I got quite a boost yesterday from book blogger J.T. Frazier, proprietor of Joe’s Geek Fest. His review of The Daedalus Incident was like three hits of espresso to my writer-brain. It’s humbling and very gratifying to think my scribblings could be enjoyed to that degree.
In fact, Joe’s only complaint was that he had to wait until April 1 for Book 2 of the Daedalus series, The Enceladus Crisis. Sorry, man…at least I’m not working on George R.R. Martin’s time scale. But there’s a bit more out there on Enceladus now, and I thought I’d share.
For example, here’s part of the cover:
I really love the fact that Skyhorse/Night Shade is keeping the look-and-feel of the first one, in terms of design and typography. Yes, there’s more to the cover than this, but the image they’re using after the rip, as it were, isn’t going to be the final product. They’re still working on it, and I’m quite optimistic it will be as good, or better, than the first.
This preliminary cover will be used in Skyhorse’s spring catalog, and will likely end up on pre-order pages as well. In fact, The Enceladus Crisis is already available for pre-order up on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound and probably other sites, too.
Yes, we’re looking at an April 1, 2014 release date. Yes, that could very well change. I don’t expect the kind of shenanigans we had with the release of The Daedalus Incident — Skyhorse isn’t financially challenged, for one — but I’d still call it tentative, just because.
And to further whet your appetite, here’s the marketing blurb we’re using:
Two dimensions collided on the rust-red deserts of Mars—and are destined to become entangled once more in this sequel to the critically acclaimed The Daedalus Incident.
Lieutenant Commander Shaila Jain has been given the assignment of her dreams: the first manned mission to Saturn. But there’s competition and complications when she arrives aboard the survey ship Armstrong. The Chinese are vying for control of the critical moon Titan, and the moon Enceladus may harbor secrets deep under its icy crust. And back on Earth, Project DAEDALUS now seeks to defend against other dimensional incursions. But there are other players interested in opening the door between worlds . . . and they’re getting impatient.
For Thomas Weatherby, it’s been nineteen years since he was second lieutenant aboard HMS Daedalus. Now captain of the seventy-four-gun Fortitude, Weatherby helps destroy the French fleet at the Nile and must chase an escaped French ship from Egypt to Saturn, home of the enigmatic and increasingly unstable aliens who call themselves the Xan. Meanwhile, in Egypt, alchemist Andrew Finch has ingratiated himself with Napoleon’s forces . . . and finds the true, horrible reason why the French invaded Egypt in the first place.
The thrilling follow-up to The Daedalus Incident, The Enceladus Crisis continues Martinez’s Daedalus series with a combination of mystery, intrigue, and high adventure spanning two amazing dimensions.
So there you have it, folks. Futuristic exploration of Saturn, intrigue in the deserts of Egypt, corporate power-plays, more alchemy, more Xan. And definitely more sailing ships doing battle at sea and Void.
Hope you all enjoy it!