Cowichan Valley author Clayton Johnston has a new book coming out in June, 2021. (Submitted)

Cowichan Valley author Clayton Johnston has a new book coming out in June, 2021. (Submitted)

Island author pens a thriller in ‘12 Days’

Cowichan’s Clayton Johnston releases his thrid book

The latest Cowichan author with a book is Brentwood College School director of admissions Clayton Johnston, whose fiction novel 12 Days will be hitting Amazon, Kindle and Kindle Unlimited on June. 11.

12 Days poses the question: what if the very thing you wished for came true? But all is not as it seems and the novel plunges readers into a world of intrigue.

“When small-town schoolteacher Robert Glass is announced as the winner of a nationwide contest designed to launch a civilian alone into space, it appears that his lifelong dream has been realized,” according to the plot synopsis. “By winning the coveted twelve-day voyage, Glass has become the new face of NASA and has captured the imagination of the world.

“It is no secret that the success of the wildly popular Instant Spaceman Contest could salvage the waning re-election bid of the president of the United States. As the countdown to launch begins and interest in the impending event mounts, nefarious adversaries will stop at nothing to sabotage its success.

“With his wife and son at his side, and blissfully unaware that he has become a pawn in a dangerous political game, Glass heads to Florida to begin an intense period of training for the epic 12-day mission. As launch day approaches, and with the world on the edge of its seat, investigative journalist Derek Stevens uncovers a sequence of suspicious events indicating that the mission may have been compromised.

“And…as millions of people cheer as the sleek spaceship effortlessly lifts off from Kennedy Space Center, Stevens races against the clock to uncover the truth before it’s too late.”

Whew! Sounds like a thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat (or beach towel).

Johnston took up writing as he travelled the world in his position with Brentwood. He has self-published two psychological thrillers before this, Figment and Five Little Monkeys.

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