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When it comes to top of the line authors like JK Rowling, Scott Pratt, and Michael C. Grumley, what makes them so good? Is it simply talent and determination or is there more to it? Perhaps there’s some secret we’re not aware of: some mystical society they’ve joined, a special car they drive, or maybe it’s the coffee they drink? Enter acclaimed indie novelist Max Hawthorne, author of the popular Kronos Rising action-adventure novels, a series centered around mankind’s struggles to survive in a world were prehistoric marine predators have dominated today’s oceans. Compared to his peers, Hawthorne is something of an oddity: a passionate rock hound and conservationist who eschews coffee for tea, and who likes to spend his days seated in a folding chair, shore-fishing his favorite lake while editing his current manuscript.
One thing Hawthorne, AKA the “Prince of Paleofiction”, as he’s popularly known, does have in common with the aforementioned greats is the invitation he received to add his novel, Kronos Rising, to Amazon’s Prime Reading list. Reserved for the most popular and top-rated of authors, Prime Readers get to choose from a select list of around 1,000 books as part of their membership benefits. With other subscriptions like Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, which offers 1.4 million books to choose from, being open to any and all writers, it’s easy to see how being welcomed into the prestigious Prime Reading circle is a coveted fait accompli.
Hawthorne, whose latest novel, Kronos Rising: Kraken (volume 2), was just released this past June, said, “As an indie author, I was thrilled to receive Amazon’s offer. To have one of my books rubbing shoulders with legends like The Hobbit is an incredible honor. I just hope I can live up to everyone’s expectations.”
Apparently, he can. In the past, each of Hawthorne’s five novels has scaled at least one Amazon bestseller list, with two of them winning Book of the Year/People’s Choice awards. With Publisher’s Weekly/Booklife proclaiming Kronos Rising: “Worthy of sitting on the shelves next to Peter Benchley’s JAWS”, it appears the Brooklyn born animator-turned-author has made good. With any luck, it’s just a matter of time before his legions of fans are treated to the movie adaptation of his novels that they’ve been clamoring for.