Since I made the announcement, a little more than 24 hours ago, that The Rages – Castaway would be available on Amazon in a few days, I’ve had a number of people ask me how this book fits in with Five Days Dead, which I published in 2014. I thought it might be a good idea to provide an explanation.
Technically speaking, The Rages is a re-imagining of Five Days Dead. Well, sort of. When I wrote Five Days Dead it was intended as a prelude to The Book of the Shepherds. I wanted everyone to understand who Harley Nearwater is and why he is the way he is. I was purposely vague in a lot of my detail about the world he resides in because it was a world I wasn’t quite ready to introduce. I heard from a number of readers that they wanted to know more about the Hubs, why didn’t I tell them more about the Hubs? Well, that’s the reason.
So, while The Rages details Harley’s adventure in Five Days Dead, it also introduces all of the backstory that I held close to my chest. It’s also an expansion on the story and introduces all of the characters in The Book of the Shepherds and how their interaction with a no-account like Harley Nearwater changed their lives forever. The Rages, as a complete novel, is almost twice the size of Five Days Dead, and that’s the reason why.
If you enjoyed Five Days Dead, I think you’ll love The Rages (and I realize my opinion might be considered bias). The nugget of Harley’s story is still there, but there’s so much more that I can’t tell you. I hope you take the time to follow him on the trail and find out for yourself.
3 thoughts on “The Rages Vs. Five Days Dead”
Unable to find Five Days Dead anywhere. Is it still available?
Robert: No, Five Days Dead is no longer available. The story told in that book are now part of The Rages. I penned Five Days Dead as a way to exorcise Harley Nearwater. When I realized it was impossible, he became an integral part of the story that begins with The Rages.
Thanks for the reply James. Glad (for me anyway lol) that you couldn’t exorcize Harley. The Rages were a wonderful and riveting read – couldn’t put them down. I’ll be re-reading them again shortly, albeit more slowly to digest them better. Keep writing, I can’t wait to see what comes next from your mind!