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"Highly enjoyable and undoubtedly memorable"

Thought provoking and satisfyingly prescient, Twinkle is the new SF Novel from award winning author SJ Parkinson. Imaginative and well observed, it's an intriguing and compelling tale that brokers mystery and near future advances in technology to create a highly original plot. With an exceptional eye for detail and favouring narrative over dialogue, Parkinson renders a world that is hard to forget, with timely social commentary providing for much reflection. Well-paced, his narrative is always on the mark whilst rich detail adds a genuine sense of depth to his chosen settings. With its focus on a global event that deprives many of their foremost sense there's no denying the intensity of thought that pervades Parkinson's tale. Shrewd, expansive and propulsive from the start, he ably encompasses all the requisites of great science fiction to deliver a complex and challenging survival story that is sure to keep the pages turning.
Highly enjoyable and undoubtedly memorable, Twinkle looks set to garner more accolades for Parkinson and is certainly deserving of your attention. It is highly recommended!

About the Author

Mr. Parkinson was an Air Force avionics technician, a decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War, and several United Nations peacekeeping missions. He has lived overseas in numerous countries and travels extensively. His novels have been praised for their realism and sold in fourteen countries, winning multiple international awards. "I don't incorporate overt sex, profanity, or extreme violence in any of my writing. I prefer the story to be the main focus and want my novels to be accessible by all mature readers." -SJ Parkinson

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  • File Size: 3030 KB
  • Print Length: 573 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: July 13, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,323,550 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was really hooked on this after reading the blurb, and I couldn't wait to try it out. Twinkle is not just your typical science fiction read, this book is like an EPIC sci fi. This was obviously a well thought out plot, the characters are solid, and I thought it was neat how the author further explains some of the terms. Twinkle really enters into the genres of political thriller/military thriller, in a story like this a lot of the plot would require it. There's a little bit of something for everyone in this book, it has science fiction, mystery, thriller, and even some romance. The author has done an AMAZING job of making this book truly believable, and the ending really rocked.
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Have you ever tried to do something really spectacular, only to have things go terribly wrong?

Welcome to the world of multi-billionaire Sir Marcus Brandon - the richest man in the world.

To celebrate the launch of his latest venture, Global News Network, Brandon has planned a record-breaking international 4th of July celebration: the largest and most expensive pyrotechnic show ever staged - the first global firework display staged from space, where the entire world will see the same show in their time zone as the earth rotates.

Imagine the thrill of hosting the most incredible firework show the world has ever seen.

Imagine the excitement of creating a unifying historic event.

And then - imagine the horror of waking up the next day and discovering - for reasons you cannot fathom - that all around the world, people are going blind.


Welcome to the world of Twinkle - a world that only author SJ Parkinson could envision.

Twinkle is an action-packed sci-fi thriller with strong post-apocalyptic and political elements. If you are a fan of any of these genres - this is a book you will not want to miss!

Twinkle has a unique and well-conceived plot, but the characters take center stage throughout the story. As you're drawn into the lives of the characters, you'll find it hard to put down the 500+ page book - and you'll be disappointed when the story ends.

This review was originally published at Create With Joy. Please stop by to read it in its entirety!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review purposes, but the opinions I've expressed are entirely my own.
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I love watching fireworks, from the brilliant sparkles to the reverberating explosions. They are like magic, dancing across the sky. Author SJ Parkinson envisions fireworks with a more sinister motive in his newest novel Twinkle.

On July 4, Sir Marcus Brandon, the wealthiest man in the world, wants to celebrate the launch of GNI, (Global News International) with a fireworks show. To ensure worldwide enjoyment, he has arranged for it to be shot from satellites in orbit. Inexplicably, all who viewed the fireworks start to go blind twenty-two hours later. Only a handful of people around the globe, those who didn't view the fireworks, retain their vision.

This book is set in the United States, but easily could have been located in any of the world's major cities. Much of the plot is centred around various levels of the military and the President, though the medical and general public are critical to the plot.

While I don't usually read military inspired stories, I was captivated from the first pages. For two days I couldn't put this book down. The military discipline and procedures worked well in this story. I wasn't lost by the unfamiliar terms, locations or processes of NORAD or the army/navy as Mr. Parkinson included succinct footnotes that answered my questions before I even knew to ask them. Security surrounding the American President was paramount in this plot and explained equally as well.

Twinkle is fast paced, occurring over the course of a two week span. There are frequent jumps between the main characters and locations, each is easy to follow and there doesn't leave gaps in the narration. Even though the story moves along quickly, there is sufficient detail such that I felt as though I knew several of the characters.
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There were many, many surprises in Twinkle that I did not see coming, which made it very exciting to read. The display of fireworks from space sounded spectacular and I probably would have been upset to have missed it. Until the next day, of course, when people all over the world started going blind.

The way the world discovers the blindness epidemic is a little gruesome, really. Pilots from military and commercial aircraft are the first we hear about, meaning that their planes are going to crash. Then there are the commuter trains.

People in the US are some of the last ones to lose their sight, but they had the advantage of knowing it was coming. Unfortunately, it also reduced the manpower available to the military to about 5 pct of its regular strength. Then, the real intent of the fireworks display rears its ugly head. The country that produced them wants to basically take over the world, and that was the way for weakening other countries' ability to defend themselves.

Mr. Parkinson's time in the military gave him an excellent background to write a book such as Twinkle. And a civilian, such as myself, appreciated the footnotes that explained some of the alphabet soup of military and political acronyms. It saved me from having to go and ask my young sons what the terms meant!

It also showed some of the best and the worst of human nature. When a fortunate (?) few that still have their sight and have escaped the invaders begin to plan how to take back the country, they helped each other and had each other's backs. When a doctor and a researcher find a possible cure and they try to distribute it, people want to take it from them to save their relatives and friends.
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