Hoopla is one of the largest library sites in North America. It has taken a while, but now four out of five of Peter Kazmaier’s books can be downloaded from Hoopla, and it is likely the fifth book, The Battle for Halcyon, will be available soon. Hoopla is a bit different than other library apps such as Overdrive’s Libby. In contrast to Libby where the library has to purchase e-books, before they can be lent, Hoopla makes the whole huge Hoopla library available to the library patron and a library is only charged if the e-book is borrowed.
The first review of Coventry 2091 has just been posted on Goodreads. Here is the text for your convenience. I’m so pleased the reviewer enjoyed the story. The link to the Goodreads review is appended at the end of this post.
this book will reward you, delighting you at every turn as you adventure with the likeable[sic] cast. This is just the first book in the series, but I believe it deserves 5 starshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59219045-coventry-2091
The fast-paced start of an unforseen [sic] odyssey!
Coventry: a penal colony where a tyrannical government sends undesirables. Those sent to the colony are never seen again; it is a place of no return. Sounds like a dark setting, doesn’t it?
It is imperative that I don’t spoil anything in this review, but this book, like Coventry itself, is not what it seems. Prepare yourself for an odyssey of science, adventure, and faith as you discover what awaits below the surface!
The author has a professional background in chemistry, and has consulted with others of various fields to tell this story – this is Sci-fi by a scientist, and as such there is a very convincing level of detail woven into the narrative. In fact, I found the the step by step details described as the characters interacted with both real and made up processes to be a bit too much in some places, but everything is skillfully described such that anyone can understand, and in the end, I found it quite rewarding.
That’s the word here: this book will reward you, delighting you at every turn as you adventure with the likeable [sic] cast. This is just the first book in the series, but I believe it deserves 5 stars. I especially can’t wait to see how the author handles the faith of the main character as the story progresses in future entries!
Parents, please be advised: there is some very mild language in this book, but nothing above the PG rating.
The Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59219045-coventry-2091
If you haven’t read The Halcyon Dislocation, the first book in The Halcyon Cycle trilogy, here is an easy and inexpensive way to see if you like it.
Here is a convenient link to locate The Halcyon Dislocation at BPL.
Other libraries that have copies of Peter’s books in their collections:
- Calgary Public Library
- Guelph Public Library
- Mississauga Public Library
- Toronto Public Library
Many other libraries that use Overdrive, are open for user recommendations.
If you prefer the long link to BPL … https://burlington.bibliocommons.com/v2/search?query=Kazmaier&searchType=author
A reader of Peter Kazmaier’s first book (The Halcyon Dislocation) state that “Kazmaier hurls readers into a world with shady morals, dubious friendships and exotic surroundings.” Kazmaier’s most recent manuscript, The Dragons of Sheol, is also worthy of this praise.
The exotic setting, in this case, is the continent of Abaddon which resembles a giant continent-sized crater with a ring of coastal mountains and the Abaddon plain some ten kilometers below sea level. The high air pressure and the penchant for wizards in one area of the continent (the Mutandi Highlands) to create all kinds of bizarre and dangerous lifeforms, fills this continent with exotic and dangerous plants and animals.
We had heard of Abaddon in Kazmaier’s second book (The Battle for Halcyon). Now the reader gets to explore this world in an adventure in which Albert Gleeson tries to rescue his kidnapped pregnant wife and adopted son.
The manuscript is just entering the editing stage. The book itself is slated to be published in 2019.
Peter Kazmaier’s, The Battle for Halcyon, won the 2016 Word Novel Award: Speculative Fiction category. For Wolfsburg Imprints listings of this book look here.
Download a copy of The Battle for Halcyon_Sample_Chapter_1 now!
Initially, the book reads like a fairly standard science fiction novel. A force-field experiment at a University on the little island of Halcyon goes catastrophically wrong, ripping the entire island into what appears to be an alternate reality with no human inhabitants. But as they begin to explore this part-familiar, part-alien world a different picture slowly emerges. Was their coming here an accident, and what is the real agenda of the men who have set themselves up as Halcyon’s leaders? More worryingly still, it gradually becomes apparent that this world was not always uninhabited. So why does it seem that way now – and is it really?
As the plot thickens the book becomes more of a science fantasy battle between both moral and spiritual forces of good and evil than a simple science fiction. But this is one of the most interesting aspects of the book. On one hand, are hard-nosed scientists and philosophers, determined to create a new human utopia without any taint of religion or old-fashioned morality. In the middle are a lot of hurting and confused young people of various persuasions who desperately want to go home; and at the other extreme a group of religious fundamentalists who simply want an escape from the perceived evils of this brave new world.
But who are the real moralists and the real oppressors? As we follow the stories of some of those caught in the middle of all this, there are many fascinating discussions as they try to work through the issues of who, and what, they should believe, and how they should respond in this strange new reality.