Thursday, August 1, 2019

Metrofloat New York

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. William Quincy Belle will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC or PayPal cash to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

A Post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi thriller.

Several hundred years in the future, Earth is a different planet. Antigravity has been invented and “flying” has given way to “floating”: giant platforms with cities remain above the growing surface temperatures as enclaves of the privileged. A global pandemic has wiped out 80% of those on the ground, and a virulent, flesh-eating disease, necrofasc, has left most with artificial body parts. Insects are the main food staple. A utopia for some, a dystopia for others.

Metrofloat New York, a futuristic city of thirty million, is run by an oligarchy of five rich and powerful people. An unknown assassin, working from within the system, attempts to seize control and declare himself dictator by methodically removing all rivals. Detective Matthew Heart of the Metropolitan Police must deal with his partner, a cyborg policewoman, his unofficial family, a transgender woman and her one-legged daughter, and a mysterious assailant bent on taking over the world by killing anyone who stands in his way.

Read an Excerpt:

Alan and Terry were skinny enough to slip through the security perimeter into the antigravity zone. Already, they heard the pounding of the AG machines. Workers in the area often wore ear protection, as the constant noise could damage their hearing, but when one is young and foolish, protection is for wimps. They climbed down to the lowest scaffolding and looked out over the panorama below. The ground was a good kilometer down, speckled with the twinkling lights of the settlement. Each light was a potential target for a jump-and-grab, so tonight looked to be an excellent opportunity.

Rumors had been circulating around the high school for over a year about thrill seekers doing the unthinkable: bungee jumping from the metrofloat. Alan and Terry had pooled their money and bought the latest in equipment, including a controllable elasticized cable, a double-safety ankle harness, and a precision-positioning system with automatic height detection. The flexible anchor allowed them to set up the bungee in any location in record time, so they could get in, jump, and get out before the authorities knew they were violating restricted areas.

Alan would make the first attempt. He had decked himself with various tools attached to his belt and a helmet with a lamp. He had double-checked his ankle connectors and made sure the safety harness was in place. Terry gave him the once-over, enumerating each item out loud so they both knew they had checked everything. Alan climbed over the railing and held on as Terry fed out the cable so it was free and clear of the scaffolding.

Quivering with excitement, Alan looked over at his friend. Terry grinned and gave him a thumbs-up. Alan turned back to the open space, took a deep breath, and spread his arms out. He bent his knees and pushed off into a swan dive.

Alan had ten seconds of free fall before the cable slowed his descent — ten seconds of weightlessness as the wind whistled by his head. It was peaceful. And surreal. It wasn’t every day somebody jumped from a height of a thousand meters.

Looking toward the ground when he jumped, Alan twisted as he now fell, upside down, and brought his head up to look off into the distance. The light from his helmet flashed on something. He swept his head back and forth until the object was visible again. There was a human body three meters from him, free-falling at the same rate. It tumbled in the air. Judging by the looseness of the limbs, Alan guessed the person was unconscious. Or dead. Wouldn’t somebody falling to their death be thrashing about?

About the Author:

William Quincy Belle is just a guy. Nobody famous; nobody rich; just some guy who likes to periodically add his two cents worth with the hope, accounting for inflation, that $0.02 is not over evaluating his contribution. He claims that at the heart of the writing process is some sort of (psychotic) urge to put it down on paper and likes to recite the following, which so far he hasn't been able to attribute to anyone: "A writer is an egomaniac with low self-esteem." You will find Mr. Belle's unbridled stream of consciousness floating around in cyberspace.

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  1. Thanks so much for both the book description and giveaway as well. I enjoy hearing about another good book.

  2. Thank you for participating in this book tour. Being an indie author is an uphill struggle.

    According to Wikipedia, there are 2.2 million new books published each year, 300,000 in the U.S., 150,000 in the United Kingdom, 20,000 in Canada. The book review section of The Washington Post states they get 150 new titles each day. Each day! What are the chances of anyone getting noticed? Even if somebody has written the next classic, there’s the harsh reality of statistics. Having the public choose any particular book out of the annual American field of 300,000 strikes me as being the equivalent of winning the literary lottery. Congratulations, E. L. James: over 70 million copies of the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy sold.

    By the way, the above is about new books published each year. According to Google, there are over 150 million books in existence! Literary lottery, indeed!

    There's a lot of junk out there, which means the public is leery of investing their time in anything unknown. Who wants the literary equivalent of bad movie? "I want two hours of my life back." Cheers to the risk-takers who brought E. L. James to the forefront.

    I appreciate you taking the risk.

    All the best to you in your world. :-)

  3. Your book sounds interesting. I hope that it is a success.

  4. A Post-apocalyptic SciFi Thriller: A cop teams up with a cyborg policewoman to find a dead killer who's still killing in a floating (antigravity) city.

    Metrofloat New York

    Currently 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon

    Interested, but not yet committed to reading the book? Visit my web site for a longer excerpt.

    Still wondering? Here’s what reviewers are saying.

    5 Star Review: Suspenseful and Thrilling Future Dystopian
    "If you love Dystopian science fiction of the near future, you'll love METROFLOAT NEW YORK. I did, and I'd like to see sequels, a series! In the future, cities float, a kilometer above the Earth. On the surface are Farm Settlements (FS), designed to provide agricultural needs for the floating urban environments, which of course house the wealthy upper classes. On the surface the masses are suffused with crime, poverty, and despair. Yet on Metrofloat New York, all is not sweetness, light, and wealthy expenditure. There is implacable death, inexplicable in its logic, but nevertheless sweeps like a juggernaut, taking life where it will, and for its own reasons.

    METROFLOAT NEW YORK is plausible, stimulating, and deeply-characterized, with suspense sufficient to keep the reader up all night."

    5 Star Review: Murder...Floating Cities and Cars...Awesome....
    "A global pandemic swept the Earth several hundred years ago with a flesh eating disease killing almost everyone. Anyone who was left alive was very lucky if the disease only took one leg or one arm. Most lost both legs or arms and some even half their bodies.

    Earth is now divided with the rich folks living in cities floating above the ground and the poor people live on the ground and are called grounders. Detective Heart one of the grounders once lived in the floating city Metrofloat New York until he was thrown out. Heart has been a grounder for almost five years now and works for the Metropolitan Police.

    Someone is going around killing members of the oligarchy. The members of oligarchy council consist only of the most powerful and rich. Detective Heart is assigned to find out who is killing the council members. Detective Heart also gets himself a new partner in the deal. His new partner is a woman cyborg from Metrofloat New York. Who is going around killing the council members and why? What do they hope to gain by killing the council member?

    I love dystopian and science fiction novels and truly enjoyed reading Metrofloat. The world building was awesome and I really loved trying to picture the floating city and the cars, amazing. It sort of reminded me of Bruce Willis’ movie The Fifth Element. Metrofloat New York pulled me in from the first page and kept me hooked from beginning to end. The characters were all amazing in their own way. I can’t wait to read more about the floating cities and the two detectives Heat and Stanton.

    If you like a good dystopian/science fiction with a twist of mystery then you are going to love Metrofloat New York."

  5. Happy Friday! I can't wait to check this one out :)

  6. Best of luck to everyone on the Giveaway

  7. How long did it take you to write your book?

    1. Years. The manuscript spent a great deal of time in a drawer, and periodically, I'd pull it out, dust it off, and add something to it, and then I'd put it away. Living my life, holding down a full-time job, etc. can keep me busy.

      But finally, inspiration took hold and I sprinted for the finish line. And voilĂ !


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