While sales of To Honor You Call Us continue to be encouraging, we are only ten days out from release of the second book in the “Man of War” saga, For Honor We Stand. Of course, you don’t have to wait–you can pre-order the paperback, Kindle eBook, CD audiobook, or Audible.com download on Amazon.com right now, if you are so inclined. Meanwhile progress continues to be rapid on the third book, Brothers in Valor which appears to be shaping up for a September 2014 release. Ideas are churning away, as well, for future books in the series. People who are interested in getting into a long, action-packed, testosterone-soaked, rip roaring Military Science Fiction series could do a lot worse than to pick up these books.
Notwithstanding the distractions posed by the impending release of To Honor You Call Us and For Honor We Stand, I’ve been getting some good work done on the third installment of the “Man of War Series,” Brothers in Valor, the last few weeks. When I’m in the zone, these books practically write themselves, and that’s where I am right now.
Max has gotten out of the jam he’s in at the start of the book (this isn’t a spoiler–I’ve posted a draft of the first chapter on this site), moved through the plot setup for the bulk of the book, and is now in place for him and his ship to be doing what they’ll be doing for most of the novel. I know what most of that is going to be, so we’re in good shape. So, those of you who are worried about getting invested in a series that the author drops along the way should be reassured–I’m writing the third book and things are going well.
Besides, there is the small matter of a contract that obligates me to write the third book. I used to be a lawyer. I understand these things.
When things are going well, this doesn’t feel like work. I’m in space, where I’ve wanted to go ever since I understood what it was.
There is no place I’d rather be.
I’ve decided, against my better judgment, to put up my early draft of Chapter 1 of the next “Man of War” book, Brothers in Valor for you guys to read. I’m well past this part of the book now in terms of writing it now and have put this part through several revisions, so I’m fairly happy with the way it looks and reasonably satisfied that it integrates with where I want the book to go.
The main reason I’m putting this up at this point is to reassure readers that there WILL be a third book and that it is going to come out in a reasonable time frame. I also want to reassure readers that this book is going to be at least as exciting as the others (I think much more so, actually) and will be a fitting continuation to the “Man of War” series.
Lots of fans have written that they liked the tactical razzle dazzle that Max pulls out and that they wanted more. I admit that I have actually held back on that in the earlier books, so I’m experimenting with pulling out the stops in that department. I’m interested in hearing what people think.
You can get there from the menu at the top of the page or by following this link. https://hpaulhonsinger.com/brothers-in-valor-sneak-peak/
I’m getting some pressure from folks to know a little bit about what’s going to be in the next book in the “Man of War” Series, Brothers in Valor. Be assured that I’m not going to give away anything in the way of a spoiler, but I can tell you a few things that might whet your appetite and maybe get you looking back at the old books for clues. All of this, you understand, is provisional. I may change it. The editors may change it. You know how that goes.
1. Like the second book, this book opens with Max and the Cumberland badly outnumbered and outgunned, cut off from help, and facing certain destruction at the hands of superior forces. This situation, though, is far more dire and far more complex than the one that opened For Honor We Stand. You will see Max come up with some tactics and maneuvers that are creative and a bit crazy, even for him. It’s a fun, highly involved opening, and I think fans will enjoy it.
2. There is at least one boarding action–you will get to see Major Kraft and his Marines in action. “Zamora and Ulmer, take point. Ooorah!!”
3. Max will come up against a Krag Commander whose tactical skills pose a worthy challenge and a serious threat.
4. At least one chapter is told from the Krag point of view.
5. For the first time, readers will meet Fleet Admiral Charles L. Middleton. It has not been decided whether you will also get to meet Grand Admiral Litvinoff.
6. There will be appearances by the Vaaach and the Pfelung and, most likely, also an introduction to the Tri-Nin, a highly advanced matriarchal species with three genders and who reproduce in a way I think you will all find both interesting and biologically plausible.
Well, that’s about all I can give away without giving something away. In all likelihood, I’ll post an advance chapter here at some time before too long–maybe in about six weeks. So, watch this space for updates.