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September 16th, 2012, 05:18 AM #1
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Kindle only-sci-fi Space opera
Hi everyone. Another 3rd rate sci-fi writer promoting his book. Here's the short version for those in a hurry. You can click the links for the synopsis on Amazon, but you probably already knew that
I'm Dalton Wolf. I've written Storm on the Frontier, book one, part one. It's the first book in a sci-fi space opera trilogy. Book 1, part 2 is about 8 days away from release. Book 2 is done, but not yet edited. Book 3 is 3/4 finished.
And here's the longer Intro for those who want a better idea:
Storm on the Frontier is a 360,000 word space opera divided into two books and is the First Book in the Demonstar Series. Part one is now released, and part two will be out by the end of October or early November. Storm is the result of 6 years of hard work, writing, editing, deleting, writing again, more editing, rinse and repeat. Book 2 is finished and in the editing process and hopefully will be out by early December.
Storm is set several thousand years in the future, after Humans have been forced to flee Earth and have long-since lost its location. In fact, many Humans wonder if Ancient Earth ever even existed. During the Exodus from Earth, for some reason now unknown to the survivors, the Earthers were driven across the Milky Way Galaxy by the Demons, a ruthless race of beings intent on their destruction. The fleeing Humans were able to escape the Demons by entering an unstable wormhole through which their pursuers refused to follow. Floating homeless and decimated in an unknown sector of the universe and heading towards a new galaxy, the Humans were eventually rescued by a kindly race of scientists and explorers called the Sylor. The entire surviving race was brought into the Hope Galaxy to the Planet Sylor until, under the protection of their benefactors, they had recovered enough to move to the sister world of Sylor, which the Humans renamed Paradise. With the awakening of the Human/Sylori coalition, a new era had begun in the Hope Galaxy. In just a few millennia, after much fighting and diplomatic leveraging with their neighbors the two races had created, and become the center pieces of, a powerful Alliance of nine Member Races, and over two-dozen Candidates on over a hundred major worlds. The Galactic Worlds Alliance had become the clear power in the Hope Galaxy. And nearly two-hundred years after the war which had brought the Venturi into its borders, the GWA citizens had finally settled down into the mundane comfort and happiness of life in a protracted peace.
All assets in the Alliance were being concentrated on expansion into the Unknown areas just beyond the Frontier and the bliss of peace and prosperity was covering the entire society like a warm, fuzzy blanket. And just as in any good fiction, and even more bad, that’s usually when life starts to go wrong. Odd things begin happening out on the Frontier worlds. Rumors start flittering throughout the Alliance and Fleet about loss of contact with whole outposts. These rumors grow until not only had these outposts lost contact, but they had been completely destroyed by some powerful force, and all products and supplies intended for these colonies were being re-routed to other systems. The rumors were not quite being publicly denied, but questions to those in authority were being met with gag-orders to cease and desist, and Congress was now meeting only in closed sessions.
The first colonies had been investigated. The cause was determined to be a powerful celestial storm blowing through the Frontier worlds, exciting the stars in the systems in question and causing catastrophic solar events. The Chief of Intelligence (INTONE), however, is certain that something very ominous is occurring, and not just some strong storm. He begins to make plans of his own. Short on resources, he is forced to declare an emergency alert along the Frontier worlds and conscript an old friend, a living legend, into service. Then, he must enlist the aid of the other Chiefs of Staff to defy Congress and begin an Alliance-wide mobilization of Fleet assets in secret, and they must do it without every one of them being removed from their posts by Congress.
Kimberly Anderson was the Chief Counselor of Paradise. Kim had been sitting in Congress watching the politicians debate back and forth and delay the declaration of a Frontier alert regarding the missing colonies. With the data from investigations of the first two incidents pointing to a ‘celestial storm’ the senators seemed hesitant to declare any sort of emergency along the Frontier for fear of scaring off the corporations and citizens who were planning on migrating and setting up shop in the new colonies. Expansion was a dicey game and corporations could pull out support for the simplest of reasons. But Kim was certain there was more going on than met her eye, she just wasn’t sure what. She and the other Counselors had no direct power over their senators, but as the legally selected watchdogs of Congress, they were the eyes and ears of the people, who did have the power. It was the responsibility of the Counselors to counsel the senators, and then report to the people when those senators were not acting in their best interests and begin proceedings for any removals from office. And Kim was about to start that very process. The counselors were definitely feeling that the senators were not serving the people well. Trouble was, the Lead Senator from Paradise happened to be Kim’s husband and removing him from office would not be an easy task because of his popularity. But, maybe he did need a kick to get moving in the right direction. And the Counselors are about to give the Senators a very big kick in the pants.
