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The Northern Star: The Beginning by Mike Gullickson Reaches #1 in Amazon’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Category During Free 3-Day Promotion With Over 16,000 Downloads


LOS ANGELES, CA –– To promote its feature on Examiner as “Top 5 Indie Books You Haven’t Read, But Should,” Mike Gullickson’s debut novel, The Northern Star: The Beginning, was free for download from June 19th through June 20th on Amazon Kindle.   In a firestorm, the novel quickly rose to #1 in all of its categories, peaking at #1 in Science Fiction & Fantasy and #8 for all genres.
The action-packed and thought-provoking SciFi novel, based in 2058, tackles very real concerns about oil depletion and our addiction to technology.  Through the eyes of John Raimey, a crippled soldier, we see a world of ideals warped under the crushing weight of need.  China and the U.S. battle over a cyber-weapon, while a global corporation rises beyond governance.  John is caught in the center and for his family and country, he agrees to become a Tank Major, the first bionic soldier ever built.  He quickly learns that the cost of progress may be his soul.
“After the Examiner press, and with The Northern Star: Civil War coming out in September, I had hoped for a few thousand [downloads].  But the response was so amazing that we extended the promotion one more day, and since, dropped the price of The Beginning to $0.99.”  Mike Gullickson
Since the promotion, the novel has consistently ranked in the Top 100 of Amazon’s Paid Post-Apocalyptic section.
“Love it.”
“The writing itself is splendid . . . darn close to perfect.”
“Utterly Incredible.  Until now I have yet to find a book other than Ender’s Game that held me on the edge of my seat like this book has.  Even if you’re not a fan of science fiction, this is a must read.”
ISBN:  978-0615701578
Amazon Kindle USA $0.99
Amazon Paperback USA $8.99
Amazon Kindle Canada  CDN$ 1.00
Amazon Kindle UK/Paperback £0.77/6.80


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