MJ-12: Inception is two months away from release, but as I mentioned before, we’ve kept busy with all kinds of behind-the-scenes work that goes into a book launch. And today, I get to show you some of the fruits of that work in the form of some really, really amazing advance praise for the book.
Seriously, you guys. Some of this stuff left me pretty speechless. Ready? Here we go:
“The Cold War becomes even more chilling as super-powered Americans are trained to become super-spies in Martinez’s new alternate-history thriller. It’s morally-complex, intense, and so steeped in the 1940s, you can smell the cigarette smoke.” —Beth Cato, author of Breath of Earth and The Clockwork Dagger
Beth Cato is an amazing writer and a lovely person besides, and her Breath of Earth was an absolute joy to read. She knows her historical fantasy and has the Nebula nomination to prove it.
“X-Men meets Mission: Impossible. Martinez takes a concept as simple as ‘Super spies that are actually super’ and comes away with a hit. Filled with compelling, well-rounded characters, MJ-12 is my new favorite spy series.” —Michael R. Underwood, author of Geekomancy and the Genrenauts series
Mike Underwood knows a thing or two about mashing genres together. His Geekomancy was incredibly fun, and the Genrenauts series even more so. He also has fine taste in beer.
“A heady blend of super-spies and superpowers, MJ-12: Inception is Cold War-era science fiction done right. A taut thriller, and skillfully evocative.” —New York Times bestselling author Chris Roberson
I’ve not actually met Chris, but his Firewalk is a really cool mashup of police procedural and zombie outbreak. Plus, he co-created iZombie, which makes him inherently awesome.
So all three of those will be on the back cover of MJ-12: Inception, along with some snippets of reviews from a couple of major sites that I can’t talk about quite yet because I don’t want to steal their thunder. But we saved the following bit for the front cover:
“A smart look at a Cold War in many ways even colder and scarier and deadlier than the one we barely survived.” —New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove
Harry Turtledove, you guys! Harry is the absolute grandmaster of alternate history; from Guns of the South to his new Hot War books, he’s created some of the best alt-history ever written. He’s also immensely gracious and kind, a true gentleman. I met him in San Antonio three years ago, and was just amazed at how friendly and approachable he was. I am deeply grateful for his kind words.
So there you have it. I’ve been floored by the response so far. MJ-12: Inception is definitely a departure from my Daedalus trilogy and this kind of reception is so very gratifying. My thanks to Beth, Mike, Chris and Harry for all their support; it means so much to have these great words coming from authors I respect and admire.
MJ-12: Inception comes out Sept. 6 and is available for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Mysterious Galaxy,Borderlands Books, and/or through your local bookstore via Indie Bound. You can also pre-order your Kindle, Nook and Apple iBook editions, too. Audio and other e-book offerings still to come!