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Friday, February 9, 2018

Reasons to Consider the IX Series

Since it's release in 2015, the IX Series has gone from strength to strength.

Critically acclaimed by Nebula award winners, vine reviewers, and the leading lights of speculative fiction (Amazing Stories and Black Gate Fantasy included), the IX series still holds the #1 slot on Goodreads in 13 - Yes, thirteen - different categories.

And the reviews for the latest chapter of the saga have begun to roll in.
Look what readers are saying:

I enjoyed 'The IX: Prelude To Sorrow, Book 3' in this awesome “The IX” Trilogy. No spoilers here. It’s very well written and I couldn’t stop turning those pages. A wonderful addition to my e-library. Highly recommend for sci-fi action lovers.
I give it five stars!

Action, action, action. This is a stunning saga both in its story and quality of writing. "The IX: Prelude to Sorrow"
by Andrew P. Weston, is a strong follow up to books one and two of the IX series, Impressive wrap up.
Wow. Five Stars.

Thank you to those reviewers, whoever you are.

And to the rest of you who might not yet have heard the call to arms.
Why not give The IX a try?


Death is only the beginning of the adventure

Friday, February 2, 2018

Prelude to Sorrow

So, here it is. The critically acclaimed story of what really might have happened to the infamous "Lost" 9th Legion of Rome comes full circle with yet another fine cover by the talented 
Roy Mauritsen.

If you want to discover more about the evolution of the IX Series, make sure to flip over to the IX Blog (Link at the top of the page). 

You know it makes sense:

Friday, January 19, 2018

Forthcoming Cover Reveal
The IX Series

It's not often a forthcoming release brings with it a tinge of sadness.
This one does because its a series I will be sorry to see come to rest.

The journey started a couple of years back with The IX, a debut novel for Perseid Press introducing us to an alternative rendering of what might have happened to the lost 9th Legion of Rome after they marched into the swirling mists of Caledonia around 100 AD.

Their story, and that of their fellow protagonists - (A 19th-century US Cavalry contingent sent on a secret mission by presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, and a team of near-future anti-terrorist commandos) - continued in Exordium of Tears, a bitter tale of courage in the face of great adversity and personal loss.

And soon, their journey comes full circle in
Prelude to Sorrow

But will the adventure come to an end?
Does death finally claim a victory?
Will our heroes ever see home again?
What becomes of Arden?

Ah, for that you'll have to wait a few more months.

In the meantime - stay tuned until the end of the January when the template for the latest cover is revealed on the IX's very own blog. 

If you hear the call - buy links are incorporated within the right hand side bar.
Until then, keep your eyes peeled. 

And Remember...


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Do You?

At this time of year, it's fitting to remember why it is we have the freedom to live and express ourselves as we do. Sometimes, the younger generation forgets how much they owe to those they often ridicule. 

Those of us who are older know better.

If I may, I'd like to share a little something I wrote some years back following a reunion.
I hope you like it:

Never Forget

The trumpet wails,
Its solitary lament reminding me,
Of duty, of sacrifice,
But most of all, of deep abiding loss.
A wreath of encircled heads fly at half mast about me.
Lowering in respect, they set like a flag, with the setting of the sun…
We shan’t forget.

I don’t need a flower or a monument of stone.
For the scars of war are threaded deep,
Wounds that pierce through the generations of my family,
Stitching grief within my heart, grafting pain to my memories.
Fields of green, crosses of white, roots stained ruby red,
This is my heritage…
And I can’t forget.

How many of my family never knew kith and kin,
Except through faded photo or by crumbling citation?
I look at history, now, as I write,
Framed there–in pride of place–upon my wall.
Six generations worth of gaily colored ribbon and shiny metal,
Masking the worth of the blood that was spilt, and the true poignant cost of war…
I won’t forget.

Did my Great-grandfather, William, ever get to kiss his wife goodbye?
Or Granddad Fred, tussle the hair of his own precious son?
How many actually left, promising sincerely they would return?
All of them, I’m sure.
With a stiff upper lip and a brave farewell, they concealed their heavy hearts.
All marched away…But, oh so few came back…
I mustn’t forget.

Because who will remain to tell their story?
Remember! The pages of history turn more quickly than we know,
And squander the harvest of such hard won labors.
A freedom to assemble, to riot and protest,
Condemning the sacrifices of the brave to the gutter...
Well not I!
Nor those in my family, either, who like me, leapt into the breach, time and time again…

We will never forget.

(A constant reminder to myself...No matter what uniform I wear.
From little boy to man, our legacy continues.)


Friday, October 27, 2017

Hell Hounds
Yours For The Price of Your Soul

Heroes in Hell is a series of shared world fantasy books, within the genre Bangsian horror/fantasy, created and edited by Janet Morris and written by her, Chris Morris, C. J. Cherryh and others. The first 12 novels in the saga were published by Baen Books between 1986 and 1989, and stories from the series include both Hugo Award winners and Nebula Award nominees. The series was resurrected in 2011 by Janet Morris with the thirteenth book and eighth anthology in the series, Lawyers in Hell, followed by six more anthologies and three novels between 2012 and 2017.

So, how does it work?

