I’m excited, Surprise Attack is now in stock and shipping from Amazon. It is in bookstore distribution and available for order – but it probably won’t make it on to the shelves for another couple of weeks. Should certainly be there around Labor Day. We actually beat the publishers target release by a few weeks, not always an easy thing to do, especially when with end notes and index it came in at a whopping 568 pages. Counterpoint did an fantastic job with the layout and font sizing; it’s amazingly readable for a book that size.
It’s had positive advance reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly; a Library Journal article described it as being among the most “intriguing” books for this fall. That’s about as good an adjective as a history book is going to get, especially when you make a serious effort at being objective and don’t try to play to a particular “base”. I’ve noticed that when I say things people already agree with it’s very well received; when I don’t I suddenly become a lot less bright – but since I’m not running for office and not writing against a given political agenda, that just comes with the territory.
I’ll have more to say about the book of course, it’s particularly important to me because I constantly encounter incomplete and misinformation about the events that it covers, especially in regard to some more contemporary events. I can’t promise readers they will like everything in the book, that’s unlikely given its subject and breadth. What I can promise is that it’s as close to real history as I could take it. If it sounds interesting, buy it, read it, pass the word about it to your friends, relay it on social media and I’ll be here to respond to your questions as comments as I have on all my other works.
Note: The publisher advises me that it takes two three weeks for Barnes and Noble to actually get the books into all their stores. In addition, for their larger stores Surprise Attack should begin showing up on their “new non-fiction book” stands/tables beginning the week of September 22. How and when the independent book stories shelve it is an individual matter – so feel free to go into your local store and ask for it…repeatedly….no need to be shy…