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by Colin D. Jones
About this Book
Growing up in an abusive home during the waning days of the Cold War, young Mark Arsenault has only two steadfast companions. One is a flickering apparition that appears only near the borders of sleep, whispering riddles about an apocalyptic future. The other is a bestial, inhuman entity looking out at the world through Mark's own eyes.
As he comes of age in a world of moon shots and atom smashers, Mark learns his companions are far stranger than he could have dared guess. Their fates are inextricably entangled not only with his own, but with that of reality itself. Pursued by shadowy government agents and police, Mark must risk all to understand his true nature, to save the woman he loves, and to prevent a cosmological catastrophe. To do so, he must become the thing he has always feared most, a creature of Norse myth too terrifying to unleash in this world.
About the Author
When not writing in his spare time, Jones enjoys spending time with his wife and family, motorcycle riding, trips to the firing range, hiking, reading and playing with CG graphics.
He currently works in law enforcement in downstate Illinois.
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Colin D. Jones' explosive first novel, Shifted, deftly interweaves Norse myth and quantum physics, child abuse and social alienation, against the backdrop of the waning days of the Cold Warand the not-so-distant future. The world Jones paints is at once solid and shadowy, beautiful and dire. It is a place where a young and unlikely hero may hold the key to the stability of space-time itself.
A former aerospace technology writer who spent time in the U.S. Army as a Journalist and Psychological Operations Specialist, Jones currently works in law enforcement. In Shifted, he brings a lifetime of knowledge and experience to bear. Whether writing about topics as disparate as the Gordian domain of subatomic physics, or the bleak, hidden life of battered children, Jones keeps it real for the reader.
Shifted introduces the reader to Mark Arsenault, a child slowly coming to grips with the fact that neither he nor the outside world are what they seem. As he grows up pondering his unearthly nature, he stands precipitously balanced between superstition and science, between human and inhuman states, a hovering spectral entity continually warning him of a coming apocalypse. Pitted against a dysfunctional environment, brutal parents, sinister government agents and corrupt cops, Mark struggles to find his place in both reality and in an asymmetrical love triangle as time runs out for the universe.
Jones' writes visually and compellingly; his characters are complex flesh-and-blood people, as genuine and ordinary as someone the reader might meet on the streetor in their nightmares. The narrative hits the ground running and accelerates briskly. Along the way, the reader will encounter mind-bending twists and surprises as the plot races to its fiery conclusion.
After reading Shifted, the reader will likely need to catch their breath for a moment before wondering if they will ever see reality the same way as before.
Shifted was published by Foremost Press. It can be ordered at ForemostPress.com.
360 pp, $16.97