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About Mark Bertrand

Mark Bertrand is the author of Starzel, Love Reincarnate, and currently, he’s writing Aware Consciousness. A writer by day and a stock market trader by night, he received a bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering and his master of mathematics from Boston University. To balance his left brain with his right, his MBA is from the University of California at San Diego. Finally, to quench his desire for knowledge, his Ph. D. in philosophy was completed at the University of Southern California. Mark is a Colorado native and currently lives in the south of Spain. When he’s not writing, he loves to sit on the terrace of his flat with a cigar and a glass of Laphroaig whiskey, watching sailboats on the Mediterranean Sea. Mark challenges conventional thinking in his writing and personal life, as sampled in two of his favorite sayings. “Liberation has no end; therefore, it could never begin.” and, “There are just two types of people: those who believe there are just two types of people, and those who know better.” You can visit Mark online at his website,, and on Twitter @markbertrand.

Working on Starzel

I’m trying to put a blurb together for this novel.

Euler had one responsibility: keep the sacred files safe. 

When he discovers the human file has missing data, he travels to the most dangerous place in the universe. 

Planet Earth.

His responsibility immediately becomes more critical and the consequences are dire. He must rediscover and replace the missing data in the file or all of human existence will be erased from history. Without a history, there is no future, but how much time does he have before it’s too late? 

The odds against him are insurmountable. His mother recently took her own life. He’ll have to deal with the emotions and feelings of loss on a planet where life is a cheap, expendable commodity. He must survive in this place where history shows everyone visiting from his planet before him was executed. Euler’s cyborg implants are outdated, and his software is past due for updates. He can’t take the time for the surgery. But without the latest artificial and organic technology, he’ll have to find another way to succeed. 

In his epic quest for humanity, surrounded by killing and being hunted, he discovers the horrors of feminism, radical conservatism, the illusion of materialism, and the true meaning of life.

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The Dot, Early Reader’s Feedback

The most striking and intriguing part of this story for me was the unique fusion of science and Buddha principle. I found it very engaging and enjoyed how the science and buddha principles were consistent throughout the story. It was a unique point in a futuristic story such as this being that some civilizations in the future came not just to reconcile science with religion but also to make them complement each other.

R. Dawson

Amazing storyline! The storyline was unique and easily engaging after I read the story’s introduction, I became increasingly interested in the story. Although I feel the prologue and introduction need to be tightened up more, They achieved its purpose of capturing my attention and building interest in the story. 

S. Stewart

The conversation style was fluid and very easy to follow. I liked the simple prose of the story; it made the story very easy to read, such that I understood the thoughts and actions of the characters. Although the discussions included the scientific details involved such as quantum fields, vector, scalar, and even vibrational frequency which may be hard for non-science-inclined readers to follow, the overall narrative helped readers to easily grasp what it is about.

K. D. Montoya

Interesting Characters! The story was packed with distinct and well-fleshed-out characters. Each character felt distinct from the others. This is something I find most authors struggle with. For instance, Kelv’s calmness radiates and fits his character. Also, Zosimos is superior but then still has some weaknesses which he built on throughout the story. The characters were vivid and relatable.

T. Howards

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The Dot, Blurb

My next novel, The Dot, will be released on February 14, 2023. Below is the Blurb. Final editing steps are underway and I should have the book cover art finished by January 10, 2023. Here is the book blurb.

Two sons on two planets discover themselves and their fathers’ legacies while confronting a planetary existential crisis of famine, radiation poisoning, and the collapse of society.

Eight generations after the Cyborgs sought to eradicate anger with their DNA-altering serum, the planet Ziran and its colony face extinction. The inhabitants are dying, their bodies and life-sustaining crops stricken by radiation poisoning. In a desperate grasp for survival, they turn to an ancient ritual, creating a child who is more god than human. 

The future of the settlement now lies in the hands of Zosimos, who matures at an inhuman rate and displays exceptional mental abilities. But when he’s exposed to a plant that reverses the side effects of the Cyborg’s serum, Zosimos experiences anger for the first time and realizes his power far exceeds those around him. Zosimos succumbs to a murderous rage that leads him to enforce a tyrannical rule upon the people of Ziran. 

The planet’s salvation resides in the hands of a girl named Vallena, and a sage, Kelv, who has sworn himself to a violence-free existence. Kelv’s DNA may hold the key to curing the radiation poisoning, and with Vallena’s discovery of a cure for Zosimos’s rage comes a seed of hope. Will Kelv’s lessons, Zosimos’s new morality, and the secret hidden by Zosimos’s father be enough to alter the dark forecast for Ziran’s people? Or will a force they never bargained for mean the end of everything they created on their peaceful planet?

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