The Best Seller


Book coverMaya Smock, an aspiring author, grew up in an orphanage and foster homes. Used and abused, she entered adulthood early taking a job at a Las Vegas bookstore by day and writing her novel, “The Master Race,” at night.

When Maya’s book was finished she met a literary agent at a Las Vegas convention. Claude Kazinsky, agent for Tatum, Boyle, and Shapiro loved it. After publication, Maya kept her promise to her bookstore boss, Eric O’Reilly, and held her first book-signing event at his establishment; which was a huge success.

Not only did Maya meet Claude, who she soon married, but she also became friends with Jay McCallister, a science fiction writer with credentials of the likes of Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, or Arthur C. Clarke. He was huge and he took Maya under his wing.

Thus begins Dina Rae’s science fiction thriller, The Best Seller. Rae tells her story in two perspectives. First, there’s the story that begins during the summer of 1947 at Broom Lake, Nevada. Written in the third person omniscient point of view, we see a top-secret military installation where four coffins are sent to the base’s underground laboratory to be studied by Nazi scientists rescued by Americans after World War II. Their goals and objectives could freeze blood to its core.

Then Rae switches to Maya’s story letting her relate it in the first person narrative. We see Maya changing from a minimum waged employee living in humble surroundings in a bad neighborhood to owning a mansion in Vegas and a condo in Los Angeles.

The Best Seller is plot driven with a thrilling story line that will keep readers turning pages until the final climax. My only concern was that a few sub-plots were not resolved leaving me waiting until Rae has the sequel published.

Dina RaeAbout the Author

Dina Rae lives with her husband, two daughters, and dog outside of Dallas, Texas. She’s an avid tennis player, movie buff, teacher, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories. She has been interviewed numerous times in e-zines, websites, blogs, newspapers, and syndicated radio programs. When she is not writing she is reading novels from her favorite authors Dan Brown, Stephen King, Brad Thor, and George R.R. Martin. She also enjoys reading about religion, UFOs, New World Order, government conspiracies, political intrigue, and other cultures.

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Michael is the author of four published novels—Goodbye Tchaikovsky, The Abduction of Joshua Bloom, and The Koolura Series—The Legend of Koolura and Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback. He is also a columnist for the Los Angeles Examiner writing articles about parenting and education. His blog features YA authors and books.

4 thoughts on “The Best Seller

  1. Joe Bock Reply

    A book that starts with the protagonist writing a book is an interesting concept; I wonder how much of the novel is autobiographical.

  2. dina rae Reply

    Thanks, Michael. I am writing a sequel which will be called the sequel. The open ending was intentional. Appreciate the review!

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