Burlington, VT, July 30, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- “Vatican Assassin – Remastered” Available this Friday, July 31st, 2009. Mike Luoma has remastered his entire “Vatican Assassin” audiobook for this brand new edition. The first ten chapters have been completely re-recorded. The rest of the audio for the audiobook has been re-edited. Luoma has written and recorded new theme music for the book as well.
Vatican Assassin is a science fiction adventure set in 2109. Bernard Campion (aka “BC”) is an assassin for the Pope of the New catholic Church – he struggles with his work's inherent contradictions while trying to take care of “business” during an out of control interplanetary religious war.
Luoma's original science fiction novel Vatican Assassin was published in December of 2005. Luoma began podcasting "Vatican Assassin" in September of 2006 as part of his "Glow-in-the-Dark Radio" Podcast. “Learning about digital audio and podcasting as I went along, the recordings were good, but in retrospect could have been better,” Luoma said. These recordings turned into "Vatican Assassin" on Podiobooks in 2007. The thirty-one chapters have been downloaded over 106,000 times. “When I finished recording and releasing the third audiobook in my trilogy 'Vatican Abdicator' earlier this year, it became clear I'd learned a lot in the intervening three years since I'd recorded "Vatican Assassin" - it was time for a new edition,” Luoma said.
“I re-recorded the first ten chapters of the book - coming from a radio advertising background where you try to fit as much as you can into 30 seconds, my early reads were just too fast,” Luoma explained. “The rest of the reads were fine, but the editing reflected my commercial background as well – there was no breathing room, no spaces! So I went back to the original source files for the rest of the book and re-edited them, restoring and/or adding 'breathing room'.” The entire book has also been redone with improved noise reduction.
“Vatican Assassin” is available as a free downloadable audiobook through Podiobooks.com. What is a Podiobook? As described on the Podiobooks.com website, “The term podiobook was coined by (site co-founder) Evo Terra to describe serialized audiobooks which are distributed via RSS, much like a podcast. Listeners to Podiobooks.com can choose to receive the episodes of their books via an RSS feed or by listening to episodes by directly downloading episodes from this site. Some listeners keep the audio files on their computers, some transfer the book to CD, but most transfer the file on to their MP3 player so they can listen no matter where they are.” Podiobooks.com will soon be offering their audiobooks in traditional downloadable forms as well.
The Vatican Assassin Trilogy is also now available in ebook form at Smashwords.com – where readers can set their own price, or get the books Free.