Saturday, November 2, 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Seventeen by Mark D. Diehl


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Title: Seventeen: Book One by Mark D. Diehl
Genre: YA/New Adult science fiction dystopia
Published October 30th 2013 by Fencetree Productions LLC
Length: 384 pages

Most of the world's seventeen billion people are unconscious, perpetually serving their employers as part of massive brain trusts. The ecosystem has collapsed, and corporations control all of the world's resources and governments. A bedraggled alcoholic known as the Prophet predicts nineteen year-old waitress Eadie will lead a revolution, but how can she prevail when hunted by a giant corporation and the Federal Angels it directs?

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Excerpt 1: 

The man’s mouth hung open as he stared at her face. His long, ashen hair had shifted, revealing a smudge of grease or dirt that made an almost perfect circle on his forehead.

“Sir? Are you all right?”

His eyes widened. “It is you,” he said. “At last. I have been looking forward to meeting you for such a long, long time.”

“Oh, yeah, sorry it took me so long to get to your table, sir. I just clocked in.”

He blinked slowly, pondering her response. “Ah,” he said. “You are a waitress, still. Well, then, General, I would have a cup of Vibrantia, if it pleases you.” The man’s expression never altered and his lips remained mostly still as he spoke, making it seem as though his voice was coming from somewhere or someone else.

Eadie clenched her teeth, trying not to laugh, though his words made her feel as though she was being tickled with a feather along her spine. “I’m sorry, sir. This is a corporate restaurant owned by McGuillian Corporation, so we synthesize only McGuillian patents. We have Synapsate but not Vibrantia. Would that be all right?”

“Of course, General. That would be lovely, if it pleases you.”

“Okay, sir. And my name is Eadie, by the way.”

“Thank you, General Eadie. And, if you like, you may address me as many have lately come to do. I am the Prophet.”
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Adina Falling
Mark D. Diehl writes novels about power dynamics and the way people and organizations influence each other. He believes that obedience and conformity are becoming humanity’s most important survival skills, and that we are thus evolving into a corporate species. Diehl has: been homeless in Japan, practiced law with a major multinational firm in Chicago, studied in Singapore, fled South Korea as a fugitive, and been stranded in Hong Kong.

After spending most of his youth running around with hoods and thugs, he eventually earned his doctorate in law at the University of Iowa and did graduate work in creative writing at the University of Chicago. He currently lives and writes in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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  1. Thanks, Books on Silver Wings, for featuring my book, "Seventeen," today!

    Everyone knows the world is facing problems and issues more complex than at any other time in human history. Various groups have arisen across the full range of the political spectrum, claiming to have the solution.

    I didn't write "Seventeen" to push an agenda or tell you how we should fix the world. That's not my area of expertise. Instead, I spent years analyzing trends in society, science, business, and government, extrapolating to determine what I think it our most likely future and create a fictional story to present it.

    As corporations and governments increase in size and power, they concentrate our planet's dwindling resources for themselves, and independent individuals are shut out. Conformity and obedience to hierarchy are now our most important survival skills.

    This is our future. We are becoming a corporate species.

    I'll be checking back all day, so please comment and ask me whatever you like! I look forward to getting to know each other.

  2. An excellent post...though I do believe that I got more out of your comment than out of the excerpt! You've really got me interested in Seventeen!!

    1. Thanks, Andra!

      I’m glad for the excerpt, actually.

      I'm so passionate about the ideas behind the book that I risk focusing on them too much. This isn’t a clunky, dry, social science manifesto. “Seventeen” is an action/adventure sci-fi story that I wrote to entertain the reader.

  3. It is a very intriguing excerpt (and comment)!


  4. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds like a great read!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  5. The blurb tells me that this is going to be a fascinating read.


  6. Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com