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“Everything in my story is possible”
What an intriguing thought!
Mailbox Monday

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My new arrival this week, comes courtesy of the lovely Francesca, who represents publisher Austin Macauley. Whilst I am not personally a huge reader of fantasy stories, I know that many in my fellow blogging community are devoted followers of the genre. So just for you, here is the chance to get in at the ground level, with the first part of this excellent debut trilogy, written by an impassioned new voice on the scene. And don’t worry, you should have all three books in the series available to you by the end of the year!


Cover image of the book 'Odyssey Of The Last Calderian' by the author George John Mellar“I fear for mankind. This is not who we are. Something is wrong, something has changed.”

“This is not the way… it is not the answer… they can’t do it, they mustn’t!”

The insular and isolated world of Braak has come to an end. The tragedy and mystery that triggers his journey for vengeance will be completely overshadowed by the catastrophic event that he will witness at the beginning of his quest for justice.

His brief encounter with a stranger will be the catalyst that propels him on an odyssey that will take him across the known world, following a trail left by an ancient, clandestine ‘order’ known only as the Caretakers.

The chase will bring him ever closer to the reason why man’s future and destiny is now in peril, and why the answers and means to end this intended devastation can only be found in the arid and barren lands of Melankurion.


Image of author George John MellarGeorge Mellar, the only son of an Austrian mother and Hungarian father, lived his formative years with his five sisters in Derbyshire, England.

His love of history, particularly that of ancient civilizations, was cultivated through his studies at South East Derbyshire College, which, in turn, motivated him to visit ancient sites all over Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

Before his retirement, George had worked for over twenty years as a correctional officer with the British civil service.

He now lives in Thailand with his wife, Au, where he is devoting most of his time to writing.

Image of author George John Mellar


“My original idea and basic storyline began over thirty years ago when I wrote the first few pages of the manuscript (I still possess these pages).

Family, career, other commitments inevitably prevented me from continuing this venture. My recent retirement to Thailand has finally given me time to write this trilogy, and now books I and II are finished. Book III will be complete by the end of 2019.

I wanted to write a story which although basically a fantasy has a relevance and a direct connection with today’s society. Everything in my story is possible; nothing contained within its concept is far-fetched or too fantastical. For it to make sense and be plausible was essential to the storyline. The ‘fantasy’ lies in the names of the characters and the places visited yet all becomes clear as the story unfolds.”


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Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share links to the books that came into their house during the last week. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well, after all you never know where that next “must read” book will come from.

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    • Hi Kathy,

      I felt quite bad about having to tell the publisher that I probably wouldn’t be able to offer a review of this book, as fantasy really isn’t a genre which interests me.

      However, I can see nothing wrong with offering a promotional post by way of thanks for thinking of me and I did quite enjoy the YouTube reading by the author.

      It definitely wouldn’t do if we all enjoyed the same books and I have often read out of my comfort zone after having a book recommended to me!

      Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Reading 🙂

  • I tend to lump science fiction and fantasy into one category, reading more of the former, by far. However, I’m not opposed to reading fantasy and find this to be intriguing – especially the idea that it’s entirely possible, reflecting today’s society. I enjoyed hearing the author share the prologue (what an interesting way to promote a book!). It might have to go on my wish list!

    • Hi Kelly,

      It seems as though the author rather shuns any form of social media presence or website promotion and as the post looked a little sparse with just the publisher’s bare details, I decided to rummage around a bit for a photograph of George I could share.

      I came across the YouTube clip by luck rather than good judgement, but couldn’t resist including it to add that personal touch I am always looking for.

      By coincidence, with you having mentioned sci-fi in your comment, there is a meme going around on Twitter tonight about peoples’ top 3 sci-fi series of all time. I started off by struggling to list 3 at all, but then some folks came back with programmes I had never really considered to be sci-fi at all, but had watched and enjoyed, so perhaps I didn’t dislike the genre as much as I had at first thought!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

  • I’ll return tomorrow and listen to the Youtube vid, it’s late and I have one of those sinus headaches that ruin your concentration. The books sounds intrigruing and I would like to hear a bit more about it. The sci-fi meme on Twitter has been good fun. I forgot all about Sapphire and Steel, loved David McCallum in that.

    • Oooh! Nasty! I hate getting sinusitis, it is just so painful, almost as bad as facial neuralgia, which I always seem to get just before the full-blown cold starts up! I do hope that you feel better soon 🙂

      I have to admit that even as a life-time “non-understander” of fantasy, or people’s addiction to reading it, this book does sound quite intriguing, especially as the story claims to be relevant to today’s society. I think that were I to consider tackling the actual reading of it, I would first need to have all three parts of the trilogy in front of me, so that I could read it as one continuous story.

      Likewise, heavy duty sci-fi just doesn’t excite my reading juices, so I was quite pleased to see that the Twitter meme touched on some of the more lightweight sci-fi programmes I can remember from my childhood. Who never hid behind the couch on a Saturday teatime to watch Dr.Who and Lost In Space?

      Thanks for stopping by and take care of yourself 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      I had a funny feeling that this one might appeal to you, and as it sounds as though George is trying to publish the three parts of the trilogy in close succession, at least you wouldn’t have to wait too long for the end of the story.

      Thanks for visiting this week and Happy Reading 🙂

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