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The War Bug by Biff Mitchell Hits Bookstores This June


Author Biff Mitchell announces the June trade paperback launch of his best-selling cyber-thriller “The War Bug.” Previously available only in e-book format, the paperback version will be coming to bookstores throughout North America in June.

The story revolves around Abner Hayes, who has just hours to save his virtual family from death at the hands of a ruthless kidnapper. His only ally is a deadly computer virus responsible for a war that’s killed millions and threatens to destroy the Internet from Earth to Jupiter.

“The story is set in a virtual world dominated by warring online city states,” explained Mitchell.

The book was a best-seller at EPIC. “Reviewers called it edge-of-your-seat science fiction and praised the characterizations and plotting,” said Mitchell.

This June, the trade paperback version of “The War Bug” will premiere throughout North America. In the United States, bookstores and libraries can order the title from Ingram or Baker & Taylor, or in Canada from Double Dragon Publishing.

“The War Bug” was picked up by Double Dragon Publishing, the first publishing house Mitchell sent his manuscript to, with a contract for the e-book format signed only a few weeks later. The e-book sold well, and the reviews were enthusiastic and positive—in fact, some bordered on raves.

As “The War Bug” continued to sell and bring in good reviews, Mitchell began work on a new book, a mystery called “Murder by Burger.” To generate advance publicity for the book, he ran an auction on eBay to find someone willing to bid on being a murdered character in his novel. The campaign generated media interest from coast-to-coast.

Mitchell decided to launch a contest for the paperback version of “The War Bug;” entrants were to write a review of the e-book version with the winning review appearing on the back of the book along with a picture of the reviewer. While the contest flopped, Mitchell plans to use some of the marketing campaigns he worked out for the paperback launch this summer. He explained, “Some of those campaigns are going to be pretty wild; that is, if I survive the first one, the one in which I’ve entered an Olympic level triathlon. It promises to be a hot summer.”


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