by JustinSloan | May 7, 2020 | Uncategorized
Our new Scifi book, Primal Link, is almost here!
Here’s the book description on Amazon/KU:
Missions to alien planets have resulted in interactions with strange beings in the past, but never on this level.
When Marine Corporal Goshawk becomes part of the search team tasked with locating some missing SEALs, he expected action and plenty of it. After all, they had to send in Marines to rescue SEALs. What he didn’t expect was that the mission would completely transform him, body and spirit.
As new threats from strange beings continually challenge the team and their mission rapidly spirals out of control, odd allies emerge in unexpected places. It’s no joyride for Corporal Goshawk and his small fire team, though, because those allies—the very thing that could help them—are driving a wedge between his team and his commanding officer, along with the rest of the Marines.
Will the Corporal and his team find the SEALs and complete the mission? Can they overcome the strange beings that threaten to take over? Or will they go down in flames?
PRIMAL LINK blends the excitement of Starship Troopers and the mystery and exploration of Horizon Zero Dawn to create a space adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Grab it on Amazon during preorder, or KU May 28, 2020
by JustinSloan | May 4, 2020 | Snippets
Check out my book PRIME EVIL, on preorder for May 14, 2020
All the bugs in the world couldn’t keep Chief Petty Officer Bryant from reaching Petty Officer Moldoon, the man who knelt with one of those damn creature’s slicers tearing through his armor. Armor that shouldn’t have been penetrable, originally made for the Marines but upgraded and enhanced for the SEALs.
Dark caverns in all directions echoed with the shouts and gunfire of the fighting. Shrill screeches from the bugs sounded on frequencies that threatened to drive the Earther forces mad.
The SEALs were there to infiltrate, while the Marines went toe-to-toe aboveground. Another day for the most clandestine section of the Interagency Intrusion Task Force, or the IITF, to get to work. Chief Petty Officer Bryant found this label humorous for the simple fact that their team was made up almost entirely of SEALs. He was a former Marine, true, and had risen to the rank of Staff Sergeant before switching over to the Navy and to go SEAL. Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training wasn’t easy, but with all the space exploration and threat from intergalactic enemies, he hadn’t expected anything less.
And now his team had the mission of taking out the mother of all bugs. By God, he would see it through, but first he had to get to his man. He charged through the enemy ranks, sending green and black goo from dead bugs spraying around him with his assault. A leap with his augments sent him over the head of one that reminded him of a mixture of praying-mantis-meets-scorpion, almost forgetting about the double tails until one sliced into the armor on his forearm.
Wound be damned, he’d made it. Other SEALs came behind to deal with the tails. Petty Officer Green sliced off the first while Petty Officer Robinson pumped the creature’s chest full of lead. Moldoon’s scream of pain reminded Bryant that he didn’t have time to linger and watch it go down.
Three shots hit the bug’s curved carapace armor, creating small dents but nothing more. (more…)
by JustinSloan | Apr 23, 2019 | Book Release
The first two books in the Blood Runners trilogy are live, the last coming in less than two weeks! So far, readers are loving the books. How about you?
Check out these Blood Runners reviews:
★★★★★ I liked the cover and the blurb. It’s lite GameLit that’s heavy on the story. Absolution has something I’ve been missing in LitRPG and GameLit that I used to have in tabletop games that I used to GM: Characters running for their lives. Dodging disasters. Getting knocked down, beaten up and then running like hell to reach the next breather. They are surrounded by overpowering enemies, jumping at shadows and entering the zone to thread the needle where they are alive at the end. I loved that about this book. Great word building. Gaming stuff that stays in the background but never forgotten, XP gains during fights where it doesn’t break the flow but a natural part of the world. It looks seamless for me.
Reminds me of Logan’s run, Running Man, Escape from New York and oddly Ready Player One.
Including my favorite quote with permission from one of the author’s because I thought it was cool:
Longman hated leather straps. They just didn’t wear as well as synthetic materials and the inner fibers, when splashed with blood, seemed to somehow separate and pull apart. The straps holding Moses O’Shea to the wooden chair were double-strength nylon. The kind used back in the glorious days of enhanced interrogation. They would hold.
I just loved that attention to detail. It reminded me of Dexter making sure his tools were in order. So I loved this book. The book was exciting and absorbing all the way through (the authors are both pros at this). I very much recommend this one.
- Ian Mitchell, Amazon Reviewer
by JustinSloan | Mar 27, 2019 | Audiobooks, Awesome books, SciFi Gamelit, Snippets
I’ve been listening back through the Shadow Corps books as I outline book four, and it’s funny how, when I wrote them, I didn’t think of them as Gamelit. I was just writing what I thought would be fun. Then I got reviews saying they were LitRGP, and I was confused. Anyway, reading this now… I see why. Check it out.
A SciFI Gamelit Snippet:
She threw herself at the bastards, quickly destroying them, then stepped back and looked down. The sword glowed to its full potential, and her last blue circle filled in.
A rush of energy filled her, tingling up from the suit. She felt it growing thicker, stronger… better.
