Have you ever noticed how the good things start with the letter S? Sex, scuba diving, sleep, single malt and Saturdays. This blog is all about the good things in life, of course. As a writer, however, I blog mostly about books.
Not enough SF movies get made. And too many of the ones that do get made think they have to be all action and not enough mood and setting and plot. So I'm very pleased to report that Oblivion with Tom Cruise met all the criteria for a good SF story, with amazing visuals as a handy bonus.
TIME FALL by Timothy Ashby is a speculative novel of what-if and time travel. What if a group of USA soldiers fighting in World War Two got carried forward in time to the present day? What if they parachuted out of their plane in April 1945 but landed in today's Germany? What if they set about carrying out their military sabotage without realising they are now living in the distant future? What if they meet Nazi officers who've grown old and frail? What if they cross paths with Islam terrorists?
One of the features of a good book is that it means different things to different readers. The message I got from TIME FALL is the poignant observation how futile war is. Governments send our young men on missions to kill other young men, they send them to destroy cities and ruin the countryside, they send them to bring about chaos and tragedy. Sometimes the young men come back, damaged forever by the things they've seen. Sometimes they don't come back at all. It may be a comfort to imagine that - like the characters in TIME FALL - they have simply been transported to the future and are stuck there, perhaps a bit bewildered and confused, but at least still alive.
Here is my favourite non-spoiler quote from the book:
... the horrors experienced by teenage boys who had been drafted to “defend America against international communism.” Like all those dead and maimed boys he had known in ‘Nam. And now half the fucking crap for sale at Walmart was from Vietnam and the other half was from “communist” China. Shaking his head, he left the office and walked down the street to a Frank & Stein.
And here is some information about TIME FALL:
Publisher – Author Planet Press June 2013
ISBN-10 1481026674 ISBN-13 978-1481026673
Filled with historically accurate details, Time Fall is a complex military tale that keeps readers riveted through every surprising twist. Read an excerpt and to enter to win a FREE copy of Time Fall, visit http://www.timefallbook.com/. For your copy, visit http://amzn.to/190ZMwe. You can also get your copy at all major book retailers.
Reporter McKenzie McClendon is on the trail of her next hot story, tracking a sadistic serial killer known as The Cradle Robber. This brutal murderer preys on pregnant women, slicing their infants from their wombs, leaving the helpless women to die while he disappears with their babies.
The trade of innocents…
Jonas Cleary is out of options. McKenzie, his former sweetheart, is his last hope. Jonas believes his slain wife was The Cradle Robber’s first victim and that his son is still alive, lost in the underground world of the black market baby trade, where ruthless people are happy to prey on the desperation of those willing to pay any price to have a child, and infants are just another commodity.
Before another one dies…
Aided by former Navy SEAL Noah Hutchins and a clever FBI data specialist, McKenzie races to unravel the web of lies, drawing dangerously closer to the ruthless, brilliant surgeon at the heart of the maze. With a child’s future hanging in the balance, the lives of five people careen toward a terrifying collision. It’s up to McKenzie to discover which key will unlock the puzzle, and which will get her killed.
The Trade by Colby Marshall is currently available for pre-order on www.stairwaypress.com with free shipping, and until its release date on June 11, you can pre-order The Trade together with a copy of Chain of Command and get BOTH for only $19.99 (over $31 separately)! Will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, and other major e-readers June 11, 2013.