Jack Brewer over at The UFO Trail also occasionally writes for Examiner.com. Jack recently interviewed me about The Portent, the sequel to The Facade. The Portent went live on Amazon last week.
As I note in the interview, The Portent is a true sequel — you need to have read The Facade first to follow it.
Check out the interview — and learn a few things (no spoilers) about The Portent!
I remember the first time I read The Facade, and at the end of it, I yelled… “Ahhh! What happens next?!’… and immediately went to Amazon to order the sequel… I must have searched the Internet for an hour before realizing there wasn’t one… and I think I yelled, “You have GOT to be kidding me.”
It brought to mind the first time I read Fellowship of the Ring… I think I finished it in the middle of the night, and immediately picked up book 2 and read deep into the night (I was in high school)… but can you imagine how people must have felt in the 1950s when they released the Two Towers a year or whatever afterwards?
Or also, the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode where Riker ends the season ordering the Enterprise to fire on the Borg ship with Picard on it. I was watching it in my room, my dad was watching it in the living room and I heard him yell, AHHHH! I found myself speechless before exclaiming. “You have GOT to be kidding me!”
So yeah. The Facade was in the “You have GOT to be kidding me” cliffhanger category. Of course, I’m rereading it before getting The Portent.
Sorry you’ve been so tormented for so long. I can hardly wait to hear your reaction to the end of this one. 🙂
I’ve lost count how many times I’ve read the Facade. I’ve lent the book to several friends and family over the last few years, all of whom have begged me to lend it to them again to re-read. In the end I had to order extra copies just to get them off my back (some got it on Kindle), and as soon I saw the Portent was available I purchased a couple extra to hand out at Xmas.
Just like the Facade it took me precisely 3 days to finish the Portent, getting more and more depressed as I could feel the book drawing to a close. Please Mike dont leave us hanging for as long for the next in the segment!
sorry – but the depression line made me chuckle a bit. But I actually know how you feel. I felt the same way when I finished it. I’m hoping to start #3 the summer of 2015, so the wait won’t be like the last one.
Its probably more sadness than depression, its so good I didn’t want it to end!
Funnily enough if it was pure fiction I wouldn’t even read it, this ‘faction’ concept is such a clever tool to explore the factual elements (Sept 11th??!) you have included.
Colleagues at my workplace with no prior interest or knowledge to these subjects have commented that the Facade is the best thing they have read, so you’re famous in at least one town in England 🙂
Nearly finished ‘I dare you not to…’, I think I have most of what you have written that is obtainable, my recent favourites being ‘was Jesus who he claimed to be’ and the ‘survey of creation and evolution’.
I’d love to see someone like yourself take on the history of religions in some sort of time-line. I constantly find the ‘so and so religion is older’ argument used to discredit Judaism/Christianity.
Chris – enjoyed the comment. If I ever get to England I’ll of course blog that and perhaps I can meet you and your friends.