We first learned of Peter Riva when we were asked to be a part of a book tour for his terrific book, The Path. We enjoyed the book so much, we were delighted to hear part two of the trilogy was ready for release.
Mr. Riva is on another virtual book tour with host, iRead Book Tours, for Reaching Angelica. We are so pleased that he was able to write a post of Jaquo along his tour. Please check of the iRead link to see Mr. Riva’s full tour schedule.
You will find our review of Reach Angelica here on Jaquo, along with our review of The Path.
So let’s hear from Mr. Riva now…
Who are we, really?
When delving into Sci-Fi, the reader should be allowed to spin perspective and see themselves and the world they inhabit from a completely different angle. Some authors do this with horror, death, destruction or brutality: when faced with calamities the reader needs to twist mindset to avoid being too affected and, in so doing, they see the horror from a new perspective. How else could you watch or read about the death meted out in the War of the Worlds?
My way of showing that perspective change and allowing the reader a new insight into what may be, has been or perhaps always was, is to tell a linear story based on available science and fact and then let a plot extrapolate events into the possible, fantastic though it may be.
Reaching Angelica and the prequel The Path are all about the human condition, the human mind-set. The need for exploration overlaid always with the desire to survive and, yes, rest on one’s laurels. It is only when resting on one’s laurels that things begin to unravel. Then the good and bad in humanity quickly becomes apparent.
In the Tag series, the reluctant hero (well, more of a bumbling hero actually), plots a course as best he can and, in the end, it is only through connectedness, love, friendship that anyone can survive. He learns (as does the reader) that those qualities are really who we are and must hold on to.
Book Description for Reaching Angelica:
In a massive spaceship destined for Alpha Centauri B, with a genesis crew including Zip the telepathic dog, his old friendly nemesis Cramer, and a computer being named Ra (now inhabiting a human form and calling herself Aten), Simon Bank emerges from a hundred-year coma and is hailed as an awakened hero. Stuck with unwanted responsibility, he is forced to try to solve the entire enigma of the universe—a small undertaking—before the spaceship, his friends, and all life on Earth are swatted out of existence by super beings he has accidentally awakened.
Simon’s only hope is to plunge into other dimensions with his mind—into the secrets of the universe’s pan-dimensions—as only he knows how. The fate of all life hangs in the balance as he struggles to prove himself worthy of the Path and the absolute trust his friends place in him. Simon knows all too well that if he fails there is no hope—none at all—for anyone, and that includes his best friend, an artificial intelligence computer called Apollo, which he sadly left behind. Besides, Zip would not be pleased, either.
For fans of cyberpunk and classic science fiction, Reaching Angelica (Yucca Publishing; February 2, 2016; 978-1-63158-069-7) is the second book in Peter Riva’s Tag trilogy, the comic, thrilling, and continuing saga of Simon Bank—ex–master system computer wrangler and very unlikely galactic hero.
Praise for Reaching Angelica
“Thrilling moments keep the suspense high in space. . . . The way Riva describes the mysteries of the universe is intriguing. . . . This cyberpunk world has its own laws of stretching brains wide with its mind-bending concepts.”
—Jake Vyper, Fantascize.com
Peter Riva has worked for more than thirty years with the leaders in aerospace and space exploration. His daytime job for more than forty years has been as a literary agent. He resides in New York City.