Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Nothing Happens All the Time by Edmund Mahon

Interview by Zsolt

Edmund Mahon is a writer who is currently working law enforcement. He lives in Utah, USA. He recently published a book titled Nothing Happens All the Time. We have conducted an interview with him.

What did you learn while writing this book about the future? Why did you choose such a setting?

The thing I learned while writing this book about the future is that I am not Nostradamus. Which is why I didn’t bother to invest heavily, or even lightly, into purchasing scrying or soothsaying tools to write this book. I chose the future for the story because, right now, it’s not something that’s entirely set. The choices to be made or, that are being made, to bring about the events portrayed in the book into reality are always a possibility because everything is interconnected. Take a look at the current events of our times and one can easily see that the futuristic events contained within the book could easily be played out prior to the setting of the book. The world is the vehicle for all of the positive and negative actions being acted upon by those of us who inhabit this small blue planet amidst the swirling cosmic sea of energetic physical reality. It’s our finite approach to existence, something which we currently view and have always tended to view from our self-centered presence until we’re afforded the opportunity to accept or reject a new way of looking at our moment of being when it’s subsequently presented to us. Despite the fact that some people to this day believe the world is still flat, if you haven’t Googled this yet to read for yourself, the so-called scholars in the Dark Ages had us believing the world was most definitely flat and that the whole solar system revolved around the Earth. It wasn’t until the likes of Galileo and Magellan that we soon learned that the Earth wasn’t the center of the solar system and the world most definitely round. Lucky, or unlucky for Magellan, he died before the fleet returned home to report what’d been done. Whereas Galileo, was made to recant his works due to “vehement suspicion of heresy” thanks to the ruling bodies within the ecclesiastical dogma of his time. Talk about giving a dogma a bone…

Which are the unsolvable mysteries that intrigue you the most?

There are numerous unsolvable mysteries which intrigue me. Forgive me for talking about this Dr. Seuss, but let me point to Schrodinger’s Cat, which has a plethora of said unsolvable mysteries associated to it. Whether the cat is alive or dead is beside the point, it’s whether there was actually a cat inside the box to begin with. Until the box is opened will one truly know whether the cat was actually inside the box and, at that time, would one be able to view whether it’s either alive or dead after being subjected to poison? I suppose it would go without saying that unless one were to actually see the cat being placed inside the box, how would it be known until the box is eventually opened that the cat even existed in the first place especially if one never observed the cat being placed inside? Mind you, we’re also going off of the assumption that the cat will even be affected by the poison to provide the premise that, until the box is opened, that the cat is going to either be alive or dead in the box until it’s proven. Let’s not forget that the radioactive source which is supposed to induce the release of the poison is an event which is unknown to specifically occur. This paradox has so many “what if” scenarios, it makes the thought experiment look like a teenager who’s overly concerned about their popularity with their fellow classmates in school. In retrospect, the truth is it doesn’t matter whether the cat’s alive or dead. It only matters on whether the person going to open the box truly existed in the first place. Reality or imagination. Perception or incomprehension. Cognition or unaware. I think, therefore I thought these things are true… I think…

How do you craft multidimensional characters for your story?

I don’t per say; character creation is a homogenous, as the story unfolds the characters grow based on the decisions they make. The events that take these characters to those points at which time they’re to make those decisions was a fluid process, at least for me. The story being a dynamic process while it was being written presented the opportunities for the myriad of characters to make those choices. This was dependent upon the moral fiber of the character, no pun intended. When I wrote the story I did flesh out their personalities and attributes. I also had the endgame for the book, but the writing between the first and last chapter was based off of a loosely framed, skeletal outline that was carried over to the end through sheer determination, a potentially overactive imagination, and the ability to consume a lot of caffination in the form of a true nectar of the Gods… Coffee!

When do you normally use cop humor? Why is it necessary for swear words to be added?

The use of cop humor is more or less along the lines of a dealing with potentially bad or unfortunate circumstances, typically brought on by the decisions made off of the emotions by people who are unable to think logically through the situation and how their decisions are going to affect anyone and everyone who has to later deal with the given event. The reason the humor is used is to lessen the impact of dealing with a negative situation, to stay aloof and detached from the given incident, and to refrain from allowing the event to become personal when possible. Swear words are not entirely necessary, but depending upon the moment, they can be used to emphasize the moment. Let me put it another way… No, Swearing isn’t necessary, but neither is wearing red socks. For this story, swearing does provide the characters more depth and makes them seem more realistic in relation to their other idiosyncrasies. Yes, swearing is indicative to the police work environment.

