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Vril is a force which to its believers can heal or destroy.’ For famous journalist Jane Wilkinson, a peaceful architectural assignment in Berlin is a chance for some much needed relaxation. Until she notices that something very sinister is happening…
Monday, 30 September 2013
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Interview and vril feature in "Haunted after Dark" magazine - sponsors of the BRITISH HORROR FILM FESTIVAL 2013
Monday, 2 September 2013
While the main protagonist is a widower and tries to overcome his grief with a work trip to Berlin, the plot edges into paranormal area and sheds light on some supernatural cult around Hitler and his hardcore followers.
I have read quite a few stories and articles about it, all handled as rumours, but their existence is so persistent that the plot - speculative conspiracy as it may be - sounds very plausible to me.
The book is well written and held my interest throughout.
The most pleasant aspects of the book are that the characters are so real and believable, more dimensional and that the storyline is far from flat, as I find so often with books in the genre.
I found it a compelling and fascinating read. "
Sunday, 1 September 2013
Ben Manning wrote a story with a tightly knitted plot!
With a touch of romance, tragedy and loss the story takes the reader to Berlin.
Modern Berlin is a hubbub of the arts with a progressive youth that is in stark contrast with the Berlin of Nazi German. The contrast should be stark and in certain aspects it is though the true ethos of the book lies in the fact that we as a people have not learned our lesson.
Conspiracy theory and secret societies abound this book is reminiscent of Dan Brown. Detail and a workable hypothesis adds a level to the plot while psychic abilities and curses overlies the detail to add ever more to the story.
This is a book that I would not have passed by in a bookshop. And I would not have been disappointed.
What I loved the most about this book is the fact that the author includes several plot lines interwoven and make it work expertly in one continuing page turner. The fact that the author did all this whilst building up characters shifting from modern to gothic is a testimony of his research and his surety of the subject of the book.
A 5* rating hardly seems fair for a 10* read.
Monday, 26 August 2013
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Fantastic news! This week The Vril Codex will be published by the number one ebook publisher in the world - the multiple award winning "Double Dragon" Press. New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony described them as the "best" in the business. Double Dragon Publishing have renowned writers on their books and I am honoured to be represented by DD Books. Their authors include Gail Z. Martin, Danny Birt, J.M Frey, Danny Birt, Geoff Nelder, Simon Drake, Dan DeBono, Tony Teora, E. Rose Sabin, David Conway (founder of cult band "My Bloody Valentine"), Steve Lazarowitz and the late Nick Pollotta. Print versions will follow next year or sooner...ENJOY! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Dragon_Publishing
Saturday, 13 July 2013
"I have read your first three chapters and find your story definitely intriguing. Jane is an interesting mix of restless passion and curious naiveté. I really like Bob. You have drawn the characters in a realistic way. The plot is thickening well as the chapters unfold. The important things are the plot and structure and layers. I think you have done great with them from what I have read so far - best of
Monday, 8 July 2013
Back in 2010 I was a bit of an inexperienced novelist when it comes to the whole business of publishing. This led to being featured on BBC Radio 4's "You and Yours" programme exposing the immoral actions of a certain publisher that had offered me a wonderful publishing deal but had until the contract was sent - somehow forgotten to mention the finances required from my end. Yes in some ways the internet with amazon self publishing has opened a few doors but this is only because never was there a time when publishers were so unopen to the idea of direct submissions. In the past you could submit. not so now. Instead online literary workshops such as authonomy seem a good way to get your work out there and improve and of course you must get a literary agent - not that they are anything more than business middlemen - there was a time when a successful author didnt need an agent. To be honest if your lucky enough to find a good small press that can still be the case. For some a good agent is a good idea but there is no rule of thumb in my view.
Anyway to cut a long story short in 2011 i signed up with publish america. Suffice to say that was a huge mistake. Believe me a bad publisher doesnt equal bad authors. I am bound to say that but they have managed to persuade everyone to sign up from sandor stern who wrote the screenplay to amityville horror to even the writers of a recent hollywood film. Their success was despite rather than because of pa. Well, just youtube publish america and you will find enough proof. Despite monthly proof that VC is selling on amazon i have never receieved and will never receive any royalties.
Then after paying hundreds of pounds to be released from contract in 2012 i signed with a small online publisher called vamptasy who were it seemed much better but my book was not in keeping with their vampire type erotic fiction (though there are some elements of both styles in vril codex) so that never really made sense and we parted ways unpleasantly in May 2013 after i made an understandable complaint that no marketing /feedback ect of any kind had been offered. I was unceremoniously dumped.
