The Third Frontier War is raging, and all across human-occupied space worlds are burning. Massive battlefleets struggle for dominance and kilometer-long war ships exchange thermonuclear barrages. Battered in the early years of the war, the Western Alliance is resurgent. The brilliant Admiral Augustus Garret leads the Alliance fleet from victory to victory, taking the war to the very heart of the enemy empires. And on the ground, Colonel Erik Cain, hero of the Marine Corps, leads his crack troops again into combat, seeking the final battle. In the background, the secretive intelligence agencies of the despotic Superpowers plot and scheme, using their own soldiers as pawns in the great game for control of space. But the final battle will be fought in the reddish sands of a backwater world, and the prize will be the staggering secret that has lain hidden in a remote cave for untold centuries. All the Powers struggle for the ultimate victory, but at what cost? The Cost of Victory is the second book in the Crimson Worlds series and the sequel to Marines. The Crimson Worlds Series: Marines (Crimson Worlds I) - Available Now! Tombstone (A Crimson Worlds Prequel) - Available Now! A Little Rebellion (Crimson Worlds III) - December 2012 The First Imperium (Crimson Worlds IV) - March 2013
Author: Jay Allan
Erik Cain joined the marines to get off death row. The deal was simple; enlist to fight in space and he would be pardoned for all his crimes. In the 23rd Century, assault troops go to war wearing AI-assisted, nuclear-powered armor, but it is still men and blood that win battles. From one brutal campaign to the next, Erik and his comrades fight an increasingly desperate war over the resource rich colony worlds that have become vital to the economies of Earth's exhausted and despotic Superpowers. As Erik rises through the ranks he finally finds a home, first with the marines who fight at his side and later among the colonists - men and women who have dared to leave everything behind to build a new society on the frontier, one where the freedoms and rights lost long ago on Earth are preserved. Amidst the blood and death and sacrifice, Erik begins to wonder. Is he fighting the right war? Who is the real enemy? Crimson Worlds II: The Cost of Victory - Available Now! Tombstone: A Crimson Worlds Prequel - Available Now! Crimson Worlds III: A Little Rebellion - December 2012
Book 4 of the bestselling Crimson Worlds series... The Alliance and its colonies have called a truce and signed the Confederation Agreement, providing the frontier worlds with guarantees of self-government. No one expects the deal to last, and both sides are preparing for the next showdown. But from the depths of space another challenge is coming, one that will endanger the very survival of mankind and force not just the Alliance and its colonies, but all of the Superpowers, to join forces or face annihilation. The dusty ruins the Alliance discovered on Epsilon Eridani IV were built by an ancient race, eons dead. But their guardians remain, and the disturbance of the long silent cave triggered an automated alert, one which has been heard. Erik Cain and his Marines grimly take to the field once again, for what may be their final battle, against the robotic legions of the First Imperium. But facing a ruthless and technologically superior enemy may be easier than learning to fight alongside old enemies.
To Hell's Heart
Author: Jay Allan
The combined forces of humanity have beaten back the First Imperium invasion. For the first time, the enemy has been defeated in battle. The cost was high in blood and suffering, but the Line held. The heart of human-occupied space has been saved from annihilation. For now. There is little time for the victorious warriors to savor their triumph or mourn their dead. The First Imperium has been driven back, but it has not been defeated. No one expects the fruits of victory to be more than a brief respite. Augustus Garret, Erik Cain, and the rest of the human high command have a decision to make. Do they stand on the defensive, waiting for the massive second invasion they all know will come? Or do they consider another option, one that compels them to face overwhelming odds, and launch a strike that could end the war in one campaign? The attack ship Hornet returned home after a miraculous run through enemy space, and her crew brought with them priceless intelligence...the location of a world of the First Imperium. In the capitals of Earth, the ruling classes call for caution, for the armed forces to stand on the defensive. But on the frontier, Garret and his compatriots are planning something different, and they do not intend to be deterred. They are going to take the war to the enemy. They are going to march into hell's heart.
Author: Nadia Brown_
The Perseid Collapse
Author: Steven Konkoly
"2019. Six years after the Jakarta Pandemic "decimated" the world's population ; life is back to normal for the Fletchers and most Americans. The United States stands at the brink of a complete domestic and international resurgence, with stories of confidence and prosperity dominating the headlines. Appearances can be deceiving."--Back cover.
Author: Russell Kightley
A multi-layered time-travel story that starts with Paxton delving into his past. He wants vengeance, and his time machine-which he barely understands-can give it to him. This is an exploration of reality, perception, and consciousness. There is sadness, and nostalgia, and yearning, hints of love and violence, and the urge to put things right.
The robotic legions of the First Imperium burst into human space, destroying everything in their path. Directed by the maniacal Regent, the enemy pressed forward with one goal: the destruction of mankind. The Superpowers of Earth, enemies for over a century, have banded together to face the threat from outside and their combined forces have fought delaying actions to buy time. But now, the Rim has fallen, and the heart of human space lies before the invaders. Erik Cain grimly leads his Marines and their new allies to Sandoval, to fight and hold that world against anything the enemy throws at it . But Cain plans more than just a defense: he intends to annihilate the enemy forces. And he'll sacrifice anything to win the ultimate victory. Even himself.
The year is 2150, and bullied nineteen-year-old Flora can no longer ignore the burning curiosity to learn what¿s behind the towering Wall surrounding her home state of Apollo. Citizens still read books, discuss philosophy, and send text messages, but questioning The Other Side is forbidden. When Flora¿s naïveté accidentally reveals a dark secret about Apollo, she¿s forced into an isolated web of truth, lies, and survival. Fearing for her life, she leaves behind a clue for her childhood friend, Andrew, placing her last hope in their special bond. The Apollo Illusion is a story for the hackers, the techies, the seekers, and the rebels of the world.
