The Cyborg's Crusade


The Cyborg's Crusade

Day of the Deus Ex Machina

by Benoit Lanteigne

GENRE: Science Fiction

How did it come to this? My life used to be so simple. Back then, I hated it; I found it boring. Let me tell you: boring’s good. Boring’s great! I should’ve been thankful…

It was supposed to be a date like any other for James Hunter, a simple convenience store clerk. Nothing more than watching a movie in the town of Moncton. A place as unknown and unimportant as he considered his own existence to be. And yet, while walking to a cinema, James teleports to another world. There, a hostile crowd surrounds him, including various mutants with strange deformities.

Before he can even gather his wits or make a dash for it, a lone ally presents herself in the form of a winged woman named Rose. An important cultural figure in the country where James appeared, she offers him both protection and a home.

Soon, James learns that this new world is divided by a cold war. On one side is Nirnivia, home to Rose. The other, Ostark, led by a mysterious cyborg. James is unaware that the cyborg has him in his crosshairs, thinking of him as the Deus Ex Machina that will end the war in his favor.

But, the cyborg is far from the only potential threat to James. Soon after his arrival, BRR, a terrorist organisation, kidnaps him.

What would a rogue group out for revenge seeking to turn the cold war hot want with someone like James? Is there anyone also aware of this other world who will try to find him? Or is he on his own? If so, how is he supposed to escape? If that's even an option...

Enjoy an Excerpt:

The world whirled around James. Soon, all distinct shapes vanished, superseded by a haze of colors. Shades of green, red and blue filled his vision. An agonizing pain flared across his body, and James screamed. His stomach floated up to his throat, while his intestines… he preferred not to think about them. Then, at last, the forms returned, though muddled. The sensation lasted only a few seconds, but it brought James to his knees as he gagged and vomited on the pavement. Once done, he wiped his mouth and coughed. Revolted screams erupted around him.

James almost mumbled an apology for the mess, but then he realized: who was yelling? He and Nadia stood alone and yet… wait, those dark figures surrounding him on the ground… shadows? And over there, feet and legs… where had these people come from?

Perplexed, James tried getting up, but he wobbled and fell. His new position gave him a view of the trees he had scrutinized before the incident, except they had morphed into a yellow brick building. James’s heart raced and his body tensed. Trying to relax, he took a few deep breaths through his nose and scowled. That stench, a mix of decayed food, feces, and puke, permeated the air. Of course, his own actions explained the last odor, but still, Moncton never smelled so bad. No wonder, with all the garbage littering the street. However, the road he’d strolled along had been so clean just moments ago.

As he pondered the change in scenery, James’s vision cleared. He took it as a good sign and attempted to stand up again. Though he swayed, he remained on his feet. Perhaps because of his movement, the confused chatter around him intensified. Bronze-skinned people glanced at each other and recoiled, a few pointing at him. James scanned the crowd in search of Nadia. Unable to locate his lover, he found his attention drawn to a stranger in the distance instead. The man held a leash, but without a dog at the end. A pink glob of goo replaced the expected canine. The horror waved its many tentacles, sometimes caressing passersby. James gasped. Covered in perspiration and shaking, he averted his gaze and spotted a young boy with a miniature leg sticking out of his belly through a hole in his shirt.

About the Author:

So, my name is Benoit Lanteigne and I’m a French Canadian (outside of Quebec) who’s trying to write in English. That can be tricky. I’m a computer programmer and I enjoy it. I see many inspiring writers who hate their jobs and hope to quit someday, but that’s not my case. Mostly, I’ve worked on websites and web applications. 

Back in school, I enjoyed writing and according to my teachers and classmates; I had a talent for it. Well, not so much for grammar and spelling, but they liked my stories. Once I went to university, I dropped writing as a hobby. There were other things I wanted to focus on, such as my career. Then, in the early 2000s, around 2006 I’d say, I had a flash of inspiration. At first, it was a single character: a winged woman with red hair. I didn’t even know who she was, but the image stuck with me. From there, I began figuring out details about her origins and her world, but I only started writing for real in 2009. 

It’s been roughly 10 years now, and it’s not yet finished. That’s in part because I write in my spare time, and in part because the scope of the project is huge. Maybe too much so. Still, I’m getting close to the point where I could release something. The question is what’s next? Self-publishing? Attempt traditional publishing? Nothing? I don’t know the answer yet, I’m trying to figure it out. Frankly, sharing my writing is difficult for me, and whatever I end up doing, as long as I make it available to people I consider the experience a victory no matter what comes out of it.

Q&A With the Author

Do you ever wish you were someone else? Who?

I don’t recall ever wishing to be someone else. I think the concept of the grass isn’t greener on the other side came intuitively to me from a young age, so I always assume other people don’t have it any better, even if it looks like they do. Of course, sometimes I’m envious of others, but it’s more like I’d like to have what they have rather than I want to be them.

