Nanotroopers Episode 15: A Black Hole

Episode 15, Nanotroopers. Johnny Winger returns to Earth but asteroid fragments still impact, causing destruction across the globe. Worse, a saboteur is inside Quantum Corps. Now all ANAD systems are suspect. With Doc Frost gone, the troopers have a new mentor, a nanobotic likeness of Doc himself. But can Doc II be trusted? Red Hammer still plans to defeat the nanotroopers; Doc II is the key.Episode 15, Nanotroopers. With his detachment, Johnny Winger makes it safely back to Earth, but fragments of the rogue asteroid diverted by Red Hammer still impact the planet, causing destruction across the globe. Worse, a saboteur has turned up inside Quantum Corps, a nanotrooper never suspected. Now, the troopers are suspicious of all ANAD systems. With Doc Frost gone, the troopers find a new mentor to follow, a nanobotic likeness of Doc himself. But can Doc II be trusted? The Red Hammer cartel still has plans to defeat Quantum Corps and Doc II is the key.
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The Snow of the Spring

A man running from his past comes face to face with it in the last days of his life.Following a massive plague, humanity is forced to retreat into orbit and begin searching for a new home. Quickly discovering that they are not alone, Commander Dalton James and his crew will have to lean on their extensive military experience in order to confront an enemy unlike anything we've ever seen before. Both blood and whiskey will be spilled as the fleet struggles to survive.The Fleet is a best-selling series with over 100K downloads to its credit. Continue your adventure today with the second trilogy of books.
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Nanotroopers Episode 16: ANAD on Ice

Episode 16, Nanotroopers. Red Hammer’s melting the ice caps, menacing cities worldwide. ANAD doesn’t work right but Johnny Winger develops a relationship with Doc II, nanobotic essence of old Doc Frost. The cartel has a new device called a pulser. A mission to Antarctica fails to stop the threat. The nanotroopers assault a major cartel base but the mission stalls when Doc II is compromised.Episode 16, Nanotroopers. The Red Hammer cartel is using their own nanobotic swarms to melt the ice caps and alter the atmosphere. They’re doing this at the behest of their alien benefactors so the cartel will continue to have access to the aliens’ archives. The nanotroopers are assigned a mission to confront the enemy swarms in the Antarctic. ANAD isn’t working right but Johnny Winger has developed a relationship with Doc II, the nanobotic essence of old Doc Frost. The mission fails when Doc II isn’t quite up to the task. Worse, the cartel has a new device, called a pulser, that can create swarms at great distances or corrupt existing swarms remotely. Doc II has an idea: use killsats in orbit around Earth to contain Red Hammer. But when the pulser is used to create swarms aboard several killsats and the cartel takes command of them, cities around the world are threatened with a new ultimatum: pay up and allow the cartel a free hand, or else. The source of the pulser waves is traced back to the Red Hammer base in Hong Kong. Now a desperate assault is mounted against the cartel base but the mission stalls when Doc II is nearly obliterated by the new weapon. Winger and his nanotroopers have to fall back on an unreliable ANAD in an attempt to locate and destroy this new weapon, before the cartel lays waste to scores of cities.
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Echoes of the Fey: The Prophet's Arm

Magic meets mystery in Echoes of the Fey, a series of Detective stories set in a high fantasy world. Sofya Rykov is a private investigator with a secret of her own: magic power she uses to solve her cases. In this novella, she is tasked with tracking down a sacred artifact lost during the war between Leshin and Humans.Magic meets mystery in Echoes of the Fey, a series of detective stories set in the high fantasy world of Oraz. Sofya Rykov is a private investigator with a secret of her own: unstable magic powers that she uses to solve her cases. This stand-alone novella ties in to the stories told in the Echoes of the Fey PC games.In The Prophet's Arm, Sofya is hired to track down a precious religious relic: the mechanical arm of the ancient Leshin prophet Cathal ir-Dyeun. The arm was lost in the long war between Humans and Leshin--a war prompted by the teachings of ir-Dyeun. To preserve the unstable peace between the two peoples, everything associated with the prophet has become taboo in the new Leshin government. But Sofya Rykov has never cared for taboos, so when a historian needs a detective to find the relic, she's the perfect woman for the job.
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Johnny Winger and the Europa Quandary

Sixth episode in the Tales of the Quantum Corps. A robotic messiah is released from custody. Strange meteor showers light up the skies of Earth. A new movement called Assimilationism grows explosively. Time for Quantum Corps again. General Johnny Winger, called out of retirement, faces an old nemesis on the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa and the encounter will change him forever.In the second decade of the 22nd century, a robotic messiah is released from custody. Strange showers of meteoric activity light up the skies across Earth. A new social movement called Assimilationism grows explosively. An emerging sentience menaces the Net. And the Old Ones, considered by many Assimilationists to be fathers of the human race, draw ever closer to the solar system. Looks like Quantum Corps has its hands full again. General Johnny Winger is called out of retirement to face an old nemesis and the encounter will change him forever. Sixth episode in the Tales of the Quantum Corps.
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Flat Tire