What are the top 3 reasons "The Perpetual Manifested States of Being" series is recommended?

Reason One: Because the story being told is pretty damn good, if you ask me, which you did. I enjoyed writing it and look forward to those readers willing to immerse themselves within the pages to the unfolding story being told. The series touches base with so many different genres; mystery, detective, thriller, suspense, science fiction, metaphysical, quantum physics, and so on that it would be hard pressed not to delight, given its unpredictable nature.

Reason Two: The concepts being presented are being provided as an alternative to the problems associated with in the current societal mindset. Something that has been around for far too many centuries and is now in need of a drastic overhaul. Given how technology is in this day and age, the controlling mechanisms within our society are desperately trying to cling onto everything and not allow us to make any decisions. All the while, presenting us with the illusion that we are making the decisions.

Reason Three: It would encourage me to write the additional books and finish the series. Seriously though, I’ll finish the series anyway and, with each following book added, it would continue to present other concepts, ideas, and perceived truths in a way to look at life and our existence in it from a new and/or different perspective for those readers willing to consider the possibilities. Also, to remind everyone to think for yourself.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Reviewed By Gisela Dixon for Readers’ Favorite - Review Rating: 4 Stars

Nothing Happens All the Time: Homicides Truly Know How to Interrupt a Good Meal! by Edmund Mahon is a mystery with a detective named Eli Mitchell as the protagonist. Nothing Happens All the Time starts off with a lot of action as we, the readers, come across the scene of a murder at a convenience store and also get our first introduction to the detective. The story then moves onto the other-worldly forces and energies, and combines that with the solving of a murder mystery. However, this isn’t your typical mystery as the story moves between the past and future and combines some elements of the sci-fi and supernatural genres. However, in the end Nothing Happens All the Time is about Eli Mitchell as he takes us on a whirlwind tour to get to the bottom of the mystery before it is too late.

Nothing Happens All the Time: Homicides Truly Know How to Interrupt a Good Meal! by Edmund Mahon is a gripping novel written in a fast-paced manner that almost reminds me of a thriller. I found the sci-fi and other-worldly elements to be a bit confusing at times, but overall the story progresses at a sequential pace and the task of solving the homicide case itself was well presented. The central character of detective Mitchell is well drawn, and so is his team of officers and others. Overall, this is a novel I would recommend to mystery fans who also enjoy a touch of sci-fi or fantasy.

Reviewed By Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) for Readers’ Favorite - Review Rating: 4 Stars

Things are going rather well for Eli and even for his partner, Wayne, but the latest case they’ve been put on seems to be taking things to a whole new level. What should have been a simple robbery has turned into something out a movie with no possible way to identify the suspect, something that should be simple in a time where everyone is equipped with microchips of their entire identity. But somehow this crook is staying one step ahead of them and it seems that their victim, an unassuming advertising agent, was involved in something more than simply coming up with a new campaign for the local religious organizations, but what was it? You’ll find out in Nothing Happens All The Time.

This book was really good at combining a lot of futuristic elements with the basics. Rather than the reader feeling like they’ve been thrown into an entirely different world they know nothing about, the author chose to keep a plot line, characters, and a lot of other effects that were really something you would expect from police in current times, and threw in some futuristic elements like advanced technology. Of course, the characters themselves were relatable and interesting to learn about as well, and I liked the way that the plot developed. You got to see inside the mind of more than one of the characters and you get a humanistic side of the entire story rather than just seeing them as police doing their job. Nothing Happens All The Time by Edmund Mahon is a good book and one I would recommend.

C Dove's Reviews > Nothing Happens All the Time: Homicides Truly Know How to Interrupt a Good Meal!

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May 22, 2016

it was amazing
Read from May 16 to 22, 2016

GOOD READ! Starts as a slightly futuristic cop thriller and ends up being everything else (meta-physical, quasi-religious, quantum physics)! Good character development as real people trying to do the right thing (detectives of Boston PD) !

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Nothing Happens All the Time

Homicides Truly Know How to Ruin a Good Meal!

