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This past week we gave you a Psychic Thriller, The Faith Machine by Tone Milazzo. As usual, our Roadies brought a wide selection of content to this show and once again, it’s my pleasure to bring you the encore.
Tone Milazzo is the author of Picking Up the Ghost, The Faith Machine, and the ESPionage Role-Playing Game.
Stories have always been Tone’s first love. When the first hunter told another about the one who got away, stories made us human. Stories lead to understanding. Fiction, religion, biographies, gossip, gaming, and history, it all goes into the slow cooker and out come stories.
To those ends Tone’s been around, professionally speaking. Marine, taxi driver, teacher, assistant to scientists, and coder. This breath of experience has given Tone a little knowledge about a lot of things, good and bad.
He lives in San Diego with his wife Melissa Milazzo (author of Time is a Flat Circle) and two dogs, all of whom are more capable than he is.
The Faith Machine
Welcome to the dangerous, clandestine world of ESPionage. Welcome to The Strip, where operatives on the fringe command teams of ‘Cards’: Agents cursed with subtle, specialized, and sometimes sloppy psychic powers. Dr Ken Park, Korean-American psychologist and spy, dares to lead six of these Cards. Together, they tackle esoteric threats the Department of Homeland Security cannot.
Park takes his team to Africa to retrieve the Faith Machine. Built by the Soviets to turn prayers into suffering, the psychotronic device fell into the hands of a demented warlord. Tragically, the mission fails and the madman slaughters hundreds of innocents while the machine burns.
They return to the States in disgrace, and into an ambush by the mysterious and brutal Casemen. Cut off from command and each other, the scattered agents rush to their safe house in the west. While spy agencies from around the world want retribution for the catastrophe in Africa. Park’s team outplays enemies left and right, while uncovering the true threat. There’s another Faith Machine, one destined to bring hell on earth.
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MAY 31ST–THE WELCOMING
Whispers & Wonder – review
“The Faith Machine was a refreshing read that strays far from the norm of my usual literary diet, and I’m so glad I was given the chance to give this thriller a go. A quick, entertaining, action-packed read that refuses to hold anything back as it violently drags its readers along with a group of unlikely spy-type heroes, who inevitably leave a trail of destruction in their wake.”
Kerri McBookNerd – review
“This was fun, action-packed, and incredibly entertaining! The characters were a bit one-dimensional and I could have done with the racism being challenged more, but I still enjoyed my first dip into an adult spy thriller. If you’re looking for something that is fast-paced, humorous, and all the spy action you could want, give this one a try!”
natrosette – review
“Overall, I enjoyed this book and being along for the ride even if it seemed a bit chaotic at times. If you’re someone who enjoys an out-of-the-box narrative, then I recommend you give this entertaining espionage thriller a try.”
The Swordsmith – review
“Putting it simply, this was a great read for me. I love stories about spys, espionage and clandestine operations, but in this story the agents have an edge, and things are very different. This was an interesting take on a Noir esque story, Tone juggles complex and important themes such as the dangers of technology, faith and how it can be created and mankind and it’s arrogance.”
On the Book Shelf – excerpt
“I love weird and out of the way ideas, and Tone fills this book with them. There’s no genre it will easily fall into and the unexpected happens constantly. In fact, there’s almost a Carl Hiassenesqe genious in the writing that resulted in a fun book that kept my interest all the way through.”
Fantasy Book Critic – excerpt
Infinite Speculation – review
“Another big tick in The Faith Machine’s favour is the action. There’s a real range of it, from crunchy one-on-one fights, to stealthy takedowns, to more explosive demonstrations of Project Dead Blind’s abilities. I was pleasantly surprised (in a non-psychopathic way) by just how violent and visceral some scenes were in fact. Milazzo doesn’t shy away from occasional bouts of graphic violence, and there’s plenty of swearing and sex references too.”
Before We Go Blog – review
“Unlike many of the trope-filled superhero stories mentioned above that are a part of mainstream culture, The Faith Machine steps outside the box a bit. It reminds me more of a gonzo Watchman then anything having to do with superman. People with powers have double the problems. They are human, and with that comes all of the quirky human characteristics that swirl round in their monkey brains, including mental illness. God or something caused these people to be gifted, but all gifts have a price. It can be life-destroying or life-affirming. But in the end, these characters have a realness that most superhero stories do not have. “
Paul’s Picks – review
“Pick up The Faith Machine to gain entrance into Milazzo’s ESPionage world… a place where assumptions are smashed by the psychic waves of a misfit crew.”
The Grimoire Reliquary – review
“Few things better than ax-wielding ladies in AC/DC shirts, I always say. I appreciate how divergant the cast is — these are folks from all walks of life, and the author does an admirable job of giving them unique, nuanced voices. For the most part — occasionally, a line read across as unpolished or as the author’s unbridled commentary, but that was a very, very rare occurance indeed!”
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