Here at C.O.P., we were sure of only a few things: buying “cheap” is always a false economy, dogs are better than cats, and China would spontaneously forgive the US debt before we saw a title for “Book 3”.
It’s good to be wrong sometimes.
If you’ve been to the home site, you’ve seen the working title has been Blood Libel for a while now. Imagine our joy now that the ultimate metaphor for murder is indelibly associated with a politically popular moron.
On a more positive note, our famously under-producing author finally delivered some viable alternatives. Guess the new office chairs worked. Or was it the singing? No matter.
Lex Talionis / Law of Retribution
The Exhausted Dead / Lord of the Exhausted Dead
Daimonioi / Those Driven by Demons
Morituri / We Who Are About to Die
While we haven’t decided for sure which will be selected, you can be sure there will be no more references to “Book 3”. If media attention to “Blood Libel” fades (and we realize by posting this, we are keeping it alive), we may also keep that title in consideration. Your input is highly valued and welcome.
Artwork for the new cover is still in the initial stages, yet the basic idea is in place. It will be an homage to one of the most powerful images we’ve ever seen: John Heartfield’s Peace and Fascism
The image is severe. Moving. Terrifying. And it conveys the central truth in the story’s theme.
Ruthless militarism is incompatible with long term survival.
This book will be the culmination of events–journey’s end for Argo, Maiella, and Thompson. Action and emotion de Profundis. We’re excited to see this one finished. Many of you have said the same. So feel free to drop Mr. Farnham a note and let him know it’s rude to keep people waiting.