As if she had just leveled up. Holy shit. This was too much fun. She checked, and sure enough, the lights had reset back at zero.
With a new zest for the fight, she charged into the cavern, her battle cry piercing the darkness. Now the creatures were falling left and right, but she noticed that the blue lights weren’t filling up quite as fast as before. When she came to a fork in the tunnels, a light appeared inches from her face and she nearly stumbled back, not expecting that. (more…)
by JustinSloan | Mar 26, 2019 | Awesome books
Here is the plan for my next few releases. I hope to stick to it, but consider it more of an “I hope to…” style plan than anything concrete. Stay tuned!
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by JustinSloan | Mar 3, 2019 | Free books
SciFi readers only: check out my book and join the new group I set up for readers on FB!
Stealth is an elite among elites. This Marine wanted to be on the front line of expansion into space, and now he is. Only the hacker organization known as The Looking Glass stands against them, trying to pull apart all of his team’s progress, all they believe in.
Alice was told that her husband was dead, a month after he went up to space. Now she’s formed a team of technical assassins dedicated to taking down New Origins, the corporation in charge of the station, if she doesn’t get answers. Someone has to hold them accountable–even if it means going up against an army of genetically engineered super soldiers.
Neither will stop until they have justice.
by JustinSloan | Mar 2, 2019 | Awesome books
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Everyone should be reading Will Wight. Here’s why I’m so adamant: For me, it was Will’s books that got me into self-publishing.
I was a snob, kind of, having been through the Johns Hopkins MA in writing program and then working at Telltale as a writer. At the time, I’d go to writing conferences and submit to traditional agents, thinking that was the only way to go. Asking my friends for great books to read while waiting for the next Game of Thrones, someone recommended a Will Wight book, and I was blown away. Not only was it amazing, super fun, and one of the most well-thought out fantasy books I had read in a long time, it was self-published!
That book was the first in the Traveler’s Gate trilogy, and I’ve loved all of his books since then. He even got on the phone with me a couple times back then, before I’d published anything, and been super supportive. He inspired me, and his books continue to make me smile, to help me through tough times. Not that my life is tough — it’s amazing, because of readers like you… and that’s, as I said, in large part thanks to Will. One big happy circle.
All that said, he recently published the 6th book in his Cradle series, and it has been kicking major butt on Amazon. Up to number two in the whole store, I hear. WOWSERS! Apparently, everyone else agrees with me that Will Wight is one of the top authors out there. Not just in fantasy, but overall.
So if you haven’t yet, give his books a chance. You’ll love them!
Grab Will’s books on Amazon HERE.
by JustinSloan | Mar 2, 2019 | Awesome books
If you’re reading author Justin Sloan’s science fiction, space fantasy, or SciFi Gamelit, this is the group for you!
by JustinSloan | Jul 3, 2018 | Snippets
NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON! – “Ready Player One meets Halo, with a touch of Wreck-it Ralph.”
“Ten… Nine… Eight…” The Marines were calling out the numbers along with the screen, and when we hit one, the screen lit up with fireworks over the White House, illuminating the crowds cheering us on.
All around the world people were tuning in, preparing to watch the first simulated war in history. Here I was, playing my part in it. A final look around the room showed anticipation, bravery… the world’s finest.
The headsets went on, and I was back in blackness. The light flashed a couple of times, then vanished.
The smell of pines hit me first, then a gust of wind brought a scent like fresh rain. A moon shone down on us from the middle of the sky, reflecting off the damp grass at our feet. It was all so real. I knelt, taking off my glove, and could feel the grass, smooth and sharp to the touch.
“You going to make love to this place, or come fight the war with me?” Relic said, grinning at my side. (more…)
by JustinSloan | Jun 13, 2018 | Snippets
NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON/KU! Star Forged, Book 1 in the Ascension Gate Series
Nothing could’ve excited Trent Helms more than the gateway as it opened in the stars above. This was it—the moment he’d been training for, the moment that pulled his entire future together. He and the other Space Fleet Marines gathered with officers and senior NASA officials, watching as purple and blue light flowed through space like a door to heaven.
They’d opened this particular door before for testing and probes, and while no images had made it back, readings had. Results indicated at least one potentially habitable planet in what they’d named the Krastion Galaxy. This information was enough that, on this night, Trent and the other teams would be the first humans through. They’d be the first to investigate the other side, to learn if there was indeed another option for expanding beyond the Solar System.
And maybe, if they were lucky, they’d discover signs of life.
“I hope you have your big-kid undies on, Gunnery Sergeant,” Colonel O’Donnell said, a grin spreading across her normally stern face as she slapped Trent on the shoulder. “I almost shat myself just looking at that thing. Imagine actually flying through it.”
“An image I’m sure to carry with me through the gate, sir,” he replied with a chuckle. “But we won’t have to imagine flying through the gate for long. I want to be the first ship through.”
“Damn right,” she said. “I take care of mine, just remember that. You and me, we’ll shove the rest of them aside if we have to.”
He laughed. “Whatever it takes, sir.” (more…)