Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Kirkus Review

I totally agree with this review of Beta Earth:Legacy!

The book is not your average read. If I may use a tree analogy. It's like reading different branches that form into a solid structure and dig to the roots. Give it a chance and it will take you to the heights of euphoria.

KIRKUS REVIEW


The search for Paradise, which people believe will be the only place to survive the fated collision between two inhabited planets, leads to endless battles in Napier’s (Beta Earth: Between Worlds 2.0 Edition, 2014, etc.) latest sci-fi outing.
This collection comprises three stories, each drastically shorter than the last. In the first, “Awakening,” Theia, or Beta Earth, initially the “second chance” planet, has fallen prey to crimes and criminals that plague the original Earth. The new utopia is Paradise, which proves elusive. Factions such as the United Federation, a global military force, and Final Bloodline, a cult, are hunting members of Project Guardian. The members, free of “limiters” (which block people’s true potential for power), are more susceptible as vessels for Tryle, a dormant “messenger” who will lead the way to Paradise. Mercenary Clave tries to protect Raph, who survived a UF attack on Beta Earth, from succumbing to Tryle while dodging bounty hunter Gene, who’s out for revenge. “Awakening” is sometimes disjointed, coming across as a series of smaller battles with little story progression. There likewise isn’t resolution by the end, which feels like the conclusion of a chapter rather than a story. The sometimes lethal clashes, though, are entertaining, resembling Dungeons & Dragons games; those in confrontations, generally one-on-one, will often “score” a hit or blow. The second story, “System Failure,” is more focused, zeroing in on Montello (a small but notable character in “Awakening”), who helps hackers work remotely. He recruits them for an assault against the government and incurs the wrath and eventual retribution of Kid Vicious, whom Montello embarrassed during a display of skills. The exhilarating “System Failure” features numerous references to earlier characters. The much shorter final yarn, “A Boy and His Cat,” spotlights Travis, a significant character in a prior story (under another name), who endures a tragic event that ultimately leads to his powerful status later in life.
Disjointed storylines don’t diminish Napier’s endearing and contagious adoration of the sci-fi genre.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Celebration deal! Beta Earth: Between Worlds 2.0 Edition for FREE on Amazon.com 10/20/14 - 10/24/14

Thank you for all of your support so far! Here is a special offer for you for checking the blog.

In celebration of the upcoming release of Beta Earth: Legacy on 10/25/14

It's predecessor novel Beta Earth: Between Worlds 2.0 Edition will be free 10/20/14 - 10/24/14 on Amazon.com. This is to allow all of you to stay current with the action!

So save the date and get ready for a wild ride!

Beta Earth: Legacy is ready for pre-order

Beta Earth: Awakening has been updated to Beta Earth: Legacy.

2 new stories have been added. A full emersion of greatness is guaranteed.



Beta Earth: Between World 2.0 Edition is Live!

Back in 2010 I released my first novel Beta Earth: Between Worlds.

It's was good but we always want to do better. Prepare yourself for the update. New 2.0 Edition of Beta Earth: Between Worlds. Epic updates. Massive improvements. New hyperlinks. All meticulously re-mastered by the author.

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Also its FREE if you have kindle unlimited! Check it out!

Beta Earth: Awakening F.A.Q.

Beta Earth: Awakening  has been upgraded to Beta Earth: Legacy

Cool video. What is Beta Earth: Awakening exactly?
It's a fictional novel. The long of it: A story about the final moments before Theia crashed into Earth 4.5 billion years ago. The short of it: A group of star-crossed souls fighting to protect Paradise (the only place rumored to survive the crash). This story is volume two of a larger collection.
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The first novella is Beta Earth: Between Worlds. It was released in 2010.
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Yes! I have full confidence in the novel as it stands.
If I had the proper funding right now I would release it as is.
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I'm currently editing a video review about this question. So i'll keep it short (as possible) here. You'll notice it's not a first-person novel. I keep a brisk pace and paint a full picture for the reader without bogging them down. Nothing is frivolous in the novel. All technology/characters are a part of a bigger picture in some surprising way. The fight scenes are epic and intense but also thoughtful/meaningful. I combine it all with deep philosophy and hopefully eye opening revelations.
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I started the Beta Earth Saga back in 2005. I made various movie scripts/treatments etc. Finally I complied the knowledge into a novella in 2009 - Beta Earth: Between World. Then I spent 2010 till 2014 crafting the novel Beta Earth: Awakening.
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Ugh that is so hard! I love them all. I know its weird for me to say as a writer but they surprise me with new skills and hidden attributes as they grow/learn/experience. I would have to say Akari is my favorite character. She always dominates a scene. There is a reason why she is a legend in the story and she shows it every time she is on the page.
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Yes! Although I must say it's in Beta stage. I am using an expensive program to do it right now and it's 98% accurate. With some of the funding I hope to get professional voice artist(s) to work on the project.
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I will also do a video on this and post it in the updates later. The short version. I got the idea back in 1999 when everyone was going crazy about Y2K and the end of the world. After a some research I found out a cataclysmic earth shattering event (presumably) already happened between Earth and Theia. I wondered what their end of days would be like and how they would survive to spawn us as we are today.
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Of course! I love feedback positive and constructive. Heck this novel is only possible with the input from fans and friends of the first Novella. Keep in mind. All suggestions will be considered but not all will be entered. Only so much can survive the final edit.
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Yes, I am an underdog in this sense. After talking to a lot of my peers and just surveying people in general. I realized that reading is really falling to the wayside. With so much outside stimulation (TV/Music/Movies) it's hard to get someone to actual sit down and engage in a book. I specifically wanted to take on that challenge. I wanted to write something that could be more action packed than your latest blockbuster movie. More gripping than your Sunday TV drama. All while providing a more in-dept experience where you can question the bigger things in life and discuss them with friends/family. To put it short. Books can lead you to a place that other mediums cannot and I hope to show the less than avid readers this.
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Nothing! You can go into the story blind and end up with a very enjoyable experience. However, if you want to add to the experience here are a few keywords to look up.
*Wiki will do just fine*
1. Theia (Giant impact hypothesis)
2. Black Knight Satellite
3. Paradise
4. Philosopher's stone
Things to watch out for when reading are:
Colors (they represent certain domains of characters).
Some character names and surnames will show you who is connected. Possible allies or enemies (yeah I know vague but no spoilers)!
Okay, I don't want to give away too much. More to come later. *Maybe*

