Tomorrow, my second book in the Ranger Martin series releases. That sentence makes it sound as if something’s about to escape the San Diego Zoo. From what I know, literature doesn’t eat people. At least I don’t think it does. So I wouldn’t worry about wild books named Ranger Martin and the Alien Invasion running rampant in the streets. It’s just not going to happen—although you may encounter a slightly crazed author attempting to sell you his novel. And I use the word “attempting” in the loosest of terms because half the time, I have no clue what I’m doing.
I mean, I’d rather drive around aimlessly than spare myself the embarrassment of asking for directions. That’s how one year my family and I made it through Maine to Nova Scotia. How else do you think I’ve survived this long? I’m sure others are the same way. Same goes for bland theater popcorn. The idea of rising from my comfortable seat, knocking knees with the folks blocking the aisle all in a bid to get extra butter at the concession stand sounds like a lot of work to me. Instead, I’ll sit quietly never really knowing that I could have had more flavor for my snack during scenes of the latest Transformers film.
I’m not very good talking about myself either. I’m terrible at it. I have a Facebook page and Twitter account, and I post stuff on there, but I don’t like being intrusive. Trust me, I could do better with these days I have to talk about my book. It’s something that does not come naturally and takes me forever to come up with words that wouldn’t make me sound like I’m bragging. Because that’s what I don’t want to do—sound like I’m bragging.
For this reason, I’m dedicating this Monday Mayhem post to my Review Team. These folks volunteered their time and energy to read Ranger Martin and the Alien Invasion in order not only to provide me feedback, but also to give potential readers an honest opinion. It’s best hearing what they have to say than for me to open my mouth so you can watch my brains fall out.
Meet the Review Team
Kristin’s The Faithful Elephant—“The moment you open the book, you are immediately immersed into the action. There really is no hesitation.”
Rhyanna’s Reads—“This book is one fantastic pile of pages. The book is one of the more exciting stories that I have read. It has action, and some funny, silly, and active characters!… This book is so wild that almost everyone will love and read it!”
K. Andrews’ Barnfullawalkers—“Ranger Martin and the Alien Invasion is a madcap ride, a rollicking read, that will keep you turning the pages well past bedtime. Flacco weaves a tapestry of imagery, dialogue and intrigue in his tale of zombie apocalypse and world’s end that I find endlessly compelling as a reader, and truly inspiring as a writer…Flacco shows his skill as a writer and a storyteller as he weaves these fantastic elements together in a way that is enthralling, believable, and quite simply, unforgettable.”
Sandi Layne’s Writing from time…to time—“Though the title indicates there is an alien invasion—and there is—this is still a zombie story, complete with constant attacks by the walking undead as well as government cover-ups and entirely human bad guys.”
Karen Oberlaender’s My Train of Thoughts on…—“This story is as cleverly elaborated as the first one, has a pleasant flow, focuses on its protagonists and their strategy to save the human race, as well on ethical values.”
Jolene Cecil’s Valley Girl Gone Country—“I have to say that the twists and unexpected turns of this story will leave you stunned…unlike in a movie theater where one can cover their eyes with their hands shielding them from watching the impending doom of the characters on the screen, I couldn’t do that. I had to keep reading.”
Adrienne’s greatsnaps, goodtimes and me—“Readers beware: Flacco is also not afraid to kill characters. This made me very happy because what is an action, suspense novel without a few shockers? Sometimes he even lets you get to know the characters, become attached to them, and then BAM! They’re gone.”
Shy’s .:shy:.—“Ranger Martin’s ‘sidekicks’ are sometimes anything but sidekicks as some (a.k.a. Matty, a fiery teen) are just as gutsy as he is when it comes to crushing zombie skulls. I’m looking forward to reading the first book so I can witness some of the early events responsible for building these relationships.”
Mei-Mei’s Jedi by Night—“Ranger is exactly the kind of guy you want with you when facing down the undead: solid instincts, quick thinking, and of course a good shot. But he’s facing more than zombies; there are some extraterrestrial visitors in town, and they don’t seem friendly.”
The L. Palmer Chronicles—“Any good adventure also needs a great central villain. While the zombie is a unified hoard of un-death, General Grayson is a twisted, cold psychopath in search of only his own survival in this invasion. His cruelty and intelligence combine to make him a formidable enemy, and one who pushes Ranger Martin to his limits.”
The Scarlet Loser—“It’s hard to tell who to root for and who the real enemies are in the story. As soon as you pick a side, that side either dies or does something that you find morally questionable. When you decide that you don’t like a character, that character shows a hint of a redeemable quality that makes you wonder from where the character’s motives really stem.”
Kim’s Tranquil Dreams—“I have to say that adding aliens to the equation is very smart. It’s not just zombies but now it gets worse when you add in an unknown thing that has unknown capabilities like aliens. It’s a whole different ballgame and it makes for an exciting adventure. That’s how I felt while I was reading this novel.”
The Opening Sentence—“There isn’t a wall or car windscreen in north America that isn’t now painted with someone’s brain. For the alien horror fans there are plenty of airshafts and cornfields to have your jollies well and truly freaked out.”