The shared world premise of Heroes in Hell (also called The Damned Saga) is that all the despicable despots and vilest vagabonds from history – and some of the more notable fictional horrors – wind up in Hell together after death, where they set out to continue their dastardly ways. The Encyclopedia of Fantasy states "In the long series of shared world adventures begun with Heroes in Hell, Hell becomes an arena in which all the interesting villains in history can come together to continue the relentless pursuit of their various ends.” Brian Stableford commented that the series "adapted the backcloth of Dantean fantasy as a stage for violent adventures with ironic echoes of infernal comedy.

Does that make you hanker for more?

It should do. Imagine the scope of what you can do with such a formula, for it gives you a crucible in which your most abhorrent aspirations and contemptible cravings can be stirred into a frenzy and unleashed on your imagination.
It’s little wonder the series continues to go from strength to strength:

And do you know what, the Heroes in Hell Universe just got bigger.

If you remember, Doctors in Hell, published in 2015, introduced us to Satan’s go-to genocidal guy in times of trouble, the Goth of Goth’s, Daemon Grim – who just so happens to be none other than the Reaper himself. Fans of the series were delighted when Grim went on to star in his very own Heroes in Hell adventure – Hell Bound.
In Hell Bound, we met some of the slimiest, most duplicitous scum ever to have tarnished the pages of literature, and the book went on to become an international #1 hit. So much so, that fans have clamored for more ever since.

Well, you’ll be glad to know the sequel has arrived.

Entitled, Hell Hounds, it’s a dog eat dog – hunt you down – chew you up and spit you out rollercoaster ride of mishap, misery and mayhem. A quest in which you get to journey throughout some of the topsiest-turviest realms imaginable, and a place with so much action that you’ll learn that Grim’s bite can be far, far worse than his bark.

But don’t take my word for it.

Press the link to get your very own copy and immerse yourself in some of the bloodiest atrocities this side of perdition.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Hell Hounds
Cover Reveal

Well, the day of the cover reveal has finally arrived and as you can see, it encompasses the action you will find between the covers, perfectly. Though Grim and his team of Hell Hounds pursue their quarry through many levels of the underworld, several epic scenes take place in hell’s dark version of Paris – or as the damned say – Perish.

Thus the epic panorama introducing you to the book itself.
I really love it!

All credit and respect to Roy Mauritsen
who once again worked his magic to produce a marvelous first impression.
(Much appreciated, Roy. A fantastic job!)

And of course, a special “thank you” goes to Janet & Chris Morris
and the team at Perseid Press who toiled so hard to ensure we have an amazing treat in store for you this coming Halloween.

Here’s the blurb:
Feared throughout the many circles of the underworld, Satan’s Reaper – and chief bounty hunter – Daemon Grim, is known as a true force to be reckoned with.
Having eliminated a major player in the uprising eating its way like a cancer through the underbelly of hell, Grim is stunned to discover he cannot afford to rest on his laurels, for the rebellion runs far deeper than was ever imagined. New players have emerged – denizens with uncanny abilities – who seem determined to support Chopin and Tesla’s revolutionary agenda.
Ever keen to test their mettle, the Sibitti – personified weapons of the ancient Babylonian plague god, Erra – also appear eager to capitalize on the growing unrest, and set about maneuvering events in order to place themselves in direct opposition to Grim’s investigation.
And if that was not cause for concern enough, there’s an insane angel on the loose, a creature as hell-bent on creating havoc as he is to return home.
How do Grim and his rabid pack of bounty hunters respond?
Baying for blood – doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Buy Link to follow soon
For those of you who want to find out more about the release itself, Daemon Grim, or Heroes in Hell, I’ve devised a little schedule up until Halloween that should fit the bill.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, A Reaper in Hell Blog will provide a brief rundown of Daemon Grim’s exploits so far:

Daemon Grim - A Reaper in Hell

Tuesday’s – The blurb for each adventure Grim has appeared in;
Thursday’s – An excerpt from the same featured story.
Through these tasters, you’ll be reminded how the Reaper’s story has evolved toward what you get to read in Hell Hounds.
Daemon Grim’s Facebook Page will do something slightly different:

Daemon Grim - Facebook Page

Wednesday’s – a brief clip from that week’s highlighted story;
Friday’s – A promoted post featuring a themed article about Hell Hounds itself

By following along, you’ll get an accurate idea of the mood and flavor you will experience on the spookiest night of the year when the Hell Hounds are unleashed upon the public.


Friday, September 8, 2017

In Memoriam: 

Jerry Pournelle
(b.1933) died on September 8.

I only ever communicated briefly with Jerry prior to his death after the guys over at Black Gate Fantasy compared The IX – to “King David’s Spaceship” – an honor I’ll never forget, as I’d read some of Jerry’s work growing up and knew him to be something of a legend in sci-fi circles.
Think of some of his achievements for a moment: the long running A Spaceship for the King series; The Mote in God’s Eye; Inferno; Lucifer’s Hammer, to name a few.
He was a John W. Campbell Award – Prometheus Award – Seiun Award and Heinlein Society Award winner for all sorts of contributions during his lifetime.
Although by the time we spoke Jerry was in poor health, I found him a charming and witty man who was only too ready to offer an aspiring author the benefits of his wisdom, (One of only several legends who have freely done so).
Though he’s no longer with us, his legacy lives on.

If you’re in mind to treat yourself, try and get your handsome of his work. You won’t regret it.