Book Review: LifeGames Corporation
Book Review / August 10, 2017

Title: LifeGames Corporation Author: Michael Smorenburg Genre: Thriller Book procurement: Received from the author for an honest review, and also for Mystery Thriller Week. Synopsis: Da Vinci Code—meets Paranormal Activity—meets The Matrix. Ad-agency boss Catherine Kaplan is a danger junkie. Bold and brave, she’s cornered the juiciest prize in the global arena, a LifeGames Corporation contract. But now it’s time to pay the price—a dare to cross the forbidden line. There’s a deal sweetener of course—give a little… and enjoy some intriguing secrets. The first… Artificial Intelligence runs the LifeGames operation. Key to the success is an automated hypnosis sequence that suppresses each subject’s mind, convincing them that the immersive Virtual Reality crisis they’re about to experience is reality. The training technique has been fabulously profitable, allowing company founder Kenneth Torrington to indulge his every perverse fantasy. Governments, militaries and business are so reliant on LifeGames that it is said to control mankind’s future. Yet, nobody has realized—a door has opened and a character of unfathomable capacity and unknown motives is looking back, pondering the next move. Review: First Thoughts Michael and I have sort of a history after I reviewed his novel The S.K.A at Carnarvon – A Trojan Affair. It was a great novel…

Author Spotlight: Michael Smorenburg
Author Spotlight / June 30, 2016

Michael Smorenburg (b. 1964) grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. An entrepreneur with a passion for marketing, in 1995 Michael moved to California where he founded a business consultancy and online media and marketing engine In 2003 he returned to South Africa. Michael’s published works include: Business Buyer’s Kit (Career Press, 1997), The Everything Sailing Book (Adams Media, 1998), The Everything Sailing Book – Part 2 (Adams Media, 1999). Michael is represented in non-fiction by Keller Media of Malibu, California. Michael’s greatest interest is the ocean, keeping up with the latest breakthroughs in science, understanding the cosmos. FaceBook: MichaelSmorenburgAuthor Twitter: @SmorieTheWriter Amazon: Michael Smorenburg Author website: MichaelSmorenburg The SKA at Carnarvon – A Trojan Affair Book review Dara Singh is seventeen. Gregarious and with an Oxford accent, he carries the dark Indian skin and fine features of his evolutionary psychologist father. He is dangerously innocent to the fundamentalism and dogma of the predicament he’s suddenly thrust into. His American astrophysicist mother, Marsha, has taken on a contract to help build the SKA, the $2.5-Billion Square Kilometer Array radio telescope network. This sees the family relocate to the dusty desert town of Carnarvon in South Africa’s arid Northern Cape. It delivers…

The S.K.A at Carnarvon – A Trojan Affair
Book Review / June 30, 2016

Title: The S.K.A. at Carnarvon – A TROJAN AFFAIR Author: Michael Smorenburg Genre: Religious Thriller/Mystery Book procurement: Received a copy from the author for an honest review. Available on Amazon. Synopsis: Dara Singh is seventeen. Gregarious and with an Oxford accent, he carries the dark Indian skin and fine features of his evolutionary psychologist father. He is dangerously innocent to the fundamentalism and dogma of the predicament he’s suddenly thrust into. His American astrophysicist mother, Marsha, has taken on a contract to help build the SKA, the $2.5-Billion Square Kilometer Array radio telescope network. This sees the family relocate to the dusty desert town of Carnarvon in South Africa’s arid Northern Cape. It delivers Dara into the heartland of a staunchly conservative culture. Next year he’s off to finish school in the city, but with 3 months to kill, he’s made the fateful decision to seek new friends by enrolling at the local school. Alas, The Dominee, the town’s preacher, considers the SKA a direct challenge to Genesis. Better yet, only the preacher knows that an Evangelic group from America’s Bible Belt has secretly offered to bankroll his struggle, and the cantankerous old man is already well advanced in mounting a renegade…