It should have been easy – pick up a drunk Italian in a fifth-rate Shanghai dive, and then deliver him unharmed to an Irish guy in Foochow Road.
A small simple job, just what Felice Sabatini needed to pay his way out of town.
Nice and smooth.
But this, of course, was before the guys in black pajamas, with their throwing stars.
Before the knife-fight in the back of a runaway rickshaw.
Before the gunfight on the bank of the Foochow Creek, and the dragon waiting in the depths of the river.
Before the Irish guy turned out to be a Chinese woman, and beautiful.
They said it would be easy.
Well, they lied.
The Ministry of Thunder is my first true novel – all 75.000 words of it.
It’s a historical fantasy novel, written in the style of a pulp of old – but trying to keep a modern twist in it.
So, you could say it’s new pulp fantasy.
My novel is set in China and the Far East in 1936…
Yes, I know, I know…
I bored the readers of Karavansara to death with posts about my book while I was revising the manuscript – and I’ll bore you some more, ladies and gentlemen, in the next few days*.
My story starts in Shanghai and ends in the Desert of Unavoidable Death, and in the grand pulp tradition it features everything but the kitchen sink (I’m saving that for the sequel)… and this means there’s stories, monsters, weird places, historical facts and folk ballads, dauntless heroes and creepy bad guys I’d like to tell you about.
Like that road where all the night clubs used to be, and that was a desert by day but by night…
But we’ll talk later about that.
Right now, The Ministry of Thunder is out and it can be bought wherever fine ebooks are sold, in both epub and mobi format (and I guess in a few other strange formats, too).
Should you decide to pint your browsers to the online shop of Acheron Books, you’ll get a 30% discount on the price tag – which is a nice thing, I guess.
And you’ll also find a number of other excellent novels, by Italy’s finest.
I should know – I’m one of them.
* I’ll alternate posts, so you won’t be completely, utterly totally bored out of your mind.