Monday, 22 September 2014

Blog Tour Character Guest Post - Tavern on the Edge of Time by Peter Darrach

Tavern on the Edge of Time
Author: Peter Durrach
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 366
Genre: Sci-fi
Format: Paperback

Book Summary:
During the year 2125, former asteroid miners Max Cody and Elaine Zhou never get a moment’s rest. No sooner have they doused the flames of war between Earth and Mars or returned from their first trip to the Tavern on the Edge of Time when they are called upon to help fit out the fledging Martian colony orbiting Jupiter’s moon Callisto. In parallel, Earth extradites the war’s fomenter, ex-billionaire arms merchant Xanthus Rex, hoping to gain from his insights into Martian teleportation technology, but he manages to turn Earth’s resources toward private revenge against Max, Mars, and the Callisto Colony. In the meantime aliens are leaking into the Earth-Mars continuum from the Tavern, whose proprietor repaired and upgraded Max after accidentally injuring him during an asteroid mining expedition. Max’s enhancements help, of course, but when strange beings with the power to animate matter—the Assemblers—find their way to Earth, Max, Mars, and humanity are sorely beset. Worse yet, the Tavern itself is becoming unstable, its acquisitive host having overstretched his considerable powers. His prospecting for collapsed neutron matter has also opened portals between continua, inadvertently adding still more aliens to the mix. That’s when the Assemblers’ overlord arrives and Max finally meets his match. Oh, and Elaine is expecting their hybrid baby. Yes, you might say these are difficult times at the Tavern on the Edge of Time.

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(Fragmentary radio transmission from Max Cody, Asteroid Recovery Team Leader from the Mars- registered mining vessel, Minotaur, intercepted on the fringes of the asteroid belt, Anno 2125.)

“...Elaine, I know you won’t hear this immediately because of the transmission delay... Actually, you might never hear it... Anyway, I’m stuck on that piece of rock, asteroid X-74, you know... the one we were boosting back to Mars for smelting.  Sims managed to crash the Dragonfly, and then Ahmed was hit by a collateral strike... I’ve patched up their suits and secured them so they don’t float away, but I can’t do much about internal bleeding out here in the vacuum... Hope you can hear this... We did manage to fire up the portable drives to blast free of the belt, but we are taking big hits as we muscle our way through... Ouch... gotta hold on with all this shaking... It’s beautiful out here, though... all stark black and white... shadow or weak sunlight... everything in motion... bits of rock, splinters, boulders, planetoids, you name it... everything’s turning and jostling, and—Ouch!... That was another big one.  We should be clear of the main belt in another ten minutes, but the beacon was destroyed in the crash and I’ve only got this low wattage com unit... So I doubt you will hear this. Probably better this way... Ahmed says he saw me cut in two by some shiny bubble of light... bits of me floating around untethered... and then suddenly the bubble was back and I was whole again... but not quite myself.  I should have been dead, but somehow I survived sucking vacuum for a couple of minutes.  This funny, gritty lens-like thing came down over my eyes, and I didn’t even notice the hole in my suit at first... Anyway, I sure hope I make it back, because I gotta tell you how I feel about you... (gasp)... I can see your slender hands dancing in the nav. field... God, I hope I make it back... ”

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About the Author
Peter Darrach has lived in New York, London, Prague, Munich and Vienna. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Master of Arts degree in German Literature, both from Pennsylvania State University. Darrach pursued a career in sales and marketing in fields as diverse as amusement parks and retail before moving to Europe in 1991. Since then he has worked in Eastern and Western Europe, holding a series of executive positions with blue chip FMCG companies.  Most recently he has returned to the U.S. to pursue his career as a business coach and fiction author and currently lives in Florida.

His latest book is the sci-fi, Tavern on the Edge of Time.

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