Spartak.greentankSome reviews are more fun than others.  Here is a recent one I like and every author hopes to see:

“There are many twists and turns that are rarely seen before they are sprung on the reader and the conclusion simply rocks the soul to the core…an ending that couldn’t have been imagined by the reader at all.”  Thank you Patricia on Amazon.

There is another one that is also fun:

“It is a unique work, yet I recognized elements of Ellysium, 12 Years a Slave, Hunger Games, The Learner, Divergent, etc.”  Thank you Eric on Goodreads.  He also liked the “sexual fluidity” of the story.

I can live with such comparisons.

Spartak’s story is political, dystopian, a love story and an action adventure told by a teenager.  And the guy is LGBT.  Looking at current politics, one might describe America today as dystopian.  Imagine if it keeps getting worse.

In 1949, George Orwell published his classic novel 1984 about a world (focused on Great Britain) perpetually at war, with Big Brother watching and controlling all aspects of life.  And besides Big Brother there were other marvelous terms he coined and became part of our lexicon:  doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak and even the use of his name, Orwellian, as a great adjective.  As I thought about my own novel, set in 2115-2116, (and thinking of my first reading of his book in high school) I tried to imagine a world just as twisted, definitely Orwellian but in mixed genre style.  Fast action, a sword fight or two, science fiction, a teenage protagonist, a more hopeful ending and a political reality just as sick and maybe even worse than 1984.  Slavery being re-introduced is a drone strike on the Constitution.  The middle class was about to enter its prime in the 1950s.  By the 22nd century it is myth.

In his time, a writer found a publisher (the system was pre-Amazon functional) and newspapers reviewed it and people bought it.  Oh, how the publishing world has changed.  I suspect Orwell would have understood book trailers, had they existed in his time, as part of the PR process.  And laughed about it, assuming he did such things, and lamented the near collapse of classical publishing.  Here is my latest trailer with some new reviews.

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