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Cicada Invasion Novel Wins First Place in Literary Awards
When a cicada swarm invades Long Island in Michael Phillip Cash’s horror novel “Brood X,” the media makes dire predictions about what could happen, but it never predicted that the book would win First Place in the Reader Views Literary Awards.
“Brood X” reveals what happens when a cicada invasion strikes Long Island. Married couple Seth and Lara are expecting their first child when they hear reports of the impending invasion. At first, the couple pays little heed, and Seth even mocks the reports. “Call the press, get CNN down here,” he exclaims when he finds the first cicada in his backyard.
But soon the couple find that the cicadas are interfering with their lives, and those of thousands of others as cell phone, television, sanitation, and delivery services come to a standstill. As panic ensues, Seth questions whether he is at fault for not acting to protect his family sooner.
In writing “Brood X,” Michael Philip Cash was inspired by classic films like Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and more recent found footage films to depict a tale of how nature turns against mankind. This blending of film and novel mediums and its superb suspense have garnered “Brood X” first place in its category in the Reader Views Literary Awards.
Reader Views reviews more than 2,000 books per year by self-published and small press authors. Its Annual Literary Awards recognize the very best of these up-and-coming authors. Cash fits that category perfectly since “Brood X” is his first novel. When asked how he felt about winning the Reader Views Literary Award, he remarked, “Great. It’s an honor for me and the cicadas. It’s about time we give them the respect they are due since anyone who has ever experienced them in person knows just how scary they can be.”
No one is arguing with Cash. “Brood X” is a very scary novel in its realistic portrayal of nature’s wrath and what happens when people like Seth are skeptical of nature’s power. Reviewers have stated “The characters and storyline are frighteningly believable,”
About the Author
Born and raised on Long Island, Michael Philip Cash has always had a fascination with horror writing and found footage films. He wanted to incorporate both with his debut novel, “Brood X.” Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children. Since publishing “Brood X,” he has also published “Stillwell:
“Brood X: A Firsthand Account of the Great Cicada Invasion” (ISBN 9781481843904, CreateSpace 2013) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit www.MichaelPhillipCash.com. (http://www.michaelphillipcash.com/
Susan Violante - Reader Views