I'm about to publish my ebook in Swedish called "Shivas Tredje Öga" ("Shiva's Third Eye") at the Apple iTunes book store (https://www.apple.com/itunes/charts/paid-books/). For this book to stand out in the listing of books, I need an eye popping and exciting book cover preferable optimized for iTunes book store. Cover should include author name "Kenneth Ocklund" and title "Shivas Tredje Öga".
You are free to be completely creative, but ideally the book cover should convey a sense of action, suspense, high tech, computer hacking, covert ops and hired killers. Putting an eye of some sort on the cover is tempting and could work, but if you can think of something else, it might give you an advantage. See list of events below for inspiration.
The story is about a hacker and his friend, a psychology researcher (both in their mid twenties). As an experiment to try to predict human behavior they create a computer program that roams the Internet while secretly collecting video streams from all types of public and private cameras, for example surveillance, laptop and mobile phones. The program is created like a computer virus that grows smarter by the second. The program is baptized Shiva after the hindu god with a third all-seeing eye in the forehead (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva).
One night, when they show the program to a woman friend - a former Israeli special operative - they all witness, by accident through the program, how a man is killed by a professional hitman. The hitman is a Brazilian who practices Candomblé (a Voodoo-like religion) and continues to kill is victims until he learns that someone is watching. He then begins to track down the three friends.
At the same time, the computer program is getting smarter and starting to take own initiatives, which gains attention in the intelligence community. A race is on between the intelligence organizations of the world to get hold of the system and win the ongoing secret cyberwar. The three friends find themselves in the eye of the storm. Professional killers, intelligence agents and special operatives are determined to hunt them down. And the three of them have only each other to rely on.
Some exciting events in the book include:
- A plane crash in a Swedish mountain lake by an amphibious plane piloted by the woman
Example of plane: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cessn…N5159R.jpg
- A firefight between the hitman and a group of american special ops (deployed using a helicopter) in the woods in the Swedish mountains
Example of helicopter:
Example view of Swedish mountains:
Example hunting rifle used by hitman against special ops:
- The hitman fighting for his life (armed only with a hunting knife) against a big bear in the Swedish woods
Example Swedish bear type:
- The program causing disasters like opening of the doors of a huge water dam in South America flooding the valley below and causing a train collision in a train yard in Germany, engulfing the area in flames
Example water dam in Paraguay:
Example train yard in Germany:
- A firefight in the streets of Stockholm between Iranian special ops and the woman (former Israeli special ops) taking cover behind an overturned SUV, returning fire
Example street view Stockholm:
Example weapon used by woman (ex Israeli operative):
- A drone targeting the hitman with missiles