Friday Book Share was created by Shelley Wilson. Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare. The rules are as follow:
First line of the book.
Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.
Introduce the main character using only three words.
Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).
Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)
Your favorite line/scene.
I’ve been reading The Dead City by Dylan J. Morgan.
First line: Strobes of late morning sunlight sliced through the gaping shells of ruined buildings in radiant lances, stabbing a city long since dead.
Recruit fans by adding book blurb: Nuclear war devastated the planet of Hemera and shattered its main city, Magna. A century later, its sister planet, Erebus, despatched a team of soldiers to the city to rescue Hemera’s president and restore that world to its former glory. What the reconnaissance team found however was a violent mutated population—all they discovered there was death. Now, four weeks after the final mayday call from her decimated soldiers, Erebus has sent a larger force to Hemera’s surface. Colonel Paden is coming with them, but his desires go way beyond the rescue of the surviving recon team. A mountain of jewels and gold is rumoured to lie buried beneath the presidential palace, and Paden is here to claim the wealth he believes is due to him.
Dropped into an unforgiving world, Ryan and the other soldiers of Erebus Superior Armed Forces soon discover everything is not as they thought. Magna’s population is more deadly than they could ever have imagined, their Colonel more corrupt than they’d ever known. Seeking refuge in the president’s underground bunker, the combatants are forced to sacrifice everything just to stay alive.
Bandit clans control Hemera’s dead lands and they’ve surrounded Magna in an effort to claim the fortune that belongs to their planet. Mutants control the city streets, but all they want is the taste of human flesh. Trapped inside the dead city, Ryan must fight against a mutated population—against the greed, betrayal, and hatred of those who stand at his side—in a desperate battle for survival.
Introduce the main character: Ensemble cast, but I’ll focus on Ryan: brave, loyal, protective
Audience appeal: Sci-fi/post-apocalyptic/thriller fans – some scenes require a strong constitution
Your favorite line/scene: “Do your job,” Marshal added. “Make it quick, make it professional.”
“Green light,” the robotic voice said. “Commence disembarkation.”
Ryan’s pulse hammered hard, excitement thundered through him. It’d been too long since he’d jumped from a TC in combat, with a clear objective laid out instead of a simple training exercise. He felt alive, energized – and aroused.
“Let’s do this!” Marshal shouted, and stepped into the air.
Breathing out, relaxing his muscles as best he could, Ryan followed his commanding officer into the city.