Publishing Date: June 4, 2019
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Genre: Fantasy (Epic)
S Y N O P S I S
WORLD WAR OZ from coast to coast.
An adult fantasy that takes one of America’s favorite tales and transforms it into a dark and epic landscape few can escape much less understand. Imagine Potter meets Avengers in Emerald city and you’re getting close.
After a homicidal alien from Orion arrives on Earth intent on annihilating human life, the 21st century’s greatest sorcerers create a network of seven Oz-like city worlds designed to harbor the human race in a newly formed utopia while also protecting it from the alien entity. But the alien is far more magically powerful than anyone suspected. Piper Robbin, ancient daughter of the Earth’s greatest sorcerer inventor, Edison Godfellow, must sacrifice all to defeat the implacable force that calls itself “The Witch Queen of Oz,” and quickly, before Earth becomes only a cold cinder floating among the stars.
G I V E A W A Y
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— R E A D A N E X C E R P T —
PIPER ROBBIN WAS HELPLESS. WORLD WAR OZ had exploded up and down the Pacific Coast following the dramatic ejaculation of Pentagon armor, Deplorables, and tripods from the Mojave base. Nothing could stop it. Given the prevalence of strong EMP deployment on both sides, nearly the entire western U.S. remained immune to virtually any type of destructive or useful Tao wavelength, magic or no. Thus the New Humanity Fleet, the Shadow Broker mages, the Dio Soldati brigades, and other magi-tech combat units were severely hand tied. A grim reality faced the forces of Oz. The Witch Queen was winning. The U.S. Army, prodded by her phony Galaxians, pursued Oz and Martian “sympathizers,” while California, deemed a hive of rabid discontent, became a primary target for retaliation. Several million human beings from Sonoma Valley in the north to San Diego in the south were potentially at the mercy of rampaging war machines and flocks of Deplorables wielding blades. The east coast too was in flames, the Atlantic surf red with blood down to South Carolina.
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A U T H O R I N T E R V I E W
What is something you’ve lied about?
Warwick: I used to lie on dating websites regarding my age. I’d chop off a few years, but my photo was always current!
Who is the last person you hugged?
Warwick: Probably my wife.
What are you reading now?
Warwick: I’m trying to read Gravity’s Rainbow for the sixth time.
How do you come up with the titles to your books?
Warwick: It’s hard to nail down. I usually write down lots of options and play with them later. I’m very fussy about it.
Share your dream cast for your book.
Warwick: A fortyish Tom Baker for Godfellow. Lee Meriwether from the original Star Trek as Piper (in her sorceress form), and as for the Catherine Romanova character… hmmm, got think on it. CG special effects will make this all possible.
A B O U T T H E A U T H O R
Warwick Gleeson is a dedicated writer of screenplays, short stories, novels, and poetry. He has lived in both LA and NYC and worked many different jobs in his life, everything from roofer to waiter to small business owner to government analyst. He was the major writer, creator, and senior story editor for another project published by Del Sol Press called “War of the World Makers” that debuted in 2017. The novel has since won four national novel awards (two first place and two place) for SFF. Warwick is a big fan of great SFF television writing, like the kind you find in Emerald City, Gotham, The Expanse, and Umbrella Academy. He now lives in Tuscon, AZ, with a fat lazy cat and his most wonderful wife who is also a writer.