Saturday, October 21, 2017

"Forbidden Suns"

D. Nolan Clark is the pseudonym bestselling horror writer David Wellington uses for his science fiction books.

He applied the Page 69 Test to his new novel, Forbidden Suns, and reported the following:

For years, this site's editor has been kind enough to ask me to do the Page 69 Test for each book I’ve published. It’s always fun to do, but also frustrating. You see, my books are all about action—Forbidden Suns is the final book of a trilogy about starfighters wheeling and blazing in the cold darkness of space. It doesn’t get much more action-heavy than this series. Yet every time, I run to re-read page 69, and find two characters talking to each other in hushed, serious tones. Which does not a great Page 69 Test make. Even in books like these there’s bound to be some downtime, and usually Page 69 is the first chance my characters have had to catch their breath.

Not this time.

Page 69 of Forbidden Suns takes us right into the middle of a battle. A couple of desperate star pilots have been chased into the cold canyons of an icy moon. They’re vastly outnumbered and outgunned, with a pair of giant gunboats homing in on them while enemy fighters flock the skies. Our two heroes banter as they jockey for position, trying to break out of a deadly trap. Will they make it out alive? Or will they end up as glinting metallic wreckage at the bottom of some sunless crater, millions of kilometers from anything like warmth or safety?

We don’t find out by the end of page 69, so I’m not telling you here. What I will tell you is that this is the kind of stuff you find everywhere in Forbidden Suns. This third volume is non-stop fun. It also winds up the story started in Forsaken Skies. All secrets will be revealed! The storylines of all our heroes are wrapped up in one pulse-pounding conclusion! If you’ve read Forsaken Skies and Forgotten Worlds, I can guarantee you’ll want to check this one out. And if you’re a fan of hushed, serious conversation… well, there’s some of that, too. Though not very much. It’s mostly about the starfighters duking it out in space. Seriously. Page 69 is absolutely what this book is all about.
Learn more about the book and author at David Wellington's website.

The Page 69 Test: Forsaken Skies.

The Page 69 Test: Forgotten Worlds.

--Marshal Zeringue