The GOTU squad has been loosed upon the world. I have been humbled and gratified by the response. It has made the hard work that went into the book worth it…and has been great encouragement to complete the second in the series, which has the working title of Shadows. I’ve written over 50,000 words so far, going at a rate of 1,000 to 2,000 words a day and having a great time watching the story develop. Man, these boys can get into a lot of action!
The lessons I learned writing and working with editors on GOTU is showing in Shadows. I’m keeping the story faced-paced and multifaceted and continue to explore the human side of the character’s lives. We are transitioning from a police squad to a counterterrorism team, but the ingrained police training is still there. It makes for some interesting emotional shifts for the men and some interesting acts of courage. You’ll see growth in some of the key characters as they take on leadership roles in tough situations…just like in real life.
The geography is also changing. So far, we take on criminals and terrorists in Bangkok, Mindanao, Taiwan, Vladivostok and North Korea. We will be going other places before the book is finished. The action is rooted in historical fact, which makes it a great learning experience for me as I study the era. I have gained a great deal of knowledge in state sponsored terrorism and it doesn’t make me sleep any better at night.
After we get through a couple of edits, I plan to post previews on this site. I hope you give them a gander and if you have any ideas of what the boys should be doing or what trouble they can get into let me know by going on the contact section of the site. I read every message and respond. Actually, you can let me know of any ideas you have now! I’d love to hear from you.
Thank you for your support and comments about GOTU. They make my day.