The One: “The perfect blend of characters, mayhem, and intrigue…”

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The following review of The One, the 3rd novel in the Keeno Crime Thriller Series, was recently posted by William Beck, author of the Jess Colton and Bryson McGann adventure thriller novel series

In Réal LaPlaine’s latest crime novel, The One, readers will find themselves swept up in a page turner pulsating with conflict and tension. Laplaine’s talent at setting the hook with skillful writing and engaging storylines keeps fans entertained and turning pages in their
attempt to discover the mastermind behind a sinister murder. The author’s talent for weaving a clever tale is on par with literary greats such as Michael Connelly’s, Harry Bosch and James Patterson’s, Alex Cross.

While a team of characters from the RCMP’s Anti-Terror Unit blend well into Laplaine’s tale, Keeno McCole is the central figure. In the opening, the body of a young woman is discovered in the St. Marys River along the Soo Locks. Meanwhile, McCole and Jake Williams find themselves at odds with a kidnapper set upon killing his victim as well as the two men from the ATU. Quick thinking and a bit of luck are the only things that save McCole, Williams, and the kidnapped woman as the bomb detonates. Not long after the harrowing encounter, McCole receives a disturbing phone call and the unit is tasked with a special assignment. The young woman found in the cold waters of the St. Marys River along Lake Superior was the Canadian Prime Minister’s niece. As clues unravel, they point to the peccant leader of a mysterious religious cult. Leonardo Milovich is a ruthless and unforgiving sociopath whose evil is boundless. McCole’s interference unleashes the ire of Milovich getting McCole’s team removed from the case by the upper echelon at RCMP headquarters. McCole cannot let The One’s leader’s deed go unpunished.
Ultimately the two meet in a final deadly showdown.

Réal Laplaine’s fans are once again treated to well-written novel, and one newcomers to his work will thoroughly enjoy. The author’s ability to move the narrative along at a rapid pace while maintaining a smooth writing style speaks highly of Laplaine’s proficiency. The perfect blend of characters, mayhem, and intrigue seamlessly round out this latest installment leaving readers of The One craving more of Keeno McCole.

William Beck
Author of the new Jess Colton novel – The Judas Coin
Author of the Bryson McGann adventure thriller novel series
http://www.booksbybeck.com
williambeck@booksbybeck.com

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The Keeno Crime Thriller Novels – what makes this Canadian crime-fighter different?

 

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Although my main focus and genre as a writer is existential and high-concept thrillers – early in my writing career I decided to write a crime-series which would exploit and spotlight the merits of a Canadian crime-fighter. Being born and raised in Canada, and then having spent most of my career working and living south of the border in America, I came to realize that Canada, for all its wonderful merits, didn’t have an iconic action hero to extol this nation’s inner-self. You see, in America, a wonderful nation and people, they sometimes had a strange perception of Canadians, and in traveling about the world, I noticed that some people clumped us in with our American friends. In my experience, people tend to perceive Canadians as mild-going, easy people, and certainly they are. Canada is not an aggressor. It is tolerant of ethnicity. It has assimilated and welcomed people from all over the world. But here is where the rubber meets the road, and this was the very threshold that made me realize that Canada needs its own action hero and crime-fighter: CANADA IS NOT THE SAME AS AMERICA. I know that people like to mush them together because they are neighbors and Canada has McDonalds, 7-Elevens and Nikes, all the earmarks of America (who doesn’t these days) – but a Canadian is NOT the same as an American. When I grew up in Canada, there was an unstated but pervasive and powerful dynamic that vibrated through our bones – and while Canadians rarely stand up and declare it, tending to be passive and certainly less bombastic about their relativity in the world, calling a Canadian an American or casually comparing one to our fine neighbors to the south, was a slap in the face. Okay, that said, what’s the difference? Well … it’s a national secret, and one that I could be ostracized for exposing to the world, but under that smile and that affable and amiable outer layer is a person you simply don’t fuck with. It isn’t that Canadians are hostile or anything of the like. They are nice people for the most part, through and through, but that said, they don’t take any shit from others, and the way Canadians deal with it, if it comes their way, is not through violence, but in fact, they just shut you off. There is a rebellious thread in their souls, an impertinence, a sort of “fuck you, I’m Canadian”, which they don’t chant or rave about, except when it comes to Canadian beer and hockey, but which, and given the right circumstances, they WILL resort to using, like a glass wall that suddenly is erected in front of you and which makes the outsider, the aggressor, or whatever, suddenly feel like they just screwed the pooch.

