Adventurer Armstrong Dent and a team of celebrities must solve an intricate code hidden within the Dead Sea Scrolls to track down a deadly religious artifact. Failure could mean a massive loss of life and the destruction of the world’s religious foundations. To make matters worse, a rogue United States Senator is fixated on tearing down the group and ending the affiliation with the government.
This is the first book series in history to be accompanied by an original soundtrack where the author and singer/songwriter are the same person.
Targeted Age Group:: Young Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The inspiration for the series came from research I was doing on a different novel. I came across a writer named Lester Dent who was the creator and primary author behind the Doc Savage books of the early 20th century. Doc Savage was the original adventurer who inspired Superman and just about every other superhero. I fell in love with the concept of pulp fiction style serials and I started meditating and daydreaming about what kind of hero would exist in today’s culture.
In a semi-conscious state of intense meditation, it all hit me like a flash of lightning. In our culture where celebrities are worshiped, a hero today would arise from within that world. America has made heroes out of celebrities. So, I took that concept and created strong-willed positive heroes of super talented people who work their day jobs as entertainers and their second jobs using their unique skills to solve crimes and save the world.
The stories are riddled with satire and geeky easter eggs that would go totally unnoticed by most people.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters are inspired by celebrities from different fields. For example, one character is a pop-culture blogger, one is a rapper, and another is an author of Da Vinci code type novels. There are 10 primary characters who weave in and out of the the different short stories that following this first novella. My favorite character other than the title character is “Wolf” who is a famous internet entrepreneur who became insanely wealthy from a web startup she sold to a third world dictator.
On its surface, the books are straight-forward action adventure tales. But, under the surface, the entire series is a very layered look at our culture’s fascination with celebrities.
Dent dropped feet first into the sky above the city. One by one, Tiger Eyes, Damon with Intruder, and Wolf followed. As he streaked through the sky in his wingsuit, with his Eagle Eye engaged, Dent could see video feeds from each of his team members and a map of Rome overlaying his normal field of vision. He scrolled through a music playlist and brought up “O Fortuna,” the medieval poem set to a powerful German score with pounding drums and steady crescendos. He had fallen in love with the music and the Latin chants before he ever knew what the words meant.
Oh Fortune, like the moon you are changeable, ever waxing and waning. The song blasted in his ears while he zoomed in on the shiny metal tanker truck cruising along two miles ahead of him and eighteen-hundred feet below him. He tucked his arms in and raced through the air at sixty-plus miles per hour until he was close enough to see the driver’s elbow hanging out of the window.
Hateful life first oppresses and then soothes as fancy takes it; poverty and power, it melts them like ice. Dent sprawled out to slow his descent speed and positioned himself with a controlled approach toward the passenger’s side of the vehicle. At two hundred feet, he pulled the ripcord on his low-level reserve parachute. The forceful change in speed jolted him.
Fate, monstrous and empty, you whirling wheel, you are malevolent. Dent flew feet first in through the open passenger’s window, releasing his parachute just as his feet slipped into the cab of the truck. The driver looked at him as if it were an everyday event for someone to fall into his truck. The tan-skinned driver wore a very neatly groomed long beard, in every bit the hipster fashion. Dent pulled his Neuro pistol and calmly pointed it at the man’s face.
Well-being is vain and always fades to nothing, shadowed and veiled you plague me too. Now through the game I bring my bare back to your villainy. Without speaking the man downshifted and brought the truck to a stop in the shadows of the Roman Coliseum. He pulled harshly on the air brake, and the veins on his neck pulsed as if they would jump from his skin. He quickly glanced at a well-worn picture clipped to his visor of a redheaded woman holding a tiny baby.
Fate is against me in health and virtue, driven on and weighted down, always enslaved. The man finally spoke in a crisp British accent. “May I ask why you have commandeered my vehicle?”
Dent was taken aback for a second by the man’s voice. “Please don’t make any abrupt movements. We have a bomb on a fuel truck, and yours wasn’t accounted for by any of the gas companies.”
The man laughed in a deep, cartoonish way. He tried to speak several times but with each attempt, another round of extreme laughter broke out. He was to the point of tears before he could finally get the words out. “This is a blooming dairy truck, you wanker, not a gas truck.”
Almost simultaneously, Wolf came over his inner-ear comlink and said, “Yep, you’ve carjacked a milk truck.” She could barely hold back her own laughter.
So at this hour without delay pluck the vibrating strings, since fate strikes down the strong man, everyone weep with me. The song abruptly came to an end.
About the Author:
Aéyess is a ground-breaking multimedia artist who has penned the world’s first book series to be accompanied by a full-length original soundtrack of songs he wrote and performed.
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