The winner of the November 2018 Debut Author Challenge
Cover Wars is The First Protectors
by Victor Godinez
from Talos Press with 47% of the votes. The Cover artwork is by Amir Zand
, with cover design by Mona Lin.The First Protectors
just edged out Breach
by W. L. Goodwater
Victor GodinezThe First Protectors
Talos Press, November 13, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
The last thing Ben Shepherd wanted was another war. But sometimes the universe won’t take no for an answer.
His body and spirit mangled by a lifetime of combat, Shepherd, a retired Navy SEAL, has retreated to the desolate desert of New Mexico to heal his wounds and dodge his demons. All he wants now is peace and quiet.
Both are shattered one starry night, when an alien ship crashes nearby. Out of the ship crawls the last, dying member of a conquered civilization. It’s been shot down by an extraterrestrial enemy, the vanguard of a ravenous force hunting for a new homeland. With its last gasp, the wounded alien injects Shepherd with a high-tech serum that gives him near superhuman powers.
Now, with a new body but a soul as fractured as ever, Shepherd becomes the reluctant leader of the human resistance against the coming invasion. With enemies on all sides, the man who couldn’t bear the guilt of seeing one more friend die in battle now finds himself charged with protecting the entire planet.
The November 2018 Debuts