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Now on Kindle Unlimited

Posted by Gilbert Stack on September 29, 2020 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm excited to announce that just in time for Occultober, the following novels, stories, and collections are now available on Kindle Unlimited:

The Preternatural Series:

1 The Devil's Caverns

2 Blood


The Pembroke Steel Series:

1 Lazarus Key

2 Hearts of Ice and Other Stories

3 The Shore and Other Stories


Other Urban Fantasy Novels:

Blood Ties

High Above the Waters


Plus:

Forever After

Panic Button

Pandora's Luck

Pandora's Defense

Ransom


The Jungles of Ekángá--A Legionnaire Prequel Now Available for Pre-Order

Posted by Gilbert Stack on September 25, 2020 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

There's just a few days left to take advantage of the pre-order sale for The Jungles of Ekángá.


25% off if pre-ordered by October 1. Long before Prefect Marcus Venandus directed the defense of the Jeweled Hills, Green Vigil Marcus led his first command into the treacherous jungles of Ekángá. As if the jungle itself wasn’t deadly enough, native warriors and shamans strike from its shadows with magic, spear and dart, while the forcibly transplanted Graeci population seethes with unrest in the supposedly civilized regions of the province. Deep in the jungle, young Marcus is about to discover how little lycee combat exercises have to do with surviving the Jungles of Ekángá.

Occultober is Coming!

Posted by Gilbert Stack on September 25, 2020 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

It’s almost here! Occultober is coming! Just six more days before I begin to introduce you to 31 awesome spooky stories from some of the best authors in the business. Many of those authors will be checking in on my Facebook Author page to talk about their works and forthcoming projects and would be happy to answer your questions. So, if you’re interested in discovering some great stories perfect for the spookiest season of the year, tune in for Occultober this October.

Here's the link to my Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/GilbertStackAuthor/ ;

Review: Stuck by Chris Grabenstein

Posted by Gilbert Stack on September 1, 2020 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Stuck by Chris Grabenstein

Stuck is a delightful, fully dramatized, story built with a twist on the Ground Hog’s Day theme. Jackson is an eleven-year-old fifth grader who is afraid to advance to middle school where a bully promises to make his sixth-grade-year hell. So, he makes a wish to stay in fifth grade and magically it happens—while the rest of his world advances one year further, leaving him behind.

 

At first, Jackson is pretty pleased with what’s going on, except that at the end of his second run through fifth grade, the clock resets for him again and he has to do it a third time. This run through he’s accompanied by a girl who is going through the same experience. Jackson is a pretty headstrong young man who really enjoys shining, so the first several times he goes through the fifth grade, he’s actually pretty happy with himself, excelling in school, getting better and better in sports and music, and generally being a cocky young man. But eventually, having his little sister get older than him, and losing track of his friends starts to beat him down and he begins to look for a way to start growing up again

 

Grabenstein does a great job of showing the emotional growth in Jackson as he slowly progresses from being totally self-centered person to a great young man who is truly concerned with other people and this brings me to my one serious complaint about the story. The eventual solution to Jackson’s problem erases all the character growth he has made in ten years as a fifth grader and for me, that destroyed the entire point of the story. In the original Ground Hog’s Day, Bill Murray was only freed from his calendar-trap when he emotionally grew up and the audience knows he’s going to keep being the great person he has become. But Jackson forgets his ten years of fifth grade and so the superb young man he has become disappears making the whole tale sort of pointless—although it was still a lot of fun getting there.

 

Review: Flesh Eaters by Rachel Ford, Sarah Ford, and Judah Ford

Posted by Gilbert Stack on August 23, 2020 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Flesh Eaters by Rachel Ford, Sarah Ford and Judah Ford

I’ve enjoyed Rachel Ford’s Time Traveling Tax Man series and was happy to give this new series a try. It’s very different than the other one, but doesn’t disappoint. In Flesh Eaters, the Fords focus on a covert military mission to a world belonging to terrorist flesh eaters to recover a secret weapon the terrorists had been developing to use against the Empire. This weapon is so powerful that the flesh eaters accidentally ravaged their own world with it destroying Empire civilian diplomats in the process. Now the Empire has deemed it a top priority to destroy that weapon before it can be turned on other planets.

 

The military team is well drawn and it is certainly exciting as they get whittled down trying to carry out their mission. The Empire they serve sounds extremely authoritarian which builds some sympathy for the terrorists even as the authors keep us worried about the soldiers. As so often happens in this style of book, everything goes to hell and hidden agendas begin to appear, which adds substantially to the tension of the novel. The final chapter was worth reading the whole book for—but I can’t tell you about it without spoiling the entire novel. I look forward to finding out what the Fords have in store for our heroes next.

If you liked this review, you can find more at www.gilbertstack.com/reviews.

