Today I’m really excited to showcase the debut novel Visionaries by Chris Donlan! As well as having a look at the book I have a bit about Chris as well as some of the already awesome 5 Star Reviews!
Visionaries is not your typical SciFi adventure, like star wars or some other kind of ‘alien shoot em up’. It blends action, history, intrigue, conspiracy and above all a hope for humanity in the present day. It has very strong female characters and will appeal to adult readers of a wide range of genres.
This is a book that is currently available on Amazon (paperback and ebook) as well as being free on Kindle Unlimited. (I am really loving my Kindle Unlimited at the moment)
Interested readers can also visit Chris’s website and order a signed/dedicated copy. They can also read the opening 10 chapters, get an insight into how the novel came to be created and get a glimpse into the work in progress on the sequel, called Planetary Union. A third novel currently entitled The Magdalene Years will complete the trilogy.
I have to say that I really love the cover for this and it sounds like a really interesting SciFi book, with the added bonus of being the first in a trilogy!
An immortal race of people called the Xethanti are plagued by an evil criminal underclass known as the PiruNostram.
The civilisations of neighbouring galaxies live in fear for their lives. Janithillon can put an end to it all, but he has to overcome Nemesis, the PiruNostram’s fiercest gang leader.
His incredible journey will eventually bring him to our world in the present day, where he will meet Magdalene, who has been living and roaming amongst humanity for 2000 years. Together they will change everything we ever knew about ourselves just so they can bring a change to the way of life on their home world. This amazing story is fraught with hidden dangers and conspiracies from each side of the universe.
If you’ve ever asked yourself ‘What would an alien race make of what we have achieved here on Earth’ or ‘Are we alone in the universe’ then immerse yourself into Visionaries to discover some answers.
Visionaries is part of a planned trilogy of gripping, thought provoking and ingenious novels which invite the reader to explore amazing civilisations which have influenced humanity’s development as well as reflecting on our failings and weaknesses, affording us all with hope in the face of despair.
5 Star Reviews
The book is written in an excellent way with perfectly balanced action keeping readers in unceasing tension. It is apparent that the writer put immense effort into preparing the background information for the book since it demonstrates the detailed knowledge of our civilisation’s history. What is more, it reflects weaknesses and strong points of people as the inhabitants of the blue planet. My take on the book is that it sends a deeper message than an ordinary interplanetary story, but I will leave it for you to decide yourselves.
Fantastic work from Chris! I would definitely recommend the book to read.
Just excellent!! A masterful combination of no-nonsense science and a well-paced narrative, which while keeping the reader turning the pages at a furious pace, also explores some deep historical and cultural themes. The author has managed to create and introduce the reader to a complete intergalactic society equipped with some of the very contemporary issues which we find mirrored in our own. The detailed descriptions, a story line which strays elegantly into historical and in some cases philosophical themes and the twists and turns in the plot leading to an ending that I wasn’t expecting make for a very good read.
The only bad thing about this is that the sequels aren’t out yet. Get this and read it, you won’t regret it.
I attended a function where Chris read a few passages from this book, and before he had finished reading I had jumped on the amazon website and purchased the kindle version of this book. As an avid sci-fi and fantasy book reader (Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett etc.) I found it difficult to put my kindle down until I had read the complete book. Chris has obviously put a great deal of effort into making the plot seem as plausible as possible, and the way it ties in with current and past events is great. If I have one criticism it is that the story hooked me so much and then it was over. Hurry up and get those two more books published Chris, as soon as they are available for pre-order I will purchase.
Absolutely brilliant, couldn’t put it down can’t wait for next book, the whole book is explained in a way everyone can understand I normally won’t read sy fi but this is quite believable. A must read.
All About Chris
I originally hand wrote the essence of my first novel back in 1976, as you would back then when desktops, laptops or notepads weren’t even invented and frankly that’s as far as I got with it at the time.
It was going to be another 40 years before I finally got around to scratching back through my memory of the story and began to type it using Word on my laptop. The first 10 chapters emerged quite quickly, but it was sometime before the other 18 were formulated to the standard I was striving for.
With the hindsight of life’s experiences and the amazing research capacity with the Internet, I was able to hone and polish the raw story into something much more appealing and readable – well I hope I have anyway!
It took me around 2 years to completely finish the novel and finally bring it to fruition as the published article you can see today; which is not surprising when you consider that I was and still am, holding down a full-time job as a consultant for a software house.
I’m very grateful to my partner, Jane as a much needed and helpful adviser and critic and to several friends who read the inaugural drafts and provided me with useful feedback which enabled me to refine and craft the story as I went along.
One of the most inspiring things for me to have come out of the process of writing Visionaries was the realisation that I could develop the story into a trilogy, by inventing a prequel as a means of exploring more about one of the key characters, as well as developing a sequel so that the readers can get a chance to see what happens next.
I hope to have both of these novels ready over the course of 2018/19 so please keep an eye on my profile for more details. You can also follow developments by visiting my website www.visionariesthenovel.com
If SciFi is your thing definitely have a look and check it out!