William Wilde and the Necrosed

A riveting tale of magic, mystery, and adventure, The Chronicles of William Wilde will thrill readers who loved The Summoner Trilogy and The Maze Runner.

On a cold winter’s night, just shy of his seventeenth birthday, William Wilde became an orphan. It was a simple car accident that claimed the lives of his family.

Eight months later, at the start of his senior year of high school, a beautiful, mysterious girl enters William’s life. Captivating and confident, she holds secrets about William’s heritage, secrets of which he himself is unaware: rare magic flows in William’s veins.

And watching William from afar is Kohl Obsidian, a monstrous, undead horror. He won’t rest until the tragedy he started eight months ago culminates with William’s death.

William’s life hangs in the balance, and he must discover a means to vanquish a creature that has never been defeated.

Discover a mystical world where heroes are forged from the unlikeliest of metals.

Available Feb. 27, 2018.

The Chronicles of William Wilde

For those who are wondering, my next series is titled The Chronicles of William Wilde. It’s a 5-book series featuring a teenage boy on the cusp of manhood who’s orphaned in a car accident. Mysteries ensue, magic is discovered, and danger is made real. Oh yes, and a certain man, woman, and Kesarin from The Castes and the OutCastes eventually make their presence felt.

The first book, William Wilde and the Necrosed, is set to be published on Feb. 27, 2018. The second book should be out on June 18th, although that’s still in negotiations. The third book is scheduled for October. The first two are in finalized form, and the third is nearly finalized. The fourth and fifth only exist in my head, but I’ll get them done.

And all books will be narrated by Nick Podehl.


Liege-Killer and Christopher Hinz

When I was kid back in the 80s, I loved a book called Liege-Killer by Christopher Hinz. It’s set two hundred years after a nuclear apocalypse that forces humanity to flee earth, but everyone still remembers the most cause of that catastrophe—the Paratwa, genetically modified killers who occupy two bodies controlled by one vicious mind. The legendary Paratwa named Reemul, known as the Liege-Killer, was the strongest of them all. And someone woke him. I always thought, and still think, Liege-Killer would make a kick-ass movie. Reading that book was important to me.

Anyway, I asked Mr. Hinz if I could name a character in honor of the Paratwa, and he agreed, which I think is pretty awesome. So, here’s the book that inspired a kid for thirty years.

William Wilde and the Necrosed Launched today!

The story is set in the 1980s and is a classic coming of age story.

All William Wilde wants is to get through his final year of high school, survive the terrible cafeteria food, and avoid the bullies. But then comes a beautiful, new girl who seems to know too much about him; friends who’ve all along lied to him, and magic that he never wanted. Toss in a zombie-like Terminator out to kill William, and you have something like Stranger Things mixed with Percy Jackson.

As with The Castes and the OutCastes, Nick Podehl does the narration.

Cloverfield Paradox

I just finished watching Cloverfield Paradox on Netflix. I liked it, but I’m a bit tired of the genre mashup aspects. I want a straight ahead monster movie. This one is like 10 Cloverfield Lane, which was a sorta monster movie transplanted at the end onto what had been up to that point a tense psychological thriller. Same here. Most of the movie is a tense sci-fi disaster movie that explains how the Cloverfield monsters came to Earth, which is fine.

One thing, though: the size of the Cloverfield monster at the end . . . just how big is that thing? Or is it flying?

Football-the American kind

I love football. There’s nothing like it when your team wins. Of course, some people are lucky enough to be Stealers (intentional misspelling) fans and get to watch their team win ALL the time. But others are raised in a finer city but cursed with a worse team. In my case, the Cincinnati Bengals. Ugh! Anyway, the season ended last week. It was a disappointing season but it ended on a fine note with a titanic touchdown.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I’m late to this party, but the cool thing was that I got to binge read the entire trilogy. I’m not going to review everything in the story because the plot is too massive to succinctly condense.

Instead, I’ll summarize my thoughts by saying how much I admired, envied, and loved Mr. Brown’s beautiful writing and his remarkable characterizations (and this is easily the strength of a series filled with many strengths). In addition, no good space opera is complete without battles that put you RIGHT THERE and Mr. Brown doesn’t disappoint. And did I mention that the books give off a strong epic fantasy vibe even though the series is technically science fiction? It’s like the very best amalgamation of Dune, Hunger Games, and Game of Thrones and an overall absolutely fabulous series.
A word of caution: like many, I put off Red Rising because when I sampled it, I realized that it was written in first person, present tense, something I thought I’d hate. I didn’t, and I quickly stopped noticing it. Oh, yes. And a new book in the series, Iron Gold, releases this month.

Justice League-a very spoilery review

A long overdue movie review. It’s of Justice League. Spoilers galore so stop reading if you plan on watching it.

What a fun mess of a movie. I’m still trying to figure out how I could have enjoyed a movie that was so wild and bizarre. Multiple origin stories that basically say, “Here’s your hero!”. Check. A nonsensical story line about ‘mother boxes’ that somehow unite and destroy all life. Or maybe the Earth. I can’t remember. Anyway, it’s probably not important but check. Russian family in danger. I thought we weren’t supposed to like the Ruskies? I guess they’re ok when an alien is threatening to destroy the world. On we go with Greek gods fighting super-powered aliens. Check. Some stupid sounding, stupid looking villain with an even stupider name. Steppenwolf in this case. And yes fanboys, I know he’s an old DC villain, but c’mon, Steppenwolf? The wolf of the steppes? Whatever.

Anyway, the story starts with Steppenwolf (stupid, stupid name) arriving on Earth, beating down the Amazon nation and making off with the Mother Box. Next, Bruce Wayne is putting together a team. He meets the Flash and Aquaman and their origin story. Apparently Barry was struck by lightning and chemicals while Aquaman . . . not sure how Aquaman came to be, but it sure is cool when he walks right into a tidal wave without any sense of fear. Not as cool when he gets his butt handed to him by yon Steppenwolf. The wolf of the steppes.

Later on, Bats and the team learn from Wonder Woman—she joins them, too—about  Steppenwolf, and Shazam! (whoops, that’s a different hero and he wasn’t in this movie). Anyway, the Justice League forms. They pick up Cyborg. Another brief origin story and a father doing anything to save his son. I think. Or maybe the father was the reason his son became Cyborg. Whatever.

The League forms and realizes they can’t defeat the wolf of the steppes. Not without Superman! So they revive him. The most obvious ‘secret’ in the movie. Yes sirree, they do that and Superman promptly wipes the floor with the entire League. He’s about to crack Batman like a Liberty Bell, but thankfully, Lois shows up. For some reason, Superman becomes evil whenever Lois dies. She must be some form of morality kryptonite in human form. It makes more sense than anything else since she’s pretty pointless otherwise.

More mayhem ensues and ta dah! Bats and Supes are friends. Whew. What a whirlwind of a movie.

BTW if there are lots of typos, that’s my normal writing style, and I was too lazy to edit.