“Life & Society as we know it can take a twisted terrible path” – The Between Times (Jewell in the Dark, Volume II) by Marta Moran Bishop

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In the days when the corporations rule the world. The middle class is gone, and the cities are divided into upper and lower towns.
The upper towns are domed to protect the rich from the foul air that permeates the world, from the waste that fills the air, and fumes that blacken the sky from the smokestacks of the factories. The water is heavily rationed in the lower towns and barely drinkable, so fouled by the chemicals that fill the rivers and springs.
While in the upper town the water is purified even in the fountains and swimming pools that grace the world of the high and mighty. The shops, boutiques, restaurants, and museums are crowded in the upper town, music can be heard everywhere, and the flowers grow tall and beautiful.
While the people of the lower towns work six days a week, in sixteen to eighteen-hour shifts. There one day off is Sunday, it is then that the men and young boys must be found in the church, while the women and girls are kept at home, for they are considered to be beasts for breeding and less important than the animals that grace the zoos of the upper towns. Food is scarce in the lower town, and the only market is the company store.
The world has stepped back into the dark ages. Nearly all hope is gone to those not born into wealth and only the prophecy that one day a young woman will come who can control the magic of the between times keeps the poor going. It is said she will be able to pull on the energy of all those who are of like mind, wrap that energy together and send it into the world to remake it.
Marta Moran Bishop takes the reader through a possible future. Unlike Orwell’s, Animal Farm and 1984, or Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, The Between Times is not based on the government ‘Big Brother,’ but rather it is written using a recent ruling by the Supreme Court that says corporations are people. In The Between Times, we are shown the possibility of a world where the poor are considered to be a beast of burden, good only for the labor they can produce or the war they can fight, to enable the war profiteers to make more money.
Poor women are used for breeding and considered to be the property of men and the corporation. There is no way for the uneducated and isolated poor, move up the latter, for the middle class is gone.
In this short novel, The United States had taken a social, economic, and cultural step backward, to a time when our world consisted of lords and serfs. The only thing that keeps those who are not in the ruling class of the elite, going is the belief in a prophecy, that one day a girl will be born who will have the ability to unite all kindred spirits past, present, and future, to bring change to the world.
A truly amazingly imaginative book.
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Rob Walker

Life & Society as we know it can take a twisted terrible path

Marta Moran Bishop has penned a fascinating what-if dystopian sequence of two novels available as book one and two or as a boxed set. I was fortunate to get the boxed set from Audible.com and listen to together with my family in lockdown to Darkness Descends (the prequel) and The Between Times (the sequel). I ‘ll not rehash the details of the story as this is a review and not a report. The intensity and brutality of the people in power in these novels, the sheer level of cruelty has Bishop vying with serial killer novelists and TV shows like Criminal Minds and CSI. Bishop sets the stage well, uses props masterfully, and the story unfolds to the ear like a Broadway rendition of 1984 or Fahrenheit 451 with a goodly dose of Brave New World. Still, while the dark side of the power brokers is genuinely executed and in places hard to stomach due to the attention to detail and the interplay of dialogue and character, there is the bright hope of Jewell herself, like a shining beacon on the lost hill. This is an American dystopia played out in Chicago, and the author’s obvious knowledge of the city struck me hard as I grew up in Chicago and have used the same city for many of my own writings. The novel here reminded me of just how long people have been declaring the men and women made the richest BY Chicago and Chicagoans have done badly in supporting the most vulnerable among us. In 1893 a visiting Englishman, a reporter who died on the Titanic, William Stead wrote of this crisis of Chicago in great detail in his book entitled If Christ Came to Chicago. And so, yes Bishops two titles in a boxed set on audible (ebook as well) moved me to deep thought about the crisis of Chicago in 1893 and today in 2020 with the pandemic that has hit the poorest and oldest among us the hardest, and yet we must always maintain hope and light.
Robert W. Walker, author of the Instinct Series
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“Vivid, captivating…. a true work of art.”  – Blood Master (Book 1 of the G.O.D.S Series) by Kirsten Campbell

