Cicada Invasion Novel Wins First in Literary Awards
Bethpage, New York
When fictional cicadas invade Long Island, they create such intense suspense and fear that they not only conquer the novel's characters, but they have conquered readers and literary awards judges. In other words, First Place in the Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror category in the Reader Views Literary Awards goes to Michael Philip Cash's novel "Brood X: A Firsthand Account of the Great Cicada Invasion" (ISBN 9781481843904, CreateSpace 2013).
"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."