Unification: Rise of the Thunderblade by David W. Shelton

Unification: Rise of the Thunderblade by David W. Shelton

Unification: Rise of the Thunderblade


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I’m excited to announce that my first novel, Unification: Rise of the Thunderblade will be published in the Spring of 2019. This has been one of my life-long pet projects, and now it’s almost ready to be released!

This is the first book in a planned three-book series, and I’m already outlining book two.

From the Back Cover:

In the far distant future, galactic civil war looms while a young man named Barin Romaine encounters a mysterious object that gives him the supernatural powers of the Thunderblade.Meanwhile, a universal threat endangers everyone. Will Barin learn the secrets of his new powers in time?

It’s a world of city-sized battleships and enemy fleets with ships that number in the millions. The Unification is a galactic union of planets spanning six major sectors, yet war has ensnared them all; leaving Barin at the center of the fighting.

The Thunderblade, an ancient and powerful sword that was created by a long-dead civilization, remains at the core of the struggle.

Envied by everyone, wielded by few, and joined with only one, Barin must become the one thing he never imagined: He must become the Thunderblade. But even the most powerful weapon in the universe may not be enough to prevent interstellar war!

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  • Printed: 338 pages, 6.00″ x 9.00″, perfect binding, 60# cream interior paper, black and white interior ink , 100# exterior paper, full-color exterior ink
  • ISBN: 978-0-359-34902-9
  • Title: Unification: Rise of the Thunderblade
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Rights Owner: David W. Shelton
  • Copyright: ©2019 David W. Shelton Standard Copyright License
  • Language: English
  • Country: United States
  • Retail Price: $18.95

The Story Behind Unification

I began this quest almost four decades ago when I was inspired by the stories of Star Wars, Star Trek, and Star Blazers (even taking a Star Blazers/Yamato character’s name and turning it backwards — that character remains a part of the story today!). Unification took several different shapes over the years, as part of a comic book idea, a movie idea, and ultimately as a novel.

The Thunderblade (Original) 1991 by David W. Shelton

I completed this drawing back in 1991 of the Thunderblade, as an inspiration to a comic book story. Both the character and its myth have been changed significantly for the book, but it’s still fun to look back at its roots.

At one time, it was a comic book story of the Thunderblade with a mythology that touched on the Excalibur legend. That story culminated in an alien invasion that the hero would have to fight off with an epic ending.

As I took time to develop the alien race, it eventually took a life of its own, becoming the Unification. I set the Thunderblade character aside completely. As I drafted the full novel over a period of another ten years, it became something much different that I started with all those years ago. Unfortunately, it bore the scars of being hashed together over years, and the writing style vastly differed from page to page. It was unreadable.

I hated it so much that I shelved the book for another yen years.

Dreams never die, though. This one certainly didn’t. After being dormant for so long, I dusted off the old draft and combined several story elements — reintroducing the Thunderblade myth into the story as well as the basic framework of the original book. I realized that the combined stories would make not only a great novel, but a series. I completely rewrote the book from the ground up, using only a few elements from its original draft (and my beloved backwards-named character).

I also felt this would be a great opportunity to include a gay lead character — and stay far away from the tropes of “he’s gay so he’s in conflict” or “he’s gay so he has HIV/AIDS” or “He’s gay and he has to struggle with himself.” I envision a world where being gay just is. It’s not a big deal, and there’s no coming out moment. It’s neither definitive nor insignificant, just as it should be. So no, this isn’t a “gay” book. But there’s an awesome kiss.

This isn’t hard sci-fi; it’s space opera. Space battles and super cool tech that just exists. Maybe even a little magic. It’s a world on the other side of our galaxy in the far distant future that is the lightning point of galactic civi war. And a single hero will rise, with a threat on the horizon that no one may be prepared to fight.

I’m proud to present this book, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it!

— David W. Shelton