Trial and Redemption By Thomas Reilly – Silver Dagger Book Tours


“There will be a price to pay for bad medicine.”


Trial and Redemption

Janus Key Series Book 2

by Thomas Reilly

Genre: Time Travel Fantasy, Suspense




In his latest inspirational and suspenseful novel, Trial and Redemption, Reilly continues the saga of a mystical Janus key and its time-bending influence on 21st-century characters, first introduced in the award-winning Chasing Time.

Disgraced scientist Brian Ellis finds an improbable ally in Julie, a college student trying to reset her life after a family tragedy. Guided by a Janus key with magical powers to predict future events, they embark on a crusade to bring a corrupt pharmaceutical executive to justice, prevent a medical tragedy, and restore peace to their shattered lives. However, Brian guards a dark secret that may imperil both their mission and their redemption.

Filled with unexpected twists and turns, memorable characters, and heart-stopping suspense, Trial and Redemption is an emotive mix of medical and legal fiction with a touch of fantasy.

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Chasing Time

Janus Key Series Book 1

A time-bending adventure like no other

A Literary Titan Gold Award winner

A brilliant debut novel from start to finish, you won’t be able to put it down.” — N.N light’s review

It had me sitting on the edge of my seat until the conclusion.” — Reader’s Favorite

“An earnest and moving novel, Chasing Time is an emotive mixture of contemporary fiction and fantasy, for a story that reads like a potential film.” — Self-Publishing Review

Chasing Time takes the reader on a thrilling adventure as history professor Tony Lucas seeks an ancient time-bending key that may hold the secrets to a miracle cure for his beloved wife, trapped in the throes of the debilitating and deadly ALS. Racing against time as the disease extracts its unforgiving toll, Tony embarks on an amazing quest involving a series of unexpected plot twists, cryptic clues, and memorable characters.

Driven by a strong male lead, this heartwarming book combines realistic medical elements with a hint of fantasy to create a gripping, suspenseful narrative. Reilly spins a compelling tale of a devoted husband’s resilience and perseverance as he pursues a life-saving mission that extends from ancient Rome to modern-day America to the lush olive groves of Andalusia. The story takes the classic medical drama, historical fiction, and fantasy genres and turns them all completely on their heads. With its precise and witty style, Chasing Time is an engaging, must-read story like nothing you have read before.

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Interview With Thomas Reilly

What are you passionate about these days?

Family; exercise (running and tennis); the Yankees (a fan since 1962, although it’s been a tough 2023 season); and cats (we currently have three).

What do you do to unwind and relax?

Reading (history, historical fiction, biographies, suspenseful fiction, biotechnology articles); piano playing; tennis.

Describe yourself in 5 words or less!

 Motivated and kind.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When my first book, Chasing Time, was accepted for publication by an independent publishing house (World Castle Publishing).

Do you have a favorite movie?

 Yes- The Fellowship of the Ring from The Lord of the Rings trilogy (book written by one of my favorite authors, Tolkien, and movie directed by one of my favorite directors, Peter Jackson).

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

I may be prejudiced but I  think both of my books (Chasing Time and Trial and Redemption) would make compelling and highly entertaining movies.

What inspired you to write this book?

I have a scientific background with a PhD in microbiology and a career in pharmaceutical and biotechnology research. During my career, I also developed excellent writing skills. It was this combination, coupled with a fertile imagination, that prompted me to write books encompassing realistic medical suspense with a touch of fantasy.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I plan to write more books in the Janus Key series where a magical time-bending key influences modern day characters in unpredictable ways.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Trial and Redemption?

The college student in Trial and Redemption, pre-vet major Julie Remson, is loosely based on my own daughter Katie, now a practicing veterinarian in the U.S. Army. The various pharmaceutical characters in Trial and Redemption are loosely based on various individuals I have known during my own career in the industry.

How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?

The fantasy element in both books, the time-bending Janus key, was a concept percolating in my mind for several years. I always thought it would make an interesting component of a novel, and over the years when I bounced the idea off friends and family, the feedback was positive. The challenge was then developing the concept into a full-blown novel. When I finally decided to challenge myself to write a novel, I used several familiar settings, events, and people to fill out the story. For example, the protagonist in Chasing Time, Tony Lucas, grew up in Brooklyn and like me, was the son of a pediatrician. The Yankees, my favorite team, and New York City, my hometown, play important parts throughout the book.  The main setting of the novel is my current home, Wilmington, Delaware. The  pharmaceutical and biotechnology characters in Trial and Redemption are loosely based on various individuals I have known during my own career in the industry.

Thomas Reilly is a retired biotechnology scientist who holds a doctoral degree in microbiology. He is the author of numerous essays and articles on science and technology. TRIAL AND REDEMPTION is a story of medical suspense coupled with a hint of magical realism. His first book in the Janus Key series, the award-winning CHASING TIME, was reissued in 2023. He lives in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife Linda.


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