That’s right everybody, I’ve got 4 new books on Audible.com today!
I do pretty good in regular books, but man, if I could do in books what I do in audio, holy moly, that would be sweet. I’d live in a house made of solid gold bars like the lady who writes Twilight. :) But anyways, I’m really popular in audiobook format, so Audible.com has been nice enough to do an audio version of every long work I’ve published so far.
I’ve not even gotten to listen to any of these yet. You guys can beat the author to his own stuff!
Up first is Dead Six. This is a thriller written by me and Mike Kupari, and narrated by the amazing Bronson Pinchot, who also read my Grimnoir Chronicles and did a fantastic job.
Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world’s most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die. When Dead Six compromises his objective, Lorenzo has a new job: Find and kill Valentine. As allegiances are betrayed and the nation descends into a bloody civil war, Lorenzo and Valentine must face off. Two men. Two missions. Only one will win.
Then there is Swords of Exodus, the sequel to Dead Six, same writers, same narrator.
On the far side of the world, deep in former Soviet Central Asia, lies a stronghold called the Crossroads. It is run with an iron fist by a brutal warlord calling himself Sala Jihan. He is far more than a petty dictator, for Jihan holds the fate of nations in his grasp. To save a world slipping into chaos, Jihan must either fall or be controlled.
One secret military organization called Exodus plans to see that this happens. For this mission, they need the best of the best. Unfortunately the man they need is rotting in an almost unassailable foreign prison.
Enter Lorenzo, thief extraordinaire. Lorenzo is now retired, happily married and living in paradise. His Achilles heel: an FBI-agent brother who has gone missing – disappeared into the stronghold of warlord Jihan. Exodus promises to give Lorenzo his chance to rescue his brother if and only if Lorenzo will perform one service for them: break Michael Valentine out of a captivity from which no one has ever emerged alive.
And if Lorenzo can accomplish that – well then, the Crossroads awaits the sword of Exodus.
These two are my least well known Baen novels, and I think that is mostly because they are shelved over in the fiction section with the military thrillers, while all my other stuff gets its own little section in sci-fi/fantasy. (One key to success is be prolific enough that bookstores end up giving you your own little section of shelf. It makes you look like you know what you are doing!) I’m excited for them to be on Audible, because no shelving! I’m really proud of these two so I look forward to them getting in front of a bigger audience.
Regular readers know that I am a mini painter and gamer. I love Warmachine. When the Warmachine guys found out, they asked me if I would be interested in writing some stories set in their universe. Hell yeah!
Into the Storm was a lot of fun to write.
A knight of Cygnar follows a strict moral code. His integrity is beyond reproach. He holds himself to the highest standards whether dealing with friend or foe. And he values honor above all.
The year is 606 AR, and Cygnar has been sorely pressed by its enemies both at home and abroad. In Caspia, the conflict with the Protectorate is about to erupt into full war with the looming invasion of Sul. The Cygnaran military is desperate for soldiers with the skill, strength, and bravery to take up the devastating galvanic weaponry of the new Storm Division. In this climate, every soldier is valuable, even those fallen from the honor expected of a Storm Knight. A group of such men – thieves, drunkards, and worse – comprise the Sixth Platoon. All they need is someone to lead them.
Lieutenant Hugh Madigan, a peerless warrior knighted during the reign of deposed King Vinter IV, has spent years in obscurity, punished for his loyalty to the former king. Now he has been ordered back to the front and given command of the Sixth, his task to turn a platoon of miscreants into elite soldiers fit to be called Storm Knights. Time is short, and war is coming. One way or another, Lieutenant Madigan must lead his men into the storm….
You don’t need to be familiar with the Warmachine world to get into this. Just think Dirty Dozen of knights armed with mad science lightning swords and steam powered battle robots invading a city full of religious fanatics. This one is narrated by Ray Porter, who I have never worked with before, but I’m really excited to see what he did with it because the stuff he’s done for my friend Jonathan Maberry’s work is fantastic.
Then there is Instruments of War.
This is the first story that I wrote for Privateer Press, and it was a challenging assignment. I was asked to write the origin story for one of the most infamous characters in the game, somebody who everyone else would think of as a horrific villain, who comes from a culture that makes Klingons look like peace loving hippies. This is a society based on achievement through struggle, a weird violent honor code, and magic based on pain.
Holy moly, I had a good time with it.
Makeda , Supreme Archdomina of House Balaash, is known throughout the Iron Kingdoms for her leadership of the mighty Skorne Empire, but it was not always so… Before the coming of the Skorne Empire into the west, Makeda was little more than the second child of a great house, but through her will, determination, and adherence to the code of hoksune, she rose above all others.
For the first time the secrets of both Makeda and her people are revealed in the tale of their epic struggle for honor and survival in Instruments of War. A novella of the Iron Kingdoms.
This one is narrated by Gabra Zackman and it is the first time I’ve worked with her. She’s done a bunch of Mercedes Lackey’s books. I’m really excited to hear what she’s done with it.
If you are new to Audible, I would really recommend getting a membership. You accumulate credits that you can use to purchase books, and it makes them pretty affordable. Audiobooks are pricier than paperbacks, but you can’t paint minis while reading a paperback, and it is really frowned upon while you are commuting to work.
As an author I absolutely love listening to a dramatic narration of my work. It is my favorite way to go back and reread my own stuff before writing the next one in the series. See, when you write a book, by the time you get done editing it, you’ve really read it like seven or eight times. So it can feel like work when you go back to reread your own stuff, but listening to somebody else put their own spin on it is fantastic.
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