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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Featured Indie Book: Task Force: Gaea - Finding Balance (David Berger)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Fantasy Adventure Task Force: Gaea - Finding Balance by Indie Author David Berger - Illustrations by Michael Hamlett.

The Book has been self-published via Smashwords & CreateSpace - 380 pages, released in February 2012, and is available as Paperback and eBook.

Task Force: Gaea - Finding Balance (David's Berger's Debut Novel) is a compelling chronicle of how the folly of the gods reshapes history, and only mortals—thousands of years later—can hope to fix that which an angry goddess destroyed .

David Berger installed also a companion Task Force: Gaea Website [see links below] where you find tons of information about the Characters, Gods, Story Background, etc with great Illustrations.  

About the Book

When Zeus fails to ask the ancient goddess Nyx for guidance in establishing Mount Olympos, she destroys the Sacred Scales, unhinging the cosmic balance. A victim of this Chaos, Apollo falls prey to Zeus’ wrath, sentenced to a life of mortality.

His new journey makes him question his godhood in existential ways as well as his views on humanity. Prophecy and the Fates direct his course, and he must make difficult, yet vital, choices.

Thousands of years later, prophecy demands that four mortals restore the Order, even if it means they might never have existed.

Can mortals succeed where gods dare not go?

Task Force Gaea - David Berger

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "This book is an adventure, well written you feel like you personally know all of the characters in the book and you experience everything they experience. I couldn't put it down; and when I finished it - the only word I am able to think of is WOW what an amazing story!" - Erikalyn Wheeler (Amazon)

- "[...] The story of this book is a really inspiring and uplifting one, and I can't wait for the sequel. Go Mr. Berger!" - Carmen Fernandez (Amazon)

- "[...] I found I couldn't stop reading....it really captured my interest and I didn't want to put it down...[...]" - Bird722 (Amazon)

About the Author

David Berger is High School AP and IB English teacher. College professor. Hibernophile. Avid reader of fantasy fiction and comic books, especially Wonder Woman. Writer. Poet. Traveler. Student of life. Lover of mythology, mostly Greek. Inspiree of the Muses. Boston born, grew up on Long Island, NY, and living the dream. Loves life, and hopes it loves him in return.

David is a recently published independent author, although he has been writing for almost 30 years. He started writing short fiction in high school, one story—“The Olympus Corps.”—became the seed from which the novel grew.

David wrote poetry and he hadn’t given much thought to longer pieces until later in high school. He would say it was a hobby, but a serious one. Back then, he was artistic, too, so aside from writing, he sketched, painted, sculpted, etc.

Writing seemed to stick, though, and one specific class assignment had them writing short stories in their favorite genre - he chose sci-fi/fantasy. He was a comic book fan since he was 10 and had fallen in love with characters like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, so this story was not only easy to write, but also much fun. That story, “The Olympus Corps.,” written back in 1984, became the inspiration for his first, recently self-published, novel—Task Force: Gaea.

What was once a hobby has evolved into a passion.

Interview with David Berger
(DJ, one of David Berger's Students interviewed the author)

The author about his book:  "This story twists the ancient myths we grow up with, where what the reader knows about the Olympian gods, or thinks he knows, is challenged in fresh and curious ways. 

One god’s journey and actions unimaginably affect the entire universe. 

Task Force: Gaea starts with one god’s banishment into the world of humankind as a mortal, and the growth process that ensues. Apollo’s journey helps him to understand, sometimes unwillingly, how the world works. When an Olympian god becomes human, he has to relearn how to live, not simply how to exist, in the world. 

When we, too, are thrust into circumstances beyond our control, we have to adapt to our new surroundings or falter, but no matter where we go, we have always been human, with mortal sensibilities. What makes this novel distinctive is that it gives the reader insight into a god’s mind, and how he has to learn about human failings as well as triumphs—as a human. And Olympos will never be the same."

Links to the Author and the Book

Link to the Task Force: Gaea Website

Connect with David Berger via Twitter @MrDBerger

Link to the Book Task Force Gaea - Finding Balance with Excerpt on Amazon

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