The Parting - An Urban Fantasy Thriller (O. C. L. T. Book 3) Kindle Edition
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My first really clear memories start around my third year of life, when my father left. He took me out for a drive, let me sit on his lap, then went back out for milkshakes and never came back. Things blur quite a lot during that period, but after a period of living with my grandparents, my brother and I were whisked away to Charleston Illinois , where our mom had a job working in one of the cafeterias at Eastern Illinois University , and had married a barber named Robert Leland "Bob" Smith. I could write volumes about good ol' Bob, but I won't. If you really want to meet him, look between the lines of the bits and pieces of Deep Blue where Brandt talks about his father. Think Seagram's 7, Ballantine beer, cheap cigars, Hank Williams, Sr., and Archie Bunker and sort of squash it all together into a 6'4" 270 or so pound frame -- that was Bob. Formative? Yes. Important here? Nope.
I escaped Charleston , family, Bob, and a number of other things in 1977 when I left in June and joined the United States Navy. I headed for San Diego , where I went to boot camp, headed next to Groton CT for submarine school (which I dropped out of because my ears wouldn't equalize) and ended up in North Chicago attending Electronics Technician "A" school. I learned guitar, got engaged, unengaged, taught Bible School , got excommunicated, and moved on to San Diego, California once again as part of the crew of the USS Paul F. Foster.
My time in the US Navy would fill a dozen books. In fact, parts of it can be found in almost everything I've written. Many of my novels were typed on US Navy computers (later on my own, but still on board) and the first two issues of my magazine, THE TOME, were printed and published on board the USS Guadalcanal (thank you Uncle Sam for supporting the arts). I was stationed on a lot of ships, went on a lot of cruises, lived in Rota , Spain for three years, and wound up retired in Norfolk , Virginia . I've worked as a contractor with several companies, and am now the IT Manager and Facility Security Officer for a company in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
We live in a nice, new house now where everything mostly works, but recently I lived in the historic William R. White house in a tiny place called Hertford , NC , where you buy your hardware from a man named Eerie Haste, and you can still get an ice-cream cone for fifty cents. I have a woman who loves and supports me, Patricia Lee Macomber, three great sons, two of which are serving now in the US Navy, and the third of which will be there in June. I have a lovely, talented daughter about to graduate college, and another - 9 years old and smarter than any nine year old ought to be who keeps me on my toes. She is also an author, both the girls are. You can buy Stephanie's "Tales of the Southern Hotel," a collection of girls about a young girl named Mary Lou who has visions of the past, and two children's books by Katie, our nine year old, Perilous Pink PcGee and Mars Need Pumpkins, available for Kindle.
I've sold a small pile of novels to date and published over 150 short stories, been in 32 or so anthologies, countless magazines, year's best collections, won awards -- notably The Bram Stoker Award for poetry, which I share with co-authors Mark McLaughlin and Rain Graves, and a second Stoker for my short story "The Gentle Brush of Wings," from my Stoker nominated collection Defining Moments. I've been President of the Horror Writer's Association, and I'm an active member of both SFWA and the newer International Thriller Writer's Association.
These days, along with writing, I'm CEO of Crossroad Press, an ever growing print, digital and audio publishing company. Now, enough about me...let me tell you a story...
Top Customer Reviews
Mack, who featured in the story Temple of Camazotz, is a cross between Indiana Jones and Fox Mulder: he's an athletic adventurer cum conspiracy theorist who lives alone in the desert and acts as a clearing house for information about the paranormal. Rebecca York's past is a bit more mysterious, but while Mack learns about the mysteries of the world, she immerses herself in them, and is an adept magic user.
Despite the fantasy elements, the novel is set very squarely in the real world, with the problems of the Middle East as its backdrop. Wilson manages a clever twist, taking a familiar tale from the Bible and turning it around in the modern day. The story is fast-paced and suspenseful, with enough surprises to keep me guessing all the way to the end.
If there's one area of weakness, it's the characterization. Most of the characters feel like collections of character traits than fully-developed individuals. We know what Mack and York (and the villains and supporting characters) can do, but not who they are. Hopefully, that will change as the series goes on, although the multi-author nature of the series might work against that. Ultimately, that's what will distinguish this series from countless other paranormal investigation/adventure series. Time will tell, I suppose.
Fortunately, as an ebook series, reading future installments doesn't represent a huge investment on my part. So I'm willing to give the series time to find itself. While not perfect, this was still an entertaining read, and certainly worth my time.
A fast-paced, clever, page-turner that keeps you guessing and constantly engages your sense of wonder. What if magical weapons older than the bible were deployed in modern warfare? With a smidgeon of Dan Brown, a pinch of Indiana Jones, 1001 Arabian Nights, and nod to the Old Testament, David Niall Wilson's curious alchemy provides a fun, original book full of interesting characters and ideas. Sure-fire entertainment and -- I hope -- the start of a great new series.
Between them, the OCLT authors have thus far brought some unique and wonderfully complex characters to life and here we are introduced to Rebecca York - traveller, mystic, insightful and bold, as well as Mack Macklemore, an IT genius first encountered in the Temple of Camazotz.
A mysterious and powerful (as well as curiously long-lived) sorceress, Amunet, is intent on recreating a magical and daring feat to aid her people in the Middle-East struggle, and only a lucky sage from the Vatican, a young Orphan and the OCLT pair - piecing together their experiences and clues in a race against time - have a chance to stop her.
With intrigue and magic in the Desert, a search for ancient knowledge that begins in Rome, and a thrilling climax on the shores of the Dead Sea - The Parting rattles along with the same verve and relentless build that David achieved with The Orffyreus Wheel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The main event in this book is based on an incident from the Book of Exodus in the Old Testament. That concept was interesting but I think the story was just alright. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Scychry
This is the first book in the O.C.L.T. series and Rebecca York is one of the most original characters I've seen in a while. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Thomas Smith
An interesting book with a lot of potential, concerning a team of special agents gathered to deal with threats outside the norm. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by recluse