Book signings at Hemingways
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Three local authors on deck with their latest creations
Three local authors will be at Hemingways Books in downtown Abbotsford for signings of their latest publication in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
The event will take place on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 33765 Essendene Ave., Abbotsford.
Bennett Coles' military science fiction Virtues of War is on Nov. 27, Linc Alexander's Fire Bomber into Hell is Dec. 11 and Terry Lyster and family, whose mother wrote about Canadian War Brides in Most Excellent Citizens will be Dec. 18.
Look for reviews of the two latter books in upcoming Friday issues of the Times.
"All three authors have ties to the Abbotsford/Chilliwack area but their books could not be more diverse," said Dave Kyle of Hemingways Books, who wrote the following review:
VIRTUES OF WAR BY BENNETT COLES
This first book is a promising beginning to a new military SF series. Set several centuries into the future, it pits Earth-based troops against the largest colony.
The roots of the conflict are murky and may well be explained more satisfactorily in future books but the small cast of fleet officers and fast-attack soldiers who dominate this story are well-crafted and quickly hold the reader's interest.
This story is far more character driven than most of its ilk.
Mr. Coles lengthy naval service reveals itself both in the realistic portrayal of the crews and their competing interests in a military command structure as well as the splendid detail of his futuristic space warfare.
The fight scenes are realistic and action-packed but never gratuitous or predictable.
A 50 per cent casualty rate in one fight gives the reader the uncomfortable feeling that no character is safe from being swept away.
Coles creates a technically advanced new generation of weaponry without burying the casual reader in too much science.
There is also a realistic ebb and flow to the conflict that captures the "fog of war" at a frantic pace that is appropriate to this hi-tech future.
Military Sci-fi readers should welcome this new author, while the strong characters and complex human stories will appeal to the general reader.
- Bennett R.Coles lives in Chilliwack, B.C. with his wife and two sons. He served in the Canadian Navy for 15 years but retired in 2005 and is now in business. He will be at Hemingways from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27 for his book signing.