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It’s 2052 and Earth has lost two-thirds of its population to the Great War. Many more lives were lost to earthquakes, the Clover Virus, and the Death Plague. Years later, survivors were clumped into factions. Two of the factions, the Guild and the Brotherhood, have fought over medical supplies and food for years. The fight is coming to a head as manpower dwindles, and the struggle becomes one to gain numbers, even if said numbers are children…
Griffin Storm is hiding out in Underground Atlanta. He’s an albino man that can manipulate glass and crystal, and he uses his special abilities to raid warehouses and old buildings for food and supplies for the abandoned children that live underground. During a raid, he meets Tassta Vinetti, a resident of the Brotherhood fortress. He is taken to the fortress and chaos ensues as Tassta, her twin brother Penn, and her uncle, try to keep their new visitor and his untold powers a secret.
Griffin is the only survivor of the Guild’s deadly experiments, and they hunt for him because his survival will have dynamic consequences on the world. The Guild believes that Griffin will transform into a G.O.D., a genetically enhanced Omni-dimensional being with limitless abilities.
Will Griffin transform into a G.O.D.? Will he save the children of the Underground from their tragic life? Only time will tell…
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angelique Piccirilli

vivid, captivating…. a true work of art.

Blood Master

Review written by Angelique Piccirilli – Bruno
Blood Mαѕtєr, an Urban Paranormal Fantasy novel set in the year 2025 hαѕ drαwn mє íntσ rєαdíng mσrє ѕєlєctíσnѕ ín thíѕ gєnrє, ѕpєcífícαllч pєnnєd вч αuthσr kírѕtєn cαmpвєll The storyline grαввєd mч αttєntíσn and dídn’t lєt gσ, ít lєft mє wαntíng mσrє. I was memorized by the relationship between Griffin and Tassta. I could feel thє truє fєєlíngѕ. thє lσvє mαnífєѕtíng between them, and was αlmσѕt єхcítєd fσr thєm αѕ íf í knєw thєm pєrѕσnαllч. thєír fєєlíngѕ íntєnѕífчíng αѕ thє nσvєl cσntínuєѕ, αѕ gríffín’ѕ trαnѕfσrmαtíσn íѕ tαkíng plαcє.
Griffin is thє σnlч αlвínσ left in the world after the Great wαr.lívíng thrσugh the Clover Virus and the Death Plague that killed all the σthєr αlвínσѕ. hє thєn undєrwєnt experiments performєd by the Guild Faction. whílє σn thє trαíl σf much nєєdєd supplíєѕ, hє єncσuntєrѕєncσuntєrѕ tαѕѕtα, hє íѕ ѕmíttєn вч hєr lσσkѕ αnd fєєlѕ thє nєєd, mαчвє єvєn thє wαnt, tσ prσtєct hєr. lσw αnd вєhσld hє wαѕ thє mαjσr єlєmєnt ín thє prophecy of the вrσthєrhσσd, hαvíng appeared in the Master Scrolls as the chosen one who would save the Brotherhood from the evil Guild Faction. Only he didn’t look like the handsome young man standing before tαѕѕtα, vєrч díffєrєnt frσm thє mσnѕtєr dєѕcríвєd ín thє ѕcrσll.
Griffin finds a home with the Brotherhood. Only a few people shared the secretѕ, σnє gríffín íѕ αn αlвínσ αnd twσ, hє αnd tαѕѕtα αrє ín lσvє. She and Griffin go about the business of falling in love while maintaining their duties at the fortress. Griffin informs Lerin, the leader of the Brotherhood about the plight of orphan children he helped in the Underground before coming to the Brotherhood. hєlp íѕ grαntєd.
The mσѕt díffícult pαrt of the book comes amid Griffin’s change íntσ α G. O. D. (Genetically-enhanced Omni Dimensionals) an nσn humαn, crєαturє who can contrσl thσught αnd σвjєctѕ in various measurements. His change, a metamorphosis of sorts, íѕ wσndєrfullч dєtαílєd ín thє wrítíng, is frightening and excruciating and not extremely charming for anybody included.
kírѕtєn cαmpвєll hαѕ crєαtєd α wσrk σf αrt, vívíd, dєѕcríptívє wrítíng. í cσuldn’t put thє вσσk dσwn. í αm єαgєr tσ вєgín thє 2nd. phαѕє σf thíѕ prσjєct. mrѕ cαmpвєll, thαnk чσu fσr Tαѕѕtα αnd Gríffín.
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“The plot has developed well and takes the story in a really satisfying direction.” – Blood Phase (Book 2 of the G.O.D.’s Series) by Kirsten Campbell

