Not an interview today, but an excerpt and a giveaway. Woot, that’s even better! The giveaway is for a $25 amazon gift card, 3 paperback copies and 3 eBook copies of “Atlas”, a military science fiction novel. Of course, the excerpt is from that book as well. Enjoy!
“So, how do you like ATLAS PT?” Instructor Piker said. He had a big sarcastic grin on his face. “Beats sitting at home with your feet up on the couch, munching on a bag of chips and watching the latest gay porn on your aReal don’t it?”
As usual, teamwork was essential here. We motivated each other as best we could, but someone inevitably would tire and make a mistake, causing the ATLAS to drop to the sand. The crews were being beat up left and right by the instructors because of that. Some individuals were singled out and forced to do pushups while the crews struggled on with one less man. One guy on my crew quit while we were doing pushups with the ATLAS balanced on our backs. Not fun.
“You all look like studs,” Instructor Piker said while we were struggling through the pushups, one man short. “Especially you, Mr. Galaal. Do you have any tips on getting pussy?”
I was used to this sort of abuse by now and it didn’t bother me. “That’s a negative, sir!”
“Come on, a stud like you, and you have no tips on getting pussy? Oh. I get it. You’re gay. The only tips you can give me are on getting a piece of ass.”
He focused on Alejandro next. “Mr. Hernandez! You are flagging. You’re the weakest person in this class. Are you going to make me punish your classmates because you can’t keep up? Are you?”
“Wooyah Instructor!” Alejandro said. He wasn’t flagging. He was keeping up. He was one of the hardest workers here. I had no idea why Piker was saying that about him, when he was giving it his all, like me.
“Leave him alone,” I said.
I don’t know why I said it. I should have kept my mouth shut.
Instructor Piker spun toward me like a shark sensing blood. “Why, hello again Mr. Galaal.”
He smashed a handful of sand into my face while I did my pushups. Then another handful. And another. I’d scrunched up my face, but my nostrils were full of sand, and my whole nose was throbbing–he’d hit pretty hard. My cheeks were burning were the grit had dug in. I kept my eyes shut tight, and worked through the pain.
“You really are gay, aren’t you Mr. Galaal?” Piker said.
“Negative, Instructor!” I managed, breath heaving.
“Are you and Mr. Hernandez playing with each other’s buttholes at night?”
“You’re lucky I don’t send your whole crew to sea immersion for being gay. In fact, that’s an excellent idea. The six of you go cool down in the ocean for a while. For being gay.”
Author: Isaac Hooke
Genre: Military Science Fiction
Rade Galaal enrolls in the hardest military training known to man to become a member of the MOTHs, the most elite fighting unit in the galaxy. MOTHs are tacticians, corpsmen, snipers, astronauts and commandos rolled into one. They also happen to pilot the atomic-powered ATLAS mechs, specialized military hardware that brings new meaning to the phrase “one-man-army.”
When Special Warfare Command orders MOTH Team Seven on a covert operation 8,000 light-years beyond the furthest reaches of explored space, Rade realizes he’s signed up for more than he bargained for…
Isaac Hooke is the author of the upcoming military science fiction novel, ATLAS. His experimental genre-bending action novel THE FOREVER GATE was an Amazon #1 bestseller in both the science fiction and fantasy categories when it was released in May 2013.
When Isaac isn’t writing, publishing, and blogging, he’s busy cycling and taking pictures in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
He’s been writing since 1997, and he has a degree in Engineering Physics.
You can follow Isaac on Twitter @IsaacHooke and his website IsaacHooke.com.
ATLAS comes out Christmas 2013. Sign-up to be notified here: http://bit.ly/atlaslist
In the meantime, you can check out a couple of short stories set in the ATLAS universe:
“Just Another Day” – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GIOXESM
and “Caterpillar Without A Callsign” – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GZJQQUS/
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18714917-atlas
There’s a tour-wide giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card, 3 paperback copies of Atlas, and 3 digital copies of Atlas. Participate here: