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Battleframe: The Mindwars (Volume 1) Paperback – March 15, 2015
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From the Author
I'm Michael Gilmour, the author of Battleframe. Here are a number of questions that I get asked a lot and my thoughts on how The Mindwars series came into being.
Where did you get the idea for the book? "I've been playing and writing computer games since I was thirteen. The inspiration for Battleframe came from the accumulated adventures I had with my friends. Many of the characters in the novel are actually the avatar names of people that I've been playing with for years. It was a lot of fun blending the multiple worlds of Battleframe together and seeing the reaction of my comrades at arms."
What traits and other tidbits do you share with your main character? "Whizzbang is a nickname that I've been using since I first starting playing RPG's and PC games. I was brought up to always strive for excellence and Whizzbang has this trait. I would come home from school with a 95% for a maths test and my mother would immediately ask me what happened to the 5%? I didn't understand it at the time but I now realise that you only learn from the 5%. Whizzbang is the same, he's the best at his craft and doesn't settle for being second best."
Did any of your inspiration for this book originate in your real life experiences? "No it didn't. It really came from my imagination that has been fuelled by years of gaming and scifi books. I should say that many of the characters are based on real people."
What made you decide to self-publish? "As an unknown author I'm very well aware that the odds of snagging a traditional publisher is next to zero. I'm a bit of a pragmatist and decided to go the independent route and if all goes well become known. It's much easier for a publisher to bet on you once you've sold a lot of copies of your book."
Are there any specific authors whose writing styles or subject matter inspired your book? "I really like Brandon Sanderson's writing style. He doesn't get bogged down in providing the reader with enormous amounts of detail and yet he provides enough to paint the overall picture of what's happening. Rather than having pages and pages of prose I tried to move descriptions into dialogue and give the whole novel a really fast paced feel."
Do you have another project in the works? If so, what is it? "I'm about 25% of the way through the second book in The Mindwars series. Let me say that it starts off immediately where Battleframe finishes and thrusts the reader straight into the action. I'm yet to name the second book and although I have an overall direction I'm still likely to chop and change quite a bit."
When you self-publish, do you do it all yourself? "There's not a chance that I could have completed Battleframe without my close support network. My wife, best friend and father all read various beta-writes and providing invaluable feedback. My son has now completed a final read through and also provided some great insights into the various characters and their interactions.
One of the best decisions I made was contracting an artist to draw the artwork for the cover. I'm sure you will agree that Sebastien Hue did an amazing job in capturing the last scene in the book."
From the Back Cover
Resource rich planet Alpha Three becomes the focus of a galactic wide conflict. In the midst of a remorseless Scourge invasion a lone human battleframe pilot, call-sign Whizzbang, strives to find and rescue his closest friend from the invaders.
With the extermination of the human colony seemingly inevitable, Whizzbang's squad of veteran pilots struggle to turn the tide of the war. Just when he thinks they may have a chance, members of the squad begin vanishing before his eyes and the odds of winning the battle become slim to none.
The mysterious nano-robots, unknowingly developed by an alien intelligence, appear to be all that will enable humanity to survive the onslaught. But all is not what it seems as the micro-machines begin to dramatically transform Whizzbang's friends in astounding ways.
Safe within his command dome, the enemy General plots on how he can cover the world in the enigmatic Barrier, a force that kills humans in seconds. It is then that Whizzbang discovers that the Earth may be the next Scourge target.
Book one in The Mindwars opens with our galaxy in turmoil and humanity on the brink of extinction.
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The mystery of the Elders, who they are and what they hope to accomplish, is fodder for future installments and kept me guessing throughout the story. The twist in the plot approximately half way through was well thought-out and a delightful surprise. The "family" aspect of the story was really the best part and how it wove into the adventure was quite skillful on the author's part.
Although it is a Science Fiction novel, you don't have to be a Sci-Fi enthusiast to enjoy this unique, exciting and easy to read story of a family and friends out to save the world. Kudos to Michael Gilmour! Bring on Mindwars Book 2.