It's time. The epic conclusion to the first half of the ARISEN story and the most terrifying and thrilling adventure yet starts today.
ARISEN readers rave: “moves like an avalanche” … “Awesome, just awesome!!!” … “Prose so strong I thought I was reading a video game in action” … “Hold on to your hat - this stuff is addicting” … “Madness & total mayhem at every moment - just brilliant!” … “If I could give it six stars I would” … “BEST ZOMBIE BOOK EVER!! And I have read them all. These guys are frigging great” … “You can smell the smoke, feel the explosions, and hear the rounds headed down range” … “Damn it son - that was a thrill ride!” … “I am at a loss for words to describe this series - READ THESE BOOKS!!!” … “maximum action - like an ultimate thrill ride” … “had me holding my breath more times than I could count” … “pure adrenaline all the way through” … “Left me shaking at the last page…”
THE KENNEDY STARES INTO THE ABYSS
The world’s last floating nuclear supercarrier looks into the face of oblivion as her thinned, exhausted, and beleaguered crew face the largest herd of dead ever recorded. Soon, the ship’s five-acre flight deck will become the scene of a furious and desperate set-piece battle like no combat any modern army has seen since Stalingrad. The ranks of the dead are infinite, and those of the living tiny, depleted, and running out of time… and of hope.
THE ABANDONED RUN AHEAD OF THE STORM
Surrounded, cut off, and left for dead, Wesley’s band of sailors and survivors race ahead of the city-devouring swarm, desperate for a way off the land. Air strikes and shore bombardment threaten to vaporize them at any instant, the inlet onto which they flee is surrounded on all sides and filling up fast, and the least hesitation will get them all killed, infected, devoured or all three at once.
THE OPERATORS JUMP INTO MOUTH OF HELL
Having already dodged a hundred deaths by inches, the operators of Alpha team and MARSOC now fly into two converging storms of unspeakable violence, and must parachute in and reinforce the Alamo the hopeless and doomed defense of the carrier. A thousand things must go right for them to have a prayer of survival. But it’s the job of the operators to succeed even when a million things go wrong…
Ride the human spirit to its utmost limit in the most terrifying and thrilling ARISEN book yet: ARISEN, BOOK FIVE - EXODUS.
ARISEN, BOOK SIX THE HORIZON
Finally… Looks like we peaked just inside the Top 250. Not so bad.
As an end note: This was not only the hardest book I've ever written but the hardest thing I've ever done. I think it worth reprinting my author note from the front of the book.
This is the ARISEN book that nearly beat me. Like all well structured stories, this epic project had a “dark night of the soul” followed by an “all is lost” moment. And in that moment, I genuinely thought this book was too big, too hard, too complex, too daunting and that my powers to make it happen were inadequate to the job. I’d seriously lost faith that I could make this story work every chapter I’d written looked horrifying, and every new one I had yet to write looked impossible. I told Glynn I thought I was going to have to put the whole thing aside, and work on something else for a while, just to try and clear my head. He wondered aloud if we might be zombied out and perhaps should wind up the series more quickly than we’d intended. For my part, I seriously wondered if we’d simply built a story both too intricate and too sprawling to manage anymore.
But, somehow, over the next 24 hours, instead of walking away from it… I made a decision. I decided that ARISEN was (by far) the best story we had to tell; and, much more importantly, I decided I was going to write this book if I had to do it five words at a time i.e. even if the magic never came back, and the whole thing remained a complete soul-crushing struggle, fought inch by inch. But, somehow, as soon as I had made that commitment… the magic came back. All those myriad interlocking plot elements started to slot into place… the story problems all became tractable or even started to look like opportunities… and the writing became fun and thrilling again. (Okay, there were actually about 100 subsequent occasions when it got hard as hell again, and completing the climax made me physically ill and wretchedly exhausted, but that’s not important the main thing is it never again seemed fatally impossible.)
In retrospect, I think it was necessary that I pass through this crucible-type stage of the writer’s journey. But to get there, I had to embrace, in my weak and tiny way, the one quality that all special operators have burnt into their souls: RESOLVE. I had to be committed to achieving the mission no matter what I had to do, no matter what it cost me. Or, as perfectly described by former Navy SEAL and sniper instructor Brandon Webb as the only answer to adversity: “Tough. Deal with it. Adapt and overcome.” With those last three words, you almost can’t lose at life.
There’s no question in my mind that each of these books has been harder to write than the last. But I’m equally sure that each one has turned out bigger, better, and more thrilling than those that came before. Long may it last. Thanks for sharing the adventure with us. Viva ARISEN.
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