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November 12, 2052: Earth has lost two-thirds of its population to the Great War. Many more lives have been lost to earthquakes, the Clover Virus, and the Death Plague. Years later, survivors are clumped into factions. Two of those factions—the Brotherhood and the Guild Faction—have battled over medical supplies and food for years. The fight is coming to a head as manpower dwindles, and the struggle becomes one to gain numbers, even if said numbers are children…
Griffin Storm, an albino man kidnapped and dragged into the Brotherhood, has transformed into a G.O.D., a Genetically enhanced Omni-dimensional being. Two weeks in the brig, and Griffin’s released after it’s determined that he’s learned to control most of his god-like abilities. His abilities have grown almost as much as his love for Tassta Vinetti and his unfortunate bloodlust. His bond with Tassta’s twin brother, Penn, has grown as well and is cemented in secrets.
Soon after his release, Griffin’s told that Guild agents and the notorious Trips (super-agents of the Guild) are in the Underground. He must now test his abilities to save the abandoned children that live there. Will Griffin rescue the children of the Underground from a tragic end? Will Tassta and Griffin’s love survive such turmoil? Can a G.O.D. forgive himself when death and destruction follow his every move? Read Blood Phase, the gripping second book in the G.O.D.s Series!
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Starman

Very entertaining read!

Very entertaining read (it’s steamy at times too). The plot has developed well and takes the story in a really satisfying direction. There are lots of great character interactions, lots of good scenes and some highly explosive moments. Griffin is becoming something highly dangerous; the question is, will he be able to be a G.O.D and stay human enough for his and Tassta’s love to survive? I’m eager to find out as the series progresses. It’s a 5 from me 🙂

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“vivid, captivating…. a true work of art.”  – Blood Master (Book 1 of the G.O.D.S Series) by Kirsten Campbell

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It’s 2052 and Earth has lost two-thirds of its population to the Great War. Many more lives were lost to earthquakes, the Clover Virus, and the Death Plague. Years later, survivors were clumped into factions. Two of the factions, the Guild and the Brotherhood, have fought over medical supplies and food for years. The fight is coming to a head as manpower dwindles, and the struggle becomes one to gain numbers, even if said numbers are children…
Griffin Storm is hiding out in Underground Atlanta. He’s an albino man that can manipulate glass and crystal, and he uses his special abilities to raid warehouses and old buildings for food and supplies for the abandoned children that live underground. During a raid, he meets Tassta Vinetti, a resident of the Brotherhood fortress. He is taken to the fortress and chaos ensues as Tassta, her twin brother Penn, and her uncle, try to keep their new visitor and his untold powers a secret.
Griffin is the only survivor of the Guild’s deadly experiments, and they hunt for him because his survival will have dynamic consequences on the world. The Guild believes that Griffin will transform into a G.O.D., a genetically enhanced Omni-dimensional being with limitless abilities.
Will Griffin transform into a G.O.D.? Will he save the children of the Underground from their tragic life? Only time will tell…
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angelique Piccirilli

vivid, captivating…. a true work of art.

