AFTER THE SKY FELL
The year is 2247, and Commander Frank Yamane's grave warnings of the Deravan's imminent return have gone unheeded. Once hailed as a hero who saved Earth from certain destruction, he is now seen as a relic from a past most people would soon forget. Mired in petty squabbles and clashes over limited resources, the solar governments that still exist are consumed by their own self-interests, while millions of survivors cling to a tenuous existence. Yamane fears an increase in hostilities will break out into open war, and is sent as an ambassador to broker a peace agreement against Earth's most fearsome rival, the Jovian Alliance. What he doesn't realize is that the Deravans are the ones behind these conflicts. Their intent is to eliminate humanity in one fell swoop, and claim what they have craved since the dawn of time--unquestioned dominion over the galaxy.
It should have been easy. Hit the fuel depot behind enemy lines and get out. But when the mission goes terribly wrong, Sergeant Frank Yamane is forced to take command of the strike team, but finds himself in an almost impossible situation--complete the mission knowing they have little chance of making it out alive.
NO REVOLUTION IS TOO BIG
Rescue Brokers are one of the most notorious professions known in the galaxy, and the most benevolent--for the right price. Matt Rodgers, who thought of himself as a budding writer until he has all but failed his college writing class, learns this lesson first-hand when an acerbic alien known only as Stelfson unexpectedly lands in his backyard and offers him the literary opportunity of a lifetime.
Helping Hands Press
From his earliest memories, Quentin Truitt never once questioned God's best for him, until he meets a mysterious stranger who tells him about an ancient tree whose fruit will impart to kim knowledge he never thought possible. Filled with a desire for something beyond God's provision for the first time in his life, Quentin takes the first step of a journey that will have consequences for the human race he never intended.
Helping Hands Press
TREASURES OF THE HEART
Oceanographer Bree McKinney wasn't looking for an adventure, but when Jack Castle, a charming ex-Navy SEAL expectedly enters her life, she gets that and more. He needs her to help find the HMS Sheba Queen's rumored cargo of gold, a legendary British warship that mysteriously sank off the New England coast in 1779. Bree finds herself falling in love as they search for the lost treasure, but their search takes a life or death turn when a dangerous man from Jack's past catches up with him, and will stop at nothing to claim the gold for himself.
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LOVE'S SECOND CHANCE
Everyone deserves a second chance in life, no matter how unlikely. Dana Rogers learns this powerful truth while she serves as the pastor's assistant at New Covenant Church, the center of community life in the town of Fairhaven for the past two hundred years. There she has caught the eye of Evan Johnson, a successful real estate agent and kindred spirit. But the tragic death of her fiance has wounded her so deeply she has vowed never to love another man again, including Evan.
A steady decline in church attendance the past few months has become a source of concern for Dana, which if not stopped she fears it could have an adverse affect on the town. Despite her strong resistance, Evan helps Dana work through the pain of her loss, developing a relationship with her neither of them thought possible. In a stunning turn of events, New Covenant Church suffers a devastating setback, one that threatens to undo everything Dana has worked to save, including the first embers of a relationship with Evan.
AFTER THE CROSS
At the newly excavated Medieval library in Istanbul, Turkey, a discovery is made that is poised to rock Christendom to its very foundation—an 800-year old letter which purports to reveal the final resting place of Jesus’ Cross.
This explosive news is kept quiet at the behest of Vladimir Zarco, a Ukrainian billionaire whose illegal business activities are threatened by the document’s discovery. He hastily convenes a team of experts in an effort to discredit the manuscript’s authenticity, but when their analysis points to it as being genuine, a bomb destroys the research center. Zarco shuts the project down, and orders the surviving researchers to leave. Two of the linguists, Drs. Mallory Windom and Colton Foster, have other ideas. Once bitter enemies, they decide to hunt for the cross on their own, even though mysterious forces seem bent on stopping them at all costs.
Mallory and Colton follow a trail of clues described in the letter, eventually leading them to Israel, where they find themselves battling against time, hired mercenaries, and each other. Despite the obstacles thrown at them, Mallory and Colton press on to an ancient Jewish town where the Cross has allegedly been hidden. They soon discover, however, the fiercest battle is not from without, but from within, testing their beliefs, their ethics, and their growing love for one another.
THE CRYSTAL PORTAL
2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards--Finalist
COUNCIL OF THE ELDERS ANTHOLOGY
The Coming of the Mage
Lord Pierce and Captain Zoldex, sworn protectors of the king, have been like brothers since childhood. When enemy countries unite and attack the Eurillian Kingdom, both Pierce and Zoldez lead their men in to battle in a fierce defense of their homeland. But when the enemy armies prove too strong, Pierce and Zoldex are commissioned by the king to go on a journey and retrieve the nine spheres, also known as the Zacareth, the only power strong enough to defeat the invading armies. Along the way, they face many hardships as they travel through one kingdom after the other, until they finally successfully locate the spheres. Once the best of friends, Pierce and Zoldex become divided over how the spheres should be used, each one affected by their power, and ultimately square off against each other. After an intense fight, Lord Pierce has no choice but to banish his old friend from Eurillia. Zoldex declares he will one day have his revenge and take over what he believes if rightfully his, the Eurillian Kingdom.
Amazon website link: Council of Elders
BETTER FICTION ANTHOLOGY
Beyond Horizon's Edge
Jon Evers has lived unhappily in the valley his entire life, but on the day of the harvest he sees this as his opportunity to leave before it is too late. Knowing he cannot make the treacherous journey alone, he enlists the help of his friend, Logun Moro. With the future of the village at state, he has no idea if the town elders will give him permission to leave.
