Cold Fusion 2000 by Karl Drinkwater @karldrinkwater @BOTBSPUBLICITY #BlogTour #BookReivew

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book On The Bright Side Publicity and Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Cold Fusion 2000 by Karl Drinkwater

Cold Fusion 2000 (Manchester Summer Book 1) by [Drinkwater, Karl]


Alex Kavanagh is a pedantic physics geek – a teacher who hates teaching, a lover who’s always getting dumped, a writer whose articles all get rejected, a 28-year-old still living at home and bullied at the bus stop by teenagers – and he’s just had the worst day of his life. Things can only get better, right?

Enter his ex, Lucy, in what seems to be a chance meeting. Her betrayal marked the point when his life went nuclear. But – holy protons! – he still loves her.

Two problems. First, she isn’t who he thinks she is. Second, she’s going to leave him forever in 72 hours.

Cold Fusion 2000 is a haunting novel about a man who’s too rational to believe in ghosts and too short-sighted to see what was in front of him all along.


Cold Fusion 2000 (Manchester Summer Book 1)


Alex, at 28, has a disastrous love life behind him and a life that he hates. A total geek, a teacher that knows his subject inside out but struggles to really connect with either his colleagues or students and an immaturity about him that made me really cringe. He is childish with his teenage sister and still lives at home with some pretty unusual characters coming and going whenever they want. Then the unexpected happens Lucy the love of his life pops back up again.

Since Lucy walked out on him, he seems to have been stuck in a rut, he had struggled with the opposite sex more than anything. Not your typical bloke at that age. Really read every sentence because there will be that nanosecond every so often that your brain kicks in and with a ‘what was that’ and ‘that can’t be right’ thought. Well, listen to it. What a clever author, digest every sentence and store everything.

The more the story evolved and the more I softened to Alex who knew the Lucy of old so very well, even after all this time. Her thoughts and the intimacies that he had relived so many times. This is such a beaut of a storyline, go with your feelings and go with Alex’s. Brilliant!

I wish to thank Book on the Bright Side Publicity and Promo for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.



Karl Drinkwater is originally from Manchester but lived in Wales for twenty years, and now calls Scotland his home. He’s a full-time author, edits fiction for other writers, and was a professional librarian for over twenty-five years. He has degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science.

He writes in multiple genres: his aim is always just to tell a good story. Among his books you’ll find elements of literary and contemporary fiction, gritty urban, horror, suspense, paranormal, thriller, sci-fi, romance, social commentary, and more. The end result is interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.

When he isn’t writing he loves exercise, guitars, computer and board games, the natural environment, animals, social justice, cake, and zombies. Not necessarily in that order.








6 thoughts on “Cold Fusion 2000 by Karl Drinkwater @karldrinkwater @BOTBSPUBLICITY #BlogTour #BookReivew

  1. Thanks for the perceptive review! You picked up on a key part, that I wrote Alex as an experiment to see if I could start with a character people would back slowly away from if they met him in real life, holding out their hands and shaking their heads and saying “Nuh-huh” … but gradually make him sympathetic. I knew it would be a challenge, but that kind of thing pushes me to be more creative. The idea of a twisted-out-of-shape bitter life becoming something positive and mature as things get resolved and pain is removed was a really attractive concept for me to tackle, and it was the first time I slipped in a bit of magic realism too.

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    1. Thank you so much Karl. It was a pleasure reading your book. I love a book that makes me think. Hopefully later in the year the world may have some normality about it. I look forward to reviewing in the future.


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