Literary Adventure Promised At Roscrea Book Launch.
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Local author to launch new adventure novel
Local author to launch new adventure novel, ‘Peter Black: The Trials,’ this December.
Abbey Hall, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary – 13/12/2013 –
Local author John Lupton will be launching his new adventure novel, ‘Peter Black: The Trials’ at 9pm in the Abbey Hall, Roscrea on December 13th. A native of Roscrea, John attended Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré after his primary schooling at Coolderry N.S. Having completed a number of academic courses including a master’s degree from Trinity College Dublin, John began writing his novel in June 2013.
Speaking about the upcoming book launch John said, “I am really excited to be launching my first book in Roscrea. The whole thing has been a learning curve and I’m very grateful to all the people who supported and advised me along the way.”
Des Walsh, printer of the book and chairman of the Roscrea Heritage Society said, “I’m delighted to be able to work with John on this project. Books by our resident authors are not only a testament to the creative influences in the locality but also a witness to the vitality of Roscrea’s ongoing cultural life.”
The book itself follows the adventures of Peter Black, a young man who finds himself separated from family and friends only to be propelled centre stage in a savage contest.
Initially the work was self-published in October of this year through CreateSpace, a company of the online retail giant Amazon. The book is 316 pages and is complete at just under seventy-five thousand words.
The launch is open to all and literary enthusiast, Adrian Hewson, will be on hand to say a few words on the night.
About John Lupton
John Lupton qualified as secondary school teacher in 2013 and is a graduate of NUI Maynooth, St Patrick’s College (Maynooth), and Trinity College Dublin. The second eldest of four John currently lives in Roscrea and has started writing his second book.
For more information about ‘Peter Black: The Trials,’ please visit www.johnalupton.com or contact John at 0877767871. Also, please find attached a brief synopsis of the work and a photo of myself.
Peter Black: The Trials, A Synopsis.
Peter Black is an affable and slightly innocent young man whose upbringing has been very sheltered indeed. With his father, Tom, Peat lives a simple bucolic life in the hinterlands of North America, the nearest town being that of Lismore. The tragic and brutal death of Peat’s mother, years prior, is an open secret, known to all except him. Maliciously, and without foundation, Tom was unofficially implicated in the murder of his wife by the acrimonious gossiping of his father in-law. As suspicion began to pervade the local consciousness Tom took Peat, still only a toddler at this time, to live far outside his hometown of Lismore. The well-meaning Tom carried guilt for not being strong enough to sever all ties with his old life and offer his son a fresh start somewhere new. Living a type of self-imposed exile Tom did however seek to ensure that Peat would want for nothing, especially a first class education. To this end, Tom approached a brilliant but eccentric cleric, Fr. Jim, who, like the Blacks, lived on the extreme margins of the Lismore community. The trio formed a fruitful, even if unconventional, arrangement whereby Tom was under Jim’s employ as his factotum on his estate while the cleric provided Peat with a comprehensive schooling.
Happenstance sees the teenage pair of Claire and Peat meet and over the next three years the duo form a strong friendship, which seems to carry with it the promise of something more. Claire’s lot in life though is far from carefree as she struggles daily; the victim of very sad domestic circumstances. At first a secret friendship, the drama of a kitchen fire forces Claire to face her fears and finally meet the infamous ‘Big Tom.’ Moving forward the quartet of Peat, Claire, Tom and Jim prosper and form a close unit, but unfortunately this harmony does not last long as Jim’s strange behavior becomes a matter of concern to the others. Then, over the space of one weekend months of reclusiveness stop and the capricious priest becomes fixated on Peat’s education. The reverend seems bedevilled by the gravest of concerns which, for Tom and Claire, equate to a mental breakdown of sorts. Peat however is less sure and agrees, with his father’s reluctant consent, to undertake a six month long program of the most audacious lessons…, all under the auspices of the tenacious clergyman.
Six months later, the ever adaptable Peat has managed to re-establish a comfortable routine until one day, in less than an hour, his whole world is turned upside down with a revelation of such magnitude that it truly beggars belief. But before the novice has time to come to terms with this monumental disclosure a roller-coaster of events conspire to propel him center stage in a savage galactic contest with nothing less than the fate of Earth itself at stake!
To protect the ones he loves Peat flees Earth, and with the support and encouragement of the noble Xtaron warrior, Lynextius he agrees to act as Earth’s Representative in the perilous Trials which are to be held on the notoriously inhospitable world of Creaton. To his horror Peat learns that his humble planet has become the focal point in what is an obvious prelude to a long expected galactic war, which up to this point, had remained cold, blanketed as it was by an uneasy peace accord between two inter-planetary alliances, the benevolent Koinonia and the malevolent Apoleia.
In the Trials, Peat races against his opponent, Oratron, the evil Prince of Pillatar. But his mission proves fraught with danger and sinister happenings, it takes the selfless sacrifice of his newfound friend, the lovable Timijus, and that of his guardian Lynextius for Earth’s one hope to reach, and then prevail in, a climactic battle against Oratron.