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A weapon of unimaginable power. A desperate mission to the center of the galaxy. Mankind’s fate hangs in the balance.
Captain Thomas Holbrook has agonized over the thought of someday drawing a one-way mission. When he receives orders to divert his CentCom warship to the center of the galaxy, a region from which no vessel has ever returned, he comes face-to-face with his greatest fear.
It’s the year 2330. The “aughts,” robots that warred for independence from mankind, seek insurance against the ever-present human threat. An aught ship speeds to the galactic center for material to build a weapon that could destroy the Earth.
Holbrook can’t allow the aughts to create a planet-killing bomb. He enlists the help of Dr. Rebekah Riesen, a brilliant physicist with her own reasons for joining a mission that may not return, and Tentek, an aught informant who might be a double agent. Together, can they keep a mutinous crew at bay, stop the aughts at the center of the galaxy, and somehow find a way back home?
“I don’t think I can do the deal.”
That was the last thing I expected to hear when our biggest author walked into my office on that long-ago Saturday morning. Fiction Factory Books is a relatively new publishing house but it’s not our first rodeo. Twenty-six years ago, our shoestring operation had gained enough traction to be noticed by the big boys. We were seventeen days from selling out to a much larger house, the dream my then business partner and I had been working towards. Getting bought meant greater budgets and reach as well as a sizable stock payout. That was when our most important author asked for a meeting. He liked being a big fish in a small pond and was nervous about how things would change with the acquisition. If he bolted, the deal would fall apart. We needed him to be happy but we also couldn’t walk away from the buyout and abandon our dream.
“I don’t think I can do it,” he said from the other side of my desk, sitting on his hands with a pained face. The words that tumbled out of my mouth shock me, even to this day.
When evaluating new clients, we ask for the central idea behind their novel. For Jayson Adams, author of the military science fiction novel Infernum, it was exploring what would happen if you were ordered on a one-way mission. It’s amazing how a single thought can birth a compelling work. Of course, a one-sentence summary can’t do any book justice—the synopsis above goes into more detail. If it didn’t sound interesting, you should not purchase this book.
When we released Infernum, we didn’t want price to be an obstacle. The downside is it’s impossible for us to make money. Now that Infernum’s been out for awhile, we will raise the price and get our accountants off our backs. Just a head’s-up, in case you return here and wonder what happened.
As avid readers, we’re sometimes surprised by what meets the bar for publication these days. We can attest that Infernum is a remarkable novel. At nearly 140,000 words, it exceeds the “max” sci fi story length, usually a red flag for a first-time novelist. Luckily, that didn’t deter us. The story’s depth, character arcs, its humor, poignancy, twists and turns, it all feels like the work of a master craftsman, a sci fi adventure story for the ages.
If you’re a science fiction reader looking for action, intrigue, and suspense, Infernum is a gripping story of duty vs. survival, of man vs. his machine creations, of grit in the face of terrible odds. And unlike other novels that lose your interest a few chapters in, Infernum builds and builds, a roller coaster ride you won’t want to put down as you race to the end.
ASIN : B09PNWDCKF
Publisher : Fiction Factory Books (January 3, 2022)
Publication date : January 3, 2022
Language : English
File size : 892 KB
Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
X-Ray : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
Print length : 404 pages