In the Books, featuring The First Conception: Rise of Eris by Nesly Clerge.

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Nesly Clerge and his newest book, The First Conception: Rise of Eris! 🙂


About the Book: You may not know who I am, but you know what I’ve done. I’m the one who altered human conception around the world in an unimaginable way, unimaginable to all but me—a seed planted while I was young. People had to be punished for what they did. The punishment had to be specific. I became a medical doctor, researcher, and vindicator of the verbal, physical, and sexual assaults perpetrated against women by men for eons. Including me. I’m not alone in my work. A great number of women share my ultimate goal. All except one. I’ll find the betrayer. Until then, men are beginning to pay for their sins against us. And I’m just getting started. Dr. Katherine Eris Barnes—remember my name. Although, I don’t know how you’ll be able to forget it.

My Review: At what point do we push too far?

This is a great question Nesly Clerge tackles in his latest book, The First Conception: Rise of Eris.

The story if narrated by the main character, Katherine Barnes, and through her, we’re taken into a world as dark and twisted as any. The thing about her world is it’s sadly true for many. She’s molested, raped and betrayed by those close to her, giving rise to a determination and hunger for revenge towards men that’s understandable.

As much as we sympathize with her, we’re slowly shown the depths of her hatred as she begins to “pay back” those that have wronged her or those she cares about. In doing so, the author does a phenomenal job of displaying first her reasoning, and then the counter point of the dangers of labeling and punishing an entire group for the actions of a few. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but to do this, the author uses the characters as both positive and negative reinforcements (ie devil on one shoulder, and an angel on the other).

Like his previous works, this is well written and delves deep into our psychology, helping to guide and/or urge us to ask important questions and consider what others are dealing with from a different angle. What’s really awesome about the story is it doesn’t pick sides or tell us what’s right or wrong, and to me, that’s the best way to open a dialogue and help address the issues in our society such as equality and extremism.

The first in a series, I’m excited to see where this goes.


About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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