It's live!! Cover Reveal: Silence of Six by E.C. Myers + Giveaway (US/Canada)

It's live!! Cover Reveal: Silence of Six by E.C. Myers + Giveaway (US/Canada)

 

Welcome to the second cover reveal of the week! We even have an excerpt from the novel!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for SILENCE OF SIX by E.C. Myers, releasing November 5, 2014 from Adaptive Books. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from E.C.:

 

Hi, YABCers!
 
O's yu vrkgykj zu mobk eua znk bkxe loxyz ruuq gz se tkc tubkr, ZNK YORKTIK UL YOD! Uuvy, yuxxe — luxik ul nghoz.
 
Hold on a second... Okay, that’s better. Did you understand that? The text above says “I'm so pleased to give you the very first look at my new novel, THE SILENCE OF SIX! Oops, sorry — force of habit.”
 
Ever since I read Alvin’s Secret Code by Clifford Hicks when I was a kid, I have been fascinated with ciphers. This one is pretty easy to crack, but I got to play with some more challenging puzzles in THE SILENCE OF SIX. Designing a book cover is a little like cryptography: You try several different approaches and when you hit on the right one, it just fits. That’s how it was with this cover! As soon as I saw what the brilliant creative team at Adaptive Books had come up with, I knew it was the perfect image to convey the intrigue, technology, and darkness at the core of the story — without giving away too much.
 
Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Share the cover and excerpt by linking back here! Enter the giveaway! Tell your friends!
 
This message will self destruct.
 
(Just kidding.)
 
~ E.C. Myers (THE SILENCE OF SIX, Adaptive Books)
 

 

 

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THE SILENCE OF SIX

by E.C. Myers
Release date: November 5, 2014
Publisher: Adaptive Books
ISBN-13: 978-0-9960666-2-4
 
 
About the Book
 
"What is the Silence of Six, and what are you going to do about it?"
 
These are the last words uttered by 17-year old Max Stein’s genius best friend Evan just moments before he kills himself after hacking into the live-streaming Presidential Debate at their high school.
 
Haunted by the unforgettable image of his best friend’s death, Max’s entire world is upended as he suddenly finds himself the target of a corporate-government witch-hunt. Fearing for his life and fighting for his own innocence, Max is on the run with no one to trust and too many unanswered questions.
 
Max must dust off his own hacking skills and maneuver through the dangerous labyrinth of underground hacktivist networks, ever-shifting alliances and virtual identities – all the while hoping to find the truth behind the “Silence of Six” before it’s too late.
 

Excerpt from the Book

The ninety minutes flew by. In no time, Avery said, “Our last video question comes from Samir Gupta in Bakersfield, California.”

Pixels danced in the video box onscreen.

“I’m sorry. We’re having some technical—” Avery had one finger pressed to the earpiece in his left ear. Then the distorted pattern of blocks resolved into a face. “Oh, here we are.”

But the face wasn’t human: It was a sinister mask.

A bright light gave its bone-white surface a ghostly glow and plunged the background into shadows. It had a grotesque expression, with demonic eyes, a furrowed brow, and a horrible grimace.

Kids around Max gasped and murmured. Several students said the words that were also running through Max’s head: Dramatis Personai. The mask was reminiscent of the ones worn by members of the well-known hacker group when they addressed the public.

Avery turned to the technicians working in the wings. “That’s the wrong video,” he hissed off-mike.

“Hello?” the figure said. The voice was as unsettling as the mask, digitally altered to be flat and low-pitched.

The figure turned to the right and stared into the darkness for a moment. It wore a red-hooded sweatshirt, the hood drawn over the head.

Max’s heart beat faster and his palms prickled with anxiety.

The figure turned back to face the camera and took a deep breath. “My name is STOP.”

What? No.

STOP was Evan’s online handle.

STOP leaned closer to the camera and Max instinctively leaned closer too, trying to get a better look at him. There were twin glints behind the large, dark eyeholes of the mask, like light reflecting off lenses. Evan was practically blind without glasses.

It couldn’t be.

“What’s going on?” Avery asked in an exasperated voice.

