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Blackwell: The Encounter Begins Paperback – August 13, 2011
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About the Author
Michael Gunter loves mystery and the complexities of life. He enjoys a good wrestle with tough questions. And he believes his calling in life is to invite people to let go of easy answers, dive deep beneath the surface of everyday chatter, and engage the soul to discover truth; whether it comes straight up in non-fiction or wrapped in a fictional story. Gunter’s aim is to write great books that entertain, encourage, and provoke meaningful contemplation and conversation. He also wants to encourage other writers to take the next step in reaching their literary goals. Gunter’s second published book, BLACKWELL, ventures into the realm of fiction. BLACKWELL is a human drama about an extraterrestrial encounter. Combining elements of drama, humor, and suspense, this realistic science fiction probes the depths of what it means to be truly human. In his first book, A Life Not Wasted (Gazelle Press), Gunter addresses the greatest of all tragedies; not a life cut short by an early death, but a life that reaches its end without becoming what God intended it to be. By exploring four of Life’s Big Questions, Gunter finds clarity about life, God, and our ultimate purpose in this world. Gunter began writing in 2001. Besides his published works, he has written five non-fiction books, several short stories, and over a hundred essays. His short story, One of a Million Things, won third runner up in the Colonnade Writing Contest at CJM Books and will be included in their 2012 anthology of short stories. While Gunter continues to develop his writing skills and give life to the stories residing in his mind, he is finding ways to bring his fifteen years experience as a teacher into his writing career. Gunter is available to speak to your group about the craft of writing, moving ideas from the mind to the page, and creating a platform to make your writing available to the world.
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Now from Mom...the best of this genre (scifi) I have read in a LONG time. Characters believable though different from conventional ideas. The farther I got into the book, the harder it was to put it down. And what a cliffhanger ending...!!! Also really intrigued with the story within the story. Good job! Now I'm sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the sequel. Quickly, please.
At times, I thought I could predict what might happen next, and each of those times, Michael Gunter guided me down a detour deeper into emotional and spiritual realms that, while unexpected, mirrored the 'worlds' he depicts in the narrative. He creatively parallels the spiritual with an alternative reality, with a fantasy, really, that made my imagination flow to connect the dots in the story to the dots in real life.
I didn't expect a sci-fi book to touch me, to move me to tears, or to speak to me about the strength of relationship, trust, faith and loyalty. I suffered through the scenes of suspense because I knew I couldn't extract myself. I couldn't reassure myself with anything predictable, and as painful as it was, I followed the protagonists with a sense of exhilaration. Gunter executed this unusual 'mash-up' plot of Science Fiction/Christian Adventure/Humor/Suspense with an understated thoughtfulness, a cosmic humor, and a knack for dosing the impossible with realism.
I'll definitely be reading it again before the sequel comes out. It's a shame I didn't come across this gem when it was already a series!
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I met the author on a plane last year and he was writing the sequel, which is what peaked my...Read more