Unification: Rise of the Thunderblade
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER!
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!
- 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.
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