What did you do on your last birthday?

Don’t ask me why, but growing up my family put little emphasis on birthdays so I don’t do much on them. Mostly, I spend time with family and maybe go to a restaurant where they have a birthday discount. If I’m getting a year older, why not take advantage of it where I can?

What part of the writing process do you dread?

Does marketing count as part of the writing process? If so, marketing because it’s far from what I consider my area of expertise.

If marketing doesn’t count, the edition process, in particular when it comes time to have a professional editor involved. Waiting for the revisions is nerve-wracking. What if I missed a major flaw that ruins the entire story?

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

It’s interesting because I rarely have the same writer’s block as most people. Because I’ve been working on a big series, I made a detailed plan so everything would fit well together. As such, I usually know what needs to be done next and rarely don’t know what to write. However, when I get to a crucial scene, I often have difficulties getting to it and procrastinate. I think it’s because I’m afraid I won’t be able to do the scene justice. There’s nothing to do about it except try to build up my confidence and force myself to write a first draft.

Tell us about your latest release.

My latest release is book three in a series named The Cyborg’s Crusade and it’s inspired by space operas such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5, and Battlestar Galactica (2004). While you could call it a space opera since it follows that genre’s conventions, it’s not set in space. Rather, it happens on a single planet in another universe. A human from Earth named James Hunter suddenly teleports there as if by magic. And the situation doesn’t get better as he finds himself in the middle of a cold war and the target of a terrorist organization.

This makes it sound like The Cyborg’s Crusade is James’s story, and to a point it is, but it’s not only his story. It has an ensemble cast with several characters who are at least as important as James. The book starts with James’s arrival in a new world, but there’s a lot more going on because The Cyborg’s Crusade uses an episodic structure. Each episode tells its own story and they also all fit together to make a larger narrative. Different episodes can focus on different characters, or if you prefer, the protagonist changes depending on the episode.

I’ve heard that some writers have used an episodic structure to sell short single episodes rather than full-length books. Let me assure any potential readers that’s not the case with The Cyborg’s Crusade. Each contains several episodes, so they are proper novels.

The Cyborg’s Crusade is a massive project. So much so, that I spent several years planning everything before even writing a single paragraph of the actual story. I have five books edited, and a sixth one almost fully edited. I’m hoping to find enough success to keep going beyond that. The editing process is expensive because of the large scale, so I need to break even to afford to continue. At the very least, I intend to release up to book six. This would provide a satisfying ending, but things can go much further if readers show an appetite for it.




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  1. Thank you so much for featuring this book today.

  2. Thank you so much to literary gold for featuring The Cyborg’s Crusade. Releasing books from this series was a long journey, and it’s a thrill to see it happening. Though, with any luck, the journey is far from over; the series isn’t finished yet.

    As for you, dear readers, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and are intrigued by The Cyborg’s Crusade. If so, do know that because The Cyborg’s Riddle (book 3) just released and to celebrate, there’s some book discount going on at every major ebook retailer. In particular, book 1 is currently free and will be at least until January 14. I’m considering expending that period beyond my original plan, but I’m not sure yet. Point is, if the excerpt and interview above picked your interests, this is your chance to take a much longer look at The Cyborg’s Crusade.

    While I do work during the day, I work from home and I’ll do my best to check the comments every hour or so. If you have any questions about The Cyborg’s Crusade, me, or anything really, by all means, ask. I do have some simple questions for you, too. Any opinion on the book description and excerpt that are included in this blog post? If you took advantage of the free book 1 and started reading, how are you liking it so far? Thank you again, and I hope to hear from you in the comments.

  3. This sounds like an interesting science fiction story.

    1. Thank you, don't forget the first book is free right now so if you're interested it's the perfect time to check it out, It's available pretty much everywhere, amazon, apple books, kobo, barnes and noble, google books and more

  4. Replies
    1. Thank you! I feel it's not my place to judge the quality of my own work, but based on the comments/reviews I've received so far, those who read it enjoyed it quite a lot. By the way, the first book is free until at least January 14 so it's a perfect time to check it out. It's available on every major ebook retaillers

  5. Love the color graphics on this sci fi cover.

    1. I do to, the designer did a very good job with the cover

  6. Replies
    1. Thank you, I'm glad you like the excerpt. I mentioned in some replies before, so you might already be aware, but just in case: the first book is free until at least January 14 so it's a perfect time to check it out. It's available on every major ebook retailers

  7. I really like the cover and the excerpt.

    1. That's great, I'm glad you like it. I keep repeating myself, but the first book in the series is free right now

  8. Enjoyed reading the post. Sounds like a good book.

    1. That you, for sure I worked really to make it as good as I could!

  9. "The Cyborg's Crusade" by Benoit Lanteigne is an exciting science fiction novel

  10. This looks brilliant. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  11. Looks really good. Thanks for hosting.


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