I'm enormously excited to announce publication of my new prequel to ARISEN our bestselling series of spec-ops zombie-apocalypse dark action thrillers. (*) It rather rocks, if I do say so myself: loads of heartstopping action, moments of genuine terror, lovable heroes, and oceans of existential dread. (*) Just in time for Christmas! And of course nothing says Christmas Time like the end of the world…
And to celebrate, we'll be giving away copies of Book One, or Book Two, absolutely free, all weekend, for this weekend only. Since the books are still doing unnervingly well on Amazon, this offer is available only to you fine folks, and only by email:
Just write to me on with either "BOOK ONE" or "BOOK TWO" in the subject line
But beneath the terror, a bio-engineered serial killer lurks.
Come back in time with ARISEN, and live through the beginning of the end of the world…
The Horn of Africa, place of various madness and horror home to depraved warlords, Islamist militias, famine, drought… and regular outbreaks of killer viruses.
Tucked away in a high-tech Tactical Operations Center, inside an isolated safehouse in Somalia, sits Agency analyst Zack Altringham. He is Kenyan-born, Princeton-educated, badly burnt-out and condemned by his language and cultural skills to a lifetime of fighting America's shadow counter-terror wars. But a threat many times worse than any suicide bombing lurks in the corner of Zack's tortured consciousness just as it lurks out in the lawless bush of Somaliland. And when an incomprehensible epidemic breaks out, Zack must try and determine if it is connected to a bio-terror plot he believed he thwarted years ago…
But, terrifyingly quickly, the epidemic reaches a tipping point and chaos and terror descend and Zack and his team (including two ex-Team Six SEALs) are trapped between the millstones of the walking dead on one side, and heavily armed militias on the other. Soon their "safe" house is in flames, and their only remaining option is to get in their up-armored SUV and try to escape the imploding gravity well of the city, to the safety of the American military base in Djibouti. But by then, will there be anywhere safe left on Earth to escape to?
Come back in time with this prequel to the bestselling ARISEN series of spec-ops zombie-apocalypse dark action thrillers and experience the terror at the beginning of the end of the world. Nothing will ever look the same again.
ARISEN, BOOK THREE THREE PARTS DEAD
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Have you seen the WWZ trailer yet, by the way?
The story looks to have about as much to do with the book as does, well, ours or any zombie apocalypse story for that matter. (They evidently pretty much just bought the rights to the name, and then wrote their own screenplay.) But you've got to love the "hurtling zombie horde" effects.
You should also seriously buy and read the book, by the way. Amazing piece of work. Reading it, one is reminded that to illustrate what will happen to people and society under conditions of apocalypse, one has to know an awful lot about the nature of both people and society. That deep knowledge is what makes this book fantastic.
I'm particularly excited that this book went from conception to publication via story work, writing, editing, copyediting, book design, cover design, and conversion all in three months flat.
Seriously, the zombie apocalypse story may be the ultimate sandbox for exploration of existential themes. I'm surprised Graham Greene didn't invent it. Though he kind of did, come to think of it most of his stories occur in places, Greeneland as they call it in aggregate, where the shit has come down, and everyone is basically trying to eat you. There were throngs of lepers in A Burnt-Out Case, destruction from the skies (The Blitz) in The End of the Affair, the borderline-dystopian horrors of Haiti under Papa Doc in The Comedians…