Up From the Depths: where does it go from here?

It was brought to my attention that there was some confusion as to whether book 5, Defilade, ended the series or not. Book 5 is not the end of the series as some now know that there is a book 6 and more books coming in 2018.

Book 7 is already in progress and Book 8 has been outlined.

As you can see, there are a few more books in the pipeline.

Will those two books end the series?

Truthfully, I don’t know where or when the series will end. I don’t have a set book number the series will end at. There is an ending outlined for the series but no plans as yet to place it in a future release.

For those of you who have purchased the books, thank you. It’s through your continued interest that has let me know there is a demographic that enjoys my work.

As to the future of the series?

It will continue in the same format, the large number of locations, the large number of characters, and the separate plotlines.

For more information on the series, there is a Facebook group where information is posted about upcoming releases, promotions, and that kind of thing. There is my blog that is tied to my Amazon author page and there is a review group on the free horror/zombie site: zombiefiend.com.

Any or all of these sites will provide information about the future of this series.

 

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Kindle Countdown deals for August

Starting August 7th and moving all through the month, Books 2-5 of what some have called an ‘epic saga’ will be part of a Kindle countdown.

 

That means that starting at the beginning of each week, the featured book will be reduced to $0.99 and then gradually move back up to the original list price of $2.99. Book 1 is already at $0.99 and this deal will not affect that title.

 

This is to commemorate the release of Book 6, scheduled for later in August.

The schedule for the countdown begins with Book 2 and the week of August 7-14th.

Book 3 is August 14-21

Books 4-5 share the week of the 21-28th.

 

If you haven’t already read this series, now is your chance.

Look for Book 6 coming later this month.

Up From the Depths: the future

 

For those few of you who have read the series up to this point, you’re aware that there are a plethora of characters involved and literally scattered all over CONUS. Those characters, and in some cases, the groups they’re part of, each have their own story to tell.

Following the events of Book 6, I know, not a lot of you have had a chance to read 6 at this point, but there have been a few of you who were exposed to some paragraphs and chapter excerpts. So, following the events that take place in #6, here’s the issue:

 

Option One: the books continue like they are, lots of characters in different locations dealing with whatever is happening to them.

 

OR
Option Two: the follow on books after 6 only tell the adventures of a single character/group. An example of this would be something like this: #7 tells the story of the events in and around Cascade. #8 tells the story of the events in and around the Safeguard group. #9 tells of something or someone else. #10, etc, etc. Then around book 12, all the stories merge again into a larger novel.

 

While Option Two would address the issues that some have with the massive amount of characters within this saga, it wouldn’t tell the story of the other characters/groups and their adventures that are happening concurrently.

If Option Two were to be exercised, then that means that books 7-11 could possibly be interpreted as stand alone stories that take place within the Up From the Depths Universe. That would be a very broad interpretation but some might see it in that manner.

 

Here’s what I need from you, the readers:

Decide what Option you’d like to read. Explain in as much detail why you feel the option you chose would be the best going forward with the series. Don’t provide a short sentence. Those entries will be tossed and deleted. I’m looking for detailed, articulate responses as to what and why the option you chose would be the best in your opinion for the series. Those responses can be sent to me via my Blog or if you’re a member of Zombiefiend, use the ‘Reply’ feature and post your response.

Changes happening within the next few weeks/months

Within the last few weeks, there have been updates to books 1-5 due to them being sent to an editor. Those of you who have pointed out the grammatical issues should appreciate this.

In the months leading up to the release of Book #6, there will be some minor cosmetic changes to the covers of book 1-5. The most noticeable will be the rewording of each title. What that means is the former subtitle will now be shown as the main title and the main series title will now become the subtitle with the book # incorporated within that.

Here’s an example:

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These are just a few of the changes happening within the series. Stay tuned for information as it becomes available.

By the way, don’t get too attached this particular cover as its only a concept cover for #6.

