Create a sleek, exciting cover for the spy novel Tokyo Black
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I write fast paced spy novels that focus on adventure, troubled characters, and exotic locations.
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A book cover for my debut novel, Tokyo Black. (synopsis below) Burned, Betrayed, and Off the Grid… Thomas Caine lives in the shadows… betrayed and left for dead, he has put his past as a government assassin behind him, and made a living as a smuggler in the seedy criminal underworld of Thailand. But when local gangsters set him up to take the fall for a crime he didn’t commit, it sets off a chain reaction that lands him back in the clutches of the CIA… and back on the job, taking on a dangerous mission in the neon lit futuristic metropolis of Tokyo, Japan. As he hunts the city for a CIA asset’s missing daughter, he soon learns there is more to this mission than he realizes. Yakuza thugs, Federal Police, and even rogue CIA operatives all stand between him and his objective. And looming in the shadows is Tokyo Black: a right wing terrorist group that demonstrates their loyalty by burning their yakuza tattoos from their skin with acid. Can Thomas Caine defeat a fanatical enemy, who fears no pain, and seeks to destroy anyone they deem an enemy of Japan.. Including a scared young girl on the run? Tokyo Black deals with themes of betrayal, redemption, and taking personal responsibility for our lives.
The cover should be modern, sleek, and dynamic. It should also have a balance between illustration and photographic styles... pure photo can feel cold to me, but it should NOT look like 70's men's adventure novel. I always pictured the title stacked (the word TOKYO above the word BLACK, with Tokyo in white font, and Black in black font. That being said, I'm no designer, so I'm open to anything. I've attached some covers of similar genre books below. This is the first book in a series, so ideally the style and motiff of the cover should be able to be used for a later titles in the series. I also attached some pictures i found inspiring, but I do not own the rights for these. Some prominent visual elements of the book (not saying any of these need to be used, but thought it might help visualize the book.) 1. Caine has green eyes, that are described as "Tiger-like" on several occasions 2. Tokyo... the Tokyo of the story is a fusion of neon lit futuristic anime, and dark, ancient alley ways. The old and the new fused together. 3. The character Caine is searching for, a Japanese girl named Hitomi, is described as having dark, haunted eyes... Caine cannot put them out of his mind once he has seen them. 4. Car Chase - one action scene involved a car chase through Tokyo, between a Black GTR and a red 2016 Acura NSX 5. A large action scene takes place a holographic concert (look up Hatsune Miku) of a character with neon green hair who serves as an avatar and virtual mask for Hitomi.
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