Today’s Monster Hunter Nation BOOK BOMB is for Fire with Fire by Charles E. Gannon.
For those of you unfamiliar with these BOOK BOMBs this is how it works. Every so often I pick out a book that I think is good and I think the author needs to receive more attention. So we get as many people as we can to buy the book from Amazon in the same day. We have had some crazy levels of success in the past.
Amazon has this weird, rolling average algorhythm that updates a book’s sales rank every hour. If we can get a book into the top sellers lists for the different genres, then it sells more books. Success breeds more success. If we can get a book into the top ten of a genre, then that book gets all sorts of attention. The more of you who spread the word, on your blogs, Twitter, Facebook, word of mouth, overpass graffitti, sky writing, smoke signals, etc. then the more of the authors books we sell and the more attention they get. (our record is still for Robison Wells’ first book where we basically took over all of Amazon and beat everything except for the Hunger Games).
Normally I update these BOOK BOMB threads through the day as we make the stats rise. Except for my ungrateful children brought some form of Mongollian Death Flu into my home, and though I slept in my office and tried to hide from them like something from an Edgar Allen Poe story, I woke up last night at 1 AM with cold sweats and the shakes to barf my brains out… So I’ll try, but can’t promise the updates will be quite as prompt. (this is also my excuse for any spelling errors).
Right now the book is at:
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,147 in Books
And people always ask what if they buy an eBook, does that count? No on the main best seller list, but the most important thing about eBook sales is that the author still GETS PAID! So we’re going to see if we can’t bump them both up.
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,457 Paid in Kindle Store
So here is the direct link to the Kindle version.
Now, about the actual book and why I think Chuck deserves a Book Bomb. Fire with Fire is an unabashed hard core SF novel. It isn’t afraid to back away from big ideas. This isn’t wussy fluff sci-fi. This is a first contact story with with lost civilizations, assassins, and adventure. Here is the review from my friends, the HUGO NOMINATED (oh, the irony) Elitiest Book Reviews: http://elitistbookreviews.blogspot.com/2013/03/fire-with-fire.html
I met Chuck at a convention a couple of years ago. I can’t remember for sure which one it was, but I think it might have been DragonCon, and if you’ve ever been to DragonCon, you’ll know why it is easy to forget the details of a particular DragonCon. And I was one of the few sober people there! Anyways, Chuck is a super nice guy. He’s one of those folks that as soon as you start talking to them you realize, holy moly, this dude is smart. Like big brain, guest star in a Ringo novel in order to save the world from aliens smart, but he was cool, and humble. This isn’t his first rodeo, having coauthored two other Baen books, and also having risen up through the ranks with lots of short stories in anthologies and Analog.
Another author that has done that is Brad Torgersen, (another dude who has worked his ass off in the word mines of the short story industry) who is a really good friend of mine. I’d not talked to Chuck for a long time, and then one night Brad came over to my house with an ARC of Fire with Fire. He’d just seen Chuck at a Con, and had been asked to present it to me on his behalf and ask for a Book Bomb… My wife was there, and said that the moment had a very creepy Godfather like vibe, and since I look like Tony Soprano, how could I say no?
So Bombs away! Please tell your friends! Spread the word! This is a good book from a relatively new author, and the hardest thing in the world for a new author is making new fans!
If I don’t die before then, I’ll be updating this all day. 🙂
EDIT: FINALLY! Amazon is being weird today or something, because I can see the click throughs on my affiliates link so I know people are buying it, but it has been stuck all morning. Moving on up!
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,667 in Books
EDIT: Yeah, don’t know what the deal was with Amazon today, but not being able to see it climb sort of kills the point. 🙂
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,348 in Books
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,654 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #41 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Science Fiction > Space Opera
- #46 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Space Opera
EDIT: Better late than never!
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
zon Best Sellers Rank: #3,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #18 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Science Fiction > Space Opera
- #21 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Space Opera
EDIT: I passed out and slept for like 12 hours last night, so I don’t know if this is the highest we got, but as of this morning:
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,336 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #16 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Science Fiction > Space Opera
- #18 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Space Opera