Update on Book 6 in the series

cover for book6

As some of you know, the scheduled release for #6 was to be in the fall right around October 31st. That was the plan anyway. But, as we all know, plans don’t always hold up. The new release, tentatively, will be later in the fall/winter and quite possibly, Spring of 2017.

To the 3-4 readers who have read the series, this is a disappointment. The delay or push back with this book is due to a lot of issues regarding whether this will be the last book in the series or not. At this point in time, that option is wide open. If you’ll bear with me and wait a little longer, you’ll get your next fix in the Up From the Depths series.

Book 2 Cover Image

 

It has been brought to my attention that the image used for Book #2 in the series is a copyrighted image. It belongs to a gentleman named Landon Steel who has formed, and works with many Veteran’s Suicide Awareness Groups.

 

I had located said image after doing a search for free images. Had I known at that time that the image belonged to Mr. Steele, I would have contacted him and requested permission to use it. The image has since been changed for Book #2.

 

I had no intention of ‘stealing’ said image. Had I known that the image was connected and copyrighted by Mr. Steele, accreditation would have been made as well as permission requested.

 

I have sent an apology to Mr. Steele for using the image and changed the image as I’m sure he does not want his visage connected to a fictional zombie apocalypse series.

 

Mr. Steele does an outstanding job bringing awareness to the general public about Veteran Suicide and I in no way intended to denigrate his work by using his image for my book.

Book 6 of the Up From the Depths series

cover for book6

 

There has been some speculation that Book 5, Defilade, ends the series. This is not true. There is a 6th and potentially final book that closes out the series. I say potentially as there is a possibility, note I state possibility, that a 7th book or maybe a few more are still out there waiting in the wings.

 

For those of you who want a little sneak peek at some scenes from #6, here you are:

 

“We do have an exit strategy, right?” Lance Corporal Anders asked as he fired his rifle at the approaching mass of infected.

“We do. Hold on while I think of something really spectacular,” Staff Sergeant Reginald Oakland replied as he dropped out the spent magazine and reloaded his M27. If there was a high value target in this area, they’re Zed food by now.

“Goins! Get Lighthorse on the horn! Tell them we are Sierra Oscar Lima and in need of immediate extract!” Oakland yelled out as he serviced the targets in his zone of responsibility.

Marine Force Recon Team Able had been inserted into Lake Erie hours earlier after receiving their mission objective, the recovery and extraction of a high profile person or information on the whereabouts of said HVP. In the weeks following the tactical nuclear strike, entering a large city, any former major population center was risky. The radiation count was still high enough to cause health issues if there was prolonged exposure. And there were the infected that for some reason, still roamed the areas, apparently unaffected by the detonation of nuclear weapons and residual radiation.

Team Able had made landfall without contact and began moving inland. A firestorm had ravaged most of the waterfront leaving nothing but black, charred, skeletal remains of what were once structures and vehicles. The streets were clogged with abandoned vehicles and hastily made barricades. Travel through this maze was slow. Slower still while wearing full MOPP-4. It wasn’t until they had reached the two mile mark that they were truly fucked. These infected seemed to have evolved if that was even possible. They had waited until the recon team was deep into the metal maze before pouring out of the buildings and encircling them. Half of their team had been swallowed up including their sniper and OIC before the rest had fought their way to the roof of a small, semi-collapsed self- storage complex.

“Sergeant! I got Lighthorse!” Goins called out.

“Outstanding,” Oakland commented as he reloaded then keyed his radio.

“Lighthorse, Lighthorse, this is Ripper. We’re in a world of shit and need immediate extract. How copy?”

“Ripper, Lighthorse, what’s your pos?”

“Lighthorse, Ripper, we’re three klicks south, southwest of the waterfront. Marking with strobes.”

“Copy that, Ripper. We’re on the way. Mark your area with smoke.”

“Negative Lighthorse, we’re marking with strobes. Be advised this is a hot LZ.” Dusk was fast approaching; no way could an aircraft see smoke at night. There was a long pause on the radio before the MH22 pilot came back.

“Copy that, Ripper. How will I know where you’re at?”

