Acclaim for The Merlin Box
Continuing to mix bleeding edge technology with the mystique of ancient Egypt, Miller once again immerses the reader in a story of his own unique brew… of mysticism and potential world-domination by an ancient force of evil that continues to plague humanity.
Fast-paced, laced with political intrigue and cinematic with images of the Egyptian desert and Stonehenge as the backdrop – the main characters fight for both their own survival and mankind’s – the novel takes us into the laboratory of the military’s weapons scientists and engineers…and to places that we never new existed.
Can’t wait for the next installment – or, for the screenplay to make it to Hollywood and hit the big screen as the next summer blockbuster!
Steve Appel, Appel Graphics & Web Design
Miller Delivers Again!
Abaddon is back and is more dangerous than ever with a new host, an Egyptian mystic and master of the darks arts of his ancient ancestors. With a fanatical band of followers and the power to hijack the West’s most technically advance weapons, he will pit West against East and stop at nothing to bring Egypt back to its ancient glory.
The pace is fast as Miller keeps tightening the screws by upping the stakes and doubling the jeopardy. Miller walks a tightrope of tension from the opening sentence to the thrilling conclusion. If you liked the Abaddon series, you will love The Merlin Box as Miller’s skill as a storyteller grows to even loftier heights.
Dr. Scott Carroll
The Merlin Box is yet another great read from Lawrence Miller. It is written with a great pace and is exciting. It works well in that it is a work of fiction, but he makes it believable by throwing in actual "In Use" technology and locations. His use of characters is also well done. He has a real "Merlin" character in Galdur and I felt like Adam Decker and his sidekick Dennis were a modern version of Batman and Robin.
Hannah Ahmed is a great addition and shows she can continue in the next book as the team of scientist, mystics and real life defenders of justice go after the bad guy Kamenwati.
I have read all of Miller's books and look forward to his next one. I have over forty years of experience in communications and electronics so I find myself enjoying his use of technology in most of his solutions. I highly recommend them to anyone who like an easy and entertaining read.
Pat Orell USArmy (Ret)
Adam Dekker is back and boy do we need him now. “The Magic Box” is Lawrence Miller’s fourth installment in the Abaddon series, an ongoing chronology of one of the most unusual battles against terrorism in modern literature.
Miller did not come to the table with any prior literary works before Abaddon arrived on the scene. It was a leap of faith a few years ago to open that first book and begin the journey with Adam Dekker. But now, many of us are gasping for breath and marveling at this new genre in fiction. Is it espionage fiction? Warfare? Magic and witchcraft? And imagine the plight of the booksellers when stocking their shelves and trying to decide where to display the books – what category? The answer of course is that the really good ones defy categories and refuse to be put in boxes. What box is best for Miller’s works? And maybe the answer is – THE MAGIC BOX, or perhaps THE MERLIN BOX.
To further explain Miller’s path to the title of this fourth Alex Dekker book would be to give away too much. But when Jim Lynch, Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Command (NCTC) needs a hero, he turns to his assistant, Marilyn and says the magic words – “Get me Dekker – NOW!” An ocean and a continent away you can almost hear “M” saying “Moneypenny, get me Bond!” Fortunately, Lawrence Miller’s work is not derivative and it sparkles with creativity and a sense of other worldly dimensions and threats not being addressed by other authors.
At the risk of creating a spoiler for readers new to Miller’s Abaddon world, let’s just say that Dekker (everyone calls him Dekker – never Adam) is at emotional loose ends, having said goodbye to the love of his life. But, as Special Projects Director for NCTC, he is the “go to” guy for crisis management and US Air Force Special Operations Command has a doozie on their hands. What to do when an unmanned military drone takes off in flight and gets redirected despite supposedly insurmountable safeguards resulting in significant foreign casualties.
“Marilyn – Get me Dekker – NOW.”
And with that, Miller takes us on a round the world adventure and a Cook’s Tour of old Egypt and current Egypt. And we meet Dekker’s new international partner Hannah Ahmed as they lock on to Majick and the Flows and arch-villains and plot twists worthy of this series of books. Miller is blessed with a fertile imagination and an impressive command of geography, geopolitical affairs, and history.
To say more would give away an excellent effort. I am guessing the lights will be on late tonight at NCTC and Special Ops Command inasmuch as many will be reading and wondering where Miller gets his insights and knowledge. He knows a great deal about the world of the NCTC and modern technology. It is a very enjoyable read. The Abaddon series is alive and well and there should be lots more coming in the future. Holy Hannah!
Paul Kelbaugh, Attorney at Law and best selling author