Rise the Dark releases in less than a week, and the reviews already are starting to come in. Here are a few of the early thoughts about the book:
This book arrived with high praise from several stars of the genre — “A master,” says Stephen King; “Outstanding,” adds Lee Child — and they’re right. “Rise the Dark” is both first-rate entertainment and an unusually interesting thriller in terms of its characters, its plot and the ideas it explores, which include the electrical grid, Tesla’s history, spiritualism and the nation’s possible vulnerability to a right-wing takeover.
Among his many gifts, Michael Koryta is a virtuoso in his use of outdoor settings…his thrillers present the great outdoors in their most frightening aspects. The book’s atmospheric power and strong cast of supporting characters make “Rise the Dark” compelling from the get go.
Library Journal — starred review:
A compelling narrative, relatable characters, and action scenes that play out like a blockbuster film, Koryta has written his best book to date. Highly recommended for fans of the author and readers of Dan Brown and Dennis Lehane.
“Pulse-pounding…the dramatic conclusion does justice to the suspenseful setup.”
To gear up for the release of Rise the Dark, we are doing a special pre-order promotion! Between now and August 16, if you send a receipt or photo of a receipt for a pre-order of Rise the Dark to firstname.lastname@example.org, and share the contest post on Facebook, you’ll be entered to win signed copies from some of Michael’s favorite authors. We will have three winners:
Third place: a signed hardcover copy of Michael Connelly’s novel The Crossing, one of Michael’s all-time favorite writers.
Second place: a signed hardcover of Joe Hill’s novel The Fireman, Michael’s favorite novel of the summer so far.
First place: A signed and limited edition copy of Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, a modern crime classic in a gorgeous edition done by Cemetery Dance, who also publish Michael’s limited editions. This is a one-of-kind collectible. Here’s a description of the book, and an example of the quality that Cemetery Dance brings to their work:
Slipcased Hardcover Limited Edition:
• Personally signed by the author on a unique signature page
• Bound with leather and full-cloth
• Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
• Stylish black and white marbled endpapers
• Smyth sewn binding
• Housed in a hand-made slipcase
Michael signed a book or two yesterday at the Hachette Book Group distribution center! He says many of the books were filled with valuable Pokemon Go creatures, but that you must purchase the books in order to capture them. If that isn’t reward enough, some of the books are inscribed with the phrase “Cooke City,” a central location in both Rise the Dark and Those Who Wish Me Dead. Buy one of those, send us a private message with a photo, and we will send you a full set of all 12 of Michael’s signed hardcovers.
It was an unbelievable honor to throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium last night (went with my patented side-splitter). I’m most grateful to the Yankees and Hachette Book Group for the chance. Unforgettable night.
For the record, equipment used: 1) Cavaliers bag to carry glove, #believeland; 2) my agent’s first little league glove, Andy Carey model, a piece of vintage Yanks history; 3) Baseball cap from the Cooke City General Store in Cooke City, Montana.
Was it a strike? Well let me assure you of this: nobody in the majors has even made contact with a pitch like it this year! Many thanks to all involved.
Watch Michael’s First Pitch!
Article from Shelf Awareness June 28, 2016:
In an unusual book-and-baseball promotion, the first 10,000 fans 18 years and older at tonight’s game between the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers (go, Yanks!) at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y., will receive a free e-book edition of The Prophet by Michael Koryta, who will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The giveaway is part
of the Yankees’ New York Times First Pitch Series and is sponsored by Little, Brown and Hachette Book Group, which calls this “the first e-book giveaway ever at a major sporting event.”
Fans will receive cards with a promotion code. On Bookshout, the publisher’s redemption partner, fans can enter the promotion code and receive the e-book, which can be read on a desktop, mobile phone or tablet.
“Reading today takes place in so many places–at home before bed but also in line at the grocery store. Why not during the seventh inning stretch?” said Heather Fain, senior v-p, marketing strategy, Hachette Book Group. “Hachette is always looking for new ways to engage readers, introduce them to writers they haven’t tried, and make it easy to always have a great book on hand. Working with the Yankees allows us to challenge the notion of what is and isn’t the ‘right’ time to read.”
Indianapolis Business Journal reporter Lou Harry traveled with Michael to the 2016 BookExpo America, which is the nation’s largest industry-only gathering for the book publishing business.
You can read the article here, and learn more about how Michael is adapting to changes in the book publishing industry.