This hasnt been written to read as a moan - but i do think artists and writers need to look out for one another. If you have got published smoothly dont gloat and laugh and jeer at others lack of success -it doesnt mean they arent any good. More than likely you are talented but also LUCKY. many a successful/talented author has been the victim of immoral or unprofessional publishers - we all need to start somewhere. As for me it is for the readers to decide whether i am a good or bad writer. Try to be sympathetic and make sure the swindles dont continue...
So why dont I want you to buy the vril codex yet? Well I have high hopes for Taylor Street publishing - they have incorporated "night publishing" and seem an improvement on the two publishers i have mentioned. They seem to operate like a proper publisher rather than a self publisher masquarading as a trad publisher as was the case with PA and they have more distribution and have more in print than vamptasy. If you decide you simply must have Vril Codex and will forget about it by the end of the year then please buy it at the expensive price it is listed at on amazon. If, however you want a better edited cheaper alternative then do wait until the end of the year for the new release.
HOWEVER - if finances are not a problem then do buy the self published editions of vril codex and review them if you like. Many a famous novel (spartacus ect..) started that way. it all gets me out there.
But if you want to read it that much - and i hope you do - then wait until the new version it will save you money and i might get something for it.
Saturday, 29 June 2013
Sunday, 23 June 2013
Ben Manning’s “The Vril Codex” – worth a look!
Saturday, 22 June 2013
"Ben had mentioned to me that he had published a novel some time ago.
A supernatural mystery story. With nazis. And a cover I didn’t like.
Yeah, I thought, where have I seen THIS before?
And, yeah, it would have a connection to Coleridge.
- Of cooooooourse, buddy. Nevermind, I’ll read your thing anyway. Because I am the nicest guy in the world, and the best of pals, all over. Friendly neighborhood’s Nick Carraway, you know.
And then, after fighting down some more resistance, I actually cared to read the book, at night, on the screen, via Kindle for PC…
…And I had a BLAST!
This is a great book, and one that likely will fall under the radar due to the dynamics of modern mass market publishing – which is why I decided to link permantently to Ben’s page.
I won’t spoil anything right now, though. Let’s just say that the Coleridge references in the text are very well placed, not in the rather absurd way that Tim Powers used them in THE GATES OF ANUBIS. THE VRIL CODEX is a well-researched “Indiana Jones”-type story that, while perhaps not sporting the particularly most originally structured plot, never becomes too sensational or too cheap to believe its action.
I’d say “it’s better than the stuff that Dan Brown writes”, but really, Dan Brown is such a no-writer, I don’t think that I’d be particularly complimenting Ben with such a statement.
Let’s put it like this:
I don’t particularly like nazi conspiracy books or movies, the tropes being old even when Spielberg picked them up.but But I liked this one, and I am as snobbish about books as they come. So, this should say a lot about how good it really is.
I recommend this book to you. "
and I was initially very sceptical, because, you know, oh the annoyance if the review isn't pleasing, but...
Hell yeah, I enjoyed this one, and big time!
Now, granted, it's not, whatever, Marcel Proust, but it's a beautiful, and thoroughly entertaining
very much in the style of the old "Indiana Jones" tales, and, quite frankly, aeons ahead of Dan Brown's literary outings.
"The Vril Codex" deserves a bigger readership, and,in general, more recognition.
Let's put it like this:
I have little time to read these days. I have to handpick the books I read for leisure, or I get all messy with my free time.
And I didn't regret this one. And, more than that, I think Ben is planning a sequel.
I will read that one, too.
And I never read sequels. Except when I do!
So, go, and read this one! :)
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
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I have really enjoyed the Vril Codex. It is a good play on secret societies of Nazi culture and is full of suspense. I felt myself waiting at the turn of every page for what was to come next. There is something for everyone in this book, with some thrill, romance, mystery, and action. Jane and Bob Wilkerson are an interesting couple with an interesting story. When Jane goes to Berlin to start a piece on architecture in the city she stumbles into a series of events that will forever change her life and that of her loving husband, Bob...pick up a copy of The Vril Codex to find out how.
I promise you will enjoy The Vril Codex...I certainly did.
Sunday, 3 February 2013
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1: What is the working title of your book(s)?
I am writing The Vril chronicles book Series and have completed Part One and Part Two of the series.
Part Two is subtitled: The Vril Codex 2 - “The Dresden Benefactor" and is a mystery.
