Just received notice yesterday that the anthology Five By Five 3: Target Zone is out on all the normal venues. This includes Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Smashwords and iBooks, and it is also available on Amazon as a print book, and will be available elsewhere in tree and ink. And the coolest thing, to this writer at least? I’m included in this volume, with a brand new 15,000 word Exodus: Empires at War novella, Goliath, that can only be seen here. Also included are two New York Times Bestsellers, Kevin J. Anderson (who also edited) and Michael A. Stackpole. Rounding out the lineup is Baen author Sarah A. Hoyt and Prometheus Award Winners Eytan and Dani Kollin. Whew, what a lineup. Even if I was not included I would recommend this book based on the other four (actually five, but Eytan and Dani work as a team).
I encourage all of my fans, especially those of the Exodus series, to buy this book. I am hoping that those who don’t know about Exodus will find enough in my story to look up the series and jump on board. Goliath is not the first story I sent to Kevin for possible inclusion in this anthology. Retribution was written in a similar style to my novels, with many characters and points of view. Kevin wanted major changes, but I decided, now that I knew what he wanted, to give him a different story and save that one for another time. It will be coming out in about a week with two more novellas about Exploration Command, the exploratory branch of the New Terran Empire Fleet. Goliath deals with warriors, New Terran Empire spacers faced with an unwinnable situation when a Ca’cadasan battleship comes calling on a lightly defended system. Commander Cynda Klerk soon finds herself facing the twenty-five million ton behemoth with the only surviving warship in the system, a ninety thousand ton frigate. Her ship was built to patrol and screen, to fight the occasional pirate, not take on the most awe inspiring ship of the current war. Her choices are to hide, insuring the survival of her ship and crew, but allowing the fifty thousand settlers of the one inhabitable planet in the system to perish. Or to battle the Goliath, pitting her David against a ship that out masses hers by two hundred times. The second choice seems like suicide, and of no help to the civilians, who will die anyway, no matter what she does. But the Ca’cadasans, who have had problems with human ingenuity in the past, find once again that you can’t take the hairless primates for granted. I think Goliath is an action packed tale like those my readers have come to expect in the Exodus: Empires at War novels. It has allowed me to explore the novella form, and I expect I will revisit that length of story again in the future (though, as said above, three more novella length stories will be coming out soon in one volume).
The Exodus series is doing well. The last five books of the, so far, seven book series, have hit the top five in Space Opera and Military Sci-fi at Amazon.US, and have made it to number one at Amazon.UK in the same categories. But, like most authors, I would like to have more readers. I was very excited when Kevin asked me to submit to this anthology. It was an honor for a relatively unknown. And I hope it leads to even more opportunities down the road. And now the links.
amazon print: http://www.amazon.com/Five-Target-Zone-Military-Volume/dp/1614752478/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1415913410&sr=1-1 Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Five-3-Target-Zone-ebook/dp/B00P6ZOUMS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415913410&sr=1-1&keywords=anderson+five+by+five+target
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/search?Query=five+by+five+3+target+zone Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/five-by-five-3-kevin-j-anderson/1120679828?ean=2940150383012
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/490252 It's also on iBooks, but we don't have the link yet, and is to be featured in the Baen eBook Library in December. I hope everyone who buys this book enjoys it. And I will keep on putting out stuff for you to read.