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Reviewed By Arya Fomonyuy for Readers’ Favorite - Rating Review: 5 Stars!

What happens when a ghastly murder takes place in a convenience store? Nothing Happens All the Time: Homicides Truly Know How to Interrupt a Good Meal! by Edmund Mahon answers this question, but not in the way that readers would have imagined. Eli Mitchell is a committed detective and a very skilled one at that, a man who loves his coffee, has his regular cases to work on, and those occasional moments that allow him some fresh air. When tasked to investigate a homicide he thought to be just another case among others, he doesn’t imagine, even faintly, that this case will test everything he thinks he knows, and will plunge him into a series of events that are as threatening as they are incomprehensible. Does he have what it takes to competently resolve this case?

Set against the backdrop of Boston sixty years in the future, Nothing Happens All the Time: Homicides Truly Know How to Interrupt a Good Meal! is a thriller that is as engaging as it is entertaining. The characters are wonderfully thought out and the writing masterfully executed. To write about events happening sixty years in the future, and to make readers feel that they are real, takes a lot of skill and imagination and Edmund Mahon has both. The author shows a lot of mastery in the area of science and police detective work, and has created a perfect story with characters that are believable and compelling. There is a lot of suspense that makes readers keep on turning the pages and guessing. This is a book with multi-layered conflict and a perfect finish, one of those books you read and want to read again.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Reviewed By Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite - Review Rating: 5 Stars!

Nothing Happens All the Time: Homicides Truly Know How to Interrupt a Good Meal! by Edmund Mahon is a masterful blend of detective fiction and thriller set in a time that isn't here yet. Life is normal for Eli Mitchell with his innumerable cups of coffee and regular cases to solve, but when a homicide takes place at a convenience store nearby, the astute detective finds himself plunged into a whirlwind of events that will try his spirit and force him to deal with more stress than he'd ever experienced before. He has to brace himself for challenges that can make or break him and, even with the support of the Boston PD, will he be able to solve this case before it's too late?

Nothing Happens All the Time is a title that ironically describes a novel packed with intense action. The author creates an interesting story, set sixty years in the future, but with great skill and imagination he creates characters that seem so real and normal. There is a mix of literary elements that make the story most enjoyable - the biting suspense, the powerful and engaging characters, the beautiful prose, and a lovely setting that will entice readers as they turn the pages. Most readers will love the sense of humor in this book. Edmund Mahon has created a very beautiful character in Mitchell, one of those characters readers will want to stick with throughout the book. The story is well fleshed out and the author's voice comes across as unique and powerful. This book will entertain readers and keep them turning the pages, eager to know what happens to the case and their beloved characters.

Reviewed By Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite - Review Rating: 5 Stars!

I expected something else when I picked up Nothing Happens All the Time: Homicides Truly Know How to Interrupt a Good Meal! by Edmund Mahon. The title of this interesting and fast-paced thriller can easily mislead readers to anticipate a character waiting for something very important to happen and yet nothing is happening. On the contrary, this multi-genre, exceptional novel is laced with a lot of action. Eli Mitchell is heading an investigation of a homicide that took place in a Boston convenience store, and the events triggered by this crime become more and more complicated to handle as they are incomprehensible. There is a lot at stake and unspeakable damage could be done if the case isn't resolved on time. 

The author, Edmund Mahon, makes his story more gripping by employing a series of techniques that will keep readers guessing all the time. Readers want to know who committed the crime and when they think they have guessed right, they immediately realize they have been tricked and they keep reading on. I loved the clear and crisp writing, the acute suspense, and the variety of themes that are masterfully developed in this novel. This is a book from a new and interesting voice that I will gladly recommend to fans of sci-fi, crime fiction, thrillers, and fantasy. Nothing Happens All the Time: Homicides Truly Know How to Interrupt a Good Meal! will be a wonderful thrill to many readers, a real page-turner. It is a book that will find a very comfortable home amidst the likes of James Patterson.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Nothing Happens All the Time: Homicides Truly Know How to Interrupt a Good Meal!

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Book Two Progress

Well, things are moving along with the book, but as life always seems to do, the distractions are trying to set in. Fear not, I'm still doing my best keep on keeping on!

Book Two

Working on the sequel to the book, Nothing Happens All the Time. I'll let you know how things progress when it gets close to its completion.