Monday, August 25, 2014

We are live on Kickstarter

Visit our new Kickstarter page and check out all the information! This is very exciting!


Here is the video presentation of the new novel.
*(the videos are cut off on this site. Either maximize the video or visit the youtube page for full resolution).




Here is a little bonus information about the novel's background.



Fun times!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

After 4 years. The Beta Earth Project Resurrects.




4 years of improvement. 4 years of struggle to make it: better, faster, stronger.

Although my novel Beta Earth: Awakening was technically finished in 2010. It wasn't refined enough for my taste. So I went back to the drawing board. I asked friends, family and fans for help and guidance and most of all I dug deep inside and really verified want I wanted to express in this book.

Even though this is an action/adventure book. I want it to heavily reflect on us as humans. I want it to express our ideas of hope, strength, fear, desire, and growth.

When you read this book. You will find within yourself if you gain your strength from absolute control over yourself or do you thrive in an environment liberated from the chains of control.

There is no right answer. Only one that works for you.

To me honest. I never realized how difficult it is to craft an experience for someone. Each day I read and re-read so that I can hopefully develop a wondrous adventure. An adventure that hopefully opens your minds as well as allows you to escape for a brief moment.

Updates in the campaign.

I will be releasing video information on the BE Project. 3 videos planned so far, they will contain the following:
  1. An introduction to Beta Earth story (which includes all notes and a quick preview of all the documents it took to craft the world).
  2. An in-depth Character Study (my personal favorite don't miss).
  3. Publishing updates, progression notes, and viewer ideas.

Thank you all for your support and patience!


J. R. Napier

Sneak Preview of the upcoming sequel Beta Earth: Awakening

Beta Earth: Awakening/Residual Effects

*Warning spoilers*

The following events take place 6 months after Beta Earth: Between Worlds. Feel free to read or listen to the video.

