Fifteen Days by Graham McQuade is the second novel in the Johnson Trilogy. The backdrop of this science fiction novel is the horrible deaths of the Rhodes’ family deep in the rainforest of Guatemalan in May 1994. Then, there is the emergence of obscurities in Trenton, New Jersey, 28 years later.
Johnson and Wallis face challenged both emotionally and physically as they fight both time and things beyond their imaginations. Travel from Trenton to the rainforests of Mexico and Guatemalan when you read this novel
Overall, this is a wonderful second novel. I started this book as soon as I finished New Gods. Sometimes sequels aren’t as good as the first, but this novel delivered. What I loved most was the return of Margret Johnson! However, I did also enjoy all the new characters introduced, loving their unique personalities. The reason I love Graham McQuade’s novels is how he interweaves science fiction into his storylines while not making it overwhelming. It’s a perfect balance! If you enjoyed the first novel, you’ll for sure enjoy this one!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
With a couple of novels under my belt and a third on the way, I still struggle to see myself as an author.
Because my world is dominated by work and family, writing still feels like a bit of a bolt-on activity. Although around 80% of my downtime is occupied by thoughts of whatever I’m writing. I’m not complaining, I obviously love my family and believe it or not, love my job too!
Time is something that I have never really had enough of. In my world, time is the most valuable commodity.
But I’m not alone; as an independent author, you have to be the master when it comes to finding time to write. And those times are rarely ideal, late at night, early mornings, and the odd slot over a weekend.
There is a plus side to this; I am never sitting in front of the computer wondering what to write… my head is usually bursting with ideas, and I have stacks of notes that I have taken down when an idea has jumped out on me.
A question that I have been asked a number of times is, ‘why did you start writing?’ A question I imagine all authors (even those that struggle to see themselves as authors) are asked at some point in their journey.
For me, answering this question has been easy. I had a burning desire to do something for my mum.
My mum died tragically in January 1965 at the age of 23, three days before my first birthday, never having the opportunity to fully express herself or make her mark on the world. But because of her unwavering courage, I did.
So, as she breathed life into me, I believed its only right that I breathe life into her memory.
NEW GODS and FIFTEEN DAYS IN MAY are the first two books in a trilogy—a trilogy that is in her birth name, The Johnson Trilogy. Margaret Gwendolyn Johnson, the lead character in these books, was my mother’s name.
Margaret’s character is built from what I learned about my mum over the years. According to family and friends, mum was full of life… brave, funny, caring, and above all, a loving and gentlewoman.
I actually wrote ‘Fifteen Days in May’ (the second book in the Johnson Trilogy) as a stand-alone tribute.
However, the book evolved, and it was clear to me that there was a lot more that needed to be explained about the characters and their relationship with each other, so the Johnson Trilogy was born.
I find writing an incredible outlet, allowing me to enter a world with no limits. And it seems the more you write, the more of your imagination you gain access too. I couldn’t recommend it enough.
If you take the time to read my books, thank you, it means a great deal to me and in a strange way, gives me the opportunity to introduce you to the incredible woman that was my mum.
Note: I was provided a copy of this novel.