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Thursday, January 4, 2018

AND THEN…

AND THEN…
THE GREAT BIG BOOK OF
AWESOME ADVENTURE TALES
VOLUME 2

I’ve been fortunate to have an advanced look at the first big release of 2018—And Then...The Great Big Book of Awesome Adventure Tales Volume 2. I enjoyed the first volume of this compendium of Aussie/Kiwi tinged adventure stories, but this time around I have three dogs in the fight. Among these tales, from some of the best Down Under authors, are entries from my good friends and pulp mavens James Hopwood (aka: David Foster) and Andrew Nette, along with Kerry Greenwood, whose Phryne Fisher mysteries are among my favorites. This one is well worth your attention...

Thirteen boundary-defying, genre-bending, adrenaline-charged stories of intrigue, bravery, mystery and peril by fifteen Australian genre writers. Once upon a time, in an inspired fit of lunacy, Clan Destine Press invited some of the best genre writers in Australia and New Zealand to join us in a grand adventure.

The challenge was to write cliff-hanging, action-packed adventure stories starting from a premise of What If, What Now, or And Then…The request was for rollicking stories of cliff-hanging quests or mysteries, page-turning deeds and escapades, with two heroes, set in any time or place, but with a touch of something Aussie or Kiwi.

The stunning response was enough stories for two volumes and a must-read anthology of tales, which will transport you to worlds both familiar and fantastic. As stated in the Introduction, “Some of these visions are dark indeed, but And Then… remains a wondrously strange collection of exotic and exciting tales encompassing a huge sweep of possibilities—past, present and future. Enjoy!”

AND THEN…
THE GREAT BIG BOOK OF
AWESOME ADVENTURE TALES
VOLUME 2

Once upon a time, in a land Down Under, from the depths of the Clan cave, Clan Destine Press issued a challenge to Australian and Kiwi authors to write cliff-hanging, Australian-flavored, action-packed adventure stories for two protagonists; stories of the What If, What Now, And Then... kind. This was a catnip call, an irresistible lure, a kid-in-a-candy-store kind of a challenge: what writer wouldn’t want to take a crack at that?

To make it that little bit more intriguing, the editors decreed the stories could be contemporary, historical, realistic, far-out, spec-fic, horror, SF, or urban fantasy; and, in a spirit of mischief, that at least one of the two protagonists must be human. You'd think that would cover all bases.

But writers are a contrary bunch: they pushed these very broad boundaries even further. The result is not one, but two volumes of kick-arse, action-packed stories: And Then... The Great Big Book of Adventure Tales.

Volume 2 is another fascinating collection of genre-bending adventure stories garnered from a mix of sf, fantasy and crime writers, happily encroaching upon each other's territories, and then some.

~ FEATURING ~
Janeen Webb
Introduction
Alison Goodman
A High Possibility of Peril
Andrew Nette
Save a Last Kiss for Satan
Cameron Ashley
Dogs Leave Home to Die
Fin J. Ross
Genemesis
Mary Borsellino
The Australian Gang
Kerry Greenwood / David Greagg
Cruel Sister
Kelly Gardiner
Boots and the Bushranger
Amanda Pillar
It
Michael Pryor
Cross Purposes
James Hopwood
The Lost Loot of Lima
Sarah Evans
Plumbing the Depths
Jack Dann / Steven Paulsen
Harold the Hero and the Talking Sword
Maria Lewis
The Bushwalker Butcher

Edited by Ruth Wykes and Kylie Fox, with title-page illustrations by Vicky Pratt and cover art by Sarah Pain, AND THEN... VOL 2 is now available as an eBook direct from Clan Destine Press (CLICK HERE) or from Amazon and iTunes.

AND THEN... VOL 2 the paperback is available for a special pre-order savings of 24% off the regular price (CLICK HERE). The book will be released in mid-February.


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