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December 01, 2016

La Roche English Professor Releases Second Young Adult Novel

 Professor Dr. Joshua Bellin poses with his two science fiction novels in the Wright Library at La Roche College.PITTSBURGH, Dec. 1, 2016 – Joshua David Bellin, Ph.D., professor of English at La Roche College, has released his second young adult novel, “Scavenger of Souls.”

“Scavenger of Souls,” the sequel to “Survival Colony 9,” is a science fiction novel set in a future post-apocalyptic Earth. Querry Genn and his colony have defeated the Skaldi, creatures who can mimic humans, but many lives were lost and supplies are low during the battle. After discovering another compound of humans, Querry soon realizes that nothing around him is as it seems. Querry, guilt-ridden from past actions, struggles to regain his forgotten memories and discover what happened in the past in order to save the future. Only then will he discover who he really is.

“A lot of people in this book have done a lot of bad things, including Querry—some things he’s not even aware that he’s done. People are carrying the things that they did wrong with them. Some of the villains are that way; some of the heroes are that way. Probably everybody is a little that way,” Dr. Bellin said. “The question for the book is if people can be redeemed from the things they’ve done wrong.”

Although it is a sequel, Dr. Bellin said the novel could be read as a standalone. “Scavenger of Souls” is the final installment in the series, but there is a possibility for a prequel if there is a high enough demand.

Dr. Bellin graduated from Wesleyan University and went on to earn his Ph.D. in English at the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches college English at La Roche, published three nonfiction books and has taken part in the movement to protect the environment. He lives with his wife and two children in the Frick Park area of Pittsburgh.

“Scavenger of Souls” can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and local, independent booksellers. The novel is available as a hardcover book and an e-book.

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About La Roche College: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one doctoral program, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,500 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche College embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche College educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.