Today, I'm very pleased to have author Allie Burke here as my guest. She's sharing some interesting info about the villain, Robert Shea, in her new book Nowhere Train. Be sure to check out her wonderful new adult, paranormal romance release.
I think what makes Robert Shea—Nowhere Train’s “villain”—is the fact that he has no idea what he’s fighting for. In most stories, you find a villain fighting for a very specific purpose and the hero fighting for who knows what else other than their life. In Nowhere Train’s case, though, it is Robert Shea who is confused, even if he doesn’t know it.
Nowhere Train introduces the post-apocalyptic war between the Holies and the Gunners—in essence, the hippies and the conservatives. Robert Shea, a father with a hardcore military background, leads the Gunners. He is ruthless with no remorse, even to his own son, Devlin. It would seem that he doesn’t care whether Devlin lives or dies. Well guess what: he doesn’t care.
At one part of Nowhere Train, it appears to Devlin that his father knows something about the zombie outbreak that his son does not, but that is only a crack in the surface. The hard truth is that Robert thinks he knows something based on stories he may have heard from various family members, but he has never seen this magical world in action, until it is too late to turn back.
The war that Robert Shea is so intent on fighting—and winning—shows us that nothing is ever as it seems. It teaches us to have empathy for those who might be different from us but not necessarily wrong, and a war is just a war until those on the battlefield choose to question everything.
Will Robert Shea realize this in time to save the world? The first book in The Enders series answers this question and so many more.
About the Book
Title: Nowhere Train
Author: Allie Burke
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Dystopian
Two-years post end-of-the-world, all Jetilyn Fournier wants to do is learn to navigate a world that is no longer her own. Surviving zombies feels easy, though, compared to dealing with her rocky relationship with her best friend, the death of her mother, her sister’s faux happiness, and her father’s sudden desire to speak, after decades of silence. Saving herself is not even something she can fit in at the moment. Enter Devlin Shea: for all intents and purposes, a mortal enemy. Though she should hate him instantly upon contact, she doesn’t, and before she knows it, Jett has another life to save. Told in the surreal prose that Allie Burke has come to be known for, Nowhere Train is the first zombie novel of its kind. At two parts hippie and one part magic, it is as deadly as it is beautiful; as dark as it is hopeful, baring the question in mind: who–and what–are Jett and her family really fighting for?
A Bestselling Author, publishing imprint Manager, and Psychology Today Blogger from Burbank, California, Allie Burke writes books she can’t find in the bookstore. Having been recognized as writing a “kickass book that defies the genre it’s in”, Allie writes with a prose that has been labeled poetic and ethereal.
Her life is a beautiful disaster, flowered with the harrowing existence of inherited eccentricity, a murderous family history, a faithful literature addiction, and the intricate darkness of true love. These are the enchanting experiences that inspire Allie’s fairytales.
From some coffee shop in Los Angeles, she is working on her next novel.
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