Title: The Illusionist
Series: Fone-Stories™ #2
Author: Mike Kearby
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Words: 2500 / 12 pages
Book Description: Fredrick Knowles is an illusionist. A conjuror extraordinary—that is until one night in Vegas when things go wrong. Very, very wrong.
In the second of this series of Fone Stories™, The Illusionist has all of the traits I have come to know in the 3 titles I have read by Mike Kearby. A unique twist on a situation, person or time; one good hint that tests a reader’s attention and exposure to vocabulary, a spare writing style in which every word is necessary and none are disposable, and an ending that is completely guaranteed to keep you thinking long into the night. In what has become the “must read” series of stories for me, Kearby again twists fantasy and reality to present an Illusionist with the power to create items from his simple imagining or need. With his little bulldog Leurre, Fredrick heads to Las Vegas to ply his trade on a casino stage. What happens next will have you handing your eReader to random strangers telling them they MUST read it.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for Full Moon Bites. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Mike Kearby (born 1952) is an American novelist and inventor. Since 2005, Kearby has published ten novels, one graphic novel, and written two screenplays: (2011) Boston Nightly, with fellow writer Paul Bright and (2012) The Devouring. Boston Nightly is scheduled for filming in the spring of 2013.
Kearby was born in Mineral Wells, Texas, and received a B.S. from North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) in 1972. He taught high school English and reading for 10 years and created “”The Collaborative Novella Project”” The project allows future authors to go through the novel writing process from idea to published work. Kearby began novel writing in 2005 and has completed eight novels, one graphic novel, and written the afterword to the TCU Press 2010 release of western novelist’s, Elmer Kelton, “”The Far Away Canyon””.
“”Ambush at Mustang Canyon”” was a finalist for the 2008 Spur Awards. “”A Hundred Miles to Water”” was awarded the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Best Adult Fiction. “Texas Tales Illustrated” was awarded the 2012 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Best YA Non-Fiction.