For readers familiar with the Spirit of Empire series, you will recall that Sky Knights was a spin-off from the main story line. Sky Knights is Sir Galborae’s story about his return to Tranxte where he will fight gleasons who have been decimating his people.
Colonel Gar Havlock is a main character in the story. I have received a number of inquiries concerning his back character and, in particular, an event earlier in his career that put his honor in question.
Havlock’s back story was originally a part of Sky Knights, but I cut it prior to publication in order to keep the story’s focus on Sir Galborae. Nevertheless, I think you’ll find this backstory interesting and informative. More important, I think you’ll find it fun.
So . . . happy reading!
A new 3-book series: The Alliance
Ship's Log coming March 1, 2019
Conception coming April 1, 2019
Genesis coming May 1, 2019
Looking for classic style science fiction? Adventure? Characters with whom you can identify and call friend? A little romance?
Test the waters with Spirit of Empire, a science fiction/fantasy series of five full-length novels that you won’t want to put down. The series is now complete, so binge reading is possible!
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The Empire, hundreds of thousands of civilizations scattered across the galaxy, has been subtly invaded by the Chessori, diminutive creatures who wield a powerful mind weapon. When they strike, the war is lost before anyone knows it began. The hierarchy of the Empire is wiped out, and though legions of military forces remain, they cannot function against the terrible mind weapon.
Ellandra of the Chosen, the youngest and last surviving leader of the Empire, flees across the galaxy hounded by the Chessori. Her last chance is an emerging world called Earth. The setting is today - Earth knows nothing about galactic empires and is only sending rockets into nearby space.
Michael Carver, a man of Earth, comes to her rescue. In the process he discovers that he, and by inference everyone else on Earth, is immune to the Chessori mind weapon. First Contact is made, but Earth is a long way from becoming the willing partner needed by the Empire.
Join Ellandra and Mike in a quest to restore the Empire to its former glory. Share in their successes and failures as they struggle first to survive, then to lead, and finally to spearhead the Empire’s battle against the Chessori. Along the way, you will meet some new friends:
You will experience great battles through the eyes of the lowest soldier, through the eyes of ship’s captains, and through the eyes of the top admirals and generals, but you will be right there as our heroes struggle to learn statesmanship as well.
Larry hard at work in retirement
I grew up hoping to be an astronaut, but less than perfect vision put that goal out of reach. Instead, I joined the army after high school and flew some 600 combat missions in Vietnam as a Forward Air Controller. After discharge, I went to college, then stayed with the private side of commercial aviation.
My career as a pilot spanned 49 years, a time during which I managed to cover most of this wonderful globe that we call Planet Earth. I’ve met people from many walks of life, and I have to say that I enjoy nearly all of them when I take religion and politics out of conversations.
Because of the variety of people I’ve met, treating aliens as people requires only a slight extension of imagination.
I began writing seriously in 1986. My English teachers would be horrified if they knew what I was doing. I was not a great student since I spent most of my time staring out the window at blue skies, clouds, and airplanes. In light of the grammatical and spelling errors in my books – errors that you’ve found and not hesitated to bring to my attention – I’m sure many of you believe those teachers were right. Still, I thank them for cramming what they could into my thick head. I take complete responsibility for the rest.
As for what comes next, I am working on Book 6 of the Spirit of Empire series. I told my readers that Book 5 finished that series, but they decided otherwise and did not hesitate to let me know they wanted more. So, Book 6 is about half done as of Christmas 2018, but the story is nowhere near complete and it’s already the size of a standard novel. Since my books sort of write themselves—they take me along for the ride just as they do you—I won’t know where this will end up until I reach the end of the tale. It’s possible that it will turn into a new spinoff series.
I am releasing an all-new, shorter series of three books early in 2019 entitled The Alliance. Not a spinoff of Spirit of Empire, it is still space opera that spans the galaxy.
Thank you all for your patience and loyalty. A special thanks to those of you who send emails. I enjoy getting them, whether they’re good news or bad, and I always respond.
All my books are sold exclusively on Amazon.com. They are available as ebooks and paperbacks. The first book of the series, Last of the Chosen, is available as an audio book.
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