Kaneda’s dropfighter ground to a halt just outside the city. Explosive bolts blew the rear hatch open. The locks holding his armor released.
“Move out!” Kaneda shouted.
Crusaders stormed out of the dropfighter. Kaneda raised his Gatling gun and followed. He stepped off the metal ramp and onto the moon’s surface. Ice crunched under his boots. Leftover gel from the bombing run still burned in patches on the gray, drab buildings. Crusaders splashed through shallow pools that quickly refroze.
“Spread out! Secure those buildings!”
Jupiter’s storm-wracked face rose in front of him. Kaneda paused and looked at the planet. It filled the horizon from end to end. Ten years had passed since he’d seen the mighty gas giant with his own eyes. And now he was home again, on Europa, with ice under his boots. He even recognized some of the buildings. The nostalgia of the moment hit him harder than he thought possible, and he hesitated.
The second thing that hit him was a needle grenade exploding in his face.
Excerpt from The Dragons of Jupiter, by Jacob Holo
Robert Chew, a.k.a. CrazyAsian1, has begun detailing the final version of the cover.
What can I say? Already, it looks phenomenal!
The cover is set up to wrap around the book, with the left half on the back cover. The front prominently features crusaders, elite heavy infantry that are the antagonists of the novel. I love the added heft Robert gave their designs. A lone dragon, one of the protagonists, hides on the back cover, ready to ambush in ninja-like fashion.
I’m excited to see how he details in the dragon. Not much longer now!
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