Volume I: Reality

About the Book

There are some rules you never forget. Above all else, whatever you do, you never look directly at a gorgon. Now, plug your ears… because the war for humanity has begun. Sergeant Cameron “Jet” Shipley was there when they first arrived in 2026. For 16 long years, he learned to hide. To never make a sound. Learning the most important rule of all about the gorgons: You just… don’t… look. The year is now 2042, and humanity is eking out an existence in the shadows. Shipley and his team are sent out on a recon mission with developments that may alter the trajectory of Earth’s fate… and his own. Joined by newcomers Bassett and Trudy, Cameron and his brother Rut will have to contend with a terrifying alien species that has annihilated eighty-five percent of mankind. Will his mission lead him on a slippery slope of discovery that demands accountability? Or will it plunge humanity, and everything in it, into further dissonance?

About the Author

Aaron Ryan lives in Washington with his wife and two sons, along with Macy the dog, Winston the cat, and Merry & Pippin, the finches. He is the author of the “Dissonance” series, several business books on multimedia production penned under a pseudonym, as well as a previous fictional novel, “The Omega Room.” When he was in second grade, he was tasked with writing a creative assignment: a fictional book. And thus, “The Electric Boy” was born: a simple novella full of intrigue, fantasy, and 7-year-old wits that electrified Aaron’s desire to write. From that point forward, Aaron evolved into a creative soul that desired to create. He enjoys the arts, media, music, performing, poetry, and being a daddy. In his lifetime he has been an author, voiceover artist, wedding videographer, stage performer, musician, producer, rock/pop artist, executive assistant, service manager, paperboy, CSR, poet, tech support, worship leader, and more. The diversity of his life experiences gives him a unique approach to business, life, ministry, faith, and entertainment. Aaron’s favorite author by far is J.R.R. Tolkien, but he also enjoys Suzanne Collins, James S.A. Corey, Marie Lu, Madeleine L’Engle, C.S. Lewis, and Stephen King. Aaron has always had a passion for storytelling. He plans to continue Cameron’s odyssey for truth and accountability in this series, which can be found at https://www.dissonancetheseries.com.

Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about? (Please write something other than your book blurb, to avoid duplication)(Optional)

Sgt. Cameron Shipley lost everything to the gorgons, an alien race that invaded Earth in 2026. 16 years later, he and mankind are eking out an existence in the shadows.

Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?(Optional)

Yes! The YA market and adult market. All lovers of sci-fi, alien invasion, post-apocalyptic, dystopian and military thrillers will appreciate this book and this series. It grows in its scope through each book of the trilogy, and the end is a powerfully epic climax.

Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?(Optional)

Far and away it’s J.R.R. Tolkien. I LOVE his work. It’s the quintessential work of fantasy fiction, and it was the first creative work that really inspired me at a young age. It’s incredibly deep and broad.

Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?(Optional)

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde said that, and I believe it. It’s SO important to not copy others. And never resort to AI to do the heavy lifting (or even the light!) for you. Be ORIGINAL. Stay HUMAN.

Qn 5: Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?(Optional)

I do! They can visit https://dot.cards/authoraaronryan and see all of my links including my author website, the Dissonance website, and my social media profiles. Thanks for thinking of me and I’d love to chat with you!

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