ABOUT THE BOOK:
The year is 2101, global warming and a depleted ozone layer are destroying the Earth. The human race lies on the brink of extinction with its only hope being a planet in another galaxy. A raging civil war reigns supreme over the technology to transport people to that planet which can save the human race. It is in this future that Master Ninja Ryu Kendo must obtain a special sword that can help him save his village from annihilation. But the raging civil war may consume Ryu’s mind, body, soul and indeed his very being. Will Ryu sacrifice his village for his friends, the woman he loves and for the future of humankind? In Time Ninja, Andy Schoepp paints a vivid tapestry of an ancient, Japanese village in modern times and a future fraught with civil war, high-tech weaponry and characters fighting to stay alive with the Earth in peril of obliteration. And, when Andy Schoepp combines the ancient techniques of Ninjutsu with the high-tech weaponry of the future, it will be a battle none will soon forget! Time Ninja is a must-read epic you won’t want to miss!
R&T: Tell us a little bit about Time Ninja. What is it about?
AS: Time Ninja is about Master Ninja Ryu Kendo who is teleported to the year 2101 to obtain a special sword that can save his village from annihilation. When he arrives, he finds a future Earth that is dying from out-of-control global warming and a depleted ozone layer. There is also a civil war being waged over the technology to save the human race and Ryu finds himself getting reluctantly pulled into this civil war with the future of humankind at stake.
R&T: Why did you decide to write this story?
AS: This novel had been in my mind for many years just itching to get out and I feel that I am an excellent storyteller and this novel is my masterpiece thus far so I just had to write it. I also feel it is an important contribution to the Science Fiction and Action & Adventure genre due to the fact that it is epic in both length and scope.
R&T: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
AS: Science Fiction readers, Action & Adventure readers, Martial Artists and anyone who is interested in Ninjutsu or anyone who just loves ninjas (they are still big in pop culture).
R&T: What is special about your book? What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
AS: What differentiates it from other books in the same category? I don’t think any other Science Fiction or Action & Adventure writer has ever pitted the ancient art of Ninjutsu against high-tech weaponry of the future. Chapter 18 which is entitled Armageddon is what I consider to be my crowning achievement thus far. Chapter 18 is essentially a 38 page action scene and then readers get to read a similar chapter (Chapter 33: Armageddon Revisited) which is a very similar action scene with different outcomes from Chapter 18. All of this stems from the time travel elements of the story, a lot of things get revisited and changed from earlier chapters in the novel from Ryu taking two trips into the future.
R&T: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?
AS: I am also the author of The Martial Arts Murders trilogy. Book one: The Martial Arts Murders, book two: Life and Money Heist, and book three: Moral Executioners. I am also working on a collection of short stories in the Horror genre, another Martial Arts related book which is NOT a part of The Martial Arts Murders trilogy and a sequel to Time Ninja.
R&T: Thanks for your time, Andy! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/timeninja.