When you sacrifice the lives of your wife and children to prevent the world's most powerful clan of assassins from unleashing the Apocalypse, what does that make you? And what do you do when you learn that it was all in vain? For Jin Sakai, that sacrifice turned him into a mere shell of a man, filled only with guilt and hatred. When he learns that it was a sacrifice made in vain, he instantly sets out on a violent one-man war to tear the assassins' clan down around their ears. After all, who better to destroy them than the man who brought them together?
Things soon turn down a darker path as Jin uncovers the disturbing truth behind his family's sacrifice; a truth he was never meant to learn. Undone by the revelation, Jin is consumed by doubt and confusion and very nearly loses his life. It is only later when he meets Leah Lawson, a woman with a past almost as dark as his own, that his doubt and confusion vanish and he begins to see a path that will not only lead him to his revenge, but to his redemption.
Unfortunately, there is far more going on behind the scenes than Jin realizes. Forces are at play that have been manipulating the course of his life ever since he was born. By setting out on his quest for vengeance, Jin unknowingly cements his destiny as one of the key warriors in the apocalyptic war that’s brewing just beneath the surface.
My first real stroke of inspiration came when I heard the song “Easier to Run” by Linkin Park. I had already decided on the basic premise for Revenge, Everything is Nothing, but I hadn’t yet thought of my main character. Who was he going to be, what was he going to be like, and what he had gone through in life that would’ve molded him into the man that he is. I knew I wanted him to be an assassin out for revenge, but what would motivate him to do that, and why/how would he have become an assassin in the first place? When I first heard that song while thinking about these questions, all of them were answered. It took me a few weeks to completely flesh out all the individual details of Jin Sakai’s life, possibly because I mapped out almost every event in his life from birth until the book starts but the song gave me the emotional core of it, and that was all I needed to work with.
About Zachery Richardson
Zachery Richardson, casually Zach, was born in Seattle WA on August 8th, 1989, and was raised in Lake Oswego, OR. It is perhaps the greatest irony of all that his chosen career is that of an author when as a child, his second least favorite subject in school was writing. Math was number one, and their relationship remains strained to this day.
However, the switch was flipped in middle school when his teacher assigned a creative writing project. Having finally been given a productive outlet for his wildly active imagination, Zach dove headfirst into the world of author-dom and never looked back. By his freshman year of high school, he'd completed his first "book"; a 300 page fanfiction set in the Mobile Suit Gundam universe. Afterwards, he turned his attention to a series of wholly original works that would become Chronicles of the Apocalypse in the subsequent year.
Title of Book: Chronicles of the Apocalypse: Revenge, Everything is Nothing
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: April 20th, 2009
# of Pages: 291
Link to book on Amazon (or where it is sold): http://tinyurl.com/cota-rein
While Chronicles of the Apocalypse (or COTA as he likes to call it) remains his central focus, Zach has also begun work on several other projects in the Young Adult and High Fantasy genres.
He currently lives in Wilsonville, OR.
You can visit Zach's website at www.theauthorphoenix.com