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Mike Waller
Mike Waller Author Interview

Falcon’s Ghost finds Earth once again under alien attack, but this time they’re being attacked by their own planet. What were some new ideas you wanted to explore in this book that was different from book one?

My main objective in this book was to up the stakes for Joe Falcon. He has already saved Earth and Mars from a massive alien invasion, so this time I needed to come up with another threat, but something no writer had ever done before. I’m pretty sure nobody has come up with the kind of alien invasion I have used in this story. I also wanted to continue Joe’s personal story, but decades in the future, so I needed to come up with a way to do/explain that. The idea of cloning has always fascinated me, and it was easy to use this concept in this story. I also wanted to move the story on with some new characters, but also keep some of the old. So Joe and Io remain, Terry returns, but a different personality, and Joe’s newest daughter, Raisa, is introduced.

Joe Falcon continues to be an interesting character. What were some challenges that were important to building his character in this story?

Continuing Joe’s personal development in this book was difficult, and I needed to take a different tack. In the first book it was about him coming to terms with himself, growing old etc. In this book he has to come to terms with something different, the way he feels personally about those he believed to be the aliens, and whom he blames for much of the sorrow he had experienced since the end of book one and the start of this book. He also learns everything he thought was true is false, and the new reality is something he finds hard to accept. Also hard for him to accept is the revelation about his new ‘brother’, Leo, and his true identity.

What scene in the book did you have the most fun writing?

I’m not sure I would say ‘the most fun’, considering the gravitas of the situation, but the chapters directly related to the ‘problems’ experienced on Earth and Mars were certainly the most satisfying to complete. As for fun, there is a short scene in which a ‘folk’ tale about the tiny moon Dysnomia (the moon of Eris, a planetoid in the Kuiper Belt), is related to Joe by his daughter. I had a lot of fun writing that. And by the way, it’s a true story.

What can readers expect in book three of the The Falcon Books series?

Book three will be set in the future again, so again Joe will be in a world more advanced than the last. Once again, humanity will be inder threat, and again, the threat will be bigger and more devastating. Again it will be up to Joe, and his team of Io, Terry, Raisa, and his new brother Leo, to spearhead humanity’s efforts to survive. This book is still under development, so no spoilers at this stage.

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Six decades after the Blackship War, Earth is once again under alien attack, the weapon of choice one that humanity could never anticipate, and never hope to counter. Humankind is being attacked by its own planet.

Six decades after the departure of the gigantic, alien star-ship dubbed the ‘Minaret’, Joe Falcon thinks it is finally over, and he can settle down to a better, quieter life.

He is wrong.

At the outermost edge of the Solar System lurks an alien intelligence the like of which humanity has never before encountered, with an agenda of its own.

As the leading authority of the Minaret, it falls to Joe to find a solution and travel billions of kilometers to confront Mankind’s greatest ever threat. But how do you deal with a mind so alien, so advanced, and so filled with hatred, that nothing will sway it from its destructive course.

Joe must find a way. If humanity is to survive, he has no choice.

If you enjoyed the multi-award-winning Falcon’s Call, you will love this long awaited sequel. Grab a copy of Falcon’s Ghost now, and join Joe Falcon on this amazing voyage to the farthest reaches of our Solar System.

Falcon’s Ghost

Falcon's Ghost (The Falcon Books Book 2) by [Mike Waller]

Falcon’s Ghost is the highly anticipated sequel to Mike Waller’s multi award-winning triumph Falcon’s Call. The novel is set in a brilliant distant future and follows the story of legendary galactic explorer, Joe Falcon, who is thrown back into chaos when a major alien starship, the “Minaret”, suddenly goes missing. Falcon is forced to face a myriad of old and new challenges to locate the Minaret and finds himself combatting a threat greater than humanity itself can handle.

As far as action goes, Waller’s novel is packed to the brim. The pace of the narrative is rapid enough to keep the reader engaged, while not being too overwhelming. Waller’s writing delivers a story that is intelligent and charming; laced with all kinds of incredibly interesting space-related details. Those who enjoy the science fiction genre, as well as those who just enjoy action-packed narratives, will find this book intriguing and fascinating from cover to cover. Personally, I was drawn into the turbulent yet great legacy tied to Falcon from the book’s second paragraph.

The point of Waller’s writing that I enjoy most is how he establishes settings and characters with so much detail. His location descriptions were so vivid and engaging that I found myself being immersed in the story with ease. Despite the story being completely fictitious, there is a quality to Waller’s narrative that is so enticing and seems completely based in reality.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of Falcon’s Ghost. There are countless elements of the story that I liked immensely; the characters, the narrative development, the settings, the descriptive details, etc. As I mentioned, Waller truly had me captivated from start to finish. I would recommend this book to anyone who desires to read an intelligent space adventure story that has a thrilling storyline.

Pages: 283 | ASIN: B09B5T2KVQ

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