David has a flat tire 10 miles from his sister’s home and lab in the desert. It’s dark, cold, and David soon has a Close Encounter of the Third kind that has romantic possibilities. Truly a long, long, long, distance relationship.Part of my "Snack Readings"; novelettes that can be read in an hour or so. Watch for more!David, a medical Doctor, leaves from a weekend visit at his sister and her husband’s home, also their global warming research center, in the desert, twenty-five miles from the nearest highway. While driving the down twenty-five mile, sand-packed road to the highway, he has a flat tire 10 miles from his sister’s home. It’s dark, cold, and David soon has a Close Encounter of the Third kind that has intergalactic romance possibilities; truly a long, long, long, range romance.Part of my "Snack Readings"; novelettes that can be read in an hour or so. Watch for more!
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Johnny Winger and the Serengeti Factor

First episode in the Tales of the Quantum Corps. Lieutenant Johnny Winger leads his troopers into battle...but his troopers are robots the size of atoms. How do you train and discipline soldiers like that? Winger fights off an intelligent virus created by the Red Hammer cartel. He has to learn new ways to exercise command...and fast.Your buddy is a nanoscale robot named ANAD. Your enemy is a programmable virus named Serengeti. The Red Hammer cartel has created an addictive antidote to a man-made pandemic Looks like Quantum Corps has its hands full again. Lieutenant John Winger leads his beleaguered nanotroopers into combat, on battlefields across the globe and inside the world of atoms and molecules. First episode in the Tales of the Quantum Corps.
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Nanotroopers Episode 17: Lions Rock

Episode 17, Nanotroopers. Red Hammer has seized several UNIFORCE killsats. Millions are threatened. Quantum Corps must assault the cartel’s base but the assault must be done underground, using a geoplane. Tests show the geoplane works but subterranean ops are risky. Follow Lieutenant Winger and his troopers as they take back control of the killsats, from below ground.Episode 17, Nanotroopers. Red Hammer has seized control of several UNIFORCE killsats. Millions are threatened and nations scramble to comply with the cartel’s demands. Quantum Corps has to assault the base where the killsats are controlled and put it out of commission, but the only way to do this is from below ground, using a new vehicle called a geoplane. Tests show that the geoplane works but subterranean ops are risky. Follow Lieutenant John Winger and his nanotroopers in the Tectonic Sword mission, as they try to take back control of the killsats, from below ground.
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Nanotroopers Episode 20: Doc II

Episode 20, Nanotroopers. The nanotroopers return home but see a cartel chief nearby. They tag him with a spybot as he heads back to the cartel’s base. Something goes wrong. Johnny Winger must rescue his bot friend, his last link to old Doc Frost. The plan is insane, against all regulations, but Winger’s determined. He travels to Tibet and encounters an entity that will change him forever.Episode 20, Nanotroopers. The nanotroopers return to Mesa de Oro shaken but unharmed from their experience with the Sphere at Kokul Gol. They spot a Red Hammer chief nearby and plant a spybot as the agent heads back to the cartel’s main base in Tibet. But something goes wrong with the spybot…it’s actually a nanobotic version of old Doc Frost, now pressed into a new kind of espionage. Now, Johnny Winger realizes his last link to old Doc Frost is in trouble. He devises a plan, insane and against all regulations, to rescue his bot friend. Winger and two other troopers travel as civilians to Tibet. There they encounter an entity that actually runs the cartel and that will change them forever.
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To Kill a Bunyip

'Null, a remote fishing village where boredom reins until two dogs decide to solve the problem of the Bunyip. Add a transvestite politician, a high school drop-out, mysterious deaths, and the ancestors of the village's founder - Terrence Null - facing a stark reality check, and you have a parody of life, 'To Kill a Bunyip'. An engaging tale culminating in a thrilling climax.Null, a remote fishing village where boredom reins until two dogs decide to solve the problem of the Bunyip. Add a transvestite politician, a high school drop-out, mysterious deaths, and the ancestors of the village's founder - Terrence Null - facing a stark reality check, and you have a parody of life, 'To Kill a Bunyip'. This is an engaging tale that probes the emotions and motives of many characters culminating in a thrilling climax at the Seafood Festival.This is book three of Hollow Log stories. Book one is The Justice of Null. Book two is Ocker Oscar. Terrence Null and his descendants in three stories in different genres; Satire written in Myth Fantasy and Alternative history. One wonders if Terrence Null did exist.
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The Cutlers Of The Howling Hills