Shadows of the Gods
Author: Jay Allan
Publisher: System 7 Publishing
Crimson Worlds Refugees Book II Deeper. Farther into the black unknown of space. There is no other path, no way for the lost to go, save forward. Admiral Terrance Compton's fleet is cut off from Earth, deep in the heart of the enemy First Imperium. A third of his people have died in the year his force had been fleeing from its enemies, but he is as determined as ever to find a new home for his people, a way to save his wartorn fleet His people are running low on everything-food, ammunition, fuel, and the brutal enemy is in relentless pursuit, marshaling all its vast resources to track down and destroy the human refugees. Compton must find a way to replenish his dwindling stores, while avoiding the massive enemy forces hunting his fleet from system to system. Compton seeks an escape, a refuge for his exhausted spacers from the relentless pursuit of their enemies. But they are about to find far more than that, as they discover the truth of the distant past, and a glimpse of a new future that lies before them. What they learn will shake all they believe...and force them to reconsider who they are. And what victory would look like. The fight has just begun...and the stakes are even higher than any of them had imagined. Also By Jay Allan The Far Stars Series Shadow of Empire (Far Stars I - Nov 3, 2015) Enemy in the Dark (Far Stars II - Dec 1, 2015) Funeral Games (Far Stars III - Jan 19, 2016) All Far Stars books are available for preorder Crimson Worlds Series Marines (Crimson Worlds I) The Cost of Victory (Crimson Worlds II) A Little Rebellion (Crimson Worlds III) The First Imperium (Crimson Worlds IV) The Line Must Hold (Crimson Worlds V) To Hell's Heart (Crimson Worlds VI) The Shadow Legions (Crimson Worlds VII) Even Legends Die (Crimson Worlds VIII) The Fall (Crimson Worlds IX) Crimson Worlds War Stories (Crimson Worlds Prequels) Crimson Worlds Successors Series MERCS (Successors I) The Prisoner of Eldaron (Successors II) The Black Flag (Successors III - Coming 2016) Crimson Worlds Refugees Series Into the Darkness (Refugees I) Shadows of the Gods (Refugees II) Revenge of the Ancients (Refugees III - Coming 2016) Portal Wars Series Gehenna Dawn (Portal Wars I) The Ten Thousand (Portal Wars II) Homefront (Portal Wars III - Coming Jan 2016) Pendragon Chronicles The Dragon's Banner (Pendragon Chronicles I) Dragon's Rise (Pendragon Chronicles II - Coming 2016)
Red Team Alpha
Author: Jay Allan
Red Team Alpha. An elite military unit. Twenty highly-trained veteran warriors, Mars? best. They are ready to face whatever dangers threaten the Confederation. They are capable, dedicated, armed with the best technology Mars has to offer. And they don't exist, at least not officially.Now the team will be called upon to face its greatest test. On a planet in a newly-discovered system there is a mysterious wreck, the remains of an ancient ship. The discovery is a momentous one, first contact and proof that mankind is not alone in the universe.It is a job for the Team, but even these crack soldiers will be tested to the limit of their abilities as they uncover the dark horror within, a technological nightmare that threatens the very future of humanity. The soldiers of Alpha will fight, ignoring the odds as usual, but this time they will be caught between two enemies.For they are not the only ones who know about the wreck. Even now, the forces of Gavin Stark and his Alliance Intelligence forces are on the move, seeking to seize the ancient vessel and the priceless technology within for their own purposes. And they are ready to do whatever is necessary to gain the priceless ship'including wiping out Red Team Alpha completely.
Winds of Vengeance
Author: Jay Allan
Earth Two. A new home for the survivors of the fleet, the men and women who battled against seemingly insurmountable odds to survive the assault of the First Imperium and to destroy the homicidal Regent, the artificial intelligence committed to their destruction. They have prospered in the years since their arrival, adapting the technology of the First Imperium to build a new and prosperous republic. But as the fear of the First Imperium recedes, cracks have begun to appear, conflicts looming that threaten to destroy all they have worked to achieve. There are rivalries between the clones known as "Tanks" and the "NBs," naturally-born humans, disputes driven by envy, resentment. And on the fringe of the new society, the enhanced genetic hybrids known as "Mules" are feared by both groups, though they continue to decipher First Imperium technology for the benefit of all. But there is a far greater threat lurking in deep space, for the Regent was one of two, and its copy activated automatically upon its destruction. It has been planning, exploring, building vast fleets of new warships, and now it is ready to strike at a divided republic, to accomplish what the Regent failed to do. It is ruthlessly single-minded, existing for a single purpose. And that purpose is vengeance.
Into the Darkness
Author: Jay Allan
Terrence Compton is one of Earth's greatest admirals, a warrior almost without equal. Alongside his oldest friend and brilliant colleague, Augustus Garret, he and his forces have saved Earth from invasion by the genocidal robotic legions of the ancient First Imperium's insane computer Regent. There is just one problem. The First Imperium was held back not by military victory, but by the disruption of the sole warp gate connecting the two domains...and Compton and 300 of his ships are trapped on the wrong side, surrounded by the Regent's vast fleets and cut off from Earth. Pursued by their deadly enemy, Compton and his fleet must flee into the vast and unknown darkness of unexplored space, in search of safety, fuel, supplies...and ultimately a new home. The great admiral knows the one thing his people cannot do is seek a way back, a trail the enemy could follow to Earth. He is determined to prevent that from happening, even if the cost is dissension and mutiny. Their journey will take Compton and his people deep into the heart of the First Imperium, to the silent, windswept worlds where the ancient race that built the Regent once dwelled...and uncover the lost secrets of that great civilization's mysterious fall 500,000 years ago
Storm of Vengeance
Author: Jay Allan
Book 5 of the Refugees series.