Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Blog Tour - Homecoming - Osguards: Guardians of the Universe by Malcolm Petteway

Meet Malcolm Petteway:

Malcolm Dylan Petteway is a military analyst and a twenty-year veteran of the United States Air Force. He flew B-52's as an Electronic Warfare Officer and has 3,000 flight hours and 300 combat hours. In his distinguished career, Malcolm has used his knowledge in the art of war, military weapons and combat defenses in planning over 400 combat sorties. Besides his Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters and numerous other awards, Malcolm is the recipient of the U.S. Air Force Air Medal and the U.S. Air Force Air Achievement Medal for his actions during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. Malcolm Petteway is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and California State University.
As a child Malcolm watched many action adventures, read comic books of superheroes and was captivated by science fiction television shows. Even though his writing gravitates towards military science fiction, many styles appeal to him. Some of his best childhood memories are of watching shows like Creature Feature and Science Fiction Theater with his older brother late at night.

Additionally, Malcolm is an avid reader. He is a fan of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series, James Patterson’s Alex Cross series and Alex Haley’s Roots. He is also a fan of science fiction writers, Octavia Butler and Steven Barnes.

About the book:

Homecoming is a military science fiction book; written in the same fashion as the Star Trek, Star Wars and Stargate books. It is the first book in a series of four novels. It tells the adventures of Michael David Genesis and his family, the Earth-born Osguards. They are leaders of a United Nations type organization in space, called the Universal Science, Security and Trade Association of Planets – USSTAP (pronounced ewes-tap). The Osguards administer diplomatic, informational military and economic tools of power to keep the peace throughout 60 galaxies of the known universe. Their adversary is a race of humans called Kulusks, who want to destroy the Osguards and take over USSTAP. Homecoming is set in the near-present day and people of Earth are unaware of USSTAP or the Kulusks’ existence. In Homecoming, Earth has become an unwitting pawn in the Kulusk Empire's thirst for revenge against USSTAP. Maxum Ritchen, the leader of the Kulusk Empire, has set into motion the destruction of USSTAP and with it the destruction of Earth. Michael and his family must prepare USSTAP, for the first time, to go on the offensive and wage an all out universal war. If he is successful, many people will die, and if he is not, Earth will be destroyed.

For centuries the planets of Kulusk and Chaktun have battled in the heavens above Earth. In 1860, twin Chaktun princesses, Laurona and Nausona Osguard, fled to Earth and were beaten and raped as slaves in the United States’ antebellum south. Unbeknownst to the people of 21st century Earth, their descendants, the Osguards now govern a universal peacekeeping organization called the Universal Science, Security and Trade Association of Planets—USSTAP. The First Osguard, Michael Genesis leads the Osguards in protecting the 60 known galaxies of the universe from Kulusk tyranny. Now Earth has become an unwitting pawn in the Kulusk Empire’s thirst for revenge against the people of Chaktun, forcing Michael to prepare USSTAP, for the first time, to go on the offensive and wage an all out universal war. If he is successful, many people will die, and if he is not, Earth will be destroyed.

Literary Wonders! review:

Date:                     7/29/11
Title:                     Osguards: Guardians of the Universe - Homecoming
Author:                  Malcolm Petteway
ASIN:                     B002SQKMEI
Pages:                   227
Publisher:              Rage Books LLC
Cover:                  Electronic ARC
Reviewer:             Yolanda M. Johnson-Bryant – Literary Wonders!  
Rating:                  4 Stars

           Homecoming is an installment of Osguards: Guardians of the Universe. Michael Genesis and his family members have created the Osguard community for their elderly parents. The community is a place where these retired parents want for nothing, but they have no idea what it is their children do in order to keep them in unwavering comfort. That is until the Kulusk’s try to destroy the earth.

          Mr. Petteway combines third world galaxies, political propaganda and military speak to form a great novel that will win over the hearts of sci-fi fans.

          This book was originally published in 2002. It is my personal opinion that if this book was re-edited, and not for spelling errors, but more for flow and development, and re-marketed with a new cover, this could go to the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list.

          If you’re not familiar with “inside information” of the military, this book may be a hard read. However, once you get past that difficulty, it might make a non-Christian reader wonder if there really are other worlds out there and if aliens really exist. Great job Malcolm.

Question: Why Science Fiction and why the Osguards?
Answer: In life, we all need role models, someone that shines the light of inspiration to fuel our aspirations. The entertainment media, like books, usually provide that inspiration through strong characters doing the right thing during difficult situations. I am using science fiction to interject positive African American role models into an entertainment media that is bombarded with negative characters that somehow have become role models.

In my English and Creative Writing classes, I wrote police dramas, adventure and science fiction stories, with African American protagonists. The story of the Osguards is my science fiction creation that began as an honor English class writing assignment in 1978. It garnered laughs from both white and black students in the class because they could not fathom African Americans as leaders, especially commanders of complex and intricate spaceships. But I received praise from the teacher for a bold effort.

Several years ago, due to a professional setback in my career, I resolved to focus my frustration in a positive manner. So I decided to write. I chose science fiction because of the freedom of imagination the genre allows. It also allows me to inject other genres like mystery, crime, love or adventure stories into it.

Question: Why do you think Osguards: Guardians of the Universe is different than other science fiction books?

Answer: Osguards is about an African American family, descendant from a technologically advanced world, charged with defending the universe. The plot merges history, social, science and speculative fiction in a contemporary setting. Osguards has it all.  Seldom has Science Fiction detailed African Americans as the heroes, leaders and stewards of a space odyssey, framed in American history and peppered with intrigue, adventure and technical wizardry—until now

Question: Who is your audience and why do you think they will buy your books?

Answer: I think I have two types of audiences that will find my books worth their time, intriguing and most of all exciting to read.
First I have the loyal science fiction fan. They will find Osguards is fresh, innovative and exciting with a new voice. Many traditional publishing companies have settled into a rut. They market safe books that follow an old formula that uses a checklist. This checklist is too rigid and inflexible and not visionary enough to recognize new voices…different voices, cutting down the ivory pillars holding up the old institutional thought. Today, most traditional authors write the same story, just with a twist, because the industry stifles imagination. My books capture the reader’s imagination, and challenge the industry. There is a quiet revolution taking place in the reading world. There is a new generation of readers, touched by advanced technology. Today, technological hunger, personal experience and raw attraction are what define this audience. They will buy my books because they are avid readers who can relate to the characters using advanced technology as they push through electrifying adventures. These characters are normal people pushed into extraordinary circumstances.

My second fan base consist of disciplined people, mainly military oriented. Between my time in the Air Force Academy, twenty years as an Air Force Officer and my time now as a military analyst, I dare say I know a little something about the military and how to speak to the military. Osguards is a contemporary blend of Science Fiction, Technical Thriller, and American History wrapped in Professional Military Science.  My military experience, coupled with my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Masters Degree in International Relations, gives me credence to reach an untapped audience of Military Science Fiction fans and enhances my ability to compose exciting stories filled with scientific essence and political intrigue encircled in military conflict.

Malcolm Petteway is available for Book Signing, Media Interviews, and Book Club Workshops. 
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Stay in touch with Malcolm Petteway through Rage on Science Fiction at www.ragebooks.blogspot.com

For a press an electronic press kit or excerpts from this or other Osguards novels, please contact Malcolm at: Malcolm@ragebooks.net.

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