WHEN IN DOUBT CONSULT THE DOCTOR

Becoming a writer came with more than I thought. Sure you got a good story line, characters and a tale to tell. So you do it. Pay the price in time, use your sitzfleisch and sack your social life to bring your novel to life. Your fingers become messengers while your mind flirts and dashes with a thousand ideas. All the while you’re still trying to maintain a focus and not become sidetracked, sticking to the story. Perseverance furthers, and, if you’re lucky, writing what you’re supposed to be, the story starts writing itself, as it should. You are just the interface. This is a very cool thing, what surfers call being in the zone. So you run with it.

Well, at some point, unless you are a boldfaced liar, you begin to question your self. This is only natural. Hell you’re a hundred and fifty pages into it and there isn’t a person in the world that can answer your queries. Does it make sense? Is it any good? Do you think people will like it? And, especially with my work for its lack of rectitude, who am I going to offend?

At moments like this I consult the doctor:
Be who you are and say what you feel…
Because those that matter…. don’t mind…
And those that mind… don’t matter.

   -Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

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TESTING THE MAINSTREAM WATERS

TESTING THE MAINSTREAM WATERS.

DIVE BACK INTO THE NIGHTMARE!!!

Black Tide

Black Tide is the third bloody note in john g rees 'anoxic zone' & 'Halocline' symphony of horror!

This time you dive back to the beginning. The beginning for Jake Strom that is. More than a prequel, BLACK TIDE is a freaquel of things to come.

Black Water Books has just published the third book, BLACK TIDE, of my ‘anoxic zone’ series. It is available in print and eBooks at this time through my site, Blackwaterbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and others, in its initial edition, not available in Europe. That will happen when we get our final permission from Roger Waters to use a quote from one of his songs. Poor Europe will have to wait!

Okay, I’m stoked, who wouldn’t be? BLACK TIDE is a worthy addition to ‘anoxic zone’ and ‘Halocline’. With enough mayhem and gore to satisfy even the bloodthirstiest of readers, BLACK TIDE rips corporate reality a new one. Jake is up against the darkest horrors of our imagination… ourselves and what we have become.

No punches have been held in the writing of Black Tide. The language is as visceral as the characters’ circumstance. Be ready for a dive into hell from which there is no return.

Yet, you do, again and again.

Black Tide Finally in Print

Well, my third book, Black Tide is finally available in its initial print version. It is NOW available at our website at:
http://www.blackwaterbooks.com/Black_Tide.html
(along with my first two novels, anoxic zone and Halocline)
and at Amazon: tinyurl.com/6rcyw9y.

Black Tide is available worldwide except Europe, still awaiting that elusive
License Permission from Roger!!

Amazing what it takes just to get it out there!

DIVE INTO THE NIGHTMARE!

Image   This time you dive back to the beginning; the beginning for Jake that is. More than a prequel, BLACK TIDE is a freakquel of things to come.

    Black Water Books has just published the third book, BLACK TIDE, of my ‘anoxic zone’ series. It is available in all the e-book forms at this time through www.Blackwaterbooks.com, Amazon, b&n, and others. The hard copies will come when we get our final permission from Roger Waters to use a quote from one of his songs. However hardcopies for sale in the USA will be available any moment!!!

   Okay, I’m stoked, who wouldn’t be? BLACK TIDE is a worthy addition to ‘anoxic Zone’ and ‘Halocline’. With enough mayhem and gore to satisfy even the bloodthirstiest of readers BLACK TIDE rips corporate reality a new one. Jake is up against the darkest horrors of our imagination… ourselves and what we have become.

   No punches have been held in the writing of Black Tide. The language is as visceral as the characters’ circumstance. Be ready for a dive into hell from which there is no return.

 

 

The New Book

Wow, it really is hard to believe. ‘BLACK TIDE’, my third book in the ‘anoxic zone’ series will be out in November. BLACK TIDE is a deranged effort resulting in a prequel that is as twisted and dark as anything I’ve ever written. Just as the title works on several levels so the story rises up around you in a black tide of greed, pain, and hatred that threatens to pull you under. Once again Jake finds himself a victim of his own karma and circumstances beyond his control. The wheel turns crushing him between the gears of Megacorp, the bottom line, and his own beliefs.

Speaking of the title, I must admit, BLACK TIDE was not my first choice even though it works so well you’d think it was. Perhaps all authors go through the same thing, finding the perfect title. My first choice was ‘the Jonah’. Okay we need some background here. Two things come to mind.

