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My friends at Ranger Up Military and MMA Apparel are starting a crowdfunding campaign to help locate, train, and fund the next veteran entrepreneur. The entire campaign will be documented on Ranger Up’s YouTube channel. Please consider helping out.


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Book Review: The First Bayonet

So, I finally got around to my friend Steven Hildreth’s first novel, The First Bayonet.  I’ve got to say, it’s a good read.  Not as kinetic as some of them out there, but it’s tense, well-researched, and the fights that are in it are pretty well done.

Ben Williams is former Delta turned contractor, who gets a contract to extract a dissident from an Egyptian prison.  The book is set in 2006, before the recent revolution and ensuing unrest in Egypt, so the antagonists are part of Mubarak’s security apparatus.  Hildreth doesn’t shy away from the Egyptian military’s human rights record, and though the Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t make an appearance, it illustrates a good deal of why so many students rose up in 2012.

Williams infiltrates the prison, where we get to see some of the more egregious brutality of the Egyptian authorities.  As Williams plans and executes his breakout, Egyptian security types start to die, and the book turns into a personal contest between Williams and the Egyptian officer who is hunting him.

There’s a lot of good stuff in this book, and Hildreth’s definitely a promising author.  What cons there are are nitpicks, nothing more.  Overall, a solid first effort, and I’m expecting some good stuff to come from Steven in the future.

You can buy the book here.

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The First Shipment of Gear Is In

The First Shipment of Gear Is In

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It’s Alive!

Well, sort of.  Amazon is still being a little screwy; the Kindle version isn’t showing up on searches or my author page, though it was there last night.  But, you can now order A Silver Cross and a Winchester, even though the system is being a little jankety at the moment.

Paperback is here: http://www.amazon.com/Silver-Cross-Winchester-Peter-Nealen/dp/1492834009/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1383153465&sr=8-5&keywords=peter+nealen

Kindle is here: http://www.amazon.com/Silver-Cross-Winchester-Peter-Nealen-ebook/dp/B00GAAQE2C/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1383105199&sr=8-6&keywords=peter+nealen

It is on Smashwords, and is pending review for the Premium catalog.  Once it clears that, it’ll be on Nook and Apple in a few weeks.

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Look What I’ve Got Here…

Look What I've Got Here...

Here’s the final proof for A Silver Cross and a Winchester. It should be available on Amazon shortly…

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Book Review: Swords of Exodus

I’ve been waiting for this book ever since I first finished Dead Six.  If you haven’t read Dead Six, go do so.  Now.  I’ll wait.

Pretty badass, isn’t it?  Well, Swords of Exodus ratchets things up a notch.

It has been about a year since Dead Six came to a close.  Lorenzo gets pulled out of retirement, first to rescue Valentine from a black site prison (where Val is getting his mind screwed with even more than usual), then to rescue his brother Bob from Sala Jihan, the Pale Man.  Things do not go according to plan.

The action is, in places, even more intense than in Dead Six.  There are full-bore, company-level assaults going on in this book.  Both Larry and Mike know their weapons handling, and the tactics are depicted well.  Mike’s an EOD tech and a combat vet, and while Larry may not have been military, he’s been immersed in the gun culture for a long, long, time, and has a lot of friends who have worn the green at some point.

The book is more than a series of firefights, of course.  Val is, if anything, even more messed up than he was before, and is having a hard time finding a reason to keep living.  Lorenzo is as bad-tempered as ever, and dealing with the fact that he’s been out of the game for over a year, and is having to get his feet under him on the fly.  A lot of consequences are also carrying over from events (and killings) in Dead Six.

The book is definitely a middle book of the trilogy.  It ends on a hell of a cliffhanger, leaving me asking I’ve got to wait how long for Project Blue?

Larry has said before that he doesn’t care for a lot of “thrillers” out there.  I can’t say I disagree with him; most of the mainstream thrillers today I find boring, and there’s a reason I set out to write my own.  Swords of Exodus definitely isn’t a mainstream thriller.  Neither Val nor Lorenzo fit the general cliche of the thriller hero, and things are definitely more intense and more unpredictable than your average action/spy novel on the shelves today.

There’s also something else…there is the strong suggestion (though only a suggestion) that there’s something…uncanny going on in the depths of Sala Jihan’s fortress.  As someone pointed out, this is in keeping with some of the classics of pulp action/adventure, such as the Fu Manchu stories, or The Shadow.  Whether there is actually anything supernatural/unworldly involved…well, the official word from the authors is “neither confirm nor deny.”  So, see what you think when you read it.

I’ll admit to being a fan of Larry’s ever since Monster Hunter International.  In fact, Jeff Stone’s teammate Larry in the American Praetorians books is based (albeit superficially) on Larry Correia.  Mike Kupari is coming along as Larry’s equal, and has just signed for a solo writing project with Baen.  They’re both badass writers, and Swords of Exodus is a great example of what they can put out.  It’s available here.

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We Have A Cover

We Have A Cover

The front cover for “A Silver Cross and a Winchester.”

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