Thomas Sullivan has another case, this one possibly threatening the peace established by the Anti-Cloning Treaty more than thirty years ago. Forced to work with what some would call his nemesis, Sullivan is up to his eyeballs in intergalactic thrills, chills, and mayhem. Unfortunately, due to his own mistakes, he begins to alienate some of his very few friends, resulting in devastating consequences. Last Train to Nowhere by K.C. Sivils is an evolution of the classic good cop/bad cop conflict and reinvents that trope into something totally unique that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else.
I had never read an Inspector Thomas Sullivan book before, but he was an interesting character and the book was a thrilling example of what a good story can be. With a mystery/crime drama mixed with science fiction and lightly coated with a noir quality edge, K.C. Sivils is a talented writer able to blend multiple genres and create a story that fans of all of the above genres will enjoy. The narrative flowed very well and it was easy to understand the plot. I felt driven by both the characters and the interwoven plot threads of the story. There were a LOT of characters, but overall the large cast added a really great sense of a bustling world. If you’re looking for something new and different, make sure to give Last Train to Nowhere a shot. I will definitely be returning to try more in the series.
Each month The Book Designer website (Marin Bookworks) holds a monthly cover design competition. I was excited to learn the design done for The Predator and The Prey by Robin Ludwig of Robin Ludwig Designs earned a Gold Star Award as one of five finalists out of 90 designs!
It has taken me awhile to get things set-up for my author’s newsletter, The Inspector’s Report. I’m not a particularly computer savvy individual so it’s to be expected I suppose.
The Inspector’s Report will be e-mailed periodically. I promise to NEVER share anyone’s e-mail who signs up.
You can unsubscribe at anytime AND you can not feel guilty about it!
The Inspector’s Report will give updates on the availability of the latest offering in the Universe of Inspector Thomas Sullivan and his friends (enemies too). Back history for characters and places on Beta Prime will be provided to answer those nagging questions readers have about this detail or that.
Short stories will be a part of the newsletter on a semi-regular basis and will often feature supporting characters such as Ralph, Alice or Joe.
If you are a fan of science fiction and/or crime noir/mysteries, I will include my thoughts on a regular basis in the form of lists or reviews of books I have read.
I would love it if readers of The Inspector’s Report would ask questions and contribute content as well.
I was both ecstatic and surprised my novel The Predator and The Prey received a 5-Star review from The Reader's Favorite. Sending your novel off for its first editorial review is a bit like sending your child off to school for the very first time. Here's the review:
The Predator and The Prey by Kevin Sivils is a gripping story featuring police inspector Thomas Sullivan and a cast of very compelling characters. Sullivan has had a very dirty past, a past that may catch up with him any time. Now, he’s sent to a new planet to redeem his past, but things become more complicated when a mysterious young woman from that past resurfaces. Sullivan has to solve a series of crimes and his new turf is sprinkled with danger and potholes. Can he trust anyone and can he navigate the complicated setting without giving himself away?
Kevin Sivils’ writing got me hooked from the very first page. I enjoyed the intelligent dialogues, well crafted to build character and plot. The conflict is introduced from the very beginning of the story and the reader understands the dilemmas which investigators are caught up with, but as one reads on, it becomes more complex, and the author explores deeper levels of conflict, especially the psychological conflict communicated through a stream of consciousness that is as absorbing as it is entertaining. The Predator and The Prey features very compelling characters, including an ex-con who works as a cabbie, a priest who seems more corrupt than a con man, and many others.
The writing is excellent, punctuated with powerful descriptions. There is a pervading sense of suspense that makes the reader ache to know what happens next. For instance, I couldn’t help longing to find out more about the mysterious young woman and to see what would happen between her and the main protagonist. The action is intense, making it impossible to put the story aside. This is a great read for anyone looking for something entertaining and fun in the area of police investigation, crime, and redemption.