Certified Pilot Baran Igashu was having a great time travelling the Frontier doing whatever the Nucleus he wanted. He’d put in his time doing the work of others and had made a lot of money. He’d earned the right to have some fun and do what he wanted, within the limits of the law, that is. He had his own ship and very lucrative offers to run goods throughout Alliance space…and in several places outside Alliance space. His exploits had been immortalized in song and written word for centuries and he’d been rumored to be at once, Bounty Hunter, Frontier Marshal, fighter pilot, mercenary and smuggler. He was rumored to have crossed the nucleus a dozen times and even made numerous trips into Krogan space, and come back alive from it all. Whether or not any of it was true, Baran was a living legend. As such, most people didn’t even believe he existed. Imagine the collective surprise of the entire Alliance when Baran Igashu is conscripted into Fleet service and given orders to explore the Frontier garrisons which had disappeared, discover the reasons behind these incidents, and track them to their source. Baran takes a team of elite, hand-picked Fleet forces out to the Frontier to investigate. His team consists of pilots, scientists, Grounders, and one Intel Agent and he has to not only make them get along, but work together as a cohesive unit to find how what was happening along the Frontier and perhaps even save the Core worlds in the process.
Penelope Simms is a mere 2nd Lieutenant and Chief of Flight Ops and Communications on board Behemoth Station. She’s in charge of the routing of all incoming and outgoing ships and communications. It’s a demanding, hectic job, but hardly exciting. Other than the infrequent collision and fights between Hull Technicians, her only excitement during her last twenty years in Fleet has been for her to somehow become the target of the Baran Igashu’s desire. She doesn’t know how it happened, but every new post she works, the Pilot shows up within a week and starts making regular visits, content to party with her and her friends, yet never failing to ask her out separately. Maybe he just takes in a lot of territory. But she’s a career officer. She doesn’t have time for some playboy pilot who’s just looking for a quick port call and will be gone by sunrise. Things really begin to get weird when the Dreadnaught Barracuda enters port under command of the most famous Admiral in Fleet, Admiral Patrick Nas, and Penelope is immediately promoted to Lt. Commander and handpicked as XO of the Flagship of Fleet. Still reeling from the suddenness of the promotion, she’s even more shocked when the entire Frontier is put on Full Alert in the middle of her first date with Baran Igashu. Not a good start at all. The pair is forced to split up, Baran sailing off into the unknown, while Penelope and the Barracuda begin to muster the troops and prepare for a defense from…no one knows what.
While Baran and his team explore the Frontier, Chris and the Chiefs mobilize Fleet and the Politicians try to overcome their fear and hesitance in the face of incomprehensible date regarding what they know in their hearts is something very bad. Nas and Penelope take the Barracuda to the most likely target to be hit, based on Intel projections, but no one really knows what to expect. And, as the alliance finally awakens from its slumber, there is another problem that confronts the top officials. Many of the top retired Fleet officers have disappeared without a trace and many Alliance resources are reported missing.
Storm on the Frontier is hard to classify. It is space opera, but also has elements of the techno-thriller, military sci-fi, romance, humor and even some socio-political expounding. There are numerous characters and multiple plot-lines all centering around the original mystery, but once the mystery is solved, the adventure really begins.
Now that I'm mostly done writing, I can finally get back to reading. Hope to see you out on the boards to find some new books to refill my head with tales of the stars and future worlds.
October 2nd, 2012, 03:05 PM #2
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Now that Part 2 is out on kindle, I've dropped the price on part one to $2.99. Thanks to those of you who've already purchased the book. I hope you enjoyed it.
Storm on the Frontier-Part Two (The Demonstar Series)