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The Divide – What Would You Risk for Freedom?

A few years ago I released a novel about a giant monster: Project Nemesis. While it was far from my first foray into writing about monsters, or even large monsters, it was my first attempt at writing what is known as kaiju (strange beast in Japanese). In the past, the genre was relegated to movies, TV and comic books. With Nemesis, I successfully brought the genre to the one form of storytelling it had yet to crush beneath its massive heel: novels. Thus, the “kaiju thriller” was born and there have since been several novels by other authors released in this fledgling (but growing) sub-genre. Since the release of Nemesis, I have released one kaiju thriller per year, including all five Nemesis books, Apocalypse Machine, Unity and now…The Divide!

If I had to compare it to any of my previous kaiju thrillers, I’d say it’s most like Apocalypse Machine. The story deals with some pretty broad and potent subjects while introducing a new and horrible monster: the Golyat. Trust me, you wouldn’t want to encounter the Golyat in a dark alley…or broad daylight. But some of the people living in New Inglan, who are desperate for the freedom once enjoyed by the people of the United States, are willing to risk everything to find out what, if anything, exists beyond the Divide.

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WHEN THE DIVIDE IS CROSSED…

No one remembers how the Divide was created. The miles-deep and miles-wide chasm has existed for hundreds of years, protecting what remains of humanity from the Golyat: a creature whose shadow moves across the horizon at sunset.

Davina, daughter of Jesse, is a shepherd. She spends her days guiding herds of deer through the forests of New Inglan, protecting them from predators, herding them away from the Divide, and ensuring the tribe of Essex has meat when needed. While many shepherds die in their first year-from the elements, from injury, or in the jaws of a wolf-Davina is resilient.

Having just slain a mountain lion, Davina returns to her village to discover a hunting party has been sent out in search of the Modernists, a group fascinated with the past, the technology that once filled the world, and what lies beyond the Divide. To keep the Modernists from reaching the Divide’s far side, and revealing humanity’s presence to the Golyat, the hunters will torture and kill them all. Including Davina’s teenaged son.

Davina strikes out, intending to ensure her son’s death will be quick and without torture. Reaching the island of Boston first, Davina confronts the Modernists and finds herself incapable of taking her son’s life. Captured by the enemies of Essex, she is transported across the Divide, along with her son and the Modernists.

For the first time in five hundred years, humanity steps foot on the Divide’s far side. Stranded with the enemy, Davina must fight to keep them all alive, herding people instead of deer, while uncovering the truth about humanity’s past, and her connection to events that reshaped the world.

…THE GOLYAT WILL FEAST

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Forbidden Island – Visit for the mystery. Stay for the horror.

 

Every morning, I read global news and science articles, looking for nuggets of weird, unique, and awesome stories. There are thirty tabs open in my phone’s browser, each one of them a story that captured my imagination. Some I save for later. Some get blended into what I’m currently writing. And some inspire entire stories. That’s what happened when I read about North Sentinel Island, which was proclaimed-by the article-to be the most dangerous island in the world. As someone intrigued by dangerous islands (I’ve written about them in the past) I was keen to learn about this real-life island of doom.

The more I read, the more fascinated I became. Not only is North Sentinel Island a very dangerous place to visit, but the native, uncontacted tribe that lives there is mysterious, strange, and violent. In terms of real world inspiration, North Sentinel Island is jet fuel for my imagination. Combining real history, reports of encounters with the locals, and my own nefarious conjurings, I’ve put together a story that is action-packed, strange, and a bit mind bending.

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SEEKING TO CONTACT HUMANITY’S LOST TRIBE…

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KAIJU MONDAY SALE!

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Forget Cyber Monday. KAIJU MONDAY is taking over.

Beware of Monsters is commandeering the day and launching a sale that dwarfs all others, in scope, content and savings! What could we possibly be selling that’s so big, for so little, you ask? *Just play along…say, “Yes.”

The answer (as you probably guessed from the blog’s title): Kaiju! 

That’s right, SIX Kaiju Thrillers (available for Amazon Kindle) are now on sale for $0.99. The price will change to $1.99 at midnight tonight (11/28/2016) so don’t waste any time dilly-dallying. Snag your Kindle, and spread the word to monster lovers everywhere. The $1.99 price will revert back to full price at midnight on 11/29/2016, so even if you’re late to the sale by a day, it’s still pretty good pricing.

Which books are included in the sale?

I’m glad you asked (pretend you did). Essentially, every kaiju novel I’ve written. Links and samples of all books included in the sale can be found below!

PRO TIP: If you prefer audiobooks, you can buy the $0.99 Kindle edition and then get the Audible audiobook for just $1.99, which is obviously cheaper than buying it outright.

 
 

 

BONUS KAIJU NOVEL!
That’s right, there’s more!
Just $0.99! No shipping and handling!

 

ISLAND 731 – Issue 1 – Out Now!

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ISLAND 731 is available now as a comic book. Co-written with Kane Gilmour and with art (pencils, inks and colors) by Jeff Zornow. This is not only a sweet read, it’s also beautiful to look at so snag a print copy and get reading! If you’re a digital reader, you can get yours here!

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UNITY – Fight for Earth…Together.

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Are you a natural born leader with a strong sense of self?
Are you afflicted with the sudden urge to give your unfiltered opinion?
Do you recognize that some situations require immediate action, like a punch to the face, and then words?point-symbol

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be a Point, represented by the red-tipped Unity logo, and destined to lead a Unity team of your own. That is, if you survive long enough to prove yourself.

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