Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Someone is killing retired Nazi Hunters around the world. They leave no trace of their coming or going and no clue to their identity. But when the murderers begin to strike in America, Detachment 1039 investigates, and the Stone Soldiers discover Germanywase working on their own super soldier program before and after the Reich fell. The hunt for the last of these Nazi Supersoldiers leads the Stone Soldiers on a globe-hopping journey to the coldest place on Earth and something very unexpected buried beneath the polar ice.
Coming in 2014
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Book 1 of the Kingdoms of Perdition trilogy will take some of the members of Detachment 1039 into a world ruled by demons. Steampunk sorcerery will meet modern supersoldiers as the Kenslirs try and free an entire world from the bonds of demonic slavery.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
That all changes when the young precog encounters the Stone Soldiers, rescuing survivors and slaughtering zombies. Kenji learns that the petrified super soldiers could have prevented the apocalypse with a little forewarning. Luckily for them, Kenji can do just that--by going back and experiencing it all one more time.
Can the men of living stone save the world with Kenji's help, or will the monster behind the undead apocalypse prove more than even a super psychic can handle?
Monday, September 30, 2013
What would a horror series be without the Big Three- Vampires, Werewolves and the other Undead?
Stone Soldiers does indeed have Vampires- but they're not quite what you might be used to.
When I considered adding a vampire to the series, I struggled with what kind to go with. Classic, B&W, Bela Lugosi camp, with opera capes, fangs and a penchant for long, hypnotizing stares? Or maybe trailer-trash bandidos out to enjoy an eternity on the run, like those from the awesome movie Near Dark?
In the end, I decided to just take the most interesting characteristics of all the cinematic vampires and mix them up with a healthy bit of parody of the more sparkling, hedonistic vamps popular in the past couple of years.
In Book #3, Blood and Stone, we read about the origin of the Stone Soldiers' undead Doctor, Laura Olson. A college student in 1972, Laura was turned into one of the Undead by a vampire being pursued by then-Major Kenslir. Instead of killing Olson, Kenslir recruited her to work for the military- using her empathic link with other vampires to track their movements around the globe.
In the Stone Soldiers Universe, many Vampires may exist, but Dr. Olson falls into a basically-European classification. Her undead abilities are the result of having her lifeforce, not just her blood, drawn from her body to the point she was killed. She was then reanimated by the cursed lifeforce of the vampire who attacked her. As a result, Olson now requires human lifeforce to stay alive.
But not from drinking blood.
As Dr. Olson points out in Blood and Stone, she'd have to drink enormous amounts of blood to stay alive- meaning she'd be bloated and urinating all the time. Instead, her kind of Vampire severs veins to open up a path to the human heart- the organ most charged with lifeforce in the body. Blood swirling through the human body constantly picks up a kind of static charge- which is then transferred to the heart. The blood in the body acts like a conductive circuit for the vampires, allowing them to drain energy from the heart and the whole body. Very little blood is actually drunk by those vampires who've been around any real amount of time.
When a vampire is skilled enough, they then gain the ability to draw the lifeforce from the mouth of the victim- pulling it up and out of their body in a flashing, static discharge of blue, lightning-like energy.
In her many years serving as a Doctor at Alcatraz, Olson learned that such energy could be held within her and then passed on to others- healing their injuries in the same manner vampires heal their own bodies. Using this ability to heal with her hands, or lips, Olson is able to bring the non-petrified members of the team back from the brink of death and to regenerate their very flesh.
When facing off against superhuman opponents, Dr. Olson can also use her vampiric ability to drain the lifeforce from foes, momentarily depowering them. Or she can rely on her supernatural strength, speed and agility to engage in hand-to-claw combat. Vampires, it seems, can also control their bodies, and cause both fangs and long claws to grow from their mouthes and fingertips.
But physical enhancements aside, vampires possess one other abiltity shared in the supernatural world- an awareness of the mystical. Like other cursed creatures, or resurrected beings, Dr. Olson has shown the ability to see things an ordinary human cannot. And an ability to interact with intangible beings, like the rampaging spectres of Book #4, Shades of War.