Molly’s Hot2Molly—“From the very first sentence, Ranger Martin and the Alien Invasion draws you in. The action begins instantly and Jack’s descriptive, compelling writing style feels both new and thrilling as well as familiar and comfortable – like you’re watching your favorite zombie movie come to life through words.”
Karina’s Live with Courage—“The very bestest, bestest, best part of the whole novel, though, is that there are strong female characters…none are cowering lacy dresses who talk nothing but boys and play the ‘woe-is-me-I’m-such-a-victim’ card. They all rise to the challenge and meet it head on. If the author was aiming for greater-than-life female characters that girls could look up to in tough times, I believe he nailed it.”
RANGER MARTIN AND THE ALIEN INVASION, on sale tomorrow.
54 thoughts on “My Second Book Release”
Woo-Hoo, exciting stuff. I’m so happy for you, Jack! They say “break a leg” to actors going onstage. What does one say to authors, especially someone who figuratively gave birth to Ranger Martin, zombie-killer extraordinaire?! Probably goes back to that Vonnegut writing tip about putting even your sweetest characters through hell and back (but I’m paraphrasing). Again, huge congratulations and much luck to you, though I doubt you need it!
Thanks, Leigh! Maybe for a writer it’s more like, “break an arm.” Or perhaps for a zombie writer, “I hope you break your neck!” But maybe that’s a bit extreme! 😉
Congratulations and good luck with book two Jack 🙂
Thank you, Andrea! I had such a blast writing it! 🙂
Congratulations! The reviews sound great and I wish you much success with your second book. 🙂 The mention of books eating people reminded me of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. There is a monster book of monsters and it attempts to bite people. I’m very glad yours won’t be that vicious.
Thanks, Melissa! One of these days I’ll have to read that book! 🙂
Oh fine! Now I’ve got another series I have to add to my reading list! Dammit Jim! Um, sorry, Jack.
Ha! It’s a pleasure to aggravate–I mean–entertain you! 😉
I do love 1-click. Looks good on my tablet. 🙂
Thanks, Jeff! I love it, too! 🙂
Congrats! You should feel really proud of what you’ve accomplished. I had fun reading the book and I know everyone else will, too!
Congratulations my good man. Good luck with the release and all that you do 🙂
Thanks! It’s going to be a busy one tomorrow, for sure! 🙂
Splendid. Enjoy it and savour it. 🙂
Congratulations on your second book release!
Thanks, I appreciate the kind words!
Congratulations with your release. And many thanks for stopping by my blog. I appreciate it.
Thanks, Connie! Great to enjoy your support! 🙂
Good luck with the book launch…
Thanks a lot, Stevie! I appreciate your support!
Wow that it is a huge review team. Congrats, Jack!
Thanks, Catherine! 🙂
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Get ready for the return of Ranger Martin!
Charles! Thank you for reblogging my post! You are incredible!
You’re welcome. Good luck tomorrow.
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A release worthy of attention, since it is tomorrow.
Thanks so very much for the reblog, John! 🙂
Best of luck with the release, Jack! Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to read the book in advance and offer up a review.
Thank you! It was great having you as part of the review team!
Good luck with your release! That’s a great review team you have there. 🙂
Thank you, Christa! I’m incredibly grateful for all the work the review team has done also. They are a terrific bunch of folks!
What! Zombies v. Aliens v. People? I am really looking forward to your story.
Thanks! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂
Great reviews Jack! Mazel tov!
Thank you, Molly! Your review was awesome, and I’m so glad you were on my review team!
Thanka and my pleasure!
Mad props, Jack Flacco, and congratulations on your new book release. Enjoy the wild ride!
Thanks so much, Katie! 🙂 Loved your review of my book as well! 🙂
Good luck with the review. Maybe a pack of rabid books running through the streets giving people papercuts isn’t a bad idea for marketing. Though one rainstorm and they’d be ruined.
Thanks, Charles! That’s exactly what I was thinking when writing the post. A papercut can kill!
I think there’s a Weird Al song that mentions such a fate. ‘Everything You Know Is Wrong’, I believe.
I had to look it up. It’s from the 1996 album Bad Hair Day. Pretty gory about the 35 second mark. Love it!
Wow. Didn’t realize the album was that old. I have it and now I feel like I need a walker to get around.
Reminds me of the pulp. Great going and continue with the writing. You have met the Zombie and he lost.
Thanks so much, Barry! Zombies definitely lose something! 😉
Great blog post, Jack! As Karina stated …strong female character… Matty is a perfect fit for your ‘Women who wow’ category.
Thanks, Karen! And I appreciate your review as well!
” Ranger Martin ” – The title evokes the days of pulp – fiction & 1930’s & 1940’s movie serials ( Which I’m really too ** young ** to remember, despite being 56 yrs old. 🙂 )
Ha! Thanks, Zathra! Yes, I didn’t really think of it that way!
The title reminds me of Commando Cody serials I saw reruns of as a kid. B & W, special FX were still in their infancy, actors like Leonard Nimoy & Wm. Shatner got their start there. & pulp fiction art ( cover & story ) is gallery – exhibit worthy !