Soteria The Crisis Forge

by Roberto Arcoleo



Trigger Warnings: Adult Content

Sex, alcohol and Drug Use

Thank So Much Chandra Press for Sending Me This Book

This book was received as an ARC from the publisher and Author , in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

With Time Running Out And The Fate Of Both Plants, Can Mark And Jason Unravel The Truth Before It’s To Late? …….

Release Date July 5th

Set in Manhattan in the 1960’s, Soteria is a captivating and thrilling story of twin brothers facing corruption and incredible odds as they attempt to save Earth from annihilation.


While on a routine transportation run, an ore hauler from the planet Eldern discovers that humans on Earth have developed nuclear capabilities. What’s more, they learn an asteroid is on a trajectory that will destroy all known life on the planet forty years in the future. The Council of Eldern decides to intervene. A plan is drawn up and twin emissaries are sent to Earth to save it.

Mark and Jason grow up and settle into Manhattan in the 1960’s. With protests, vibrant art, and a thriving music scene, the city is pulsating with energy and the future looks bright. More powers are revealed to the twins but few details about their mission are provided. As the time grows closer for them to fulfill their duty, they sense that things are not as they seem.

With the fate of both planets in the balance and time running out, can Mark and Jason unravel the truth before it is too late? 

Soteria: The Crisis Forge by Roberto Arcoleo, Is a drama filled Syfy, with a character driven plot. Arcoleo, adds an alien infiltration trope and historical fictional of the turbulent times of Manhattan in the 1960’s.

In this well developed atmospheric book, the council on planet Eldern, devise a mission to save our Earth from a comet that is blazing its way across galaxies on a collision course. They send two subjects to evolve into believable influencers to Earth.

The two main protagonist Jason and Mark who are twin emissaries, with developing powers that can influence others. The twins face their own character struggles and experience along side the chaotic and changing times of Manhattan New York during the 60s. Creative plot twist when things are not at all what they seem, The twins must accomplish their task along with new discoveries and save their own world.

What stood out for me was the authors ability to create the Art, Music and energy of the 60’s time period along with science fiction elements made for a real engaging Syfy read.


Roberto Arcoleo was born in New York City, Queens to be exact, into a working-class Italian-American family. Roberto’s father was a hardworking, grumpy, and reserved restaurateur, his mother a warmhearted, talkative hairdresser. 

Roberto was a bit of both. He grew up in Astoria in a two-bedroom ground-floor apartment with one younger brother, his parents, and an invalid grandmother. His early years were tumultuous and confused. Roberto never felt that he fit into the molds that were laid before him. His early extended family home life was chaotic, and his teenage years were worse. After the Catholic grammar school, he continued on to a Catholic high school. He hated them both. 

As a teenager, Roberto felt more and more apart from his surroundings. He withdrew into his own world. To onlookers he seemed full of bravado, but he was timid and reserved at heart, always feeling out of place. He started lashing out at the world with violence as mark of distinction. He found a home within street gangs and hard drugs at fourteen. Roberto started living on the streets at fifteen, but was soon taken in by a schoolteacher uncle who lived on Long Island. His uncle held him captive from his own devices until he graduated high school.  Later, in college, he studied psychology hoping to find answers. Still troubled, he didn’t find the answers he needed in the text. He gave up his clinical ambitions for more underground alternatives. The same uncle gave him his first camera, and he discovered photography.

Under a name other than Arcoleo, he obtained recognition as an artist. He received his MFA from Brooklyn college and later saw his art reviewed in the New York Times. Roberto’s work has been acquired by major collections. Among them Brooklyn Museum, the Chrysler Museum, the Museum of Fine arts in Houston and the Museum de l’Eysee, Lausanne Switzerland. He was the first artist working in photography to be given a one-person exhibition at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art; he was awarded a stay at the American Academy in Rome; and his work is presently in the National Gallery of Art.

He always had an urge to write and his late mother was always asking for his first novel. He told her he had to wait until he was called from a special place.


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