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Bellingham writer Royce Buckingham reads from first young adult novel at Village Books

Bellingham writer Royce Buckingham launches his first teen fiction book "The Terminals" with a reading at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

"The Terminals" focuses on 19-year-old Cam Cody, who's recruited with other teens suffering from terminal illnesses to be part of an elite commando unit with medically enhanced abilities. They're still doomed , but they'll die as superheroes. Cam, however, begins to suspect that the spy team has a darker side.

Buckingham said for his Village Books event he'll read a passage from the new book and discuss some of its themes. It's definitely an audience more mature than his other books, with coarser language and a grown-up plot. His Hollywood connections are looking at it for a possible TV series, he said.

"It's meant to be a visual, fun thriller," said Buckingham, who works for the city of Bellingham as a prosecuting attorney. "It's high stakes — the highest stakes, life and death."

He'll also have cake and temporary tattoos with the EKG heartbeat image from the book cover.

Buckingham is the author of popular "Demonkeeper," a Seattle-based fantasy for middle readers that explored the plight of homeless youth and "Dead Boys," a supernatural thriller set in Richland that just won the 2014 Sasquatch Award from the Washington Library Media Association. He's also author of bestselling series of medieval fantasy thrillers for middle readers in Germany.