Debut author, Travis Borne introduces us to his epic, intergalactic journey, Lenders: The Unlicensed Consciousness:
When dreaming becomes an occupation...but it’s no picnic and what must be done is not for the faint of heart. Very few can do it successfully, or stomach it, until Amy comes along. She's special, but not for any reason you’d imagine.
Jump twenty-five years into the future where the last of humanity survives in the last city, a quaint town surrounded by a great wall. Science is limited, except in the facility where technology stabilizes the world of dreams, where consciousness itself is harvested in exchange for protection.
When the unexpected happens Jim is faced with a gut-wrenching decision that could change everything. But it’s what his malcontent self had always wanted, right? Travel beyond the solar system, through wormholes, into The NOTHING—The SOMETHING as some call it, then explode out; to the edge of the universe, realms unrecognizable—and depending on his choice, possibly into a world of doom purposed for the unimaginable. But is this really just a dream, a MAP as labeled by Ted and the other scientists?
Journey into a vast desert with mezcal-drinking Felix in his clunker pickup where secrets run deep. Meet Mister Quain Renmore in a world unimaginable; he wants to disclose more than he's allowed to—beware of his slaps and kicks. Push the boundaries of the system, testing its limits with newfound powers. Will it burst through causing the ultimate surge, or is it already too late? And will it even be enough to save them—the drone army has already punched through the defenses! Head to the safe room, pack in tight while Amy, Jim, and the lenders battle against all odds to pull off the impossible.
Experience the beginning where it all started, 25 years ago. Powerful companies race to develop AI, and one man with a prescience greater than your typical mortal manages something special by working nearly 20 hours per day. He's rudely blunt and tells it like it is. But can he tear down the walls that hold him prisoner to a world of hate? Will he realize, he doesn't have to go through this alone. Hatred forged from years of abuse and mockery, once a nerd but now a king, haunted by terrible speculations of a perspicacious mind he knows things will take a turn for the worse and decides to unfold a chair, pop open a beer and watch it all burn, but now...has everything changed? He finds someone special across the border in Mexico, but can newfound love assuage the demons raging war inside his mind. His immense mental capability is balanced by a terrible trio that bullies his rational and sanity.
With a select group of friends and a rescued heart, will he alter the plans? While there can be no stopping the coming destruction, could he and his team pull it off anyway? Maybe, with the assistance of another very special mind.
Horrific terrors delivered to your spine, encounter myriad dream worlds, learn lessons from goodhearted characters like old Nanny at the fair, laugh at red-headed Myron, Amy’s wacky chainsaw-wielding school buddy going ballistic on tourists in the canyon map. Cry when new love is born, also cry when trust is shattered.
A warning to all readers: attempt to retain your lucidity while things snowball for civilization, fires rage, and volcanoes vomit. Bear witness to mass destruction on a comprehensive scale—but just as the lights are about to go out for good: along comes Jim, Amy, Rico, and the lenders, assisted by head scientist Ted—in the future; Herald, the love of his life, and his friends—in the past. Can Herald and his team outrun the approaching nightmare in the hover-jet? Can Amy and Jim slip through where all others have failed? Will a species prove itself worthy? Will a beacon for intergalactic assistance be heard, and if so will it arrive in time to save the final stragglers?
Woo hoo! I haven’t been on such a wild ride in a long time! There is so much I want to say about this book. However, I am committed to a policy of no spoilers! (Maybe)
First, Travis is definitely a journeyman word wrangler, especially considering this is his first novel! He is very expert at assembling descriptions, scene setting and dialog!
Second, his plotting is marvelous! Just when I thought I might lose a thread he finds a way to bring it back into focus.
Third, there are many major and minor characters, and he keeps them all in line and performing solidly. Even the AI and then robots keep the action going, sometimes at breakneck speeds.
Fourth, there were quite a few times when I could barely close my Kindle. I don’t stay up late anymore without good reason and Travis gave me more than I could handle.
Fifth, I found the ending very satisfying and it left me wanting the next book. “Lenders 2: The Time Tribulations”, you heard it here first!
If you like sci-fi, if you enjoy works about a post-apocalyptic future, if you make jokes about robot overlords, this large-scale techno-thriller is for you!
This is the best book I have read this year. Sci-fi is my favorite genre, I am going to give it a score of 5.1 stars, on a 5-point scale. Yes, I know, I cheated. Read the book yourself and tell me I am wrong.
