Four Bullets For Dillon

I’ve made no secret of my affection for Derrick Ferguson’s Dillon series of stories. Ever since I read Dillon and the Voice of Odin, I was hooked. If you’ve never heard the name Dillon before and are wondering just what the hell I’m talking about, I’ll give you some background information: Dillon is the titular character of a number of tales written by Derrick, beginning with Dillon and the Voice of Odin, continuing with Dillon and the Legend of the Golden Bell and the latest installment, Four Bullets For Dillon, features four short stories about the character, stories which are interweaved through the history laid out in the previous two full-length novels.

Dillon is a soldier of fortune. If you’re a fan of Doc Savage, Indiana Jones, Nick Fury, James Bond or any number of similar characters, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you haven’t read any of the Dillon stories. He’s an adventurer in the classic sense, a man of action armed with not only an impressive set of combat skills, but a great deal of intelligence and a cunning wit and sense of humor that brings a nice sense of fun to the stories. If you want to know more about the background of Dillon, Derrick’s made that easy for you by setting up a website that tells you everything you need to know about the character.

“Dillon and the Bad Ass Belt Buckle,” “Dead Beat in La Esca,” “Dillon and the Escape From Tosegio,” and “Dillon and the Judas Chalice” are the four tales that make up the book. I was fortunate enough to read “Dillon and the Bad Ass Belt Buckle” and “Dillon and the Judas Chalice” before, but re-reading them has been an absolute treat.

“Dillon and the Bad Ass Belt Buckle” remains one of my favorite Dillon stories. While on a mission to rescue an award-winning actress, Dillon and his ally, Eli Creed, come across a town run by Kudro Mayoka, the certified Bad Ass of Cheap Prayer — and his certification comes in the form of a belt buckle. Dillon has to challenge Kudro to a race in order to leave with the actress, but during the course, they run across the kidnappers.

“Dead Beat in La Esca” was co-written with Joel Jenkins and features a meeting between Dillon and Joel’s character Sly Gantlet of the Gantlet Brothers series (The Gantlet Brothers’ Greatest Hits and The Nuclear Suitcase). It’s a fun tale involving two very proud guys constantly trying to one-up each other and you could tell both Derrick and Joel must have had a ball writing it together.

“Dillon and the Escape From Tosegio” is interesting in that it began as a story for Frontier Publishing Presents #1, an attempt by Derrick and others associated with Frontier Publishing to put together a quarterly comic anthology. The comic is out of print now, but it’s great of Derrick to include a prose version of the story in this collection. If you’re wondering how Dillon ended up at the Goliath in Dillon and the Voice of Odin or why he’s got so much animosity towards fellow adventurer Awesome Times in Dillon and the Legend of the Golden Bell, you need to check out this tale.

And last but not least, “Dillon and the Judas Chalice.” It’s the longest tale in the book, taking up about 50% of the space (at least according to my Kindle). There are some absolutely thrilling action sequences, particularly the opening with a car chase scene through the streets of Denbrook. The story itself is interesting, with a secret society having melted down Judas Iscariot’s thirty pieces of silver into a chalice that’s been passed down through the centuries. It brings the owner whatever they desire, but with the curse that they must betray their loved ones to receive it.

If you’re asking whether or not you should read Four Bullets For Dillon, my answer is the same as it’s been for all other Dillon tales: abso-freaking-lutely. Derrick doesn’t waste any time with his prose — he’s got a snappy style, an ear for dialogue, an eye on action and he never makes the mistake of boring you. I loaded this book onto my Kindle last night and read it from cover to cover this morning without missing a beat.

You can pick up Four Bullets For Dillon through my online store for $9.95 in print format or the digital version directly from Amazon for $4.99.

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Upcoming book release dates!

Over at Pulpwork Press, we’ve hammered out our release schedule for 2012. And you’ll have the chance to pick up not one but two books written by me in the upcoming year!

The first has been long in development. Outlaw Blues is the second book in the Infernum series, which began with the Pulp Ark Award-nominated Love & Bullets in 2010. I actually finished this manuscript a year ago (adding more credence to Richard Lee Byers’ statement that writers live in the future), but we had our schedule full up for 2011.

Outlaw Blues is not really a sequel, per se. The main character is Carl Flint, a former Infernum assassin who’s brought out of retirement by Dante for one last job. The target? Agency operative Christian Pierce, who was one of the main characters in Love & Bullets (and if you’ve read that book, you might be really intrigued already).

