Thursday, 5 May 2011

Chung Kuo Book 2 cover art and synopsis

The cover art and synopsis for Chung Kuo Book 2, Daylight on Iron Mountain, due in November, via Walker of Worlds:

CHANGE IS ON THE AIR: The generals of the Middle Kingdom await the decision of the emperor.The campaign to secure the border from China to Iraq has reached a strange impasse. Two blood enemies - Arabs and Jews - have united against their common cause. But with the lives of thousands at his whim, the exalted Tsao Ch'un, the Son of Heaven, cannot decide. Destroy the Middle East in one blinding flash? Or take another path?

BUT THE WAY IS UNCLEAR: In the court of Tsao Ch’un, men of power have become smiling lackeys, whose graces conceal their fear, or their ambition. A man that can be trusted absolutely is a rare thing. And so, with his family held hostage by the empire, General Jiang Lei finds himself appointed to a special task: the orchestration of the last great war against the West. The total dominion of America.

WAR APPROACHES: But life in the world of levels continues. No hint of war, or want, or discontent can infiltrate the oppressive, ordered society that replaces the world Jake Reed once knew. Since the first airships rolled over the horizon, nothing has been the same. His new life means new thinking, new customs, a new way of behaving, and with his every move scrutinized, Jake can only serve the bureaucracy of new China. But he is not the only citizen who feels discontent with the anodyne new order.
Sounds solid, although the 'Arabs and Israelis unite to face a greater threat' trope always reminds me of that awkward scene in Independence Day where rival pilots eye each other up warily from across the tarmac before joining forces. I'm pretty sure this will be better :-)


Anonymous said...

The cover art does look cool, but it does seem a bit fantasy-ish.

Jebus said...

Do you know if these are being released as eBooks as well?

Anonymous said...

I have and enjoyed all the eight original works. And while I look forward to revised future editions, I question the need to split the originals into two books each. I think readers these days are more than capable of handling 600-700 page works as the originals were - some were even smaller and doubt whether I will buy them again except the updated grand finale. - Ian