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The Betrayal Of The Inquisition

Mace Merle Berry
Mace Berry Author Interview

The Oath Breaker continues the story in The Witch Hunter General series. What were some new ideas you wanted to introduce in this book that were different from book one?

I really wanted to add some emotional depth to Victor’s character and make sure he didn’t come off as just some mindless, heartless killing machine. He may be an immortal half-witch, but he is also still half-human who is dealing with an immense amount of grief, sorrow, and loss. I’ve also always loved the idea of the hunter becoming the hunted and wanted to incorporate that element into his story. I think Victor being on the run really gave him a chance to face his metaphorical as well as literal demons head-on which gave him some extra depth for the rest of his team to try to navigate as well. I love watching their team dynamic unfold as the story progresses.

Victor Cain continues to be a riveting character. What were some challenges that you felt were important to his characters development in this book?

I tried to make Victor just as complex as any living person. He’s been struggling with so many things for so long; from the death of his wife and son, to his loss of faith and hatred of God, to the betrayal of the Inquisition. He is a man besieged by guilt and near-crippling depression, all while still trying to lead his team who don’t know if they can fully trust him anymore. Trying to convey all of those things and make it honest and believable was definitely challenging and the most important for his development.

What scene in the book did you have the most fun writing?

The scene that jumps out at me as the most fun to have written was the siege of Requiem Tower. The chaos and devastation the Thunderbird wreaks was a pure joy to write.

What can readers expect in the book in the series?

I think readers will be able to expect a thrilling and epic conclusion in the third book of the trilogy. There are many more battles to be fought and revelations to be had by the time it ends. I am also currently working on a series of short stories that tie into the novel series, each one focusing on an individual character before they joined Victor’s team. There just might be a spin off series in the works as well.

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Reeling from the loss of Magnus, the team is forced to find a replacement, and Harik has someone in mind. His old bounty hunting partner, Remo Alaris, reluctantly joins Victor’s team as a favor to his old friend. At the same time, Aka Manah, the demon prince of evil minds, has risen, and he has chosen a lieutenant. The Mortifer, a being of pure malevolence that lives and kills in the shadows, has begun systematically wiping out Puritan Inquisitors and pinning the blame on General Victor Cain. Now, disavowed and disgraced, the excommunicated master hunter has become the hunted and labeled a wærloga or Oath Breaker by the very Inquisition he swore to serve. Now, Victor and his team are forced to go on the run westward to the neighboring city of Paratus. But the Inquisition is not the only obstacle in Victor’s way. Supernatural creatures long thought extinct, the long-awaited plot to usurp the Inquisition and the peace treaty to bring war against the World Tree Coven, as well as the trauma of Victor’s past, have all come calling, and they will not be ignored. Meanwhile, Scarlet and Harik face an obstacle of their own that threatens to end their relationship and their lives. Victor and his team are at a breaking point. Will they come together and be forged stronger in the flames of perdition? Or will they fracture under the pressure?

The Witch Hunter General II

The Witch Hunter General II: The Oath Breaker by [Mace Berry]

The Witch Hunter General: The Oath Breaker, by Mace Berry, is about the two-thousand-year-old Inquisitor General Victor Cain. He’s a witch hunter who has been framed for murder by Gabriel/Mortifer. General Cain is confronted with Aka Manah, an enemy from his past, and learns who his friends really are. Mace Berry has written a great book that sucked me into the story. I truly enjoyed the read and the characters. I cared about what was going to happen to Victor Cain. Berry has created a unique and creative world with lots of depth to explore.

In the prologue, Aka Manah and Gabriel are introduced, but neither one of them were named right away. This makes the story feel lived in and like we are stepping into the story as it is already moving along, much like the beginning of A Game of Thrones where we enter a world with an established history and we are only catching up.

This is followed by getting into the first chapter and Victor knows that Aka Manah still lives, but I didn’t see any information as to why Victor would know this. This speaks to how invested I was with this intricate story. When the members of the High Council are introduced in chapter seven, it is so that they can choose a new Grand Inquisitor. I’m left wondering why they would be involved with this when it is explained a bit later that the High Council and the Inquisition are separate branches of the government. There are many layers to this novel that I sifted through because I was enthralled with the characters and the detailed nature of the story.

While I enjoyed the story I felt that the ending was a little abrupt. I will not give too much away here, as it is definitely worth the read, but it ends with an important change to one of the characters. Readers looking for a dark fantasy series that looks like it can easily run several novels will have plenty to enjoy here.

The Witch Hunter General: The Oath Breaker has excellent characters that I cared about, in a world that feels real (whether it’s a future Earth or a different planet all together), and a story that pulled me along. This is an enthralling fantasy adventure that is a wonderful addition to what is proving to be an epic fantasy saga.

