The Gathering Dead Released!
The Gathering Dead is now available!
Here’s the product description:
The zombie apocalypse has begun, and Major Cordell McDaniels is given the most important mission of his career: lead a Special Forces Operational Detachment into New York City to rescue the one man who can stop the army of the dead from reigning supreme. But one of the team’s helicopters goes down as the Big Apple is overrun by legions of the dead, an enemy with which there is no possibility of negotiation. McDaniels must find a way to get the remainder of his team and their high-value charge to safety… without being devoured by the gathering dead.
But as members of McDaniels’ team reanimate, themselves turning into flesh-eating ghouls, the rules of the game suddenly change… for the worse.
The description is one of those things that will likely go through a different iterations as I try to find the proper balance between advertising and editorial impact. Descriptions such as this have always been extremely difficult for me; I’ve always wrestled with the concept of distilling a story down to its most basic components, yet present the reader with a quick insight into the main character’s core challenge. In The Gathering Dead, that challenge isn’t just to avoid being eaten. It’s how to get himself, the man who holds the scientific key to reversing the plague of the dead, and those who depend on both of them, out of New York City alive. I’m not convinced I’ve fully delivered, but one of the great things about digital formats is that I can recast and retool without pulling the product off the market.
And so far? The Gathering Dead has already sold copies, even though it only went live on Kindle ten minutes ago! I imagine the .99¢ introductory price has a great deal to do with that, as well as Jared Rackler’s rather arresting cover art. And of course, I hope the novel itself offers its own particular inspiration!