Trisomy XXI, a horror/sci-fi/mystery novel, is the thrilling story about the adventures of Joshua Allen, a sixteen-year-old boy who was born with an extra chromosome—a genetic aberration known as Trisomy XXI, or Down Syndrome. When a serious accident leaves him in a coma at the hospital, Joshua receives a mysterious injection that endows him with supernatural powers. The transformed teen is linked to a string of bizarre, unexplained deaths that have both the town’s sheriff and the coroner completely baffled. But when a ghastly creature from another planet lands on Earth and begins its hunt for Joshua—viciously slaughtering anyone in its path in order to complete its deadly mission—Joshua and his friends are thrown into a world of horror that is totally out of control. What follows is a horrific life-and-death struggle with the seemingly-indestructible extraterrestrial being. The salvation of an entire race of aliens hangs in the balance!
“What caused G.A. Minton to turn to the dark side?” you may ask. “Why does he write about such scary stuff; you know, evil things, like the horrific. . .the malevolent. . .the macabre? How did he ever become a horror writer, and what motivated him to pen Trisomy XXI?”
Let me answer those questions for you, if I may. Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, so please read the following account and prepare yourself for a bizarre surprise!
As strange as it may seem, the “story” behind the birth of my first novel, Trisomy XXI, is one to behold by most people. Weirdly enough, it was only after I was rear-ended by a speeding drunk driver and suffered a closed-head injury several years ago that I developed a newfound passion for creative writing (a true story, even though it sounds like a cheesy plot for a Stephen King horror novel). Immediately after the devastating accident, which totaled my car and landed me in the hospital emergency room, I suffered from memory loss and aphasia, resulting in problems with expressing my speech and communicating with others. After numerous visits to a neurologist and months of taking medication used by patients afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease, my injured brain slowly began to mend itself. When the damage to my brain finally healed though, I noticed something very different in my thought patterns. Now, I had this overwhelming urge, this compulsive desire to put on paper a story that had formed de novo in my mind. I can’t explain it, but my thoughts were now primarily focused on writing this tale of horror. That’s how Trisomy XXI was born. One could only surmise that the damaged neurons in my frontal cortex had rearranged themselves into a different pattern, thereby enhancing the creative elements of my brain. God only knows. . .stranger things have happened!
From my earliest recollections as a young child, I have always loved the genres of horror and science fiction, so that is probably where Trisomy XXI was spawned—from the deepest reaches of my inner mind. As a result of my savant-like experience, I am now able to pen novels in a freestyle fashion, almost in a stream of consciousness, relying on no outlines, formats, or templates for any assistance. Fortunately, the narrative is able to flow freely from my vivid imagination, ending up with a thrilling storyline that contains an ordered sequence of events.
I recently completed my second novel, a dark, supernatural tale of horror that takes Good versus Evil to a whole new level. Currently, my neurons are busy at work processing a third manuscript, a horrifying mystery involving the macabre, which like my other books, contains an O. Henry or Rod Serling surprise ending that would baffle even the likes of the great sleuth himself, Sherlock Holmes!
Trisomy XXI is a unique novel that is unlike any other book you have ever read. It will provide an epicurean feast of horror, science fiction, and mystery—all seasoned with a pinch of humor that will satiate the appetite of even the most gourmet of readers. If the likes of Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Michael Crichton were ever to have collectively penned a spine-tingling tale of horror, this would be it! Delivering a roller-coaster ride full of thrills for its unsuspecting audience, Trisomy XXI will intrigue every intelligent reader with its alluring array of unforeseen twists and turns. Packed with tension and excitement, this chimeric version of Alien meets The Thing is a powerful story that is guaranteed to capture your immediate attention. You won’t be able to put this book down!
Praise for Trisomy XXI
Gracie Bradford, a book reviewer from READERS’ FAVORITE, gave Trisomy XXI a 5-STAR review and said, “Trisomy XXI by GA Minton has 266 pages of adventure, with twists and turns the reader would not expect. The chapters are well developed and flow well, and the writer tells his story, adding excitement and anticipation from chapter to chapter. The story of the boy’s transformation and ordeals in life takes the reader to another dimension throughout the rest of the story. This book is filled with humor, sadness, mystery, and interesting twists in every chapter. . . prepare to be thoroughly entertained.”
Chris Fischer, another book reviewer from READERS’ FAVORITE, also gave Trisomy XXI a 5-STAR rating. “Author G.A. Minton’s Trisomy XXI is a book with an exciting and unique premise that will keep readers turning the pages from the very beginning all the way through to the very end. I definitely enjoyed Trisomy XXI. Author G.A. Minton has made a bold choice in choosing a young man with Down Syndrome as the protagonist of this book, and has done a great job at making him so much more than just a stereotype of someone with a disability. This read had action almost from the very beginning and will definitely be able to keep readers on the edge of their seats, even gasping with surprise at times. Any reader who enjoys a great work of horror should definitely grab Trisomy XXI. I am pleased to recommend this book, and will look for more from author G.A. Minton in the very near future!”
Krystina Kellingley, publisher of Axis Mundi, Cosmic Egg, Lodestone and Dodona, and Our Street; editor of Writer’s Wheel Magazine; and author of “Mistflower – The Loneliest Mouse in the World,” reviewed my novel, TRISOMY XXI, and stated, “This is a really good read, a powerful story that got my interest immediately and kept it throughout. The characters are three-dimensional, the pacing is good, and the dialogue flows well.”
Maria Moloney, author of “The Changeling Quest: Children of the Fae,” wrote, “This is my type of sci-fi book. I couldn’t put it down. It’s very well plotted, has interesting, well-rounded characters, and plenty of tension and excitement. It all keeps the reader hooked.”
G.A. is married, and lives in Texas with his wife, a son and daughter, and two Bengal cats named Phinneas and Shamus. He is now referred to as “the savant horror writer” by his friends.
Find out more information about G.A. Minton and Trisomy XXI at the websites listed below
http://www.worldcastlepublishing.com/author_g_a_minton.html for G.A. Minton author webpage at World Castle Publishing
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15065482.G_A_Minton for G.A. Minton author webpage at Goodreads
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01D5QASXO for G.A. Minton author webpage at Amazon
https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/trisomy-xxi for 5-Star reviews of TRISOMY XXI at book review page on Readers’ Favorite website
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29546925-trisomy-xxi?from_search=true&search_version=service for 5-Star review of TRISOMY XXI at Goodreads website
www.amzn.com/1629894443 for TRISOMY XXI paperback on Amazon
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http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/trisomy-xxi-g-a-minton/1123520769?ean=9781629894447 for TRISOMY XXI paperback and eBook on Barnes & Noble
https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Trisomy+XXI for TRISOMY XXI eBook on Smashwords
http://www.worldcastlepublishing.com/author_g_a_minton.html for TRISOMY XXI paperback and eBook at G.A. Minton author webpage at World Castle Publishing
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