Further, Dr. Olson has demonstrated a remarkable resiliance and resistance to physical injury- surviving impalements, gun shots, and even having every bone in her body broken. She has even survived having her heart ripped out.
All in all, the good Doctor is a formidable fighter and a great asset to Detachment 1039.
But not all vampires are so helpful. In fact, Dr. Olson may be the only vampire in the world that can be considered one of the good guys. if vampires do roam the world of Stone Soldiers, how would you kill them? Dr. Olson revealed that vampires aren't killed by the sun- that they instead suffer migraine-like headaches when exposed to ultraviolet light in their eyes. Sufficient exposure could kill them, but as long as their eyes are shielded, they can move about in the daylight with no problem. Some new vampires also are allergic to sunlight, but if their healing powers were at play, they would be able to resist.
The one effective means we've seen for killing a vampire so far in the series is to remove their head from their body, while their heart is damaged or destroyed- thereby cutting off their supply of stolen lifeforce needed to repair the damage.
Given that only Dr. Olson and the vampire who turned her have been seen in the series, it's a safe bet that vampires, despite their supernatural abilities, do not pose much of a threat to the modern military.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Like any tool, there are a wide variety of different designs for the knife. Some are for cutting, some for skinning, some for stabbing. Knives have been an integral part of a soldier’s kit for many centuries.
The Bowie Knife is a multi-tool of sorts, designed in the 1800s for the famous explorer/adventurer Jim Bowie. The knife rose to popularity after the Sandbar Knife fight.
A Bowie knife is wider than most other knives of the time- it is able to be used to chop wood, and it has a clip point ideal for stabbing. Modern Bowies often incorporate a serrated or sawtooth edge on the top of the blade, further adding to the knife’s versatility.
Most modern US Military forces use the M9 Bayonet as a knife. While similar to a Bowie, the M9 is more designed for use as a stabbing weapon, attached to the end of a rifle, or as a simple knife.
The Stone Soldiers need something considerably more durable. A Bowie knife with its wide, heavy blade, available in lengths rivaling the gladius of ancient times. The Bowie can be thrown, used to slash or stab opponents, and is of thick enough construction to withstand the heavy abuse a superhuman soldier might inflict upon it while dispatching monsters.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Time for another installment of Weapons Wednesday when we examine the weaponry of the Stone Soldiers series...
I consider there to be two kinds of firearms in the world: those intended for killing people, and those not intended for killing people. The shotgun seems to fit nicely into both categories. With variable loads, the shotgun can be used for taking out human and animal targets, and, on occassion, vehicles. That makes the shotgun a likely choice for battling the inhuman enemies of the Stone Soldiers.
And King among shotguns is the Atchison AA-12. A stainless steel, plastic-enclosed, magazine-fed monster, the AA-12 can unleash a devastating amount of firepower in the form of .12 gauge rounds. It is fed by either removable magazines (8 round) or a drum (20 or 32 round). With a fire rate of 300 rounds per minute, the AA-12 is easily capable of felling human and inhuman alike- and it’s the longarm of choice of Adrien Brody’s character, Royce, in the 2010 movie Predators.
Not only can the weapon’s recoil-absorbing design allow it to be fired by even the most delicate of shooters, but its stainless steel construction means it will stay cleaner, longer, with no oil needed.
Alas, the U.S. military seems to have instead adopted a derivative of the AA-12 for use- the USAS-12. Produced by DaeWoo Precision Industries, the USAS-12 features a more familiar design, with an M-16-style grip and carry handle. It’s .25 kg heavier than he AA-12 (at 5.45 kg). But, it does pack a little more whallop though, with a 10-round magazine or a 20-round drum. However, the stats I’ve found list it as only firing 260 rounds a minute.
Why then did I choose the USAS 12 over the AA-12 for Colonel Kenslir? Well, I don’t believe the AA-12 made it into regular U.S. inventory. And a semi-auto only version of the USAS-12 is made in my home state of Indiana.
