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2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 13 - Chuck Wendig


What are the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Authors up to?  Perhaps you were wondering why Chuck Wendig had not yet been mentioned? So many books by Mr. Wendig have been published since the first of his Miriam Black novels, Blackbirds, that he needs his own update! This is appropriately the 13th in a series of posts.



See Part 1 here.
See Part 2 here.
See Part 3 here.
See Part 4 here.
See Part 5 here.
See Part 6 here.
See Part 7 here.
See Part 8 here.
See Part 9 here.
See Part 10 here.
See Part 11 here.
See Part 12 here.



Mockingbird
Miriam Black 2
Angry Robot, August 28, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 13 - Chuck Wendig
Miriam is trying to keep her ability – her curse – in check.

But when Miriam touches a woman in line at the supermarket, she sees that the woman will be killed here, now.

She reacts, and begins a new chapter in her life – one which can never be expected to go well.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Touch of Death | Futures & Pasts | Unlucky Louis | Enduring ]




Unclean Spirits
Gods and Monsters 1
Abaddon, May 7, 2013
Trade Papeback and eBook, 320 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 13 - Chuck Wendig
The force of nature that is Chuck Wendig returns with an original urban fantasy novel, creating a brand new series for Abaddon Books.

Five years ago, it all went wrong for Cason Cole. He lost his wife and son, lost everything, and was bound into service to a man who chews up human lives and spits them out, a predator who holds nothing dear and respects no law. Now, as the man he both loves and hates lies dying at his feet, the sounds of the explosion still ringing in his ears, Cason is finally free. The gods and goddesses are real. A polytheistic pantheon—a tangle of divine hierarchies—once kept the world at an arm’s length, warring with one another for mankind’s belief and devotion. It was a grim and bloody balance, but a balance just the same. When one god triumphed, driving all other gods out of Heaven, it was back to the bad old days: cults and sycophants, and the terrible retribution the gods visit on those who spite them. None of which is going to stop Cason from getting back what’s his...




Dinocalypse Now
Dinocalypse Trilogy 1
Evil Hat Productions, May 7, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 240 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 13 - Chuck Wendig
AN INVASION... FROM PREHISTORY!

When the Century Club is called in to prevent the assassination of FDR, it’s just another day on the job—but what they discover puts not just the President, but the entire world in jeopardy.

With psychic dinosaurs taking over Manhattan and beyond, it’s up to Sally Slick, Jet Black, Mack Silver, and the other Centurions to save humanity—from extinction!




The Blue Blazes
Mookie Pearl 1
Angry Robot, May 28, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 13 - Chuck Wendig
Meet Mookie Pearl.

Criminal underworld? He runs in it.

Supernatural underworld? He hunts in it.

Nothing stops Mookie when he’s on the job.

But when his daughter takes up arms and opposes him, something’s gotta give…

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Family Matters | When Underworlds Collide | Thrill of the Hunt | Chips and Old Blocks ]




Beyond Dinocalypse
Dinocalypse Trilogy 2
Evil Hat Productions, July 16, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 240 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 13 - Chuck Wendig
BOOK TWO OF THE DINOCALYPSE TRILOGY!

Thrown through time and space, Jet Black and his friends find themselves in a future that has changed everything they’ve ever known. Hunted, exhausted, and desperate to return home, they must stay one step ahead of the conquering psychosaurs who have taken over the world and enslaved humanity!

But as the world changed, so did the people they left behind. Bitter enemies turn into vital allies and old friends sacrifice their ideals to seek victory by any means necessary in this fast-paced sequel to Dinocalypse Now!




Under the Empyrean Sky
The Heartland Trilogy 1
Skyscape, July 30, 2013
Hardback and Kindle eBook, 354 pages
(Grades 7-9)

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 13 - Chuck Wendig
Fear the Corn.

Corn is king in the Heartland, and Cael McAvoy has had enough of it. It's the only crop the Empyrean government allows the people of the Heartland to grow—and the genetically modified strain is so aggressive that it takes everything the Heartlanders have just to control it. As captain of the Big Sky Scavengers, Cael and his crew sail their rickety ship over the corn day after day, scavenging for valuables. But Cael's tired of surviving life on the ground while the Empyrean elite drift by above in their extravagant sky flotillas. He's sick of the mayor's son besting Cael's crew in the scavenging game. And he's worried about losing Gwennie—his first mate and the love of his life—forever when their government-chosen spouses are revealed. But most of all, Cael is angry—angry that their lot in life will never get better and that his father doesn't seem upset about any of it. When Cael and his crew discover a secret, illegal garden, he knows it’s time to make his own luck...even if it means bringing down the wrath of the Empyrean elite and changing life in the Heartland forever.




Cormorant (Miraim Black 3) will be out in December.

Covers Revealed - Khan of Mars and King Khan - February 3, 2013

The covers have been revealed for two additional novels set in the world of Evil Hat Productions' Spirit of the Century RPG.  The novels were funded by a very successful Kickstarter campaign. The first novel published was Dinocalypse Now (Dinocalypse Trilogy 1) by Chuck Wendig, which I loved (review here). There are two further novels in the Trilogy. More on those in the future.

