indiana Jones popped up in my mind. Beside that it sounds like an enjoyable adventure. And an Italian aircraft mechanic as main character is something new to me .......
The Ministry of Thunder (digital, December 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00R1XANYW; Acheron Books] by Davide Mana.
"Shanghai, 1936.
Felice Sabatini is just a mechanic, working on Italian aircraft in China. He isn’t looking for trouble, much less interested in getting caught up a in a conspiracy against China, Japan, and Germany. Unfortunately for him, that’s exactly what happens. Three different factions are after an ancient artifact and the mystical power it controls. Power that, if it falls into the wrong hands, could end up destroying the very world as we know it. Felice knows nothing of immortals, fox women, ninjas or dragons, never mind the Ministry of Storms. He is a rational man, after all. But before this journey is over he will be called upon to face all of that, never mind the power of ancient Chinese magic and a menace from Beyond Time. From the crowded streets of Shanghai to the empty stretches of the Desert of Inescapable Death, Ministry of Thunder is an explosive mix of Oriental Fantasy and New Pulp." [Source]

This is the second book I received.
Lieutenant Arham: Elves and Bullets (digital, December 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00R1XANYW; Acheron Books] by Alessio Lanterna.
"The Lord of the Rings meets Blade Runner… in hard-boiled style!

The word bastard does not even begin to describe Lieutenant Arkham of the Federal Guard of the city of Nictropis. He’s much worse.

Arkham doesn’t want to investigate the elf murder he’s been assigned. Elves are the most powerful beings in Nictropis, aristocratic and dangerous. But when a charm is used against him to compel him to do so, he really has no choice.

Ogres, trolls, goblins, organized crime juiced with magic, hitmen trying repeatedly to kill’s more than enough to give a guy sleepless nights. If can he can survive, that is.

A techno fantasy noir set in a dark, dirty, corrupted world, and the most unpleasant leading character you can imagine." [Source]
I could resist to ask for a copy of this book after reading the description. I got hooked by the last sentence. I hope I will not be disappointed.

No more today, see you next week ......


Hey, I'm Bona Fide. I just came back from my last foray through the blogosphere. What can you expect from me? I tell you: Everything from Art to Fart as long as there is any faint connection to books. And here is some honey from the beehive blogosphere...

Acheron Books
To discover books written by authors in foreign countries is limited by language. If I do not speak the language and there is no translation into a language I know, I don't have any opportunity to read such books.
I'm so happy that I can read in two languages: German and English. But it is especially my knowledge of English language which gives me the opportunity to discover authors around the world because so many books are written or translated into English.

One week ago I received following mail:

"Hi, Edi.

My name is Adriano Barone and I'm Acheron Books' Editorial Director.

Acheron Books is a digital start-up and it is the first publishing house that produces Italian fantasy, science fiction and horror fiction and distributes it worldwide in the English language in (DRM-free) e-book format.

We think that bringing Italian speculative fiction, set in Italy and with strong reference to Italian history, folklore and culture could be really interesting for an international readership, but of course we need the readers to know about our project. So we ask you if it is possible to send you copies of our e-books (you can see them here at a glance: for reviewing. We can provide them both in .epub and .mobi format.

Of course we are at your disposal in case you wish to know more about us.

Thanks in advance for consideration.

Best regards."

My reply

"Hi Adriano,
thank you very much for your kind mail. I like to discover fantasy and science fiction from different countries. Most of the time language is an insurmountable obstacle. English is not my first language and therefore I know what I'm talking about.
For me it would be a pleasure to discover Italian fantasy and science fiction authors and spread word about them and their books.
I have had a look at your publishing program and there are two books which I would like to read and review:
- The Ministry of Thunder by Davide Mana - Lieutenant Arkham: Elves and Bullets by Alessio Lanterna

In return of  digital copies of these books in .epub format you will get a review of each book.
I look forward to your reply.
Best Regards,

As you could read in the book section, I received the requested titles.
From my point of view this is the way it should go. If you want to enlarge your readership, it is mandatory to translate your books into other languages than your local language.
Digital books are perfect to spread books around the world.

Do you like to discover Italian science fiction and fantasy authors and their books then you should visit Acheron Books by using following link

You can buy Acheron Books directly on the publisher site. But I also discovered the books over at Amazon.

Where to park bicycles in towns like Tokyo?
You find the answer over at the WebUrbanist:

Invisible Bicycles: Tokyo’s High-Tech Underground Bike Parking

Shadow Art
I always try to have something for they in my weekly post. Over at  the WebUrbanist you can have a look at fascinating examples of shadow art      .

Drawing with Darkness: 24 Incredible Works of Shadow Art

That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


Hey, it's me Fide. I'm a remote control professional. I'm that fast that I can watch two movies at the same time.

Today I want to share with you the UK trailer of a British independent science fiction film which tells the story of an Earth which has been conquered by robots. All inhabitants are controlled by electronic implants. A band of kids led by the talented Sean try to stand up against the robots ....

Independent film means limited budget -$21 million due to Wikipedia! This is nothing compared to the Transformers films. Will be interesting to see the full result. Even the story is  nothing absolutely new.

That's all for today. See you next time....

I 'm the Keeper of the minutes. But I don't mind when you call me Kotm. No, no. I don't explain to you how to pronounce.

A good advice ...................

"The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.

Nikola Tesla,, Modern Mechanics and Inventions. July, 1934, Serbian American inventor and engineer, 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943
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