Halley's Casino ~ Review and Giveaway

Halley's Casino
Halley's Casino #1
By Mark JG Fahey

Major newsflash what you thought you knew about Halley's Comet is totally wrong. First off it is not, I repeat not, a comet. Yes, you read that correctly Halley's Comet is, in fact, an interstellar vehicle constructed by an alien race thousands of years ago. And poor Nebula Yorker is about to find this out first-hand as he awaits the return of Halley's Comet in 1986.

Neb's life has been a most unusual one as he was an orphan who was adopted by an older couple who had observed the previous flyby of Halley's Comet in 1910. With parents who were 60 years older than him, Neb's upbringing was one of travel and learning. And they were always together except for a 2-week stint every year that his parents took to the Amazon, until two years previously when they never returned.

And tonight Neb is about to fulfill their wish to observe the comet only without them by his side. At least that is his plan until he has an otherworldly visit that will change his understanding of everything.

The one thing you must remember is that you can never go into the future - but the past, that is another matter altogether and not one easily explained. But beware without proper precautions the past can kill you. And someone has nefarious plans in the works and Neb might not survive his first encounter with space-faring sentient lifeforms who have an utter fascination with Star Trek (the 1960s Original series).

Now, this is not my usual reading fare but the description intrigued me and I was soon drawn into the story. So drawn in that I spent a Saturday reading and not regretting a moment spent in the task. There are a few words that are in the gray area but nothing that one doesn't hear when walking through a store. There are a few surprises that are revealed towards the end of the book that just adds to the mystery of Neb and his life. And the impact Neb Yorker makes upon those he encounters - well let's just say Ancient Rome is sure to not forget his visit.

Teens and up are sure to enjoy this one if they are fans of sci-fi with a good dash of humor flavoring it. And if you are looking for something new give this a try. Get ready for an out of this world - out of this time experience.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the author with no expectations except that I provide my honest opinion - all thoughts expressed are my own.

Be sure to come back on January 18th when the second book in the Halley's Casino series is reviewed.

About the Book:
Book Title:  Halley's Casino by Mark JG Fahey
Category:  Adult Fiction,  304 pages
Genre:   Science Fiction / Humor
Publisher:  Self-published
Release date:  Jan 25, 2016
Content Rating: PG (No profanity,  readable for all ages 12 and up, pure fun and witty story)

Book Description:

Halley’s Casino is set in 1986. 26-year old Nebula Yorker (Neb to his friends), is patiently awaiting the return of Halley’s Comet. He is about to discover that the world is not what it seems.

Upon the arrival of Halley’s Comet, Neb is confronted by a mysterious stranger who literally swoops out of the night sky. What happens next will change the course of Neb’s life and that of all he befriends.

This stranger (Mr. Tict) reveals to Neb that Halley’s is not a comet at all, but an Intergalactic Casino that has been posing as a comet for countless years. Mr. Tict is the Concierge of the Casino and he has come back to Earth to recruit Neb as his assistant.

What happens next is an eye-opening experience for young Neb that no one on Earth can imagine. It can only be explained by watching old Star Trek reruns, while eating cheese sandwiches and drinking hot chocolate. From androids with attitude to a vast assortment of alien beings and historic individuals, with a touch of time travel from ancient Babylon to 1757 London and back to Rome of 12 BCE, Neb soon learns that his past, present and future have always lain in the stars above.

It’s a rock and roll ride chock full of chaos, a formidable nemesis, drama, satire, humour, death and new beginnings, with revelations that Neb never saw coming.

Even John Lennon is amused!

Starting out on a quiet evening of stargazing, Nebula Yorker finds himself caught up in the most extraordinary time travel and planet-saving adventure of a lifetime.

And that’s only the beginning of what is to come.

Mark JG Fahey
Meet the Author:

Mark JG Fahey is not an alien, contrary to what you may have heard, though he swears he has been to space. Mark has dabbled in various undertakings throughout his illustrious career, from on-air hosting/reporter/stand-up comic to messenger for the Prime Minister of Canada. Mark also holds a degree in Restaurant Services. His family and friends can attest to his excellent cooking skills. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Mark was raised and still resides in Aylmer, Quebec, Canada.  Halley's Casino is the first book in the Halley's Casino trilogy.

Halley's Casino: 3rd place winner in a worldwide competition with World's Best Story 2017. Finalist and 3rd place winner with the Independent Author Network October 2018 and is also a finalist for the inaugural Canadian Book Club Awards 2018.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook


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