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Thunder From a Clear Blue Sky

The Big West: a largely unexplored region of Calem, Central America, where time and gravity obey different laws, where sloped lakes and mineral snow decorate the landscape, and where a grand resort hotel existing simultaneously in three different eras hides from the modern world. As satellites rain from the sky during a solar storm, Geoff has come here to fulfill a mission he once believed in, but increasingly suspects is pointless. Is it just a malarial fever dream, or are his dead parents really here? Who is the shark-human hybrid always waiting ahead in the shadows? What business does a mercenary known only as ‘the tall man’ have with him? And is there any way for him to find his way back home?

"For all its beautiful ambition, at its heart lies a simple and powerful tale of love, longing, and devotion. I adore this bold, poignant book!"

Jennifer Wortman, author of This. This. This. Is. Love. Love. Love

"This is a journey worth taking."

Tobias Carroll, author of Ex-Members and Reel

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Justin Bryant

More Than Just a Writer. But Not Much More

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About Justin

Justin was born in Melbourne, Florida, in 1966, and grew up in Merritt Island. He attended Radford University on a soccer scholarship and played three seasons, before pursuing a professional soccer career in the UK and back in Florida. He eventually completed a BA in English at Elon University in 2001, and an MFA in Creative Writing at New York University in 2008. He lives in Raleigh with his partner Sarah and their dogs Roxy and Bryce.

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June 1, 2013

That's me on the cover, mullet and all, in Scotland, 1989. I was 23 years old, blessed with talent, athleticism, and drive, ready to conquer the world of professional soccer. One problem: I was sick to my very core, battling anxiety, eating disorders, and periodic insomnia. Soccer is a beautiful game, but it can grind you up and spit you out if you let it.

'When Saturday Comes' called Small Time " excellent prototype for any former player with a good story to tell. Bryant is honest, thoughtful, economic, and introspective...this is a finely written chronicle of the butt-end of semi-pro football."

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