Metrofloat New York by William Quincy Belle – Spotlight and Giveaway

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A Post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi thriller.

Several hundred years in the future, Earth is a different planet. Antigravity has been invented and “flying” has given way to “floating”: giant platforms with cities remain above the growing surface temperatures as enclaves of the privileged. A global pandemic has wiped out 80% of those on the ground, and a virulent, flesh-eating disease, necrofasc, has left most with artificial body parts. Insects are the main food staple. A utopia for some, a dystopia for others.

Metrofloat New York, a futuristic city of thirty million, is run by an oligarchy of five rich and powerful people. An unknown assassin, working from within the system, attempts to seize control and declare himself dictator by methodically removing all rivals. Detective Matthew Heart of the Metropolitan Police must deal with his partner, a cyborg policewoman, his unofficial family, a transgender woman and her one-legged daughter, and a mysterious assailant bent on taking over the world by killing anyone who stands in his way.

Enjoy an Excerpt:

A tiny noise came from his work area in the corner. Turning, he pointed the pistol in that direction, but it was difficult to see in the subdued light. He could feel his heart beating. Someone was here. Someone was waiting for the right moment.

As he stared into the corner, trying to discern any movement, something registered in his peripheral vision. But it was too late. A hand grabbed the gun and twisted forward while another grabbed his forearm and twisted backward. Willard had tensed his finger and the pistol fired at the couch, scorching the fabric.

The gun wrenched from his hand, Willard turned toward his attacker and swung the sword in an arc over his shoulder. The blade hit the attacker’s upper arm with a thud and buried itself deep in the limb. There was no blood. Willard’s eyes widened as he realized what he had cut into was not human flesh.

The assailant tossed the pistol to one side and seized the blade, pulling upward to remove it from his arm and back to yank the handle out of Willard’s hand. He tossed the sword aside, and it jangled against the floor. Willard leaped and kicked the intruder in the stomach, causing the assailant to lose his balance and fall backward. Willard dove for the pistol, twisted around, and took aim. There was no sign of his attacker.

About the Author:

William Quincy Belle is just a guy. Nobody famous; nobody rich; just some guy who likes to periodically add his two cents worth with the hope, accounting for inflation, that $0.02 is not over evaluating his contribution. He claims that at the heart of the writing process is some sort of (psychotic) urge to put it down on paper and likes to recite the following, which so far he hasn’t been able to attribute to anyone: “A writer is an egomaniac with low self-esteem.” You will find Mr. Belle’s unbridled stream of consciousness floating around in cyberspace.

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  1. James Robert says

    Congrats on this tour and thank for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Thank you for participating in this book tour. Being an indie author is an uphill struggle.

    According to Wikipedia, there are 2.2 million new books published each year, 300,000 in the U.S., 150,000 in the United Kingdom, 20,000 in Canada. The book review section of The Washington Post states they get 150 new titles each day. Each day! What are the chances of anyone getting noticed? Even if somebody has written the next classic, there’s the harsh reality of statistics. Having the public choose any particular book out of the annual American field of 300,000 strikes me as being the equivalent of winning the literary lottery. Congratulations, E. L. James: over 70 million copies of the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy sold.

    By the way, the above is about new books published each year. According to Google, there are over 150 million books in existence! Literary lottery, indeed!

    There’s a lot of junk out there, which means the public is leery of investing their time in anything unknown. Who wants the literary equivalent of bad movie? “I want two hours of my life back.” Cheers to the risk-takers who brought E. L. James to the forefront.

    I appreciate you taking the risk.

    All the best to you in your world. 🙂

  4. Mya Murphy says

    This books sounds phenomenal!! I can’t wait!

  5. Rita Wray says

    Sounds like a great book.

  6. bernie wallace says

    Are any of the people in this book based off of people that you know?b

    • I suppose there are snippets of friends, colleagues, family, and even myself, but no, not any one person. I try to make my characters unique. I just looked at my other manuscripts and realized I’ve never had a “Bernie”. The possibilities are endless.

      All the best to you in your world. 🙂

  7. I’m looking forward to reading this one!

  8. Metrofloat New York

    Currently 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon

    Interested, but not yet committed to reading the book? Visit my web site for a longer excerpt.

    Still wondering? Here’s what reviewers are saying.

    5 Star Review: Extraordinary book from a talented writer
    “Wow! Wow! Wow! What an extraordinary book from a talented writer. This is a Crime/Thriller meets Apocalyptic/Dystopian. Very easy to read and understand but very difficult to describe!!! Detective Heart lived on the floating city, he went to the grounders who worked on the ground and upset hi boss so was left behind. The grounders for those that survived the diseases and viruses all had one or more limb removed and had prosthetics. After 5 years Detective Heart was summoned to the floaters to partner Sergeant Stanton. Detective Heart was still whole but was surprised to find out his partner had been in an accident that killed everything but her brain. Scientists were able to make a body and organs to fit the brain. It took a lot for her to get used to, but she finally managed it. They were partnered up to try and solve the murders of the Council. There is so much packed into this book with the different mutations, cyborgs etc… A very enjoyable read.”

    5 Star Review: Rene Magritte meets Bladerunner
    “That’s the vision I had in my head as a I read this thoroughly engaging post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi novel. The world is devastated by a phage/pandemic that eats away at people’s flesh. Artificial limbs/ cybernetic devices enhance one’s way of life. Because of pollution and disease, major cities like NY, LA, Rome, Tokyo etc are suspended in the air by ant-gravity technology. This A/G tech is run by a small, sinister oligarchy, that runs/produces/manufactures this tech.

    A murder of one of the oligarchs, leads to an investigation by NYC law enforcement [Metro-floats as they are called].

    The book was very entertaining.
    I pictured artist Rene Magritte and his painting “The Castle of the Pyrenees” and Decker from “Blade Runner” the whole time reading this book.

    I can see this novel becoming a movie. . .”

  9. Bea LaRocca says

    Good evening, Mr. Belle. My question for you today is, which type of character do you enjoy writing the most? The hero, the villain or someone who is a little bit of both?

    • You ask the most thought-provoking questions, Ms. LaRocca. Dudley Do-Right or Snidely Whiplash? I think the right answer is that no matter which side of the fence you’re on — good and evil, light and dark, vanilla and chocolate — an author hopes to sprinkle (ice cream reference) their characters with colourful flavours in the hopes that you, the reader, will take a taste and want the whole cone.

      Bon appétit!

      • Bea LaRocca says

        You always give the best answers, Mr. Belle. I’m partial to an anti-hero myself, or a villain with a fun or complicated personality like Damian Dark, Smallville’s Lex Luthor The X-Files’ Alex Krychek, Captain Cold and Mick Rory from The Flash, Garak from Deep Space Nine are just a few of my favorites.
        Also, I want ice-cream now so thanks for that. Ha Ha

  10. Oh I love dystopian fiction. The excerpt is incredible. I look forward to reading it.

  11. Usually, stories and or characters surprise authors in some way. How were you surprised with this story?

    • I was going to jokingly say that the surprise for me was finishing the book. Although that might not be a joke!

      The surprise, or the delight, is starting with an idea, making a skeleton, fleshing out the person then filling in the details, sometime even the color of their eyes. In the end, I have an individual with their own distinct personality. Well, hello there, hero or heroine! Of course, nobody’s perfect, so adding personality quirks can be fun. Mom always told me not to speak with my mouth full, but I can see that some people didn’t get the memo!

  12. Danielle M says

    Sounds like a good read!

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