I am working on ideas for a Part Three, for completion in 2013. Originally I did not plan any more than two books but am changing my mind on this as there is so much potential in the Vril mythology. I have just completed a science fiction novel written in the last year called "The Utopiate Complex"
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
I read “The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail” as a child and it stayed with me all my life so I was astonished at the success of the Da Vinci Code which has so many of the ideas from that book so what I did was create a character – in Warwick Blake – that’s was based on one of the writers of Holy Blood called Henry Lincoln. After reading various conspiracy accounts of the Nazi’s and the occult as well as seeing a documentary I decided that it would be a fun idea to make up my own mythology based on the Norse background to a lot of Nazi imagery which in itself was harmless. I was also inspired by the belief in Vril and the ancient land of Thule which the composer Charles Gounod had written a piece of music for within his opera “Faust”. I also have met conspiracy theorists on UFO’s and the Nazi’s as well as the paranormal.
3: What genre does your book come under?
Thriller- Supernatural Horror -Science fiction.
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Bob Wilkinson - Rufus Sewell. Jane Wilkinson - Rachael Stirling. Warwick Blake - Michael Gambon.
Helena Hister - ?
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
“The Vril codex” is the story of the Nazi' occult beliefs in ancient Norse myth,
satanic practises and alien technology and is the first novel to mythologise and build a story around real life conspiracy theories.
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
The Vril Codex is published by Vamptasy Publishing – an independent publisher.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Part One took about 6 months – then I rewrote and changed it over a year period, adding and revising, so all in all just over 18 months. Part Two took about 12 months.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Frederick Forsyth’s work or James Herbert’s have been compared but I tried to do something different with this though some have compared it to the Da Vinci Code, which as a book I can take or leave though I like its concepts.
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired to write in after reading conspiracy books on the subject and realizing there had never been a fictional novel on the subject as such. Holy grail, Knights Templar, the spear and various others have been done endlessly.
I searched obscure libraries and spoke to experts on "Vril" power and made sure I did not read the 19th century Bulwer Lytton novel - "vril - the coming race" as I wanted to produce the first novel to ever tackle the Nazi links with the supernatural and alien life. Vril was a religion to the Nazi's as occultists and I decided to look at books like "Morning of the Magicians" to really get background on the subject.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The vril codex is the first book ever written to mythologize the ancient norse myths, vril power and thule ancient land myths as well as UFO'S and the Nazi connection. I did not want to do the "obvious" thing and have the novel feature Hitler etc...that would be boring so I created my own characters and mythologies inspired by figures from history as well as conspiracy figures such as Maria Orsic.
My audience would range from teenagers to the elderly. It took me two years to write and involved painstaking research and effort. I learned how to improve my art as a process. The cover was a collaboration of ideas between me and my publisher Vamptasy - Nicola Ormerod. I am very happy with it as it focuses on aliens rather than the rather obvious swastika of the previous release. I want to introduce a whole mythology and possible series to readers and open minds to the possibility of alien life and the supernatural.
I have written a full sequel and have enjoyed being interviewed on the BBC on national and local radio on my writing.
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Below you will find authors who I highly recommend for further reading with books and blogs. Please be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on works in progress and new releases! Happy Writing and Reading!
1. Jerry Robb - A writer of esoteric mystery along the lines of the doomsday prophesies, terrorism and spiritual fields
2. Robert Craven: Irish Author and Speaker, author of “Get lenin” and “Zinnman” imagine John Le Carre meets “Secret Army” or “Colditz” and you have two cracking espionage thrillers.
3. Carmilla Voiez - A stunning writer with real talent and a wonderful descriptive style within erotica and horror.
4. Terry Ravenscroft – I have never met Terry but discovered him when The Vril Codex 2 was with Youwriteon/feedaread publishing and I was astonished at the man’s long pedigree in comedy spanning 35 years. Strangely most won’t have heard of him but his characters “Cissie and Ada” are known to everyone in the UK who ever watched the Les Dawson show – which Terry wrote for. “Stairlift to Heaven” and “I’m in Heaven” had me laughing endlessly….
Monday, 14 January 2013
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Tuesday, 8 January 2013
Hitler lived? Gerrard Williams on the escape of Hitler- Various articles behind Thule and the science of VRIL
Two more interesting articles on the science behind the Vril -again featured heavilly in my books...
Article on the Thule Society which is featured heavilly in vril codex...
These kind of reports are elluded to in the vril codex - if you have read Vril codex you will recognise this as there is only a mention of hitler -many of the characters are pseudonym's for certain well known figures as is their immortality...