Feb 25, 2011

Is the tide turning? Eisler does a self pub ebook

The Lost Coast -- A Larison Short Story (Inside Out)One of my favourite thriller writers is Barry Eisler, he is infinitely better in my opinion than Lustbader, Clancy, Cussler or Childs.  Fast paced gritty action that is about as psychologically real as it can get, especially when it comes to the description of combat.  Did I mention he's a New York Times' best seller as well.  Which is what makes news of his decision to self publish a short story quite significant.

The Story
Eisler has self published a short story called The Lost Coast featuring the character Larison from his previous novel Inside Out.  The file includes teaser chapters from his next book and to make things a little more interesting Larison, an anti hero in Inside Out, is gay. So Eisler appears to be  pushing more than one boundary in this experiment.

Blurb from Barry's website:
For Larison, a man off the grid and on the run, the sleepy northern California town of Arcata, gateway to the state's fabled Lost Coast, seems like a perfect place to disappear for a while. But Arcata isn't nearly as sleepy as it seems, and when three locals decide Larison would make a perfect target for their twisted sport, Larison exacts a lifetime of vengeance in one explosive evening.
How is it working out?
Well it's early days yet, but Joe Konrath the Self Publishing maestro, reports it rocketing up the kindle best selling lists. With only a handful of reviews on Amazon though, it's probably down to Eisler's well known brand.  

Mature Content
Now I would argue that most of Barry's work is mature content but this story comes with the following warning:

Warning: this story is intended for mature audiences, and contains depictions of sexual activity, though perhaps not in the way you're expecting

I suspect this is to warn the insecure among the readership that it features some homosexual sexual activity.

Across all formats
It can be purchased through AmazonSmashwords or Barnes & Noble.  Which would seem to me to be the best way to go; to make the work available to as many of his fans as possible.

Note there appear to be no geo-restrictions on this product either.


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