= YANAPOP: Run For Your Life, a Love Story =
by John T. Cullen writing as John Argo
If you enjoyed Martin Scorseseís dark comedic film After Hours (with its all star cast), youíll love this novel. What starts as a simple boy meets girl romance turns into a suspenseful, hair raising adventure of fantastic and frankly crazy proportions. Itís a wild ride you wonít want to miss. NOTE: Has also been published as Adrenalin Rocket under the pseudonym Y. B. Suttle.
Itís a lot of fun as the author takes your imagination out for a walk - on the wild side. Martin Brown, 21, is a U.C. Berkeley Lit major, home from San Francisco, and spending the summer with his parents and sister in laid back San Diego. Heís looking for a summer job. Based on a lead from a friend, he ventures to Los Angeles to interview for a writing position with global media giant corporation YANAPOP. YANAPOP creates games, films, books, and anything else involving entertainment, including mythologies involving goddesses and superheroes. YANAPOP is an acronym for Young Adult + New Adult + Participating Older Persons, based on the realities of modern publishing. Los Angeles is just two leisurely hours by car from San Diego on coastal highway I-5.
Martin drives to LA for his interview. He falls into a career opportunity of galactic proportions with a little help from a gorgeous young (21) production assistant named ChloŽ Setreal. ChloŽ guides him through his interviews and takes a special interest in the handsome young applicant. Martin and ChloŽ fall madly and instantly in love that same day.
Martin returns to San Diego, two hours south, where he is spending the summer with his parents and sister. All he can think of is ChloŽ, seeking some excuse to go back and see her as soon as possible. ChloŽ is thinking the same, and a little bad luck offers her the opportunity to reach out to her dashing hero.
No sooner has Martin arrived back home, than he receives a call from ChloŽ in LA. She has been in an accident, is immobilized with her leg up in a cast, and desperately longs for Martin to come hold her hand.
Martin gallantly hops in his car and heads north, just as a tremendous Pacific Ocean storm begins to pelt San Diego. Thatís just the beginning of a hair-raising adventure, a nightmare of epic proportions, as courageous and undaunted Martin Brown strives to make it to Los Angeles (or Lost Alienopolis) at any cost.
The Hammer Comes Down
What should be a two-hour drive turns into an Odyssey lasting, well, a long long timeÖ but dial in to learn all the details. Be amazed, because the story stops at nothing. Like Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49, YANAPOP is a bizarre, Saturnalian plunge into the underground - a wildly imaginative, streamlined doomsday machine that never stops for a second until the last desperate, manic breath.
Martin becomes Odysseus in search of Chloe as he pursues the goddess of his dreams. He becomes Oedipa in pursuit of the nightmare secreted in the engine that drives Amerika - and the universe. Or whatever. He goes from a mild-mannered reporter to a comic book hero and an avenger in the mythological landscape of Southern California at its most ingenious extremes. Just when you think you have finally swum ashore, be prepared - the next phase in this air-conditioned nightmare is already sweeping you back out to sea.
Martin & Chloë: Run For Your Life, a Love Story is a yarn for lovers of Thomas Pynchon's novel The Crying of Lot 49 and for viewers of Martin Scorsese's dark comedy film After Hours. This is the next great thing.
Past or Concurrent Editions
Gaining Focus. I wrote this novel in a blaze of inspiration within about three days from start to end of a very good first draft. That's much as Thomas Pynchon has described his writing of The Crying of Lot 49, which is my favorite novel of all time, and a strong inspirational source for this wild metaphysical (postmodern, DarkSF etc) adventure. The major permanent title of all titles was and remains YANAPOP, which stands for the New York marketing conceit (tongue in cheek) Young Adult, New Adult, Participating Older Persons. One of my best friends, amused, blurted out that POP more likely meant 'pissed off people' but as they say in New York, what-evvah!. Title stylings have included Gothic Journey, Adrenaline Rocket, and the like. The text in all of them is identical, with a good, rollicking edit after that wild week of writing.
Titles and Covers. If you n otice that there are several editions of this novel out there, authored by either John T. Cullen or John Argo, don't worry. All the interior text is the same. It's a matter of reaching readers in a flooded marketplace where (as always) a lot of good reading material goes unnoticed. Very few authors have had the good fortune to not run into what agent Jeff Herman calls Ignored Writer Syndrome. Long story, for another time and maybe a book or article. All too often, yesterday's forgotten or ignored artist becomes tomorrow's shining star. The list of authors who died thinking they had been forgotten included H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and too many others to name here. The list of authors who nearly never made it into the public view is just as huge: J. K. Rowling (the world almost never heard of Harry Potter); Beatrix Potter (had to self-publish because no commercial publisher in London would touch her little watercolored story of Peter Rabbit that has never gone out of print). And so on. If you are reading this, then luckily I have your attention and I am thrilled to think you may join my growing corps of readers who commonly say the following:
What Many Readers Consistently Tell Me. Over the years, I've heard these words repeated by readers of my works:
"Wow, I couldn't stop reading!"
"It's so vivid that I could picture the entire movie rolling in my head."
"I want to read your next one!"