You can see the USAS-12 in a number of Stargate SG-1 episodes- particularly in the Replicator episodes where it rains pellets of destruction down on swarms of the little robots.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
The military has succeeded in turning four men into living stone soldiers--and just in time. At a remote Nigerian oil site, the population of a small town have all vanished--except for their bones. The World Health Organization sends a team to assess the situation, but they are killed as well, the flesh stripped from their skeletons in minutes.
The Stone Soldiers are an inedible force deployed to the site, ready to fight the invisible enemy. But it turns out the billions of microbes hungry for flesh are working for someone, or something, else.
(The third in a short story prequel to the Stone Soldiers book series)
Returning to duty, he finds himself deployed to 1962 Laos, where a MAC-V SOG team has vanished without a trace. Kenslir searches for the missing men and finds more than he bargained for: a Chinese Sorcerer and a Water Spirit--working for the Communists!
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
When a spectral army rises up and marches on Washington, it's up to America's supersoldiers, the men and women of Detachment 1039 to try and find a way to defeat a foe that is already dead.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Kenslir must find a way to stop an army that is already dead, before they reach Washington and plunge the country into chaos. Aided by his cryokinetic granddaughter, an amorous vampire M.D. and his stone soldiers, can the Colonel stop the forces of darkness or will Washington fall to the shades of gray?
Friday, May 17, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The series will now be named for the men of living stone that fight on the front lines against the magical and the mythical to protect America.
Follow the series as three new novels launch in 2013 and a series of short stories are released revealing the history of America's toughest soldiers.
Monday, April 15, 2013
They always said the South would rise again...
(Book 4 in Mythical, the Series)
A mysterious man from Colonel Mark Kenslir's past is raising the spirits of the dead at battlesites around the country and leading them against the living. Can the Colonel and his team of Stone Soldiers and parahumans track down this resurrected necromancer before he can march on Washington, or will America be plunged into a War Between the Living and the Dead?
Coming very soon....
Monday, April 8, 2013
Alas, the project didn't fund.
Oh, well, I'd rather sell books than coins.
And it did get me some free traffic. Kickfailure was generous enough to put the link to my Amazon Author page and this blog. So folks curious can check it out.
Kickfailure, thank you. I'd love to send you a free copy of the book, but I haven't figured out the contact info for your site yet.
I wonder if they'll feature me again when I relaunch the coin project?
Friday, April 5, 2013
Here are the covers for Shorts 1 & 2:
From the bowels of a secret government research base in Florida to the jungles of Laos, Mark Kenslir becomes a changed man in 1962. Cursed to live forever, Kenslir becomes a super soldier then faces his first mission as a changed man: stop a water spirit killing American advisors in Southeast asia.
At long last, the military has deduced how to make men of living stone. Their first candidate is a fallen hero given a chance to live, and fight, again. In 2008, Captain Daniel Smith, Navy SEAL, died in Iraq only to awaken in Florida and become a stone soldier. Can his new stone body be useful in combat, or will the transformation he's undergone prove to be nothing more than a novelty?
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
May find myself stopping soon, though. Have to decide if the civil war ghost army would use their era's tactics in battle, or smething entirely new now that they's invincible spectres.
And dang it, the new plot calls for the destruction of not one, but two cool, multi million dllar aircraft. I hope that doesn't become a thing- destroying expensive equipment every book.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Dr. Laura Olson has saved her heart for a very special man for the past forty years. The man that captured her and imprisoned her in alcatraz after she was turned into a vampire. For all these decades, the Doctor has served her country, feeding off the most dangerous of paranormal criminals to keep them in check.
But now, someone has stolen her heart.
A prehistoric shapeshifter has come to Alcatraz, ripping out and devouring the hearts of the inmates to steal their memories and their special abilities. With Dr. Olson's heart, the shapeshifter has unlocked the powers of the undead. Now possessing a multitude of amazing abilities, the shapeshifter heads to Mexico and poses as the Mayan blood god Kukulcan, demanding sacrifices and followers.