EDIT: As of December 9, 2018, this book has been rewritten and re-published in the Kindle format. It is so much better than the previous edition! My mind is blown again! What until you read "Lenders 2: The Time Tribulations"! The awesomeness continues!
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Tags: dystopian, drones, killer drones, wormhole, artificial intelligence, lucid dreams
Here is the link to the review of Lenders 2: www.wordrefiner.com/book-reviews/lenders-ii-the-time-tribulations-the-lenders-saga-book-2-by-travis-borne
Copyright © 2018 Mark L Schultz except for the author's introduction
7/3/2018 08:12:33 pm
Curious, Mark. Which chapter was your favorite? Or like me, the top ten because I have decided it's impossible to have just one favorite, although I do have a favorite entire section: Part III, then Part V
7/3/2018 09:09:30 pm
I don't exactly have a favorite, but the first scene that jumped to my mind was when Amy was hiding in the junkyard as a little girl. Your description of her feelings and what she was experiencing left quite an imprint. I also enjoyed Amy as a dreamer, her ingenuity impressed my a great deal. Your descriptions of the drones attacking the city were quite scary, the drones were so methodical and creative.
7/3/2018 09:45:34 pm
I hated English. It was my worse subject in school. I was the math guy, really though, the resourceful guy who could achieve As and Bs by cheating and not trying. I broke out of school like a prisoner from Alcatraz, as fast as possible, then was ignited by life and partied until all hell broke loose, then fell apart.
7/3/2018 09:55:06 pm
That is am impressive story. You found a talent and taught yourself how to maximize it and leverage it. It sounds like there is a lot of you in your stories. Your experiences with the different locales translated well into your book.
7/3/2018 10:16:10 pm
No research. Well, maybe a few places, such as coming over the San Jacinto Mountains, just north of Yuma, AZ. I'd never been there. But most was stuff I’d done, or studied already, such as the lucid dreaming (as explained in the Author’s Rambles section of the book)—and the partying, yes, even the drugs. Should I say that? But who cares? We’ve all did crazy stuff. Rab in the club, his back tale, well, just wait until you read Lenders II. Really!
7/3/2018 10:35:36 pm
Your style of writing seems rather unique, but I have only interviewed ten or so writers, so I have a lot to learn still. You are right, time is the most precious aspect of our lives, it's always moving, we can't save it and can only choose how we spend it.
7/4/2018 09:47:45 am
7/4/2018 10:42:19 am
Erinn, not sure. Just went full steam ahead. Took it on because I made the vow to myself, needed the change—really really needed something, although I wasn’t at the time sure of what, and if it was even the right path. But none of it was done in a day. I sat learning to type (the right way) on an old swap-meet Dell for months before heading into my trailer (the quiet office away from the chaotic harmony of my family). And there were like anything else, good days and bad, days where the brain might as well have been a pile of grey crap, and days where I was Einstein, or even a god.
7/4/2018 10:29:45 am
Mark, my family is the best part of life. They keep me grounded when my mind goes haywire, when the pressure of life is crushing, when it gets tough, and it does, does it ever. I have four kids. Todd, age 5: his energy is boundless. Jess, age 11: her creativity is unrivaled and she never forgets someone’s special day, e.g. birthday, etc., always drawing a beautiful card. And Niel, age 17: caring, emotional, helpful; and my first born, John, now age 20: brainiac, perfectionist, will probably be president one day. We live together and I could probably write a novel about us, make that ten novels, but what family couldn’t. Must just say, I love ’em all, as well my wife of 21 years who has always been by number-one supporter.
7/4/2018 08:30:47 pm
Thank you for sharing so much of your writing journey and how you developed it from the ground up. I love that story. That is quite a process, teaching yourself to appreciate words like you did code. Then educating yourself by reading, reading and more reading.
7/5/2018 06:32:43 pm
That is so interesting, Mark. I loved hearing the back story to your gift. I look forward to us working together for years to come. With Lenders II soon! I just finished a 4th or 5th (I lost count) draft pass on chapter 83 as I type this.
7/5/2018 06:39:46 pm
...It’s just how I feel in my heart. My opinion, like a you know what.
7/5/2018 08:57:04 pm
I am looking forward to working with you also. I am very excited about Lenders 2.
7/5/2018 10:02:31 pm
Ha. It does, but a drink here and there, only after 7 p.m., is only a part of the package I suppose. Some is done sober, some is done ‘winding’ down. Each mode it has it’s own unique result and there’s magic in each, but I hear you about proofing while under the influence, it can be a detriment; best each part of the process is done in the right state of mind.
