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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

New Release -- WANTED: DEAD OR REVIVED by Clay More -- Giveaway!

As the Civil War rages, Confederate Army surgeon Oscar Chamberlain uses his years of research to invent his Regen formula—a medicine so powerful it can promote healing at unheard-of speed. With this incredible discovery, he will revolutionize medicine, and hopes for the ultimate victory by the Confederacy.

But when a crude and tainted sample of his formula falls into the wrong hands, a devastating plague, more virulent than any other contagion known to mankind, is released. It spreads like wildfire, afflicting both armies, leading to cessation of hostilities between the North and the South in what becomes known as The Great Stalemate.

With Chamberlain being blamed for the Revenant Plague, both President Andrew Johnson and President Jefferson Davis agree that he must be found and brought to justice.  Somehow, a cure must be discovered—or the entire country will become infested with the walking dead. In desperation, they turn to a medium and a ghost catcher to lead them to the man who is WANTED: DEAD OR REVIVED…


EXCERPT


Brush Creek, Missouri, October 1864
     Throughout the morning, Captain Beauregard Sanders had led from the front in the hard fighting at Brush Creek, which ran perpendicular to the Kansas-Missouri border. With his goatee beard and mane of red hair, his unquestioned courage, his passion for the cause and his ferocity in battle, his men respectfully called him Captain Barbarossa. His cavalry company, part of General Joe Shelby’s renowned Iron Brigade outflanked and drove the Federals back across the icy-edged creek. With his sabre in hand and the blood lust upon him, he was intent on doing whatever it took to win the day.      With the enemy retreating into the mist before them, he turned and signaled Lieutenant Carstairs to come toward him for instructions.
     Then, the unexpected happened.
     Two simultaneous explosions shrouded the lieutenant, his mount and two other troopers in a blinding flash, bringing instant death and scattering mud, blood and body parts in all directions.
     Sanders immediately understood from whence they had come. He looked upward and saw the basket of the balloon high overhead, the Ketchum grenade hurtling downward.
     The mist! We never knew their damned balloon was there!
     He had no time to maneuver as he was engulfed in the blast of the second explosion. He felt the agony of burning shrapnel as he flew through the air, thrown from his horse.

     Damned Yankees! Damned balloons! Damned… 

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16 comments:

  1. Keith, I was enthralled by this story and the "what's going to happen next?" element all the way through. I think you did a great job in making the reader wonder...and wonder some more!

    Steampunk, I would think, would be really hard to write--yet, you did a superb job with this and I really did enjoy it!

    Congratulations on another excellent tale!

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  2. Thank you, Cheryl. You are too kind. Great working with Sundown Press again.

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    1. We're so glad to have you with us, Keith!

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  3. I nearly laughed out loud here at the day job when I read the title. That's great.

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    1. Thanks, Scott. I always have to start with a working title. It often changes as Iove on with the story, but this one stuck.

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  4. I think I NEED to read this. Love the blurb and the title.

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    1. Thank you, Alisa. I hope you enjoy it.

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  5. Congratulations Keith. I am looking forward to reading "Wanted: Dead or Revived. I like that cover as well; eye catching colors.

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    1. Thanks Jerry. Yes, Livia got it all in there, locomotive, dirigible, steampunk garb and the hint of mad science.

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  6. Keith,

    I love this line:

    Two simultaneous explosions shrouded the lieutenant, his mount and two other troopers in a blinding flash, bringing instant death and scattering mud, blood and body parts in all directions.

    Now THAT'S a Halloween-themed/spooky October story teaser if I've ever read one.

    And the title is so clever.

    Oh...and I have this on my Kindle. *wink*

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    1. Thanks Kaye. Gosh, it does sound like a Halloween novel, now you mention it.

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  7. What a terrific title. I can see by the excerpt you put an amazing amount of research into this story, Keith. It doesn't take a genius to see WANTED DEAD OR REVIVED is going to be a best seller.
    I wish you all the best, Keith!

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  8. Thank you so much, Sarah. It was an experiment, but a fun genre to write.

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  9. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and left comments. They were all appreciated. Scott Parker won the free copy, so I will be sending that tout suite!

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  10. What a gripping extract and what a tremendous idea – a parallel universe/alternative American Civil War. Movie potential! And a great title too – got me looking for the old TV western series with Steve McQueen, until I found it had been yanked off Youtube! Andrew McBride

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  11. Thank you for your kind words, Andrew. A movie would be cool. Just need to find a tame producer!

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