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SENTINELS: METALGOD Arrives in Trade Paperback!

The Next Epic Adventure in “The World’s Greatest Superhero Novel Series” Begins Here!

White Rocket Books proudly announces the release in trade paperback format of Van Allen Plexico’s SENTINELS: METALGOD, the newest adventure in the famed and very popular cosmic superhero saga!
Debuting in 2008 with Sentinels: When Strikes the Warlord from Swarm Press, Plexico’s Sentinels series has built a worldwide base of enthusiastic fans eager for another installment in the action-packed series.  Now the new volume has arrived—as has perhaps the deadliest threat yet encountered: Metalgod!
In the wake of the Worldmind/Stellarax Crisis, what’s left of the team has scattered to the four winds. Brachis and Mondrian cross the depths of space in a desperate attempt to stave off galactic civil war, while Pulsar and her sister work to assemble an entirely new team of heroes back on Earth. Time is short, the supply of heroes is shorter, and no one is exactly who he appears to be.  And into this precarious situation arrives the deadly and enigmatic mechanoid from space—the being known only as METALGOD!
Presenting the first volume in the new SENTINELS story arc—a great “jumping-on point”—where action and adventure await at every turn, and nothing is quite what it seems!  Interior illustrations are by fan-favorite series artist Chris Kohler, who also takes over cover art duties this time around, assisted with fantastic color work by the incomparable Sarah White.
“This book accomplishes several major things,” says Plexico of METALGOD. “We get to see Pulsar fighting to become the leader everyone hopes she can be, attempting to assemble an entirely new team before another disaster strikes—as you know it will.  We see Esro and Mondy assuming their rightful roles as members of the Elites, dealing with a coming galactic war. There’s action, danger, and even comedy—and we get what I think is the biggest shock ending in the series to date.  Better buckle up!”
“I’ve already bought the next Sentinels book! Van’s got me hooked!” says Percival Constantine, author of Fallen.
“Spectacular.  Action-packed. Imaginative and wonderful,” adds Pulp Fiction Reviews.  “If you grew up loving the Avengers comic books from Marvel, these books are for you in a big, big way.”
The previous volume, Stellarax, was nominated for Author, Artist, and Novel of the Year by PulpArk.
White Rocket Booksis a leader in the New Pulp movement, publishing exciting action and adventure novels and anthologies since 2005, in both traditional and electronic formats.   White Rocket books have hit the Amazon.com Top 15-by-Genre and reached as high as #2 on the New Pulp Bestsellers List, and have garnered praise from everyone from Marvel Comics Vice-President Tom Brevoort to Kirkus Reviews.
SENTINELS: METALGODis a $14.95, 6×9 format trade paperback from White Rocket Books.  (Previous volumes in the series are available in two omnibus paperbacks, and each is a $2.99 e-book for Kindle and other e-readers.)
194 pages; 5 full-page illustrations by Chris Kohler
ISBN-13:   978-0-61573-390-6 (6×9” Trade Paperback)


This week on the White Rocket Podcast, a part of the Earth Station One Network, New Pulp Author Van Allen Plexico is joined by writer/publisher/director Jim Yelton for part 2 of their exploration of Marvel’s movies, past-present-future. Van and Jim also look at what DC is doing (and should be doing).  It’s a fun show.

This and all previous episodes are available on iTunes (Search “White Rocket Podcast”) or at http://www.whiterocketbooks.com

Next week, Van is joined by Mark Finn (author of BLOOD AND THUNDER: THE LIFE AND ART OF ROBERT E HOWARD) to talk about Richard Stark’s violent world of PARKER!

Episode 7 of The White Rocket Podcast is now available on Podbean, iTunes, via the Podcast app on iPhone/iPad, or you can use the mini-player at the White Rocket site.

Listen to Part 1 of this conversation here.


Art: James Burns

Art: Chris Kohler

For a limited time only, you can get the BLACKTHORN: THUNDER ON MARS anthology from White Rocket Books for just 99 cents on your Kindle!

Sorcery & science battle on future Mars!

Winner of “Best New Character of the Year” at PulpArk 2012, Blackthorn: Thunder on Mars features stories by Bobby Nash, Sean Taylor, Mark Bousquet, Ian Watson, James Palmer, Joe Crowe, and Van Allen Plexico with interior illustrations by Chris Kohler under a cover by James Burns.

Art: James Burns

Get your $0.99 Blackthorn: Thunder on Mars ebook here.
This special price is for a limited time only so don’t delay!