7/5/2018 10:03:49 pm
(cutting me off, here's the end)
7/5/2018 10:23:08 pm
I certainly can see some of you in Rab/Herald. But I didn't expect that parts of you would seep into other characters, even Amy. It certainly makes sense now.
7/6/2018 09:33:50 pm
I began reading the Bible, Mark. Got about 25% in. I plan on finishing it one day for sure. It is a book, like many, that needs to be read several times in order to be better understood. I’ve never read any LOTR, and don’t really plan on it, but I am interested in the Dale Carnegie book you mentioned. I will check it out. One of my top-favs of this year is 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson.
7/6/2018 09:56:21 pm
The Bible is a well read book. I read on Quora, some time back, that Shakespeare quoted the Bible well over 1200 times.
7/6/2018 10:18:42 pm
Audio of Lenders. I’d make the craziest show of it. Really. I’d roar and cry, even scream and howl. It would be—ooh I have some whiskey in me and’d love to throw a colorful metaphor—fun. Fun, fun, fun!
7/6/2018 11:54:13 pm
When I first decided to get serious about my business, retirement from construction was looming, I tried to connect with authors on FB and LinkedIn. Both were a bust for me. Now, there are lots of authors on FB. I have joined a few. But all of my contacts and business have come from Twitter.
7/7/2018 03:55:35 pm
The prior response was with whiskey. See the difference—it brings out the demons. But I usually get them suppressed by morning. A two-mile run usually does the trick.
7/7/2018 05:05:21 pm
Night and day! Almost Jekyll and Hyde. I love your answers, you are sharing so much of yourself.
7/7/2018 05:37:40 pm
Truly Jekyll and Hyde. A truth. I wake many a morning wondering what kind of trouble I got myself into online last night (better than the old days getting into trouble out there). Facebook posts and replies I don’t even remember writing. Stephen King said he didn’t remember writing Cujo, if I recall, and that’s a whole novel so I suppose I’m still in the safe zone.
7/7/2018 09:18:57 pm
I have pulled way back from facebook also. The politics drive me nuts.
7/7/2018 10:20:12 pm
Totally, Mark, and I hear you. I’m absolutely sick of the politics, the hate being pushed to drive agendas, and the bias, the blind fucking bias. Excuse my French. I watch a half hour of news per day just to stay in touch. CBS, although I can spot their bias, choosing this over that—but we will NOT go there.
7/7/2018 10:21:41 pm
(cut me off again)
7/7/2018 10:53:50 pm
How many books have I read? I have no idea! I have been reading since before the first grade. Living on the farm, I read every magazine that came in the house, mom's and dad's. That number must be huge, I am almost 65.
7/7/2018 11:15:52 pm
I just wanted to *heeeeeaaaaarr* the scope of it. I wanted to ingest what I have missed out. Respect. Would be nice for me to have realized this key back then. But I found others keys, unlocked others doors. Perhaps for the best in the end.
7/8/2018 11:13:33 am
I think I hear the whiskey talking. It has a lot to say. I have never been into spirits, but I do enjoy a good micro-brew whenever I can.
7/8/2018 01:05:05 pm
Good morning. An definitely. I had to re-read that and I wonder who wrote it. Wasn’t me. Mark, quit it. HA HA. But don’t we all have a flip side? One who wants to say what they want to say, even if it is not perfect, knowing oneself will change and evolve over time—get smarter, perhaps, perhaps not. Then, be able to come back and dive into the craziness that was your former self.
7/8/2018 06:52:52 pm
Very nice about languages! I had 2 years of French in high school. A few years later I was backpacking and riding the rails in Western Europe for a summer. My French was very handy, I could understand far more than I could speak. The foundation was there and it made a difference.
7/9/2018 10:08:34 pm
Sounds like you had some great experiences. And a lingua franca sure comes in handy, better as you learn, and learn the people. Some great people of Mexico, I vouch for that. Wherever I go, even though I’m the gringo who stands out like a white smashed thumb, I am welcomed. I’ve spent much time there, and one day hope to get a taste of some of the adventures you've had a chance to indulge in. Life, working as if in hell at times, and the good times with a beer, the best times, looking back is almost all good. We gotta get together one of these days. I’m sure you have tons of stories to tell.
7/9/2018 10:18:49 pm
It's obvious to me you have learned a great deal in this life. I completely agree with you about helping others. Everyone around us needs help at one time or another, just as we do ourselves occasionally. This is a major part of our purpose in life, to help others. If you are ever passing through Oregon, it would be great to meet your family and you.
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