By A.D. Starrling Editions: ebook, paperback Published: July 12th 2012 by AD Starrling Genre: Supernatural / Thriller
A half breed immortal. An international manhunt. A race against time to stop a terrifying plot that threatens to kill millions. The gripping, action-packed debut novel by AD Starrling and the first in the supernatural thriller series Seventeen.
‘My name is Lucas Soul.
Today, I died again.
This is my fifteenth death in the last four hundred and fifty years.’
The Crovirs and the Bastians. Two races of immortals who have lived side by side with humans for millennia and been engaged in a bloody war since the very dawn of their existence. With the capacity to survive up to sixteen deaths, it was not until the late fourteenth century that they reached an uneasy truce, following a deadly plague that wiped out more than half of their numbers and made the majority of survivors infertile.
Soul is an outcast of both immortal societies. Born of a Bastian mother and a Crovir father, a half breed whose very existence is abhorred by the two races, he spends the first three hundred and fifty years of his life being chased and killed by the Hunters.
One fall night in Boston, the Hunt starts again, resulting in Soul’s fifteenth death and triggering a chain of events that sends him on the run with Reid Hasley, a former US Marine and his human business partner of ten years. When a lead takes them to Washington DC and a biotechnology company with affiliations to the Crovirs, they cross the Atlantic to Europe, on the trail of a French scientist whose research seems intrinsically linked to the reason why the Hunters are after Soul again.
From Paris to Prague, their search for answers will lead them deep into the immortal societies and bring them face to face with someone from Soul’s past. Shocking secrets are uncovered and fresh allies come to the fore as they attempt to put a stop to a new and terrifying threat to both immortals and humans.
Time is running out for Soul. Can he get to the truth before his seventeenth death, protect the ones he loves and prevent another immortal war?
~ Bewitching BT
Soul Meaning Playlist
by A.D. Starrling
Hello and thank you for having me today!
Most authors I read about listen to music while they’re writing. I’m even listening to music while I write this (the playlist to Book 3 in the series, which is absolutely rocking my socks off!). Music gets the creative mojo going, if you see what I mean. It puts us writers in the mood and the right frame of mind to, you know, do our stuff, like kick some pirate ass, or punch that alien sucker in its third eye, or even stab that unholy if exceptionally sexy vampire with the rock hard abs in the heart. Or in my case, writing action scenes. I just love some good American heavy metal when I’m writing my fight scenes. I thought it would be fun to share some of the tracks from my playlist to Soul Meaning with you. You have been warned. Most of them are LOUD!
- Won’t Back Down by Fuel
I always imagine Lucas and Reid running and fighting to this music. Bullets, swords, rocket-propelled grenades, the whole lot!
- Lying from You by Linkin Park
It’s Linkin Park. Nuff said.
- Bodies by Drowning Pool
This song accompanied many of Lucas’s kick-ass moments when he was raining vengeance and death upon the Hunters (e.g. the Pennsylvania Avenue sky rise scene). The drum beat is amazing!
- Higher by Creed
This is from the soundtrack to Titan AE, an animated sci-fi film released by 20th Century Fox in 2000, and featuring the voices of Matt Damon and Drew Barrymore. The chorus is beautifully haunting and was great for certain sections of the book.
- Always by Saliva
This is just full of angst, with a rocking chorus that expresses a lot of Lucas’s frustrations!
- Running Away by Hoobastank
Another angst-filled song for Lucas’s darker days.
- Nothing by A
A fantastic fight track. I particularly like the heavy beats at the start of this song. It just gets me in the mood for an action scene straight away!
- I’m With You by Linkin Park
It’s getting louder!
- Up and Gone by Hoobastank
Another one with feelings.
- Numb by Linkin Park
More from these brilliant guys!
- I Hate You by Sick Puppies
Another angst-filled one.
- Welcome to the Universe by 30 Seconds to Mars
Featuring the fabulous Jared Leto.
- You’re Going Down by Sick Puppies
A perfect song for when Lucas decided to stop running and to stand and fight.
- Faint by Linkin Park
This was a kick-ass song to write to, especially that chorus. Imagine one of the fight scenes with Lucas using his swords and guns when you listen to it!
- What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost? by Taking Back Sunday
From the first Transformers movie soundtrack.
- Survive by Sick Puppies
A rocking song that expresses Lucas’s determination to live, fight, and win.
- War by Sick Puppies
Yet another amazing fight scene song!
- Given Up by Linkin Park
Superb rocking chorus and beats that gets Lucas’s adrenaline pumping (and mine!).
- This Moment by Disturbed
This is by far my favorite song of the entire playlist. It’s from the first Transformers movie soundtrack and is seriously hard core, with deliciously vicious lyrics.
There were 4 more songs that didn’t manage to make the published playlist as Spotify didn’t have them available (boohoo).
- Spy Hunter by Saliva. This song gives me chills, in a good way.
- It’s My Turn to Fly by The Urge. Another song from the Titan AE soundtrack, this was a great one for the HALO drop.
- Right Before Your Eyes by Hoobastank. This is from The Daredevil soundtrack. It’s a great theme for Lucas, especially in Part Two of the book. It’s a song that defines the changes he goes through, both physically and mentally, leading up to and including his second fight with Thorne.
- Walk Away by Mad at Gravity. This is from the soundtrack for the movie Reign of Fire and features the most amazing video!
All these songs (including the missing ones) are on the News section of my website, where the posts can be filtered under Music. I’ve also posted videos, courtesy of some fabulous people on You Tube. Look out for music from the playlist to King’s Crusade, the second book in the series Seventeen, starting May 2013!
Happy reading, writing, and blogging!
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AD Starrling was born on the small island nation of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and came to the UK at the age of twenty to study medicine. After five years of hard graft earning her MD and another five years working all of God’s hours as a Paediatrician, she decided it was time for a change and returned to her first love, writing.
Soul Meaning is her debut novel and the first in a supernatural thriller series entitled Seventeen. She currently lives in Warwickshire in the West Midlands, where she is busy writing the second novel in the series while drinking gallons of tea.
She still practises medicine. AD Starrling is her pen name.