Published: 28/02/2016
ISBN: 9781785890543
eISBN: 9781785895913
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Mark James Barrett is a Freelance writer, author and screenwriter. He graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2011 with an MA in Creative Writing and has since been short-listed for the Impr... read more

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The Dreams of the Black Butterfly
by Mark James Barrett

“Oh my Lord,” whispered Lizzie, looking over Alice’s shoulder. “Would you look at that?” Alice, startled by the change in Lizzie’s voice, turned to see what had caused it. Sitting not 10 feet from them was the biggest, blackest butterfly she had ever seen. It was resting on the pacay tree at the very end of the garden, balancing on the tip of a giant palm at head height. The butterfly opened and closed its wings slowly and they flashed with a rich darkness.

Moises Quispé has heard the whispered rumours about the Black Butterfly – its hypnotic, velvet wings, two feet across and as dark and mystical as the Peruvian jungle night; a jungle receding to a soundtrack of chainsaws and hate; a jungle that gave him life and embraces the spirit of his murdered family. So he searches. Not because of the one million nuevo sol offered for its capture by the maniacal Mr Dollie, or because his mentor – who believes the rumours – has disappeared so completely, but because he must.

Perhaps the Black Butterfly has been searching for him too, desperate to reveal the tight, elegant writing embedded in its wings. Its stories: tall, dark and cautionary tales of a doomed humanity that he alone can read. And when the butterfly finally submits, the danger that Moises finds himself in pales into insignificance against the fate of humanity itself. The Black Butterfly has chosen him to deliver its message and the future of mankind is in his hands. Man’s imagination will be nature’s revenge...

This gripping and suspensive thriller will appeal to readers who enjoy being kept guessing.

“Mark James Barrett is a name to look out for in the future. He is a writer of considerable talent and relevance to our confusing modern times. A truly original read by a rising literary talent.”
Hayley Sherman, author, editor and ghost writer, Whoosh Editing

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Hello,I have just finished reading this very intense, exceptionally well written book. Gripping in every way. I was guessing all the way at the frustration of my husband at times ha.

by Sarah Bell


Really enjoyed this book. The collection of short stories which link into one bigger story is very clever the nature of the book is very thought provoking too. I found I didn't want to put this book down. Would highly recommend.

by Rachel


Clever, clever, clever! Engrossing and appropriate in this time of humanity and its effects on our planet. The Black Butterfly has tales scripted on its wings, seemingly choosing Moises Quispe to deliver its message.

by NetGalley Reviewer


This was a really clever book, I liked all the short stories that linked up to the big story, I found it very hard to put down and didn't until I'd fished it!!! Looking forward to reading more from this author I found it quite insightful and it really made you think about the world and how we are all responsible for it, very interesting book indeed. Unlike anything I've ever read before he's got a great imagination and I could easily read this book twice!

by NetGalley reviewer


When I first finished this book (and to be honest, sometimes during reading it) I was left with the feeling of “Did I just read that?” “What just happened to my mind for the hours and days it took to read this?”

This is probably going to be hard to review, as I’m not sure I’ve fully got my head around this fascinating and creative novel. It’s not often I say this, but I honestly feel the desire to read it again. To make better sense of some of it. To make sure I understood it correctly. Probably the last time I felt like this was when I studied philosophy as part of my university degree in the 1990s. I loved philosophy, but couldn’t always make full sense of it. This novel is a little like that. Not in a bad way, but some parts are so surreal, it challenges a mind that has learnt to see things in a certain way.

Each chapter appears almost as a separate short story, but each story connects with the others in some way, creating a somewhat unusual, visually descriptive and very intriguing plot.

This is in no way a book that can be rushed. As a reader, you need to enter this book with an open mind. Absorb each story. Fully experience it for what it is. Allow yourself to become a part of the often dark and sometimes brutal world created within these pages.

The Dreams of the Black Butterfly is not only thought provoking, but a work of art that touched my soul. Filling my heart with emotion and my mind with so many thoughts and questions, I didn’t know what to do with them all.

I’m not sure what genre to place this book under, as it covers so many, such as literary fiction, historical, science fiction, fantasy, spiritual, thriller, and romance. It would seem that this story has as many different aspects to it, as the Black Butterfly has stories on its wings!

This isn’t a book for everyone. Some, I imagine, will be completely baffled by it, while others will soak up the pages with eagerness, as I did. You will question the way you treat the planet you inhabit, as well as the plants, animals and people you live alongside, and the impact that may have on your future. If you like a novel that challenges the way you think, has a philosophical, ethical and spiritual element to it, then this is definitely a book you do not want to miss!

I would like to thank the publisher, Troubador Publishing Ltd. for allowing me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this book so much, I have bought a paperback copy for my own book collection.

by Jules Mortimer


Great indie mystery thriller. The plot keeps you going until the end, which I find important in a book of this genre. I look forward to reading more by this author.

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