Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"Purgatory Origins: Powers of Darkness" by Darryl Olsen

Purgatory Origins:
Powers of Darkness
by Darryl Olsen

Purgatory Origins: Powers of Darkness is the second book in Darryl Olsen's Purgatory series. Also available: Purgatory: Soldiers of Misfortune.

Purgatory Origins is currently on tour with Worldwind Virtual Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

When Professor Harrison Standish, a bookish young archeologist inadvertently stumbles upon an ancient burial chamber in Egypt, he is baffled to find symbolism inside that would appear to date from two different historical periods, thousands of years apart. Suspecting the tomb had been tampered with at some point in the distant past, Professor Standish soon discovers the skeletons of ten half-human/half-canine creatures lying in a far corner of the chamber and his initial bafflement now turns to shock. What kind of ancient madman would be conducting such a horrific experiment?
As Dr. Standish endeavors to explain this mystery over the ensuing days, he happens upon a news report, suggesting that these same grotesque, half-human/half-canine creatures have come to life in the remote mountains of Wyoming and he is immediately on the next flight. By the time he arrives in Wyoming, a World War II Nazi bomber has materialized out of the sky and crashed off the coast of France and a Nazi general named Schmitz has stumbled into the 21st century, leaving behind evidence of his presence in Professor Standish's ancient burial chamber back in Egypt, all of which sets the stage for a rollicking, nonstop, modern day fantasy/sci-fi adventure.
The cast of characters in Purgatory Origins includes Rachael, a pesky, auburn haired New York magazine correspondent, who is known equally for her ability to sink her teeth into a story and her unwillingness to let it go, Jason Kendall, an escaped rapist and killer who falls hard for Rachael when they cross paths and turns out to have a past with our half human creatures, and Harper, the ex-special forces FBI agent, whose primary goal is finding Jason Kendall, getting him back behind bars and keeping him there for the rest of his life but soon finds himself sucked into this mystery woven of ancient symbolism, old Nazi war criminals and otherworldly creatures.

“Sir, you’d best get up here. They’ve found something and according to the captain of the search boat, it’s very strange.”
Jacques got to his feet wearily.
“Please wait here,” he said to the father and son. “I will return soon.”
Back up on the Préfet Maritime vessel, the inspector grabbed the radio receiver.
“Yes, this is Inspector Mitterand. What it is you’ve found?”
“Sir, we have located a plane on the sea bed that fits the general description and dimensions that your two witnesses described. It’s in about 50 meters of water.”
“Very well, send your divers down and get back to me once they’ve had a closer look.”
Jacques had started to hang up but heard a voice coming through the receiver.
“Yes, what it is?”
“Sir, there is more.”
“There is more what?”
“The plane appears to be balancing on a deep ocean trench.”
“And your point is?”
“Sir, there is no deep ocean trench in this area. At least there should not be. I have worked the waters off this coast for many years and have never heard of such a thing. I can assure you it doesn’t exist on any of the ocean charts we have.”

Praise for the Book
"Believe it when I say Purgatory Origins [...] tops the first and it is everything you've been waiting for and more. It is another mind-boggling tale by the Aussie Army Sci-fi author, with co-creator Gary Paul Corcoran. You don't have to have read the first to enjoy this one, but his books are like Frito Lays. I'm sure you've heard the slogan, "Nobody can eat just one," well with Mr. Olsen's spine tingling tales of suspense, you can't stop at one either. Get ready to have your mind blown by this one. If you haven't read his other books, this is a great place to start. And, by all means don't start if you have other important business to finish, because it won't get done until you've finished and sleep is out of the question." ~ Stephen Dalton
"Riveting, compelling and filled with page after page of adventure, chaos and profound action. With each page turned there’s a new road that leads you to another grave journey. In truth, the read will have your heart pounding in anticipation from beginning to end This book will leave you wondering about the true history of purgatory and its origin. It’s a real life purgatory situation! A Must Read!" ~ M. E. Cheshier
"Wow! This book is head and shoulders above most books in its genre, and it is an outstanding value at its price point. If you're like me, you're searching for a good book to read in the middle of the night when the house is finally quiet - and you know that an ebook is hit and miss. Well, this one is a hit! It's about five times longer than a usual e-book (at least in my experience), so you'll get more for your money, and what you get is a good read. Olsen could have serialized this book into at least five parts, but he has given it to us in one glorious volume. Although the book is long, it's a page turner. The plot is very well developed, and from what I can tell, the editor did an outstanding job organizing everything so the story is easy to follow." ~ Nathan J. Barnes, PhD
"I recommend this book if you enjoy science fiction with a interesting twist to it. [...] The book is well written and the characters are developed in such a way that I couldn't help but be invested. The book isn't predictable. [...] I like how there's something for everyone in this book - from time-travelling nazis to dog-headed monsters. There's a lot going on in this book and at no time is it overwhelming or confusing. This book is engrossing and encourages me to look for more books from the author, Darryl Olsen." ~ Rob Lee
"I started this book off on an evening had a lot to do. Big mistake because I was immediately caught up in all the characters and from start to finish totally wrapped up in each twist and turn. It was an easy read and I was never bored. I loved all the characters and wasn't able to predict the ending which was a huge plus. In fact now I want more.. At the end I slowed down because I didn't want my love affair with the book to end. The author writes with ease and understanding. Just enough description to give you a visual but over doing it. I truly felt like I was there traveling with the characters as they solved the puzzle. I'm hoping Mr. Olson puts out more books in this series because my only complaint is that I can't read the next book yet!! I miss it already!" ~ Paula Crebbs

About the Author
Darryl Olsen is a writer who lives in Sydney, he was educated on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales and after leaving school joined the Australian Regular Army. Darryl Olsen now writes part time, and when he is not finishing off his latest novel, you can catch Darryl at the gym lifting heavy weights, but still avoiding all forms of leg work.
Darryl Olsen is the author of the Purgatory series: Purgatory: Soldiers of Misfortune and Purgatory Origins. He also wrote Children of the Gods:The Talon Project.

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