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The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu


Wesley Chu has a Tao novella coming out in April from Subterranean Press: The Days of Tao takes place five years after the 3rd novel in the The Lives of Tao series, The Rebirths of Tao.

The Days of Tao links the Tao novels to events in the first book of the new Io series, The Rise of Io, which will be published by Angry Robot Books in October.




The Days of Tao
Subterranean Press, April 2016
Hardcover, 120 pages
Dust Jacket Illustration: Galen Dara

The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu
Cameron Tan wouldn’t have even been in Greece if he hadn’t gotten a ‘D’ in Art History.

Instead of spending the summer after college completing his training as a Prophus operative, he’s doing a study abroad program in Greece, enjoying a normal life – spending time with friends and getting teased about his crush on a classmate.

Then the emergency notification comes in: a Prophus agent with vital information needs immediate extraction, and Cameron is the only agent on the ground, responsible for getting the other agent and data out of the country. The Prophus are relying on him to uncomplicate things.
Easy.

Easy, except the rival Genjix have declared all-out war against the Prophus, which means Greece is about to be a very dangerous place. And the agent isn’t the only person relying on Cameron to get them safely out of the country – his friends from the study abroad program are, too. Cameron knows a good agent would leave them to fend for themselves. He also knows a good person wouldn’t. Suddenly, things aren’t easy at all.

The Days of Tao is the latest in the popular Tao series from award-winning author, Wesley Chu. Following after The Rebirths of Tao, this novella carries on the fast-moving and fun tone of the series.





The Lives of Tao

The Lives of Tao
The Lives of Tao 1
Angry Robot Books, April 30, 2013 (US/Canada and eBook)
     May 2, 2013 (UK print)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 464 pages
Cover Art: Argh! Oxford

The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu
When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.

He wasn’t.

He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Now split into two opposing factions – the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix – the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet, and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes.

Meanwhile, Roen is having to train to be the ultimate secret agent. Like that’s going to end up well…

File Under: Science Fiction [ The Tug of War | I Was Genghis | Diary of a Slob | Spy vs Spy ]



The Deaths of Tao
The Lives of Tao 2
Angry Robot Books, October 29, 2013 (US/Canada and eBook)
     November 7, 2013 (UK print)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 464 pages
Cover Art: ARGH! Oxford

The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu
The Prophus and the Genjix are at war. For centuries they have sought a way off-planet, guiding humanity’s social and technological development to the stage where space travel is possible.

The end is now in sight, and both factions have plans to leave the Earth, but the Genjix method will mean the destruction of the human race.

That’s a price they’re willing to pay.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Manning Up | A Long Journey | Bye-Bye Mankind | Personal Space ]



The Rebirths of Tao
The Lives of Tao 3
Angry Robot Books, April 7, 2015 (North America and eBook)
    April 2, 2015 (UK print)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook,
Cover Art: Stewart Larking

The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu
Many years have passed since the events in The Deaths of Tao: the world is split into pro-Prophus and pro-Genjix factions, and is poised on the edge of a devastating new World War; the Prophus are hiding; and Roen has a family to take care of.

A Genjix scientist who defects to the other side holds the key to preventing bloodshed on an almost unimaginable scale.

With the might of the Genjix in active pursuit, Roen is the only person who can help him save the world, and the Quasing race, too.

And you thought you were having a stressful day…

File Under: Science Fiction
[ Father & Son • The Final Program • The Hero’s Path • The Circles of Life ]

Cover Revealed: The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu


Angry Robot Books has revealed the cover for The Rebirths of Tao, the final novel in the Lives of Tao Trilogy by Wesley Chu. The cover is by Stewart Larking. The Rebirths of Tao will be out in Mass Market Paperback in North America and eBook on April 7, 2015.


Cover Revealed: The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu
Many years have passed since the events in The Deaths of Tao: the world is split into pro-Prophus and pro-Genjix factions, and is poised on the edge of a devastating new World War; the Prophus are hiding; and Roen has a family to take care of.