There are some characters from Love & Bullets who appear in Outlaw Blues. Naturally, Dante appears, but his role is significantly smaller in comparison to Love & Bullets. Another returning character, and in a much larger role, is Pierce’s partner, Agency operative Julie Kim. Angela Lockhart, the main character of Love & Bullets, does appear, but only in a very small, cameo appearance. Same goes for Dante’s right-hand woman, Tauna. There are also some characters who debut in this book who will play larger roles in future Infernum installments. Such as Johnny Venom, an arms dealer who gained his nom de guerre by specializing in chemical and biological weapons.

Outlaw Blues is scheduled for a January release, which means it will be the first 2012 release from Pulpwork Press. You can see the preliminary cover design, but it’s not quite complete. The PWP insignia is undergoing some tweaks and I’m going to receive the New Pulp insignia very shortly to add to it as well.

My second release for 2012 is Dragon Kings of the Orient. This is the sequel to my most-recent book, the critically-acclaimed The Myth Hunter. This adventure brings back three of the central characters of that adventure back together. Naturally, Elisa Hill is back, since she’s the focus of this series. Her mentor, Professor Maxwell Finch, is also back again. And so is Asami, the shape-changing fox spirit. Lucas Davalos makes a cameo and we meet a new character, Jason Shroud.

This time around, Elisa and Max, at the request of Asami, travel to Hong Kong. Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, has been freed from imprisonment and his targets are the beings who put them there — the four Dragon Kings of China! It’s up to Elisa and her friends to make sure the Dragon Kings escape death. Because if they do go down, environmental chaos will rage in Asia!

Dragon Kings of the Orient is scheduled for release in July.

Following both these two books, I may take a short break from the Infernum and Myth Hunter series. I’m about 10,000 words into a new project and have begun work on what may be the first in a collection of stories featuring a new character set in the mid-40s. It’s still a bit early to talk about either of those, so more on them in the future if they end up panning out.

Two bucks for two tales of two-fisted action!

Not sure what to get for the holidays? Well, if you’ve got anyone who enjoys action/adventure stories, you could do a lot worse than picking up The Myth Hunter and Love & Bullets! Both these novels have now had their prices slashed and shot up, from $2.99 to $0.99!

Two bucks gets you two tales of two-fisted action! Can you beat that?

Well no, but I can try. I’ve also cut the prices on the print versions as well! So instead of paying $11.95 to get your copies of The Myth Hunter and Love & Bullets, you can now get them for $9.95! 

The holidays are here, so what are you waiting for? Check out my Amazon page for more info!

Pulp Ark Awards 2012

The nominations for the 2012 Pulp Ark Awards are now open. The details can be found at All Pulp:

I’m eligible for nominations in the following categories:
1. Best Novel – The Myth Hunter
4. Best Cover Art – The Myth Hunter
9. Best New Character – Elisa Hill
10. Best Author – Percival Constantine
Make sure you send in your nominations for me in these categories! You have until January 15th to send in your nominations. Please note that only those who participate in this nomination process will be allowed to vote when the ballot is available. So if you want to vote in the awards, you must nominate!

Ron Fortier reviews THE MYTH HUNTER!

Pulpmaster extraordinaire Ron Fortier has written a great review of The Myth Hunter! Go check it out!

Here’s a bit about Ron had to say about it: “From the opening action sequence to the last climatic battle with a cruel and vicious assassin, ‘The Myth Hunter’ is a super charged thriller that never lets up…a solid, masterful thriller by a young writer realizing his tremendous potential.”

Who is Elisa Hill?

So just who is Elisa Hill, the star of The Myth Hunter?

Elisa is the daughter of Robert and Tanya Hill. Both of them were myth hunters as well. From a young age, Elisa was groomed for her future profession. She was home schooled for most of her life, and the myths and legends we grow up with, knowing they’re just stories? What we didn’t know, what we weren’t raised knowing, is that they’re all based on fact.

Elisa’s parents knew better than ours. And they raised their daughter with that knowledge as well. She was schooled in the legends as well as the methods to pursue the truth behind the legends. From a young age, Elisa was taught not only the legends, but various languages. She’s fluent in a number of languages, and has at least a rudimentary knowledge of many others, as well as a fair bit of combat training.

A child prodigy, when Elisa was sixteen, she was accepted to Burroughs University. She pursued degrees in mythology and archaeology, and in her time away from school, she accompanied her parents on some of their adventures. But after she finished school, Elisa chose to travel the world a bit on her own.

