Series: The Earthman Jack Space Saga #2
Published by Twelve Oaks Media on September 15th 2015
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After his heroic battle against the Deathlords on the Ghost Planet, Jack Finnegan is looking forward to arriving at Omnicron Prime, the capitol planet of the Galactic Regalus Empire -the largest and most advanced civilization in the universe.
Things are looking bright for Jack. He has his unconventional group of friends, his mystical spaceship, and the girl of his dreams -Princess Anna. Not to mention a secret mission that could save Earth and everyone he cares about.
But things get complicated when he arrives at Omnicron. Not only is Jack uncomfortable being thrust into the spotlight for his courageous actions to save the universe, but he soon finds life in the Empire isn't everything he'd dreamed it would be.
His friends abandon him to pursue their own interests. Greedy and cunning politicians conspire to steal his spaceship. Even his relationship with Anna is strained now that she's gone from being "the girl next door" to the most powerful woman in the universe.
But beneath all that lies a new and terrifying threat from the Deathlords. A threat that grows in secret, slowly spreading throughout the Regalus Empire like a plague, and it threatens to destroy from within the only thing powerful enough to stop the Deathlords and their malicious rampage throughout the galaxy -the Empire itself.
Worst of all -Jack is the only one who knows about this new threat, and no one will believe his warnings.
Suddenly, the Empire is no longer safe for Jack and his friends. Even the people they've come to rely on the most can no longer be trusted. As those he's sworn to protect turn against him, how can Jack hope to save the day?
Fighting the Deathlords was one thing. Fighting the "good guys" is quite another. Will Jack be able to find the strength to be the hero the universe needs?
Or will he finally be defeated by this Secret Army?
Interview With Matthew Kadish
Who is your favorite character?
That’s like asking me which child of mine is my favorite. I obviously have one, but I would never want to hurt the others’ feelings by acknowledging it. Ain’t that right, Heckubus?
Is there a message you want readers to get from the book, other than that Deathlords are evil jerks?
Well, obviously Deathlords being evil jerks is the primary message I want readers to walk away with. I think it’s important to illustrate just how big of jerks a race of aliens bent on killing everything is. Who cares about messages of personal responsibility, coming of age, friendship, loyalty, and the power of human belief and spirituality? Aliens are total jerks. Message, sent!
Will we be learning more about the ancients in the future?
How many more books will there be and can you give any hints to what they might cover?
There will be 7 books in total, so five more after The Secret Army. I’d tell you more about what is going to happen, but then I’d have to kill you, and I’m trying to cut back on murder, so…
What was it like to write this book? Did you take any wrong turns? Did it take a long time?
This book was a lot of fun to write. It took me about two months to finish the rough draft. There weren’t any wrong turns because I work from an outline that pretty much irons out all the kinks before I start writing, so it goes pretty smoothly. Probably the hardest part was all the world-building I had to do, but even that was fun (even though there is a lot to keep track of).
When will the next book be out?
When I get it done. I’m aiming for a book a year right now, but don’t hold me to that. It depends on whether or not I need to stop writing to get an actual job so I can pay my bills. (translation: buy my stuff so I don’t have to get a real job!)
In case you don’t care about my employment status, but still want to check out my book, you can get a free copy of the first book in the Earthman Jack series at www.EarthmanJack.com. And if you’ve already read it, check out the sequel, Earthman Jack vs. The Secret Army, which is out now.
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