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It's the End of the World As We Know It...
Company: Ace Books
Product: Ninth City Burning
Releasing September 6, 2016 is the first book in a sci-fi series by debut author J. Patrick Black. Ninth City Burning takes place some 500 years after a brutal alien invasion has left much of Earth devastated by wielding an incredible city-leveling weapon called thelemity. Just as all was thought to be lost, a glimmer of hope emerged.

Read an excerpt below to get a taste of what Ninth City Burning has in store for readers:

The Valentine War, Earth 500 Years Ago

It starts with the world how it used to be, with countries and billions of people living everywhere. Back then there was no such thing as thelemity, and people built houses and machines sort of like they have in settlements today, but all of that changed when the Valentines came.

The reason we call them the Valentines is that the day they first attacked, February 14 on the old Western Calendar, was called "Valentineís Day". We still donít know what the Valentines call themselves, because weíve never been able to talk to them. We donít even know what they look like. People had all sorts of different names for them early in the war, but "Valentine" is the one that ended up being the most popular. It used to mean something totally different, but not many people remember that now.

We never saw them coming. All at once cities just started disappearing. A city would be there, everything totally normal, and then it would be gone, nothing but rubble and a cloud of dust. By the time we figured out we were under attack, half the cities in the world had already been destroyed. We tried to fight back, but the Valentines had thelemity, and our strongest weapons were next to useless. They probably would have killed every single person on the planet, except for one thing: It turned out we could use thelemity too.

With its mix of alien invaders, elite military academies to train those able to control thelemity, exile for those unwilling to participate in the war, and the front lines for those who are, Ninth City Burning looks to appeal to fans of the Ender's Game series and so much more. Look for a full review when the book hits shelves this fall.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins
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