Monday, January 22, 2018

NEWEST RELEASE: Shadow Detachment, Volumes 1-5

A compilation of Books 1-5 in the Shadow Detachment series, available now on Kindle, and coming soon in print!

The forces of darkness conspire to eradicate mankind, even into the modern era. Standing against them are soldiers possessing abilities beyond that of normal men. Follow the adventures of Detachment 1039 through three decades of preternatural combat around the world in this compilation of the first five Shadow Detachment stories. From 1950 Korea to 1974 Morocco, America's best fight fire with fire, as supernatural soldiers cross paths with fearsome beasts. 


Shadow Detachment
Dark Invaders
Stone Soldier
Blood Traitor

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


They say that two heads are better than one, and when it comes to Action and Adventure, that definitely holds true. 

The greatest action-adventure series of all time, the Destroyer, was created and written by two amazing authors: Richard Sapir and Warren Murphy. Over the years, these two giants of two-fisted action churned out dozens of novels. Following Mr. Sapir's untimely passing, Warren Murphy continued the series, partnering with ghost writers like Will Murray, Jim Mullaney, and Gerald Welch. Five decades and over one-hundred-and-fifty novels later, the Destroyer keeps on kicking butt and dispensing justice. 

For 2018, The Stone Soldiers of Detachment 1039 are doing the same. Starting with the oldest Detachment story, "Shadow Detachment", all the Stone Soldiers series are being combined into one, numbered chronologically, re-edited, revised and re-released with the help of ghost writers under an all new author name: Martin Stryker

And the revolution has already begun. 

Beginning in December 2017, the Shadow Detachment series has begun re-releasing revised editions once a week, revealing the origins of the magic-and-monster-fighting unit in 1950 (Shadow Detachment) and continuing through the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and into the 2000s. By Summer 2018, the Stone Soldiers stories readers have enjoyed will be re-released as well, continuing the decades-long battle against the forces of darkness both on an off-world. 

Look for new releases weekly, including compilations of the shorter novellas, in their proper reading order, with a handful of all-new stories added in:

RED MAGIK, a tale of 1980s espionage that sees Mark Kenslir slipping behind the Iron Curtain to steal the head of Medusa from Soviet Sorcerers before they can unlock its ancient secrets

DARK POWDER, a tale of 1990s drug interdiction set in South America as the Detachment fights a Cartel relying on supernatural forces to seize control of not only the drug trade but of the minds and souls of addicts around the world.

MAGICIAN OF INTEREST, an early 2000s adventure that puts Colonel Mark Kenslir on the side of evil, protecting a renegade witch-turned best-selling author as her former peers seek to silence her tell-all books before the world-at-large learns their deepest secrets. 

And finally, 

ISLAND OF THE DAMNED, the delayed third installment of the Spectral Ops story arc that finds the Detachment fighting armies of the dead being raised around the world. In this installment, a mysterious island in the mid-Pacific is inadvertently discovered when a passenger jet crashes, turning survivors into prisoners in a paranormal penal colony built centuries go and now home to the greatest monsters of the ancient Japanese empire. Can Detachment 1039 rescue the civilians of Flight 618, or will America's greatest supernatural soldiers become the newest inmates of the Island of the Damned?

But just who is the other half of Martin Stryker, willing to join C.E. Martin in 2018? Check back soon for more on the anonymous, mysterious ghost writer-half of the Martin Stryker team....

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!