It started out as a screenplay idea that was workshopped in the UCLA writer’s program in 2008 and 2009. The idea fascinated me. What if you could surround yourself and interact with historical and celebrity characters? What if said historical and celebrity characters were used to solve mysteries? That’s a natural progression, right? Challenge accepted. A draft of the short novel was finished a year later and then the work of polishing began.
The science surrounding the story is dated now. Virtual gaming is practically a reality and, in a few short years, will surpass the ideas that are found in the book. Ultimately, the story is not about the science. There is a mystery, a dame that steps out of the detective’s past and a missing millionaire. Add a cross-dressing hitman, a casino enforcer named Johnny Nickels and you have a story with roots in the past, a foot into the future and a tongue firmly in its cheek. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, “The Holographic Detective Agency.”
Starting Friday, March 1st through the 7th, this work will be available exclusively on Kindle for only .99 cents. Tell your friends and even your enemies that, for a very short time, they can immerse themselves in the adventures of the digital detective Soloman Fisk. If you like, it write a review for Amazon. If not, don’t say a word. Nobody likes a whiner.
Beginning March 1st, my first novel, "The Holographic Detective Agency" will be available for Kindle for only .99 cents. This friends and family discount is only available for one week so take advantage. Here's the pitch:
Soloman Fisk is a brilliant recluse who has made a name for himself among the middle-aged male ultra-wealthy by coercing home their philandering trophy wives. His secret? A holographic stable of deceased celebrity icons and imposing historical figures that are so utterly real, the Missus can't wait to go home.
When mysterious ninja-like wraiths snatch software giant Aaron Gaines at a Las Vegas trade show, the quirky detective is called in. But Gaines is no stranger to Soloman: the two were once business partners before falling out. Now the FBI regards Soloman as chief suspect; a 300-pound cross-dressing mob enforcer wants him whacked; and his only clue is the wife of the victim a long-lost love he?s not entirely sure he can trust.
Interest piqued? Did I say that it is only .99 cents? Tell your friends.
The Holographic Detective Agency: A Soloman Fisk Mystery
by Amazon Digital Services LLC
Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K395QDS/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_OxaBCbNWND7SY
Feb 15, 2019
I want to make sure I thank all the people who made the writing of “Son of Ravage” possible. One person comes immediately to mind. Without her, the adventures of Barry Levitt and his collection of oddball friends would have never taken place. Thank you, Lisa Wittman, for insisting that I take a break an unsuccessful screenwriting career and attempt something out of my wheelhouse. Your literary handholding is deeply appreciated. Likewise, Richard Melo didn’t have to help, but did. Quite frankly, he is very busy and has a successful writing career of his own to worry about. I was quite lost, not sure what I was doing, and he stepped in with a bit of gentle nudging in the right direction. Thanks, Richard, and thanks for letting me read your fantastic novel, “Happy Talk.”
Rodney Sherwood is a successful entertainer/entrepreneur who owns a very unique Marketing Agency in Seattle Washington. He reached out to me months ago, having read my first novel, “The Holographic Detective Agency.” He was generous with his encouragement and praise and was anxious to read my next. I am extremely lucky to have a friend like Rodney.
I met Angela McKennie when she was being considered for the director position for a musical I had co-written,“Wild Space A Go Go.” She made quite an impression. She’s intelligent, funny and outspoken and I have asked her advice more than once. Without hesitation, she was willing to dig in to my new work and help in any way she could.
Brent Piaskoski is a funny, successful writer and television producer. We worked together way back in the eighties, in the remote Canadian wilderness of Saskatoon. He’s very busy and didn’t have to help, but he did with very kind words and encouragement, Brett reminds me how easy it is to lend a helping hand.
Aaron Montes is simply one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Aaron is the artist responsible for the Tanktop logo. I think it is brilliant and I laugh every time I see it. Hopefully, Aaron and I will have some tee-shirts available for fans soon.
