Book of the Week: Empire of Man (March Upcountry Omnibus 1).

David Weber and John Ringo’s* Empire of Man military science fiction series was great fun: if you’ve never read it, Empire of Man (Books 1 & 2) and Throne of Stars (Books 3 & 4) have been collected for your amusement.  Worth your time to peruse, if you haven’t.  Although I imagine that Weber / Ringo fans are not exactly under-represented among my own readers…

*I originally wrote that as ‘David Ringo.’  Which is not a slam, I swear.


In the e-Mail: The Valley of Shadows (Black Tide Rising).

FinallyThe Valley of Shadows is set in John Ringo’s Black Tide Rising zombie apocalypse series; and if you haven’t tried that series out yet, I recommend it. In Black Tide Rising, it’s not so much the zombies that are the problem; it’s that most of the people are gone and the remainder are constantly stuck busting their asses to keep civilization running. So, not nihilistic: just very, very grim.  …And lots of guns!  Which makes things less grim, at least to read about.

Anyway, The Valley of Shadows (written by Ringo, and Mike Massa) takes up a part of the story from the first book of the series, and runs with it.  I look forward to finding out to those particular folks.  I kind of wondered.


Book of the Week: The Valley of Shadows (Black Tide Rising).

I picked John Ringo’s and Mike Massa’s The Valley of Shadows (set in Ringo’s Black Tide Rising zombie apocalypse series) not because it’s out.  It’s not out. It won’t be out until November.  But it is being published by Baen, which means that they will release the E-ARC sometime… soon? Maybe?  Maybe putting it out there now will remind somebody else to pull the trigger on the E-ARC, and then I can get it, and then maybe this twitch in my eye will go away.

Come on, Baen.  It’s been a while since the last Black Tide Rising book. Have a heart.  Release the E-ARC. Let me give you my money.


Book(s) of the Week: Monster Hunter Memoirs series.

Just finished the Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints E-ARC, and I read Grunge and Sinners a while back.  They’re interesting books: Larry Correia and John Ringo managed to create a hero who I like and want to succeed, while at the same time seeing him as an utter a*shole.  That’s harder than it looks!  But, well, Correia and Ringo. They give good pulp action.

And so, adieu to Theodore Rex.


Gonna be a bumper Autumn 2018 book crop for @BaenBooks.

We’re getting a short story collection (Target Rich Environment) from Larry Correia in September, a new Honor Harrington (Uncompromising Honor) from David Weber in October, and a new series in the Black Tides Rising universe (The Valley of the Shadow) from John Ringo and Mike Massa in November. Plus I could have sworn that a new Heirs of Alexandria book was coming down the pike, but maybe not. These three from Baen are going to be worth it, right there. It’s been years since we had an actual Honor Harrington Honor Harrington novel. Can’t wait!



Oh, bless you Baen Ebooks…

…for your ARC drops today. Ring of Fire IV, a book short stories in John Ringo’s Black Tide Rising series, and a new Leary-Mundy book from David Drake.  It’s like the publisher knew that February was pure Hell on Earth for me. Or that I’m still going to be white-knuckling March.


Book of the Week: The Last Centurion.

As per the comments section… I really don’t understand why The Last Centurion hasn’t been done already: I’ve read it several times.  Basically, imagine a future with a combination mini Ice Age and a really, really, really bad flu epidemic.  Then toss a bunch of American troops in the middle of the collapsing Middle East who are trying to get out of there.  Now have John Ringo write it, as only a right-of-center dude who knows that he’s selling the book to Baen can do.  That’s this book.

And so, adieu to For Love of Mother-Not.


Book of the Week: ‘Live Free or Die: Troy Rising I.”

I got sucked into John Ringo’s Troy Rising series again somehow, and have been reading it all week. Live Free or Die: Troy Rising I is, obviously, the first one in the seri… you’ve already read it, haven’t you?  Yeah, you’ve probably already read it.  Sorry, but this is what I got.  If it’s any help, it’s rather good.

And so, adieu to The Invisible Library.


Oooh. @Jringo1508’s Strands of Sorrow is out as an ARC at Baen.

I routinely devour new books in this series, which is more or less ‘zombie apocalypse meets modern combat, only more realistic and with no axes to grind about the military;’ it’s only fifteen bucks… so I should be able to afford it in a few more weeks.

Oh, what the heck: any excuse to rattle the tip jar is a good one, nu?

Moe Lane

PS: Seriously: John Ringo writes some great stuff. If you’re not reading him, you should at least consider it.


In the Kindle: Advance Reader Copy of Islands of Rage and Hope.

John Ringo’s latest zombie apocalypse book: Baen finally decided to make the unproofed copy available. Fifteen bucks is well worth reading it three months early.  Which is pretty much what I’ve been doing all afternoon.

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