A couple of months ago I posted here when John Brown’s excellent Servant of a Dark God came out in paperback. I suggested that if any members of the Monster Hunter Nation were looking for a really awesome book to read, they should go over to Amazon and buy it immediately, that way we could boost his sales stats on Amazon.
Mission accomplished. You guys took SoaDG from the mid 200,000 range to the 3,000 range and got it into the top 100 on fantasy. That’s really impressive.
So I got to thinking, I really need to do this every so often. So I’m going to post every once in awhile when I find a book I really like. Then we can see how far we can boost it on Amazon. (mostly because it is the place with the hourly updated sales rankings, but if you don’t like Amazon, this is still a good book to pick up someplace else).
This month’s book is Darkship Thieves by Sarah Hoyt. http://www.amazon.com/Darkship-Thieves-Sarah-Hoyt/dp/1439133980/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1291303703&sr=8-1 The paperback just came out and it is only $7.99.
Darkship Thieves is classic sci-fi and it is very good. Honestly, reading it took me back to when I was a teenager and first discovered Heinlein. It is kind of a libertarian space-opera adventure. Sarah’s got big ideas, visualizes an interesting future, and writes a really fun main character. Athena Hera Sinestra is a troubled, snarky, pain in the ass, stubborn, rich kid, with an attitude. Basically she’s a badass, she’s funny, and you can’t help but root for her.
The book opens with Thena escaping what she thinks is a mutiny on her father’s ship. She ends up escaping (naked) in an escape pod before she gets picked up by the a Darkship. The Darkship Thieves are mysterious pirates that raid Earth’s solar collectors. And then the book really gets going. The best part is you get to see Thena grow up during her adventure, and even though she starts out as kind of a brat, (this is a girl that uses flashing as a distractionary weapon) she’s so spunky and believable you like her the whole time. That’s a hard trick for a writer to pull off, but Sarah does character growth a whole lot better than I do.
So if you’re looking for some good classic style sci-fi for yourself or to give as Christmas gifts (pick up some more copies of MHI & MHV while you’re at it) head over to Amazon and order Darkship Thieves.
And I met Sarah at LibertyCon. She’s originally from Portugal and talks exactly like my grandma. (but much younger obviously!) Sarah’s a great person. That’s two Portuguese authors at Baen. Sarah says that means we have the other writers outnumbered. If we get one more we’ll have them surrounded.
Right now at 8:00 MST Sarah is: Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #212,479 in Books
Let’s see what we can get her up to today. If we can get her into a top 100 list then more people will see it.
Next up, I’m not sure. I’ve been writing so much that I’ve not had a chance to read anything. (I read DST like 3 months ago). I’ve just got a copy of Jim Gavin’s Hardboiled Vampire Killers (not out yet) to blurb. (fighting evil on two 99 cent tacos a day!) It’s next in line.
Plus, I just got a copy of Corruptor by Jason Cordova. http://www.amazon.com/Corruptor-Jason-Cordova/dp/1606192337/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1291305120&sr=1-1-spell But I’ve not been able to look at it yet. Jason is a frequent poster here and reviews books over on Shiny Book. I know Dr. Travis Taylor helped with the science in it. So I’m looking forward to it.
EDIT 1: The Monster Hunter Nation strikes again!
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
EDIT 2: BOOOOOM!
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #67 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Space Opera
- #86 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Adventure
EDIT 3: Still hanging in there
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #61 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Space Opera
- #78 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Adventure
EDIT 4: MHN does it again!
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #46 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Space Opera
- #63 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Adventure