A Genjix scientist who defects to the other side holds the key to preventing bloodshed on an almost unimaginable scale.

With the might of the Genjix in active pursuit, Roen is the only person who can help him save the world, and the Quasing race, too.

And you thought you were having a stressful day…

File Under: Science Fiction
[ Father & Son • The Final Program • The Hero’s Path • The Circles of Life ]



Previously

The Lives of Tao
The Lives of Tao 1
Angry Robot Books, April 30, 2013 (US/Canada)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

Cover Revealed: The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu
When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.

He wasn’t.

He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Now split into two opposing factions – the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix – the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet, and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes.

Meanwhile, Roen is having to train to be the ultimate secret agent. Like that’s going to end up well…

File Under: Science Fiction [ The Tug of War | I Was Genghis | Diary of a Slob | Spy vs Spy ]



The Deaths of Tao
The Lives of Tao 2
Angry Robot Books, October 29, 2013 (US/Canada)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

Cover Revealed: The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu
The Prophus and the Genjix are at war. For centuries they have sought a way off-planet, guiding humanity’s social and technological development to the stage where space travel is possible.

The end is now in sight, and both factions have plans to leave the Earth, but the Genjix method will mean the destruction of the human race.

That’s a price they’re willing to pay.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Manning Up | A Long Journey | Bye-Bye Mankind | Personal Space ]

Review: The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu


The Lives of Tao
Author:  Wesley Chu
Series:  The Lives of Tao 1
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books, April 30, 2013 (US/Canada)
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 464 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780857663290 (print)
Cover Art:  Argh! Oxford
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Review: The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.

He wasn’t.

He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Now split into two opposing factions – the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix – the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet, and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes.

Meanwhile, Roen is having to train to be the ultimate secret agent. Like that’s going to end up well…

File Under: Science Fiction [ The Tug of War | I Was Genghis | Diary of a Slob | Spy vs Spy ]



Brannigan's Review

The Lives of Tao is a realistic, action-based, science fiction story tailor-made for the modern-day video gamer. I don't think I'm the first person to read this book and think of a certain time-traveling video game franchise that just happens to land in the coolest eras. Wesley Chu excels at writing fast-paced action scenes that show an honest point of view in regards to how the characters react both physically and emotionally to the wounds and stress of battle. Chu used the fact that the main character was an everyman to wonderful effect for comedy, which helps lighten the mood. Chu should also be praised for the fact that he didn't make the beginner level of Roen annoying. I've seen this before and hate it when authors do an origin story and start off by making the hero a weak, annoying schmuck. Thankfully, Chu does not do this with Roen, while still showing him to be a normal guy, who's inexperienced with being a super spy or even basic healthy living--he is a likeable character.

One of the aspects of the novel I was worried about the most ended up being one of my favorite parts. Due to Tao's nature as as alien life form who has to live inside a human host to survive, I was wondering how I as a reader would be able to connect to the two main characters while they shared the same body, but Chu used the beginning of each chapter to great effect to allow Tao to shine and allow me to spend some quality time alone with Tao, and I have to say I enjoyed it so much I'm hoping for more time with Tao in future books.

Ever since I first heard about the Science Fiction sub-genre, Secret History, I've wanted to check it out and I'm glad Chu was my first adventure in Secret History fiction. It was handled perfectly, he followed the Goldilocks adage, and now I will use Chu as my measuring rod against all other authors who write in this sub-genre.

My only complaint of the book would be the fact that Roen becoming a super spy and going on missions and travels around the globe doesn't seem to raise any flags with his roommate/best friend or parents. Chu briefly explains all of this as being part of Roen's new “job,” but I felt Chu could have used the secondary characters to show more concern and even confusion at the 180 degree change in Roen's life, not to mention the battle wounds. I think it would have helped make Roen feel even more real and offer some humorous scenes, but there are two more books in the series, so maybe Chu's saved that for the next book.

