- Thursday, May 14, 2009 As I mentioned in the previous post, The Last Oracle will be released in paperback in about 10 days (Tuesday, May 26th). But what IMessage 1 of 1 , May 14, 2009View Source
Thursday, May 14, 2009
As I mentioned in the previous post, The Last Oracle will be released in paperback in about 10 days (Tuesday, May 26th). But what I forgot to mention is that there is an unusual and groundbreaking bonus in this edition. At the back of the book will be a sneak peek at Steve Berry's winter book, The Paris Vendetta.
Why is this groundbreaking? Some of you may know that Steve and I are good friends (and currently share the co-presidency of the International Thriller Writers organization)...but we don't share the same publisher. We first became acquainted after I happened to give Steve a blurb for his debut novel, The Amber Room. We started an ongoing e-mail dialogue, then met for the first time face-to-face at Bouchercon in Chicago. Since then, we've ended up traveling the world together. Here's a picture taken by Steve's wife of the two of us in New Zealand.
For those not familiar with Steve Berry's work, his stories are globe-hopping adventures steeped in adventure, intrigue, and mystery. Much like my own books. But that said, we're somewhat mirror images of each other. Steve's stories are more heavily steeped in historical mysteries (often with ties to bits of scientific intrigue), where my books deal more with scientific intrigue (with roots tied to historical mysteries). In other words, I'm more science; he's more history.
As friends, over the years we've made some sly references to each other's characters in our respective books. So this time around, we thought why don't we do something bolder. Why not tease each other's books with chapter inserts? Such a thing has never been done before, where one publisher advertises and promotes a competing publishing house's book. It goes against the marketing grain. It seems so counter-intuitive, almost nonsensical. But we went ahead anyway and proposed it to our two publishing houses. And surprisingly they agreed to it!
So in the paperback edition of The Last Oracle, you'll find a sneak of Steve's book--and come this fall, there will be a sneak peek of my winter book (The Altar of Eden) in the paperback release of Steve's The Charlegmagne Pursuit (which is a great book, by the way...but don't tell Steve I said that).