To mark the release of The Furnace by Timothy S. Johnston, eBookanoid is hosting a giveaway. First place is an eBook of The Furnace (specify format please: .epub or .mobi) and a signed cover. Second and third places are signed covers.
How to enter:
To enter simply send an email to Timothy S. Johnston with your mailing address. Make the subject heading of your email “Furnace Giveaway at eBookanoid.” The draw will occur on December 23. Good luck! firstname.lastname@example.org
And what is the Furnace?
A very good question, and here is what I hope is a good answer, a review I wrote of this book:
An enthralling Sci-Fi thriller, The Furnace by Timothy Johnston is a Space Opera with a difference. It is a case of Agatha Christie meets Issac Asimov with added Crichton for flavouring.
Before saying anything else I will quote from the author’s blurb on Amazon, which gives a broad idea of the actual story line, without giving away too much:-
As a Homicide Investigator working the solar system’s most remote outposts, Lieutenant Kyle Tanner has been involved in more criminal investigations and captures than any other in Security Division. He hunts his prey stealthily, tracking them through the trail of victims cast behind, and makes difficult captures when no one else can. He has seen the twisted remains, things that used to be human but are now barely meat. And he’s executed those who have done such horrible deeds.
His most recent case takes him to SOLEX One, a power-generating station that orbits precariously near the Sun. Among the fifteen inhabitants is a killer, a disturbed crewman who for some reason has mutilated his victim. But when Tanner arrives and begins the investigation, he’s shocked to learn that this is no ordinary murder. There appears to be no motive for the crime, and no reason for the mutilation after death. But what Tanner doesn’t realize is that something terrifying is amplifying among the station’s personnel … and if he doesn’t solve the mystery, the result could be the extinction of the human race.
THE FURNACE is a locked-room murder mystery, part techno-thriller, part horror, part detective story.
So, that is the basic framework of this book, but there is much more to it than the description above would lead you to think. Timothy has taken the well known theme of a locked room detective novel, and carried it to a total extreme, the actors in this story are in a physical situation that allows absolutely no escape, so near to the sun that they can’t even go outside their space station for more than about 90 minutes without risking death from radiation, nor can they simply leap into a space shuttle and return to the relative safety of the main base on Mercury… They are really stuck and it is in this claustrophobic atmosphere that the tale unfolds to its – to me at least – unexpected finale.