March 21, 2013

There Comes a Prophet Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway

There Comes a Prophet
Author: David Litwack
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: July 9, 2012
Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing

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Who among us will cast aside a comfortable existence and risk death to follow a dream?

A world kept peaceful for a thousand years by the magic of the ruling vicars. But a threat lurks from a violent past. Wizards from the darkness have hidden their sorcery in a place called the keep and left a trail of clues that have never been solved.

Nathaniel has grown up longing for more but unwilling to challenge the vicars. Until his friend Thomas is taken for a teaching, the mysterious coming-of-age ritual. Thomas returns but with his dreams ripped away. When Orah is taken next, Nathaniel tries to rescue her and ends up in the prisons of Temple City. There he meets the first keeper of the ancient clues. But when he seeks the keep, what he finds is not magic at all.

If he reveals the truth, the words of the book of light might come to pass:

“If there comes among you a prophet saying ‘Let us return to the darkness,’ you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the light.”

"Top 10 Favorite Books and Why?" 

With so many great books, this is such a tough question. I’ll give you ten that come to mind, but there are many more. 

For Whom the Bell Tolls – For the crisp, clean style. Hemingway always lets the situation speak for itself without overwriting. A good example is the scene at the end where Robert Jordan lays dying and tries to convince Maria to leave him, because they’ll always be together. 

To a God Unknown – not Steinbeck’s best, by any means, but the intensity of the story and the passion of the main character left me breathless.

Lord of the Rings – Amazing world building. I’ve always believed Tolkien was actually Gandalf come back to write his memoirs. The world of Middle Earth is just too real to have been made up. 

Childhoods End – What great science fiction should be. A true dystopian novel without lots of gratuitous violence. 

The Night Circus – Original with a haunting, lyrical style.

Molok’ai – A story of a girl who grew up and lived in the infamous leper colony. It should be depressing, but it’s one of the most uplifting stories I’ve read.

The Little Prince – just a wonderful gem of a book.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – The amazing wit of Douglas Adams, who could turn a phrase like no one else. What’s not to love about a book whose main theme is: Don’t panic and don’t forget your towel. 

Achilles in Vietnam – non-fiction. I read it as research for my new novel, Along the Watchtower. If you’re interested in the effects war has on people, it’s a masterwork. It compares the war trauma of Vietnam vets to what was experienced by the warriors at Troy, as described in Homer’s The Odyssey. 

A Canticle for Leibowitz – Unfortunately dated, due to its emphasis on nuclear holocaust (No one cares any more—there’s no nuclear weapons—oh, wait . . .) But if you want a truly scary dystopia, try this. 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and sharing your favorite books with us David!

The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter's editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned. There Comes a Prophet is his first  novel in this new stage of life.

David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor. 

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1 comment:

  1. This looks wonderful. I've actually never read any Dystopian. Perhaps this will be my first! Added to my TBR & Wish List. :)

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