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The Hunt for Vulcan by Thomas Levenson

Posted by Gilbert Stack on September 10, 2022 at 7:30 AM

The Hunt for Vulcan by Thomas Levenson

This is an interesting book, telling a story about astronomy that I had never heard before. It starts with Isaac Newton’s Theory of Gravity and goes on to show how it led to the discovery of Uranus. When Uranus’ orbit didn’t perfectly accord with the expectations Newton’s theory led scientists to predict, that led to the discovery of Neptune. When a similar orbital irregularity was discovered in Mercury, it led to the hypothesis that another planet—called Vulcan—was circling the sun even closer than Mercury was. But no one could find it and eventually Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity explained the irregularity of the orbit without the need for another planet.

 

I didn’t try and follow all the heavy science. I was just interested in the outlines of the hunt. But one thing that did surprise me was how incredibly petty some of these great scientists proved to be. Great men can be very small.

 

25% off The Seduction of Malaquita

Posted by Gilbert Stack on August 18, 2022 at 7:35 AM

It's not too late to get your copy of The Seduction of Malaquita at a 25% discount. Preorder it on Amazon before August 25, 2022.

 

After a long and grueling fight in Angosto Pass, Marcus and his legionnaires finally catch a break. The Diamonte city of Malaquita is not only badly under garrisoned, it has no idea that the legion is on its doorstep. Yet driving out the Gota and capturing the city only creates more problems for the legion. The city is barren of supplies and could easily turn into a deathtrap if Marcus and his men remain to defend it, but if they can hold it through the coming harvests its strategic location will greatly bolster Amatista’s chances in the war. His only hope is to build an alliance with the most influential Gente in the city as he tried and failed to do in Morganita. His one tenuous asset to make this alliance happen is the cousin of the wife of his trusted friend, Senior Mago Efraín Estudioso, who married into the powerful Astrónomo family—but the Astrónomos have a terrible secret of their own that could transform them into Marcus’ vehement enemies. And now Marcus has accidentally spurned the high priest of Madre Tierra, making this one political seduction that seems destined to go very wrong!

 

The Seduction of Malaquita Is Available for Preorder on Amazon

Posted by Gilbert Stack on August 7, 2022 at 7:10 AM

Legionnaire 13 is now available for pre-order on Amazon. If you pre-order before August 25, you will get the book for 25% off the cover price. Here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B8WRMHRL?ref_=pe_3052080_276849420

 

And here's the book blurb:

 

After a long and grueling fight in Angosto Pass, Marcus and his legionnaires finally catch a break. The Diamonte city of Malaquita is not only badly under garrisoned, it has no idea that the legion is on its doorstep. Yet driving out the Gota and capturing the city only creates more problems for the legion. The city is barren of supplies and could easily turn into a deathtrap if Marcus and his men remain to defend it, but if they can hold it through the coming harvests its strategic location will greatly bolster Amatista’s chances in the war. His only hope is to build an alliance with the most influential Gente in the city as he tried and failed to do in Morganita. His one tenuous asset to make this alliance happen is the cousin of the wife of his trusted friend, Senior Mago Efraín Estudioso, who married into the powerful Astrónomo family—but the Astrónomos have a terrible secret of their own that could transform them into Marcus’ vehement enemies. And now Marcus has accidentally spurned the high priest of Madre Tierra, making this one political seduction that seems destined to go very wrong!

The Seduction of Malaquita Cover

Posted by Gilbert Stack on August 4, 2022 at 7:15 AM

Here's the cover to my new Legionnaire novel, The Seduction of Malaquita, coming soon.

Publisher's Blurb for The Seduction of Malaquita

Posted by Gilbert Stack on July 30, 2022 at 7:40 AM

My latest Legionnaire novel, The Seduction of Malaquita, is currently with my beta readers as it comes closer and closer to being ready to be published. In the meantime, I've written the publisher's blurb:

After a long and grueling fight in the Angosto Pass, Marcus and his legionnaires finally catch a break. The Diamonte city of Malaquita is not only badly under garrisoned, it has no idea that the legion is on its doorstep. Yet driving out the Gota and capturing the city only creates more problems for the legion. The city is barren of supplies and could easily turn into a deathtrap if Marcus and his men remain to defend it, but if they can hold it through the coming harvests its strategic location will greatly bolster Amatista’s chances in the war. His only hope is to build an alliance with the most influential Gente in the city as he tried and failed to do in Morganita. His one tenuous asset to make this alliance happen is the cousin of the wife of his trusted friend, Senior Mago Efraín Estudioso, who married into the powerful Astrónomo family—but the Astrónomos have a terrible secret of their own that could transform them into Marcus’ vehement enemies. And now Marcus has accidentally spurned the high priest of Madre Tierra, making this one political seduction that seems destined to go very wrong!

New Legionnaire Novel Will Be Coming Soon

Posted by Gilbert Stack on July 24, 2022 at 8:25 AM

I'm very pleased to report that after far too long a hiatus, I have finished the first draft of the thirteenth Legionnaire novel, The Seduction of Malaquita. Malaquita is a city ruled by Diamonte that is strategically positioned on Diamonte's side of the Angosto Pass where the action was focused in the previous novel. Can Marcus and his legionnaires steal it away from their enemies? I hope you'll be able to find out in September or October.

