SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY

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CASTLE BRAVE

Hawkings Austin

Castle_Brave_3DComing August 16, 2022.

The Vani Army’s Special Forces Forward Division has one job. They get behind enemy lines and do unto them First and Hardest. The SSFD are the lurking monsters that make enemy soldiers fear the dark. Infiltrate, Assassinate, Extract. They never deal with civilians. This mission, they’ve got a civilian target and a civilian advisor. They aren’t behind enemy lines and planning has been rushed. As the screwups mount, it looks like they should turn around and head back to base. But, there is a greater purpose. Somehow, the future has been changed. The Vanir were winning this war. Now the psychics are seeing Dragons in the sky, armies buried by ancient weapons, and cities burning. This time, the SSFD can’t be the shadows in the dark, they’ll have to be the heroes.

 

WHITE OPS (White Ops #1)

 

Declan Finn 

1636940981The Pharmakoi rampaged across dozens of star systems, taking on the toughest races in the Galaxy in their campaign of conquest. But they are only the beginning. Sean Patrick Ryan sees that another race is behind the Pharmakoi expansion; a race that wants to test our galaxy for weakness, and who needs to be eliminated from within. To fight the enemy in the shadows, Sean will put together a strike team to light up the darkness— with nukes if necessary. They will get the job done at any cost. They will be White Ops.

 

POLITICS KILLS (White Ops #2)

Declan Finn

1636941075Sean Patrick Ryan’s White Ops team has taken on impossible odds and walked away unscathed. But when Earth President Douglas Wills turns Earth into a prison camp, they will fight an entire planet to save their loved ones. Along the way, they must unite hundreds of alien races against the looming threat from another galaxy and recruit allies that can only be reached through hyperspace filled with hostile space jihadis. War may be Hell, but politics may kill them first.

 

MAIN STREET D.O.A. (White Ops #3)

Declan Finn

1656901135Sean Patrick Ryan’s White Ops team has survived two wars, pirates, a cannibalistic alien horde from another galaxy, space jihadis, and political maneuvering. Their boss thinks they deserve a break and sends them to the “happiest place in the galaxy.” Luckily for Sean, terrorists take over the amusement planet before he can lose his mind. To stop the terrorists, White Ops will have to battle a weaponized planet, including cloned dinosaurs, giant sharks, animatronic amusements and a doomsday device that will destroy the planet. And when the deadliest assassin alive joins the fray, whose side will he be on?

The Thing From HR (Cthulhu Amalgamated #1)

(Sept. 20, 2022)

TTFHR_3DWhat’s a nice Shoggoth like him doing in a dump like this?

Narg was content working as a Damnation Services-10 in HR. Sure, he was related to one of the Elder Gods, but a little nepotism never hurt any Thing. His life was just wailing and gibbering, right up until his Uncle needed a small favor from his nephew.

All Narg had to do was go down among the humans…and pretend to be one of them.

These are not your Grandfather’s tales of Eldritch Horror: this is the untold story of the ghastly, unappreciated (and entirely expendable) minor monstrosities that support the Inscrutable Plans Of Dark Gods And Elder Things Beyond The Knowledge Of Men.

The Cthulhu, Amalgamated series is a comic romp full of action and mystery, including, of course, Sanity-Shattering Horror––and that’s just the paperwork. Even H.P. could not conceive of the Corporate Terrors that await The Thing from HR.

The Auditors Of Doom (Cthulhu Amalgamated #2)

(Oct. 4, 2022)

Auditors_3DTHE MISADVENTURE CONTINUES!

After his travels Down Among the Humans, our unsung every-Thing Shoggoth is back in the office, where first he has to elude the gooey clutches of the Auditors of Doom. After one of Narg’s wayward HR client warns him that something terrible is happening back on his home planet, our hero decides to investigate the rumour for Itself. Thus begins a journey to a land far stranger than the Earth Narg knew: a place called Texas!

The Breakroom Of A Thousand Nightmares (Cthulhu Amalgamated #3)

(Oct. 25, 2022)

BREAKROOM_3DJust back from another thrilling adventure down among the Hairless Apes, our every-Thing hero Narg faces the most terrifying corporate challenge yet: a promotion!

Reporting directly to The Blithering Excrescence From Beyond The Stars (aka, his Uncle Beefbits), he and Murph find themselves getting down with the Humans again. But what do G-men, CERN, and small grey aliens have to do with the Amalgamation?

Discover the truth in The Breakroom of a Thousand Nightmares, Book Three of the Escapade Fantastique that is the Cthulhu, Amalgamated series.

