Bravo: Apocalypse Mission
Bravo Saga, #1
by Summer Lane
Publication date: April 22nd 2016
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult
TRAIN. SERVE. PROTECT.
Civilization, collapsed. Society, gone.
The apocalypse rules all, and mankind struggles for survival.
But there was a dog, and his name was Bravo.
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First, there was the training.
Bravo, a strong and loyal German Shepherd, is born and raised to be a bomb detection dog in the Marines by his handler, Nathan Ingalls. Together, they prepare to become fighters.
After the training, there was the desert.
Deployed to Afghanistan, the brutality of desert warfare shows no mercy to neither man nor dog.
And then, there was the Collapse.
When the apocalypse strikes, Bravo is cruelly torn from his handler in the dying days of society. Bravo fights for survival in the city, longing to be reunited with his handler, his friend.
His journey will take him into the most dangerous parts of the city and country, into the heart of the apocalypse. He will meet new friends, and he will fight for them.
Bravo will not stop until he finds his partner.
This is the story of a dog. This is the story of a hero.
This is the story of Bravo, the bomb dog, and his apocalypse mission.
Who is Summer Lane?
Summer Lane is the #1 bestselling author of 12 thrilling books, including the phenomenal bestselling Collapse Series, Zero Trilogy and Collapse: The Illustrated Guide. Her newest series, The Bravo Saga, is releasing April 22nd, 2016, and is hotly anticipated in the reading community.
Bravo: Apocalypse Mission is the first installment of the Bravo Saga. It follows the story of a military working dog named Bravo who is separated from his beloved handler when the apocalypse strikes. It is a poignant and thrilling tale of love, loyalty and survival.
Summer also owns WB Publishing and Writing Belle, an online magazine where she has interviewed and worked with countless authors from around the globe.
Interview with Author Summer Lane
What inspired you to write Bravo: Apocalypse Mission?
Dogs! I’m serious. I love big, protective, loyal dogs. I was inspired by the selfless loyalty of working dogs and figured: why not write about it? Bravo’s story is one of adventure, love and sacrifice, and writing it was a total joy.
How long does it take you write a book, on average?
It depends on the length of the book and whether or not I have a quickly-approaching deadline! For the most part, I can write a full-length novel in about 2-3 months. If I have more time, it will take me about 6 months.
What’s next for you, now that Bravo has finally released?
This year, I have two more releases: State of Fear in June and Bravo: Blood Road in October. I’m getting married this fall and honeymooning in Hawaii, so that will be a nice break from the apocalypse.
Who is your favorite character in each of your series: Collapse, Zero and Bravo?
My favorite character in The Collapse Series is Uriah True. I love his brooding nature and aura of mystery. My favorite character in The Zero Trilogy is Bravo! I loved him so much that I wrote a book just about him – if that’s not love, I don’t know what is. My favorite character in Bravo: Apocalypse Mission is India. (When you read the book, you may be surprised at my choice, but I have big plans for India!)
Guest Post from Summer Lane
Military Working Dogs Rock
When I was ten years-old, I watched a demonstration of a law enforcement K-9 German Shepherd subdue a “suspect” with a bite sleeve. I remember being struck with the pure agility, speed and flat-out beauty of the canine himself, and thinking, “I want a dog like that!” Ever since then, I have been positively obsessed with working dogs, especially military working dogs – tracking dogs and explosive detection dogs.
It was this love that really made writing Bravo: Apocalypse Mission a joy. I did so much research to make sure that the training methods used in this book for Bravo were accurate and factual. I interviewed K-9 handlers and studied training procedures. I read countless interviews with handlers and marveled at the incredibly deep and intense bond between man/woman and dog.
Long story short, working dogs rock, whether they’re sniffing out bombs or helping the disabled navigate through a busy crowd. They’re selfless, loyal and loving. Because of this, I’ll be donating 20% of all my sales of Bravo plush toys and wristbands to a charity called Save-A-Vet, an organization who helps retired military working dogs find a home after they have served their country. If you’re interested, visit my website (summerlaneauthor.com) and look under the Bravo tab to purchase a wristband (they’re only $3!) or Bravo plush.