First Jonah Mettler was a good friend of mine. It was and still is an honor to have known him. We worked together at a biotech firm fitting pipe and putting mad scientists ideas to work. It had its rewards. The most important being able to work with one of the finest craftsmen I have ever met. This guy was good. During the course of working with Jonah I learned more about myself on a personal level and the way things work on a nuts and bolt level, which created a highly creative work atmosphere. His work ethic is strongly represented in Jake’s character. It was one of the things that drew me to him in the first place. ‘Man this guy loves his work.’ Regardless of what the project was it was guaranteed you’d have the time of your life as long as you worked hard and did your best.

I seem to judge a lot of men by their work ethic, or lack of one. Not that there is anything wrong with that. But to relax well you must first work hard. For how would you know what rest is if you had not been busy doing its opposite? To understand comfort it is good to ride a hard bench for a few years. And as the theory goes, the less rest and comfort you receive the more you appreciate it.

Well Jonah was like that. Perhaps I loved him because he brought out the best in me. His parents were neighbors and when Jonah died I was able to share back all that he had given me.

It was my relationship with his family that brings us to point # two. If you have noticed, the titles used in the ‘anoxic zone’ series have water related titles, naturally. In keeping with that tradition, ‘the Jonah’ fit right in. Maritime usage has ‘the Jonah’ being a bad omen. The original Jonah was thrown overboard for having killed an albatross and thus damning the vessel. It is also the beginning of the tale of Jonah and the belly of the whale wherein the mariner has an epiphany of sorts and the whale barfs him up.

Having Jonah and Jake together at the start of the novel serves to warn the reader of the darker things to come. Jake will spend his time in hell by becoming that darkness, that evil that resides within us all, bringing me to the point. Jonah’s family are avid readers and I did not want their son’s name staring them in the face each time they looked at it. You see, Jonah’s death was not without a certain amount of darkness attached to it. So it is out of love and respect that ‘BLACK TIDE’ was chosen. Without love and respect you end up with the world I write about.

Even the macabre has its upside. This is what I would call the ‘feel good’ book of the year. Feel strange too, disturbed, shocked at what I do with your imagination with intense imagery, but feel good?  Definitely. Chances are you will love your life even more by the time you turn the last page. I mean how could you not, especially after what I do to the characters. This story has all the grit and gore of the first two taking you into the depths of Jake’s, if not your own soul. He struggles to survive when all that makes life worth living is taken away. Jake refuses to let go of his self, when doing so would have been far easier. The agonizing effort at redemption is not without its cost. By himself he could not have done it. Not without the help of some ‘friends.’ A little love goes a long way. Then again I could be wrong.

BLACK TIDE by john g rees

 When your number comes up and Megacorp comes to take the cream of the crop will you be ready to do what it takes to save yourself? Are you willing to forget your own issues and help others with theirs? It is the only way to keep the madness at bay and balance the scales.

Who am I ?

When was the last time you’ve dived into the dark side of your self? Granted for a lot of folks their dark nature is best left locked up tight and kept that way. But it’s still there, for all of us. The other side of our personal coin. One side is the face we show the world. The other lies right behind the eyes, unseen by any except those brave enough to look.

An old friend once commented on the bio picture I chose for the back cover of Halocline, my second book. He said he could see the story of my life in that one shot. Victories, failure, love, hate, loyalty, betrayal, pain and happiness, all in the eyes of his childhood buddy. Though we hadn’t seen each other in 35 five years or more he read me like a book. I just thought it was a cool bad ass sort of head shot. Shocked and ashamed at what he saw  so quickly, it was too late to pull it from publication.

In a few short words, without judgement, he peeled away the skin of illusion. I saw myself the way he saw me, not the way I see me. It was an eye opener. All published authors go through this and stand naked before the world each time they make their work available. I never realized until my first book went to my editor what fear was. Being in a life and death situation comes close to what it feels like. And that’s just the beginning. Every time you read a book or story not only do you get to enjoy a good tale but you get to know the author as well because it’s damn near impossible not to, as an author puts all of their self  into the writing.

In retrospect the photo I chose was appropriate as it shows, like my writing, who I am, the light and the dark. Thanks Don.

On another note, Black Tide, the third book in the anoxic zone series is coming along nicely, with just a few ‘hurry up and wait’ issues. We did a photo shoot for the cover at Ho’okena beach last weekend. Our diver worked hard and we got the shots we needed. Looking forward to a November release. Aloha!