Sam Sisavath - The Purge of Babylon
Stock up on food and take the phone off the hook…
You won’t want anyone or anything disturbing you while you finish off this series. Natural disasters? Keep your head down and keep on reading. The Purge of Babylon had me up till the small hours, binge reading from one book to the next.
This series is utterly gripping with plenty of action, from the first sentence of the first book. The fights are incredible, the ghouls horrific and the human survivors captivating. The combination of finger-biting (forget the nails, they’re long gone) action and complex convincing characters is a winner.
The only thing I didn’t enjoy about this series was the attrition rate among survivors. The people in the story are so well drawn that it hurts when they die or turn. However, the loss of so many great characters ultimately makes the series even more gripping. The reader can never relax and let the tension ease in the certainty that, despite the danger, everyone will survive. Unfortunately they won’t. However, those who do live keep going against incredible odds and the reader is drawn along with them. Their story is intense, but I just can’t quit.
Hear what Sam Sisavath has to say about the mistakes he made when he published his first book…
What I did wrong? Oh, let me count the ways: A cover that, while cool (to me anyway) doesn’t really sell the genre (where are the vampires? the monsters? the ghouls?), a title that is, to put it mildly, kind of ridiculous, and absolutely zero marketing. I had no fan base and the only person who bought my book when I published was...me. Only because I never told anyone, mind you, not because my friends and family hate me.
Thank you, Sam for that insight into some of the pitfalls of indie publishing. Fortunately the book sold itself and word of mouth soon had copies moving at ballistic speed. Catch one now and you’ll be in for quite a ride.