Amazon website link: Days End
At eighteen, Tania Peters still carries deep scars from her mother’s tragic death, and when she’s betrayed by someone close, pain and confusion threaten to swallow her whole. But underneath all the hurt, she senses the hand of purpose on her life and finds hope in an exciting new political movement.
The Unity Party seems to offer everything—tolerance, compassion, and a plan to unite society. But not everyone sees the movement as good. Tania's two brothers, Jeremy and Greg, have become bitter enemies over the ideals of the Party, and her father, a church pastor, fears that this promised "unity" is a threat to churches across the country.
Tania doesn’t share her father’s faith and sees no room for a loving God in the world she’s come to know. Instead, she gains strength from her rising celebrity within the Unity Party, finding friendship, acceptance, and even the first traces of romance. But none of these things can save her when her extremist brother plots to bring down the Unity Party in their home town of Midian.
Pitted between the Party’s utopian promises and the Christian friends and families who find themselves on the outside of this new American dream, Tania must choose between her long dormant faith in God and her future with the Party.
...But that one decision could cost her everything—including her life.
What are the reviewers saying...
"From Page One to The End, novelists Brandon Barr and Mike Lynch capture the readers’ attention and holds them spellbound! American Midnight is a gripping, beautifully-written story that will sometimes (literally!) leave you breathless. I’m adding this one to my ‘Keepers’ shelf!"
--Loree Lough, author of 74 award-winning novels
"A modern mix of 1984 and The Hiding Place, American Midnight is thought-provoking and chilling, a clarion call for today's culture."
--Chawna Schroeder, Imagination Investigation
“This latest work from Brandon Barr and Mike Lynch fulfills their promise as authors. AMERICAN MIDNIGHT is a big, panoramic novel rich with right questions for our era and with characters we can both cheer for and learn from.”
--Bruce McAllister, author of Dream Baby
"What Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins did for end times writing, Barr and Lynch surpass with American Midnight. AM is a must read ripped out of today's headlines and masterfully blended with prophetic overtones. Each chapter takes us ever deeper into a web of intrigue...complex and artistically written. Bible scholar or not Barr and Lynch provide us with not only a great read but also a story that will provoke you to move beyond what you thought was possible."
--Lisa Collins, lcollinsauthor.blogspot.com
"Torn from tomorrow's headlines, American Midnight is a fast-paced ride with a touch of romance that is sure to hold you enthralled!"
--Amy Deardon, author of A Lever Long Enough
"A riveting political thriller. Barr and Lynch have crafted a convicting and timely tale that will entrance readers of various genres. Be sure to pick up this page-turner at your earliest opportunity...lest time run out all too soon.
--Melissa Meeks, Bibliophile's Retreat
"With conspiracies on every side, suspense, romance and more, American Midnight is a cautionary tale examining family and what it means to take a stand for God. It handles some difficult questions, but the answers aren't always as neat and pat as we would like."
--Cathi Hassan, Cathi's Chatter
"American Midnight is a non-stop, compelling read. Several times I was running in the wake of the main character’s footsteps, crying with her and cheering her on."
--Paulette Harris, inspirational writer
"American Midnight is a fast-paced, politically charged novel that takes the reader into an America where Christians are targeted as hate mongers. Maltreatment of believers starts subtly, but quickly ratchets to fullblown biblical persecution. Everything changes as Tania stands at a crossroads. She learns the truth behind the Unity Party and the decision she makes puts her life and the lives of her family in jeopardy."
--Donna Sundblad, author of Beyond the Fifth Gate
Brandon and I at WonderCon (2012)
Brandon and I manning our booth at Spirit West Coast (2010)
Brandon and I once again at Spirit West Coast (2011)
WHEN THE SKY FELL
Since the dawn of time, and ancient evil has sough unquestioned dominion over the galaxy, and they have found…us.
The year is 2217 and a fleet of stellar cruisers led by Commander Frank Yamane has amassed at Mars to make a stand against humanity’s greatest threat, the Deravan armada. Outnumbered, outclassed, and outgunned, Yamane’s plan to stop them fails, leaving Earth at the mercy of an enemy that has shown them none.
Faced with the planet’s imminent destruction, Commander Yamane has no choice but to seek the help of the Antarans, an alien civilization he had defeated in a war a decade before. Though they have every reason not to come to Earth’s rescue, Yamane sets forth on a desperate journey to the Antaran home world, knowing that the very survival of mankind is hanging by a thread.
Follow the adventures of Commander Frank Yamane and his crew as they struggle to determine whether this will be Earth’s finest hour, or the destruction of us all.
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Booksmart Bookstore -- my 1st book signing for When the Sky Fell
Our booth at Spirit West Coast Our 1st sale (2009)
My book signing at Barnes & Noble
Nestled in the wooded hills east of the San Francisco Bay, Dublin’s sprawling valley has welcomed people from all walks of life throughout its rich history. At the heart of the tri-valley region, this former agricultural community has grown exponentially over the years, forming a modern city. From California’s first native inhabitants, through the Spanish and Mexican periods, to the arrival of the first American settlers, Dublin has long been at the crossroads of culture and settlement.
Author Mike Lynch has gathered a unique gallery of images and stories from a variety of public and private sources throughout the tri-valley area. With the help of Elizabeth Isles, director of the Dublin Heritage Center, and the invaluable contributions of many of the families whose roots stretch back to the town’s earliest days, they have compiled this remarkable volume of Dublin’s storied past, thus preserving its imagery and history for generations to come.
My first booksigning, Dublin, CA Me and Mayor Hammer
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