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In A Destroyed World

Igor Generalov
Igor Generalov Author Interview

Russian HellwayZ follows a group of people on their way back to Moscow and face a post-apocalyptic country ravaged by zombies. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I’ve never been interested in zombies before but then I watched TV series “The Walking Dead”. It was a game changer for me. I was struck by the fact that the dramatic destinies of people were so harmoniously inscribed into the zombie apocalypse and intricately intertwined with each other in a destroyed world. So I decided to tell my story.

Your characters were intriguing and well developed. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

The images of the characters are collective, but every one of them has a prototype that I have met at some point in my life. Biographies, criminal cases, events that happened to the heroes before the Apocalypse, were all taken from the real life stories. And, of course, the social environment that once surrounded those characters, descriptions of cities, villages, people’s lives in different layers of society, their behavior – this is all for real.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Any end of civilization is a rapid fall of humanity into the Dark Ages. For some this is a collapse of everything: the loss of status, money, the opportunity to live in comfort. Some are simply ready for an extreme change, and for others “the social elevator” would turn on which would never had the chance to do so in the ordinary world. And the most interesting thing is that all these people were brought together to one point in space and time. The question is: what will win at the end? Will it be their primitive animal nature, or their ability to conceive a new civilization for humanity?

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

You know, literary translation is very expensive, as is editing. I hope that “Russian HellwayZ” will start selling well and we can see the continuation as soon as next year 🙂

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In Russia, a socially divided country where corrupt rulers and capitalists often prey upon ordinary citizens, eight men endure harsh conditions beyond the Arctic Circle to work in the uninhabited Far North. One day, the workers lose all contact with civilization, and their supply deliveries cease. Upon learning that humanity has been plagued by a virus that turns people into zombies, the men agree to return home to Moscow. Together, they must travel several thousand kilometers to reach the capital—confronting bloodthirsty zombies, brutalized survivors, and widespread chaos that will test their strength and compatibility as it exposes civil grievances within a displaced society. Will they make it to Moscow alive?

Literary Titan Book Awards September 2021

The Literary Titan Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and imagination of these talented authors.

Gold Award Winners

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Silver Award Winners

La Florida by James D. Snyder

My Hidden Fear by Luan Nguyen

 

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Russian HellwayZ

Russian HellwayZ by [Igor Generalov]

Russian HellwayZ by Igor Generalov follows the enthralling account of Misha Myakinin’s, aka Copper, trip to find his son Matvey while a zombie apocalypse is raging all around. On his voyage through post-apocalyptic Russia, he will find some allies as well as some foes, all while learning more and more about the unexpected epidemic that has destroyed the world.

Generalov writes in a very descriptive way, giving the book a thick atmosphere that provides a vivid view of the tragedy and destruction in the book. As a reader keen on details, I appreciated the amount of work put into the description of the characters and most importantly on their detailed backstories and connections. From Myakinin to all the people sharing their stories with the psychologist doctor Shrink, we get a deep insight into what they had been through ever since the apocalypse broke off. We get to explore the aftermath through various perspectives and each one provides us with a deeper understanding of the human toll of this apocalypse. Furthermore, the main character, Misha, feels relatable to the reader as he is not perfect but he is still very compelling.

This is a thrilling zombie apocalypse novel that made me think of the AMC show ‘The Walking Dead’, and there is an exciting connection revealed in the story. This is like ‘The Walking Dead’ but in Russia and carries that same level of human drama and intrigue as the show does. Fans of the show will enjoy this rousing fan fiction that tells an action filled story.

Russian HellwayZ is a suspenseful post-apocalyptic story with a dark ambiance and relatable characters that will appeal to readers looking for a gritty but fun story in a unique setting that feels exotic, at least to anyone outside of Russia. Fans of hard hitting zombie apocalypse fiction will have plenty to sink their teeth into.

