Primordial Threat

I don’t normally write posts to push someone else’s book, least of all if they’re not a close friend.

This post merits attention for another reasons: someone found a way to get around my “I don’t have time to read your books” (which is not an excuse, but the absolute truth.  I’m now falling down in my duty as a mentor to several people, including husband and soon to be daughter in law.) He sent me an audio book. So take this as read that I’m slightly influenced towards him by being given an audio book.But only slightly and you — and he — should pardon me, it was more likely to turn me the other way.  Just like complete strangers sending me their ebook, this person — not a complete stranger, but he and I have locked horns on occasion — had the effrontery to send me an ebook. I put off listening a long while, just on sheer annoyance, and finally turned it on while doing cabinetry work to make the apartment downstairs self-sufficient (Yes, son will probably leave for Residency in 21 months or so, [he’d rather do it away, partly to get a feel for different systems] The period he and his lovely bride will rent will be uncertain and probably not end at the six month] Besides why spend money when we have a space set aside downstairs which was part of our decision to purchase the house, so that should the kids need living space they won’t actually live WITH us. [Yes, we’re devoted parents, but we have wanted to be empty nesters for almost ten years now, and for me to have time to write].  All it needed was some cabinetry in the mini-kitchnette so that to quote the kids “you can put a cutting board somewhere, and have a place to store pots and pans.”  I will however reserve rights to visit my library which is downstairs, but until the apartment is vacant, I’m on the month plan: go down, get books for the next one or two months,depending on projects,  come back up, repeat.)

This was not work I wanted to be doing, it was taking away my writing time, and I was generally irritable at being given the book.  By all rights, I should have hated it.

I didn’t.

Primordial Threat is a weird book, but the weirdness makes it more likely to succeed rather than less: it’s like Frankenstein’s monster composed of thriller and hard sf, but with a good dose of romance thrown in and characters generally more likeable and less generic than thrillers and more engaging than is run of the mill in science fiction.

It starts with the Earth threatened by a black hole which will rip the galaxy apart, and it never lets go.  Even the end is just the beginning, as it foreshadows books to come.

Oh, yeah, and it’s very human wave, in the sense of “nothing thrown at us we can’t overcome.”  Not effortlessly, mind you, which is part of why the book is great, but still, humans don’t lay down and die to expiate imaginary sins.

I can see this book doing very well, particularly if he spends some time on the sequels (which — without spoilering — are foreshadowed enough to make them sound fascinating. Threats and sense of wonder galore.)

Yes, he is blessed with the fact that he has enough money to launch them in paper, ebook AND audio all at the beginning.  It makes a difference when getting the elusive Sarah to read you. And he got a fantastic reader, too.

Anyway, so, that’s why I’m pushing a book by someone who is neither me nor a close friend.  It is however an excellent book I think you’ll enjoy, and one I want to do well, because I want sequels, d*mn it.

Oh, yeah, and it’s 99c right now.  So, if it sounds good to you, give it a shot.



  1. One question that we don’t have an answer. How many “small” black holes are there drifting around the galaxy? How many primordial big bang created, earth to sun mass, black holes that would be impossible to detect in interstellar space are there?

    I can see where this story could be interesting.

  2. Purchased. You sold me on yet another book that I shouldn’t be reading when I should be trying to sleep,

  3. Bought it a couple of days ago, and reading it now.
    I agree with your definition of the novel.

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