Thursday, October 4, 2018

Blog Tour - Ten Thousand Thunders by Brian Trent

I'm excited to be part of this blog tour as I am super excited about all the new titles Flame Tree Press has been releasing.  I've tried to read more science fiction this year so I thought this was a great opportunity to read outside my comfort zone!

TITLE:  Ten Thousand Thunders
AUTHOR: Brian Trent
PUBLISHER: Flame Tree Press
PUBLISHING DATE: October 6, 2018

SYNOPSIS:  Welcome to Earth, the year 322 of the New Enlightenment. Having just been killed in a mysterious shuttle explosion, Gethin Bryce is back to uncover what happened. An unusually gifted investigator with the InterPlanetary Council, Gethin is tasked with seeking out the truth behind unexplained anomalies that lie outside IPC control. In the dazzling arcologies that arose from the ashes of war, death is a passing inconvenience and technology has made all things possible... except for true freedom. Humanity has colonized nearby worlds, but all are subject to the unquestioned authority of the IPC. And expansion beyond Sol is forbidden. In the world outside the arcologies, mortal life is savage and fleeting. The ruins of Old Calendar cities serve as living testaments to an age when warfare nearly extinguished the human race. The remnants of that grisly era linger in the forgotten outlands, catacombs, and diseased underdark, as the descendants of bygone warlords fight for the scraps in the shadow of the civilized world. Now, in the fourth century of a new age, war is brewing once again. A dark conspiracy is extending its reach across cities and worlds. Gethin's investigation takes him from the luxurious enclaves of Earth's elite, to the battered Wastes beyond civilization's protective thrall. Linking up with an inquiry team from a planet-spanning corporate powerhouse, he also befriends a grim and reluctant outlander. She has an important piece of the puzzle--evidence of a sadistic entity which threatens not just civilization, not just Earth, but all life... Everywhere.

MY THOUGHTS:  So I don't read a lot of science fiction and at first I found this  book somewhat intimidating.  However, after the first few chapters, I was immersed the the work of the New Enlightenment and was curious about what was happening.

I found Trent's world building to be spot-on in this book and reading it was much akin to watching an engrossing science fiction film.  The book contains quite a bit of action and a fair amount of political intrigue - in a scientific manner.  I did form a connection to a few of the characters, especially Jack and Keiko.

"Ten Thousand Thunders" is probably the most science-fiction book I've read to date.  Since I liked it, I am sure hardcore fans will be even more caught up in Trent's tale.  "Ten Thousand Thunders" is not a quick read, but it is one worth picking up.


Brian Trent's speculative fiction appears regularly in the world's top speculative fiction markets including ANALOGFantasy & Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine ShowDaily Science FictionApex (winning the Story of the Year Reader's Poll), Escape PodFlash Fiction OnlineCOSMOSGalaxy's EdgeNatureThe Mammoth Book of DieselpunkPseudopod, and numerous year's best anthologies. His work has been featured in several volumes of Flame Tree Publishing's popular Gothic Fantasy Series.'

The author of the historical fantasy series Rahotep, Trent is also a Baen Fantasy Adventure Award finalist and Writers of the Future winner. His nonfiction works have also appeared in Strange HorizonsClarkesworldHumanist, and UTNE.

Combining a fascination for history with a unique vision of the future, Trent's novel Ten Thousand Thunders is the beginning of an exciting new science fiction universe.

Trent lives in New England, where he works as a novelist, screenwriter, and poet. His website and blog are located at


  1. Thanks so much for the blog tour support x

  2. This sounds pretty good. The cover is really creepy!

    1. Yes, the cover is rather creepy. It's what initially got my attention.

  3. I have just started reading more scifi. I agree with Tammy, that is a creepy cover and I like it. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. I don't read much scifi either - it's good to push boundaries and step outside your comfort zone though and it sounds like this one worked well once you'd become immersed.
    Lynn :D

    1. Yes, it was probably a tad more technical than I would have chosen, but it was a nice branch-out.

  5. I've read several of Flame Tree Press new releases. This needs to find it's way to me! LOL

  6. I've been in a SciFi slump for months now but I always liked stories about Humanity colonizing other worlds!