Two new books released, but so much more than that…

July 2, 2016 in General Topics, Slideshow Topic

REVENANT MAN, Book One of THE TYRANT STRATEGY

REVENANT MAN, Book One of THE TYRANT STRATEGY

SHATTERED SON, Book Two of THE TYRANT STRATEGY

SHATTERED SON, Book Two of THE TYRANT STRATEGY

I have very, very big news. Launching today I give you not one, but two full-length novels: REVENANT MAN and SHATTERED SON. This is books one and two of THE TYRANT STRATEGY, my new science fiction series.

“What are they about?” It’s the most common and yet open-ended question an author can get. Okay, here goes.
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Weapons That Changed the Course of History (And My Fiction), Part 1

December 21, 2012 in General Topics

Many of my books feature transformative technology–items whose creation and use reshaped the worlds they populate. This synchronizes nicely with my study of history.

I think understanding history really helps me write effective genre fiction. I have to keep an eye ever-focused on “what-if”? You could say that history is, in large part, a study of powers wielding–or reacting to–unexpected technological advances, and you’d be very accurate. In the same way, my fiction often takes place after those technological leaps, and almost always imagines nations unprepared for those changes. The human element is more important than the actual tech.

Today, I’m going to explain how certain weapons in human history impacted civilization, and we’ll have a little fun applying the same lens to items that appear in some of my own books. I’m not going for the obvious choices, either (did you really want to read another article on nuclear weapons? I think not). Let’s have more fun than that.

So, here we go! Read the rest of this entry →

The Future of Weaponry is Our Past

November 1, 2012 in General Topics

A lively discussion broke out on the Kindleboards recently about weaponry in various authors’ science fiction world-building. The topic produced great food for thought, and also gave me a chance to reiterate my belief that simple, reliable weapons aren’t going anywhere.

Yes, The Tyrant Strategy: Revenant Man spends some time on the great threat still menacing Zone 6 (roughly compromising the Rockies), left behind by the Akita Wars, in the form of that tyrant’s autonomous hunter-killer drones. Drones will, sadly, become more prevalent domestically and internationally in the coming years. This is despite the well-founded civil rights concerns.

Viet Cong forcesBut for the average belligerent on the ground, simple firearms will more often than not remain the order of the day, just as they do in my novel. Read the rest of this entry →

Five Great Historical Battles, Part 3

August 9, 2012 in General Topics

We’ve finally come to the last post in this series. We’ve seen a wide variety of conflicts, spanning multiple theatres and time periods, from medieval Japanese shores to the frontiers of Colonial America. And we’re going out with a bang. I’m pleased to bring you not one, but two final conflicts that are worth covering.

That’s what I do, here, folks – always deliver a little more than you expect.

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Five Great Historical Battles, Part 2

August 2, 2012 in General Topics

Well, look who’s back. Obviously you didn’t get enough military history discussion in our first blog post on great historical battles, and you want Part II. Very well, my friend, I’m glad to oblige.

As a reminder, we’re focusing on battles that meet your humble author’s three criteria: historical significance, amazing combat, and epic scope.

Now reload, and let’s hit the front.

Kursk, 1943

The Battle of Kursk, 1943

Speaking of fronts, Hitler’s great gamble on the Eastern Front in WWII didn’t go the way he claimed it would. Envisioning a Soviet debacle-in-the-making, and selling the invasion of Russia as simply “kicking the door in”, Hitler directed vast numbers of well-trained troops — in three huge army groups — across Soviet borders in 1941. For a time, the Germans found great success.

For a time.
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