Multi-platinum-selling artist TOM DELONGE (Blink 182, Angels & Airwaves) has announced the launch of SEKRET MACHINES, a transmedia series that will include new music from Angels & Airwaves, fiction and non-fiction books, and an eye-opening documentary. The project launches on April 5th with the 704-page hardcover novel, Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows (To The Stars/Simon & Schuster), the first in a three-volume series of fiction novels co-written by DeLonge and New York Times bestselling author A.J. Hartley (The Darwen Arkwright series). Pre-orders are available at ToTheStars.Media, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Fans can also pick up limited edition collectible editions at ToTheStars.Media.
Chasing Shadows is a complex and thrilling read based on facts and actual events gleaned from the authors’ sources within the military and intelligence community. The book follows the witnesses, which are legion, scattered across the world and dotted through history, people who looked up and saw something impossible lighting up the night sky. What those objects were, where they came from, and who—or what—might be inside them is the subject of fierce debate and equally fierce mockery, so that most who glimpsed them came to wish they hadn’t. Most, but not everyone. Among those who know what they’ve seen, and—like the toll of a bell that can’t be unrung—are forever changed by it, are a pilot, an heiress, a journalist, and a prisoner of war. Each will be propelled into a dark labyrinth of otherworldly technology and the competing aims of those who might seek to prevent—or harness—these sources of unfathomable power. Because, as it turns out, we are not the only ones who can invent and build…and destroy.
“I wanted to tackle the subject of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena because it seems so unbelievable,” says DeLonge. “I knew the story was fantastic regardless if you believed it or not. This was the one topic that could tackle religion, cosmology, science, history, politics, secrecy and more. After taking over a year to meet, prove myself and acquire 8 elite advisors—each of whom has held the highest positions within the military, scientific and executive branch offices—this story contains true information from a secret historical record, some of which has NEVER been heard until now. We all need to take a moment to think about the National Security threat that exists when world powers race to understand and control advanced technology recovered from extraordinary places.”
“What makes the book unique, I think, is that it takes a skeptically researched, investigative and realistic approach to history and eye-witness testimony to open up a sensational story about the secret world of military intelligence and extraordinarily advanced technology,” says Hartley. ”The result is a wild and unsettling ride.”
About working with Hartley, DeLonge says, “He knew very little about the phenomenon. He’s a distinguished Shakespeare professor, a New York Times best-selling author and British through and through, but he’s also an open-minded skeptic. Together we created Chasing Shadows, a first novel that sets up many things: important events that had their genesis as far back as World War II and continue today. The events, locations and moments are all true. We weaved them together in a way that echoes what really happened to those who stumbled across something spectacular, wondrous and a bit frightful. The glue is fiction. The building blocks are not. A Shakespeare scholar and a rock musician join forces. Who would’ve thought?”
About the Authors:
Tom DeLonge is an award-winning musician, producer and director, best known as the lead vocalist and songwriter for the platinum-selling bands Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves. Under his entertainment company To The Stars…, Tom has created transmedia entertainment properties that span music, film, comics and books. Together with New York Times best-selling author Suzanne Young, he recently released Poet Anderson …Of Nightmares (To The Stars/Simon & Schuster), which hit No. 1 on Amazon’s Teen & Young Adult Thrillers and Suspense chart. That book was precluded by the animated short film Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, which took home Best Animation in Toronto, the critically-acclaimed comic book series of the same name and the top-charting album The Dream Walker.
A.J. Hartley is an international bestselling novelist whose work includes archaeological thrillers, the Darwen Arkwright children’s series, the Will Hawthorne fantasy adventures, novels based on Macbeth and Hamlet, and two upcoming young adult series, Steeplejack and Cathedrals of Glass. He is also the Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare at UNC Charlotte. His website is www.ajhartley.net