5 Stars for PARTICLE MAN by Deric McNish – BOOK REVIEW


Author: Deric McNish

Type of Book: Softcover

Genre: Science Fiction Thriller

Length: 281 pages

Release Date: September 13, 2015

Publisher: Pyramus Press 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

~ I received a free autographed copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program. A review is not required, but is appreciated. 

From the Back Cover:

“Every magnificent prank he played on his sister backfired, and now he knew why. She was an accelerator. She could move so fast that the world around her seemed to grind to a halt. She wasn’t the only one.”

“In 1956 everything was rosy. Things look different now. Alone and pursued by a sinister group that controls the world’s particle accelerator laboratories, he has nowhere to turn except a bizarre group that might be heroes or terrorists.”

“In an adventure that spans decades, he lurches through time, fleeing a shadowy figure that’s always one step ahead. He can move faster than thought, but isn’t quick enough to escape a global conspiracy.”

“When particles collide, who will be left standing?”


There are times when you pick up a book and start reading and you know you are in for an amazing escape from reality. This is exactly what happened to me as soon as I started reading “Particle Man.” 

In the first few chapters the reader is introduced to a young boy whose annoying sister has nicknamed as “Squint.” The two siblings are constantly trying to out-annoy each other. The writer has done a convincing job of making this long ago sibling rivalry not only seem believable, but also in showcasing the innocence of the children. The writing has a distinct nostalgic quality to it which I quite liked. 

I found the science in this book absolutely fascinating. The possibility of the science of the many things and ideas that Deric has written about becoming reality someday seems like it would be quite high. 

Deric McNish has imagined a dizzyingly intricate series of seemingly small events that are all integral to the story as a whole. 

The way the story is written is that it jumps back and forth from one year (sometimes even one decade) to the next. This could have easily confused the reader if it had not been so expertly written. 

PARTICLE MAN is author Deric McNish’s debut novel. His second book was released on October 13, 2015 and is now available to buy. His new book is called STRANGER IN THE WIZARD’S TOWER. 

I rate PARTICLE MAN as 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and I am looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of the author’s next book. 

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Dr. Deric McNish is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre at Michigan State University. He is also a professional actor, director, dialect coach, audiobook performer, and novelist. 

Deric has won multiple awards for his directing skill and as an actor he has performed on film, television, and at theatres in NYC and across the country, including The Metropolitan Opera, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Porthouse Theatre, and The Cleveland Play House. 

His recent audiobook narration for Brilliance Audio and Amazon.com include Evan Currie’s Heirs of Empireand Dana Cameron’s Fangborn book. Burning the Rule Book. He is also a proud member of Actors Equity Associationand SAG-AFTRA. 


“The tone of her voice was somewhere between a rusty chainsaw and a quarrelsome baboon.”

“I’ve never been one for large crowds and I’ve always tended to have one close friend at a time. At eleven, my chosen compatriot was David. He was a collector’s item: our school’s only Jew. I gravitated towards him despite, or because of my parents’ consternation. In actuality, he fell more into the category of Demi-Jew, or Jewish Light. He didn’t wear Payos or a yarmulke, but he was nonetheless distantly responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and therefore some sort of rebel.” 

“Roman Catholic starkness didn’t allow for any fancy Protestant cushions and so my bony backside shifted painfully during the entire service. I could only hope that Father Barret had a hot date and would do the abridged version.”

“Although I do believe in God, I don’t go to church anymore. I don’t bother because if there’s one place on this earth that God would choose not to visit it’s a room full of tone-deaf white people ‘singing.’ God is more likely to hear me pray if he doesn’t have his holy fingers shoved into his ears.”