Monday, May 8, 2017

Army of The Nameless, Final Update (5/8)

Army of The Nameless is done! It needs one more read through but that's nothing. The book will be available for purchase next Tuesday, May 16th! Of course, if you want to save a few dollars, you'll pick it up (or download it) for it's pre-order price of $4.99. Links for it, and it's older bother, Children of The Forgotten, available below.

Children of The Forgotten (Kindle)

Children of The Forgotten (Print)

The Vrilkist, an advanced alien race bent on galactic conquest and annihilation, has been eating away at the borders of The Imperial Confederation of Ertho—an empire already plagued by rebel and separatists factions—in an ongoing war. The three-front conflict has left the empire short on fighters and material while the Vrilkist, in contrast, appear to have unlimited resources and firepower. 

Desperate, the empire gathers everything it has to launch a last ditch assault on the enemy. Success will buy the empire time to regroup and restock; failure will mean the end of everything. Cornelius Coleman, student, pugilist, loner, soon becomes a reluctant player within the larger scheme when he is conscripted to fight in the imperial forces. His journey will begin on Old Earth, but it will end very far away.

Army of The Nameless

The war continues…
It’s been three standard years since The Battle of Bloody Eye and the Vrilkist War has ground to a stalemate.

While The Imperial Confederation of Ertho readies for the long awaited counterstrike, The Black Lions are delegated to hunting down stray separatists in an effort to bring the agitators to justice, but these elite soldiers are eager to return to the “real” war against the Vrilkist.

This holds especially true for Captain Coleman, whose hatred for the Vrilkist is tempered by the guilt he feels over the loss of Sabrina and his fallen comrades. Even so, the war has already taken a heavy toll on him physically and mentally, and he finds himself questioning how much more he can take.
The future of the universe balances on the razor’s edge, and gale force winds are gathering in the distance.

And now for a little background funzies. I always like to hear about the development details behind a book or movie, so this is for those who like the same.

I started taking notes on what was then called "Coleman's War" back in 2013-14. I wanted to write a straight up war novel. Nothing fancy, no frills but plenty of thrills. I wanted it to be action-packed; to show what life is like in the "trenches" for those dying and killing in the name of one cause or another. I've been a student of the military all my life. I've read tens of millions of words on the subject, both fiction and non, and every genre in between. I've seen all the movies, all the documentaries, all the videos on Youtube. I even did a brief stint in the Army in the late '90s. So I have plenty of experience in which to write such a novel.

Specifically,  I wanted to write a military science-fiction novel set 3,000 yrs in the future and I wanted it to be "realistic". While I was taking notes I was also researching to death everything I wanted to put in the novel. If it couldn't be done in real life, it didn't make it in. I had to think about how much Earth and its people would've changed in 3,000 years. It wasn't easy. As far as technology goes, humans advance rather quickly, then have to evolve themselves before such technology can mesh seamlessly into our way of life.

When I was born in the late '70's we had UHF TVs, Rotary phones attached to cords,  the internet existed only to the government and big companies, VCR's were high-tech machines, and the first space shuttle hadn't even taken off yet. In the thirty+ years since, we've landed machines on other planets, comets, and asteroids, cell phones are more powerful than most stock desktops, and drones are delivering goods. It's not the Jetsons yet, but that's because humans still need to catch up to their inventions.

I took all this and wondered for many hours what a 3,000 year difference would look like. So the notes grew and with it the frills found their way into the story, along with the bells and whistles. My scope widened. I stared deep into the past and then far into the future and, from there, I spun a tale that would become a trilogy. Coleman's War became The New Empire Trilogy and Children of The Forgotten became the first installment.

True to my wishes I kept Children action-packed with a dusting of rich story and sprinkled with hints at the larger story to come.

Army of The Nameless is Children on steroids, as far as action goes, but infused with a massive does of story driven awesomeness. Things that were hinted at in Children are revealed more in Army. Even so, some of the mysteries spawned in Children deepen further in Army, to be finally revealed in Book 3. Though more clues will be uncovered in The Companion, coming May 2018. If nothing else, Jason J Sergi will be remembered for having never written a simple tale, even though he tried.

And that's the bare bones story of The New Empire Trilogy.

Now, after the final read, I'll take a break for a day or two then get busy on the next set of projects. I'll drop another line next Tuesday when Army is officially out.

Keep reading! I love you all! 

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