Inkshares Preview #1 – The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein


What can I say about Tal M. Klein‘s novel that hasn’t already been said?

There’s an awful lot of buzz about The Punch Escrow these days, what with a film adaptation forthcoming. Well, let’s shoot down one tagline that’s going around – this isn’t “The next Ready Player One” or whatever that quote was. There are 80’s references, aye, but it isn’t a jam-packed mess of 80’s nostalgia with a bit of a plot underneath.

No, what you get with The Punch Escrow is a funny and thoughtful exploration of one little tiny problem with teleportation. Geeks know the question – is the Captain Kirk that appears with a team of expendable redshirts on the planet surface the same one who stepped on the transporter pad? Does Kirk die every time Scotty beams him up? The Punch Escrow answers that question With Science! through the misadventures of a sarcastic hero, Joel Byram.

With a quick and fun narrative, it’s easy to get into the book and see why there’s been so much buzz. And when I say With Science! I mean it – the narrative is clearly well-researched. There’s a lot of attention to detail, but the narrative still manages to move quickly.

The Inkshares page where it all started is here, and of course you can grab it at Amazon and everywhere else!


Help me kickstart my writing career and get a great sci-fi novel!


Far Flung, my sci-fi epic that’s in the Top 75 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, is in funding now. Everyone who has critiqued and proofread it has thoroughly enjoyed it.

I need your support to make sure I come out in the Top 3 on Inkshares. Your support means a lot to me, my family, and my writing career.

Is there a book or project you want promoted? When you pre-order, let me know what I can review on my blog and share with my Twitter feed!

Day 1 Update for Far Flung!

I’ve got an incredible update for the race to the Top 3 at Inkshares. Far Flung is in the game, and so far I have 15 supporters!


Far Flung is in the running over at The Launch Pad, and could go on to be one of the Top 25 in the Manuscript Competition. I won’t know until September 12!

People I’ve asked to critique and proofread Far Flung has thoroughly enjoyed it.

“The author has created a highly inventive world for the reader to immerse themselves into, and an adventurous story that will keep them turning pages!” – Michael Ostrowski

“Far Flung starts off on an interesting premise, where a lot of thought went into building the story and its relatable protagonist. This book is definitely something worth checking out for sci-fi junkies.” – Jeyna Grace

Find out why Far Flung made the Top 75, and help me win a Top 3 place on Inkshares!

This Inkshares contest is independent of the Launch Pad Manuscript competition, but is only open to the Top 75. Running this campaign now gives me a better chance to see a full publishing deal for Far Flung.

Help kickstart my writing career, and you’ll be helping me and my family immensely!

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