Cover Art Revealed for Novel That Takes Aim at Global Surveillance State

MILTON, ONTARIO, April 18, 2022 – Today, the cover art was revealed for upcoming science fiction novel The Afghan Wedding by Gary Girod.

In a world where U.S. troops can teleport to war zones anywhere, an Afghan girl could change everything. First a ward, then a puppet of the American government, Avizeh Fatah is trapped in a life she never chose. The only way to break free at the heart of the U.S. intelligence system is with a lot of cunning, luck... and love.

The cover features a woman in a long dress and hijab standing in a desert at the bottom, and upside down at the top is a woman in winter gear standing over a frozen icescape, representing the main character’s origins in western Afghanistan; and Antarctica, where she spends much of the novel in a secret American military base. The art was conceptualized by Girod and created by graphic designer Peter Dibble.

Gary Girod

Girod’s first novel, The Maiden Voyage of New York City, was published by Milton, Ontario-based science fiction and fantasy publisher Brain Lag in May 2020. Now living in Oregon, Girod has since obtained a doctorate in history and continues to run “The French History Podcast”, a podcast covering the history of France from three million years ago to present day.

Preorders for the book are now open in bookstores everywhere ahead of its August 12 release. The book will be available in trade paperback (ISBN 978-1-928011-77-4, $21.99 CAD) and ebook (ISBN 978-1-928011-78-1, $4.99 CAD) formats.

The Afghan Wedding is Brain Lag’s thirty-seventh title and will be its eighth release in 2022.

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