I've posted a new review in the "Pandemics" section. The book is "There is Another Sky," by Harlow C. Fallon, and it's a tale of hope, peril, and romance set in a rural, post-apocalyptic community struggling to eke out its existence and to protect itself from the evils that lie all around it.
I've posted a new book review on the Military/Insurgency page. The book is titled "Bleed Out: When Reason Dies," and it's a dark and grim reminder of what the United States could devolve into if the its citizens can't find a way to reason with one another. The author is Straughn Bowman.
I've been drafting an outline for Book 3 of the Nisirtu series, and my plan is to roll back the clock to a few months before the apocalypse and introduce an additional protagonist. Her name will be "Tess," and she'll be a teen unexpectedly launched into the adult world when schools around the nation shut down to avoid the spread of Cage's Disease. In short, she gets a high school diploma as a Christmas present, with no idea what she wants to do with her life.
Over the coming months, her friends begin to migrate to college towns, not knowing that humanity is doomed, while she languishes, suffering from poor grades and self-esteem. Neither popular nor unpopular, she is effectively invisible, even to her mom. Her only love is writing, yet she's been told many times that her writing kind of, you know, sucks. And she agrees. Tess's life at eighteen years of age looks like a dead-end.
Her life consists of serving coffee at a dying coffee shop and attending to the needs of an elderly man who came to town to attend his son's funeral. His name? Ridley. And he's taken an unusual interest in Tess's stories. He playfully asks her what she would do if she could write the story of humanity. The humanity of the future. He asks her if she's ever considered writing scripts instead of stories. Not Hollywood scripts. Not exactly...
Tess soon learns that scripting is something she is very, very good at. As Ridley teaches the girl the art of the grand conspiracy, he hints of her secret fate and the unbearable weight that will soon be placed on her shoulders. She begins to weave tangled webs, scripting the last days of her small town, only to find the she and her family are caught in a web which she is unable to alter. She matches wits with her mentor in a desperate effort to escape her destiny and save the ones she loves.
My working title for this is "Scriptess."
Of course, I still need a lot more reviews of the first two books to delve too deeply into the third, but I'm optimistic that readers will get the job done. If you're a reader of the series and want to see the third book, now is THE time to leave a review. Share the series with friends or family and encourage them to leave reviews, too. Indie writers thrive on reviews, and I'm no different than the rest.
Also, if you have any thoughts on the content or direction of Book 3, send me an email. Nisirtu@gmail.com. I'm always interested in hearing from readers.
Thanks for your support.
I've posted a review of G.D. Leon's book, "Peak Democracy," on the Book Reviews page. The story is set two decades in the future, at which point our current reliance on artificial intelligence, social media, 24-hour surveillance, and corporate oversight have led to a dystopian America in which every citizen is a corporate slave. A grim vision, but a great book.
In addition to being an avid reader and writer of post-apocalyptic fiction, I'm also a life-long gamer. Best not to ask how long that life has been, really. And when I write "games" I'm referring to the type that comes in a box, with great cover art, and that you can set on a table and play with friends or family. The kind of games that involve dice.
That's why I've asked the Great Sage, Scriptus Ridley, to review one of his (and my) favorites, Dead of Winter. It's got it all:
Post-Apocalyptic world? Check.
Ghoulish environments? Check.
Talking dogs? Oddly, yes...yes, that can happen. Oddly.
Traitors? Oh yes. Check.
Desperation? Double check.
Head over to the Games section if you'd like to learn more.