Author of thriller novels, Réal Laplaine, has just seen the international publication of his newest book, Twilight Visitor. It is a global thriller with a compelling contemporary and all too plausible and terrifying plot. The book encompasses two stories which come together as one, and all in a 24-hour period.
An energy-desperate China invades Iran to take its oil fields. Pressed to the wall, Iran ultimately retaliates by firing a nuclear warhead on Beijing. During this same period a bio-engineer from Scandinavia, vacationing on the shores of his Portuguese hometown, where he hopes to get a grip on his dysfunctional personal life, encounters a mystery woman; she reveals to him that the world is about to be capitulated into nuclear war and that he alone can stop it.
He resists her from the start, refusing to accept anything she says and her claims that the technology developed by his Swedish engineering team can solve the energy disaster facing China. Not until the final hour, when a global meltdown is imminent, is he finally challenged to either continue his irresponsibility, or to do something about the crisis.
"The story races along with pace of a Tom Clancy thriller but the depth of the plot is rich in complexities philosophical ideas. Laplaine has a good descriptive style that never interferes with the flow of the narrative as he builds highly credible scenarios that give the reader a true feeling that this is all too close for comfort. Highly recommended for readers who like fast paced thrillers but with an ingenious twist." BookReviewer.com
"The Twilight Visitor is an international thriller, with a complicated, intense plot and colorful characters. Its elegant prose, rich with original metaphors and succinct descriptions, creates an illusion of dazzling sceneries, almost palpable components of reality, and suspense, deftly mixed with philosophical and political dilemmas of contemporary life. The excitement of reading it ends only on the last page." Alex Markman - Author of Contra-Odessa
Q: What makes this story unique?
A: Because it depicts a very real scenario – based on actual circumstances facing our world. At the outset, one is gripped by an international debacle, on the verge of happening, and then one is suddenly immersed in the world of a man going through his own mid-life crisis, a bio-engineer living in Sweden, who although successful in his career, is a complete disaster in his personal life. He is trying to get away from it all by taking a vacation in his hometown in Portugal, but suddenly finds himself thrust into the lap of a global meltdown where he is supposed to be the savior. He can barely deal with his own problems, let alone a global crisis – and this is where the story presents a unique twist, pitching the reader back and forth between the mushrooming international dilemma, and the battle which wages inside the main character as he resists everything that this mystery woman is revealing to him.
Q: Why did you choose a man from Sweden as a focal point for the story?
A. The main character is originally from Portugal, but he lives and works in Sweden as part of an advanced bio-engineering team charged with developing the means of oceanic-sustainability. I wanted to give the story a different spin, showing that one man, and one woman, from anywhere in the world, could change the course of humanity.
Q. You say that it is a contemporary book, what does that mean?
A. The platform for the book is based on real circumstances in our world. Many of the facts presented are quite creditable, though controversial in some cases, and are based on actual trends and tangible dynamics which are in play – which as we speak, could spark such a global confrontation. In fact, one could adapt the story to fit any number of developing issues in our world, such as the current Ukraine crisis – the stand-off between Russia, NATO and the EU; or America’s military intervention into Syria and Iraq against ISIS; or even, as thematically presented in this story, the exponential growth of China which has advanced beyond its ability to sustain itself and hits critical-mass, driving the super-power to take desperate military measures to prevent an economic implosion.
Source: Réal Laplaine