"With the Veins Cycle, Lawrence C. Connolly creates a world that is eerily familiar to our own, but with hidden surprises around every turn (and page). Writing with power and precision, Connolly evokes sights and sounds that haunt us. Vortex is a book you won't be able to put down." --Jon Sprunk, author of Blood & Iron
"Delightfully dissonant. Unbridled imagination meets impeccable storytelling. Connolly is amazing that way, like the bull and the matador rolled into one. His work is crazy imaginative and yet absolutely sane in its delivery, reminiscent of other masters of dissonance such as Clifford Simak and Philip K. Dick." --John Dixon, author of Phoenix Island
"Connolly delivers a fast-paced mystery with a heavy helping of magical realism that will lose readers in a mystical and frightening world that they won't want to slither out of." --Stephanie M. Wytovich, Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press and author of Hysteria
"Vortex is the fiction of Wurlitzers and rollercoasters, of fire, of violence and monsters, but it's so much more than that. This is gleeful, intelligent stuff that deserves the widest audience possible. It's a hell of a ride and I, for one, cannot wait to see where Connolly takes us next." --Simon Kurt Unsworth, World-Fantasy-Award-Nominated author of The Devil's Detective, forthcoming from Doubleday
From the Author
The Veins Cycle is not a trilogy, nor is it a series in the traditional sense. As the title states, it is a cycle, and as such the books can be read in any order.
True, the overarching chronology of the 24-hour period that frames the story begins in Veins, continues in Vipers, and concludes in Vortex. But the events are not always sequential. No character lives exclusively in the moment. Like us, they experience the world through a prism of memory, experience, and anticipation--a coexistence of past, present, and future.
A reader beginning the series with Vortex will encounter a different set of mysteries than the one who begins with Veins or Vipers. Nevertheless, in the end, the adventure will be the same. Different on ramps, same path.
Now buckle up . . . and enjoy the ride.