GALEN’S WAY – A Starquest 4th Age Adventure

(Starquest 4th Age #1)

Richard Paolinelli

GALENS_WAY_HCMillions of years in the future, humanity has been driven out of the Milky Way and now calls the Andromeda Galaxy home. Lost in their murky past are the tales of great knights that held the line against the invasion of a dark force until the rest of humanity could escape their doom. The last and greatest of these knights was Galen Underwood. Long after that heroic stand, a mercenary by the name of Galen Dwyn has been hired to rescue a kidnapped princess. Enticed by a healthy down payment and a chance to settle an old score, Galen accepts the job, only to find out it’s a lot more than he bargained for. Soon Galen finds himself weaving and dodging through a web of political intrigue as the very forces that chase him have set in motion plans that will throw the galactic alliance into civil war. To his surprise, he also finds that the rescued princess might not be quite the spoiled brat he rescued from the clutches of her keeper. Accompanied by the princess, his former mentor, and a snarky AI, Galen sets out to find a way to outsmart entire kingdoms, keep the princess alive, and avert the deaths of millions. Of course, he’ll also learn the reasons behind his namesake’s chosen path, as he realizes that the only way to win is Galen’s Way.

GALEN’S BLADE, A Starquest 4th Age Adventure

(Starquest 4th Age #2)

Richard Paolinelli

1650135682The journey of Galen Dwyn continues in the second book of the Starquest 4th Age series. While Dwyn lies in stasis, recovering from his injuries in his stand against Harmool’s fleet, Rhea has assumed the title of Regent of Salacia while leading the search for her missing father, King Iodocus. She is also helping repair the damage done to the Alliance in her Uncle’s and Mother’s mad quest to launch a new Empire. A shocking assassination attempt is thwarted at the last second by Dwyn, who seems to be a changed man now that he has exited stasis to save his love. The King’s location is ascertained and a rescue mission mounted to retrieve him from the Wilds, a lawless area of space. An ambush splits their forces and Dwyn leads the ambushers away so that Rhea and her father can escape. Before Dwyn can find a way back to Alliance territory, an old enemy returns from the grave, and hold Rhea and the King hostage, while triggering a massive insurrection that overthrows the Alliance and installs a new Emperor. Dwyn must now mount a second rescue while finding a way to rally a rebellion against this threat to peace in the Hominids’ corner of the Andromeda Galaxy.

 

ESCAPING INFINITY (Infinity #1)

Richard Paolinelli 

1556905159“As we crossed the threshold the temperature difference between the air outside and the building we were entering was slight. But for some reason I felt a harsh, icy shiver travel the length of my spine.” Lost on a dark desert highway, Pete Childress just wanted a good night’s sleep. Now he must find a way back out of a hotel with no exits and where tomorrow never comes. Worse yet, the fate of a ruined world, and the future of all humanity, hangs in the balance. Working with the lovely, yet mysterious, Hotel Desk Clerk, Liz, and under the ever-watchful eyes of the hotel manager, Pete explores the many mysteries that lay within the walls of The Infinity seeking the answer to the mystery and the way back to the outside world.

EXPLORING INFINITY (Infinity #2)

Edited By Richard Paolinelli

1609096937A collection of stories by nine authors based on The Infinity Hotel from the 2017 Dragon Award Finalist for Best Sci-Fi Novel, Escaping Infinity. These eight stories explore some of the other “guests” collected by The Infinity, as well as others who encountered the mysterious hotel but did not enter. Some of history’s most memorable fictional characters – including Sherlock Holmes and the answer to that one case Dr. Watson wrote about but never published, the true fate of Ichabod Crane and what really inspired a certain storyteller of the Arabian Nights – who will all cross paths with The Infinity. This second book also helps set the stage for the next book in the series, Expanding Infinity, due out in 2022 and reveals one terrifying mystery regarding our universe. After all, escaping The Infinity was just the beginning of the adventure!

MAELSTROM

Richard Paolinelli 

1585367776Steve Collins was just trying to save the world from the next killer asteroid. He wound up killing over seven billion people instead. A century later, he’s now the only hope to save the surviving one million humans left alive in the entire universe. Because waiting behind a shield that is slowly exterminating the human race, is a madman hellbent on enslaving what remains of it.

 

WHEN THE GODS FELL

Richard Paolinelli 

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For over 65 million years one woman has waited, a lone sentinel on Mars, to tell the story of Olympus. Now that humanity has landed on the red planet, she can finally tell them the true story. Of Zeus, ruler of Olympus, of how he was betrayed, what that betrayal meant for her world and the true origins of the people of Earth.

