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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Rijel 12: The Rise of New Australia: An action-packed thrill ride of rebellion and hope by King Medlin

The remote Intergalactic Penal Colony on the planet Rijel 12 is a very profitable enterprise. Its desolate surface is an uninhabitable wasteland relentlessly scorched by its sun, but inside the planet is a vast treasure trove of the most precious resources in the galaxy.


Description:

Published: November 22nd, 2018

The remote Intergalactic Penal Colony on the planet Rijel 12 is a very profitable enterprise. Its desolate surface is an uninhabitable wasteland relentlessly scorched by its sun, but inside the planet is a vast treasure trove of the most precious resources in the galaxy.

Prisoners sentenced to Rijel 12 know it’s a one-way ticket. It used to be a convict would serve their time and come home. That stopped a while ago. Inmates are forced to work the mines in wretched conditions and the death rate is staggering. Luckily for the warden, new inmates arrive monthly to replenish the labor pool. Business has never been better.

From the darkness of their miserable existence, one prisoner decides to take a stand and begins to organize a resistance. Inmates rally to the cause and prepare for rebellion. Can the rag-tag rebels of ‘New Australia’ succeed in their quest for freedom or will the warden and the overpowering might of the Interplanetary Authority extinguish their only hope?

From new author, King Everett Medlin, comes an action-packed epic of hope, rebellion, and the quest for redemption.

EXCERPT

The hard life of mining killed off thousands of prisoners every year, and there was no predictable pattern to it.  Stronger prisoners died in the mines just as easily as weaker prisoners. Determination to survive, or resentment at having been sent to this subterranean hell, could certainly sustain a being for a while, but accidents were quite common.  Death could come easily, and at most any time.  Prison administrators didn’t care.  They didn’t have to.  In another few weeks, there’d be a ship arriving with more prisoners anyway.  Life deteriorated into a matter of brutal survival for the desperate beings on Rijel 12.

After half an Earth century of dumping unfortunate prisoners on the planet, the place had become a death sentence, and everyone knew it.  Inmates would tell newly arrived prisoners, and even prison officials communicated the same message.  As one infamously cruel guard used to put it to arriving convicts as they were processed in the receiving bay, “You have been sent here to die, and that is likely what you’ll do.  Accept it, and your miserable existence here may end peacefully.  Who knows?  You may die tomorrow.  We don’t know, and we don’t care.  Work and you eat.  Eat and you live.  That’s all you need to know for now.”

And yet fifty Earth years after its creation, even when faced with such an impossible existence, amazingly, some beings learned how to survive.  They adapted, and they overcame by creating a society of their own.  Leaders arose, structure developed, and the situation stabilized, partly driven by necessity and partly due to the sheer determination of intelligent creatures seeking to exist, no matter what the circumstances. They figured out ways to live on.

About the author:
King Everett Medlin has been writing since 2013 when he first developed the idea for Rijel 12. It was originally designed to be a SciFi series, with the objective of creating several short installments. Instead, he got a lucky break when Chandra Press from San Diego responded favorably to the original draft, deciding to publish it as a full-length novel. King lives in Denver, Colorado with his lovely wife Caroline and has two grown children. He's a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he played college Rugby and remains a diehard Sooners fan to this day. His specialties are Science Fiction and Mystery/Suspense novels, focusing on unusual stories with intriguing plot-lines and amazing characters.

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21 comments:

P Loveday said...

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Betul E. said...

Sounds like a great read!

Laura Thomas said...

This sounds exciting and I really like the cover. I'll be adding this to my science fiction list.

Wendy Hutton said...

thanks sounds like a great book

ShirleyAnn said...

The book sounds really good and is definitley going on my wish list.

Calvin F. said...

That's one badass cover.

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a good book.

Nancy P said...

Sounds very unique & intriguing.

Bocephallus said...

I loved reading King's bio. I am happy for him, and I look forward to reading all his work. (jozywails@gmail.com)

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deasuluna said...

The Excerpt makes this book look like it is going to be a great read and a must for Sci-fi lovers.

Dale Wilken said...

Sounds really great.

Joseph Wallace said...

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Amy Friedentag said...

The story sounds like its full of adventure and action. Very intriguing!

Kelly Simpson said...

Very intresting and exciting story line!

Danielle Merkle said...

Sounds like a great read

Dan Denman said...

The book cover is really good. This sounds like a good science fiction thriller.

Dario Z said...

Judging by the excerpt, this book is really interesting, looking forward to reading it!

Heather D said...

New Australia sounds pretty hardcore to live in.

bluecat said...

Thank you for introducing a new-to-me author.

CCAM said...

Penal Colonies with an only one-way ticket it's not a new subject, but also many of these stories are good and very good with enough original elements. Therefore I'll give this book to my husband :P
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