The Unity Series on Sale for 99 Cents Each

Posted by Gilbert Stack on July 3, 2022 at 11:50 AM

For the month of July, the four books of my The Unity series will be 99 cents apiece on Amazon. The books are:

Fugitive only 99 cents or free on Kindle Unlimited

Prisoner only 99 cents or free on Kindle Unlimited

Bride only 99 cents or free on Kindle Unlimited

Empyreal only 99 cents or free on Kindle Unlimited

 

Here’s what the series is all about:

An arranged marriage bridging two nations that loathe each other…A galaxy tumbling toward galactic recession and war…Jewel doesn’t want to be part of any of this, but she’s still the only person who can possibly avert an apocalypse on a galactic scale.

 

Armenium is the rarest, most valuable, resource in the galaxy, making faster-than-light travel possible. Its only known source is controlled by the militant Hegemony of Armen, a brutal and uncivilized people who maintain their monopoly through blunt force and intimidation. The ultrasophisticated, intensely capitalistic, Cartel Worlds, have built their fortunes refining and distributing the armenium for the Armenites, but the alliance between the two peoples is not a match made in heaven. The two cultures are vastly different, held tenuously together by marriage alliances between the leading Houses of Armen and the mightiest of the Cartels. Now a second source of armenium has been discovered, threatening the tenuous relationship between the two powers as forces within the hegemony fight over the implications of the find for themselves and their pseudo-religious Unity. For the Armenites have a far more intense relationship with the armenium than the rest of the galaxy could possibly understand. Now the future stability of all human space depends upon one young Cartelite woman’s ability to use her arranged marriage to penetrate the mysteries of the Hegemony and find a path that preserves the peace for everyone.

 

I hope you’ll give it a try!

Gilbert M. Stack

 

Will Hahn Is Narrating Flood of War

Posted by Gilbert Stack on May 14, 2022 at 7:55 AM

I am excited to announce that narrator extraordinaire, William L. Hahn, has agreed to record an audio book version of my ninth Legionnaire tale, Flood of War. Will has already recorded books 1-8 and the prequel, Jungles of Ekanga, bringing his exceptional vocal talents to the task of bringing the characters to life. In fact, I hear his voice in my head now as I write new dialogue. Let's hope that Will can find time in his busy schedule to quickly move on to recording the tenth novel, Calidus’ Stand.

A Note on How I Came to Write The Fire Islands

Posted by Gilbert Stack on January 30, 2022 at 11:30 PM

I’ve been reading fantasy novels since at least the sixth grade when my mother bought me The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. That interest led me to pursue degrees in history where I was introduced to many wonderous periods in the human past. Eventually, I began to wonder why most fantasy literature was grounded in something akin to the European Middle Ages and one morning while listening to Mike Duncan’s podcast, The History of Rome, I found myself wondering what a fantasy series based loosely on the Roman Empire might be like.

 

And that’s the birth of my Legionnaire series. My Aquila is not Rome, but it shares a lot with that historical entity—especially its culture, its internal political problems, its border troubles, and of course, its amazing legions. Aquila and its world also differs mightily from Rome in a few regards—most particularly the existence and widespread practice of magic and an empire which includes and abuts places very different than those the Romans actually encountered.

 

My initial ideas for the story revolved around the second and third books in what would become the Legionnaire series. I wrote the first short novel to introduce the characters and the border provinces of Aquila before the story would take me elsewhere. In doing so, I got to play with something you don’t see so much in medieval-based fantasies—the critical importance of well-disciplined soldiers (legionnaires in my case) acting under competent officers and operating in a military tradition with centuries of success behind it. I also got to show what happens when that discipline breaks down due to poor leadership. And I get to do all of this while exploring the culture of my legionnaires and their subjects in The Fire Islands. Throw in some truly monumental magic and a threat worthy of an epic hero and his companions, and you get the kickoff novel of a series I’ve come to love as much as I do any of the great works of this genre.

 

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

 

Just Released: The Unity 3 Bride

Posted by Gilbert Stack on August 19, 2021 at 8:55 PM

The Unity 3 Bride

The third book in my The Unity series is now available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

Jewel's arranged marriage, designed to bring peace and prosperity to the Hegemony of Armen and the Cartelite Worlds, is instead stoking the furnaces of inter-galactic warfare. From the moment of her marriage, the enemies of her Armenite husband—a stern and rigid man she barely knows—seek to use her to prove that the Cartel Worlds are unworthy of an alliance which monopolizes the fuel that makes faster-than-light travel possible. Complicating Jewel’s efforts to protect herself and her people are disturbing changes in her very cell structure—changes she doesn’t want or understand but that place her squarely in the targeting reticle of the Armenite opposition. Jewel finds herself having to use her wits and her lifelong training in negotiation and intrigue to preserve a marriage she never wanted to be part of in order to prevent a civilization ending war.