Sample chapters of these books are available here. They are all available in multiple ebook formats and as audiobooks, as well as in paperback. Go here for more information.
 


 
cover Book 7: Kingdom's Swords
A Del Rey Book
Published by Ballantine Books
Copyright 2002 by David Sherman and Dan Cragg

Cover art by Mark Harrison

     Herein lies the tale of what happened after the Skink invasion of Kingdom that was related in Hangfire. The Marines of 34th FIST are deployed. Thanks to miscommunications and pure bureaucratic bungling, they think they are on their way to put down a peasant rebellion. None of them are very keen on the mission. Some of them have been to Kingdom in the past, others have heard about the place. Most of them think the Confederation should stay out of it and let the peasants overthrow the government. But they're Marines, they go where they are sent and accomplish the mission -- nobody says they have to like it. So the Skinks catch them by surprise. Even the Marines of third platoon, Company L are surprised by the Skinks. You see, these strange beings have a new weapon, one which the Marines haven't encountered before. At the same time all this is happening, a problem everybody thought was already resolved comes back to bite a beloved member of the company.

     This book is also available as an audiobook and in multiple ebook formats.

     There's something else I have to say about this book. Some readers have thought one of the two major story lines in the novel is a reaction to a recent event. Not so. We finished writing the novel and turned in the manuscript in April of 2001 -- several months earlier. Any similarity between what we wrote and what some hate-filled fanatics did is purely coincidental.

 

 
cover Book 8: Kingdom's Fury
A Del Rey Book
Published by Ballantine Books
Copyright 2003 by David Sherman and Dan Cragg

Cover art by Mark Harrison

     Kingdom's Fury is the story of what happened after 34th FIST is reinforced by 26th FIST. Brigadier Sturgeon, as the senior commander, is given operational command of "Marine Forces Kingdom." The Marines go off the defensive with 26th FIST sending out platoon-size patrols to get them into the action, and there's plenty of that -- especially after the navy figures out what the Skinks' new, devastating weapon is. Then the navy works out, not how to defeat it, but how to warn the Marines when it's about to be used. Then, using combined arms, they begin destroying the weapons and take the battle to the Skinks, eventually driving them off-world. This book contains the first space battles in the Starfist series. Also, Dominic de Tomas takes advantage of the distraction cause by the mounting combat to overthrow the theocracy and establish his own government.

cover Book 9: Lazarus Rising
A Del Rey Book
Published by Ballantine Books
Copyright 2003 by David Sherman and Dan Cragg

Jacket painting by Mark Harrison

Publishers Weekly, in a starred review in its October 4, 2003 issue, said "The ninth novel in Sherman and Cragg’s classic military SF series (First to Fight, etc.), the strongest entry yet, has earned a well-deserved promotion to hardcover."

In its October 15, 2003 issue, Library Journal said, "Recommended for most libraries."

     Dan Cragg and I got a lot of email following the publication of Kingdom's Swords, much of it protesting the "death" of Gunnery Sergeant Charlie Bass. We very calmly explained to one and all that the next book (Kingdom's Fury) was already written and we were working on the one after that -- so Charlie Bass' fate was carved in stone. Well, Lazarus Rising is the one after that, and in it you get to see Charlie Bass' name engraved in stone for real. You also get to find out what really happened to him. There's not much a good Marine can't accomplish on his own.

     The paperback edition of Lazarus Rising is available now.

 


 
Back