Monday, August 13, 2007

Ever wondered what would happen if Zorro went up against the Third Reich?

I know I have. And all the answers are here, in the second novel in Abaddon Books’ Pax Britannia line.

Available now is ‘El Sombra’, written by the inestimable Al Ewing, increasingly regular 2000AD scribe. In this blood-soaked tale of vengeance, insanity and Nazis, Al develops a completely different part of the Pax Britannia world.

Stormtroopers diving out of the sun to prey on the innocent! Engines of Mass Destruction tearing apart homes and families! The monstrous torture-parlours of Master Minus and his Palace Of Beautiful Thoughts! There is no escape from The Ultimate Reich!

Now the terrifying Luftwaffe, on their steam-driven wings, have torn apart the sleepy town of Pasito in the heart of Mexico, only to rebuild it as a terrifying clockwork-town where the people become human robots, furthering the nightmare dreams of Der Fuhrer.

General Eisenberg and his sociopathic son Alexis control this paradise of horrors. But they are unprepared for the return of a man the desert claimed nine long years ago, a man who has returned from the doors of death and the depths of madness to bring his terrible fury upon their world. With the slash of a sword and a laugh that lights up the night like a flash of lightning, the man in the bloodstained mask cuts his way through the hopeless, endless routines of the clockwork men to bring new hope to the people. He defies death! He defies man! No trap can hold the masked daredevil, the saint of ghosts men know as El Sombra!

As well as this belter of a tale, included in the back of the book is an original short story by yours truly. As series editor Jonathan Oliver puts it in the July edition of the Abaddon Books newsletter:

‘Fruiting Bodies’ details the further adventures of Ulysses Quicksilver in a thrilling tale of murder and mushrooms. Be sure to check out this superb extra in the latest Pax Britannia novel.

Gotta love the reference to ‘murder and mushrooms’!

Pick up a copy of ‘El Sombra’ and see how many nods to freaky science fiction flora you can spot in the ‘Fruiting Bodies’ bonus at the back.


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