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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Reading Order for the Shadow Detachment

A reader recently asked, "What's the correct reading order for the books that came before Spectral Ops?"


An excellent question...



Originally starting out as Stone Soldiers, the first few books soon sparked a series of prequel short stories revealing the background of the unit and some of its characters. As time passed, a spin off, twice-a-year series as envisioned: Shadow Raiders, where the team would take the fight to evil's doorstep off-world. Then the first 12-part story arc in Stone Soldiers wrapped up, and instead of going with Stone Soldiers #13, the decision was made to rename the series Spectral Ops to reflect the new enemies for the next 12 part story arc. 


It's all just too confusing, and 2017 was filled with chaos for the author and very little writing's been done. 

To make things easier for the reader, everything's going to be relaunched: into one series, numbered sequentially for easy reference:

#1 Shadow Detachment
#2 Dark Invaders
#3 Stone Soldier
#4 Spellbreaker
#5 Blood Traitor
#6 Red Magik
#7 Infernal Machine
#8 Dark Powder
#9 X-Ponent
#10 Devil’s Network
#11 Magician of Interest
#12 Paranormal Insurgency
#13 Stone Soldiers
#14 Sea of Monsters
#15 Mythical
#16 Brothers in Stone
#17 Blood and Stone
#18 Shades of War
#19 Black Knight Down
#20 Armageddon Z
#21 Seven Deadly Sons
#22 Terrorcota
#23 Pale Horseman
#24 A Lucky Day to Die
#25 One Dark Step
#26 Shadow Raiders
#27 Winters’ Fury
#28 Spectral Ops
#29 Ghostwalker
     #30 Island of the Damned

The sharp-eyed might notice that the list above has new titles in it. Some of those were planned prequel shorts for early 2018, while others are retitled versions of older stories previously released. 

And then there's the author name change...

In the coming weeks, you'll start seeing the name Martin Stryker. This nom de plume reflects the revised, re-edited versions of the Shadow Detachment stories, and possibly the inclusion of some collaborative work with a ghost writer or two. 

Do you need to read the new versions? That's up to you, but these aren't going to be major changes--just tweaks, with extraneous stuff removed, and maybe a tiny bit added in here and there.

As always, thank you for reading!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Falling into Fall

“The best laid schemes o'mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley.”
--Robert Burns, "To a Mouse"


It's October, and Fall is in the air! Or, in my case, I fell through the air...

It was late September and I was working on a project at home when I took a bad step and tumbled down my stairs. While no bones were broken, I did twist and hyperextend one ankle, producing a loud pop and lots of pain. And thus ended my plans for an October release...

You would think that not being able to get around very good, with an immobilizing boot on one's ankle would mean lots of writing time. Alas, that is not the case. Try as I might, the pain from my ankle has become a writer's block of epic proportions. Despite having my evenings free, my wife and kids waiting on me hand and foot, I just can't get thoughts to paper. 

This means that in all likelihood, Spectral Ops: Island of the Damned (Book 3), won't be available for sale this month. it also means that Spectral Ops #4 won't be out before the end of the year, the entire schedule being bumped a month or two off. 

Work continues on FM 3-10-80, the US Army Preternatural Combat Operations manual---a free bonus encyclopedia of all things Stone Soldiers, and free for mailing list subscribers. This bonus book of content from the blog and new content will be launching on December 25th. Print copies will also be available for purchase and the ebook version will appear sometime in January. 

In the meantime, keep spreading the word and enjoy a spooktacular Halloween!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hauntings Just Went Nuclear!

Available now, in print and digital editions, on Kindle, iTunes, Kobo, and Smashwords, Detachment 1039 is back, and facing their most dangerous adversary yet: an angry spirit tethered to an American nuclear missile silo!



Recruited by the U.S. Military, Professor Richard Merlo and his assistant, Omorose Nasser, are transported from their University paranormal studies to the middle of the Arizona desert, investigating a haunted military outpost abandoned decades before. The academics soon find themselves in over their heads, investigating a spectral murder at the invisible hands of the entities that have made a deactivated missile silo their home. The hunters soon become the hunted, caught between non-corporeal hostiles and a military unit comprised of supernatural soldiers in a battle to prevent an ancient evil from unleashing a very modern armageddon on the innocent.