“Do you really want to know?” STOP asked.

Evan, what are you doing?

“He answered me! Is this video live?” Avery looked at the screen with his hand cupped over his mike. “What do you mean, you don’t know where it’s coming from?”

“Just listen,” STOP said. Even through the audio filter, there was no mistaking the urgency and desperation in his voice. “Please listen.”

Three loud tones punctuated the audio. Max and his classmates flinched.

“I have a question.” STOP took a deep breath and looked straight into the camera. Max shivered. From where he was sitting, it was as if STOP was looking straight at him.

“What is the silence of six, and what are you going to do about it?” STOP pushed his hood back. Evan’s usually wispy brown hair was greasy and dull, matted against his head.

He reached off screen with his right hand and used his left to slowly lift his mask enough to reveal his nose and mouth.

He had a few days’ growth of stubble and his pale skin glistened with sweat.

Max gripped the armrests of his seat. What the hell was he doing?

In his own undisguised voice, Evan mumbled. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. . . ”

Something dark flashed in the light from the desk lamp. It took Max a moment longer to figure out what Evan was holding in his right hand.

It didn’t register immediately because it didn’t belong there. It didn’t belong in Evan’s mouth.

S**t, that’s a gun, Max thought.

The sharp pop of a gunshot tore through the quiet. The video jumped as Evan’s body jerked and fell backward into the shadows with a sickening, wet thud. Blood speckled the camera lens and the light turned red.

The audience gasped then fell quiet.

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_ECMYERS_Color-225x339.jpgAbout the Author

E.C. Myers was assembled in the U.S. from Korean and German parts and raised by a single mother and the public library in Yonkers, New York. He is the author of the Andre Norton Award–winning young adult novel Fair Coin and Quantum Coin, as well as numerous short stories. He currently lives with his wife, two doofy cats, and a mild-mannered dog in Pennsylvania. You can find traces of him all over the internet, but especially at http://ecmyers.net and on Twitter: @ecmyers.
 

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Giveaway Details

Two winners will each receive an ARC of SILENCE OF SIX.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

What do you think about the cover and synopsis?

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Guest - Susan (website) on Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:42

Love it! What a badass cover! I can't wait to read.

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Love it! What a badass cover! I can't wait to read.
Guest - Christa (website) on Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:59

It looks fantastic! Very mysterious. Can't wait to read it.

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It looks fantastic! Very mysterious. Can't wait to read it.
Sandra Lam (website) on Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:28

The cover looks very interesting! Very mysterious.

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The cover looks very interesting! Very mysterious.
Alison Marie on Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:32

Can't wait. Loved Fair Coin and love E.C.!

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Can't wait. Loved Fair Coin and love E.C.!
Guest - Dina on Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:54

I really like the synopsis and the cover. They are both very interesting and I would love to read this book.

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I really like the synopsis and the cover. They are both very interesting and I would love to read this book.
Dawn Newman on Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:59

Alison pointed the way here, and I'm glad she did. This book looks intriguing!

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Alison pointed the way here, and I'm glad she did. This book looks intriguing!
Sierra Davenport on Friday, 12 September 2014 00:30

This cover is awesome! It makes me want to read it more than the synopsis does lol. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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This cover is awesome! It makes me want to read it more than the synopsis does lol. Thanks for the giveaway!!
Krista Bergman on Friday, 12 September 2014 11:01

I think the cover is dark and intriguing and the synopsis sounds really interesting!

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I think the cover is dark and intriguing and the synopsis sounds really interesting!
Guest - Hernandez (website) on Friday, 12 September 2014 11:01

Great cover. I think it definitely would appeal to readers like my 14 year-old son. The synopsis was good, but the excerpt seals the deal.

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Great cover. I think it definitely would appeal to readers like my 14 year-old son. The synopsis was good, but the excerpt seals the deal.
Sandy Brownlee on Friday, 12 September 2014 11:09

I really like the cover. As for the synopsis, the content is good, but the first sentence reads a bit clunky. It could be tweaked, maybe?

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I really like the cover. As for the synopsis, the content is good, but the first sentence reads a bit clunky. It could be tweaked, maybe?

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