Pages: 328 | ASIN: B09C6TX88B

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Elizabeth Franklin, A Witch’s Tale – Book Trailer

Raised in a family spanning generations of witches, Elizabeth Franklin was faced with a decision: to follow the teachings of her mother, or venture into the shadows of dark magic as her grandmother before her. In pursuing the darkness, Elizabeth would ultimately be banished to Hell in her quest for power, as she violated the sacred Witch’s code through her own slave’s deception.

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Nothing to Get Nostalgic About

Nothing to Get Nostalgic About by [Eddie Brophy]

Charlie Harris has lived a life of fear, stemming from his troubled childhood and one fateful day in 1997. For the most part, he has managed to keep the monsters at bay. Not only that, but he has successfully capitalized on them by being an author of the macabre. But now, they are all coming out of the woodwork, and they have found a nice, cozy spot underneath the crib of Charlie’s infant son. 

With a premise like that, any horror fan is sure to recognize the influence of Stephen King in this novel. Not only is it set in Maine – the master storyteller’s hometown and favorite setting – but it is also about an alcoholic author haunted by his past.

Automatically, titles like The Dark Half and The Shining come to mind. But instead of distracting from Brophy’s identity as a writer, the contrast between King’s signatures and Brophy’s distinct style only shines through. While King is the self-proclaimed “literary equivalent of a Big Mac,” Brophy delivers the scares through a more cerebral approach.

The novel is sprinkled with meditations on fear and how it never leaves us after it has made its mark. It only mutates and adapts to scare us until our dying breath. It is undeniably a dark concept, and Brophy takes readers through the journey with an unflinching eye. Luckily, he manages to make it easy for us with prose that is somehow both conversational and sophisticated at the same time but never pretentious. The dialogue ranges from unrealistic to dull at times, with some of it being there simply to provide exposition but this does not take away from the story. 

Horror hounds will find a lot to sink their teeth into in Nothing to Get Nostalgic About. It is a creepy, psychological tale that is not your run-of-the-mill paperback, making it well worth a read.

Pages: 352 | ASIN: B08RCW4YPM

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If A Fallen Angel Arrived Today

Brian G. Walsh
Brian G. Walsh Author Interview

The Last Angel To Fall follows Federal Agent Stone who is tasked with hunting a Fallen Angel, in his pursuit he reveals a conspiracy between the State Department and Lucifer. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The tagline came to me very early in the process: “Everything we’ve been taught about Good & Evil is a lie.” How does the world really operate? What is the real truth behind the war between God and Satan? There are two sides to every story, but for the most part, we’ve only heard one and it’s pretty much universally accepted without equal time from the antagonist. Wouldn’t it be interesting to speculate about that?

This novel began as a screenplay but the story demanded the expanded palette that only a novel could provide. I wondered what would happen if a fallen angel arrived today. How would it be handled? Is there some secret government agency already in existence tasked to respond and cover up improbable events like that? I thought about allies and enemies and how alliances are often of convenience and not always due to similar perspectives and goals. What could possibly compel any nation to sign a treaty with Lucifer? I then thought about the Apocalypse. What would be the signal event that triggered it? I thought about the story of the fallen angels. That’s when I decided that there was a suppressed book of prophecy that foretold the story of the last angel to fall as being the event that triggered the Apocalypse.

Your characters are well developed and intriguing. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Some of it is personal experience. I’ve worked with a lot of interesting, diverse people from all kinds of backgrounds. The characters have a clash not only of personalities, but of politics and beliefs. They believe they are right, as most of us do, and fight to hold onto their beliefs, even when they are unsupported by facts or reason. I wanted to represent different points of view and open the mind of the reader to be able to “walk in another person’s shoes.” The character of Asheba Rain especially asks very searching questions that are meant to provoke objective analysis. Her point of view is completely outside normal human experience. To her, none of our universal beliefs are valid. The protagonist, Jubal Stone, eventually comes to the unsettling conclusion that lies and conspiracy are behind everything he’s ever believed in. Thad Coleman, a Black man who has experienced racism must struggle with a prejudice of his own due to his faith.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The need to question everything we are conditioned to accept as absolute truths because in one way or another, not everything we’ve been taught about good and evil is true.

Challenging conventional beliefs that are unsupported by facts, logic or common sense is vitally important to our growth as a species.

Ethnic cleansing is unacceptable and unjustifiable, even when God is the perpetrator.

The Bible tells only one side of the story of Good vs. Evil. There is another side I wanted to explore.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The sequel to The Last Angel To Fall is in the final stage of editing and should be available in late October 2021.

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Everything we’ve been taught about Good and Evil is a lie!
After 12 Federal Agents are murdered, Federal Agent Jubal Stone is pulled from a desk assignment and plunged into a nightmare pursuit of a Fallen Angel who was imprisoned inside a meteorite that struck south-central Michigan.