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Prologue

Vin stares into the sky. He knows it’s getting closer day by day. When he was young, he thought it was weird for a planet to just hover in the air. Now that he’s older, he realizes they are in a binary orbit around the Sun.
            Theia was the name given to the planet long ago. Now that it’s colonized. It’s known as Beta Earth, a second chance, for all humans. “I failed the people I cared about the most. Can anyone … can anything wash away this feeling. This terrible horrible feeling.” Vin lowers his gaze. In front of him is a hospice district. The gardens are well kept and the lawns are luscious green. “How did I end up here?”
            It’s been six months since this started. It’s hard to believe ... I was just a street punk. Zuri and I joined a gang, stole and did whatever we could to survive. Even with all that ... I acquired the power to protect the sprawls—the loving home that raised me. I took control of our gang the Faux Forsaken and made them a beacon of hope instead of fear.  Hell, I even made a protection deal with an executive of the Syndicate, Gaidon. Even with all that ... I couldn’t—Vin grasps the bag he’s holding tightly as he enters the communal housing complex.  
            His eyes remain fixed on the ground as he walks down the dark hallway eventually reaching room 403. He peers through the square window on the door. Inside he can see an older woman lying peacefully in a medical bed with I.V.’s attached to her. Next to her a young man is sitting in a wheel chair. His head is hung low and a look of deep depression on his face. Vin takes a deep breath as he grabs the door knob and pauses.
            This never gets any easier. He thinks as he turns the knob and enters the room.
“Vin?” a woman asks. Vin nods in confirmation as he walks towards her. He takes a small wrapped gift and places it on the desk near the young man in a wheel chair.
            “More candy?” The woman asks.
             “I heard he actually tried some last time.”  Vin replies.
            “Yes.  He’s always had a sweet tooth. Even his current condition won't keep him from that.”
            They both share a light laugh which ends abruptly when the woman starts coughing. Vin moves closer to the woman and kneels by the side of her bed. She rubs him lightly on the head. Emotions swell as he grabs her bed cover and squeezes it tightly.
            “It’s not your fault.” The woman says.  As soon as those words leave her lips, tears stream down Vin’s cheeks. The woman continues to rub his head lightly.
            “It’s not your fault child … rest. You’ve done enough.”
            “Thank you Caroline but I—I can’t rest yet. Not yet.” Vin wipes away his tears as he looks over at the young man sitting in the wheelchair.
            “He hasn’t talked since that day.” Caroline says.  Vin stands up and walks over to him.
            “He lost most of his brothers and sisters that day … I don’t blame him.”  Vin leans in and hugs the unresponsive young man.
            “I’m so sorry Zuri.” he whispers lightly.
            “I know I can’t make things right … but I will make a change.”  Vin’s embrace is suddenly interrupted when he feels a slight distortion. The feeling is followed immediately by a small chill that enters his spine. He recognizes this sensation. Someone has arrived. He slowly stands up and starts to exit the room.
            “The world will end soon, Vin.” Caroline says.
Vin stops and turns his head slightly.
            “You think so? The rest of the world doesn't seem concerned. No one is even reporting on it.” Vin replies.
            “I’ve seen it in my dreams ... many times. Theia crashes into Earth and all life is lost.”
            “So, in the end, nothing we do matters. Everything ... was for nothing.” Vin says.
He has always expected this outcome. Since childhood, his sister Anul would wake from her night terrors, screaming about the end of the world.
            “No child. It’s the exact opposite. Everything we do now matters the most. Vin ... the world ends soon, I know it ... but I see you. I see you. Somehow you survive the end of the world and inspire hope.” Caroline says
            “Inspire hope? I-I just wanted to protect you and—and I.” Vin grips the door handle tight. No amount of words will suffice as an apology. Failing to protect his family is almost too much for him to bear. He can't bring back those who died and he can’t restore Caroline and Zuri to their healthy conditions.  All he can do is wait. Wait for the pain to hopefully subside. He leaves Caroline with words reassurance to fill the void of silence he let in the room.
            “I promise I’ll make a world worthy of the both of you.” Vin says as he opens the door.
            “Be safe child and know that we always love you.” Caroline replies as Vin exits the room. A young man named Abel, stands just outside the room. He wears a hooded jacket that covers most of his face. Vin closes the door behind him and walks by the young man as he makes his way for the exit. Abel follows behind Vin as he passes by.
            “You are a hard person to track down.” Abel says.
            “I have to stay off grid.” Vin replies.
            “This is the only place I know you visit every month.”
            “Well? What do you want?” Vin asks.
            “I need your help. Paradise is in danger.” Abel says abruptly. Vin stops and clenches his fist tightly.
            “Vin I know this isn’t the best time but—”
            “Listen. I care about one thing.  The only reason I am still around ... is to make sure Gaidon holds up his deal to protect the sprawls.”
            “I helped you.” Abel says. Vin turns to face Abel.
            “I helped you when you came to the area between worlds.” He continues.
            “I know and because of that ... now I’m on the run. From the moment they found out what I could do the U.F. has been hunting me. They forced me to abandon my Faux Forsaken. To abandon my home. Which means I can no longer protect the sprawls ... I can no longer protect the people I love.” Vin replies. Abel understands Vin’s plight but he also knows that he is the only one who can help him save his home.
            “Vin please—”
            “Why should I care about Paradise? Huh? They exist in peace and harmony while my people suffer here in the streets and sprawls … I hope it—I hope Paradise burns to the ground.” Vin says as he continues towards the exit.
             “There are mothers in Paradise too!”  Vin stops and Abel slowly walks towards him.
            “There are fathers and brothers and sisters as well.” He says as he continues to move towards Vin who still has his back to him.
            “If Paradise can’t be Paradise … then can any other place hope to achieve the same status?” Abel says in a plea to win Vin’s help.
             “This is something you must consider. If you really want to make a world … that’s worthy of them.” Abel says softly as Vin stands in the exit of the building.  Vin turns his head and looks deeply into Abel’s eyes. They are the eyes of a young man who has seen our world's deepest secrets, eyes that carry wisdom far beyond their time. However, this time Vin notices something more than that. He can finally see ... a hint of fear.
This boy, Abel, is like me. He does not want to lose his home ... and I believe he will do anything to prevent it. Vin thinks.
            “You protect your world and I’ll protect mine.” Vin says.
            “You don’t get it Vin. If my world falls, all others will follow it.”

            “We shall see.” Vin says as he leaves the building. The door slams shut behind him.


End of Preface.

Welcome to Beta Earth.