All is not well at the monastery.A mysterious spoon shortage...A missing toad...And, worst of all, an epic poem.What is the world coming to?And has it been there before?In the desert land of Turuna, every child possesses powerful magic, and only an ancient treaty prevents the clans from recruiting them as soldiers. Now, rumors swirl that an artifact has appeared that grants childlike magic to an adult, and some clans will stop at nothing to seize its power.In the tiny Ahjea clan, Butu has had no time to listen to rumors. His childhood sweetheart has caught the eye of the most powerful man in Turuna. Even worse, his magic has suddenly become unreliable, failing him at the most embarrassing moments. The only good news he's had all day is he's being allowed to join his clan's army despite his youth.When his squad of young recruits is sent on a mission they can't complete without magic, Butu begins to grow suspicious. It soon becomes clear that if he doesn't figure out the truth and find the artifact first, an all-powerful tyrant will rise up and conquer Turuna.86,000 words
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Johnny Winger and the Golden Horde

Fourth episode in the Tales of the Quantum Corps. Colonel John Winger leads his troopers against a nanobotic swarm called Configuration Zero. Evidence suggests that earth life was seeded by Config Zero’s ancestor, an ancient species of bots traveling through interstellar space. Only the seeding didn’t work as planned. Man is an evolutionary mistake and the Old Ones are coming back to fix it.Nanobotic technology has advanced rapidly as the 22nd century draws near. Bots and swarms are vital to the global economy. But the same advances have created a new menace. Evidence suggests that Man didn’t just evolve. Life was seeded by the Old Ones, an ancient nomadic species of bots, traveling through interstellar space around the galaxy. And the seeding didn’t work like they planned. Man is evolutionary mistake and the Old Ones are coming back to fix it. Colonel Johnny Winger leads his beleaguered nanotroopers into combat, on battlefields across the globe, around the solar system, and inside the world of atoms and molecules. Fourth episode in the Tales of the Quantum Corps.
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The Farpool

Two teenagers are caught in a waterspout, flung across space to another world called Seome.Seome is suffering, wrecked by Umans, descendants of the teenagers’ own race.The Farpool depends on a Uman weapon.Shut down, the wormhole disappears.The teenagers must decide:stay with their Seomish friends, or go back before it closes forever. It will be the hardest decision Chase and Angie have ever made.Teen-agers Chase and Angie witness a waterspout off Scotland Beach, Florida. After it’s gone, they investigate a whirlpool nearby. They spot two marine animals, clad in suits. The creatures blind them with some kind of device, then disappear into the whirlpool. The teen-agers are trapped in the vortex and wind up catapulted six thousand light years, to an ocean world called Seome. The Seomish call it the Farpool. It’s a wormhole. Chase and Angie arrive in this world, riven by conflict, wracked by sound and vibration from a base on a small island, a base set up by Umans, star-faring descendants of the teenagers’ own human race. The Umans operate a Time Twister. The Umans are fighting off a malevolent enemy called the Coethi; one of the effects of the Twister is the Farpool. Now Chase and Angie find themselves in the midst of an existential crisis, a race against time and destiny. Chase wants to stay behind, to learn more about this amazing world and to help his new–found Seomish friends defend themselves. Angie wants to go home. But the challenge is this: Farpool depends on the Twister working. If it’s shut down, the wormhole will be gone. Chase and Angie now must decide: stay with their new found Seomish family, or attempt to go back through the Farpool before it’s closed forever.The decision may send them back through time and space to their home world. But the same decision may well doom their Seomish friends to complete annihilation at the hands of the Coethi. It will be the hardest decision Chase and Angie have ever made.
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Nanotroopers Episode 11: Engebbe

