Today I am interviewing Henry Brown who I met at the edgy fiction board. I got to read his book Hell and Gone.
Some readers have voiced a desire to read a sequel--which I hadn't anticipated. So I've been toying with a couple ideas...
Virtual Pulp: Tales of High Adventure, Low Adventure, and Misadventure is the first issue of my cyber-pulp magazine which, like some of the classic pulps of yesteryear, is a novel-length anthology of shorter adventure fiction. Genres in this first issue include fantasy ("epic" or sword & sorcery plus a humorous sci-fi flavored satire); historical; and an aviation adventure in a post-apocalyptic setting. Themes include honor/brotherhood; forbidden love; the evolution of folklore and language; and liberty vs. slavery. Some of the tales are stand-alone, some feature characters I intend to revisit in future issues. Virtual pulp has a page on my site also. So far, it's only available in e-book, though. I have plenty of ideas for more books, but no time to write them (especially with me now trying to market). But I've got a start on Virtual Pulp #2, and the first few chapters of an alternate history novel which should be a lot of fun.
My Review of Hell and Gone:
I found this book to be very insightful in many ways. There are three main sides to this story, The americans, Israelis and the Sudanese army. In this story Henry explains how some suicide bombers come about which I found interesting and after reading the passage could fully understand. We also see why Israelis feel like they do about other countries and how different solutions haven't always helped them. There were times some of the Americans were quite put out with what the was being said about America and some of the process they had been involved in. I learnt quite alot from this. Being I am not an America I could actually identify with some of what was being said. I got quite involved in the story and although it is a war story I found I was cheering for the good guys. Also references to the south of Sudan which is christian was interesting as at our church we have had dealings with some of the missions there and heard first hand how some of the issues there.
I also found it hypocritical at times what the ones in charge of the Islamic section were doing and one scene in particular really got to me it goes against what they teach and what they say they believe but seems is quite common. (I am not going to say more when you read the book you will understand what I am referring to). If you like military books or fast action this is a great read. If you dont like war or military or can't deal with killing in a book I would suggest its not for you.