The Lives of Tao gives you everything you ever wanted in an action adventure sci-fi book. You've got aliens, intense battles, humor and interesting questions posed. There is plenty of violence but not major issues with language or adult situations, so I would recommended it to young adults and adult readers. I'd also recommend it to anyone who likes earth-bound science fiction, secret history and video game enthusiasts who need to take a break from the consoles.






Also available

The Deaths of Tao
The Lives of Tao 2
Angry Robot Books, October 29, 2013 (US/Canada)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 464 pages
Cover Art: Argh! Oxford

Review: The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
The Prophus and the Genjix are at war. For centuries they have sought a way off-planet, guiding humanity’s social and technological development to the stage where space travel is possible.

The end is now in sight, and both factions have plans to leave the Earth, but the Genjix method will mean the destruction of the human race.

That’s a price they’re willing to pay.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Manning Up | A Long Journey | Bye-Bye Mankind | Personal Space ]



Upcoming

The Rebirths of Tao
Angry Robot Books, December 30, 2014 (US/Canada)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Five years have passed since the events in The Deaths of Tao. The world is split into pro-Prophus and pro-Genjix factions, and is poised on the edge of a devastating new World War.
A Genjix scientist who defects to the other side holds the key to preventing bloodshed on an almost unimaginable scale.

With the might of the Genjix in active pursuit, Roen is the only person who can help him save the world, and the Quasing race, too.

And you thought you were having a stressful day…

File Under: Science Fiction

Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2013 Winner (Finally)

As you know, Blogger polls apparently do not work. They don't record all votes, they delete counted votes, etc. In an attempt to find find something more reliable, I turned to both a Rafflecopter poll and a poll I created using Google Drive.  I find both okay and both inadequate. Neither poll shows real time voting results. On top of that you have to log in to the Rafflecopter to vote.  As far as I know presently it is not possible for polls with Rafflecopter or Google Drive to show real time voting results. I have to explore Google Drive more and see if it's possible to include real time voting results. In the meantime I will continue to search for a better poll. I've considered PollDaddy but it only allows 200 votes per poll. These Debut Author Challenge Polls sometimes go well over that number. PollCode may be a good alternative.


Now to the winner of the Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for April 2013:  The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu and cover art by Argh! Oxford.


Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2013 Winner (Finally)



The Results:

From the Rafflecopter Poll: 

The Lives of Tao                   11 votes
Promise of Blood                    3 votes
The Golem and the Jinni         1 vote
Assassin's Gambit                  1 vote


Google Drive Form results:
Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2013 Winner (Finally)
Bite Me, Your Grace
00%
The Lives of Tao
4253%
Promise of Blood
2937%
Assassin's Gambit
23%
The River of No Return
23%
The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope
00%
A Stranger in Olondria
00%
The House at the End of Hope Street
00%
The Golem and the Jinni
45%





April 2013 Debut Covers

Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2013 Winner (Finally)



Thank you to everyone you voted and was so patient!


Guest Blog by Wesley Chu, author of The Lives of Tao - April 1, 2013


Please welcome Wesley Chu to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs.  The Lives of Tao will be published in the US/Canada on April 30, 2013, in eBook everywhere on April 30, 2013, and in the UK on May 2, 2013.



Guest Blog by Wesley Chu, author of The Lives of Tao - April 1, 2013



Forebearers

Sally was kind enough to give me the podium (hah!) so I really should talk about my upcoming book, The Lives of Tao (April 30th, 2013), right? Actually, I’m going to switch gears. Instead, I’m going to talk about the first time I bought a book.

A little background; I came over from Taiwan to the United States when I was five years old. English has a whopping twenty-six letters so it took me oh about a month before I became fluent, though I did piss off my kindergarten teacher for weeks because the only word I spoke was “No!” Very emphatically I might add.

English is a very tricky and inexact language though. The Bynars would hate it (geek points if you got that reference). My English professor father wanted to expand my vocabulary and become more fluent with English’s many nuances and inflections, so he took me to a bookstore and told me that he would buy whatever book I wanted. Of course, he steered me toward the literary section before he made the offer.