Pages: 531 | ASIN: B095R9V2V4

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If A Fallen Angel Arrived Today

Brian G. Walsh
Brian G. Walsh Author Interview

The Last Angel To Fall follows Federal Agent Stone who is tasked with hunting a Fallen Angel, in his pursuit he reveals a conspiracy between the State Department and Lucifer. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The tagline came to me very early in the process: “Everything we’ve been taught about Good & Evil is a lie.” How does the world really operate? What is the real truth behind the war between God and Satan? There are two sides to every story, but for the most part, we’ve only heard one and it’s pretty much universally accepted without equal time from the antagonist. Wouldn’t it be interesting to speculate about that?

This novel began as a screenplay but the story demanded the expanded palette that only a novel could provide. I wondered what would happen if a fallen angel arrived today. How would it be handled? Is there some secret government agency already in existence tasked to respond and cover up improbable events like that? I thought about allies and enemies and how alliances are often of convenience and not always due to similar perspectives and goals. What could possibly compel any nation to sign a treaty with Lucifer? I then thought about the Apocalypse. What would be the signal event that triggered it? I thought about the story of the fallen angels. That’s when I decided that there was a suppressed book of prophecy that foretold the story of the last angel to fall as being the event that triggered the Apocalypse.

Your characters are well developed and intriguing. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Some of it is personal experience. I’ve worked with a lot of interesting, diverse people from all kinds of backgrounds. The characters have a clash not only of personalities, but of politics and beliefs. They believe they are right, as most of us do, and fight to hold onto their beliefs, even when they are unsupported by facts or reason. I wanted to represent different points of view and open the mind of the reader to be able to “walk in another person’s shoes.” The character of Asheba Rain especially asks very searching questions that are meant to provoke objective analysis. Her point of view is completely outside normal human experience. To her, none of our universal beliefs are valid. The protagonist, Jubal Stone, eventually comes to the unsettling conclusion that lies and conspiracy are behind everything he’s ever believed in. Thad Coleman, a Black man who has experienced racism must struggle with a prejudice of his own due to his faith.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The need to question everything we are conditioned to accept as absolute truths because in one way or another, not everything we’ve been taught about good and evil is true.

Challenging conventional beliefs that are unsupported by facts, logic or common sense is vitally important to our growth as a species.

Ethnic cleansing is unacceptable and unjustifiable, even when God is the perpetrator.

The Bible tells only one side of the story of Good vs. Evil. There is another side I wanted to explore.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The sequel to The Last Angel To Fall is in the final stage of editing and should be available in late October 2021.

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Everything we’ve been taught about Good and Evil is a lie!
After 12 Federal Agents are murdered, Federal Agent Jubal Stone is pulled from a desk assignment and plunged into a nightmare pursuit of a Fallen Angel who was imprisoned inside a meteorite that struck south-central Michigan.

The State Department has a secret treaty with Hell!
As he hunts the last rebel angel, Jubal learns about a shocking conspiracy between the State Department and Lucifer.

In war, the winner writes the history.
The Bible tells us God’s version of the Eternal War, but neither God nor the Devil are what they seem. Jubal’s long-held beliefs are shattered when he learns the other side of the story of the war between good and evil from a beautiful, mysterious woman who was born in Hell.

What is the surprising truth about the origin of Hell?
Jubal is torn between duty and faith when he learns that this Fallen Angel has information that can help Lucifer win his war against God.

A rogue CIA agent is also in pursuit, and he has very different plans for the Fallen Angel. To make matters worse, Jubal learns that his teammates are keeping secrets from him – secrets that could get them all killed.

The Last Angel to Fall

The Last Angel To Fall: The Fallen Angel Who Could Help Lucifer Win! by [Brian G. Walsh, Gary R. Walsh]

The Last Angel to Fall – Jubal Stone Series Book One by Brian G. Walsh takes the reader through an action-packed storyline. A meteor’s impact is just the beginning of a series of events that significantly affect people and their community. As events unfold, the story delves into the intricate lives of the police force, survivors of the meteor, and other developments that create an intense but entertaining read.

