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The Jonah Trilogy by Anthony Caplan is on virtual book tour. The science fiction stops at Readeropolis with an author interview. Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $20 Amazon GC and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).




1. Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why?

Yes, I would, assuming the person I was intending to save was innocent. I can't think of a law that I would obey in that case. But of course life does not work in neat binary categories of innocence or guilt. It's those grey areas that get us in trouble. In general, my first instinct is to see the law as just a social utility to keep order. It is useful, but love is a much higher law. 

2. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?

The difference is a matter of consciousness. An amoeba is alive, but is not, we believe, capable of knowledge of a higher order. Being alive is being conscious of our relationship to others and our mortality and not freezing in fear at the suffering that is also a part of life. To truly live is to be unafraid. Of course, we could be wrong about the amoeba.

3.What motivates you to write?

 The mystery is that it keeps me truly living in some strange way although it also cuts me off from much of daily life. Also it probably functions much like any addiction in that I have come to depend on it for pleasure.

4. Why do humans want children?

It's hard-wired. The pleasure we get in the company of our own children is unmatched by any other.  The chance to do better than our parents is also a huge motivation. Then when we inevitably fail at raising the perfect offspring, we can spoil our grandchildren and claim any of their successes as our own.

5. What was the biggest challenge in creating your book?

The biggest practical challenge for me is always finding the time to write. On this book I also had to spend time before writing, researching and reading specifically on aspects of artificial intelligence, AI, biometrics and other technologies that I wanted to use in my story. Now of course the biggest challenge is getting the word out and finding readers.

6. What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far?

The most important skill we often fail to teach intentionally is adaptability and resilience. Underneath that, of course, is the faith that we are part of a much larger order of things. 

7. How do you handle personal criticism?

Very hard. Not very reflective or sane at all. But I'm getting better. Obviously you can't act on your worst impulses. It depends on the context, but my first thought is always to find the flaw in the other person's argument and counter-attack. What I’m learning is that doesn't work and sometimes the best approach is to take a step back and think before responding.

8. Why should people read The Jonah Trilogy?

First of all it's well-written. It's inspirational and entertaining. And it's a story reflecting some of our current concerns with technology and our decaying civilization. But mostly it's a rousing read about a young woman who discovers her innate heroism.

9. Why is there something rather than nothing?


That is a question at the very forefront of theoretical physics. Beyond my own remit as a writer? Maybe not. My own feeling is that it is a question unanswerable by science at the present time and so we turn to the artists and visionaries. Something to do with love is the short answer. 



Savior
The Jonah Trilogy Book 1
by Anthony Caplan
Genre: Science Fiction

A father and son stumble into the secret world of the Santos Muertos, a crime cartel bent on global domination. The son must find his father and keep the secret of the ancient Mayan code underlying the creation of matter in the universe from falling into the wrong hands.



A story of sacrifice and love.

Editorial Reviews:

Set in a dystopian near-future, Savior is genre-breaking reading at its best . . . a fascinating combination of high adventure and interpersonal relationships that keep Savior an exciting, unpredictable read right up to its emotionally charged (and satisfying) conclusion.”
Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

The story opened strong and it kept that level throughout…This is definitely a story of love and sacrifice.” Highway-YA 

The author did a superb job on creating the characters, going deep into the psycho analysis of their behavior. The plot is very well constructed….The plot is very intense and it is guaranteed that you will be hooked from the first page on this incredible adventure, showing that a love between father and son has no limits. I recommend this book to the permanent library of all readers that enjoy a very well written novel and want to be entertained.”
Roberto Mattos, Books and Movies Reviews 

The use of language is intelligent, and unexpected in today’s thriller/dystopian genres, with turns of phrase that startle with their elegance without ripping the reader away from the plot or descriptions . . . It is exemplary in its stellar use of language, its complex plot and characterizations, its ability to derive truths and fallacies and the thin veil separating them.”
Diane Nelson, Sand in My Shoes Reviews

I enjoyed the characters very much and the development of the plot line kept me interested to the end. The Canadian connection made it even more exciting.” 
J.C., Rockwood, Ontario






The Victor's Heritage
The Jonah Trilogy Book 2

"Is this the future of America?"
"Excellently uncomfortable and engaging."
"A fast paced read that takes you places.".

An intricately woven, futuristic tale, The Victor's Heritage parallels contemporary events. It is 2045. America has been shattered into two countries. Democravia and the Republican Homeland. Peace between the two continental rivals is always fragile.

˃˃˃ Rebellious teens seek to forge their own path, but is that always so terrible?

Corrag is one such teen who has been forced into a world that she is ill-prepared for and yet is ready to embrace new ideas and concepts far from the standard "party" lines.

˃˃˃ In this latest installment of Caplan's The Jonah Trilogy, he captures the force of youth, of coming of age, of new awareness that is put together into a tale that never lets up!

Drunken Druid Book Awards




The Saints of David
The Jonah Trilogy Book 3

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN IS NOW!

WILL CORRAG AND BEN REACH DAVID'S TOWER?

WILL THE AUGMENT SURVIVE?
FIND OUT IN THIS FAST-PACED, PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER



Corrag and Ben are on the run along with members of their renegade theater group -- the last of the free brained creative folk against the enslaved people of the Augment and their elite Republican Homeland overlords. 


It is 2072, and falling creative information flows in the Augment system mean there is little time to reach full power status and launch the planetary cover before the incoming Oort Cloud asteroids destroy civilization. Corrag and Ben make a run for David’s Tower, an alternative society built on the democratic power of individual stories. Corrag's father Ricky sets out to find his father’s book that he is sure will answer the deep-seated root of humanity’s evil. These are just a few of the individuals on a quest, drawn to the utopian world of the Tower, built by the man known to his followers as the Saint. David Shavelson, a former owner of a Brooklyn bookstore, is a charismatic visionary leading a community in resistance against the mental enslavement of the Augment system. The Augment leaders know they must crush the Tower or lose control of their destiny. The battle lines are drawn. All the answers will be found in the thrilling roller-coaster finale that is The Saints of David.
The Saints of David, the final book in the Jonah Trilogy series, is recommended for new and prior fans alike, who will find this wrap-up volume a powerful conclusion to Anthony Caplan's thriller/sci-fi tale.



Old connections are revitalized against the backdrop of disaster in this 2072 story of strange romances, half-humanoids, free thinkers and slaves, and the unAugmented people living outside the new norm who may prove the last bastions of true humanity.

Readers new to this world, as well as those who have imbibed of the previous Jonah Trilogy titles, will all find The Saints of David packed with a flavor of doom and hope that makes it hard to put down and an exquisitely compelling story that leads readers to question many beliefs before they are through."

Diane Donovan -- San Francisco Relocated









A former journalist who has worked on three continents, Anthony Caplan lives in New Hampshire with his family, a small flock of sheep and several dozen carefully tended apple trees. He writes books and teaches high school Spanish. He is a graduate of Yale University and has also worked at various times as a taxi driver, shrimp fisherman and telephone salesman.






Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!







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2 comments:

  1. The cover looks good and it sounds interesting. I wouldn't mind it on my bookshelf.

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  2. This sounds like a great psychological thriller!

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