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Blood of Invidia: Maestru Series Book 1 (The Maestru Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 21, 2016
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5 Star Review by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Blood of Invidia is the first book in the Maestru Series by Tom Tinney and Morgen Batten, a strong opening that promises readers a world filled with powerful creatures --aliens, werewolves, and vampires. In this thrilling tale, a race that had disappeared many thousands of years ago resurfaces as mankind faces one of the most insidious threats in its history. Along the streets of New York, aliens are engaged in a deadly battle. Human life meets one of the worst threats of its existence. It's then that the blood of the invidia becomes the path to stopping the aliens and reclaiming the earth. This is a story that will entice and thrill fans of fantasy and sci-fi.
Blood of Invidia is a work of high imagination, with compelling characters and creatures skillfully plotted into a fantasy that will capture the hearts of readers. The emotional pull might not be so powerful, but the intense action, the well-crafted plot, and the unique concept of the story are original. As one reads on, it is hard not to imagine the action playing out onscreen. There is a lot of drama to keep the reader's heart racing - the writing is superb, the prose is excellent, laced with descriptive imagery. Tom Tinney and Morgen Batten have used suspense ingeniously to maintain the reader's interest. From the first page of the book, the reader is introduced to some of the key characters in the story and is pulled in by the descriptions. Readers who enjoy great writing, and who love intense action and a complex plot will find delight in these pages.
From the Author
"Some kids build soapbox derby cars with their fathers. My dad and I built an entire universe," said Morgen Batten, referring to "Blood of Invidia", the new novel he co-authored with his father, Tom Tinney. While father-son collaborations are nothing new, theirs is unique. They've never met in person. Not once. Circumstances have kept them apart for the last thirty-two years.
Morgen was raised, and resides, in Adelaide, AU. Tom currently lives in Hartford, WI. They're both talented and creative writers with a love for the same genres. Two years ago, Tom wrote an "We should write a book together" text, the ensuing string of texts formed the backbone of plot and beginning of the universe they would build. That's when they began this project in earnest. The first goal was to produce a unique and exciting novel, which has yielded stellar results. The second goal is to use the proceeds from its sales to fund their first meeting.
Unable to be in the same room, or even easily call to discuss minor plot or character points, planning and technology became their allies. The300-page book was written in the "cloud" using Dropbox to hold the important files, drafts, spreadsheets, and outlines. There were narrow time windows, when neither was at work and both were up (one going to bed or one just starting their day) when they could Skype to coordinate the next section or to actively brainstorm. That was the process. Each author contributing their words, and ideas, twelve hours apart from the other. They wrote, and re-wrote, adding to the book when the sunlight reached their side of the world.
This is their first father and son project. Their Soapbox Derby car. The project they didn't have the opportunity to pursue earlier in either's life. And it will let them finally meet.
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Top Customer Reviews
The Authors brought a unique twist on the origins of vampires and werewolves, which was a refreshing change from gothic or religious origin stories.
I think it would have been easy to get drawn into outlandish otherworldly scenes when dealing with aliens, vampires and werewolves, but the Authors did a great job in anchoring the story to modern day earth. This was in part thanks to the three lead human characters that were very relatable and could easily have been my drinking buddies at University.
As good as the story and character development are, the real standouts in this book were the action scenes. At one point, I actually had to look away from the page such was the descriptive power of the writing.
I look forward to the next instalment in the series.