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Hawk-Eye; Trilogy (First one FREE)

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06 Apr 2021, 05:41 AM | Post: #1

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Hawk-Eye; Trilogy (First one FREE)

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Hawk Eye is my first completed trilogy. The story development has a ponderous history because I thought it was a terrible idea and avoided doing anything about it for as long as possible. As usual, I blame Seth for everything.
I am a child of the 80s so I grew up watching what were probably terrible television shows from that era, and thinking they were ridiculously awesome. My favourite was Airwolf, the story of a helicopter with guns on it. As a child I didn’t realise that lots of helicopters have guns on them and so I watched every episode thinking this was all ground-breaking stuff.
There was Knight Rider, the story of a large amount of hair in a leather jacket, driving around in a fast black car that talked back to him. Like every child of the 80s, I can’t tell you how much I wanted a talking car.
There was Street Hawk, a series about a motorcycle that wasn’t Knight Rider at all, and any similarity was purely coincidental and certainly not legally actionable. We also had Blue Thunder, another armoured helicopter, Viper, another car and host of others shows that involved sports-cars, helicopters, boats and aircraft.
This was the era of the super-vehicle. With Firefox, even proper movies were starting to take this stuff seriously, even if Clint Eastwood’s casting made taking it seriously much more difficult for the audience.
As well as the shows about super-powered machinery there was the other classic offerings, such as the A-team, the incredible hulk, the greatest american hero, Dukes of Hazard, Magnum, manimal and Automan. Most of them didn’t last but they left an impression on my young mind that was indelible, rather like having a stroke.
They mostly had a similar tone, a light-hearted, tongue in cheek sense of fun and adventure. They didn’t take themselves seriously, although they usually had moments of serious drama interspersed with ridiculous nonsense. Some were darker, the Incredible Hulk was a sombre, depressing show about a man struggling against his own identity, while shows like Automan were essentially comedies.
It was a time when the media knew its job was to entertain, not to force messages down people’s throats with the subtlety of an American politicians sexual advances.
Because I couldn’t afford a helicopter and talking cars didn’t exist, I was forced to grow up with an interest in motorcycles.
I often watched old episodes of my favourite shows and, for some reason, various elements got stuck in my head. I slowly became obsessed with the idea of writing a story about my love of 80s media by creating something of my own that was unashamedly inspired by them.
In my head I would create a new 80s television show and then imagine that it was now being rebooted in a more modern style and I was writing a novel based on the new version.
I knew it was going to be featuring an over-powered motorcycle that was armed to the teeth for reasons that made no logical sense whatsoever. I also wanted to make it feature a small, closely-knit team and involve super-powers, futuristic technology and all the other cliches from the era.
Like all modern remakes and reboots, there would be some race and gender swapping. Where the team in the original version might have all been men, this would be a more diverse cast, gently making fun of the modern trend.
After finishing a quite different, and more serious, book, my editor and collaborator, Seth asked me about what I was planning to do next, since we work quite closely together. I told him that I had an idea for a novel but wasn’t sure it was a good one.
I explained that it would be a story that was rooted in the 80s but was happening in modern times, thematically linked to the past. It would feature all of the cliches of the old television shows we had grown up watching and it would have the same tongue-in-cheek style narrative. But, it would also have a dark edge and an intricate, detailed plot. I also had a new method of telling a story that hadn’t been done before, and it would let me tell a non-linear story in a very simple way that anyone could follow.
He said it sounded interesting. I further explained what the story would revolve around and he said it still might be worth giving it a go, and he would feed back on how well it was working.
If it was terrible, we would abandon it.
The thing about Seth is that he doesn’t sugar-coat his opinion. If it’s terrible, he’ll tell you so, bluntly and directly. He respects me enough to be honest with me and I respect him enough to take his suggestions seriously. We get a lot more done, a lot quicker that way.
Dubiously I decided to call his bluff and actually started writing it. Each chapter was passed to Seth and I waited for his feedback, certain he was going to confirm my worst fears, that this was a stupid idea and I should crawl into a corner and cower in shame while I thought about what I’d done.
To my shock and amazement he showed even worse taste than me, or my wife, and said it was actually good. I kept turning it out, chapter after chapter, passing it along for approval and waiting for the verdict that this was indeed a horrible mistake.
Once it was finished he said quite the opposite. It was probably the most fun, enjoyable thing I had written. I had loved every minute of writing it and, for some reason the characters had jumped off the page and become real to me, more real than at any time before. When I said to Seth, what should we do next, he replied, ‘I think you should do another one of these.’
That was the last thing I’d expected and I sat in a coffee shop thinking about it, and decided he was right. I decided to give another one a go. Before I knew it, there were three of them written and off to be edited.
The first book was Traffic. It opens with the usual cliché of a man waking up with no memory of who he is. He steps out of a black room to be confronted by a gigantic man who could crush his skull with his bare hands.
Soon, he meets the woman in charge and is taken to the Hawk-Eye. It’s a mysterious secret project left over from research done in the 80s, and he discovers that it’s still unsurpassed to this day. Between the three of them, they must unravel the mysteries of what the Hawk-Eye is, how the man lost his memory and what connects all of them together.
What they accidentally uncover might have implications that threaten the whole world.

If you're interested, the first book in the trilogy is completely free on our site.

http://edgeverse.org/?page_id=1324

All of the books are up now, available on Amazon Kindle. We might arrange a free download weekend at some point soon so if you're interest, drop us a message here and we'll decide what to include.

Many thanks for reading.

Jack and Seth.
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