 

Review: I, Cunningham by Benoit Goudreault-Emond

Posted by Gilbert Stack on August 11, 2020 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (1)

I, Cunningham by Benoit Goudreault-Emond

Gordon Cunningham died in a climbing accident in the twenty-second century, so he’s quite surprised to wake up five hundred years later in a robot body in a struggling colony in a distant solar system—only struggling is far too kind a word to describe the problems Gordon finds. The station AI and the station government are engaged in a sort of cold war with each other. At least two factions of the station population hate each other’s guts. There are intense frictions between basic humans and a genetically modified group. Oh, and the colony on the planet doesn’t get along with the station either. And that’s before you get into the rebels, religious cults, and illegal settlements that make Gordon’s new life even more difficult—because each faction wants to manipulate him into helping to bring about their personal vision of the perfect future for the colony. And if that isn’t bad enough, if Gordon can’t figure out what’s really going on, human life may die out in this future colony.

 

This is an impressive first novel with a couple of nicely interwoven mysteries fueling the action, but don’t stop when you finish the story. There’s a very nice afterword in which Goudreault-Emond discusses the influences that led him to write the book. It’s enjoyable all around.

 

I received this book free from Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review.

 

If you liked this review, you can find more at www.gilbertstack.com/reviews.

 


 

Pre-Order Fog of War for 25% Off

Posted by Gilbert Stack on August 3, 2020 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

It's not too late to get my new Legionnaire novel, Fog of War, 25% off as a pre-order. The sale ends when the book releases on Thursday, August 6. Here's the blurb:

 

Despite their impressive victories in the north, Prefect Marcus and the Black Hat Legion stand alone against the full might of Diamonte and Aquamarina. With their home city under siege and the cowardly Lord Totila refusing to lead his host out from behind the walls of Centinela, it falls once again to Marcus to protect his adopted homeland by himself. His only hope is to thread the needle, maneuvering his legion across enemy-occupied Amatista to the one location that might enable him to recapture the initiative in this war. It’s a risky gamble. With multiple armies afield and none of them knowing where the others are, the fate of Amatista will depend on Marcus’ ability to navigate the Fog of War.

Ten Thousand Sales

Posted by Gilbert Stack on July 30, 2020 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Today I made my ten thousandth sale of a self-published book. It’s a milestone I dreamed about when I first ventured into self-publishing, but never really expected to reach and certainly not this quickly. So thank you to everyone who has bought one of my books and extra thanks to anyone who has gone that extra mile to review one of my stories, recommend it to a friend, or even to share one of my posts to help others discover my work. I have been blessed.

 

Series:

Legionnaire (military fantasy)

Miss Pandora Parsons (mysteries set in the old west)

Pembroke Steel

Preternatural (urban fantasy)

Winterhaven (fantasy)


 

Independent Novels and Stories:

Blood Ties

Forever After

High Above the Waters

Panic Button

Ransom

What Child Is This?

 

The Jungles of Ekángá--A Legionnaire Prequel Now Available for Pre-Order

Posted by Gilbert Stack on July 20, 2020 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

My new Legionnaire novel, The Jungles of Ekángá, is now available for pre-order. Jungles is part of what may become a prequel series, telling the story of Marcus’ first command, when he is fresh out of the lycee and lacking the critical experience that will make him the man he is in the main Legionnaire series. Like the main books, the focus is on the problems of command and the difference a well-trained, highly-disciplined military unit can make, but the tone is spookier, dipping into the horror genre as Marcus comes face to face with some of the darker aspects of magic on the southern borders of the Aquilan empire.

 

Here’s the blurb:

 

25% off if pre-ordered by October 1. Long before Prefect Marcus Venandus directed the defense of the Jeweled Hills, Green Vigil Marcus led his first command into the treacherous jungles of Ekángá. As if the jungle itself wasn’t deadly enough, native warriors and shamans strike from its shadows with magic, spear and dart, while the forcibly transplanted Graeci population seethes with unrest in the supposedly civilized regions of the province. Deep in the jungle, young Marcus is about to discover how little lycee combat exercises have to do with surviving the Jungles of Ekángá.


 

Review: Camp Lenape by Timothy R. Baldwin

Posted by Gilbert Stack on July 16, 2020 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Camp Lenape by Timothy R. Baldwin

The adults at Camp Lenape are hiding something, but they can’t get their lies straight. Now a little girl’s life just might depend on four young junior counselors having the brains and the courage to get to the bottom of what’s going on at Camp Lenape.

 

This is a short, fast moving, story, with a cast of credible teenagers doing believable things. The mystery is solid and the detection process worked for me. Baldwin also spends a lot of time establishing the teens, their relationships to each other and the adults, and the camp setting. Early on, I felt that there was a little too much of this, but by the end of the story, I realized how important the early chapters were to the climax of the tale. If you like a quick mystery, you’ll enjoy Camp Lenape.

 

I received this book free from Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.

 

If you liked this review, you can find more at www.gilbertstack.com/reviews.

 


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