The Utah Mountains, Skull’s Shadows and Star Force #11: Exile

P1110414This year has seen lots of changes for me and my lovely wife/editor/formatter/publicist/all-around go-to girl Beth. As the books have done well enough (thanks to all of you, dear readers) I quit my job in the DC area and we moved out to the mountains of Utah to be near family, and we love the scenery, the fresh air (minus the skunks) and the slower pace of life. Fewer than twenty cars drive by our house on an average day, I’d say. It’s great for the writing and for our stress level. Our first grandchild saw the light of day less than a month ago, which is quite the life transition as well. He’s doing well, as are his mom and dad.

At the same time I’ve completed several projects, or nearly so. The Eden Plague had finally been published in audiobook format, narrated by Roger Wayne, who’s an up-and-coming television and movie actor. He did a great job. Unfortunately he is too busy with his other work to be able to meet my narration timelines, so I found another great actor/narrator, Artie Sievers, who will be able to bring the rest of the Plague Wars/Stellar Conquest series to life at the rate of about 1 audiobook per month. Reaper’s Run is already available, and Demon Plagues is under review for publication and so should be available within about two weeks.

Skulls ShadowsAvailable now for pre-order in ebook format, Skull’s Shadows will be the next audiobook he does for me, probably available around October 1st. SS is a new Plague Wars book that follows Skull right after the events of The Eden Plague in the same way Reaper’s Run followed Jill Repeth. It’s co-authored with Ryan King, and is a bit darker and edgier than other Plague Wars books, meant for mature audiences for its violence and language. I hope Ryan and I will be working on more Plague Wars books to fit into the “Lost Decade” between Infection Day and the opening of Demon Plagues. It’s highly speculative, but I hope we can do a book centering on Spooky Nguyen, and then perhaps another combining all three – Jill, Spooky and Skull – and more for a larger post-apocalyptic story of the Free Communities Armed Forces to fight the authoritarian regimes extending across the globe.

I also plan on publishing at least one more Stellar Conquest book, tentatively titled Conquest and Empire, as the alliance of Human, Ryss, Sekoi and Meme turn the tables on the xenocidal Sourge. Using the captured faster-than-light technology, Task Force Conquest and many of the characters you’ve come to know and love will go on the offensive once more.

BV Larson and I are also putting the finishing touches on Exile, Star Force Book 11. It should be out in mid to late September if all goes well, and it continues the story of Cody Riggs, son of the great Star Force Marine Kyle Riggs as he leads the crew of the lost battlecruiser Valiant in their quest to get home. I won’t give away too much, but I will tell you this story will answer some of the fans’ many questions about the various aliens encountered in Book 10, Outcast, as well as revealing a great deal about the Ancients, who are presumed to have built the ring network. All of your old favorites are there – Cody, Kwon, Hoon and of course Marvin – as well as the supporting cast and some new characters. We expect it will be another fantastic chapter in one of the greatest space opera/mil-sci-fi series in all of modern science fiction.

Cheers and happy reading to everyone,


The Long Dry Spell is Over



Howdy everyone! Check this out:Outcast Mockup 5 (2)

Outcast  is a milestone for me, Book 10 of BV Larson’s Star Force series, co-written by none other than yours truly, ME! It was a total blast to work on and write within Larson’s Star Force universe, which is HUGE HUGE HUGE. A big thank you to Mr. Larson for giving me the opportunity, and I really do believe we’ve put out a superior product. It’ the longest Star Force book yet, too, so you get super value for your reading dollar.

Book 10 is not only a follow-on to Book 9, The Dead Sun (duh – what else would a book 10 be) but it also launches a new tale of Kyle Riggs’ son, Cody! He’s a chip off the old block, but you get to start by seeing a bit of his childhood, then the action picks up just after he graduates from Star Force Academy. With such a storied history and a legendary ass-kicking father, you know Cody is going to get into trouble sooner or later. They say both cream and scum rise to the top, but you’ll have to read the book to find out which one he is.

Along the way he’s joined by some of Kyle Riggs’ best friends – er, acquaintances, maybe – and there’s plenty of stuff blowing up, warship and space marine action, a little romance, new aliens, stuff blowing up, factories and fleets, stuff blowing up, even cooler aliens, crazy robots and underhanded dealings, Nanites and Microbes and Ancients, OH MY! And did I mention stuff blowing up? It’s the finest modern space opera out there. Okay, well, there’s Star Wars (TM) that’s pretty good, but really, Star Force is awesome.

If by chance you have NOT read the Star Force series, Outcast is not only book 10, but is book 1 of the spinoff Star Force Universe, so you can start here if you want to. Or, you can go all the way back to Book 1,  Swarm, and start there. Or read Outcast first, and when you realize you LOVE this universe and these stories, you’ll be so addicted you’ll have no choice but to go back and read book 1,  Swarm, thus occupying your time before book 11 (book 2 of Star Force Universe) comes out in a few months.

Which you’ll hardly be able to wait for.


And just when you thought the news wasn’t going to get much better, here’s the cover of Book 4 of Stellar Conquest, titled Conquest of Earth.Conquest - High Resolution


Conquest of Earth will be coming out mid-May, and will introduce an entirely new race of enemy aliens. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in space, and just when Admiral Absen and the crew of Conquest thought they had it all sewn up, everything changes, and changes again. This books has a lot more Marine action than Tactics of Conquest, and as usual lots of your favorite characters and their story lines, as well as stuff blowing up, warship and Marine action, a little romance and new aliens. Oh, did I say that all above? Well, it’s all in the same genre, after all. It’s what you love, so I’ll do my best to keep giving it to you.

I’ll put up another blog post to notify you when Conquest of Earth is published. Then I’ll drop off the face of the world for a little while – no, wait, I’ll have the internet so I’ll be around – but we’ll be moving from Virginia to Arizona. The next project is the aforementioned book 11 of Star Force, tentatively titled Exile, to follow up Outcast. After that, who knows! Probably the next Stellar Conquest book, though I have also been working on a couple of mysteries (see earlier blog). Ah, the life of an author is never slow, believe me. Not if it’s done right.

As always, post a comment or drop me an email, or post in my Amazon forum if you want to chat about Outcast or future books. Cheers and happy reading.

Dave VanDyke