Monday, May 12, 2014

Guest Blog Reconquest: Mother Earth by Carl Alves

I don’t consider myself a science fiction writer.  Although I will dabble in science fiction from time to time, I like to think of myself as a horror and fantasy writer.  Having said that, I have always enjoyed the alien invasion concept.  There have been many variations written on this topic, and I didn’t want the invasion aspect to be the main focus of the novel.  In fact, the alien invasion in my novel lasts for about the first three chapters.  The part I was really interested in writing about what happens after the invasion. 

            The post-invasion is the main focus of the novel.  It combines several different factors that intrigue me.  One is that the alien invasion that occurs is basically an apocalypse of humanity where most of the population gets wiped out.  One of the things I wanted to explore was how people survive when civilization as they know it is destroyed.  A wild card here is that the source of the apocalypse, the aliens, are still around.  So not only do the survivors have to deal with rebuilding society, but there is also the element of the subjugation and enslavement of the population. 

            Above all else, I wanted to make this an action thriller.  Even if you don’t read science fiction at all, I wanted this novel to be interesting and entertaining for that type of reader.  From beginning to end there are loads of action sequence, and the novel can be read as an adventure story.  My main character, Mitch Grace, an ex-SEAL, has to defy the odds in his quest to reconquer the planet from the alien invaders after waking up from a five-year-coma.  I make things very difficult for Mitch and his followers and tried to keep things as realistic as possible

Reconquest: Mother Earth
Carl Alves

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Montag Press

Date of Publication: March 26, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-940233-02-4

Number of pages: 304
Word Count: 75,000

Cover Artist: Jeremy Rathbone

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Book Description:

SEAL Mitch Grace was among the first humans to see the aliens when they landed at the naval base where he was stationed, but like the rest of humanity, he was powerless to stop them. 

Five years later, Mitch awakens from his coma under the care of an alien physician to find that aliens control the planet.  Starting alone, as a one man army, he rallies the surviving humans to build a resistance movement to take the planet back from the alien conquerors. After his capture by the aliens, Mitch is forced into intergalactic slavery to become a gladiator, fighting as the sole representative of the human species. Against all odds and far from home, he lays the plans for the reconquest of his homeland.

Reconquest: Mother Earth is the thrilling combination of Red Dawn, Independence Day, and Gladiator.

About the Author:

Carl went to Boston University majoring in Biomedical Engineering.  Carl graduated with a BS degree, and has since worked in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries.  He later graduated from Lehigh University with an MBA degree.  His debut novel Two For Eternity was released in 2011 by Weaving Dreams Publishing.  His novel Blood Street was released in 2012 by True Grit Publishing.  His novel Reconquest: Mother Earth is scheduled to be released in 2014 by Montag Press.  His short fiction has appeared in various publications such as Blood Reign Lit, Alien Skin, and Dark Eclipse.  He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and has attended the Penn Writers Conference. 

You can visit his website at

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