We are now T – (something imminent, gimme a break — I do this in my spare time between working, caring for kids, wife, home, sleeping, etc) for the Stealth Books launch of A Sword Into Darkness, and I need your help!
Which version of back cover / website copy below would make you more likely to spend your hard-earned beer money (or wine and cheese money, we ain’t snobby around here) on my rousing tale of near future, space-faring daring-do?
Humanity is not alone in the universe, and we are not ready for what’s coming.
Something is out there . . . . That’s all Gordon Elliot Lee knows. His scans of the Delta Pavonis region have uncovered a massive energy source moving toward Earth. Something is definitely coming our way, but no one will believe him, despite the clout he’s built within NASA and the military. Not one to be stymied by the doubts of others, Gordon lays the groundwork to meet a threat that’s still a generation in the future. He is determined that the Earth will be ready, even if the preparations cost him everything.
Nathan Kelley is a bloodied naval warrior, scarred by his own actions in the waters off North Korea. Kris Munoz is an avant garde scientific genius with more ideas than sense. Nathan and Kris are the only two people Gordon can count on as they sour the very edges of fringe science and engineering to develop Earth’s first space navy in time to oppose the Deltan invasion.
They will have to face ridicule, government obstruction, industrial espionage, and their own demons to get this insanely ambitious project off the ground. But the challenges on Earth are nothing compared to what awaits them in space. Against an unknown alien enemy with vastly superior technology, a handful of human scientists and warriors must become the sword that holds the darkness at bay.
The human race is about to make its stand . . . .
Or Version 2:
AN UNKNOWABLE THREAT APPROACHES EARTH
WE ARE UNPREPARED FOR WHAT’S COMING
Gordon Lee – an industrialist with the vision and the means. Nathan Kelley – a haunted naval warrior with the skillset to see that vision accomplished. Kris Munoz – an unpredictable genius with more ideas than sense. These three alone will take up the task to create Earth’s first space navy. Beset by ridicule, government obstruction, corporate espionage, and their own personal demons, it will take a miracle just to get off the ground.
And, should they reach their alien quarry, they will have to become the sword that holds the darkness at bay.
MISSILES WILL FLASH
RAILGUNS WILL RUMBLE
LASERS WILL BURN
AND DEFENDERS WILL DIE
IF THEY FAIL, OUR END IS AT HAND
Ooooor, some complex mix of the two. If so, leave your thoughts down in the comments and we can pick and choose from the best elements of each. The first is more informative – you know what you’re gonna get. The second seems punchier – you know the kind of story you’re going to get.
What say you, internet? The clock, it is TICKING!