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release date: Apr 30, 2017
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Bad Space (3 Book Series)
From Book 1: Their spaceship is falling apart. There's a substantial bounty on each one of their heads. Their captain is a stark, raving lunatic.

Making a decent living as a space pirate is hard enough, what with the near-constant spaceship repairs, the dogged bounty hunters and the treacherous galactic underworld one must navigate to survive. The crew of The Unconstant Lover, therefore, have plenty on their plate, attempting to both turn a decent profit and stay one step ahead of the forces of law and order.

Now add Captain Nemo – ace pilot, megalomaniac and complete moron – to the mix.

Hell-bent on becoming the most fearsome dread pirate the galaxy's ever seen, Nemo leads his motley crew with bluster and bravado through planetary blockades, space station shoot-outs and rowdy barroom brawls.

Before long, the galaxy at large starts to take notice. Before long, The Unconstant Lover and her crew are caught in the crossfire of a bidding war between three of the galaxy's most dangerous crimelords.
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release date: Apr 30, 2017
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Portals (7 Book Series)
From Book 1: Welcome! You have arrived at a portal to the galaxy.
 
Enter, and you'll be introduced by award-winning authors to worlds beyond imagining, with heroes & heroines who dare to take it to the edge and beyond. Count on these adventurers to take their best shot … at their enemies and at romance!
 
Contains 10 first chapters, with links to purchase any or all of the complete books, should you wish.
release date: Apr 30, 2017
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Lacuna Short Stories (3 Book Series)
From Book 1: "Faith isn't faith until it's all you're holding on to."
- Toralii Proverb


Hundreds of years before the Toralii attacked Earth, destroying the cities of Beijing, Tehran and Sydney, before they developed the voidwarp technology and destroyed their homeworld, they warred amongst themselves.

The hills of the occupied Kaater Mountains were home to thousands of prisoners.

Including Tami.

A 1900 word story set in the Lacuna universe suitable to read as a stand-alone story.

Parts of the Lacuna universe:
  • Lacuna
  • Lacuna: The Sands of Karathi
  • Lacuna: The Spectre of Oblivion
  • Lacuna: The Ashes of Humanity (new release!)
  • Lacuna: The Prelude to Eternity (coming soon!)
Don't miss these short stories set in the Lacuna universe:
  • Magnet
  • Magnet: Special Mission
  • Magnet: Marauder
  • Magnet: Scarecrow
  • Magnet Omnibus I (new release!)
  • Imperfect
  • Faith
release date: Aug 03, 2016
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Ad Astra (Adventures of the Starship Satori Book 1)
Exciting science fiction from the mind of USA Today Bestselling author Kevin O. McLaughlin!

The moon hides a secret: we are not alone. Humanity is not the only life reaching for the stars, nor were we the first.
When an ancient starship is discovered within a ruined alien base on Earth's moon, it sets in motion a crisis. The ship has a working wormhole driving capable of carrying us to the stars - or becoming the golden apple which starts a war no one can win.
A handful of unlikely heroes will risk their lives to keep the starship safe. But not everyone sees the ship as a vehicle for exploration, and some will stop at nothing to possess it. Will humanity's first starship also be its last?

Excerpt:
"Dan - ad astra!"

 

Dan heard the order. Ad astra. To the stars. It was a toast the two of them had shared back in college, when they first stepped onto the roads which would lead them into space. It had been John's idea to use the toast as a code word now. 


Dan didn't even take a deep breath before executing the order. He'd practiced this with Majel enough times in the simulator - not the part about having a gunman in the bridge, but if that order was ever given, it would be a true crisis.
 

He checked the screen again. Visual range in only fifteen seconds. No time for anything else. He rapidly initiated the program, said a quick prayer, and pressed the Enter button on his keyboard.

Immediately, the ship began to shudder.


