The Tomorrow Heist
Publisher: HarperCollins/Witness Impulse
Date of Publication: 11/3/2015
Readers looking for twisting, fast-paced suspense will be swept away by Jack Soren’s newest tale of thrilling international adventure...
Jonathan Hall and Lew Katchbrow intended to leave life as international art thieves behind them-if only the money hadn’t run out. But when a shadowy organization approaches the duo offering compensation, protection, and prestige in exchange for their skills, Jonathan and Lew think it’s the answer to their problems…
But the nightmare has only just begun.
Suddenly Jonathan and Lew are thrust headlong into a race against time and a technology that science says shouldn’t exist. With the very nature of life and death on Earth hanging in the balance, it’s up to Jonathan and Lew to discover the truth behind Ashita—a terrifying futuristic city in the depths of the Pacific Ocean—and stop it. But the clock is ticking. If Jonathan and Lew fail this heist, millions will die—and the human race will never be the same.
12:15 p.m. Local Time
Jonathan Hall hadn't been home in almost two years. Not that he hadn’t had a place to live during that time. As a matter of fact, Jonathan had lived in some extravagantly opulent locales—a penthouse in New York, a yacht on the Aegean Sea anchored off Mykonos Island, even an abandoned palace in Thailand. But none of those were home. The last home he'd known was a tiny, run-down house in Tallahassee, Florida. But it hadn’t been the building that had made it home. It had been the company.
Now, as he sat in a cafe in London, watching the crowds pass by outside in the midday September sunshine, oblivious to the magnificence of The Thames and London Bridge, Jonathan thought of his daughter, Natalie. Not that his thoughts were ever far from her. He hadn't seen her in person in almost a year. And the year before that he'd only managed to see her a few fleeting times. These were important years for her and he was missing them. The same way he'd missed the first five years of her life. He hadn't even known Natalie existed back then, but it still bothered him.
He wished Natalie's mother was still alive. That's what a 13-year-old girl needed, a woman to explain all those things she was feeling and experiencing as she became a teenager. Not a father who, when he was around, put her life in danger. A father who had no idea what he was doing. A father who had been an art thief for the past twenty years.
Jonathan squeezed a napkin to ease his tension as the waiter drifted by. He ordered another chai tea. The waiter nodded and took the old cup away. It was Jonathan's second.
About the Author:
JACK SOREN was born and raised in Toronto, Canada.
Before becoming a thriller novelist, Jack wrote software manuals, drove a cab and spent six months as a really terrible private investigator. His debut novel The Monarch was nominated for the Kobo Emerging Writer national book award. He lives in the Toronto area.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Toronto and still live in the Toronto area.
Tell us your latest news?
The digital edition of second book in my Monarch series, THE TOMORROW HEIST, was just released from HarperCollins. The paperback comes out December 15th.
When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing in one form or another since I could walk. As far as why I started writing, you might as well ask the moon why it stays up in the sky. I don’t think there was a moment where I said “I think I’ll start writing today”, I just started. The same way I started to walk.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Hmm, that’s a tough one. The easy answer is the first time someone paid me for my work and published it, but I think that’s more when I considered myself a professional writer. I suppose the first time I considered myself a writer was when I cared what someone thought about what I had written. A lot of people are happy to just write for themselves, but for me, the writing didn’t – and doesn’t – become real until someone else reads it.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I’m not sure what inspired me to write my very first book, which thankfully is squirreled away from the light of day in a storage unit in an undisclosed location. My first published novel was THE MONARCH, the first book in my thriller series, and the initial idea was of someone going around killing his victims with priceless masterpieces. The idea evolved from there.
Do you have a specific writing style?
That’s probably a better question for my readers. I don’t try to write one way or another (whenever I have in the past, the results have been disastrous), but like most writers I’m sure I have an identifiable style. If I had to put a label on it, I’d probably call it “informal smartass”.
How did you come up with the title?
My titles tend to evolve over time, especially once the publisher gets involved. The original title of THE MONARCH was STEALING GENIUS. The original title of THE TOMORROW HEIST was DEAD LIGHTS.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Enjoy today, because tomorrow could kill you.
How much of the book is realistic?
I often describe my books as being ten seconds in the future. Most of the elements in my books exist, even if they’re not being used or interpreted the way I depict them. But I’m not above extrapolating or downright lying if it will serve my story. It’s all about story.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
If they were, I would have been arrested or killed long before I had a chance to put them down on paper.
What books have most influenced your life most?
The Sears Christmas Wishbook. As far as novels go, there’s just too many to narrow it down to a few.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Stephen King and Franklin W. Dixon.
What book are you reading now?
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Eric Rickstad and Carey Baldwin, if you mean new on the scene. John Green and Khaled Hosseini if you mean writers I’ve just come to know about recently.
What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on a standalone novel about a reporter in Miami tentatively called The Wayward Girl and the third book in the Monarch series.
What would you like my readers to know?
Readers can connect with me on Twitter or Facebook (jacksorenwrites on both) or by checking out my website at www.jacksoren.com. Other than that, they can find me at Thrillerfest in NYC next Summer or Bouchercon next Fall.
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