John Love has a new novel. Who’s John Love ? He’s a British dude who wrote one of the best novels of 2012 that no one has heard of–Faith.
Built around the idea of aegrescit medendo, which is a Latin medical phrase meaning, ‘The cure is worse than the disease’, Faith is the story of a near mythical starship bent on the destruction of an entire people. Humanity’s last line of defense, is the Charles Manson and her crew, condemned fringe intelligentsia who exist so far outside of typical human behavior that they’ve committed heinous crimes against humanity. Too capable to discard, they were given one option–serve or die. It’s an achievement of a novel that satirizes Star Trek, while executing the kinds of themes plumbed by Herman Melville in Moby Dick.
Now, there’s another novel on the horizon from Love and I’m over the moon about it for two reasons. The first, of course, is I really like his writing and I have high hopes for the novel.
The future is a dangerous place. Keeping the world stable and peaceful when competing corporate interests and nation-states battle for power, wealth, and prestige has only gotten harder over the years. But that’s the United Nations’ job. So the UN has changed along with the rest of the world. When the UN’s “soft” diplomacy fails, it has harder options. Quiet, scalpel-like options: the Dead—biologically enhanced secret operatives created by the UN to solve the problems no one else can.
Anwar Abbas is one of the Dead, and one of the deadliest human beings on the planet. When the controller-general of the UN asks him to perform a simple bodyguard mission, he’s insulted. And resentful. But he takes the job. Because that’s who he is and what he does.
Anwar is asked to protect the host of an important UN conference, the beautiful Olivia del Sarto. Olivia is the head of one of the fastest-growing churches in the world, and in her rise to power she has made incredibly wealthy enemies.
As they ignite a torrid affair, Anwar must uncover the conspiracy that threatens to destroy her, and the UN—as well as all of the Dead.
Interesting, right? The second reason I’m excited is even more significant. Night Shade Books is acquiring new books.
Up until now the new owners of Night Shade have only published titles that were already on the docket under previous ownership or continued an ongoing series. Love’s newest is neither of those things. While he may have been under contract for another book (I have no idea), the imprint’s willingness to go in an entirely new direction with him speaks volumes for their long term interest in providing a landing place for avant-garde manuscripts. And that’s really exciting.