Gravity Games

A Nathan Sherlock Foodie Thriller

Fiction - Thriller - Terrorist
266 Pages
Reviewed on 07/29/2015
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Author Biography

I took up fiction writing about two years ago and since self-published two urban fantasies, Late Bite (a reVamp of the vampire myth), and Gravity Games (an international foodie thriller featuring a hero whose half Sherlock Holmes and half celebrity chef). I’m a few days from finishing Lycanthrope Rising, a sequel to Late Bite, where I shapeshift the notion of werewolves into something quite different.
Previously I worked as a daily newspaper writer, editor and columnist for 20 years. Thereafter I ran a PR company with Fortune 500 clients. I wrote an eight-part educational TV series. that aired on TV Ontario a couple decades back and in the last 18 months written six screenplays which I'm only now trying to market.
I have author pages on Amazon, Smashwords,, and a few other places. I write the Dark Matters blog (currently on but soon to be transferred to I have about 4500 Twitter followers, about 1500 on and around 300 on Facebook.
I am the host and co-producer of Between The Lines, a cable TV show about authors and writing which will be airing on the Rogers Cable network starting in May. Here's a link to a trailer:

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

Gravity Games by John Matsui is an outstanding thriller. The nose knows, but in the case of Nathan Sherlock, his nose knows more than anyone on the planet. “Nate the Nose” has an extraordinary power of smell, he can detect every aroma-bearing molecule. What he smells, he remembers forever. His gift has made him a famous and wealthy man. Nathan is a legendary chef and wine connoisseur. But, more than that, his nose has become a secret asset to the police - he can smell murder. What Nathan didn’t know was that a special joint task force has been monitoring him. They convince Nate and his best friend, business partner and sidekick, Bonnie, to travel with them to a secret facility at Quantico, VA. Once there, they introduce him to others like him - an elite ESP team – Extraordinary Sensory Perception. The government agents encourage Nate to join the team by revealing a huge terrorism threat. A new technology of negative gravity has been developed, it is unstoppable, and it has endless possibilities! It could change the world as we know it! However, evil lurks and there is much more to this ESP team. Like a bloodhound, Nate sniffs out the truth.

John Matsui’s Gravity Games is an innovative novel, way out of the box - it’s not your run-of-the-mill thriller. The characterization is extraordinary. The supporting cast of characters – a mad scientist, evil psychopath, young do-gooders, and those with extreme sensory powers - bring depth and suspense to the unique storyline. The plot weaves in and out, up and down, backwards and forward, creating several riveting, spiraling illusive sub plots. The science of “negative gravity,” the hidden agendas, all the underlying lurid details portray a mind-boggling narrative. I appreciated that Matsui brought in elements from his first novel, Late Bite. Reintroducing the character Dragul Mangorian was a stroke of genius - subtle, but perfect. Matsui creates a tightly knotted tale, which gradually loosens, and then unravels throughout the denouement. Just when you think all is well with the world, the conclusion proves otherwise. John Matsui’s “no scent” mysterious ending is ideal; it leaves the reader sniffing the air for the aroma of a sequel.

Roy T. James

Gravity Games by John Matsui introduces Dr Gustav Plank, a scientist, who is doing cutting edge research on gravity - negative gravity with its substantial military potential. He is kidnapped one day and all his papers are missing. The investigation agencies enlist the help of Nathan Sherlock,who has hyper acuity to odors. He joins Rebecca, with enhanced ability to detect the chemistry of any male and exude appropriate pheromones to unsettle him, as well as many others from the area of ESP related research. With the help of Sherlock's ‘conscience’ Bonnie, as well as of others from the FBI and CSIS, all the missing pieces are assembled.

Gravity Games by John Matsui has many characters that are out of the ordinary, like those with the ability to sense micro tremors not strong enough to be measured on the Richter scale. The upheavals caused in society due to the news of ‘negative gravity possibilities,’ especially the fluctuations in oil prices, are shown imaginatively. The authentic and crisp nature of the plot, the story and the dialogue, a high point in the initial parts of the book, became rather loose towards the end. This is still a very good plot, a refreshing change from the predictable villains, their cohorts and the usual ambiance.

Rabia Tanveer

Gravity Games by John Matsui is about one amazingly super powered Nathan Sherlock. A wine expert and a celebrity chef by profession, Sherlock has a lot to be thankful for, especially his wicked sense of smell. He can smell everything and anything; he can smell the food when it is at its best; he can pick out the best wine while it is at its tastiest; and he can also recognize the smell of blood when someone is being murdered. His special ability is hidden from the world. No one knows about it except his friend Bonnie. But his secret is not safe from the government. They know about it and they have a use for it. The US/Canadian anti-terrorism force needs him to track down a terrorist who has kidnapped a scientist whose research can change the face of the world if it falls into the wrong hands. The research is so potent that it can give the right ammunition to the most dangerous terrorists. But are Nathan and Bonnie capable of tracking down the terrorist before it is too late? Will Nathan’s sense of smell help him save humanity.

Gravity Games was a joy to read. The action packed novel was a thrilling ride. I was a little skeptical about how a super sense of smell can help a task force to capture a terrorist, but the way it was handled and written was awe inspiring. John Matsui wrote the mystery to perfection. Nathan was so charming and Bonnie was the right companion to keep him in line. I love novels where a male and a female character are a team. The suspense, mystery, thrill and action of the novel were so potent. Plus, the cover of the novel is amazing! With vivid details, awesome storyline, fast pace and craftsmanship, Gravity Games is a novel that must be on your bookshelf.