March 1, 2013
Darrell Bain's Monthly Blog - January/February/March 2013
Epic 2010 Award, Best Adventure novel for Quanty
Here you'll find titles in various genres, including humor, science fiction, mystery, and suspense/thriller. Most of my books are available in both Print and as E-book editions. They almost always appear first as E-books and then come out in print. See the menu for "E-books" and "Books in Print" for descriptions and links to where they may be purchased in either version. You can also see a complete list of my books in print at Amazon.com and at Barnes and Noble. Most of my print books may be ordered from bookstores. All of my E-books are available at Fictionwise.com, eReader.com, the Kindle store and the Sony eBookstore as well as Amazon.com and at Barnes and Noble.
For those who are new to E-books (which may be read on computers, laptops, PPCs, and just about any hand held device, including Palm, IPAQ, Smart phones and dedicated reader devices such as Amazon's Kindle. I suggest http://www.fictionwise.com/help/help.htm as a good place to start. After looking over the web page at Fictionwise, click on Home at the same site and you'll find thousands upon thousands of books by just about any author you want to name, including many of the New York Times best selling authors, and also including all of my books, of course.
Bainstorming Blog! Click on the bainstorming blog link to visit this very popular feature every month to see what's new! I ramble and sometimes rant, but the newsletter is devoted to what you, the readers, might find interesting, including recommended books by other authors, short vignettes, anecdotes, updates, discussions of subjects brought up by fans, short articles, muses by the author and so forth, in no particular order. Come visit periodically and discover all sorts of good stuff.
News of current projects or books just appearing in print or anything else of interest concerning my writing will probably be contained in the monthly bainstorming blog. An index of past bainstorming blog subject matter is available at the top of bainstorming blog page. However, if you can't find what you're looking for, please write and ask!
New and Selected Books of Interest
Most books are available for ebook readers such as Kindle, Nook, Sony, etc. They are also being made available for the iPad as rapidly as possible.
Darrell Bain's latest novel encompasses the spirit of the old American pioneers who risked all for a chance of a better life in a new environment. With conditions in America deteriorating, the Bentley family decides to take advantage of the recently discovered method for reaching the stars. They sign a contract with a corporation in return for partial financing of their venture to a new world. But as they travel on the space trails, they gradually discover that all is not right about the expedition they're on. When the discrepancies finally come to a head, they find the corporation has deceived all the immigrants. Regardless, there is no turning back, for the leaders of the expedition have outsmarted themselves. Out of food, lost in the labyrinth of the space trails, beset by denizens of the 'ways, with only a slim chance of survival, the Bentley family and their fellow immigrants press on, driven by the same indomitable spirit their forebears showed while conquering a new continent.
SF / Thriller
The Bolt Cluster is an area of close-knit stars that harbors a curious planet and deadly secret. Starships which enter the cluster never return. An alien enigma there has cost Wannstead Industries so many lives and ships that they finally decide to turn it over to the US Space Navy and its futuristic contingent of roughneck Marines. Captain Keane leads mankind's most lethal spaceship into unknown alien territory, fighting battles against a bizarre alien species that will never surrender. Keane and the crew of Doc Travis are now involved in mankind's first interstellar war, where the very existence of humanity may be at stake. The Bolt Cluster enigma must not only be solved but Keane and the Doc Travis also have to survive and return to Earth. Humanity must be warned of the threat or all the lives and ships lost so far will be in vain.
Human by Choice
Best selling science fiction print author Travis S. "Doc" Taylor and best selling e-book author Darrell Bain have combined talents to produce a new science fiction thriller.
A starship on a circuit to service earth's colonies is sabotaged and winds up irrevocably lost in space. The only option is to find a habitable planet to live on. Aboard the ship is a contingent of convicts bound for a prison planet, an army company rotating to one of the colony worlds, government officials and scientists going or coming from the colonies, a contingent of prospective colonists going out to pioneer and a miscellany of other passengers. A crew of two hundred fifty is now responsible for a thousand people after they finally find a new world to settle on. Add in a mad captain, combative convicts and some unworldly aliens and it becomes all that acting Captain Travis Callahan can handle-and then some!
