Happy New Year! 2021 kicks off with bounty hunters, dragons, gladiator gamers, and Christianity’s interstellar remnant.
The Bounty Hunter (Cade Korbin Chronicles #1) – Jasper T. Scott
When it suited the Coalition, Cade was a Paladin, a member of their elite special forces. He did their dirty work and cleaned up their messes. Until his dark ops went public, and Cade was drummed out of the service with a dishonorable discharge. As if he’d ever been doing anything but following orders.
Forced to the fringes of society by his service record, Cade broke the law just to survive. Then the Enforcers caught him, and he served his time. Sick of the hypocrisy in the supposedly utopian Coalition, he crossed over to the other side and made a life among his former enemies in the Free Systems Alliance. Now he hunts the galaxy’s worst lowlifes, for a fee, and the only orders he takes are his own.
But when his past catches up with him, Cade is forced to fight for more than just credits…
This time, he’s in it for revenge.
Cirsova #5/Winter 2020 – edited by P. Alexander
Ten tales of thrilling adventure and daring suspense, including:
Tiger, Tiger, by Teel James Glenn
Rumors of a charismatic occultist haunting a cabaret in Berlin has reached British intelligence! But is Major Smythe prepared for the powers of this prophet of Vril?!
Hunt of the Mine Worm, by Jim Breyfogle
A silvecite mine has been attacked by a giant worm! Kat and Mangos are among a band of mercenaries hired to deal with the threat, but who will claim the kill?!
Out Here, by S. H. Mansouri
A young girl has been taken from her homelands and forced to live as a prisoner in the frozen wilds-only one companion offers her comfort in her savage captivity!
Foundations (Bastion Academy #1) – J. D. Astra
For Jiyong, Bastion Academy is more than just a school for magic in the heart of the Kingdom…
It’s his chance to pursue the secrets of the ancient ones’ machines and get his family out of the poverty-stricken outer-city. His acceptance letter in hand, Jiyong is sure nothing will stand in the way of his dreams.
When a street brawl lands him in a coma only weeks into the year, his chances of graduating are all but shot. With an unlikely digital companion, he’ll have to rebuild his magic core and catch up on all his classes, or risk being dropped from the academy at the end of the year.
But kingdom life is not like the outer-cities, and kingdom kids are far more ruthless about who they’ll allow to climb to the top. Jiyong will have to train hard and fight for every score to make it in this wealthy academy for powerful families, all while supporting his own from afar.
Grey Cloak (Dragon Wars #13) – Craig Halloran
Standing on death’s door, Grey Cloak finds himself in the greatest fight of his life.
Wars are won on the battlefield, and it will take every ounce of strength and skill Talon can muster to overtake the dreaded tower of the Wizard Watch. Guarded by Riskers, dragons and the Black Guard, will the heroes have what it takes to defeat the evil forces and finally crack open the tower and defeat the dreaded underlings.
Meanwhile, the blood brothers walk on the razors edge between life and death and find themselves in a trap that threatens to destroy them all.
The Madness of Kings (Tandemstar: The Outcast Cycle #2) – Gene Doucette
Battine Alconnot made a promise to return to Castle Totus for the Feast of Nita. She’d very much like to break that promise, except that it was made on her mother’s deathbed, to her sister Porra. Disappointing Porra Alcon wouldn’t be wise under any circumstance, but it’s doubly so given she’s also Queen Porra, wife to King Ho-Kenson, sovereign of Totus kingdom.
Batt hasn’t felt genuinely welcome—in court or among her own family—since she was a child, because Battine is a rare descendant of royalty who doesn’t look like it. The gods chose not to smile upon her, genetically. She’s an unblessed. An outcast. Still, she goes. And when a member of the royal family is murdered in the castle, she’s the first person accused.
Battine teams up with the other most likely suspect—an outsider named Damid Magly who knows more than he’s telling—to find the real killer. What they find instead is far more serious.
There are secrets buried deep beneath the kingdoms…secrets that could destroy the royal families, and secrets that could alter the future of the entire planet.
The Second Sojourn (The Swordbringer #2) – Alexander Hellene
Terror strikes the heart of Pysh!
The Global Union has tracked the Canaanites across the galaxy, hellbent on finishing the job of extermination. But first they need to recover a secret, one that will explain everything.
A distress signal from the East brings Garrett, Ghryxa, and their friends closer to the answers about what happened on Earth. The lost ship survives! But to find it they must cross the Waran Steppes, and an endless swamp filled with ancient, deadly creatures.
Pursued by assassins, Garrett must make the hard choices and be a hero like his late father. Escaping the High Lord was just the beginning.
Small Unit Tactics #2 – Alexander Romanov
Echo has landed on his feet after finding himself in a mysterious other world with tens of thousands of gamers, and forms a close-knit unit of people like him. Echo’s fighters quickly level up and get ahead of everyone else, instilling fear in their enemies and winning the respect of their clan members.
But much remains unclear. Where is he, and what is this world? Who are the mysterious ‘arbiters’ enforcing the rules of the game? What role does the local population play in all this? How deep can he delve into the underground realm full of unspeakable monsters?
Complicating matters, the rules of the game suddenly start to change. The clans are faced with real and present danger like never before. If a faction’s city is captured by an enemy and the three artifacts in the city’s chapels are destroyed, that faction will be eliminated. Their players will die—and this time, it’s real and final!
Echo and his team are chosen to lead their city’s defense and come up with a strategy to win the war against the other factions. It’s a momentous and difficult task, with thousands of lives hanging in the balance.
Voices on the High Wind – Michael Reyes
Nine tales of occult horror and dark fantasy, including:
Food for an Old Moon
Private First Class Santana is a soldier stationed in Baghdad—the beautiful green-eyed Niyoosha is an Iraqi translator for his battalion… They are both hunted and haunted—will the bond of their love allow them to break free from the binds that trap them in Iraq, body and spirit?
The Strange Women
Amara, camp whore of the army of Hannibal Barca… is dead! Or is she? Stabbed through the throat by her cruel master and left in a ditch, Amara struggles through the twilight realm between the living and the dead!
The Darkness at Table Rock Road
Two old cohorts are on a trek through Wyoming, armed with copious amounts of psychedelic drugs, a dream machine…and an ancient artifact! Robert Blake brought more than just art back from his time working private security in the Middle East—something has followed him!
Yankee Republic – Fenton Wood
Omnibus edition containing the complete text of all 5 books.
A young radio engineer travels across an alt-history America, encountering primeval gods, mythical beasts, and tall tales come to life, in a quest to build a radio transmitter that can reach the stars.
A unique take on American magical realism, combining hard SF and ancient mythology. It starts out as a boys’ adventure tale, and blows up into a bigger and weirder world than you ever imagined.
YANKEE REPUBLIC is an old-school adventure series with traditional values and down-to-earth heroes. Escape from the pessimism and propaganda of modern fiction, and take a journey through a mythic America that might have been.