Instead, I made a direct beeline to the books with the pretty pictures and picked out two. One had a red funny-looking lion with a monkey face, wings, and a scorpion tail. Another had this old dude playing with a floating, glowing sword, and this guy in a short dress was staring at him. Super geek points if you can guess these books. For those who can’t guess, the two books were A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony and The Misenchanted Sword by Lawrence Watt-Evans.

English Professor Dad was not happy with my selections and tried to convince me to pick again. I think he wanted me to choose Tom Sawyer or Beowulf or something. I was adamant though. I wanted the lion and the shiny flying sword, damn it! Eventually, after much crying and pouting, he relented; a promise is a promise after all. Who knows? Maybe if I had picked up Machiavelli’s The Prince or Sun Tzu’s Art of War, I’d be a politician or an admiral today. I coulda been a contenda! Well, I would’ve had really bad grammar too. I mean, have you read The Prince?

But no, I chose the funny looking lion with the goofy tail, and thus began my decades long love affair with science fiction and fantasy, and Lauralanthalasa Kanan (double jeopardy geek points if you get this). Now thirty years later, I’m publishing my first Sci-Fi novel—if you don’t buy the book, at least come to my book release party May 4th!— so what’s the moral of the story?
  1. Parents, don’t let your kids pick the books if you have ulterior motives.
  2. Kids, what you read early on can really influence you.
  3. Red lions with funny looking tails are frigging cool.
  4. So are magic flying swords.
But really, being a month away from my debut, it got me thinking. It’s been a long journey toward publication and this whole process has been magical and life changing. And while I’m very thankful to my parents for encouraging me to read, I won’t gush because I already dedicated the book to them.

So instead I’ll thank Lawrence Watt-Evans, Piers Anthony and all those thousands of other authors who paved the way before me. You guys kick major ass. Sometimes, you think you’re just writing stories, but really, you’re building another kid’s dreams. So to all you sirs and madams, I raise a glass to you and say thank you and rock on.





About The Lives of Tao

The Lives of Tao
Angry Robot Books, April 30, 2013 (US/Can)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

Guest Blog by Wesley Chu, author of The Lives of Tao - April 1, 2013
When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.

He wasn’t.

He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Now split into two opposing factions – the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix – the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet, and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes.

Meanwhile, Roen is having to train to be the ultimate secret agent. Like that’s going to end up well…

File Under: Science Fiction [ The Tug of War | I Was Genghis | Diary of a Slob | Spy vs Spy ]





About Wesley

Guest Blog by Wesley Chu, author of The Lives of Tao - April 1, 2013
Wesley Chu was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Chicago, Illinois when he was just a pup. It was there he became a Kung Fu master and gymnast.

Wesley is an avid gamer and a contributing writer for the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. A former stunt man and a member of the SAG, he can also be seen in film and television playing roles such as “Banzai Chef” in Fred Claus and putting out Oscar worthy performances as a bank teller in Chicago Blackhawks commercials.

Besides working as an Associate Vice President at a bank, he spends his time writing and hanging out with his wife Paula Kim and their Airedale Terrier, Eva.

You can catch up with Wesley online at his blog: www.chuforthought.com, or on Twitter: @wes_chu.



2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover Revealed - The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu - February 26, 2013

The cover has been revealed for The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu. It's out on April 30th (US/Can) in Mass Market Paperback and eBook from Angry Robot Books.  The cover art is by ARGH! Oxford.


2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover Revealed - The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu - February 26, 2013
When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.

He wasn’t.

He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Now split into two opposing factions – the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix – the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet, and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes.

Meanwhile, Roen is having to train to be the ultimate secret agent. Like that’s going to end up well…

File Under: Science Fiction [ The Tug of War | I Was Genghis | Diary of a Slob | Spy vs Spy ]
Preorder



I love the cover and the description makes me want to read the novel NOW!


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