Hello folks. Today I’m very happy to share with you a pre-launch post about the Anthony St. Clair’s third book in his urban fantasy series, which contain elements of speculative fiction, alternate history, indie globetrotting travel, and a fair bit of good beer. Join me and discover a new fantasy.
FOREVER THE ROAD
A Rucksack Universe Novel, Coming Sept. 8, 2014
Travel. Destiny. Beer.
List price: E-book, US$5.99 Trade Paperback, US$15.99 442 pages
Three travelers in India battle their hearts and their destinies as an awakened evil prepares to destroy all life.
The world’s greatest traveler never thought he’d be staying put. Jay had planned to move on after marking Agamuskara, India, off his list of places to see. Then two strange men steal his passport, and the long-roaming loner stays in Agamuskara to find it. After years of globetrotting with no companion but his trusty big backpack, Jay befriends the stout-quaffing, ever-grinning Faddah Rucksack, the world’s only Himalayan-Irish sage.
Now Jay finds himself being steered toward an unknown fate by a man who lost his own destiny long ago. No Jake or Jade is better than Jade Agamuskara Bluegold at slinging drinks, destinies, and decisions. Yet after spending ten years helping The Management keep the world turning, the solitary, mysterious bartender at the pub at Everest Base Camp has begun to doubt the life she chose over another path.
When Jade’s uneasy friendship with Rucksack leads her to help him unravel the mystery at the heart of the city, Jade finds her loyalties changing in ways she never could have imagined. When the bartender and the backpacker meet, forces are set in motion that won’t just change the world forever—they might end it. Then Jay accidentally awakens an ancient evil, and only Jay, Rucksack, and Jade stand between it and its terrible purpose: destroying all life in a smiling fire.
Part of The Rucksack Universe Series
The Rucksack Universe is the exciting world of wit, adventure, and beer that fans call “buoyant with a unique humor, twist and focus on international travel,” and “perfect for fans of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.” Enjoy this ongoing, non-sequential urban fantasy travel fiction series wherever e-books and books are sold.
Guru Deep Says
“Agamuskara shares its name with the river that runs through India’s holiest city, which is also its unholiest. While no records survive to tell us when Agamuskara was founded, local lore maintains the area was settled by the first people to come to the Indian subcontinent. History also does not explain why the city and the river should be named what, in the Hindi, translates as ‘smiling fire.’ This mystery, the delights of daily life and Indian culture, and the unrivaled drinks at the Everest Base Camp Pub and Hostel continue to attract travelers from all over the world.” — India Through the Third Eye
What have readers and fans said about the ‘exciting world of wit, adventure, and beer of Rucksack Universe books?
★★★★★ “A Quirky, Intense Thriller. Anthony seamlessly combines quirk, wit, travel, and magic in this tale of power, greed, ego, and love that features marvelously evocative writing that makes you want to hunt down some stout and an Irish breakfast.” — From Vidya’s Amazon review
★★★★★ “A ‘St. Clair’ novelette – a stand-out writer and author to watch (and read) for the future! This is not Douglas or Pratchett, this is St. Clair! There’s something enigmatic about this writer; I guess it’s the factor that so many publishers try to find, yet can’t see despite their noses…. Cannot recommend this Indie-author any higher – a true professional – very happy to have discovered him through Twitter. I honestly feel inspired by his work and by how he carries himself in his chosen profession.” — From Roberto’s Amazon review
★★★★★ “a delightful read, especially for those who love to travel—even if only in their armchairs.” —From Janet’s Amazon review
★★★★★ “Anthony’s got an amazing sense of the epic, and each of the stories in the Rucksack Universe keeps building on the groundwork that came before. There’s a lot of long play being worked out through the stories and I just can’t wait to see how it all weaves together and falls into place.” — From Bonnie’s Goodreads review
Already Available (Books 1 & 2)
Rucksack Universe #2 ★★★★★ “an amazing sense of the epic” As falls Ireland, so falls the world. An ordinary woman hides extraordinary secrets from two men who are not what they seem—but neither is she. More about Home Sweet Road, by Anthony St. Clair »
Rucksack Universe #1 ★★★★★ “Perfect for fans of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman” One drink changed everything. Influencing a man’s fate should have been another day behind the bar. More about The Martini of Destiny »
About the Author
Globetrotter, homebrewer and writer Anthony St. Clair has walked with hairy coos in the Scottish Highlands, choked on seafood in Australia, and watched the full moon rise over Mt. Everest in Tibet. Anthony’s travels have also taken him around the sights and beers of Thailand, Japan, India, Canada, Ireland, the USA, Cambodia, China and Nepal. He and his wife live in Oregon and gave their son a passport for his first birthday.
One day while getting ready for a trip to India in 2003, Anthony had an idea about an ultimate traveler who became much more than just another globetrotter. After years of yapping about this character and that story idea, his wife told him he should really write some of these down. Being a smart husband, he listened. In 2011, Rucksack Press, and the Rucksack Universe of travel fantasy stories, was born.
An avid reader who loves to live the world, Anthony knew he wasn’t the only traveler who always needs a good book on the road. He is a long-time fan of Douglas Adams, Tom Robbins and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, as well as television shows such as Doctor Who, Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Anthony’s Rucksack Universe travel fiction brings a similar off-the-cuff, irreverent, ordinarily profound, fantastical spin to globetrotting, indie travel and life itself.