Blood Master

Review written by Angelique Piccirilli – Bruno
Blood Mαѕtєr, an Urban Paranormal Fantasy novel set in the year 2025 hαѕ drαwn mє íntσ rєαdíng mσrє ѕєlєctíσnѕ ín thíѕ gєnrє, ѕpєcífícαllч pєnnєd вч αuthσr kírѕtєn cαmpвєll The storyline grαввєd mч αttєntíσn and dídn’t lєt gσ, ít lєft mє wαntíng mσrє. I was memorized by the relationship between Griffin and Tassta. I could feel thє truє fєєlíngѕ. thє lσvє mαnífєѕtíng between them, and was αlmσѕt єхcítєd fσr thєm αѕ íf í knєw thєm pєrѕσnαllч. thєír fєєlíngѕ íntєnѕífчíng αѕ thє nσvєl cσntínuєѕ, αѕ gríffín’ѕ trαnѕfσrmαtíσn íѕ tαkíng plαcє.
Griffin is thє σnlч αlвínσ left in the world after the Great wαr.lívíng thrσugh the Clover Virus and the Death Plague that killed all the σthєr αlвínσѕ. hє thєn undєrwєnt experiments performєd by the Guild Faction. whílє σn thє trαíl σf much nєєdєd supplíєѕ, hє єncσuntєrѕєncσuntєrѕ tαѕѕtα, hє íѕ ѕmíttєn вч hєr lσσkѕ αnd fєєlѕ thє nєєd, mαчвє єvєn thє wαnt, tσ prσtєct hєr. lσw αnd вєhσld hє wαѕ thє mαjσr єlєmєnt ín thє prophecy of the вrσthєrhσσd, hαvíng appeared in the Master Scrolls as the chosen one who would save the Brotherhood from the evil Guild Faction. Only he didn’t look like the handsome young man standing before tαѕѕtα, vєrч díffєrєnt frσm thє mσnѕtєr dєѕcríвєd ín thє ѕcrσll.
Griffin finds a home with the Brotherhood. Only a few people shared the secretѕ, σnє gríffín íѕ αn αlвínσ αnd twσ, hє αnd tαѕѕtα αrє ín lσvє. She and Griffin go about the business of falling in love while maintaining their duties at the fortress. Griffin informs Lerin, the leader of the Brotherhood about the plight of orphan children he helped in the Underground before coming to the Brotherhood. hєlp íѕ grαntєd.
The mσѕt díffícult pαrt of the book comes amid Griffin’s change íntσ α G. O. D. (Genetically-enhanced Omni Dimensionals) an nσn humαn, crєαturє who can contrσl thσught αnd σвjєctѕ in various measurements. His change, a metamorphosis of sorts, íѕ wσndєrfullч dєtαílєd ín thє wrítíng, is frightening and excruciating and not extremely charming for anybody included.
kírѕtєn cαmpвєll hαѕ crєαtєd α wσrk σf αrt, vívíd, dєѕcríptívє wrítíng. í cσuldn’t put thє вσσk dσwn. í αm єαgєr tσ вєgín thє 2nd. phαѕє σf thíѕ prσjєct. mrѕ cαmpвєll, thαnk чσu fσr Tαѕѕtα αnd Gríffín.
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“Epic Tale From An Epic Writer” – Blood Phase (Book 2 of the G.O.D.’s Series) by Kirsten Campbell

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November 12, 2052: Earth has lost two-thirds of its population to the Great War. Many more lives have been lost to earthquakes, the Clover Virus, and the Death Plague. Years later, survivors are clumped into factions. Two of those factions—the Brotherhood and the Guild Faction—have battled over medical supplies and food for years. The fight is coming to a head as manpower dwindles, and the struggle becomes one to gain numbers, even if said numbers are children…
Griffin Storm, an albino man kidnapped and dragged into the Brotherhood, has transformed into a G.O.D., a Genetically enhanced Omni-dimensional being. Two weeks in the brig, and Griffin’s released after it’s determined that he’s learned to control most of his god-like abilities. His abilities have grown almost as much as his love for Tassta Vinetti and his unfortunate bloodlust. His bond with Tassta’s twin brother, Penn, has grown as well and is cemented in secrets.
Soon after his release, Griffin’s told that Guild agents and the notorious Trips (super-agents of the Guild) are in the Underground. He must now test his abilities to save the abandoned children that live there. Will Griffin rescue the children of the Underground from a tragic end? Will Tassta and Griffin’s love survive such turmoil? Can a G.O.D. forgive himself when death and destruction follow his every move? Read Blood Phase, the gripping second book in the G.O.D.s Series!
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EPIC TALE FROM AN EPIC WRITER

