This is not the first time I've featured Andrew Hess on this blog!
If this book intrigues you, be sure to check out his other book that I've featured, Campus Killer!
Andrew Hess is a resident of Long Island New York who likes to spend much of his time traveling between Long Island, New York City and the Dutchess County areas. In 2011 he debuted with his first book Chamber of Souls, a small book of free verse poetry which depicted the struggles of a man who thought he had everything in the world only to feel like he lost everything after a rough break-up. In 2013, Andrew debuted his novel The Phoenix Blade: Project Justice; the first in The Phoenix Blade series.
Andrew is also a blogger at TheWritersRevolution13.blogspot.com where he interviews and promotes other authors in order to assist indie authors get more exposure. Andrew is also a frequent guest on the Anthony Charles Podcast, a show dedicated to creative professionals as they give insight into their works and the lives they lead; guests have included authors, comedians,musicians, stuntmen, actors and producers.
Paranoia is at an all-time high. After the recent attack on the group formerly known as the Revolution, Andrew Lancaster (A.K.A. the Phoenix) has decided to retreat and take the group back to New York. To make matters worse, the terrorist known as Reaper, has gone into hiding…or has he?
Months of silence has left the Lancaster with a false sense of security. His defiance of Presidential orders have left the group vulnerable to another attack. With Reaper hiding in the shadows, he sets his sights on complete chaos. He will stop at nothing to destroy everyone in the Andrew Lancaster’s life.
Will the Phoenix let his friends and loved ones fall victim to Reaper’s deadly games or will he rise from the ashes one more time to stop the man with the white skulled face?
And now, check out the awesome main character casting line-up, chosen by Andrew Hess himself!
He was even kind enough to include a bit of info on the characters themselves!(Don't you just love a peak into the author's head?)
Andrew Lancaster has been a troubled teen, a man seeking revenge for his mother's death, a soldier for Project Justice, a lover and someone desperately trying to find a way out. His character has been one of the hardest ones I could ever think to cast because it is someone I have spent years getting to know. Many have given their input as to who they would put in that role, but none seemed right to me. Then I found two actors that have the look for the Andrew Lancaster role and have been acting for years.
Skylar Astin-His most notable role to this point has been Jesse in the hit movie Pitch Perfect but has also made cameo appearances in shows like Glee, House, Massholes, Girls, Love Bites, and in other movies such as 21 and over, Wreck-It Ralph and has signed on to reprise his role of Jesse in Pitch Perfect 2.
David Henrie-He fits the perfect age range for the Andrew Lancaster character. And although he is still young, David has an impressive acting resume with cameo appearances on shows from his childhood to his reoccurring role as Justin Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place to being in the movie Grown Ups 2 and his upcoming role in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. His most notable roles have been on Wizards of Waverly Place and being seen as Ted Mosby's son on How I Met Your Mother.
Lilly Henderson is a character that is sweet and caring. A woman you want to pull for and wish to see her get her happy ending. At the same time she has that snappy, overprotective, stubborn attitude that makes her a good fit for the Andrew Lancaster's group. With that said, her character needs the right type of actress to fit perfectly into that role and there was only one that I could think of.
JoAnna Garcia Swisher-
When I think of Lilly, JoAnna Garcia has the look, the personality and the quirkiness that fits the character perfectly. She has played numerous roles in both TV and movies. She played Sam in the hit Nickelodeon show “Are You Afraid of the Dark”, Sandy Sue in “Not Another Teen Movie”, Christy in “American Pie 2”, Cheyenne in the hit show “Reba”, Parker Wald in “Revenge of the Bridesmaids”, Megan in “The Internship”, and Ariel in the hit show “Once Upon a Time.”
Mike adds the comedic flare to the group, but is also very serious. He is young, youthful, still wanting to party but understands the dire situation he and his friends are in. There are two actors that would be great fits for Mike's character
Logan Henderson-A young up and comer. He has the look of a typical early twenties frat boy which best describes Mike Santangelo's character. Henderson's filmography begins in 2008 with Friday Night Lights and is most notable for his role as Logan Mitchel of Big Time Rush.
Shawn Roberts-A 30yr old actor who has the cunning wit and youthful face to portray Mike Santangelo. Roberts has been acting since 1994 with an impressive resume including paying the infamous Albert Wesker from the Resident Evil Series.
A wild card in The Phoenix Blade Series. Arcana was the man entrusted to play the Revolution's video to send their message to the world. He is crafty and mysterious. He has history with the Benefactor and the information he holds is a game changer. He takes more of an active role in third book of The Phoenix Blade as Andrew entrusts him to protect his team while he is away and also help with some investigating.
Anthony Tyler Quinn-He played Mr. Jonathan Turner from Boy Meets World. He has the soft spoken yet authoritative voice needed to portray a network executive who has a jaded personality. He has the perfect persona to convince Andrew Lancaster to trust him.
She is Andrew Lancaster's ex-girlfriend that gives the group a place to crash for a few hours as the journey to their second mission. Her stubbornness and take no B.S. attitude has her clashing with her ex and his best friend constantly throughout The Phoenix Blade Series, but also see her compassionate side when she finally decides to let her guard down.
Karen Gillan-A relatively new actress to me although she has been in various roles since 2008. Her recent role as Kaylie Russell in the horror film Oculus proved to standout in my mind. Her fast talking, stubborn, need to get to the bottom of things attitude hit me as the perfect red head to fit the role of Faith Brant.
Sassy, sweet and stubborn is the best way to describe Amber Fergusson. She is someone that appears near the end of the first book, Project Justice, but plays a key role in the second and third books in The Phoenix Blade Series. She has become the love interest for Andrew Lancaster and is very protective of him.
Anna Kendrick-I first noticed Anna Kendrick in the movie Pitch Perfect, but was not the role that made me see her as the perfect choice for the Amber Fergusson character. It was her role in 50/50 as Katherine, Adam's therapist, that made me see the kind emotional side of Kendrick. Her other roles showed her stubborn and sassy attitude that was a great fit for the role.