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Whiplash: Book 1 - A Rust Chronicles Novel Paperback – November 8, 2021

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A fast-paced urban fantasy filled with action, intrigue, and suspense, Whiplash: A Rust Chronicles Novel is an absolute blast to read.

Author Morgan Quaid weaves an intricate plot full of twists and turns set in a unique world that keeps your eyes glued to the pages.

At times, Whiplash feels like a hybrid between the Hollywood blockbusters
Inception, The Matrix, and The Maze Runner, which gives birth to something uniquely authentic and creative.

The characters are compelling, with hidden motives and agency that add layers to their outward personalities. Jack (Aster) is a likable protagonist who is easy to root for. As the plot moves forward, you find yourself increasingly hooked by the unexpected reveals.

- Reader's Favorite

An utterly surprising read that genuinely hooked me, with a compelling protagonist, and a slew of twists I honestly didn't see coming.

Jack [the protagonist] was extremely likable to me. He's mouthy but funny. He's nerdy enough to be an underdog character, and his go-with-the-flow wit meant there was never a time when I found him anything but enjoyable, funny, and interesting.

The pacing was also very well done. I was about halfway through the book before I realized I was truly hooked, but there were enough mysteries and unanswered questions for the first half that I was never bored. And then the second half of the book was a rapid procession of twists, surprises, and action, with an ending that packed a kick.

I would happily and without reservation recommend Whiplash to anyone looking for a gripping read!

 - The International Review of Books

Whiplash [is] violent, crude, and sometimes horrifying but it's also teeming with funny quips from the main character. It's an intensely fun read, one that always has another trick up its sleeve and never misses an opportunity to pull the rug out from under the reader.

The action is breathless and well-choreographed, sometimes moving at such a fast pace that I had to go back over a page and see who made it out alive. Readers will find it hard to put
Whiplash down.

- San Francisco Book Review

From the Author

Whiplash began with a single sentence: "It begins with a knock on my door at 3 am."

From that point on, the protagonist,
Jack, is thrown into a series of spiraling situations which forever change his life and the trajectory of the world around him.

I wanted to write an epic fantasy story, but without the tradition pacing and expansive world-building descriptions that often typify the fantasy genre. I love the idea of reader being introduced to a vast fantasy world through the perspective of a character who is thrown left and right at a cracking pace. The reader is given short glimpses of the wider universe, but the story stays tightly bound to its protagonist.

I also love the idea of both reader and protagonist being in the dark as to what's going on. Slowly, both reader and protagonist start to understand more of the reasons why they have been caught up in this bizarre series of events, but with each new answered question, more questions arise.

The story itself was relatively quick to write and seemed to fall into place easily as I wrote each chapter. The world surrounding Whiplash, on the other hand, took years of work to craft. I ended up having to write a short history to the
Traumwelt (the world of Dreams in which Whiplash is partly set), as well as a collection of short stories (Rust Chronicles Vol 1) just to flesh out many of the themes and underlying concepts of the surrounding universe.

To date three books in the Whiplash series have been written and I'm currently in the process of working through book four. I have no idea how many books there will be in the series, but I'd say it will be a while before Jack's story is fully told.

Several origin stories will also be released, including books focusing on:
  • The Shackled Man and Shadowfang,
  • Absinthe Annie,
  • Nick Holden (crime novel).
The next cab off the rank is Rust Chronicles Volume 1, a collection of short stories, artwork and music which provides some background to the dream city Rust and some of the main characters who appear in it. While Whiplash is aimed more at a Young Adult audience, Rust Chronicles is targeted more to adults and more advanced readers.

I'm looking forward to sharing more of the Rust Chronicles universe with readers and will even look to produce a series of comic books and graphic novels in the near future.

I'm an indie author, so I love getting in touch with readers about all things
Rust related. If you've got questions or just want to get in touch, reach out to me and ask away.

Morgan Quaid
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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Markosia Enterprises (November 8, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 322 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1914926285
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1914926280
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8.7 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 4.37 x 0.67 x 7 inches
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Morgan Quaid is a writer of speculative fiction, specializing in comics, graphic novels, short stories and fast-paced, first person novels. Quaid’s writing tends to blend concision and fast-moving plots with epic sci-fi/fantasy themes, creating stories that often have more in common with film rather than traditional novels.

Key works include, Whiplash, Rust Chronicles, Shadow's Daughter, Idle Thuggery, Enmity, The Blood Below.

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