By P.A.WILLIAMS

From the final moments from the first book to the beginning of this second book, I was already hooked with the author’s gifted style. The tale was easy to follow, and you could visualize the story in your head as you turned page after page. I thought that this was equally enthralling as the first book and I enjoyed it greatly.
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Griffin and Tassta forge an undying, scorching bond that no one can break – Blood Master” (Book 1 of the G.O.D.S Series) by Kirsten Campbell

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It’s 2052 and Earth has lost two-thirds of its population to the Great War. Many more lives were lost to earthquakes, the Clover Virus, and the Death Plague. Years later, survivors were clumped into factions. Two of the factions, the Guild and the Brotherhood, have fought over medical supplies and food for years. The fight is coming to a head as manpower dwindles, and the struggle becomes one to gain numbers, even if said numbers are children…
Griffin Storm is hiding out in Underground Atlanta. He’s an albino man that can manipulate glass and crystal, and he uses his special abilities to raid warehouses and old buildings for food and supplies for the abandoned children that live underground. During a raid, he meets Tassta Vinetti, a resident of the Brotherhood fortress. He is taken to the fortress and chaos ensues as Tassta, her twin brother Penn, and her uncle, try to keep their new visitor and his untold powers a secret.
Griffin is the only survivor of the Guild’s deadly experiments, and they hunt for him because his survival will have dynamic consequences on the world. The Guild believes that Griffin will transform into a G.O.D., a genetically enhanced Omni-dimensional being with limitless abilities.
Will Griffin transform into a G.O.D.? Will he save the children of the Underground from their tragic life? Only time will tell…
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Mary Ann Boehm

Awesome read

Griffin goes through the Guild faction and escapes when a fire takes place. Tassia goes on a raid on a Guild faction warehouse and they meet up. Penn practically kidnapped griffin and they learn interesting things about him.

“Looking forward to more.” – Blood Master (Book 1 of the G.O.D.S Series) by Kirsten Campbell

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It’s 2052 and Earth has lost two-thirds of its population to the Great War. Many more lives were lost to earthquakes, the Clover Virus, and the Death Plague. Years later, survivors were clumped into factions. Two of the factions, the Guild and the Brotherhood, have fought over medical supplies and food for years. The fight is coming to a head as manpower dwindles, and the struggle becomes one to gain numbers, even if said numbers are children…
Griffin Storm is hiding out in Underground Atlanta. He’s an albino man that can manipulate glass and crystal, and he uses his special abilities to raid warehouses and old buildings for food and supplies for the abandoned children that live underground. During a raid, he meets Tassta Vinetti, a resident of the Brotherhood fortress. He is taken to the fortress and chaos ensues as Tassta, her twin brother Penn, and her uncle, try to keep their new visitor and his untold powers a secret.
Griffin is the only survivor of the Guild’s deadly experiments, and they hunt for him because his survival will have dynamic consequences on the world. The Guild believes that Griffin will transform into a G.O.D., a genetically enhanced Omni-dimensional being with limitless abilities.
Will Griffin transform into a G.O.D.? Will he save the children of the Underground from their tragic life? Only time will tell…
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Starman

Looking forward to more.
I really enjoyed this book. It has a great collection of characters, each with their own agendas and goals, and some with secret pasts too. The writing style is very natural and contains a lot of detail to sink your teeth into. I liked how easy it was to get an idea of just how much the world has changed before the time the story is set. It’s a bleak world, ravaged by war and disease, yet there is still hope. Two completely different people find a deep connection despite the overwhelming odds against them. I felt sorry for them both by the end of the story as they were put through so much, Griffin in particular. Without giving anything away to other readers, he faces a vicious internal fight between two very powerful sides. I suspect things are only going to get harder as the series continues too.
I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes next. Hoping to see more of the elusive Guild Faction too. It’s a 5 from me, though, as I found the writing style so easy to read and enjoy…
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