“Jesus Christ,” Oakland muttered before keying the radio. “Lighthorse, Ripper, just look for all the fucking tracers going downrange and that’s us.” This is going to suck.

“Copy that, Ripper, ETA five mikes.”

Oakland glanced at what was left of his team then down at the massed infected. They might be able to stay alive for the next five minutes.

“Hold your mud, Marines! Extract is five mikes out!”

 

Wait, are those new characters you’ve just read about? They are. I’m sure some readers will be happy about this and some will not. Shit happens. To keep a storyline alive, you have to infuse new blood once in a while.

With that in mind, we’ll return to some of the known characters, the SEALs of Shark Platoon:

 

“Move! Move! Move!” Willis yelled out over the weapons fire.

Rogers and Smith ran to the corner of the building and took up covering positions.

“On me! On Me!” Rogers yelled.

“Coming to you!” Hannaberry yelled, firing a short burst from his MK48 into the infected that had moved into his sector before he ran to where Rogers was.

“Tempest, Tempest, this is Saber. Where’s our fucking extract?!” Willis yelled into his radio, dropping out a spent magazine and inserting a full one. He pressed a finger to his ear trying to hear over all the weapons fire but was unable to decipher what was being said. “Fuck!”

“Ell-tee! Move!” Webb yelled as he brought his weapon around to point at his OIC. Willis dropped flat as Webb fired into the space he had just occupied blowing apart the head of one of the infected.

“Go! Go! Go!” Willis yelled as he scrambled to his feet and grabbed hold of Webb’s tactical vest. Willis dragged/pulled him towards the rest of the team.

The SEAL detachment used the abandoned cars for cover as they bounded down the road, laying down suppressive fire and disengaging from the cannibalistic horde that was descending on them.

“Loading!” Rogers called out as he dropped out the empty mag and slapped a full one in place.

“Move! Move! Move!” Willis yelled as he fired into the mass of infected that grew larger by the second.

“On me! On me!” Hannaberry called out as he stopped, turned and fired a burst from the MK48 to cover the team as they moved.

“Coming up on the left!”Johnson called out as he moved.

“Loading!” Smith called out as he dropped an empty mag and inserted a fresh one.

“On me! On me!” Willis yelled as he moved behind a car.

“How many of these fucker do you think we can take?” Rogers asked as he reloaded.

“More than you,” Hannaberry answered as he slapped a loaded drum into his MK48, stood and fired into the infected.

“Fuck you,” Rogers replied as he leaned over the roof of the car and fired into the horde.

 

Not to forget the group of survivors at Firebase Cascade:

 

Martin and Smiley checked their gear. They both knew that it was only a matter of time before the infected massed outside the walls would not be able to get in. What concerned them were the increasing cases of sickness being reported within the walls.

“This is a bad one, J,” Smiley said as he stuffed his tactical vest with loaded magazines.

“It was a matter of time,” Martin said as he checked the action of his rifle before he seated a full magazine. “You about ready?”

“I just need to pre-tourniquet against any wounds,” Smiley said as he began wrapping strips of cloths around his legs. “Did you know that the Moro tribesman used to bind their testicles? They thought that self-inflicted pain immunized them from anything their enemies might inflict.”

“Uh, yeah. I didn’t know that,” Martin said, somewhat at a loss of words. “I’ll pass.” He watched Smiley for a few more seconds as the other man moved up to wrap his arms before he walked out of the building. Outside, leaning against the wall and sweating profusely, Mike Ackley waited for him.

“What are you doing here, Gunny? Doc had you on bed rest,” Martin said.

“Fuck that. I’ll get all the rest I need when I’m dead.” Ackley nodded his head towards the door that Martin had just exited. “Smiley doing his pre-tourniquet thing again?”

“Yeah.”

“You ever get the impression that his elevator just doesn’t reach the top floor?” Ackley asked.

 

So there you have it, a sure sign that there will be a 6th book. The projected release date is sometime in the fall of 2016. As the book moves to completion, there will be a solid date posted.