The weird, twisted and unusual blog of Bruno Flexer, a Kindle Ebook Author of Fantasy and Science Fiction works.
Novels and Novelettes: Dragon Over Washington, Automatic Rebellion and Fire At The Gates
Open Channel - a “happy surprise” according to Amazon
Science fiction/fantasy readers are discovering Open
Channel, written by professional editor Daniel Betts.
Currently an eBook, Open Channel will be released in audio
and print this year.
Open Channel tells the story of vigilante captain, Jason
Drake and his mixed crew of biomechanical, human and magical beings. After
falling into a devastating trap, Jason is forced to stretch the resources and
skills of his remaining crew to face a terrible threat to galactic freedom.
Filled with action, dynamic characters, romance, humor and
drama, fans of the science fiction/fantasy genre will definitely enjoy this
book is well written and was recommended to me by a friend. Also a little upset
since I like to read before bed but this book had me reading past my bedtime. I
just couldn't stop!
Very gripping and heartfelt justice from the main character Drake after the
loss of his daughter. It was a character you could really get behind. The
action and events were very well written. I highly recommend this book to any
scifi action fan like myself. Loved it :)
the wonderful “mistake” of reading even the few sample chapters of ‘Open
Channel’, and I’m betting my right arm you’ll be hooked. Author Daniel Betts
has crafted something that will stay with you even days after reading it.
Basically, ‘Open Channel’ is a breath-taking reimagination of the distant
future, where colonizing other worlds has become commonplace. However, these
individual colonies evolved to be suspicious of the intentions of humans from
other worlds, and such serves as seeds for the terrible tragedy that ensues.
The book, however, pulls into focus on a well-developed character we can all
root for: Captain Drake, whose “Captain Kirk-like” directive is to steer and
command his warship as he is driven by professional as well as deeply personal
reasons: out to avenge the death of his daughter and the mess that has become
of his previous marriage, Drake makes every decision with a far-reaching eye
for revenge. And there’s the rub: he’s the man in charge of bringing about
justice. But an unexpected twist amps up the suspense and basically “time
warps” the reader into a complication you cannot look away from.
Also, there’s something in Daniel Betts’ writing that reminds me so much of
William Gibson in his post-Neuromancer novels—that is, the Gibson that is
sharper and raw in ‘Spook Country’ or dazzling in ‘Pattern Recognition’. Betts,
however, stands on his own as a distinct literary voice, regardless of the
Overall, ‘Open Channel’ is a book you open and doesn’t put down until the very
last page—it is that arresting and immersive. If you love a science fiction
tale that throbs with style and grace and weighs heavily with its emotional
gravitas, then you’ll love this book to shreds. Get a copy—or send it as a gift
to a friend who loves the genre. A solid five-star rating for this one.
Five Stars Captain Kirk Fans
Buckle Up, It's Going Too Be, Beyond a Bumpy Ride, May 1, 2014
review is from: Open Channel (Kindle Edition)
out of the gate I want to say this is hard core Sci Fi. As the genre was
intended to be, no Casper milk toast here I promise. There is adult language
and, situations as well this is an adult book with adult story line etc. It is
a well written adult Sci Fi but not appropriate for teens. But, it is however
perfect for a Sci FI junky who has been jonesing for a new book series.
There is nothing better than finishing a stellar science fiction novel knowing
that it is only the first in a series. Some of the greatest minds in sci-fi
have used the series format to create complex and thrilling universes for their
story characters to exist in. While other authors, have created dystopian (and
utopian) future environments on earth with varying results.
This is a bit of a combo sort of book, like super sizing your McDonald's order
you get a whole lot a bang for your buck. This is set in the far future and
focuses heavily on plot and story development, giving a much lesser role to
technical detail. However it clearly avoids the label of what would be
considered soft science fiction often described as "space opera".
It actually reminds me of a series that was started in the 80s with a small
novel named "Ender's Game." It was later expanded in to a full sized
novel of the same name by the author now the series consists of nine novels.
This book is much like that one with respect to its assets. With characters
that are very well fleshed out with a story that has enough angst to give it
the required bit of emotion.
Sorry, but I happen to like to know what the characters are feeling. Call me a
girl but I need to know and this author tells you, so thanks for that. That was
to be frank is a happy surprise in a genre that by its very nature. The authors
focus on special effects versus emotion and internal character development is
prevalent. I'm a girl who likes some pathos and humor in her dialogue. I'm
happy to state delivered by author Daniel Betts.