The story continues in book two "Stellar Legacy", book three "Deep Waters", book four "No Plan Survives Contact", book five "Liberty", and book six "Satori's Destiny". The entire series is available now!
release date: Jan 09, 2014
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Grand Central Arena
It was supposed to be a simple test flight, one that pilot Ariane Austin was on only as a last-ditch backup; intelligent, superhumanly fast automation would handle the test activation and flight of humanity's first faster-than-light vessel. But when the Sandrisson Drive activated, every automated system crashed, the nuclear reactor itself shut down, and only the reflexes and training of a racing pilot saved the test vessel Holy Grail from crashing into the impossible wall that had appeared before them, a wall which is just part of a monstrous enclosure surrounding a space twenty thousand kilometers across. With all artificial intelligences inert and their reactor dead, they had to find some other source of power to reactivate the Sandrisson Drive and—hopefully—take them home.

And that was only the beginning. As Ariane, Dr. Simon Sandrisson, darkly enigmatic power engineer Marc C. DuQuesne, and the rest of the Holy Grail's crew explore the immense artifact, they discover that they are not alone; they have entered a place the alien inhabitants call "The Arena," and there is no way out without joining one of the alien factions . . . or winning recognition as a faction in their own right, playing by the Arena's rules—and by the Arena's rules, one failed challenge could mean death or worse—perhaps for the entire human race. Surrounded by alien factions, each with its own secret plans and motivations, some wielding powers so strange as to be magical, Ariane sets out to beat the Arena at its own game. With DuQuesne's strategies, Sandrisson's genius, and her own unyielding determination, she's going to bring the Holy Grail home—even if she has to beat every faction in the Arena to do it!

At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
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release date: Apr 23, 2016
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The Shadow Order: A Space Opera

In a fight, Seb is unbeatable. But in this galaxy, there are a million ways to lose…

Seb Zodo has never backed down from a fist fight. After all, he’s been gifted with powers that make losing impossible. But lately, Seb’s gift seems more like a curse…

Seb’s fearlessness leads to stupid decisions, short-lived jobs, and unwanted attention in dangerous places. In a desperate bid at a fresh start, Seb swears off fighting. But it may be too late…

When a run-in with an electrifying thief and the head of a shadowy organization sends his life spiraling out of control, Seb has no choice left but to go down swinging…

The Shadow Order is the first book in a series of fast-paced space opera adventures. If you like bold characters, planet-hopping, and edge-of-your-seat action, then you’ll love Michael Robertson’s thrilling series starter.

Download The Shadow Order today to dive into a series that pulls no punches!



REVIEWS:

5 Stars - AWESOME book!!! Action packed, fun, and the plot keeps you going with twists and turns. - Amazon review.

5 stars - I didn't want to stop reading, and I can't wait to read the next book. - Amazon review.

5 Stars - One of the best books I've read for a while. - Amazon review.
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release date: Feb 23, 2017
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Deadly Enemy (Logan Ryvenbark's Saga Book 1)
Logan Ryvenbark thrives on long odds. He and his squad of brave men and women have made it a habit of overcoming impossible situations. But after accepting an assignment from a powerful intergalactic CEO, Ryvenbark and his team learn all of their past missions may have just been a warm-up to the real threat lurking just beyond the borders of the galaxy.
Experience the action and adventure of the Logan Ryvenbark's Saga.

Get even better value for your money when you purchase the Logan Ryvenbark's Saga Box Set

Major Logan Ryvenbark is no ordinary soldier of fortune. While he's tough as nails, deadly with all kinds of weapons and highly skilled in a number of areas of combat, he's also genetically engineered to be a super-soldier. When he and his men take on a contract from the powerful intergalactic CEO Belen Morganthal to scope out the planet Sandeling, a desolate and seemingly uninhabited wasteland of ice and snow, he knows that it isn't going to be your average guns-for-hire gig - but what he doesn't know is just how perilous the mission is actually going to be.

After discovering that the planet is not actually uninhabited, as previously thought, Major Ryvenbark and his mercenaries uncover even more shocking revelations as they continue to investigate the secrets of Sandeling, secrets involving invasions, betrayals, wars, massacres, genocide... and time travel.

In Deadly Enemy, you'll be taken on a thrilling Sci-Fi journey in an exciting tale of mystery, suspense, action and technology that will make your head spin with awe. If you're into captivating and enthralling tales of adventure that take place in galaxies and solar systems that are many light years away, Deadly Enemy will not disappoint you.
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release date: Jan 19, 2017
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Born From Fire (Tales from the Longview Book 1)
When love is crime, who will save the guilty?

