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SENTINELS: THE GRAND DESIGN– OMNIBUS PAPERBACK

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The First Trilogy of Van Allen Plexico’s Superhero Novel Series—At Last in a One-Volume Edition!

(August 8, 2012)  White Rocket Books proudly announces the release in trade paperback format of Van Allen Plexico’s SENTINELS: THE GRAND DESIGN, a one-volume collection of the first three novels in the famed cosmic superhero saga!

Weighing in at a whopping 624 pages and with a stunning painted cover by celebrated artist Mitch Foust, the “Grand Design” Omnibus also features no fewer than fifteen full-page interior illustrations by series artist Chris Kohler.

The book contains all three volumes of the first Sentinels trilogy (When Strikes the Warlord, A Distant Star, and Apocalypse Rising) in their entirety, introducing the heroes and villains (and those in between) that make up this fascinating and compelling superhero universe.

What begins as an attempted abduction of a young student from her college campus quickly spirals out to engulf a diverse collection of individuals, including billionaire inventor and hero-wannabe Esro Brachis, beloved national savior (and amnesiac) Ultraa, wisecracking daredevil Damon “Cavalier” Sinclair, and mysterious alien powerhouse Vanadium.  Can this motley crew come together as a team in time to save the Earth from conquest or destruction?

Through the eyes of central character Lyn Li, a Chinese-American teen that possesses amazing electromagnetic powers, we encounter aliens and androids, geniuses and demigods, megalomaniacal arch-villains, space-borne monsters, and everything else one would expect from a classic Bronze-Age comic series—in New Pulp novel form!

“For most of my life I’ve loved the concept of a superhero team made up of very distinct individuals who barely get along with one another,” says author Van Allen Plexico.  “The fun comes in watching them encounter mind-blowing menaces and have to find a way—some way!—to work together long enough to miraculously save the day.  Throw in the ability that a novel series provides, to allow characters to really change and grow (and even die!) along the way, and you get what I strongly believe is a saga every superhero comics fan will love.  And with Chris Kohler illustrating the whole thing, you can’t go wrong!”

Plexico’s Sentinels series has been praised by Kirkus Reviews for offering “a fresh take on the superhero theme,” and by Pulp Fiction Reviews as “spectacular, action-packed, imaginative and wonderful.”  Noted superhero novelist Ian Thomas Healy called them “Kirbyesque,” describing Volume One as “the first book that successfully translates the feel of a comic book into prose.”

White Rocket Books is a leader in the New Pulp movement, publishing exciting action and adventure novels and anthologies since 2005, in both traditional and electronic formats.   White Rocket books have hit the Amazon.com Top 15-by-Genre and have garnered praise from everyone from Marvel Comics Vice-President Tom Brevoort to Kirkus Reviews.

On sale as of August 8, 2012, SENTINELS: THE GRAND DESIGN (Omnibus) is a $21.95, 6×9 format trade paperback from White Rocket Books.  (The individual novels are already available as $2.99 e-books for Kindle and other e-readers.)

624 pages

ISBN-13: 978-0-98413-925-5 (6×9” Trade Paperback; 15 full-page illustrations)

On Amazon.com:  http://www.amazon.com/Sentinels-The-Grand-Design-Omnibus/dp/0984139257

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Watson & Plexico Talk BLACKTHORN on the Book Cave Podcast

I. A. Watson and Van Allen Plexico joined Ric Croxton for a special episode of the Book Cave, discussing all things BLACKTHORN– characters, stories, backgrounds and influences–and the new BLACKTHORN novel coming soon from Watson and White Rocket Books, among many other interesting topics.

The podcast is here:   http://thebookcave.libsyn.com/webpage/ric-s-comics-episode-73-blackthorn


Meet Van Allen Plexico’s SENTINELS!

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A ragtag band of mutants, aliens, androids, gods, and mere mortals all banded together against the most dreaded menaces of all–these are the SENTINELS!

In the days to come, their creator, Van Allen Plexico, will introduce us to the team (and their deadliest foes) one by one, here at Pulp Cosmic.

In the meantime, you can discover how the team first came together–and somehow avoided killing each other!–by picking up the first volume of the six-books-and-counting saga, WHEN STRIKES THE WARLORD!

Get it for Kindle and Kindle apps for only $2.99 here!

Get it for Nook and other e-reader here!

Get it in trade paperback here!

Learn more about the Sentinels at their site: http://www.whiterocketbooks.com/sentinels

(Sentinels paperbacks are published by Swarm Press.  Sentinels e-books are published by White Rocket Books.)


The Shadow Legion is on the way, Courtesy of Thomas Deja!

There has always been something strange about Nocturne, Florida.

Built over some of the most dangerous swamp land in the 18th century, Nocturne has become known as The City That Lives By Night due to its multitude of night clubs, music venues and other sources of entertainment.  But it has another reputation, one spoke of whispers in places the revelers and tourists don’t go.  That reputation is one of dark doings, of violence and hate and eldritch evil.

Luckily, The City That Lives By Night….has a darker shade of protector.

Nightbreaker: He spent his life hiding who he was…and now he fights to prove that he exists!

Dreamcatcher: There is magic all around us….and she can bend it all to her will!

Ferryman: He’s the conduit to the other side…and its instrument of revenge!

Black Talon: He is the embodiment of the unfettered fury of the African Veldt…stalking a jungle of concrete and glass!

Together they are The Shadow Legion, a secret alliance of mystery men who battle the fantastic threats that can tear apart the metropolis they call home–and beyond!

The saga of The Shadow Legion begins with New Roads To Hell, which reveals the secret origins of Nightbreaker and Ferrymen, and features the menace of Rose Red, the crimson tressed devil with a magical talent for murder–available soon from Airship 27 (airship27.com) and the mind of Thomas Deja!

For further information, including exclusive artwork from Michelle Scuito (character designer for the series) please visit the Nocturne Travel Agency at http://welcometonocturne.blogspot.com.


Houston & Pro Se bring us PROJECT: ALPHA

The once peaceful planet of Shambala is on the verge of extinction!
A menace of their own creation now considers himself the high and mighty ruler of all, determined to have the realm of his dreams regardless of the costs to others.
Now the scientist responsible for the danger seeks to correct his mistake on another world, but this planet is home to a far more primitive culture than his own.
Even if he is successful, can Alpha save Shambala before it’s too late?
PROJECT ALPHA, created and written by Lee Houston, Junior
Cover Art by Marc Guerrero.
In paperback and for Kindle:
And Book 2, ALPHA: WAYWARD SON will be out from Pro Se Press in 2013.
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The Nocturne Travel Agency talks Superheroic Novels with Van Allen Plexico

Thomas Deja of the Nocturne Travel Agency (and creator of the Shadow Legion) interviews Van Allen Plexico (creator of the Sentinels and Hawk, among other superhero/cosmic characters and series), discussing superheroes in prose fiction, the role of e-books in superhero pulp publishing, how to write good action scenes, and much more:

http://welcometonocturne.blogspot.com/2012/06/elsewhere-in-multiverse-part-one-meet.html

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