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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

a million and one questions and very few answers - The Dream of the Forest by Stjepan Varesevac Cobets

"I've read Stjepan's magnificent poetry works before, but this is my first novel by the author and I must say that it was a really good read. [...] Overall, I loved the tone of the book once Arn is introduced, it just had the right balance of action and adventure, [...]" Sean-Paul, Goodreads

Description:

Release Date: October 2nd, 2018

The year is 2197. More than one hundred years have passed since the natural destruction of the Earth's surface. The surviving inhabitants are now living in Heavenly Cities high above the clouds with no intention of ever descending back to the unstable surface again.

Helen is a lawyer who lives in one of those cities. Her life is almost perfect, but very soon she is going to find out that it was all just an illusion as her dreams scatter like leaves in the wind and the only thing left for her to return to will be her hometown. 

But on her way home, an almost fatal car accident on the heavenly highway turns her life in a drastically new direction. Helen finds herself crashing down onto the earth's destructive surface and landing in a forest world that is completely alien to her with a million and one questions and very few answers. 

The number 1 question being - is it really true what the government told her and the surviving population that no one ever survived down on Earth? Well, what if the truth was the complete opposite? What if there really were survivors? 

EXCERPT

As Arn observed, thick smoke gushed from the front of the car and small flames appeared off them, engulfing the front of the car. One hundred yards from the place where he stood, huge flames surrounded a parachute that soon disappeared into the inferno. The car fell into a dense crown of trees and disappeared from his sight.

Using tangled vines, Arn descended from the top of the large tree where he rested and headed for the crash site. He knew the person injured in the interior of the car would need his help. As he approached the crash site, the unpleasant smell of burned plastic and thick smoke filled his nostrils. The front of the car was destroyed and on fire. The entire interior was filled with thick, white smoke. Arn reached the vehicle and tried to get inside, but he hit his nose on a strange transparent material. He looked within. In the thick smoke, he perceived a woman’s hand. Heat flapped at his face from the burning front of the car. He had to pull out the woman or she would to death.

Arn tried to break the strange, transparent material by hand but it did not crack. He needed something hard to break it, so he looked at his surrounding. He saw a stone, picked it up, and struck the wall with it. To his surprise, the partition burst into a thousand, small, rectangular pieces. Arn cleared the sharp edges and tried to pull the woman out of the car. However, something was tying her to the seat. With his hand, he felt a belt around her chest. He pulled a knife from his belt and cut the strap.

About the author:
Stjepan Varesevac-Cobets was born on 12 September 1965 in Split, Croatia. He lives and works in Kastel Sucurac, where he finished his elementary and secondary schooling.

At a very young age, he started reading and loved it because, through books, he traveled to places he could never visit in person. As a child, he loved fairy tales and adventure but later discovered other genres. When he found a Jules Verne book in the library, he became fascinated by science fiction. He has been writing poetry for fifteen years and has started writing science fiction. Lately, he has also written children's fairy tales and fables.

He has published, in Croatia, "An Opened Heart" in 2002, "The Sleepy Way" in 2005, and "Love" in 2006. On Amazon he has published the poetry collections "The Child of Happiness" in 2015, science fiction novel "Godeena" in 2015, the science fiction short story "Butterfly" in 2016, the poetry collection "When the moon takes over the dream: Love Poetry" in 2016, and in 2017 the poetry collection "The Flaming Horses: Collection of poetry". He also translated his new Sci-Fi novel "The Dream of the Forest". 

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2 comments:

Laura Thomas said...

This sounds right up my alley and that cover is wicked!

djiko said...

It's nice to hear when someone likes what I'm writing.