As I write this, snow is accumulating on my hipster Brooklyn fire escape at the rate of three inches/hour.
The news, in their usual fit of hysteria and hyperbole, is calling this the worst blizzard in city history. Whether or not that’s true, you can’t argue with the fact that it’s snowing like a motherfucker out there.
There’s an explanation for this. You see, tomorrow is official release date of my latest novel, GEMINI CELL. I’m not a particularly smart guy. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer. How dull exactly? Flip that switch and turn out the lights. I’ll just sit here drooling in the dark until someone comes along and turns ‘em back on. You might think it unlikely that a guy with my particular brand of intellectual limitation would ever be a published author, and you’d be right.
And yet here I sit on the eve of the release of my FOURTH published novel, from the biggest publisher in the world. So, yeah, there’s only one explanation for this blizzard. Only one thing that could cause such a precipitous and sudden change in the weather.
Hell has frozen over.
But you know me, I’m not one to look a gift horse in the mouth. Whatever they were smoking when they gave me a book deal, they are apparently committed to keep on smokin’ it, and I’m not going to gainsay them. Instead, I’ll tell you about the book, and kindly ask you to maybe consider giving it a read when the blizzard finally relents enough to allow you a trip down to your local bookshop.
I don’t think it’s empty bragging to say that GEMINI CELL is my best work yet. It’s a story about a Navy SEAL who’s gunned down and brought back to life as an undead super-soldier. It’s the story of his struggle to find a way in a world that has stayed the same, even as he has irrevocably changed. Here’s some of the handy features that come standard on this model. GEMINI CELL is:
- A new entry point into my SHADOW OPS universe. It’s a prequel that takes place many years before CONTROL POINT, with a totally new cast of characters and storyline. I did this deliberately to let folks who’ve never read anything else by me check my writing out. Just pick up GEMINI CELL, and you’re in. There’s also enough of the familiar to make old fans feel well at home.
- A zombie novel, if you’re into that sub-genre. I talk over here about trying to take that in a new direction, but I’ll let you be the judge.
- A PTSD novel. The allegory kind of smacks you in the face, and that’s intentional.
GEMINI CELL has:
- My first two on camera sex scenes, one from a woman’s POV. I’ve got a blog post coming out on that topic soon. Keep your eyes on SFSignal.
- A romance. More importantly, a romance in the bounds of marriage. A tale of separation, heartbreak and the struggle to get back home.
- References to Little Women, V for Vendetta, and The Art of Warfare in Biblical Lands.
- Shear-Thickening Fluid (STF) armor.
- A big-twin Harley.
- Transparent Palladium.
- An art show.
- Badass, magically-fuelled military action. Helos and .50 cal rounds and all of the hard-edges you’ve come to expect from a Myke Cole book.
- All the steak, shrimp and lobster tails you can eat.
Okay, so that last bit may not be wholly truthful, but I swear that the rest is. See? Something for everyone.
I pushed hard on this one, folks. Faster and farther than I’ve gone before. If you’ve been with me all along, many thanks for the support. If you’re a new reader, I hope you’ll give this one a shot. I’ve unabashedly admitted from the beginning that all I’ve ever wanted is an audience – to send something out in the world and to hear people reacting to it. If there’s a better way to know you’re not alone, I don’t know what it is.
GEMINI CELL is out tomorrow, Jan. 27th, and I’m lucky as hell to get the chance to show it to you. Thanks.