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The Parting - An Urban Fantasy Thriller (O. C. L. T. Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

David Niall Wilson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fans of Fringe, The X-Files, Supernatural and Grimm will love the adventures of the O.C.L.T., slam-packed with action, adventure, the occult, magical creatures and history, this series follows an elite group with special abilities and skills as they work behind the scenes to help keep the paranormal and the unnatural from endangering the world.

There are incidents and emergencies in the world that defy logical explanation, events that could be defined as abnormal, extraterrestrial, or simply otherworldly. Standard laws do not allow for such instances, nor are most officials or authorities trained to handle them. In recognition of these facts, one organization has been created that can. Assembled by a loose international coalition, their mission is to deal with these situations using diplomacy, guile, force, and strategy as necessary. They shield the rest of the world from their own actions, and clean up the messes left in their wake. They are our protection, our guide, our sword, and our voice, all rolled into one.

They are O.C.L.T.

A vision from ancient Egypt and a call from an old acquaintance send Rebecca York, mystic, occult expert, and adventurer to Arizona, and then Jerusalem and the Dead Sea to prevent a horrifying attack from the annals of history.

Rebecca and computer expert Wendell "Mack" Macklemore team up with a renegade Vatican monk, a street urchin from Jerusalem, and an agent of the Mossad to prevent Amunet, an Egyptian sorceress, from exacting an ancient revenge and unleashing a terrorist attack that could plunge the Middle East into an era of darkness.

This is the first full length novel of the O.C.L.T. - the Orphic Crisis Logistical Taskforce. The events of this novel predate the actual formation of the O.C.L.T., joining with the novellas "Brought to Light" by Aaron Rosenberg, and "The Temple of Camazotz," by David Niall Wilson. Each of these works introduces another facet of team, which is formally introduced in the O.C.L.T. novel by Aaron Rosenberg : Incursion.


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About the Author

David Niall Wilson has been writing and publishing horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction since the mid-eighties. An ordained minister, once President of the Horror Writer’s Association and multiple recipient of the Bram Stoker Award, his novels include The Second Veil, Hallowed Ground, Maelstrom, The Mote in Andrea’s Eye, Deep Blue, the Grails Covenant Trilogy, Star Trek Voyager: Chrysalis, Except You Go Through Shadow, This is My Blood, Ancient Eyes, On the Third Day, The Orffyreus Wheel, Stargate Atlantis: Brimstone, and the DeChance Chronicles. He has over 150 short stories published in anthologies, magazines, and five collections, the most recent of which were “Defining Moments” published in 2007 by WFC Award winning Sarob Press, and the currently available “Ennui & Other States of Madness,” from Dark Regions Press. His work has appeared in and is due out in various anthologies and magazines. David lives and loves with Patricia Lee Macomber in the historic William R. White House in Hertford, NC with their children, Billy, Zach, Zane, and Katie, and occasionally their genius college daughter Stephanie. David is CEO and founder of Crossroad Press, a cutting edge digital publishing company specializing in electronic novels, collections, and non-fiction, as well as unabridged audiobooks.

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  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press; Crossroad Press Digital Edition edition (August 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005H8B7T8
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertained and Involved July 24, 2013
By MARISKE
Format:Kindle Edition
This O.C.L.T. novel provides readers with an energetic blend of mystery, 'cops and robbers' and subtle romantic intrigue. I enjoyed the twists and increasing suspense I encountered as I followed Mack and Rebecca across the globe on this adventure. Being a long time fan of Egyptian history, the glimpses into ancient and mystic Egypt were brief, well defined and entertaining. This novel maintained it's integrity by allowing the characters to jump through hoops and develop on their own merit. As little patience as I have for fiction that insults my comprehension by over simplifying, I thoroughly enjoyed following along as the course of events played out favorably for characters I leaned forward in my chair to root for as the 'plot thickened'. I recommend this fantasy/occult/history literary adventure. The Parting was every bit as 'rewarding' a read at the end as it was entertaining from the beginning.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Setting the Stage for an Intriguing Series September 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Following on from two short stories, The Parting is the first full-length O.C.L.T. novel. Or rather, it's the first novel featuring characters from what will become the O.C.L.T; like the short stories, this is still a prequel. It features two characters from what will be the core O.C.L.T. team, Wendell "Mack" Macklemore and Rebecca York, investigating a mystery that harkens back to Biblical times.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm not Parting with this one! June 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The Parting
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, imaginative, great plot! August 6, 2013
By Ann
Format:Paperback
It is seldom that I get to actually sit down and focus long enough to read a book. I was able to make that time in order to read this book, and I am VERY glad I did! The plot was very interesting, a topic seldom capitalized upon for this type of fiction, and I found it refreshing. The characters were each developed carefully, without inane background filler, rather, their reactions to situations explained their history. I was relieved for the protagonists when, through the use of technology and good old-fashioned calling in of favors, they were able to outwit and triumph over the evil forces. The old monk, Sebastian, and the young orphan, were nice complimentary characters who played vital roles in the resolve. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the only reason I gave it slightly less than 100%, was that it was too short! I could have easily kept reading many more chapters! I will definitely choose another book written by David Niall Wilson in the future, when I'm looking for something good to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one is a cut above June 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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. More than interesting, she is unique, and that is hard to find these days. Zen-like calm which walks hand-in-hand with formidable natural and supernaturally tinged talents. And like the other members of the O.C.L.T. team, she is not one to be trifled with. The novel reads like a cross between Charles L. Grant's Black Oak series and a good Indiana Jones story. The action never lets up, and the setting is believable as is the action.There are no cookie cutter characters here. And without giving anything away, look for the monk (though he'd be hard to miss). Hopefully this is the first of an extensive series.
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More About the Author

I was born in a very small town in Illinois. Clay County has less people in it than your average large city, and Flora , Illinois , is so tiny it barely hits the map. That's where it happened, though. My grandparents lived there, and I spent a lot of happy times with them in my youth -- particularly my grandfather, Merle Cornelius Smith, who was likely the most amazing man I'll ever claim association with. But that's another story, and this one is about me.

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...

DNW

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