It was during these travels in her early twenties that she became acquainted with Lucas Davalos, who was a rogue myth hunter (more on him later). A rogue in myth hunter circles is one who pursues the legends not for knowledge but profit. Elisa was attracted to Lucas’ rogue nature and she joined him in his missions. Like him, she became a rogue. This didn’t sit so well with her parents and their relationship became strained.

After the Hills’ demise, Elisa regretted the way things went down between them. She tried to push Lucas into joining her in changing their paths, but he refused and betrayed her on a job. With nowhere else to go, Elisa sought out an old family friend, Maxwell Finch. He took an active part in her upbringing but retired shortly before Robert and Tanya died.

Seeing her desire to redeem herself, Max took Elisa under his wing and now aids her in her quests. As the head of the mythological studies department at Burroughs, he also helped her secure a teaching position. Although she mostly works there as a part time professor, the job provides her with supplementary income and access to a wealth of materials.

As mentioned before, Elisa is skilled in various forms of armed and unarmed combat. Although she has some skill with firearms, she prefers not to use them. Instead, Elisa relies on weaponry from various cultures. Her preferred weapon is the kukri, a Nepalese dagger. She carries a pair of them on her at all times, and she’s able to use them both at close range and also as throwing weapons. However, she also has a collection of other weapons that she’ll rely on as the mission calls for.

Despite her knowledge and experience, Elisa is still a bit brash and has some of the rogue nature in her even now. This has brought her into conflict with some of her associates and some of her colleagues think of her as a bit too brash. She toes the line between rogue and legit, sometimes relying on her contacts from her old life.

In The Myth Hunter, Elisa uncovers evidence that opens a path to the one quest her parents never managed to complete, that of the truth behind the supposed lost continent of Lemuria.The question then becomes, where will this knowledge lead her? And elements from her past, including Lucas and the secret society known as the Order, as well as another vicious myth hunter named Seth, are also after Lemuria’s secrets.

Can Elisa beat them to those secrets? For that, you’ll have to check out the book! You can buy your own copy of The Myth Hunter, both in print ($11.99) or electronic ($2.99) formats. You should also be able to find them at your preferred online retailer or by request at your local bookstore.

The first image above was drawn by Marcus Jackson. The second image was drawn by Jonathan Reincke. Both were attached at different points to a possible Myth Hunter comic book which unfortunately never materialized.

ALL PULP spotlights THE MYTH HUNTER!

The fine folks over at All Pulp have taken it upon themselves to help get the word out concerning The Myth Hunter! First up, Tommy Hancock has given four out of five tips of his hat to the book! In his review, he says, “This book is full of vivid descriptions, fantastically crafted narrative, intriguing and engaging dialogue, but its biggest star is the characterization.  Constantine brings each and every character to life, not just with vivid details, but with emotions and passions.  Even the characters we are meant to like leave us feeling a little divided on just how much we like them, and that’s a sign of humanity granted to a written creation, a skill many writers never ever develop.”

Want to read more? Check out the review!

And once you’ve finished reading the review, you get a look at some of my own thoughts when All Pulp puts me in the hot seat for an interview! The questions were really well-crafted, focusing on the way I write heroines, the choices for supporting characters, and my thoughts on the New Pulp movement.

Interested yet? Go check it out here!

THE MYTH HUNTER DEBUTS!

The wait is over! The Myth Hunter is now available for purchase on Amazon.com! You can also purchase an ebook version over at Smashwords (soon to be available on Amazon as well).

From the back cover:

Ancient civilizations. Gods and monsters. All the legends of the world have elements of truth to them. And to track down those legends, there are the myth hunters. Some of them, like Elisa Hill, are explorers, trying to learn more about the world we live in. And some are soldiers of fortune, whose only goal is to profit off them. When evidence proving the existence of the lost continent of Lemuria, Elisa embarks on a journey for the truth. And her quest will take her from the oceans of the Caribbean to the temples of India and the Ryukyu Islands of Japan. But it’s a race against time, because the mysterious sect known as the Order and a ruthless myth hunter named Seth are also after the secrets of Lemuria!

And for an added bonus, if you order a print version of The Myth Hunter before July 1st, you will receive a free ebook of Love & Bullets, my previous novel for free! What’s Love & Bullets? Check out the description below:

Beautiful. Cunning. Deadly. These are just a few of the words that describe Angela Lockhart, former operative of the mysterious Agency. Now working as an assassin for an international syndicate called Infernum, led by a mysterious power broker known only as Dante, Lockhart has become the ‘Most Wanted’ for every major law enforcement agency in the world. But when Agency operative Christian Pierce begins a dangerous game of deception to try and bring her back into the fold, Angela will find herself torn between her old life and her new one…

This book is the first in the Infernum series, with the second book due for a release later this year, so you’ll want to make sure you’re caught up before then!

