Following an impossible discovery in East London, archaeologist Dr Samantha Lester joins forces with software developer Adam Bryant to investigate the events that led to the disappearance of his best friend, Jennifer, and to bring down the people responsible – Million Eyes.
Before long, Lester and Adam are drawn into a tangled conspiratorial web involving dinosaurs, the Gunpowder Plot, Jesus, the Bermuda Triangle, and a mysterious history-hopping individual called the Unraveller, who is determined to wipe Million Eyes off the temporal map.
But as the secrets of Million Eyes’ past are revealed, picking a side in this fight might not be so easy.
Million Eyes II: The Unraveller is the second book in the Million Eyes Trilogy by C.R. Berry.
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About the author
C.R. Berry writes conspiracy thrillers with lashings of sci-fi and fantasy. He is a former lawyer turned full-time writer and blogs regularly about conspiracy theories, time travel and otherworldly weirdness.
He was shortlisted in the 2018 Grindstone Literary International Novel Competition and has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Storgy, Dark Tales, Theme of Absence and Suspense Magazine. He was also shortlisted in the Aeon Award Contest, highly commended by Writers’ Forum, and won second prize in the inaugural To Hull and Back Humorous Short Story Competition.
Why conspiracy thrillers? Because Berry’s favourite characters are often the villains, and in a conspiracy thriller, the villains are numerous and everywhere. They tend to be part of the government, the church, a big corporation, or a secret society, which makes them much scarier — and harder to beat — than a singular bad guy. Part of the fun of a conspiracy thriller is unveiling those involved, discovering their plans, and exposing the ‘big bad’ who masterminded it all.
Berry grew up in Farnborough, Hampshire, a town he says has as much character as a broccoli. He’s since moved to the “much more interesting and charming” Haslemere in Surrey
5 fabulous stars!
When the author asked me to read and review this second book in the Million Eyes series, I didn’t hesitate. The first book (read my review here) left a long-lasting impression on me. No way would I turn this one down. My only fear was whether The Unraveller would be as good. I need not have worried. It was as intriguing, captivating and addictive as the first. Actually, I’d go so far as to say it was even more so since now I had a complete grasp on the time-travelling theme and the conspiracies at its core.
This time around we meet the Unraveller whose role it is to change the course of history. The Million Eyes travellers are charged with making sure that doesn’t happen. But, of course, it’s not that easy. Spanning millennia and new to the series, the conspiracies of book two are evermore “out there”. From the dinosaurs to Jesus of Nazareth, characters from the first book are thrust into new settings. Heaven knows how much research was needed to give this story the credibility it has. Linking the past with the present, and even the future, the story occupies so many timelines you’d think it impossible to keep up. But that’s not so. The stories are interlinked in such a way as you can’t help but be swept along by the intrigue and danger. What might on the surface seem absurd suddenly becomes bizarrely plausible and totally intoxicating. There are a lot of characters and story lines to keep track of but I didn’t find that off-putting. If anything, it was a compelling read that held my attention and had me asking “What else could possibly happen?” By the way, C R Berry, that’s not a dare!
As someone who really doesn’t read much (any) fantasy or Sci-Fi these days, this was hugely entertaining. As a history buff, I loved the periods of history represented in this story, it made it relatable and all the more fascinating. A sublime revelation at the end made it still more satisfying. If you haven’t read this, then what are you waiting for. I would suggest starting with book one rather than launching straight into book two as I do believe that earlier grounding in the concept made the second book way more enjoyable and easy to follow.
And to the author, when you’re looking for reviewers for book three, I’m over here, ready and waiting.