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The Unseen (Part 1 of the Manipulated Evil Series)
by T. C. McMullen
Genre:  Science Fantasy Fictional Thriller
Published By Open Reign Publishing  (September 30, 2004)
ISBN:  0975437216
 
T.C. takes you into a new dimension with this book.  Kyle D'Arcy starts out with a fairly normal life and ends up in a whole new world.  The twist and turns in this book will keep you reading for hours.  A wonderful weaving of action and adventure with a splash of romance.  The only "bad" thing is once you read this first book in the Manipulated Evil Series, you won't stop until you have read them all!
 
 
Epstein LaRue, RN, BS, Travel Nurse & Published Author of Love At First Type:  An Online Romance Based On A True Story, Crazy Thoughts of Passion, and Highway Hypodermics:  Your Road Map To Travel Nursing.
 
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THE UNSEEN
by T.C. McMullen
ISBN: 0-9754372-1-6
Coming soon from Open Reign Publishing

Thriller? Speculative fiction? Romance? Science fantasy? Once again T.C. McMullen's work blurs the genre boundaries, and once again she's kept me reading until I finished the book. From the wonderfully creepy prologue to the cliffhanger ending (this is Book One in a trilogy), this story held me captive.

College student Kyle D'Arcy knows nothing of his true heritage. He believes he's the son of the couple who reared him. Bored, goal-less, and more spoiled by his easy life than he realizes, Kyle finds himself as baffled as both his mother and the police are when his father's murder calls him home. Who would want to kill Carter D'Arcy? What's in the envelope the geneticist left hidden in his home office, with Kyle's name shakily printed on it? And who is the striking young woman in a photograph that shares space with Kyle's likeness, when investigators go through the older D'Arcy's wallet?

Her name is Ravyn. Unlike Kyle, she knows all about her heritage - and his, too. She's as hard as he is soft, a trained and seasoned soldier (and leader) in a war for which Carter D'Arcy failed to prepare Kyle. A war that pulls the young man in nevertheless, forcing him to either rise to its demands or die. A war on which the fates of at least two worlds hang, although the people of Earth know nothing about it. Yet.

What is the true nature of evil? How can it come not from ill intent, but from good people who do wrong believing that "this one time, the end justifies the means"? As I read THE UNSEEN, I asked myself those timeless questions. Sometimes I shivered in sympathy with the characters, and sometimes I wanted to reach through the pages and shake them. I can't wait to read Book Two!

--Reviewed by Nina M. Osier, author of ROUGH RIDER http://www.geocities.com/nina_osier/

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The Unseen: Book One in the Manipulated Evil Series
T.C. McMullen
Sci-fi Thriller
 
Reviewed by Annette Gisby, author of Drowning Rapunzel and Shadows of the Rose
 
Kyle D'Arcy is a spoilt young man attending college, where he is more interested in studying the women there, rather than his classes. But after his father's murder brings him home, he is dumped straight into the middle of a war that has been raging unseen for decades.
 
His father Carter D'Arcy was a renowned geneticist and leaves Kyle with an envelope full of scientific papers and a key. But someone else knows about it and a few days later, Kyle's mother, Beverly, is murdered too and the killers wait in ambush for Kyle.
 
Kyle is saved by a strange woman, Ravyn, the most beautiful woman Kyle has ever seen. And what was a picture of her doing in Carter's wallet? Was Carter having an affair with her?
 
At first Kyle thinks she is insane with her talk of other worlds and portals, there is only one reality, right? But gradually Kyle comes to believe and finds out things about his heritage that he wasn't sure he wanted to know. For Kyle's whole life has been constructed on a lie, a lie to keep him alive.
 
And what was Carter's involvement in this war? A war fought not with guns and tanks, but diseases that have no cure...
 
Oh, this book was difficult to put down, it twists and turns every which way and just when you thought you had it figured out, another piece of the puzzle is revealed.
 
The reader finds out things at the same time as Kyle, so that you are almost in his shoes, feeling everything he is going through. The book ends on a cliffhanger, ready to dive into book two and I almost screamed with frustration. Ms McMullen has certainly left the readers wanting more!
 
Although the story itself is on a grand scale, the author has delved deep into the heart of the characters and you have to read on to know what is going to happen to them.
 
It is a story of love, sacrifice and ethics. Is it just to do wrong things for the right reasons? Can the end ever justify the means? Is evil a force of nature or nurture?
 
The book makes you think long after the last page has been read.
 

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