Episode 11, Nanotroopers.1st Nano jams Red Hammer’s access to an alien archive but ANAD’s trapped by the cartel. Johnny Winger violates orders to rescue ANAD but the rescuers are shot down. A new menace erupts out of Kenya. It can’t be stopped. Will Winger be rescued before Red Hammer grabs him? Will the troopers at Engebbe survive the new menace? The answer comes when Man and ANAD work together.Episode 11, Nanotroopers. Johnny Winger and Dana Tallant escape entanglement at Engebbe from 3 billion years ago by driving ANAD into direct physical engagement with Config Zero. This physical interaction breaks their entanglement state and collapses them back the Containment lab at Table Top. They are none the worse for wear but sobered by the experience. And they owe their lives to ANAD. However, now they know that Red Hammer may be in contact with Config Zero and its extraterrestrial masters. The key is Engebbe. At a briefing, Majors Kraft and Lofton decide the dig site needs to be monitored, then shut down. Plus the entangler sphere Red Hammer has in its possession has to be disabled. The sphere seems to be at the Paryang monastery…the cartel’s main base.What is needed is a disentangler. This device would force decoherence by physically engaging and interacting with entangled objects and systems. This would block any Red Hammer archival access. An 2-part op plan is worked out: (1) Detachment Bravo (commanded by Dana Tallant), is sent to Engebbe to scout for Red Hammer operatives and to reconnoiter what the cartel’s ultimate goal is in being there and (2) an attempted infiltration by ANAD (Detachment Alpha, commanded by Johnny Winger) will be made into Paryang to put a disentangler in place to block the cartel’s archive access. The op gets underway and ANAD makes its way into the monastery. A site is located in the back of the same chamber as the sphere, deep underground and below the monastery. The disentangler is replicated but as it is forming, ANAD is detected and a battle ensues. Paryang bots are tough and have unexpected quantum abilities (such as superposition…they can be in multiple places at once). There is something called a Keeper handling Paryang’s defenses. And ANAD’s decoherence tactics no longer seem to work…the entangled threats are somehow shielded. ANAD is eventually overwhelmed by Red Hammer’s defenses and vanishes. All comms are lost. Winger knows it’s against orders and all doctrine, but he knows that nanotroopers don’t leave their buddies behind. It’s part of the Nanotroopers’ Code. He makes a command decision: “I’m going in after ANAD.” Several others…M’bela, D’Nunzio and Barnes decide to come too. They board their lifter, program it for nap-of-the-earth flight and cross into Chinese territory, heading for Paryang…on their own. It’s a combat search and rescue mission with a difference…trying to locate a nanoscale robot and its small replicated swarm, among the forbidding peaks and valleys of Tibet’s Gangdise Shan mountains. At the same time, Dana Tallant and Bravo Detachment have encountered an ancient menace at the Engebbe dig site and they have a battle on their hands. What both detachments encounter will change the nanotroopers forever.
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The Dark Ascent

Walter Hunt's debut novel The Dark Wing was favorably compared to Ender's Game, Babylon 5, Honor Harrington, and C.S. Forester. The publication of the second volume The Dark Path was heralded by Analog as "a quest that may well prove science fiction's version of The Lord of the Rings." The Dark AscentThe war with the zor is long over, and Admiral Marais, the legendary "Dark Wing" is long dead, though some of his companions on that campaign of xenocide still remain, and in the alien philosophies of the past their might exist man's hope for salvation in the very near future.The Dark Path introduced a new alien force into the delicate balance of power ... one that was the actual puppetmaster of the human-zor war and now wishes to bring both worlds under its madness inducing shadow.But the same ancient philosophy of the zor race that prophesized "the Dark Wing" has also foreseen a hero that will meet the new menace --a hero now mystically embodied in a rebellious space commodore by the name of Jackie Lappierre.As armadas clash and outposts fall, the overly confident alien menace is forced to confront a zor human alliance that has been warned, their covert and insidious plans of infiltration now exposed. ... though victory is hardly ascertained for either side in The Dark Ascent.From Publishers WeeklyWith its complexities of plot and character, Hunt’s fast-paced space adventure, the third book in his Dark Wing series (after 2003’s The Dark Path), rises above the humdrum repetitions typical of this SF subgenre. In exploring the universe in the far future, humans have fought a war with the zor race, birdlike aliens whose mental communication entails an intricate religious devotion to the legends of their hero, Qu’u, and to a lost magic sword, the gyaryu. That war is now long past. Human and zor, along with the noncombatant raskh, work together to battle a race of implacable mind-controllers, the vuhl, who can also take on other shapes and infiltrate space stations and ships as well as entire cultures, bending all to their will. Jackie Lappierre, a human who’s been connected to the hsi of her dead zor friends, finds herself appointed to retrieve their sword and use its powers to confront the vuhl. Keeping track of the players—the heroes and the villains, alive and dead—is a delightful challenge. So is distinguishing the manipulated from the manipulators. The many borrowings from Zen Buddhism and Taoist philosophy, not to mention the resemblance of the zor language to the old style of transliterated Chinese, add depth and interest.Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From BooklistThe human-zor war (see The Dark Wing, 2001) is long over, and the now-allied former foes face the shape-changing vuhl, who enjoy their share of devastating victories. Still, the zor and humans were warned and don't entirely lack resources. But something is going on that isn't quite right. The power behind the vuhl, which was also behind the human-zor conflict, has motives that are only hinted at here. Suffice it to say that the history of the zor does not match its legend. Ex-commodore Jackie Lapierre, forced into playing out a zor legend in The Dark Passage (2002), can choose among different courses this time, and the vuhl are finally thrown into confusion when roundly defeated. They react with a regime change, but the wars' mysterious backers continue playing strange games, occasionally seeming to help human forces, more often supporting the vuhl--always pursuing goals that may not coincide with those of ostensible allies. This surprisingly thoughtful space opera, lacking neither adventure nor battles, considers issues of genocide and enmity in surprising depth. Regina SchroederCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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