The State Department has a secret treaty with Hell!
As he hunts the last rebel angel, Jubal learns about a shocking conspiracy between the State Department and Lucifer.

In war, the winner writes the history.
The Bible tells us God’s version of the Eternal War, but neither God nor the Devil are what they seem. Jubal’s long-held beliefs are shattered when he learns the other side of the story of the war between good and evil from a beautiful, mysterious woman who was born in Hell.

What is the surprising truth about the origin of Hell?
Jubal is torn between duty and faith when he learns that this Fallen Angel has information that can help Lucifer win his war against God.

A rogue CIA agent is also in pursuit, and he has very different plans for the Fallen Angel. To make matters worse, Jubal learns that his teammates are keeping secrets from him – secrets that could get them all killed.

My Imagination Ran Wild

Adam Starks Ph.D.
Adam Starks Author Interview

In the Dark of Eden follows a man with recurring dreams of a mysterious forest who decides to explore that forest and uncovers a surprising twist to the Appalachian folklore. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

A couple years ago, I needed a clean break from everything life was throwing at me, so I decided to trek a four-mile trail at Audra State Park. It turned into quite an adventure because I hadn’t lost myself in a forest since I was a kid. My imagination ran wild, and I started jotting ideas on paper to create the plot when I finally returned home.

Tyhannon is an intriguing character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Tyhannon represents many lost men, including myself, trying to find their way in today’s chaotic world. He’s relatable because it’s become increasingly difficult to find our calling or just be content with life. Many of us are constantly in search of something but no avenue to communicate or explore our deepest desires. As a result, many of us become loners or wandering spirits. There’s something out there or within waiting to be discovered, and it’s often indescribably greater than us.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The prevailing theme is wonder and taking risks in the face of uncertainly. Also, the wisdom of our interconnectedness with nature. Nature is God and we are Gods of Nature when we choose to be by discovering our ultimate purpose.

This is book one in The Eden Trilogy. What can readers expect in book two?

There’s a duplicate scene in Book 1 that’s supposed to represent déjà vu when Tyhannon misses an opportunity to save a man’s life not once but twice. It’s not obvious to Ty, but that scene will have more significance in Book 2 as Tyhannon gets a third chance. And yes, there will be another metaphysical sex scene.

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The catchphrase “Almost Heaven” may mean much more to those who uncover the mystery surrounding Eden, West Virginia. Tyhannon Briggs’ recurring dream of this majestic place consumes his thoughts until he decides to venture into Eden’s lush forest to find a paradise only claimed in local Appalachian folklore. Uncover the meaning and metaphysical realm of E.D.E.N. in Starks’ debut novella.

The Safe – Book Trailer

The Coldwater Security Company has a technician who works with a burglary ring. He lets them know which clients have a lot of money and jewels stored in their safes. An elderly couple moves into a mansion in Cromwell, CT. He watches as they store jewelry and cash in the safe. Then something goes terribly wrong, and the old couple is killed. They thought they had an easy score. However, all they found was the combination to open the gates of Hell!

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Superheroes Possess a Dark Side

Alan J. Paul
Alan J. Paul Author Interview

The Walrus: Monster in the Mist follows a young man that’s about to take a dark path in life, but a new neighbor changes things in ways never expected. What inspired the idea behind this riveting novel?

The story is very loosely based upon a relationship that I had as a young teen with a man and his wife who moved into our neighborhood. As in the book, this man became a mentor to me and helped me through some difficult times. There was a vacant lot which bordered our properties and it was quite an eyesore, though I’m pretty sure it wasn’t haunted.

I enjoyed the unique infusion of superheroes in this story. Why was this an important aspect for you to include in the story?

I was a big comic book fan as a child, especially Superman and Batman, from the DC Comics stable. Paul takes comfort within the good-triumphs-over-evil world of superheroes, and immediately perceives the charismatic George Albert as his own personal superhero. Many superheroes possess a dark side, though, and Paul eventually discovers that this might be true of the superhero who lives next door.

The mystery at the heart of this story was deeply intriguing. Did you plan it or did it develop organically while writing?

It really evolved organically, as I needed some narrative thread that would link Paul’s recurring nightmare, which takes place in a Southern cemetery, with his mysterious neighbor and the equally perplexing vacant lot nearby. I eventually hit upon George’s semi-famous relative, who was a Civil War colonel with a mean temper and a gripping connection to the institution of slavery and the Underground Railroad.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I’m currently doing research for a book that will have as a backdrop the bluestone quarry industry that flourished in New York’s mid-Hudson Valley during the middle-to-late 19th Century. It’s a ghost story. At least, at this early stage, I think it’s a ghost story but one never knows for sure. Hopefully it will be available sometime next year.

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