 

ST. TOMMY NYPD SERIES

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HELL SPAWN (ST. TOMMY NYPD #1)

Hell_Spawn_3DMy name is Officer Thomas Nolan, and I am a saint. I can smell evil. I show mercy to the lesser criminals – the desperate. Even those I’ve put behind bars seem to like me. But now there’s a serial killer bringing darkness beyond imagination to my city. I can smell his stench a mile away. But how can I prove it? How do you do forensics on a killer possessed by a demon?

 

DEATH CULT (ST. TOMMY NYPD #2)

Death_Cult_3DAll saints are dead. Detective Tommy Nolan is no stranger to bizarre events. After all, he’s a New York cop. And after the demon, he thought he’d seen it all. When home invaders threaten his family, he was prepared to take it as a risk of the job. When it turns out the intruders were covered in the mark of the demon, he knew the trouble was just beginning. Now, it’s a race against time as the cult who raised the demon take their revenge. They know that Tommy is not yet a saint. Because all saints are dead.

 

INFERNAL AFFAIRS (ST. TOMMY NYPD #3)

Infernal_Affairs_3DDetective Tommy Nolan is having a bad day. First, the celebrant was murdered during mass. Then the SWAT team knocked down his door trying to kill him. With a million dollar bounty on his head, every gunman and demonic monster is coming out of the pit to collect it. Tommy has to discover who’s out to make him a martyr before he becomes a saint for real.

 

CITY OF SHADOWS (ST. TOMMY NYPD #4)

City_Of_Shadows_3DLondon is alive with the sound of shadows. When Tommy Nolan was sent abroad to avoid being made a saint too soon, he thought he’d be a glorified tourist. But when an impossible prehistoric artifact the Vatican is looking at is stolen from the British Museum, they do the first thing that comes to mind — they call the cops. But Tommy is soon convinced that the artifact is more than it seems. The crime scene looks like a war zone. The owners of the stolen merchandise eye him with suspicion. His new partner has a shady, mysterious past. The police are ready to arrest him. The city itself seems primed to explode. Worst of all, the darkness itself is closing in on Tommy, the city, and everyone who lives there. But Tommy isn’t one to curse the darkness. The darkness curses him.

CRUSADER (ST. TOMMY NYPD #5)

Crusader_3DStill working abroad, Detective Tommy Nolan has a hot tip that leads him to Germany. Women and children are disappearing from Catholic Bavaria. The local police have their hands tied. Tommy is the last hope for answers. Yet again, Tommy is in over his head. What starts as a sex trafficking ring turns into a terrorist conspiracy to unleash Hell on Europe. To stop it, Tommy must fight Nazi vampires, terrorists, and a swarm of succubi who want him as their next meal. Tommy has always crusaded for justice. But now he might be on his last crusade.

DEUS VULT (ST. TOMMY NYPD #6)

Deus_Vult_3DGod wills it. A Saint must find a way. All Tommy Nolan wants is some peace to enjoy his family. He’s been to hell and back, and now he needs a break. But evil doesn’t need to take a breather, and now the Vatican is back on his doorstep asking for help. A nearby monastery has been desecrated and the exorcist monks murdered in the most brutal ways imaginable. A legion of demons is gathering for something big, and Tommy’s the saint they need to help. An old enemy is the ally he needs, but can Tommy trust him? Can they track down all of the demons in time? And what does the Necronomicon have to do with it all?

COVEN (ST. TOMMY NYPD #7)

Coven_3DDetective Thomas Nolan has finally returned home. In typical police fashion, he is welcomed home with a murder case and gunfire. After one arrest goes spectacularly wrong, Tommy is assigned another case and another dead body. But everything goes wrong from the start of the case. The deceased is a member of a nearby military base, and no one wants to answer his questions. A local bodega gives him mind-splitting headaches. Worst of all, someone is after his children. To make matters worse — Tommy no longer has his charisms.

HUSSAR (ST. TOMMY NYPD #8)

Hussar_3DDetective Tommy Nolan NYPD is no longer a detective. In fact, three years after the events of Coven, Nolan has actually been promoted to Lieutenant. That means that life has been much less exciting for a while. Rather than walking the streets and getting shot at by everything from street gangs to reanimated zombies, Nolan now spends more time at his desk, keeping the department together, making sure procedures are followed and ensuring that internal affairs investigations are conducted as they should be. While Tommy is normally more of a hands-on person, the slower life agrees with him since he’s over the hill now and has started to feel age creeping up on him. Put that together with the fact that his oldest son Jeremy and his not-officially-adopted daughter Lena are in Europe to visit an old friend, and things are as calm as they could be. For now.

