Tuesday, February 6, 2018

New Release: War World (Interview & Review)

 War World

Jeremy Austin never asked to save a planet—it's bad enough being a "B" average student as the son of a world-famous geneticist for crying out loud! He didn't ask to be attacked by Gnome assassins, didn't choose to become food for a prehistoric monster, would never have thought consorting with wizards a wise concept, and he definitely would never, ever sign up to do sword combat against the bloodthirsty Gnome King.

Note to self: say NO to portals and wormholes.

His father's expedition to a planet 2.4 million light years from Earth has gone missing. Jeremy and five high school friends embark on a rescue mission. Surrounded by an army of mercenaries, they travel through a high-tech portal and discover a nightmare planet on the other side—a violent world of alien races and man-eating monsters—a world in despair; anxiously awaiting the arrival of a savior who will defeat the evil Shadow Lord.

For Jeremy, the search for his father becomes lost in a struggle for survival… and escape from those who would put the mantel of planet savior on his shoulders.

Author Interview Questions: 
1. What's your next project?

While I'm finishing the second novel, War World: Paladin, I'm also developing a movie trilogy set in China around the Second World War. There seems to be some commonality there but the whole World War thing is purely accidental. Really. It's based on historical events and the fun part is weaving a fictional storyline within those events. Plus, I've had to research a lot of Hong Kong and mainline Chinese cinema to get a feel for the action genre.

2. If I wasn't afraid I would…

… do a better job trying to surf. I tried one time years ago and getting pummeled by the pounding surf took the desire right out of me.

3. What are your favorite hobbies?

Shooting basketball outside is a stress reliever and gives me a chance to let my mind create. I enjoy movies and traveling… of course, both contribute to creative thinking. Playing video games also keeps me immersed in creative storylines. And I'm a voracious reader and always have an audiobook going on my classic iPod.

4. What's your favorite material object that you already own?

This sounds pretty geeky but my recently purchased Playstation 4 and Destiny 2 are my current favorite material objects. I love the world of Destiny… almost as much as I love the world of another game created by Bungie, the Halo franchise. Halo is my all-time favorite first person shooter.

5. What is your favorite part of the writing process?

I really enjoy the beginning, formative part of writing: the overall story arc, the characters and their development, building out the plot. Having been a screenwriter for many decades, my approach to writing novels is much like how I approach writing a screenplay. When I'm actually writing the chapter I'm focused on character and dialogue and making sure my writing style keeps the reader engaged and hopefully, smiling.

 Review: Wow! This book has a lot going on, and is unlike anything else I've ever read. Part sci-fi, part fantasy, and a whole lot of chaos! While there is a lot of things going on in this book, and it's easy to get lost, it's an exciting read, and well written!

War World by Rod C. Spence (Gallant Press, Hardback: $24.99, Paperback: $17.95, E-book: $9.99) is out on 5th February and available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/War-World-Rod-C-Spence/dp/0999087916/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

ROD C. SPENCE is the author of the War World series and has spent decades as a creative cog in that great machine called television. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? From the highs of 3 Emmy nominations as an editor on CBS's Survivor to a different kind of high on MTV's Jersey Shore, he's honed his storytelling skills on real people in unreal situations and has been blessed to work with some incredible people along the way.

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