Dr. Olson must join a team of America's finest supersoldiers, led by the immortal commando who imprisoned her. Together they will head south and try to put an end to Kukulcan's reign of terror.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
You might want to consider reading. If the monster-of-the-week format suits your tastes, consider Mythical the Series. Better still, you can read the first two novels in the series for free.
Just email email@example.com and give me the title of your favorite Fringe episode and you'll receive a code to download Book1 and Book2 in the Mythical Series for FREE, from Smashwords.com.
The Mythical series features supersoldiers battling the supernatural to keep an oblivious public safe. There are three novels completed so far, with three more planned for 2013.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
It's a terrible time for SFF fans- yet another wonderful series has ended. Fringe is no more.
The impact of that didn't really hit me yet- I just discovered Fringe a few months ago when the Science Channel started rerunning it. But now I'm hooked. It's everything I liked about Kolchak, X-Files, Smallville and Lost. Episodic mysteries, all linking toward a greater story.
Supernatural will soon join that list. It's in its eighth season- statistically speaking, it's bound to get cancelled within the next couple of years. Then what will we do?
It dawned on me the other day that my own book series, Mythical, might fit the bill. It's episodic, in that each book lays the foundation for a larger story, but is also a self-contained episode of supernatural mystery. Much like Murphy & Sapir's awesome Destroyer series (which is making its return this year!)
Mythical has science fiction. It has horror. It has action. It has soldiers, monsters, and even teenagers. It just doesn't have readers. Which sucks. Not because I couldn't just find something else to write that people might enjoy, but because I like episodic SFF like this. I need something Kolchakish in it's structure. Maybe the new Destroyer novels, or the new Destroyer spin off (Legacy) will work.
In any event, if you like Fringe, X-Files, etc, check out Mythical. It's more of the same.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
It shouldn't hve been a surprise- any show with male leads that builds a strong audience seems to go under the axe at Syfy, the channel by womyn, for womyn. No seriously. Look at their track record. Stargate, Farscape, Tremors, Eureka... Syfy has an annoying habit of killing great shows with large followings. And replacing them with reality TV.
Alphas was a great show. It used a time-tested set up: elderly leader teaches folks with special abilities to use them in the ame of the greater good. We've seen it before, and we'll likely see it again. And if it's on Syfy, it'll get cancelled again.
In the meantime, I suggest any ALPHAS fan fill that void with something Mythical...
MYTHICAL vs ALPHAS
When you think about it, the two are very similar. Mythical is a series of pulp-styed novels about a military unit fighting the supernatural to protect America. Alphas was a TV series about people working for the government, fighting the paranormal to protect America.
Alphas had an elderly scientist who helped those with special abilities to control them. Mythical has an immortal Cold Warrior who is molding the next generation of supersoldiers.
Alphas had the super strong Bill, the never-misses soldier, the telepathicish pusher, the hyper sensed investigator, the boy who communicates with computers and a girl who can learn anything. Mythical has telepaths, precogs, postcogs, astral projectors, werewolves, vampires and soldiers turned to living stone.
But best of all, Mythical can't be cancelled by the Syfy executives. It'll continue on as long as people keep reading. So hang in there ALPHAS fans, until the next show comes around, switch to reading. With three books out and three more in 2013, Mythical is just beginning.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
All that changes when a shapeshifter comes to the Rock, ripping out and eating the hearts of the inmates to steal their memories and paranormal abilities. The shapeshifter sweeps through the prison and finally attacks Dr. Olson, stealing her heart and undead powers as well.
When the shapeshifter declares himself to be the second coming of Kukulcan to the people of the Yucatan, America's anti-supernatural firces spring into action, recruiting Dr. Olson and giving her a chance for payback.
The vampire now must work with a team of living stone soldiers, a teenager who can freeze objects with her mind and the super soldier who captured her. Can the vampire keep her new team alive long enough to get revenge, or will she succumb to her blood thirst?
Blood and Stone, now available on Kindle, Nook and Smashwords.