Martyrs al-Sabra Review

Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers’ Favorite

“Martyrs al-Sabra by Dan M. Kalin is one of the best books I have ever read. What a remarkable thriller and what a talented writer! Let me begin by saying I usually avoid really long books, especially those involving politics and terrorism. So many of them spend copious amounts of time padding the pages with the backstories about each character, consequently slowing down the plot and testing reader patience. But that’s not the way Dan M. Kalin writes. From the moment he introduces us to the mysterious “Hammer” and the stunning Nayla, as they wait, like millions of Americans to see the outcome of the 2020 presidential elections, we are trying to figure out exactly who they are. By the time we find out, we are so emotionally invested in what they are doing and why, we are holding our breaths as we turn those many pages looking for answers and finding more and more twists, turns and surprises.

The Hammer and his team are planning an act of terrorism that, if successful, will double the number of deaths seen in the 911 horror. Their plot takes months of careful team preparation, involves a wealthy, self-important Saudi prince with an itchy trigger finger and a beautiful woman engaged in adulterous sex with the husband of the newly elected female president. By the time the big catastrophe is scheduled to occur, FBI agents are scrambling to locate the Hammer, identify the many snipers randomly killing or injuring Americans, including children, and desperately seeking a way to prevent the pending massive loss of life.

The tension in Martyrs al-Sabra never stops rising. Nor does it end after the big event takes place. It’s followed by another series of even more gripping events all brilliantly set in motion by the Hammer. His commitment to his cause justifies his every action and even love cannot deter him from achieving his goals. Can anyone stop the Hammer? Kalin’s writing style is tightly edited, giving readers only what they need to know and keeping them forever in suspense. The plentiful use of dialogue keeps the pace moving swiftly. Friendship and love are explored through the key characters’ actions and words, while the occasional poke at the unnamed Tweeting president prior to 2020 is welcome comic relief.

Martyrs al-Sabra provided everything this reader enjoys in good book and more. The best news is that Dan M. Kalin is already writing the sequel to this novel and his closing chapter gives us a hint of what’s ahead for the Hammer in that sequel. Dare I say I can’t wait to read it, along with another book Kalin plans to release in 2019 titled Pandora’s Children. Bring them on Dan! If they’re anything like Martyrs al-Sabra, they’ll be on my bucket list.”

(This review and others at Readers Choice)

 

Martyrs al-Sabra Release

We are pleased to announce the general availability of the ebook version of Martyrs al-Sabra this evening. Details about the plot can be found here, or at the marketplaces listed.

 

In addition it can be found at Smashwords, Kobo, Scribd, Apple, and others. Barnes & Noble

 

Buzz Dixon

As part of the release promotion for our Bubble Off Plumb collection of short stories, we will periodically post sample stories from the book. We start off with a delightfully odd story by Buzz Dixon, “Barn Raising”.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Details for our “Pin the Tale on the Editor” contest will be announced next week.

Bubble Off Plumb Available

Guess what was just delivered? Good news, Bubble Off Plumb will be available in all formats by Friday, December 14th, 2018!

We’re very pleased with the end result.

Bubble Off Plumb – Availability

As an update, Bubble Off Plumb will be fully available by December 14th 2018. The ebook versions should be in most marketplaces as of this afternoon.

We’re cutting a few corners on the print versions, in that only one source will have gotten a proof to us before the actual launch date. We have two sources for print versions and, since we felt it unlikely both would be flawed, considered it unnecessary to delay any further.

We’ll post a sample story here in the next few days!

Bubble Off Plumb: Pre-Orders

Bubble Off Plumb ebooks will be available for pre-orders on Amazon and Barnes & Noble no later than 11/30/2018. Release date is scheduled for 12/14/2018, which is when we expect to have paperback versions generally available.

We will be covering the balance of the ebook distribution channels no later than 12/14/2018.

A preview of the Table of Contents follows:

Keep in mind the manuscript page numbers are meaningless, it will change upon formatting for print. But this is the line-up and we’re really excited about the finished product.

Bubble Off Plumb – Formatting

Our Bubble Off Plumb anthology has completed the editing process and is being formatted for print. We are targeting availability no later than the end of December.

Draft back cover text reads as follows (and will likely form the description for eBooks):

“What do stories about ephemeral Martian settlers, fascinating dimensional rifts, Spanish-speaking hummingbirds, Loki’s children, WWII twins, hitchhiking swamp cats, a steam-punk octopus, Arkham card-games, using bad luck for fun and profit, demon home security systems, alternative criminal justice, workplace time travel, marketing to body-snatchers, alien attraction, and way too many barns all have in common? Simple: in one way or another they are all Bubble Off Plumb.

This genre-busting collection is meant for readers who prefer an odd story with their tea and biscuits. So sit back and let these tales delight, confuse, and surprise you!

Featuring original stories by Marie Brennan, David Tallerman, E.E. King, Art Weil, Sarah M. Lewis, Pepper Hume, Karen Ovér, Liz Schriftsteller, Mariah Southworth, Mickey Kulp, Robert Millet, Valerie Manwill, Beth Winokur, Simone LW Mounsamy, Buzz Dixon, James Campbell, Frank Kozusko, Ellen Denton, Jill Hand, Veronica Brush, and Tim Jeffreys. Joining this stellar group are in-house authors KG Finfrock, Sarah Kalin, and Dan M. Kalin.”

There may also be some illustrations, if the artist can render something exciting to enhance the stories in time. Stay tuned!