In addition to the Trilogy, additional novels were funded and I'm going to share covers for two of them now. Both of these novels will be available to the public in late 2013. 



Khan of Mars by Stephen Blackmoore

Covers Revealed - Khan of Mars and King Khan - February 3, 2013
LOST ON THE RED PLANET!

When erudite ape Professor Khan and rough-and-tumble cowboy Bulls-Eye Gutierrez are zapped away on a one way trip to Mars they are thrown into a world in chaos. 

Under the malevolent gaze of the Weather Witch, Princess Cyclone, our heroes face the intrigue and war raging across an alien world. 

Will they survive long enough for the other Centurions to build a way back home, or will they perish upon the shifting sands of the Red Planet, never to be seen again?





King Khan by Harry Connolly

Covers Revealed - Khan of Mars and King Khan - February 3, 2013
THIS TOWN’S GOING APE!

Professor Khan, learned ape, has traveled through time, fought psychic dinosaurs and shark-men, visited Atlantis, and battled across the sands of Mars.

He has seen it all-—until an arrow shooting out of the sky sends him to the strangest place yet...

Hollywood!



I think these covers are gorgeous!  Professor Khan is a fabulous character. I can't wait to see what Stephen Blackmoore and Harry Connolly have done with him.





You can get in on the fun with Dinocalypse Now in eBook!

Dinocalypse Now
Chuck Wendig
eBook. May 2, 2012
Trade Paperback, April 23, 2013  

Covers Revealed - Khan of Mars and King Khan - February 3, 2013
When the Century Club is called in to prevent the assassination of FDR, it's just another day on the job — but what they discover puts not just the President, but the entire world in jeopardy. With psychic dinosaurs taking over Manhattan and beyond, it's up to Sally Slick, Jet Black, Mack Silver, and the other Centurions to save humanity — from extinction!


Review - Dinocalypse Now by Chuck Wendig- 5 Qwills

Dinocalypse Now
AuthorChuck Wendig
PublisherEvil Hat Productions
Format: eBook, 229 pages
Review Copy: eARC provided by Publisher


Review - Dinocalypse Now by Chuck Wendig- 5 Qwills

When the Century Club is called in to prevent the assassination of FDR, it's just another day on the job  but what they discover puts not just the President, but the entire world in jeopardy. With psychic dinosaurs taking over Manhattan and beyond, it's up to Sally Slick, Jet Black, Mack Silver, and the other Centurions to save humanity — from extinction!

Dinocalypse Now is the first in what will hopefully be a trilogy penned by Chuck Wendig as Evil Hat Productions branches out into fiction.  You may get Dinocalypse Now at Kickstarter:
For our starting point, we’re diving into the wild and wooly world of our in-house 1930s-era pulp adventure setting called Spirit of the Century. In that world, you’ll find flying jet-men, talking apes, and ancient Atlantean technology, along with two swinging fists, mad science, and some snappy patter (not to mention Sally Slick, a Rosie the Riveter type gal who’s aces at inventing new gadgetry). We’re excited to begin!

My thoughts:

I am thoroughly enchanted by Christian N. St. Pierre's cover - Pterodactyls! Sally Slick flying with Jet Black! Mack Silver flying above! The Statue of Liberty and Manhattan in the background! Wow!  But what about the story, you ask? Oh, the story is fantastic and lives up to the promise of the cover. Chuck Wendig knows how to wield a pen, much as Sally Slick knows how to wield her wrench. They both do it exceptionally well.

Dinocalypse Now is set in the world of the Spirit of the Century Role Playing Game (RPG). I was unaware of the RPG's world prior to reading Dinocalypse Now and it is certainly not a prerequisite to enjoying the story.

Dinocalypse Now features some of the Centurions who are members of the Century Club. They are heroes who fight the good fight with grit and determination to protect the world from doers of evil. The Centurions fear an attempt on F.D.R.'s life and are protecting him as he gives a speech in New York City, but an evil plan is afoot. Is it FDR or the Centurions themselves who are at risk? Can the Centurions save the world?

In addition to the Centurions, Dinocalypse Now features sentient gorillas, psychic Saurians, Atlantean artifacts, magic, an evil villain, and some amazing technology. Mr. Wendig's writing is exceptional. I could easily envision the scenes unfolding before me. The characters are very well done. I cared about each of the Centurions with their very clearly delineated personalities and skills. I am especially fond of Professor Khan an academic who helps the Centurions and yearns to be truly one of them.

The pacing is extremely fast partially because the chapters are short and the story jumps from place to place as it rushes toward the cliffhanger of an ending. Oh yes, there's a cliffhanger, but don't let this deter you. This is a great read. It's fun, fascinating, and filled with action.

Dinocalypse Now is wildly imaginative and beautifully written adrenalin-fueled pulp. I can not wait for the next book.

I give Dinocalypse Now 5 Qwills.

Review - Dinocalypse Now by Chuck Wendig- 5 Qwills
2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 13 - Chuck WendigCovers Revealed - Khan of Mars and King Khan - February 3, 2013Review - Dinocalypse Now by Chuck Wendig- 5 Qwills

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