Saturday, February 16, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: Godeena by Stjepan Varesevac-Cobets

Godeena
by
Stjepan Varesevac-Cobets

Genre:
SciFi Adventure
Major Henry Broncon miraculously survives a battle with Ansker soldiers on the planet Morad. He is found under a pile of corpses, the only survivor; his best friend and the whole of his brigade remain in the field of death. Broncon is fully acquitted, receives a medal for bravery and is promoted to the rank of Brigadier, but he cannot forgive himself and he feels responsible for falling into the Ansker trap.

Shortly after, the Anskers are beaten and the war ends. The winning terrestrial colonies receive ownership of a system called Naude, comprised of various planets including Godeena. On the surface of Godeena, there is a huge, completely preserved but uninhabited city that scientists have named the Absolute. Analysis of the city reveals no signs of life. A team of scientists is sent to investigate what has happened to the people and animals of Absolute. A few days later the team is attacked and contact with the scientists is lost. The General Staff sends two teams of Special Forces to find out what has happened to the expedition but they also disappear, leaving no trace.

The Commander of the General Staff, General Hensell, is personally involved with the mystery. He requests Brigadier Henry Broncon to gather a unit, composed of the worst inmates from the inescapable prison, Hades, to investigate what is happening on Godeena. Henry accepts this task and collects 17 prisoners, each with unique skills. Among them is Maria, who possesses enormous psychic powers and has a wicked second personality called Kir.

The unusual team of criminals, led by Broncon, travels to Godeena to discover what terrors await them there.

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Book Trailer:
Stjepan Varesevac-Cobets was born on 12 September 1965 in Split, Croatia. He lives and works in Kastel Sucurac, where he finished his elementary and secondary schooling.

At a very young age, he started reading and loved it because, through books, he traveled to places he could never visit in person. As a child, he loved fairy tales and adventure but later discovered other genres. When he found a Jules Verne book in the library, he became fascinated by science fiction. He has been writing poetry for fifteen years and has started writing science fiction. Lately, he has also written children's fairy tales and fables.

He has published, in Croatia, "An Opened Heart" in 2002, "The Sleepy Way" in 2005, and "Love" in 2006. On Amazon he has published the poetry collections "The Child of Happiness" in 2015, science fiction novel "Godeena" in 2015, the science fiction short story "Butterfly" in 2016, the poetry collection "When the moon takes over the dream: Love Poetry" in 2016, and in 2017 the poetry collection "The Flaming Horses: Collection of poetry". He also translated his new Sci-Fi novel "The Dream of the Forest".

What inspired you to write this book?
Let's say that's the movie The Dirty Dozen, but I wanted to write a book with lots of action.

What can we expect from you in the future?
I'm just writing the sequel to this book and you can expect more action.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
Most of the characters in the book have them. They are prisoners and they need to have some not very nice past.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Godeena?
The main character in the book is Commander Henry, who is suffering post-traumatic stress. From a prisoner I would point out Maria (Kir) a person with powers she actually has two personalities. But other characters in the book have their personalities with which Henry and his Sergeant Colburn will have to face.

How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
I tried to incorporate into the story characters which for no reason could not meet in a normal situation.

Where did you come up with the names in the story?
I invented a name because it is not a problem for me, and for some names I've been looking for in books, especially for the name "Kir" she is drawing roots from Greek mythology.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
When I wrote The End. I'm kidding, I enjoyed inventing worlds.

Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
The main character, Henry, is quite dangerous and accordingly, he chooses a rather deadly task to justify his existence, especially that he blames himself for events that have happened in the past.

How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
For novels I invent, and for poetry I choose the title of one of my poems.

Who designed your book cover?
My friend.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Many times I have already revised the book, but I think that is still able to retouch and polish. Unfortunately, financially I can not give a book to a top editor who could do it to perfection.

Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I realized I still have to learn to write.

If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Clive Owen or Denzel Washington

Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I want you to enjoy the story as I enjoyed writing the story.

How did you come up with name of this book?
This is the third book title before it gets this name. I used to combine the letters a bit and that is the title I liked.

What is your favorite part of this book and why?
When Henry goes to jail to gather the prisoners and when he starts training to go to the planet, because most of the characters in the book appear.

If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Definitely Maria-Kir, I would love to show me the power she knows.

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
They all come entirely from my imagination.

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
Characters have led me through the story. I had an idea, but a lot of the ways was to end.

Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
If you love action, a variety of planets and an endless universe, then this is the book for you.

Have you written any other books that are not published?
Yes. But I'm still writing maybe I can publish them.

If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
Lavender

What did you edit out of this book?
I would not edit anything, maybe write something if the book should be corrected. But the tastes are different, maybe somebody is throwing something out.
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