Betrayed and left for dead on the battlefield, US Army General John Blackthorn awakens many thousands of years later to find himself trapped amidst the ruins of a post-apocalyptic Mars, his only companions a savage Mock-Man and a mysterious sorceress.

Their war to free this strange new world from oppression won’t be easy: Arrayed against them are the four tyrannical First Men–masters of magic and technology alike–the dreaded Sorcerers of Mars!

Art: Chris Kohler

“Original, entertaining, action-packed!” –Wayne Reinagel, author of the Pulp Heroes and Modern Marvels novels.

In the spirit of “Thundarr the Barbarian” and “John Carter of Mars,” Blackthorn: Thunder on Mars is action and adventure as General Blackthorn and his companions battle the tyrannical Sorcerers of Mars!

Get your $0.99 Blackthorn: Thunder on Mars ebook here.
Also available in paperback here.


Marvel’s The Avengers

On this week’s episode of the White Rocket Podcast (part of the ESO Network!), host Van Allen Plexico is joined by writer/director/publisher Jim Yelton to talk about the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Van and Jim start with the really bad Marvel stuff from back in the day and explore how they came from those humble beginnings to dominate superhero movies today.

Episode 6 of The White Rocket Podcast is now available on Podbean, iTunes, via the Podcast app on iPhone/iPad, or you can use the mini-player at the White Rocket site.


Cover Art: Chris Kohler. Colors: Sarah White

White Rocket Books has shared a sneak preview of the wraparound cover for the upcoming release, SENTINELS Vol. 7: METALGOD, a novel by New Pulp Author Van Allen Plexico.

The Metalgod cover is pencilled and inked by longtime Sentinels interior artist, Chris Kohler (Metalgod marks his first cover art for the series) with color art by Sarah White (her Sentinels debut).  Design work is by Van Allen Plexico. You can view the full cover above as well as here.

“The design and cover logo are slightly different from previous books,” said Plexico of the cover. “I figured the first volume in a new arc was the best time to try a somewhat different look.”

Sentinels Vol. 7: Metalgod will be on sale in early December in paperback and Kindle from White Rocket Books.


On this week’s episode of the White Rocket Podcast (now part of the ESO Network), Author Van Allen Plexico is joined by his longtime friend and collaborative partner, Robert J. Politte for a wide-ranging discussion of superheroes in various media–especially including the new and growing field of independent superhero novels. They also discuss influences from their favorite comic book stories and creators of the past. Find The white Rocket Podcast episode 3 on iTunes or at: http://whiterocket.podbean.com/

Plus, Van introduces the White Rocket Podcast on episode 136 of the Earth Station One podcast this week.


Just in time for Halloween— New Pulp author and artist David Wright visits The White Rocket Podcast to talk about Stephen King’s epic THE DARK TOWER saga with host, New Pulp author Van Allen Plexico.

Spoilers aplenty! Van and David talk about every book and even dig into the ending of the whole story– what it really meant, and how they feel about it. You can listen now at www.whiterocketbooks.com/wrpodcast.

Note: This is the last episode of The White Rocket Podcast before it officially joins Earth Station One‘s  ESO Network of shows.


Cover Art: Mitch Foust

White Rocket Books has collected New Pulp Author Van Allen Plexico’s second trilogy in the saga of The Sentinels in an omnibus edition. Sentinels: The Rivals: Omnibus 2 is authored by Van Allen Plexico with illustrations by Chris Kohler.

About Sentinels: The Rivals:
The Sentinels and their oldest enemies must band together as four Great Rivals–cosmic beings of unimaginable power, to whom humans are but insects–renew their ancient war high above the Earth.

But even as our heroes and their foes all rush into space in a hopeless effort to drive away these malevolent menaces, new clues to the origins of Ultraa and Vanadium emerge–revelations that will rock the team to its foundations, and challenge everything we thought we knew about the SENTINELS!

This second omnibus volume contains all three novels in the “Rivals” trilogy, including The Shiva Advent, Worldmind, and the PulpArk “Novel of the Year” nominee, Stellarax, along with all fifteen of Chris Kohler’s mind-blowing interior illustrations and a new painted cover by artist extraordinaire Mitch Foust.

It’s more than 700 pages of cosmic superhero action–continuing the greatest superhero novel saga of them all–from the author Pulp Fiction Reviews calls “The Master of Space Opera!”

Sentinels: The Rivals is now available in trade paperback via Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Sentinels-The-Rivals-Omnibus-2/dp/0984139273 and at CreateSpace at www.createspace.com/3772075 .

Original series co-plotter Bobby Politte will be joining Van Allen Plexico on an upcoming episode of the White Rocket Podcast to discuss their influences in creating the characters and the series.