"There is a deeper story, a deeper meaning behind his writing...you can feel its malice and foreshadowing, recognize its twisted brilliance." 5/5
--Bitten By Books
"The story reads much like a 200-page climax--[the] writing is always on the move, always frantic, surging forward...without pause, all while maintaining an intricate weave of narrative threads with deceptive ease." --Oxyfication (Jason Kane)
"This is a very dark, cynical, and intelligent novel. The way it's told only adds to both the tension and the mystery. A brilliant tale of a haunting dystopia" --Morpheus Tales (Stanley Riiks)
"In the true noir convention, there is blood, sex, and despair brimming through this novel, but at the same time, he subverts what we've come to expect, showing more of the neo than the noir"
--Spinetingler (Chris Deal)
"[A] seamless melding of multiple genres while still retaining a literary voice, meaning it's a very well-written novel while still having the constant clicking of impending doom in the background." --Rotten Leaves (Nik Korpon)
From the Back Cover
"Transubstantiate is, is -- it's a visual: that 2001 baby opening its eyes in the monolith, but the monolith is shrouded in this story of loss and hope and identity, and encoded in the cadence of that story, if you listen close, is the genetic map with which to draw this impossible celestial infant, opening its eyes on the page, looking right into you."
--Stephen Graham Jones
All The Beautiful Sinners, Bleed Into Me: A Book of Stories, Ledfeather, The Ones That Got Away "Transubstantiate is an intricately-woven dystopian thriller, with every thread pulled tight. This is a solid debut from Richard Thomas."
--Craig Clevenger The Contortionist's Handbook, Dermaphoria
"Richard Thomas's Transubstantiate constructs a collection of voices that reveals a disturbing futuristic vision of terror and beauty. The novel's island paradise, its imprisoned inhabitants, and the digital presence that works to control them, merge with ancient forces of rite and belief to create a surreal and devastating collage. This is a work that captures a world we almost know, its realities enough to raise an uneasy sense of potentiality."
Pins and Needles, The Best American Short Stories 2008
(contributor) "Told through various shadowy narrators, Transubstantiate is a trippy, intriguing novel that forecasts dystopia for our near-future. Thomas successfully blends several genres here--noir, literary fiction, sci-fi--all with abrasive, haunting language."
--Joey Goebel Torture the Artist, The Anomalies, Commonwealth