IT TAKES DEATH TO REACH A STAR by Stu Jones & Gareth Worthington & GIVEAWAY


The world you know is dead. We did this to ourselves.

So here’s the thing: When I pick up a book, the sci-fi, dystopian genre isn’t my first choice to read. But I’ve made a vow to read as many books out of my comfort zone this summer. We start with IT TAKES DEATH TO REACH A STAR (Vesuian) by authors Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington.

We all have demons. Some demons have you. The world you know is dead. We did this to ourselves.

It’s 2251 – five years after the end of WWIII. What creatures are left in the world have to save humanity or face extinction. They’re fighting over oil, religion and governments ignore the risk of a world-wide anti-bacterial plague in the only city that survived – Etyom – a frozen hellholde in northern Siberia.

Graciles, which are the peak of human evolution, inferior Robusts, which haven’t evolved, Terrorist Musuls and “real life bogeymen,” know as Rippers are all roaming, trying to find a way to elimate the other. It’s the great war of robots, soldiers and geminoids.

Mila Solokoff is a Robust who trades information in a world where knowing too much can get you killed. Demitri Stasevich is a Gracile with a dark secret—a sickness that, if discovered, will get him eliminated.

Thrust together in the midst of a sinister plot that threatens all life above and below the cloud line, Mila and Demitri must master their demons and make a choice—one that will either salvage what’s left of the human race or doom it to extinction …

I’m always amazed by writers who can create these out-of-worldly worlds. Was this my favorite read? No, but I have to respect it and appreciate the creativity behind the whole production. I can imagine IT TAKES DEATH TO REACH A STAR being turned into a blockbuster movie, complete with Gracile, Robust, Musul and Ripper action figures. And really, isn’t that what publishers and Hollywood have their eye out for. The next mega hit!


A veteran law enforcement officer, Stu has worked as a beat cop, an investigator, an instructor of firearms and police defensive tactics and as a member and team leader of a multi-jurisdictional SWAT team. He is trained and qualified as a law enforcement SWAT sniper, as well as in hostage rescue and high-risk entry tactics. Most recently, Stu served for three years with a U.S. Marshal’s Regional Fugitive Task Force – hunting the worst of the worst.

Stu’s passion for writing developed during his years in college while obtaining a bachelor’s degree in history. In the time since, Stu has published three post-apocalyptic novels – the Action of Purpose trilogy.

Stu is represented by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo-Helin-Fountain literary management and is currently working with Gareth Worthington on the follow-up to DTRAS.

He lives in Alabama with his wife and two children.

Follow Stu on social media @stujonesfiction & find out more at


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Gareth is an award-winning authors, a trained Marine Biologist, and holds PhD in comparative endocrinology. For more than a decade he has worked in the pharmaceutical industry, bringing innovative ways of educating the World’s doctors on new medicine.
He has lived all over the globe and trains in various martial arts. He is represented by Renee C. Fountain and Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo-Helin-Fountain literary Management.
Gareth’s debut novel, Children of the Fifth Sun, was published in 2017 by Vesuvian Books, has been optioned by Vesuvian Entertainment (and will be co-produced by Gareth), for film or television and won the Sci Fi category of the 2017 London Book Festival.
In addition, Gareth is currently writing two sequels for COTFS and developing a television series in the world of mixed martial arts, based on the highly popular series of books by New York Times Best-Selling author Leslie P. Dover.
Gareth is also Director of Business Development at the Vesuvian Media Group.

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