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Ebury Press © 2005, 274 pages [amazon]
3.5 stars

Twenty-five-year-old Nick Copeman's accomplishments were few and decidedly unimpressive before he became King. Unemployed and still living with his parents in the coastal town of Sheringham, Nick spent his days watching schlock TV--Zena: Warrior Princess, Battlestar Galactica--and playing Connect Four or grabbing meals with his friend John Painter at Roy Boy's Truck Stop. But all that changed when Nick and John paid £29 apiece to legally change their names to, respectively, Henry Michael King Nicholas and The Right Reverand [sic] Baby Face Archbishop of Fantaberry. Having thus become royal, HM King Nicholas determined to look and act the part. He details in King Nicholas and the Copeman Empire how he and Baby Face set about acquiring the trappings of their new stations--the crown, the vestments, the stationery and trailer-turned-royal residence--and the various adventures the two had after adopting their new personae. Most dramatic among these was the pair's successful infiltration of the Pride of Norfolk Awards, an annual black-tie event held in the Ramada Norwich Hotel, at which King Nicholas managed to get himself photographed for the local society pages. Not all of their schemes were as successful, or as above-board: the King and Archbishop also collected for charity, the money going mostly toward keeping them in snacks, and they sold a number of peerages over the internet for large sums of money. You won't be surprised to learn that the whole enterprise ended rather badly.

Twenty-five-year-old Nick Copeman's accomplishments were few and decidedly unimpressive before he became King.We are apparently to understand that the events described in King Nicholas are true, that Copeman and Baby Face really did engage in imaginative fundraising and generally make themselves unpopular in Sheringham with their stunts and affectations. Their prank is amusing--apart from the illegal and/or immoral among their undertakings--though not laugh-out-loud funny. The one joke of the book, that Copeman's something of an idiot who makes an ass of himself, often unwittingly, wears thin after a while. Still, the book is a nicely written and unusual read that will appeal to readers who like a good caper.

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Dear Book Blog,
I have a new book out called Mystery of Everyman's Way.

'Mystery of Everyman's Way, a sci fi romance, took over two and a half years to complete, including a thorough revision process by my publisher Etreasures Publishing.

In the past, I had a number of reviews for my second book, King without an Empire. One of which hit the big time and was reviewed by www.dailygrail.com . I am really thankful for any review I have received in the past, which did provide exposure. Etreasures Publishing is now going to republish my first work, Prescience Rendezvous, which has evolved into another sci fi romance.

In September 2004, I was interviewed by Richard Mcilveen of CTV's Web Mania on how I got Prescience Rendezvous published VIA Internet. I would be honored and humbled if you would consider reviewing Mystery of Everyman's Way.

Thanks in advance for being so helpful and if you have any questions regarding my books, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Paul Collins
Author
Mystery of Everyman's Way

PAUL COLLINS PRESENTS:
"Mystery of Everyman's Way"

An expatriate American, Gregory Henry Case, was a quantum physics professor at Oxford University in London, England. His life was rather dull and predictable, until his relationship with his long time girl friend abruptly ended. Case then found a body. Naturally, the authorities examined the corpse. They tested it for its DNA composition, blood type, and conducted a myriad of tissue extractions. Dental records were matched up. Thus Case was then told that the cadaver in question was not an unknown person, but was Gregory H. Case himself—one hundred and fifty years in the future!

It was in this point in the narrative where Case met a mysterious Agent Derek Stratton, who warned Case about the exterritorial plot to kidnap him and others too. The intelligence officer labeled this enemy as the 'The League.' Case was manipulated into believing that members of the League were nothing but a mysterious group of astronauts, explorers from another level of reality. They eventually kidnapped Dr. Case from a British military installation.

In time, a spacecraft craft then rocketed him and others into a series of fiery chasms. As they flew into the cosmos, ghosts emerged from the space bound chariot. They tried to inculcate the men into sahaja yoga, a form of Eastern Thinking.
Eventually the men landed in another time and place, where dinosaurs walked the earth and early man lived in the caves. It was here where Case and his unknown travel mates met Father Thomas Toomey, a humble archivist. Toomey initiated them into a secret society called 'The League.'

Eventually, this archivist sent Case on an adventure of a life time by placing the professor in a holographic existence. Through an inexplicable set of circumstances, Case unwittingly drunk a secret love potion, which made him fall in love with Princess Daphne, who was a young Barbarian royal. As a matter of fact his new love interest was set to marry King David, which would bring peace throughout the worlds of Everyman's Way.

Forbidden passion became their sin. This was where the most powerful and prominent members of this society, the Land Owners, saw a seer and learned if the Daphne abdicated from the throne, a nuclear war would be the result, annihilating Everyman's Way. Will Gregory Henry Case survive. Find out more by reading the Mystery of Everyman's Way, where sci fi and romance collide.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
Paul Collins was born in Toronto, Ontario Canada. In 1998, Collins directed a 30 second commercial that went to air on Cable Pulse 24. In 2002, he directed a documentary about young people called Just Talk. Its world premier was at the Final Cut Short Film Screenings DJ & VJ Sets in the city of Brighton in the fall of 2003. Collins has written Prescience Rendezvous and King without an Empire. Mystery of Everyman's Way is his latest book which has just been released as a paperback through www.EtreasuresPublishing.com . Etreasures Publishing is also now republishing a revised, updated, and improved version of Prescience Rendezvous which hopefully be available in 2008.




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