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ALPHASHOCK is a serialized sci-fi epic that chronicles the missions of elite soldiers patrolling an overpopulated Chicago in 3481.
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The first 3 books in the ALPHASHOCK series need cover art!

(Read the first few pages of Episode One HERE.)

***UPDATE: MAY 13th***

Dynamic reward options for the $50 contribution bracket!

-Every current and future $50 pledge can now choose to upgrade their rewards! Choose to receive a COMPLETE AlphaShock series LIMITED EDITION hardcover once all episodes have been released! Instead of the listed reward of a single volume of AlphaShock episodes, you can choose instead to receive a full-length AUTOGRAPHED hardcover edition of the complete series after all episodes have been published. (Estimated completion of series: December 2012.)

***UPDATE: MAY 2nd***

New gift items added to all contributions of $25 or more!

-Every current and future $25 pledge or more will receive a special edition AlphaShock bookmark!

This one-of-a-kind transparent bookmark (2"x6") comes with the AlphaShock title logo etched into its surface and will be the perfect placeholder for each book in the AlphaShock anthology!

-Every current and future $50 pledge or more will receive LIMITED EDITION hardcover books instead of paperback versions. These special hardcover books will ONLY be available through this Kickstarter campaign. Afterward, the books will exist solely in paperback form. I will also autograph the title page of every hardcover edition shipped. The rewards will still reflect the tiers as they already exist (i.e., the $50 pledges will only receive Episodes 1-5 (combined) in hardcover. etc.)

-Every current and future $100 pledge or more will receive an exclusive Boxed-Set Book Box to hold all of the hardcover AlphaShock Anthology books!

Final dimensions of the box depend on total number of volumes created. (Each volume will contain a certain number of AlphaShock episodes, e.g. 1-5, 6-10, etc.)

One side of the box is open to allow storage of the hardcover books. The opposite side (spine) is laser-engraved with the AlphaShock title logo. The box will be professionally constructed from frosted acrylic (Plexiglass—P95). The box was designed to add a futuristic element to the hardcover AlphaShock anthology collection and will make a beautiful addition to any bookshelf! PLEASE NOTE: This box will only be available during the Kickstarter campaign for contributions of $100 or more. After the campaign ends, neither the hardback books nor this box will be available.

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ALPHASHOCK SYNOPSIS

Chicago, 3481.

Powerful families known as Dynasties control the city. With their vast wealth, they influence politicians and bribe law enforcement agencies to turn a blind eye to the inner workings of their shady empires.

When the Prince of the most powerful family in the country kidnaps the only Princess of a rival Dynasty, the city teeters on the brink of war. The only agency willing to step in is The Company. Their Elite Task Force squads are always ready for action.

ETF-1 is the most effective infiltration squad in the city. Captain Larrimore and Sergeant Cole, along with Privates Harper, Roose, Cordova, and Dalton are the best of the best, with highly-developed skills ranging from hand-to-hand combat to heavy artillery. Most carry standard-issue shock rifles with 100-round clips capable of single- or triple-round bursts. The close-quarters shock system packs 100,000 volts of current and can easily throw a bad guy across the room (and out the window).

Can the soldiers in ETF-1 save the city before it plunges into civil war? Will helping one Dynasty doom the squad to annihilation?

ABOUT THE PROJECT

ALPHASHOCK is high-quality military sci-fi reminiscent of the technology and soldiering aspects of ALIENS, THE FIFTH ELEMENT, and STARSHIP TROOPERS.

ALPHASHOCK will be released as a series of novelettes. The goal is at least 10 episodes, with more being added if required. If this Kickstarter campaign is successful, then (at least) the first 2 Episodes will be available by the middle of June. A monthly release schedule is planned for all future Episodes after that. The story is already evolving and expanding more than I originally anticipated. Delving into future politics and watching a group of soldiers try to keep their heads in the midst of constant attacks and betrayal tends to do that.

REMEMBER: If the project funding is unsuccessful, absolutely NO MONEY will be withdrawn from your account!

WHERE YOU COME IN, a.k.a. WHY IS MY WALLET EMPTY?

Every book needs great cover art. An amazing cover sets the tone and conveys a specific image to the reader; one that builds a world in which the characters of a story come to life.

I have connected with an amazing artist and illustrator, TJ Wright, whom I am hoping to hire for the first 3 covers (at least) in the ALPHASHOCK series (his website here). Your contribution goes toward making this possible, as well as covering all taxes and fees laid down by Amazon and Kickstarter. Any additional funds raised beyond the initial $700 will be used exclusively for the creation of future book covers in the series.

View my attempt at a cover HERE and see why it's so important that TJ saves this project from total embarrassment.

ARE YOU SERIAL?

Huh? Oh, you mean why am I releasing ALPHASHOCK as a series of shorter adventures as opposed to one long novel (or set of novels)? The answer is simple: more content, more often. I can release a novelette set in the ALPHASHOCK universe once a month, or I can release an entire novel once every six months (or longer). I can tell you from my own personal experience that I dislike having to wait years between installments of my favorite series. This format allows me to give readers a high-quality, substantial new story every month without them dangling over the edge of a cliff for too long. Nobody likes that (especially cremnophobes).

THANK YOU!

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to watch my cheesy video and to read through everything on this page. Please know that even the slightest consideration on your part goes a long way to making this crazy planet more creative for everyone.

It's a brave new world of publishing out there, and you can be a part of it.

Sincerely,

Sam Best

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    Get Episodes 1-3 and every newly released single ALPHASHOCK episode in your preferred ebook format for the duration of the series! PLUS get an autographed paperback anthology containing the first set of ALPHASHOCK episodes! (e.g., 1-5) (Domestic backers please add $3 for shipping…International backers please add $10) Also, enjoy exclusive info and updates on the project that are only available to backers!

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    Get every single ALPHASHOCK episode in your preferred ebook format for the duration of the series! PLUS get the complete autographed HARDCOVER anthology series once released (e.g., 1-5, 6-10 — up to the first 3 volumes). ALSO, receive a limited edition boxed-set book box to house all of your AlphaShock anthology books! (See details in project description.)

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    Get every reward from the standard $100 contribution PLUS I'll name* a character after you! You might die in your first episode or you might end up being a recurring face. Just like real life!
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    Rule a Dynasty. Have your name* immortalized within the ALPHASHOCK universe as the leader of a Dynasty and be one of the richest people on the planet. Oh, and you get every other reward listed above. (*Submit a list of three names and I’ll pick the one that best fits the world of ALPHASHOCK. Slight futurization of name may occur.)

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