The Frontier Rebellion
Savage Survival is a coming of age story like no others and Lyda Brightner is a character you won't forget. When eleven year old Lyda is thrown into the midst of millions of undisciplined humans, with no parents or guardian to protect her as she grows up, she has only her own bravery and her belief in the innate goodness of humans to sustain her. For six years, Lyda must endue the most ghastly and brutal environments imaginable, put there by invulnerable aliens for reasons of their own. After her first horrible experience in a barren desert, she vows that come what may, she will live, even while millions die, for she is determined to find what is behind such hideous treatment by the aliens.
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I have been an avid reader for quite some time. I have read too many books to count over the years covering a variety of genres. Through my literary travels the list of novels which have made me say, "Wow, that was something special", is relatively short. Frank Herbert's Dune, Terry Brooks' The Elfstones of Shannara, and George R.R. Martin's series A Song of Ice and Fire are all at the top of that list. After reading Darrell Bain's novel Savage Survival however, I think that list has grown a little longer.
When Earth is invaded by an unknown alien race, eleven year old Lyda Brightner finds herself swept up in the destructive wake. With her father dead and mother missing, Lyda awakens in a concentration camp somewhere in a desert in the southwest United States. Within hours, she is horribly abused by a man who then in turn tries to sell her into slavery.
After managing to escape, Lyda discovers an inner strength which helps her retake control of her life, and puts her on a path of self discovery. Deciding the only way to defeat those who would hurt her and those she comes to protect, is by meeting them head on, Lyda quickly finds herself the leader of several like minded survivors. The aliens however, have different plans. The human survivors are put through test after test so that only the humans with the strongest minds will make it through each trial. Along the way Lyda and the other human refugees learn they are changing.
Their minds are sharper and their bodies are stronger. With each trial the changes become more evident. Lyda uses these "gifts" to protect the people who choose to follow her, and also to discover love as well as learn what true leadership is all about. Savage Survival is truly a masterful piece of science fiction writing. Darrell Bain uses an alien invasion of Earth as a backdrop to tell not only a coming of age story but also to spark deep thought concerning society as a whole. His character Lyda Brightner is as memorable of a character as you can get. I sincerely hope there are more tales of her exploits coming in the near future.
Darrell Bain's Savage Survival is definitely what is right about the science fiction genre. I believe this is as close to a must read as you can get. With an intricate plot, vivid imagination, and one of the most memorable characters I have run across in a long time, Savage Survival will leave readers with that same "wow" feeling I received.
Reviewed by Shawn Oetzel for Tales of the Talisman.
The Long Way Home
SF from Double Dragon Publishing.
A surprise assault on an Exploration Corp starship by implacably
hostile, xenophobic aliens leaves its one remaining long boat as the only
option for warning the home worlds of their existence, but the starship
had been a thousand light years from Earth. Theoretically, that sort of
voyage in a long boat is possible but has never been attempted. In order
to return they will have to stop on numerous unknown planets to renew
supplies many, many times along the way. There is certain to be danger and
inimical life forms, as well as the hazards of braving interstellar space
in a ship meant only for travel within a solar system. And before they
get anywhere close to earth they have to figure out a way to destroy a
much larger and much better armed alien starship. It is shadowing their
every move but must not be allowed to follow them home to Earth and its
colonies. The long journey has to succeed, even as more and more of the
crew fall prey to perils of the incredible journey. Humanity must be
warned. There will be no second chance. Fail and the poorly armed home
worlds will likely die.
The Melanin Apocalypse
SF suspense from Twilight Times Books.
A man-made virus is killing all the blacks in the world. The African continent is devolving into complete chaos. Blacks in America begin rioting and killing Whites. Israel and the Arab states go to war again. The oil fields of the Middle East and Africa are up for grabs... Darrell Bain's most controversial novel since "The Sex Gates."
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