So you may be asking yourself how do you take advantage of this offer? All you have to do is take a screenshot of the order confirmation you receive, the part that lists The Myth Hunter as a purchase. On a PC you do this by holding Alt + PrintScreen and on a Mac you do it by holding Command + Control + Shift + 3. This will save an image of your computer screen to the clipboard and then you just go into an image editing program (such as Photoshop or even MS Paint will be fine), paste the image, and then black out any personal details (address, order number, credit card information, etc). Then save it and e-mail the image to percival.constantine@gmail.com with TMH PROMO written in the subject field. You’ll receive a response with information on where and how you can obtain your FREE digital copy of Love & Bullets!

Exciting News!

This has been in the works for a few months, but I haven’t been permitted to talk about it. Until now, that is. Here’s the full press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEINSTEIN TAKES AIM WITH LOVE & BULLETS
Weinstein Company To Produce Big-Screen Adaptation of Indie Action Novel

A global network of assassins led by a charismatic and shadowy figurehead. An intelligence agency struggling to take them down. A woman driven by vengeance and caught between both organizations. And a man who must choose between his job and the woman he loves. Toss in a lot of high-octane action, and there’s little more that needs to be said about The Weinstein Company’s latest adaptation, Love & Bullets. Produced by Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), the film is tentatively scheduled for a Christmas 2012 release.

Based on the novel of the same name, Love & Bullets centers on Angela Lockhart. A former government agent, Lockhart defects after the death of her husband so she can find his killer. She ends up working for the enemy, a fraternal order of assassins called Infernum, led by the mysterious power broker named Dante and his sultry second-in-command, Tauna. Christian Pierce is tasked by the Agency to bring Lockhart back into the fold, but in going undercover to bring her in, discovers himself falling in love.

According to author, Percival Constantine, Love & Bullets is just the first book in the Infernum series from Pulpwork Press. Constantine has already finished the second novel, Outlaw Blues, scheduled for a 2012 release. Tarantino first became aware of the story when Constantine sent him a copy of the book. It was Tarantino who brought it to the attention of The Weinstein Company.

Percival Constantine has written three novels to date. His first two, Fallen and Chasing The Dragon, were self-published whereas Love & Bullets was published through Pulpwork Press. Constantine’s fourth novel, The Myth Hunter, is due for release in May 2011, although it is unrelated to the Infernum series. No director has yet been attached to the project, but a shortlist is already in place.

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There you have it! You can read the press release at The Weinstein Company’s official website!

Diamondback: It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

Ever since I read Derrick’s first book, Dillon and the Voice of Odin, I’ve been sold on his work. Derrick has a knack for intriguing characters, snappy dialogue, and some of the best action I’ve had the privilege of reading.

Whereas Derrick’s Dillon series (as of this writing composed of Dillon and the Voice of Odin and the follow-up Dillon and the Legend of the Golden Bell) is a love letter to Doc Savage and the classic adventure story, Diamondback is a true spaghetti western. But like with Dillon, Derrick mixes his love of the classics with a modern sensibility. Derrick has frequently referred to this story as an urban western and that’s the most apt description I can think of.

Although this story could have been set in the Old West out on the frontier, it fits perfectly in the fictional city of Denbrook, which could easily give Gotham a run for its money.

When one of Denbrook’s biggest crime lords is planning to bring in a shipment of hi-tech weapons, it just so happens to coincide with the arrival of gun-for-hire Diamondback Vogel. And this is one mercenary who is the best there is at what he does and what he does is fill his enemies with lead and leave a trail of destruction in his wake. Crime lords, crooked cops, and secret societies are all involved and all interested in Diamondback’s role in this tale. However, Diamondback supposedly died in a shootout in another town, so one of the ongoing questions is just who is this guy? It’s a question that plays no small role in this story and I’m not going to say anything more about that, because you’re better off reading it for yourself.

What I will tell you is this is a great read that won’t suck up a lot of your time. Not only because it’s a short book, but also because Derrick wastes no words. He knows you’re here for the action and he gives it to you in abundance. The action sequences are crafted with both bloody intensity and a flawless grace that would make even John Woo envious. And by the time you reach the last page, you’ll want to track this Ferguson guy down and find out when the sequel is coming, because he leaves you with a cliffhanger ending that will put you on the edge of your seat.

But don’t take my word for it — see for yourself. Diamondback: It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time is available on Amazon for $10.95.