From the beginning, the story’s pace is quick and captivating. The reader is quickly drawn into a scene that sparks curiosity, fear, and an ever present sense of intrigue. Each chapter introduces the characters, their personalities, and thoughts, as the seemingly bleak chaos of the aftermath leads to further discoveries and a slow unraveling of the mystery at the heart of this story.

We are taken into an urban landscape and the comfort of familiar shops in contrast with the disastrous impact of an unexpected event is striking. Further discoveries are made which uncover something much more than I ever expected.

This book is a fun read, placing intriguing characters into some extraordinary circumstances that makes the pages fly by. The author invests a significant amount of effort into the characters’ backstories, making each character feel authentic and easy to understand, if not relate to.

The Last Angel to Fall is a fantastic story that challenges the imagination and brings a sense of hope and enlightenment to a bleak and terrifying situation. It is a promising start to a book series that I’m sure will continue to entertain readers. This is one of the most unique conspiracy thrillers I’ve read this year. Filled with wild twists and a creative plot that always kept me guessing, I’m sure fans of fast paced suspense novels will devour this story quickly. This novel is 600+ pages but it certainly does not feel that way with its relentless pace where something exciting is always happening, readers will be quickly flipping pages.

Pages: 641 | ASIN: B07TYZXLV2

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Fighting Demons Of Their Own

Hywel Richard Pinto
Hywel Richard Pinto Author Interview

The Venus World follows six Queens ruling over a dystopian New World while an uprising threatens their supremacy. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Our world tends to be male skewed. The atrocities against women are high across most parts of the world and sometimes even in our own neighbourhood.

Before I start to write, I tend to ask the question, ‘What if?’ In this case it was, ‘What if men were not the dominant species, would women take control? This led to further questions like, why would men let women come into power, why would they let them rule unopposed, if women ruled, would men be slaves, would they be the weaker sex? And that was the foundation of the story, a bio-terrorist attack gone wrong, setting up the scene for women domination and a role reversal in this new World.

The six Queens are unique and intriguing characters. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

The six Queens are very different from each other, including their hunger for power. Some like Rani have been thrust into a leadership role they very clearly never wanted. Queen Marihiba is totally power greedy, using her ruthless nature to rise from being a mere guard to a Queen. Others are privileged rulers, while still others like Lohi are fighting demons of their own, while Queen Polime is often misunderstood, however unpredictable and loyal to her people. It is this stark difference that makes the mix between the Queens volatile and interesting. No woman truly trusts the other and the alliances are fragile, capable of snapping at the slightest provocation, which is exactly what Z plays upon to gain power from the Queens.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I wanted to show that:

  • women can also rule effectively, however, at the end of the day, they too are humans and humans irrespective of their gender (be it male, female or the 3rd), race and sexual orientation, are still either power hungry tyrants or feel empathy towards others as the case may be.
  • human beings unite and rise in the face of adversity.
  • sometimes the best move is strategic in nature, rather than physical.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I have a couple of books in the pipeline which should be ready by late this year or early 2022.

  1. A fantasy – thriller, on the lines of Harry Potter meets The Amazing Race, meets Indiana Jones!
  2. A creature – feature set in Mumbai, India (my current residence) about a pre-historic creature that inhabits the neglected and much abused waterways of the island city, causing chaos and bringing death.

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Year 2025: A catastrophic biological terrorist attack leaves the future of the male population of the human race in danger of becoming extinct.

Year 2100: Six Queens rule over the New World, asserting power over a dwindled population of healthy men, whose use now is only for reproduction or slave labor. The borders of the New World have changed and so have the rules.

But life is not peaceful when the women reign. There is an uprising coming, fueled by the divide to create new and sustainable male life. And when the women are not united in their efforts, men will try and rise to power.
Will the Queens ruling the Earth realize the danger before it’s too late or will their egos be the foundation that men needed to diabolically put their plan of revolt into action?

The World might never be the same again.

The Venus World

The Venus World by [Hywel Richard Pinto]

The Venus World is a rousing dystopian novel set in 2100. In this new world, six queens rule the world – dominating the declining male population. The story follows the journey of six queens and their quest to maintain their power and domination.

