Former Blink-182 member Tom DeLonge will launch a new cross-media series, Sekret Machines, that spans fiction and nonfiction books and new music this spring. The singer will kick things off with a 704-page hardcover novel, Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows, which he co-wrote with author A.J. Hartley (the Darwen Arkwright series) and will be released on April 5th.
It's the first of three books, which claim to be "based on actual events" and "from the imagination of" DeLonge. The subject matter draws from information gathered from sources "within the military and intelligence community" about UFOs. Characters in the books include a pilot, an heiress, a journalist and a prisoner of war.
"I wanted to tackle the subject of unidentified aerial phenomena because it seems so unbelievable," DeLonge said in a statement. "I knew the story was fantastic regardless if you believed it or not. This was the one topic that could tackle religion, cosmology, science, history, politics, secrecy and more. After taking over a year to meet, prove myself and acquire eight elite advisors – each of whom has held the highest positions within the military, scientific and executive branch offices – this story contains true information from a secret historical record, some of which has never been heard until now.
"We all need to take a moment to think about the national security threat that exists when world powers race to understand and control advanced technology recovered from extraordinary places," he added.
The series will also include new music from DeLonge's current project, Angels and Airwaves, though the singer has yet to reveal album details.