So, back to my crime series, the Keeno Crime Novels – what makes them different than, let’s say Ian Flemings’ Bond, or the countless American action heroes of crime and military and intrigue genres? Well, Keeno McCole, the main figure in this series, who heads up the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) Anti-Terrorism-Unit, is the go-to-guy when cases pop up on the radar which require an indelicate approach. McCole is part Indian (Canadian First Nation – the original class of people who occupied Canada before the English and French invaded it for beaver pelts), part Irish, part – who knows. At the ripe young age of just four, Keeno hears his mother screaming, runs into the kitchen and finds a man strangling the life out of her. The boy picks up a pair of scissors and stabs her attacker and saves his mother from a brutal death, and from that moment on, Keeno knows that there are monsters in the world and that he will spend his life fighting them. By the age of seven, under the tutelage of his uncle, on a remote farm where his mother placed her son to protect him from the man he stabbed, Keeno becomes a master at throwing knives and using guns and by the time he returns to civilization to live with his mother, he is a walking lethal weapon. Now, add to this mix his inherent Canadian, “don’t fuck with me” attitude, and you have a man who becomes the RCMP’s sharp edge, the man and his team, who are sent out to deal with the bigger sharks circling the waters, and who engage criminals which not only threaten the entire nation, but the world. As I said, on the outside, and like other Canadians you may meet, Keeno is chocolate covered candy – but scratch below that surface, and piss him off and Keeno McCole will bite – in fact, he’s got a long line of criminals who felt the sting of his knife. So there is the backstory. I will continue to publish Keeno Novels, because I think Canada needs to have at least one crime fighter standing on the front line, smiling, and waiting for the next monster to come his way.

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Earth Escape – an Existential Thriller… film out-takes

we started a short film rendering for my new book EARTH ESCAPE … the out-takes however simply stole the show. Here’s a few.

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A collaborative space odyssey between several nations, to colonize Earth II, before war, greed and planetary depletion destroys our world, sends Captain Jim Tale and his crew on a 27 year-long voyage. Jim, and his Ai companion, CASS, face incredible hurdles along the way, but none of them will challenge Tale more than the questions that plague him, and the nightmare that haunts him – until he reaches the edge of the Universe where he meets Prima and the impossible truth is revealed.

“A fast-paced science-fiction novel that intertwines elements of suspense, romance, while tackling some of life’s biggest questions…”

“… a fast-paced odyssey beyond the very edge of the universe and into the void in this gripping, surprising, and very thoughtful science fiction novel.”

“Well written book in the sci fi genre dealing with existentialism.”

“…He challenges the reader with futuristic space travel, other possible civilizations, artificial intelligence, and bravery.”

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Earth Escape – An existential and sci-fi thriller that will challenge you to step outside the box!

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In 2038, NASA, in a joint effort with several other nations, fires the most daring space mission ever undertaken. A 27 year trip to a nearby exoplanet, in the hopes of colonizing a new world before war, religious and political ideology and environmental depletion destroy Earth. Jim Tale, the captain of the star ship Evolution, is not only tasked to oversee the mission, but Jim has silently tasked himself to use the opportunity to find the answers to questions which have haunted him his entire life. Are we alone in the Universe? How was the Universe made? Is there a god? Who are we? Why are we here? Questions that drive him, inexplicably, to the very edge of the Universe as we know it. And what he finds and discovers about the truth, shocks him to the very core.  Earth Escape is an existential and sci-fi thriller, and it will challenge you to step outside the box about everything you have ever believed.

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“A thrilling read that takes you on an unusual and captivating adventure, and introduces novel subjects within Ai, spirituality and the existence of intelligent life in the universe. A recommended read.”

“The book is modern, thought provoking and suspenseful. He asks the big questions through a sci fi tale: Is there a God? If so, why design a flawed humanity? What is the ultimate truth of existence? . . . all our metaphysical questions woven through a very good story.”

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Canada’s toughest crime-fighter goes into action – again!

THE ONE Front WebCanada’s toughest crime-fighter, Keeno McCole, and his RCMP team, take on a sociopathic cult-leader and domestic terrorism which strikes Toronto, Halifax and Winnipeg – leaving a trail of dead bodies in its path. The One is the 3rd novel in this iconic high-concept Canadian crime fighter series.

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“I enjoyed this novel very much. I love Keeno, his awesome personality, his guts, integrity and abilities. This was a shorter read which suited me well because once I picked it up and started it I just could not put it down until I was done, forget about sleeping or working, so I do recommend you read it during the weekend!” Ana Danel

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Earth Escape – an existential high-concept thriller that packs a lot of punch

Earth Escape Web FrontEarth Escape is a sci-fi high-concept thriller, a bold journey into deep space to find a new home for mankind, a space odyssey that takes its captain and crew into new worlds, meeting sentient beings and which opens doors which answer the very questions about our existence.

Earth Escape not only meets the traditional paradigm for a classic science fiction thriller, on the order of 2001 A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke, but it endeavors to take the reader into another realm, one where the reader is invited to engage the ultimate questions about existence. The mysteries which so many have attempted to solve, whether through religion or science, and yet which remain unanswered: How was the Universe created? Who created it? Is there a God? Who are we? Why are we here?

In this contemporary sci-fi thriller, one which bespeaks of the very circumstances facing our world today with growing nuclear arms, population explosion and environmental destruction – Earth Escape forces us to face the inevitable fact that our planet will not, by itself, continue to sustain the human race and that we must seek out new worlds to colonize and call home.

Gripping, surprising, and a very thoughtful story. A very memorable read. – Victoria Ichizli-Bartels, Author

Within a few pages the characters became my friends, which made the book hard to put down. To me at least, this is dystopian sci-fi at its best. Highly recommended! – J.Z. O’Brien

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