The setting that each queen presides over is richly described, appealing to the reader’s senses; the thick forests of central India, misty, quiet and peaceful, the bustling center of Beijing, the calm, evergreen Black Forest in Germany, the Savannahs of Western Africa, the hot climate of Australia to name but a few backdrops.

The Venus World is full of thought provoking characters that are methodically developed throughout the novel. The leading roles belong to the six women that control the world: Queen Rani, Queen Polime, Queen Marihiba, Queen Aneri, Alexie the Conquer and Lohi. All of these women have their own unique personalities that are all creatively intriguing. Their history, physical locations and personality traits lead them all on slightly different paths but equally captivating paths. The dialogue is sharp and engaging, with inner monologues that give us a view of how each character sees things, which ensures readers are always in the know and always feel like they have a grasp on each character. This rich cast of women is also supported by some interesting male characters – all with their own alliances and secret agendas, which serve to elevate the level of intrigue throughout this riveting novel. For some reason I was expecting a more ponderous novel, but was pleasantly surprised to find plenty of action that keeps the novel moving forward at a great pace. There are plenty of twists and turns as the story progresses as well, ensuring readers rarely know what’s going to happen next.

The Venus World provides readers with a compelling cast of powerful female characters who inhabit well described settings that feel engrossing and just a little enigmatic. The Venus World is a thrilling science fiction novel with subtle but thoughtful commentary on society that never forgets to entertain the reader.

Pages: 195 | ASIN: B08XNWMH2R

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Pretty/Ugly

Pretty/Ugly by [Jennifer Anne Gordon]

Pretty Ugly by Jennifer Anne Gordon tells a series of horrific events that submerge the world in an apocalypse. A terrible, deadly virus is starting to spread at the speed of light, making the end of the world look like a very real possibility. The story is told from the perspectives of our two main characters, Omelia and Sam. Both of them are very broken. Omelia seems to have a pretty lively personality, at least when you look at her from the outside: a lover of clothes, books and makeup that shares her passions on the Internet through live streams that she makes on her YouTube channel. However, this is only a façade, deep down she is nothing but a lost girl trying to find love. Sam seems to be on a similar path to Omelia’s: despite the fact that he was a theater major, he pursued law school and became the Democratic Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts to please his father. Dealing with the loss of his twin sister from a young age, Sam has to navigate and relive hurtful moments throughout his life as he tries to keep afloat. Both Sam and Omelia are living behind a mask, a mask that threatens to fall off as the deadliest pandemic in history reaches their lives.

From their very first introduction, it was impossible not to sympathize with Omelia and Sam. They are both very similar with respect to their journey through life. Dealing with loss, dysfunctional families, and lack of love and affection, they go through their days pretending to be someone they’re not, living as fictional characters. I was constantly hoping that they would figure things out and that they would find that thing they both were so desperately wishing for: love. However, the pandemic makes life harder for everyone and staying alive becomes the hardest thing possible.

The description that Jennifer Anne Gordon makes of this deadly virus gave me nightmares. It was detailed, precise and terrifying: a virus that represents untimely death, ruin and rot, and that took millions of lives worldwide. The book is written in such a way that the panic and absolute disgust that spread from the appearance of the virus felt incredibly realistic. People were dying in a matter of hours, they were losing their skin, their faces started to become unrecognizable and they couldn’t feel anything but pain. It all felt vivid and I was constantly worrying about the main characters, unsure of whether they would be able to stay alive, it was simply horrifying.

Nonetheless, despite the horrors described in the book, the story also offers an exploration of the characters deepest emotions, dealing with themes such as loss, loneliness, abandonment and grief, aspects that both Omelia and Sam have to deal very closely with. This story was terrifying, it definitely felt like something that could happen and I couldn’t stop reading to find out what would be the destiny of the characters. Pretty Ugly is a terrifyingly realistic dark drama that is hard to put down, and even harder to forget.

Pages: 288 | ASIN: B093TJQK92

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