After falling in love and fathering a child, a young criminal refuses to voluntarily throw himself into a lake of fire to gain his community's forgiveness. So he's sentenced to death and sold to the owner of a spaceship that buys criminals like him. But the ship and its crew are not quite what they appear to be. 

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This story was first published as Enter the Death Circus. 
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MEET THE LONGVIEW - An Ancient Spaceship Resurrected To Transport Conspiracy 

Inhabited by a crew of misfits fleeing nightmare pasts, with a cargo of Condemned slated to die at the hands of the highest bidders, and with a passenger roster made up exclusively of people NOT who they claim to be, The Longview serves the hidden agenda of an eccentric recluse bent on playing puppetmaster to all of Settled Space. 
release date: Jun 15, 2015
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A Thread of Time: Firesetter, Book 1
It was clear to Lance that his father hated him. Why else would he leave everything to Hank, except for that coin? You know, the one with some dude’s head on it, the ancient Euro or whatever it was. Except it wasn’t a Euro according to the pawnbroker. Turns out, it’s an old Imperial Coin from the days of the Great Emperor, and it might be worth a whole lot of dough on the other side of the galaxy, if Lance could somehow manage to take it there.

But, how does a guy, who owes the hospital a lifetime’s worth of earnings, manage to travel across the stars? Turns out, he can do it for free. Not only that, but he can get three squares a day, an apartment complete with roommates, and two sets of clothes, albeit in spandex. It’s like prison, but with benefits. It’s SpaceForce.

In the meantime, on the other side of the galaxy, Ailana is stuck next to her hated cousin, Embo in their grandmother’s sewing shop, forever listening to the old woman wax on about her glory days as a Royal Seamstress.

No matter how she tries, Ailana can’t break free of Grandmother and her needling, even after the old woman is dead. However, it will be through her needle and thread, that Ailana gains admittance into the privileged world of the nobility, where fate will introduce her to a man that bears a striking resemblance to the face on Lance’s coin.
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release date: Sep 01, 2012
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Hard Duty: Merkiaari Wars Book 1

Hostile aliens nearly eradicated humanity. Will the next encounter finish the job?

Sixteen billion dead in the last alien invasion of the Alliance's colony worlds.When survey ship Captain Jeff Colgan discovers a new alien race, he's required to investigate.

As the aliens discover Colgan's ship and begin to hunt him down, the captain's mission changes from one of study to one of survival.

Hard Duty is the first installment in Merkiaari Wars, a military sci-fi of alien invasion and space exploration. If you like realistic engineering, vivid battles, and futuristic warfare, then you'll love Mark E. Cooper's sci-fi work of art.

Buy the first book in your new space opera obsession today!


Interview with the author:

Why did you write Merkiaari Wars?

The easy answer: I love to read science fiction books. All kinds of sci-fi really, but particularly military science fiction. The better but longer answer: stories about space marines in power armour defending us against an alien invasion just excite me. Add a marauding space fleet and give me the chance to write some battles in space and I’m in heaven.

Is Merkiaari Wars an alien invasion story?

Sort of, but it’s bigger than that. Book 1 is about first contact with aliens, but at the same time it’s about what it means to be Human. Given the power to intervene, isn’t it our duty to do that, even if it means fighting a war and dying against a galactic empire determined upon genocide?

Why cyborg soldiers and nanotech?

I could say because they’re cool, but the real answer is that nanotech intrigues me; my engineering background coming through I guess. I’ve always been interested in the latest scientific theories, and research into nanotech. Trans-humanism and genetic engineering are important themes in the Merkiaari Wars Series.

Will Merkiaari Wars ever be a movie?

I would love to see that one day. Readers have compared the books with Universal Soldier and Aliens. I can see why they do that, but the series is really trying to answer the question:

What is Human?

Is it bodies or something more ephemeral? If it isn’t linked to physical form, can an alien species be Human, and what of Artificial Intelligence? The later books in the series try to discover this.

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