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Monday, February 24, 2014

{Blog Tour} NEW FRONTIER by JEREMY LEE -- with giveaway!

Novel Publicity presents

New Frontier
by Jeremy Lee
Length: 266 pages
Editions: ecopy and print
Publisher: Neverland Publishing
Publishing Date: November 2013

As a new era dons for humanity with all the attendant celebrations and riots, finally breaking the bonds which left us tied to the Solar System is reported as being the moment which unites all the disparate parts of the world and brings us into an era of peace and discovery, and yet this giant leap is almost instantly marred by greed erupting into violence. The Argos, the ship sent out on this historic mission, is left adrift and crippled far from home, survivors of this mysterious attack struggle to hold their ship together and come to the rescue of homesteaders and compatriots relying on them to not only survive but retaliate, and rescue a world where the Solar System has become a rugged frontier ripe for colonization and opportunity filled with the honest and ruthless carving out lives past the veil of civilization.

Several rival corporations, monopolies delving into every industry imaginable, have all but supplanted nation-states, keeping governments around only as a necessary fiction to pacify populations, and the realm of business now reaches into politics, military, religion, and all other aspects of human life. The frontier regions of space are a place filled with new homesteaders, miners, merchants, bandits, and scientific minds that is barely able to keep from slipping into total anarchy, a frontier region where people can disappear from their lives and head off into the unknown. New Frontier is an adventure which stretches from the furthest reaches of space, to slums in backwater cities, to the lunar capitol, and ultimately onto the wreckage of the great ship.  The gallant and the selfish alike are forced to face the best and worst of human civilization far from home and decide what they truly believe in.

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I think what I liked most about this futuristic science fiction novel is that, while set many many years into the future where humans have colonized the moon, Mars, Saturn, and other planets, the basic human nature hasn't gone away at all. I never did buy into that Star Trek bit about how there's no money, no greed, everyone working for the greater good. I call BS on that! Basic human nature has remained the same in Jeremy Lee's NEW FRONTIER. In fact, it may have grown even more with our population growth and colonizing of other planets.

As it is now (er...then?), there is a class warfare between the "haves" and the "have nots". What the people in our present time fear about the middle class disappearing and leaving us with a society that is a pure dichotomy of rich vs poor is a fact visited in the novel. The more time passes, the more things stay the same.

The governing systems are altered in many nations, and something you can totally see happening based on current circumstances, with corporations being in control and being the government. A few still hold fast to the original ideals of democracy such as the United States. The conflict between these organizations, the human struggles, and the desire to still expand and explore is the main focus of NEW FRONTIER.

The characters represent a full spectrum of human characteristics: strong and weak, those with power and those without, introverts and extroverts. Humans and their traits and quirks remain constant from what we know now, and so these characters are relatable.

The author does a good job with giving the background and depth to them with a very interesting way of time jumping, handing out information in bits and pieces with "a year ago" or "six months ago" or "eight years in the past", etc. giving us the main characters and how they've come to be where they are, who they are, and why they are. It was a very gutsy way of presenting the info to the reader, in my opinion. Bits and parts handed to the reader in that manner can go wrong so quickly, but Lee nails it making it a fun way of learning about each and I rather enjoyed it.

The story is easily imaginable; That can easily be imagined as being the future that will unfold for us. Exciting, although it left me sad reading about it, knowing that I will not be around to witness these changes as it is distant future. It is a good thing I can live it through books like this one!

I enjoyed the author's story-telling style and how he kept the story moving at a good clip. The characters are lifelike and I found myself liking a character that I did NOT like at the beginning; much like people, I had to get to know that character. That is how well-developed and nuanced they are.

Highly entertaining, this is one novel I would not hesitate to recommend. 


About the prizes: Who doesn't love prizes? You could win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards or an autographed copy of New Frontier! Here's what you need to do...
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That's it! One random commenter during this tour will win the first gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win--the full list of participating bloggers can be found HERE. The other two prizes will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official New Frontier tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!

About the author: Born in Odessa, Texas Jeremy grew up mostly in southern New Mexico. Strongly influenced by his grandmother’s adoration of history, and his mother’s love of reading, both of which he adopted early in life. Inheriting a work ethic from his father which served him well in the manic world of theater, Jeremy Lee started out writing for the stage, first in Denver and then in small New York venues while attending the New York School for Film and Television.
With 2011's Where I'm Bound I Can't Tell he began working in novels with a deeply personal look at growing up without growing old, which simultaneously expanded into a worldwide adventure through the 20th century.
Kings of New York began a long and rewarding relationship with Neverland Publishing, which continues even today. This gangster tale played in the wonderland of 20's New York, and painted a picture of cons just trying to survive and make a dishonest living the ruthless world they inhabit.
With New Frontier his career took an abrupt turn, looking not into the past but into the possibilities of the future. Exploring themes of strife, political corruption, greed, adventure, and religion, the book touched off a storm from reviewers.
Jeremy Lee currently lives in Denver with his family, writing ferociously when he can't find and excuse to be in the middle of nowhere fishing, getting blissfully lost in a museum, or occasionally just watching old Bogart movies and eating pizza on the couch.

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