Last, but not least, the one and only Brett Vail. I know from experience that Brett hates it when I sing his praises. Brett is an extremely talented filmmaker who happened to be brave enough to read several drafts of Ravage. Along with the afore mentioned Lisa Wittman, he kept encouraging me with enough praise to actually finish.
To all of the above, thank you.
Blog Part Deux.
Beware the Ides of March for they will reveal some exciting announcements. For a short time, the kindle version of my first novel, “The Holographic Detective Agency,” will be available for the low price of $1.99. Tell all of your friends. If you are a fan of tech noir, you might get a kick out of it. Second, and more exciting, We will be having a contest for an autographed copy of “Son of Savage” and perhaps one other exciting item. All you need to do to enter is join our friends at GoodReads. I will keep you posted on both of these exciting promotions.
Until then, don’t forget to leave the metal strainer on your head for the entire procedure.
SON OF RAVAGE (Book One)
“Son of Ravage” was borne out of a love of pulp fiction in general and pulp heroes in particular. I wanted to explore the possibilities of a modern protagonist and what would happen if he were suddenly gifted with extrordianary powers. Powers that were all to familar with the stories from the thirties and placed into a man with the unique foibles that only come from these modern times. I placed the story in the eighties and, well, if you read the book, you will find out why. No spoilers. The novel is also about family, friends and what holds us all together.
This is the first in a series of Barry’s adventures. A draft is nearly completed of the second book and I hope to share with you little snippets along the way.
I will be announcing some upcoming podcasts, Ravager products, exciting news, and give-aways and I invite you to participate and post your comments here. “Son of Ravage” is available on Amazon, Amazon Kindle and will soon be popping up in another venues and stores.
Have fun and remember The Ravager Pledge:
“All living creatures are sacred, save villains who are a malignant scourge on this earth. Read often and attempt to comprehend as much as you can. Use a Dictionary. Vote in all elections, not just the national ones. Respect your elders unless, of course, they happen to be villains. Strive to be your best, remaining humble only when the situation requires it. Honor the flag but never hide behind it. Don’t forget, your property taxes pay for decent schools and services. Do not suffer fools gladly and suffer villains less. Recycle and take public transportation. Be kind, vigilant and, most important, prove yourself always to be a good and faithful friend.”
J.P. Linde, February 8, 2019
J.P. Linde has successfully delivered a novel that is both a loving homage to the pulp fiction genre, and a hilarious satire of it.
The story grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let go, as the adventure winds through scenes of ninjas, gangsters, punk rock, drug lords, futuristic inventions, cults, and – perhaps most terrifying of all – suburban Weight Watchers meetings.
Linde has a gift for using language and references that perfectly capture the various time periods in which his story takes place. His vast and detailed knowledge of American pop culture spans decades, and he effortlessly transports the reader from the 1980s to the 50s and back again. His solid storytelling makes it easy to visualize the book’s fast-paced action. Linde’s characters and plot-lines are unpredictable, funny, and completely captivating.
He has masterfully combined descriptive prose, snappy dialogue, and non-stop escapades to create a novel that fills the reader with bemused anxiety in the best possible way. “Son of Ravage” is “the Goonies meet James Bond meets Gulliver’s Travels.” The humor ranges from slapstick to sardonic to delightfully absurd. I will look forward to more works from this author and would love to see this novel adapted as an animated series; the color, excitement, and tongue-in-cheek comedy that Linde has so skillfully woven together would lend itself perfectly to that medium. Above all, this is just a really fun read. I hereby take the “The Ravager Pledge!"
SON OF SAVAGE IS AVAILABLE AT AMAZON ON BOTH KINDLE AND PAPERBACK
In 1981, J.P. Linde co-wrote and appeared in a one-man comedy show titled “Casually Insane.” Shortly after, he joined the ranks of stand-up comedy and performed in clubs and colleges throughout the United States and Canada. In 1989, he made his national television debut on “Showtime’s Comedy Club Network.” He wrote the libretto for the musical comedy “Wild Space A Go Go” and co-wrote and co-produced the feature motion picture, “Axe to Grind.” “Son of Ravage” is his second novel.