By O. R. Lea
July 1 – 4
Audio – Piano Horror, Francisco Alvear https://mixkit.co/
- Purchase link: http://mybook.to/Amazon_Riebeckite
- Genre: Science Fiction, Psychological Thriller
- Print length: 250 pages
- Age range: This is an adult novel but suitable for mature teens age 16+
- Trigger warnings: Deaths, horror components, political themes
- Formats available for the Tour: all standard electronic formats and audio book (sorry, no paperbacks)
- Amazon Rating: 5 stars
An asteroid strike on the moon has left it with a ring of deadly spores that are drifting down to earth.
Growing up under that moon, Tahira promised her childhood friend, Zareen, that tackling the crisis would overcome the national divisions that separated them. Tahira is now a biologist for a corporation constructing experimental towers which force the spores, known as ‘riebeckites’, to germinate into harmless colonies. Rumours of riebeckite colonies taking sinister, flesh-eating forms among the ghettoized Iranian communities are dismissed as propaganda invented by those opposed to Azeri occupation.
But when Tahira makes a discovery linking these stories to the Skyscrubber towers, her findings are inexplicably suppressed, and she is framed as a terrorist. In a race for her freedom and her life, Tahira has only one person she can rely on: Zareen, now an Iranian freedom fighter. Together they must escape Azeri police and Iranian militants, and survive the horrifying next stage of the riebeckites’ development. Only if they expose the truth can the world unite against a danger which has been gathering at its feet while everyone was watching the sky.
Riebeckite combines suspense and conspiracy with heart-in-mouth action sequences and nightmarish encounters, all in an immersive near-future setting and, at its core, a heartwarming story of friendship against the odds.
Praise for Riebekite
This is a story that will stay with me for some time. It’s an absolute page turner with an intriguing premise and two strong, complex female characters who are easy to root for, even with their flaws and moments of grey morality.
The plot is perfectly paced and extremely clever… The world building was terrifyingly believable and the reeb-creatures are the stuff of nightmares. Amazon Review
The author clearly has a tremendous imagination plus such an amazing way with words, whether that be how he builds engaging characters & relationships, creates visions of beauty & horror in equal measure, devises compelling narratives & enchanting intrigue, all of which keep you wanting more… Amazon Review
I really, really enjoyed reading this novel, what a great story. I’ll admit, it’s not my usual genre (thrillers, murders and police procedural), but it ticked all my boxes for adventure, suspense and excitement. There was a brilliant story of friendship too – that brought a tear to my eye on several occasions – making this a well-needed bit of escapism. Amazon Review
About the Author
Raised and educated in North Wales, Oliver spent his early 20s working for a theatre-in-education music troupe for as long as it took to feel like his GCSE in Welsh language had provided its money’s worth. Since then, he’s lived in Portsmouth and currently works as a laboratory analyst. His biggest failure as a writer has been in his attempts to settle on a genre, having written about Middle Eastern vampires, African mercenaries and supernatural Welsh murderers. His first ‘properly’ published novel, “Riebeckite”, is a near-future speculative fiction story set in the Persian Gulf.
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