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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Bards and Sages; First Thus edition (August 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615147437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615147437
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,093,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is a fascinating read!" -- Ghostwriter Literary Reviews, August 2007

From the Publisher

For more of Peter's work, visit the Bards and Sages website to download his novella The Chameleon's Addiction for free.

More About the Author

Born in Brooklyn from Italian/Greek descent, Peter is indeed a man of many professions -- including a microfilm clerk, an environmental and pharmaceutical chemist, a theatre actor, a freelance news camera operator, an NBC Page for The Tonight Show, a camera technician for NBC/Universal Studios, and, from 2004-2009, Owner/Managing Editor of Ex Machina Press,LLC, the proud parent of Silent Voices: A Creative Mosaic Of Fiction, until he finally discovered his niche: freelance journalist, SEO web content copywriter, copyeditor, proofreader, and speculative fiction writer.

His fiction and poetry have been published internationally. His gothic horror novella, "The Chameleon's Addiction" was a semi-finalist in the 2004 Glacier Press Writing Contest and is now published in Bardic Tales and Sage Advice,Volume Two by Bards and Sages Publishing, who also published his short novel, The Grandmaster, a supernatural thriller that takes place during the Holocaust. Originally his graduate master's thesis, The Grandmaster ranked third in Bards and Sages nationwide Speculative Fiction Novel Contest, and has been awarded 2007 Best Science Fiction Novel by the Hollywood and New England Book Festivals. It is now on sale at amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. His short story collection, the PUSHCART PRIZE NOMINATED In Our House, has also been published by Bards and Sages and is now available on amazon.com. His short story, "Chamber Music" was awarded 2012 Best Short Story by the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition(EPIC). Another short story, "Oranna's Song," was awarded Honorable Mention (ranked SECOND in the nation) in the Romance Category by the Fourth Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards. He also often serves as a contract feature journalist for Newport Beach Magazine, Bespoke Magazine, Laguna Beach Magazine,Montage Magazine, Loews Magazine, and theatre critic for LA Splash Magazine.

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The action culminates in a surprising and satisfying climax.
C. Gilbert
The paranormal realm adds weight to the story, and elevates the reader's imagination to great heights.
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I especially loved that he was a very strong character put into extreme situations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark D'anna on September 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
As the Grandmaster makes its rounds, Balasksas is likely to draw comparisons to the likes of Harlan Ellison, Stephen King, and maybe even a contemporary version of Edgar Allen Poe. The Grandmaster is a brilliantly spun tale that does the near impossible, by offering us a fresh and unique take on an issue that has been as widely discussed and written about as any in our collective literary history -- namely, the Holocaust. Balaskas' mind is wonderfully warped and that amazing creativity comes out in the text. His prose is sharp, his dialogue unmatched by anything I've read recently, and he manages to somehow infuse an incredible degree of humanity in his characters, while at the same time taking the reader into a very "other-wordly" type of story. One gets the sense while reading The Grandmaster that these characters and this story do not exist in a vacuum, but rather that we are seeing the literary equivalent of a Big Bang, as the Balaskas universe begins to take shape. Balaskas has created a world that is so interesting and rich, that its potential is literally, limitless. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes the odd, the underhanded, and the clever. It is a fascinating read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Belinda D'Alessandro on August 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
I saw an announcement that Peter Balaskas's book, The Grandmaster, won the best Science Fiction Novel category at the 2008 Hollywood Book Festival and received a 5 star review from The Midwest Book Review.

The work's preview intrigued me. The prize for, and the review of, the book tempted me.

Boy, they were right! It's more than worthy! Once I started it, I couldn't put it down till I finished.

All I can say is, WOW! Please, sir, can we have some more?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By glorybe on September 26, 2007
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The first two reviews capture the true essence of this work. The Grandmaster is a creative novella that manages to balance tragedy and hope. This is truly a holocaust story with a twist. The paranormal realm adds weight to the story, and elevates the reader's imagination to great heights. The author captured the horror without being to graphic. I truly believe this is a book for adults and children alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 9, 2008
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Paranormal based television series, Hollywood films, and well-crafted novels are proving enduringly popular with the general public. With his superbly crafted novella "The Grandmaster", author Peter A. Balaskas has proven himself a master of the genre with his story of Johann Wagner, the founder of an organization of paranormal investigators and psychologists whose mission is to solve supernatural crimes. A survivor of the Holocaust because of his own paranormal gifts, Wagner is now of advanced years and confronted with a personal horror from his past that threatens to destroy him and everything he's created. A riveting work of engaging fiction, "The Grandmaster" admirably serves to introduce a gifted writer at the top of his creative game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Gilbert on September 27, 2007
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This is a very fun little book. It combines realistic historical details with wildly imaginative supernatural elements. The action culminates in a surprising and satisfying climax. I hope there is a sequel about Dr. Wagner's work at the institute and his adventures in solving "supernatural crimes."
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