“Half-Past Dawn” by Richard Doetsch (Atria Books, 2011)

Half-Past Dawn

Bestselling author Richard Doetsch last thrilled readers with Thieves of Darkness and the amazing 13th Hour; in Half-Past Dawn he delivers a whole new meaning to the term “thriller,” providing shocking reveals and realizations at the end of almost every chapter.  Readers will be left wondering (and dreading) what will happen next, and be physically unable to stop reading.

Jack Keeler wakes up one morning to find that there are many things wrong with the world; things that were not this way the day before.  He has a strange wound over his right eye that has been hastily and badly stitched together, yet he has no memory of ever being injured.  There is also a strange and intricate tattoo design on his forearm – written in an unknown script – which he has no recollection getting.  He does not hear the sound of his beautiful wife, or his happy twin girls; his house is all too quiet.  And then he finds the newspaper with the headline NEW YORK CITY DISTRICT ATTORNEY JACK KEELER DEAD.  It is then that Keeler knows there is something very wrong with the world.

Now it’s up to Jack to find out what happened to the love of his life; his children who he can’t live without; and why the world thinks he’s dead.  It seems like one of those good mysteries that delivers answers as the story goes along, except Doetsch is looking to change this expected dynamic in Half-Past Dawn, providing unpredictable plot twists and startling discoveries.  In The 13th Hour, Doetsch used a device that seemed fantastic in nature; in this novel he takes on the human mind and memory – our most important asset – and yet when we start to doubt it, reality begins to be questioned.

Stories this elaborately conceived usually have a weak ending, or cop out in some way; not so with Half-Past Dawn.  Doetsch has done his homework and research, linking with an Asian people out of legend, to present an incredible story that will leave one wondering until the very end.

Originally written on October 13, 2011 ©Alex C. Telander.

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BookBanter Episode 32 with Richard Doetsch + New BookBanter Boon!

Richard Doetsch

Richard Doetsch

Richard Doetsch is the author of the heavily researched Thieves series, including The Thieves of Heaven, The Thieves of Faith and the forthcoming Thieves of Darkness (August 24, 2010). His latest book is the thriller, The 13th Hour, telling the compelling story of a man who finds his wife dead and with the aid of a time-traveling pocket watch travels an hour back in time for twelve hours, hoping to discover his wife’s killer and stop him or her before the murder is committed.

13th Hour

In the interview, Richard Doetsch talks about how he went from being a successful business man to becoming a professional writer, his daily method of coming up with a new and original story idea each day, how he wrote The 13th Hour as a personal dare in one month, and what he likes to do for fun.

Please join me on August 1st, where you’ll be able to enjoy a written interview with the great Gardner Dozois, as he talks about how he got started writing and editing, and what his process is when working on a new project.

Gardner Dozois

Until then, keep reading!

Alex C. Telander.

BookBanter Boon #5

It’s time for a new BookBanter Boon! Graciously donated by Elena Stokes of Wunderkind PR, we have a copy of the new book from bestselling author Margaret M. Liu, A Wild Light.

Wild Light

Obsidian shadows of the flesh…tattoos with hearts, minds, and dreams.  By day, they are my armor.  By night, they unwind from my body to take on forms of their own—demons of the flesh, turned into flesh.

For too long Maxine Kiss has felt an inexplicable darkness around her—a force she channels into hunting the demons bent on destroying the human race.  But when she finds herself covered in blood and crouched beside her grandfather’s dead body with no memory of what happened or of the man she loves, Maxine begins to fear that the darkness has finally consumed her.

With blood on her hands and her sanity in question, Maxine must face the truth about who she really is and embrace the love of the only man who can help her—before she loses what she cares about most: her family.

Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney, and the New York Times bestselling author of short stories, novellas, and two ongoing series: Dirk & Steele novels of paranormal romance, and the Hunter Kiss urban fantasy series. She wrote NYX: No Way HomeX-23, and Black Widow, for Marvel Comics, and is co-writing the ongoing bestselling Dark Wolverine series.   Liu divides her time between the beautiful state of Indiana, and Beijing/Shanghai, China.   For a complete listing of all her work, please visit her website at:  www.marjoriemliu.com

Praise for Marjorie M. Liu:

“This pivotal book in the Hunter Kiss series proves Liu’s dark side is a haunting place to be as she pushes Maxine to the brink as a sharp-witted, uncompromising defender, not immune to self-doubt but tempered and made stronger for it.”—Booklist on A Wild Light

“One of the key mysteries of the Hunter Kiss novels has been the truth about Maxine Kiss’ genetic heritage.  Clues have been dropped, but in the third chapter of this amazing series, real answers are given.  Liu’s craftsmanship grows with each novel, but it is the emotional undertones that give this story its devastating kick.  Truly on of the most darkly intense and spellbinding series in UF today!  Every Liu book should be an auto buy!”—Romantic Times Top Pick on A Wild Light

“I adore the Hunter Kiss series! Marjorie Liu’s writing is both lyrical and action packed, which is a very rare combination.”—Angela Knight, New York Times bestselling author

“Readers of early Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, and the best thrillers out there should try Liu now and catch a rising star.”—Publishers Weekly

“Liu’s ability to deliver kick-butt action and characters whose humanity resonates, even when they’re anything but human, is a testament to her outstanding storytelling skills.  Liu’s imagination is an amazing place to visit.”—Romantic Times (Top Pick) on Darkness Calls

To be entered into the competition to win this ARC of A Wild Light by Marjorie M. Liu, simply leave a comment on THIS POST of the BookBanter blog about why you like reading Marjorie M. Liu.

Anyone within the US can enter, and I’ll be accepting entries until July 31st at 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time.

If you have any questions, please email me at alex@bookbanter.net.

The winner will be announced on August 1st on the BookBanter Boon #5 blog post.