In the near future, the line between entertainment and brutality has blurred. Mysterious billionaire and entertainment magnate Cameron Crayton is a household name from his questionably legal televised spectacles where death-row inmates fight to the death. But his old shows pale in comparison to the recently announced and eagerly anticipated global event, The Crucible. A gladiatorial tournament open to the general public to enter, the show’s winner is promised unimaginable wealth and fame if they’re able to survive a series of globally-broadcast, fight-to-the-death cage matches.
Former black-ops operative Mark Wei wants nothing more than to be left alone with his drink after sacrificing everything—including his family—in America's covert war against China, a war won largely because of Mark. But there are rumors that Cameron's background and business dealings involve shady connections to foreign powers, and soon Mark is reluctantly convinced to dust off his training and enter the tournament as an undercover agent. It's the most dangerous assignment he's ever been given—racing to expose The Crucible founder's secrets while navigating the pitfalls of fame from a viral phenomenon where the stakes are literally life and death.
AuthorBy Paul Tassi
Published7 August 2018
Dimensions5.50 x 8.25in.
About the author
Paul Tassi decided after years of consuming science fiction through a steady diet of books, movies, TV shows, and video games to try writing his own stories in the genre. Now the author of the Earthborn Trilogy from Talos Press, Paul also writes for Forbes, and his work has appeared on IGN, the Daily Dot, Unreality, TVOvermind, and more. He lives with his wife in Chicago.
"Tassi melds a coming-of-age narrative with a philosophical nod toward dealing with pain and sorrow in the midst of the horrors of war. . . . The epic vibe doesn't detract from the quieter truths, and small victories of the heart carry as much weight as clashes of space dreadnoughts." —Publishers Weekly on The Sons of Sora
"Again, Tassi delivers a fast-paced action novel that hums along . . . a solid read that is perfect for a quiet weekend." —San Francisco Book Review on The Exiled Earthborn
"The space war . . . continues in this fast-paced second Earthborn tale of raids and rescues. . . . A cliff-hanger ending almost demands that readers return for the concluding volume." —Publishers Weekly on The Exiled Earthborn
"In The Last Exodus, Tassi succeeds in weaving together the space and post-apocalypse sub-genres into an enthralling adventure story of survival, trust, and hope. . . . Bottom line: a quick read, very enjoyable, highly recommended." —Geeks of Doom
"What would happen if you threw Independence Day, The Walking Dead, and Guardians of the Galaxy into a blender? I can't say for sure, but it'd probably look something like The Last Exodus. Tassi's book is a clear, clever, and action-packed romp that will undoubtedly appeal to sci-fi veterans and novices alike." —Blake Harris, author of Console Wars
"Readers of Paul Tassi's The Last Exodus should get strapped in for a thrilling ride—this guy can really tell a tale!" —Michael Cobley, author of the Humanity's Fire trilogy
"A well-grounded, grim tale of first contact . . . Debut novelist Tassi gifts his characters with solid motivations and understandable responses to the postapocalyptic setting." —Publishers Weekly