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Shadow Warriors: Omega Sanction is .99 today only.
I wrote this book while war-gaming various threats that could occur outside of the ones people usually think of such as nuclear. What’s really scary are developments in biological warfare. For a long time biological warfare has been inefficient because it targets indiscriminately. So the threat is as exposed as the target. But science is now allowing biological weapons to be targeted for certain gene patterns, which raises the specter of biological genocide.
Sadly, I believe such a weapon will be deployed, because man has this strange bent: if we can invent it, we can use it. In Omega Sanction my Special Forces hero has to stop the threat; echoing what is happening out there in the real world, where the true heroes operate in the darkness with little thanks and recognition.
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Soothsayer: Beware the ides of March.
Caesar: What man is that?
Brutus: A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
Julius Caesar, Act 1, scene 2, 15-19
I’m warning you now: Beware the Ides of March!
Or enjoy the book. Your choice. But don’t say you weren’t warned.
Two months until publication of Time Patrol: Ides of March.
Six missions to the past to stop six attacks on our timeline all on the 15th of March, but in six different years:
44 B.C. Of course.
480 B.C. King Leonidas defends Thermopylae with 300 Spartans.
1917 A.D. The last Tsar, Alexendar II, abdicates.
493 A.D. Theoderic assassinates Odoacer in Ravenna; signaling the last gasp of the Western Roman Empire.
1493 A.D. Christopher Columbus arrives in Spain after discovering the New World.
Reference Caesar: Actually, the original source about the warning attributes it to a seer, Spurinna, who made it well before the Ides, probably, like 2 months. Exactly. Today. In 44 B.C. Just like I’m warning you. Today in 2016.
And Caesar, as we know (or do we? That’s the point of the Time Patrol) ignored the warning. So he’s strolling to the Senate on the morning of 15 March and as he approaches the Senate sees Spurinna chilling on the corner.
Caesar calls out: “You realize the Ides have come?”
And Spurinna’s says: “You realize they have not yet gone?”
Yeah. Such is fate.
On maps of old, those blank spaces beyond the known world were marked: Here There Be Monsters.
Every Thursday, I’m going to present a snippet of fiction mixed with history, based on the series I’m focusing on now, Time Patrol. The core of this the motto of the Time Patrol from George Orwell’s 1984: “Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.”
Off the East Coast of England, 999 A.D. 29 October
Roland was ready for battle, a sword in his hand rather than a machinegun, but the general concept was the same: Fell deeds awakening against the forces of darkness.
And here be the monster as a thick, ropy tentacle lunged up out of the water. At the tip was a mouth fringed with sharp teeth, snapping, searching for flesh. It hit one of the Vikings directly into the chest, the teeth boring deep. The man slashed at the creature with his sword even as he died.
The Viking leader was fast to the defense with Roland at his side, almost as fast. They battled desperately as more tentacles came out of the water. Roland sliced through one, stomping down with his leather boot on the snapping end, crushing the teeth. To his right, another Viking was lifted into the air, tentacle wrapped around his chest. The unfortunate warrior was pulled down into the black water, disappearing. The man never cried out in terror or for help, swinging his sword even as he was taken into darkness. It was the way a Viking should be taken, weapon in hand, guaranteeing a place in the hall of Valhalla.
If such a place exists.
But warriors need to believe in something beyond themselves, whether it be country, flag, unit, comrades or Valhalla.
He was elated to finally meet one.
Roland jabbed the point of his sword directly into the mouth end of a tentacle, right between the teeth as it came straight for him. The sword went in and then further in, the teeth snapping down on the steel, getting closer and closer to his hand, finally stopping at the cross-shaped haft before the tentacle pulled back, dripping gore.
It is 999 A.D. The last year before the turn of the first millennium Anno Domini. In another part of the world, the Samanid Dynasty, encompassing parts of Iraq and Afghanistan, ceases to exist after crumbling under an invasion from the north. Not for the first time and not for the last time, that region of the world is convulsed in conflict. Across the sea to the west of England, Christianity is being officially adopted in Iceland. Gerbert of Aurillac becomes Pope Silvester II, succeeding Pope Gregory V. He is the first French Pope and introduces the western world to the decimal system using Arabic numbers. He would thus be accused of studying magical arts and astrology in Islamic cities, with charges that he was a sorcerer in league with the devil.
And here, on a Viking longship, Roland was facing creatures of legend while on a mission whose objective he wasn’t exactly certain of. But he had a shield and a sword and he was in the company of fierce warriors in the midst of a battle.
Roland was at home.
The quote, from George Orwell’s 1984, sums up both my writing plan and the books for 2016.
I’m excited about these books because they allow me to focus on the characters developed via the Nightstalkers, such as Scout, Roland, Moms and others, as well as characters from other series such as Neeley, Hannah, Dane from Atlantis, et al.
What’s fascinating is the research required for each mission; and there are six per book. Essentially, each book covers the same day in different years. While there are stories that deal with “What if something different happened in the past and our timeline has change?” such as The Man in the High Castle, the Time Patrol members have the opposite job: preventing our timeline from being changed. I thought I was up on my history, but every day I’m learning new things.
The first book for 2016. Ides of March, is already available for pre-order on Amazon, Nook and iBooks. I’m well into it, but I want to do something new for 2016. Posting excerpts as I move forward and also rewrite. So starting in a few days, I’ll be putting that here on the blog.
These covers are just first drafts and we’re already making changes to them; but they give you an idea of what’s coming; and the dates on which they will be published!
Nothing but good times ahead; and in the past.