The Course of War

Or, “What is Going On?”

A question was recently asked about the latest Alien Anthropology post, concerning the M’tait and the connection between them and the events set in motion in The Fall of Valdek.  That, plus the fact that The Defense of Provenia doesn’t feature any of the characters from The Fall of Valdek, led to this post.

How To Tell A Galaxy-Spanning Epic?

I wrote before on this blog about a sense of scale in space opera.  Some do it better than others.  I decided early on in the planning phase that there were going to be multiple arcs throughout this series, since one set of characters wouldn’t necessarily be able to see every facet of a true, galaxy-spanning war (or the forces that have set it in motion).  There are three to start; Erekan Scalas is the main character for one, Gaumarus Pell for another, and the third has yet to be introduced.

Where I took a chance was introducing each arc in its own independent novel. Continue reading

Alien Anthropology – The M’tait

A Galactic Menace…And An Enigma

No historian can say with any accuracy when the M’tait first appeared.  The first recorded raid happened sometime early in the human diaspora, but given the distances involved and the difficulties in communication and in collating all the information floating around the spaceways, there could well have been incidents well before that.

They have no known homeworld.  Incidents have been reported across the Orion, Crux, Carina, and Perseus Arms.  As relatively sparsely-populated as the Outer Arm is, there have even been stories filtering in across the Interarm Deeps of even worse.

The M’tait have never attempted to communicate with their victims.  Any attempts by the defenders to communicate, even to offer surrender, have been met with silence.  Some survivors have recorded what they believe is M’tait speech, but it has so far defied analysis. Continue reading

“The Defense of Provenia” Is Up For Pre-Order!

Book 2 of The Unity Wars is almost here!  The Defense of Provenia goes live on August 14th.

The Unity Wars is going to be to be a massive, sweeping series.  I won’t say outright how many books, but it’s going to be a lot, which is part of why the rapid release is happening.  The Defense of Provenia is out this month, and The Alliance Rises will be out in September.

Since it is a big galaxy, Book 2 begins the second major story arc of the series.  We are moving halfway around the galaxy, to meet new characters and a threat that was introduced in the freebie, Incident at Trakan: the M’tait.  (I’m currently planning on three major arcs as the story progresses.)

The Alliance Rises will return to the Scalas Arc in September.   Book 4 will introduce the third major arc of the story in October.

A Nightmare From the Sky

Gaumarus Pell is a Corporal in the Provenian Planetary Defense Force.  He’s had a quiet career, up until the simmering rebellion on Provenia abruptly escalates to a level of violence never before seen.  The visiting Knights of the Order of the Tancredus Cluster think that an off-world terrorist group might have infiltrated the rebellion.

But it is worse than that.  The M’tait are coming.  And when the ravagers of worlds descend from the deep black of space, nothing is ever the same again…

You can read the first chapter on the Free Fiction page, right here on the site.

It’s available for Kindle preorder here.

(I am going to be getting back to the Lore and Background posts eventually.  Been ferociously busy here lately.)

Valdek Falls. The Unity Wars Have Begun

Interstellar War

In the thousands of years of galactic history, no single power capable has ever been of exerting its influence farther than a few light years.  The expanses of space are too vast, the sheer military and logistical demands of ruling entire star systems too great.  To build enough ships and recruit enough soldiers was prohibitive, even with the resources of an entire star system.

Until now.  A sinister force has arisen on the edge of the galaxy.  It wields technology that might just grant it galactic domination.  And Valdek is in its crosshairs.

Invasion

When a plea for help from the planet Valdek reaches the Caractacan Brotherhood, the ancient order of peerless warriors is quick to respond. Their Code demands it. To fight for the weak and defenseless is their purpose. And Centurion Erekan Scalas has lived that Code through ten years and countless battles.

But even he isn’t ready for what they face on Valdek. An enemy as inhuman and ruthless as any in the thousands of years of galactic history has descended on the beleaguered world, intent on conquest. An army of men who swarm like ants, and all have the same face…

The First Galactic War Has Begun

The Unity Wars began as a mental exercise in reworking the prequels to a favorite space opera movie trilogy to make them better and more logical.  The first book in the sprawling series that has been spawned from that exercise, The Fall of Valdek, is now available on Kindle and Paperback.  Get yours today, and enter a vast galaxy of war, adventure, heroism, and villainy!

Incident at Trakan

Introducing a Free Ebook in The Unity Wars Universe

To Strike at the Enemy’s Heart

The M’tait are a mystery.  The galaxy teems with peoples alien to each other, but the M’tait are an implacable, inscrutable force of destruction and terror.  They do not communicate.  They appear, they destroy, they take, and they vanish.

The Tyrus Cluster has become the latest target.  Entire worlds are reeling from the violence.  And so a young strategos of the Sparat system gathers a strike force.  He believes he has located one of their logistics bases.  And he wants to destroy it.

But even he is not ready for what awaits the strike force in the Trakan System.  And the M’tait are not the only danger…

Exclusive for Newsletter Subscribers

With Incident at Trakan, you get a glimpse at events that will shape the series to come.  What happens at Trakan will deeply affect a character whose decisions afterward will rock the galaxy.

You can download the ebook for free when you sign up for the Free Newsletter.

So what are you waiting for?  Get your copy today!