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Blog Blitz ‘n’ Book Review – The Gathering

The Gathering

by Bernadette Giacomazzo

I’m delighted to be taking part in this one day blitz and review for The Gathering, the first in the dystopian series, The Uprising. My thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite.

The Uprising Series tells the story of three freedom fighters and their friends in high — and low — places that come together to overthrow a vainglorious Emperor and his militaristic Cabal to restore the city, and the way of life, they once knew and loved.

In The Gathering, Jamie Ryan has defected from the Cabal and has joined his former brothers-in-arms — Basile Perrinault and Kanoa Shinomura — to form a collective known as The Uprising. When an explosion leads to him crossing paths with Evanora Cunningham — a product of Jamie’s past — he discovers that The Uprising is bigger, and more important, than he thought.

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My review

4/5 stars

As a huge fan of dystopian stories, I couldn’t wait to get stuck into this book. It did not disappoint. It was a fast-paced, exciting read, in which the correlation with the modern, political world was humorous and scary in equal parts. I found myself laughing at the absurdity of the Emperor’s actions and the world he had created around him, only then to realise this was all a little too close for comfort. This was an addictive read. The story grabbed my attention from the start and held me rapt until the end.

The premise of a former rock ‘n’ roll star leading the Uprising was really original and highly entertaining. The pristine whiteness of everything surrounding the Emperor contrasted dramatically with the venues in which the band performed years before. The setting came to life, equally as strong as the characters within. Having read the author’s bio, it’s clear she knows the music industry well, and her insight was integral to the plot. The lifestyle of the band members felt so real, and the flashbacks kept the story fresh and made me root even more for the Uprising to succeed.

The transition from band leader to Cabal soldier to rebel made for a strong character in Jamie Ryan. With his brothers-in-arms, Perrinault and Shinomura, the author created a believable group of heroes, men who came together to support each other in true Musketeer style. In all, this book was chock-a-block with great characters: an evil, egocentric villain; a fascinating, funny, and endearing band of rebels, and a mother & daughter duo (the “damsels in distress”) to be freed from the grasp of the Emperor.

My favourite character was Evanora, the daughter of former band member Jordan (now deceased). I loved how she had a rebellious streak, listening to her father’s music (forbidden by the Emperor) and visualising the performances he’d given with the band.

Jamie Ryan was her father’s best friend, and the obvious choice to be her god-father. A role Jamie took seriously, promising to protect her no matter what. But he didn’t reckon on the changes that gripped society so soon after her birth. Neither knew the other had survived. Having not seen or heard of Evanora in years, finding her alive brought new impetus to Jamie’s quest for the Uprising to succeed.

Their relationship intrigues me. While having lived a sheltered and privileged life so far, Evanora will no doubt become the glue that binds the tale together. And she has already proved that she will not shy away from the fight ahead. Jamie, also, has promises to keep. Keeping Evanora safe, and leading the Uprising will be challenging. This first book of the series has certainly whetted my appetite for more.

About the author:

With an impressive list of credentials earned over the course of two decades, Bernadette R. Giacomazzo is a multi-hyphenate in the truest sense of the word: an editor, writer, photographer, publicist, and digital marketing specialist who has demonstrated an uncanny ability to thrive in each industry with equal aplomb. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, and many, many more. She served as the news editor of Go! NYC Magazine for nearly a decade, the executive editor of LatinTRENDS Magazine for five years, the eye candy editor of XXL Magazine for two years, and the editor-at-large at iOne/Zona de Sabor for two years. As a publicist, she has worked with the likes of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit record label, rapper Kool G. Rap, and various photographers, artists, and models. As a digital marketing specialist, Bernadette is Google Adwords certified, has an advanced knowledge of SEO, PPC, link-building, and other digital marketing techniques, and has worked for a variety of clients in the legal, medical, and real estate industries.
Based in New York City, Bernadette is the co-author of Swimming with Sharks: A Real World, How-To Guide to Success (and Failure) in the Business of Music (for the 21st Century), and the author of the forthcoming dystopian fiction series, The Uprising. She also contributed a story to the upcoming Beyonce Knowles tribute anthology, The King Bey Bible, which will be available in bookstores nationwide in the summer of 2018.

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Giveaway – Win a paperback copy of The Gathering (Open Internationally)

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Army of Authors Blog Tour – Eliade Moldovan


by Eliade Moldovan

Where is humankind heading?

First question: Did human consciousness change along centuries and millennia?

Disrespect for our environment, religious intolerance, greed, selfishness… I did my reading, history and religious texts and books.

My conclusion? Not much. Add to all this the unstoppable population growth, the overpopulation and the insane resource consumption.

Second question: Did our life standards improve along centuries?

My take? A lot. For some of us. I would dare say that the average individual in western world lives better than kings few hundred years back. I remember a chronicle about the life during king Louis XIV, the Sun King; the cold and ugly smelling palaces (no toilets), sticks to scratch under the wigs for head lice, health problems…

So, we do better today. All this done because of human technology advances: internet, cars, airplanes, medical assistance, you name it…

So, what is wrong?

Technologies advanced much faster that human consciousness; and technology out of control generates disasters.

Discoveries and innovation based on research in chemistry, biology, quantum physics, information technology, transportation… make our life better, but could be used for destruction in the worse imaginable ways.

Third question: Can our society fix itself, and avoid self-destruction?

Answer: NO.

Why? There are mathematical theories that a system cannot fix itself from inside. The mechanisms to fix the system will alter it, and so, it is different than when the project started, it is catch 22 situation.  

Fourth question: What can be done?

If humankind deserved being saved, it will happen, help from above. Aliens? or gods?

But does indeed human society deserve saving?

My book The World Ends Tomorrow describes such a scenario.

Fracony, a supercivilization that visited Earth periodically, built models forecasting that an apocalypse generated by humans themselves is inevitable.

They discovered a baby girl, Clara, with very special qualities, a research accident from a lab that tried to match man and women for best offspring. Clara was raised and trained all her life to take over the world leadership and prevent or diminish the consequences of an apocalypse.

And the disaster came as a biological apocalypse from a virus escaping from a research lab.

Clara can communicate with Fracony, but her training could not foresee everything, and Fracony might have their plans about what really means saving humanity, or the price to pay.

What is good and bad have different definitions in normal times versus crisis situations, and when human race was at stake that line between right or wrong was blurry and shifting until became non-existent.  Principles transformed into self preservation, fear in divine punishment transformed into anger. Who could rule such a world?

The action is four hundred years into the future, and only two countries sharing the planet, Gaia and Esperanto. Clara was ruling Esperanto as its Secretary. She had to navigate among centrifuge interests and ideas and take bold and heartbreaking decisions. Will she succeed or collapse before reaching the end of the tunnel?

The World Ends Tomorrow

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