Twilight Visitor is a geopolitical thriller with a sci-fi twist. When China invades Iran for its oil, it sets off a domino-effect when Iran retaliates with a nuclear weapon fired at Beijing. While the world stands helpless to stop the debacle, one man, Mateus Cordozo, a bioengineer who is vacationing in his home town in Portugal, meets a strange woman, an off-worlder, who informs him that only he can prevent a global disaster from happening. Mateus refuses to accept the veracity of his strange visitor and his own relevance in the approaching apocalypse as the world teeters toward nuclear war.
“The story races along with pace of a Tom Clancy thriller but the depth of the plot is rich in complexities philosophical ideas. Highly recommended for readers who like fast paced thrillers but with an ingenious twist.” (Book-Reviewer.com)
“I definitely recommend Twilight Visitor by Réal Laplaine as a five star read to all audiences fond of international political thrillers. It has an awesome, suspenseful plot that can be described as an out of this world political intrigue!” (BlogCritics.org)
This review in on TWILIGHT VISITOR from Blogger Critic …
Twilight Visitor by Réal Laplaine begins with Mateus Cordozo, who is soul searching to try to figure out his life, while on his vacation at a beach in Afife, Portugal, his native country. On a windy day in early fall, while he is having some drinks on the beach, a beautiful woman approaches his table, and asks Cordozo if she can join him. Their conversation becomes deep and personal, and Cordozo confesses his disappointment with society in general, and shares his belief as a bioengineer, that the world’s crises are a result of political manipulations.
In the meantime, Iran has rejected China’s request to be their exclusive oil customer, which leads China to initiate an invasion of Iran. Political chaos is on the verge of explosion throughout China, Iran, North Korea, and the US. All the while Cordozo continues his conversation with the mysterious woman who calls herself Serena, over a drink in the beautiful coast of Afife. But who is Serena, and why is she interested in Cordozo? I am not going to give away the story, but will say that I could not put it down!
Laplaine’s plot is a unique web of political suspense intertwined with humanity’s big questions, such as where we came from, and are we alone in the universe. This well written thriller is also thought provoking as Laplaine shows remarkable research skills only surpassed by amazing writing skills. Readers will be on a rollercoaster from the beginning and will remain glued to the pages until the end of this amazing story, which promises a possibility of a sequel. The characters are impeccably developed, which I found genuine as the dialogue and reactions to circumstances were credible without feeling predictable. In all, there is no doubt Réal Laplaine showcased his writing skills in this book.
I definitely recommend Twilight Visitor by Réal Laplaine as a five star read to all audiences fond of international political thrillers. It has an awesome, suspenseful plot that can be described as an out of this world political intrigue! (see review HERE)
“Twilight Visitor was definitely not what I expected, the novel unravelled to become much more than just a story about a possible World War Three between Iran and China. The story centres around Mateus Cordozo, political figures and innocent civilians. The constant switch in perspective offers an interesting insight to everything that was going on from literally every perspective.
The glimpse into the impact the coming disaster has on civilians was my favorite narrative, as I enjoyed the first person view into what was really going on. The background insight into numerous Presidents and Prime Ministers was another gripping narrative as you could sympathise with their struggle to decide what to do. However, I do think there could have been more scenes with Mateus and I think he should have been more involved with the action.
The writing was beautifully constructed with some great lines that were highly-crafted, easily painting an image in my head. I thoroughly enjoyed the prose and it was one of the best elements of the book in my opinion… (more)”
I definitely recommend Twilight Visitor by Réal Laplaine as a five star read to all audiences fond of international political thrillers. It has an awesome, suspenseful plot that can be described as an out of this world political intrigue! – BlogCritics.org
“Twilight Visitor is quickly becoming a cult classic on Amazon…” says SWNS.com
“Twilight Visitor is a high concept thriller that is comparable with the best of Dan Brown or Jack Higgins,” says novelist David Luddington
Since 1945 when America dropped the first atomic warheads on Japan, signalling the beginning of the age of nuclear weapons and their threat to our world, the question which has been posed countless times is what happens if someone actually presses the red button and launches a nuclear assault against another nation?
There are over 20,000 nuclear warheads in the arsenals of a handful of nations today, which means that the power to make a decision about when and where to use those is in the hands of a relative few people. It’s certainly not a matter put to a democratic vote.
TWILIGHT VISITOR pulls back the curtain and reveals very real circumstances today, a WHAT IF scenario, where two nations, China and Iran, engage in a brutal conflict over oil. In a desperate moment, one of them presses the red button and launches a thermonuclear warhead which will kill over five million people in a matter of seconds.
The conflict catches the attention of an extraterrestrial group who promptly sends an ambassador, named Serena, to intervene and prevent Earth from self-suicide. The man she must convince to act and who can put a stop to it, refuses to do so and Serena is challenged to do something before the nuclear warhead strikes its target.
“I started to read this book late one night thinking I could just find out what the plot was. I was late rising from bed the next morning because I could not put it down until my eyes just would not stay open any longer. Mr Laplaine is what I would call a descriptive writer, going far into character development yet creating a genuine picture of the individuals involved in this riveting novel. It is in some ways a very believable story with the plot based on factual occurrences going on today and some very logical reasons why this could occur although it does introduce an alien presence. I am purposely avoiding the plot because that truly is the story and one will clearly understand how this crisis could really take place upon reading it. For the price it is a bargain and I would not be at all surprised if a movie is produced. Read it and you will agree.” Joe
Mateus Cordozo, a bio-engineer, is on holiday in his hometown of Afife Portugal. It isn’t really a holiday because Mateus is walking a thin line as his midlife crisis threatens to pull him deeper into depression. As he sits on a blustery beach, alone, smoking and drinking wine, the oddest of things happens – a stunning woman appears, her dress billowing in the angry wind, and she asks if he would like company.
Distracted by her beauty, Mateus engages her in conversation and all is well until she reveals to him that while he has been sitting here, alone, China has invaded Iran for its oil. She goes on to inform him that in less than a day, Iran will retaliate against China with a nuclear weapon. His shock at hearing the news is made worse when he asks her how she could know about the nuclear attack, and she reveals to him that she is not from Earth, and that her presence here is in fact an intervention to prevent his world from self-suiciding. What she ultimately reveals to him, and why it is so important that Earth not destroy itself, and why he has the power to stop this nuclear meltdown from happening, is shocking and revealing to him.
Twilight Visitor is an international political thriller with a scifi twist, but don’t let the introduction of this beautiful off-worlder distract you from the overall story – it is as much a contemporary eye-opener as it is an eye-opening story about who we are, about our origins and what is in store for humanity.
“The story races along with (the) pace of a Tom Clancy thriller but the depth of the plot is rich in complexities philosophical ideas. Laplaine has a good descriptive style that never interferes with the flow of the narrative as he builds highly credible scenarios that give the reader a true feeling that this is all too close for comfort. Highly recommended for readers who like fast paced thrillers but with an ingenious twist.” Book-Reviewer.com
Réal Laplaine writes political, sci fi and dystopian thrillers. He lives in Sweden. Author website.