Jason and Aria the principle characters have a long and troubled history of
sharing tragedy. The development of this relationship allows the author to
bring a little softness, to the story line. Hence he pulls in some interesting
perspective of the characters conscious and sub conscious mind. I think the
real message here is that Daniel Betts has managed to write a new and original
In a genre that can become a canned imitation of some of the greats. He
succeeds and that is why I am giving this book five stars. I will be reading
the series as it becomes available. Get busy Mr.Betts times a wasting.
While writing Dragon Over Washington, I had to extensively research dragons. I read and analyzed dragon legends from the Middle East, from India, from the Far East and of course Roman and Greek dragons.
So, here are some of the more interesting things I’ve uncovered about Roman and Greek dragons.
Five Attributes Common to the dragons from the Roman and Greek Myths:
1.Poison. Almost every dragon has poison breath, blood or claws tipped with venom. The Hydra Hercules killed had poison blood. The Basilisk had poison blood as well. The dragon Cadmus killed also had poison blood.
2.Reptilian. The Roman Greek dragons were almost always reptilian. Even the huge monster Perseus killed was reptilian in nature.
3.Snake shaped. The Roman Greek dragons were without exception snake shaped, actually huge snakes with some other abilities or mutation. The notion that the dragon looked something like the dinosaurs (huge body held above the ground by mostly four limbs) came much later.
4.No Flying ability. Again, the Roman Green dragons usually could not fly. They could slither, swim and run but not fly. The exception to this rule are the dragons of the witch Medea, who could fly and pulled her chariot.
5.Size. All of the dragons in the Green and Roman Myths were huge. Starting from the dragon Cadmus fought who was big enough to kill and eat his entire entourage to the sea dragon Perseus killed, the dragons were truly gigantic.
Just wanted to share a research I conducted over the last few years before I get back to work on the second book in the Dragon Over Washington series.
Anyway, this research is about women. Apparently, and this has been irrefutably and repeatedly proved, women can’t stand the sight of a man sitting down, watching TV and having fun. Now, you might say that this is nothing new and has been known to science for years but the new finding I made is that this is also true of women aged 1 (One!!!) year and older. Ever since my own little private monster was one year old, she got the habit of crawling, ambling or walking over to me whenever I watched TV, pat my knee and say “Daddy, get up!”
Friends and fellow researchers have indicated that their own independent studies revealed the same response whenever a man sits down in front of the PC, reads a paper, or just does nothing.
Apparently, and this is also a conclusion reached by many other researchers, whenever a man is in the kitchen doing the dishes, mopping the floor or is otherwise busily engaged doing house chores, the women in the house do not suffer an adverse reaction.
Of course, special mention must be made that on Sunday, the only day I can lounge in bed a little more (get up at 8:00 instead of 6:30), my own little private monster comes to my bed and smacks me on the head with whatever toy she happens to hold at the moment. "Daddy, are you awake?"
Thought I should mention why I started writing in the first place. Writing is not normal for people, I can tell you that. For every Tolkien, there are hundreds of thousand of wanna be writers that would make a LOT more money flipping burgers than writing books ...
Writing is not an easy thing to do, nor is it a common practice (I’m talking about writing books here. Blogs, IMHO, are something else entirely). So, why and how did I start to write?
Well, it all started twelve years ago when I was in Spain with a friend, traveling across the country. We hiked in Pico De Europa, a beautiful mountain range. So, there I was, climbing the mountains, a river gurgling beneath me, the mountains all around me and gray clouds blocking the sky above.
And then I saw it. A wing tip appeared first, than the great belly, the long neck and the gargantuan jaws. A huge dragon flew above us, its clawed feet almost touching the mountain sides, filling the air with the fire burning in its lungs. It disappeared a few seconds later but the sight was incredible.
No, I did not went mad. The dragon flew only inside my mind but the image was so strong and the mountains were so wild that the dragon’s flight was burnt into my soul forever. I had to write it down. I knew I had to write about dragons. There was no other choice for me.
But I was (and hope I still am) quite a normal and rational person. I have a computer science degree, had a good job and led quite ordinary life. So I resisted the impulse to write.
Nobody will read it. I will be wasting my time. I can’t write anyway. I’m not an author, I don’t have the right mindset for it. It would never work. What would my PARENTs say ?
I managed to resist for a few days till we went to Parc Guell in Barcelona. There I gave in, bought my first notebook and started writing, right there and then. Thus was born Dragon Over Washington, my first full length novel.
One of the coolest things ever. A web based free version of Castle of Wolfenstien. Castle of Wolfenstien A return to the days of yore. Very Cool! Didn't realize how much I missed the MIDI 2D minigun till I fired it again ... In addition, a director's commentray about making the game.