I guess vacation starts on Wednesday as far as the blog is concerned. I’ve been writing and completely ignoring the date, so I just realized tomorrow is the drop date for Darkship Revenge.
And in case you forgot this great cover, here it is:
And yes, the cover is a buying link, since even with my title of the World’s Worst Promoter Ever, I’m not that bad 😉
So, what can I tell you about Darkship Revenge? The minor answers are the one you’ve been waiting for since the end of Darkship Renegades. Yes, the book opens with Athena having a child. And honestly, guys, like most of us who thought we’d be disasters at it, she’s not a bad mother. Yes, she does use her kid as a decoy and once as a sort of shield (in the sense she thinks people are less likely to shoot a mother) but not as a weapon. Our Athena is coming on.
However, when you write many books with the same voice, sooner or later you realize this is not about the character. The first one, sure. And for fans of Athena, yes, she is still very much present and her voice… well, she is still Athena.
But after a while, the books, even in a character’s first person voice, become ensemble casts.
The first surprise that is no surprise is that the Je Reviens… did. When you name something “I return” you sort of have to expect that. And I did.
What I didn’t expect is the circumstances of its return, and who is aboard the Je Reviens. You know (and I know) I always seemed to assume the best of the Bio-Lords/Mules went away on the Je Reviens and left the dangerous ones, the maimed, the difficult behind.
Well, let’s say (pictures scene from Independence Day when Area 51 is mentioned) “that is not PRECISELY true.”
The manner of their return leaves the Earth in dire straits, and if it hasn’t destroyed Eden, has come close. Which is why Kit and Thena and an expedition of their friends will fight for Eden in the next book “Darkship Defiance.”
This book introduces a lot of juveniles. I never set out to write a “generational saga” but this seems now inevitable. Someone I didn’t want to die, dies. That seems to be becoming a thing.
Which brings us to…
This book is also Fuse’s book. He is still somewhat impaired, but healing fast through the book (an interesting trick to write, btw.) Because the only reason for the existence of the “heirs” of the Mules, on Earth is to present the appearance there’s no cloning (life extension is achieved in other way on Eden and on board of the Je Reviens — more on that later) the “Heir” must look ready to inherit. Fuse, obviously, wasn’t, and his father has created a new heir. Unfortunately for his father he has some illness as yet unspecified that will not allow him to live long enough to wait for his new “heir” to grow up. It is therefore necessary that Fuse, with all his dangerous knowledge, be rehabilitated. Publicly.
He’s captured and put in a hospital and injected with various things that act slowly but surely (as well as I presume given an initial regen.) Yes, I know how he escaped the hospital. It’s tied in with his OWN story. But he escaped while still far from well. Let’s say he was pushed. Only the slow acting nanocites continue working. He’s also been given a series of messages (which we don’t know about in this book) in the form of sensis, where he relives parts of his past.
Anyway, he runs into Athena, and as he “grows” through the novel he’s both comic relief and (to quote Kate) rather heartbreaking.
His own novel will be Hacking the Storm, the third of the Earth Revolution, which is up next on the work table at least for my afternoon work.
So, you ask, how come the original Mules are still aboard the Je Reviens? After all the Mules on Earth age and die.
Yeah. What happens with the inheritance of Good Men on Earth is the result of bad law and unintended consequences. It is, in fact, the reason I started writing the first book, lo, those many years ago (remember Dolly? That was when. Older son was, I think, 5. He’s now 25 and in medschool. WHERE did the time go? Darkship Thieves just took 13 years to be bought. This is something that people won’t understand in another couple of years, thanks to Indie, but it was a fact of life of traditional publishing. I.e. there was no other resort, if no one bought your book. I wonder how many books moldered in drawers and were eventually thrown away, books we would have, perhaps, liked to read?)
There was, then, talk of outlawing cloning, and I thought “you can’t outlaw something like that; you can just make it go underground and vicious.”
There was also talk of creating children who are just clones, for a brain/parts transplant. And I thought “but if cloning is not illegal, science will go on, and eventually it will be possible to cone PARTS of people for transplant and life extension. However, if it’s illegal, they’ll have to have children, and raise them as their heirs, and keep it secret.”
Of course, the Mules turned Good Men outlawed cloning for two reasons: to calm the populace, and to pretend their true nature from being found out. Thena is still in the process of having her nose rubbed into “law is for the little people.” She doesn’t like it.
In Eden the process of life extension is to replace aged parts with purpose-grown parts, not whole bodies. I will be honest and say I’m not yet sure how they did it in the Je Reviens, but I have a funny feeling in my gut. They’re NOT good people.
I don’t know what else to say about the book, save that I think it’s the best I’ve written to date (this might change.) Also, that it opens entire new panoramas for the directions in which the Darkship world will grow in the future.
I intended to do a reading, but I’ve been using Advair for the asthma, and my voice keeps going away. (To be fair I always had issues with laryngitis for any number of reasons. Anyway, right now I can’t do a reading.
I have posters of the cover. Should you want one, signed (by the author, not the artist) please put your name in the hat in comments. I HAVE to do a post-office run tomorrow, no matter how much I hate to 😉
If you have read the book, in e-arc and enjoyed it, it would be greatly appreciated if you can leave a review on the first day. For whatever crazy reason, it seems to help Amazon rankings!
I will, needless to say, answer questions in comments. Of course, the answer might be “Pfui. Read the book.” Or not. We’ll see, right?