DESTINY (ST. TOMMY NYPD #9)

Destiny_3DWhen Heathen terrorists try to slaughter him and his family while on vacation in Rome, NYPD Lieutenant Thomas Nolan must call upon every trick he knows to send the terrorist leader back to Hell.

 

LIGHTBRINGER (ST. TOMMY NYPD #10)

Lightbringer_3DComing July 19, 2022. When a director’s daughter overdoses, that’s one thing. When she comes back as a zombie, that’s a mission for NYPD Lt. Tommy Nolan and his new Joint Supernatural Taskforce. But when he comes up against a conspiracy that goes back centuries, Tommy will need an army of light to fight off the darkness.

 

DARK WEB (ST. TOMMY NYPD #11)

Dark_Web_3DComing August 30, 2022. When a Christian internet celebrity is kidnapped, Tommy Nolan must team up with a ghost from his past in order to battle the horrors lurking in the Dark Web, including a drug dealer peddling supernatural powders, Chinese nationals wielding supernatural weapons, and a Private Military Contractor staffed with witches. No worries, just another day in the life of a living Saint.

 

BLUE SAINT (ST. TOMMY NYPD #12)

Blue_Saint_3DComing October 11, 2022. When his local church is destroyed by supernatural means, NYPD Lt Tommy Nolan finds himself besieged by old enemies hellbent on revenge. This time, Hell will see Nolan dead, whatever the cost, and destroy his city with him. What will Nolan risk to stop the coming onslaught?

 

NOVELLAS

 

LUPUS DEI (A St. Tommy NYPD Short)

Declan Finn

Lupus_Dei_3DFor his own good, Detective Thomas Nolan has been sent abroad as part of the NYPD intelligence division. But when Nolan awakes in the middle of the Italian wilderness, stripped naked and hunted by witches, he might find it safer back in New York. These witches want to hunt the most dangerous game, but this one may be the most dangerous of all.

 

THE TIMELESS (Timeless #1)

Richard Paolinelli and Gibson Buffa

1564615507Earth’s Past Is Under Attack! In the far distant future, with the galaxy locked in an area of dark space where electronics will not work, Little John Singapore sits in a prison cell on Pluto awaiting execution. Singapore is the First Mate of the pirate ship, the Timeless. As he awaits his fate he agrees to tell a young author one story each day about his ship and his Captain, Rock Congo. Singapore tells how the Governor of the Sol system Garabaldi enlisted the ship and her crew to pursue interstellar thief Duchess Moran. She has stolen the Amulet of Geraint, allowing her to travel through time at will, and she plans to use it to end humanity in its past.

SECRET OF THE SPHINX (Timeless #2)

Richard Paolinelli and Gibson Buffa

1564615760Interstellar thief Duchess Moran continues her assault on Earth’s history. This time she travels back to ancient Egypt in search of a deadly secret: A gem that can raise an army of the undead to wipe out every living creature on the face of the Earth. But to find the stone, she must first locate a scroll hidden away deep within the Sphinx.Captain Rock Congo, his First Mate Little John Singapore and the crew of the Timeless remain hot on her trail through time and space. From the Library at Alexandria during Caesar’s siege of the city to the construction of the Sphinx and even further back as the legendary architect Imhotep tries to steer his Pharoah, Djoser, from disaster.

THE FALL OF DENVER

Richard Paolinelli

Fall_Of_Denver_3DThe Fall of Denver takes place simultaneously with the events unfolding in England during H.G. Wells’, War of the Worlds. Doubtless, even as England was being invaded, so were all the other countries around the globe. In this story we will find out how the invasion of the United States plays out in general, and how it affects the men, and their families, stationed at a U.S. Army Fort near Denver, Colorado. For Major Daniel Wayne, an arrow in his knee has ended his career in the U.S. Army. Shortly after he arrives at Fort Logan outside of Denver, Colorado to hand in his retirement papers, word is received of an extra-worldly invasion of England. Before he and the Fort’s commander can begin to process this information, the first Martian cylinder lands to the east of Denver. Wayne is entrusted with the safety of the civilians at the Fort and in the surrounding area, taking them to the safety of the nearby Front Range even as the battle to defend Denver rages behind them. Wayne must keep the trust of his fellow officers to keep their families safe, and confronts the ghosts of his own past, even as he longs to join the battle.