A Rising Bard Among Us

Apparently someone in the Kennel fancies himself a writer. No, not of any of your usual suspects among us barely literate sometimes wordsmiths (otherwise known as The Management™ ), but a real honest to goodness published author.  A neophyte author perhaps, but an author nonetheless.

I am speaking of our own warrior poet, Irish Dragon, whom a little birdie has informed me has now published his first book, Task Force Desperate.

Jeff Stone and his team of Praetorian Security contractors are marking time on counter-piracy duty aboard a freighter in the Gulf of Aden when the boredom ends abruptly. A major US base on the Horn of Africa is overrun in a well-coordinated terrorist attack, and those base personnel who survive are taken hostage. With the world economy tanked, and most of the Western militaries dangerously thinned, the Praetorian operators find themselves to be the hostages’ only hope of rescue. The mission wasn’t going to be simple, or easy. But as events in East Africa accelerate, and outside players start to show their hand, the Praetorian shooters start to realize just what a desperate gamble they are embarked upon, and what this particular job is going to cost…

Sounds like a rip roaring good read to me, so much so that I’ve already ordered a copy. Now I don’t know if Dragon is Hemingway reincarnate or not, but if his book is anything at all like his other writings I’ve had the pleasure to read, I’m sure it will be damned good.

Now in case I’m being too subtle for some of y’all, you can order it at Outskirts Press.

That is all.

27 comments

  1. 1
    The Irish Dragon growls and barks:

    I hope I’m not Hemingway reincarnate; I always thought Hemingway was boring as hell…

  2. 2

    The Irish Dragon says:

    I hope I’m not Hemingway reincarnate; I always thought Hemingway was boring as hell…

    Well, his life sure wasn’t.
    LC 0311 Sir Crunchie I.M.H., K.o.E. recently posted..A Rising Bard Among UsMy Profile

  3. 3

    Ever read any Bernard Cornwell? he’s my favorite historical fiction writer.
    You’re on the list man, I’m working my way through Cornwells Grail series
    and then I’ll read yours…..

    looks good

  4. 4
    Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan growls and barks:

    I’ll get myself a copy! Good on you Dragon!

    Jaybear, if you like the Grail series try his Saxon series. Simply some of the best historical fiction I’ve ever read.

  5. 5
    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    I’ve ordered mine.

  6. 6
    VonZorch Imperial Researcher growls and barks:

    Being damn near broke and a cheap bastard besides, I’ll wait until it hits the local library. Soon I hope.

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    Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan says:

    Jaybear, if you like the Grail series try his Saxon series. Simply some of the best historical fiction I’ve ever read.

    He’s my favorite author, got hooked when I was reading his Sharpe’s Rifles series a few years ago. I read his King Arthur series earlier this year, is that the one you’re talking about? If not, then that series is recommended as well….he does an excellent job of retelling the Arthur legend.

  8. 8
    The Irish Dragon growls and barks:

    I’ve read Cornwell’s Saxon tales, at least the first four. They’re good, but Robert Low’s Oathsworn series is better, especially for getting in the heads of 10th century Norsemen. That, and I think Low’s combat is better, too.

    Jaybear, the Saxon stories are set in England during the time of Alfred the Great. Lots of shieldwalls.

  9. 9
    Mark12A growls and barks:

    Maybe a dumb question, but is that ebook format compatible with Kindle?

  10. 10
    LC Ohio Right Wing Nut growls and barks:

    I was always under the impression that writers handed out copies of their books to friends free. :em05:

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    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    Ohio….., I’ve been there. Uh…depends on how many friends you got. When mine came out I was exhorted to lean on friends, etc. I refused, my friends are not cash cows, never to be used. I mention it and leave it at that. I like Dragons approach, announce it and let it sell itself. Knowing the individual makes it even better. I’ve got another in the works too, but I have had to stop, at least for a time. My Wife has Cancer is ripping me apart inside, I have had to stop and get away for a while. Half way there, it can wait….
    Although….I am going to tell others about this book here….it sounds interesting…

  12. 12
    The Irish Dragon growls and barks:

    Mark, the ebook on the site is a straight-up PDF. A Kindle edition is in the works, should be out in the next couple weeks.

  13. 13
    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    Accordng to Amazon my copy is due to arrive November eight.

  14. 14
    Igor, Imperial Booby growls and barks:

    Need ebook. must have ebook. can’t wait. :em01:

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    glasshalfempty growls and barks:

    Having helped (a little) in the editing process, I will absolutely recommend this for the action junkies among us.

    Congratulations on getting this published, brother!

    P.S. – Dragon, “Roll out the red carpet” is not an acceptable military brevity code (you knew I would bring it up)

  16. 16
    The Irish Dragon growls and barks:

    glasshalfempty: That got cut out in the first edit, and you damn well know it…

  17. 17
    LC LOBO growls and barks:

    Jeff Stone and his team of Praetorian Security contractors are marking time on counter-piracy duty aboard a freighter in the Gulf of Aden when the boredom ends abruptly. A major US base on the Horn of Africa is overrun in a well-coordinated terrorist attack, and those base personnel who survive are taken hostage. With the world economy tanked, and most of the Western militaries dangerously thinned, the Praetorian operators find themselves to be the hostages’ only hope of rescue. The mission wasn’t going to be simple, or easy. But as events in East Africa accelerate, and outside players start to show their hand, the Praetorian shooters start to realize just what a desperate gamble they are embarked upon, and what this particular job is going to cost…

    Sounds interesting. Like others whom are cheap or just flat broke, hopefully I’ll be able to find it at a library.

  18. 18

    I shall be ordering it from B&N. Hopefully available on the Nook. If not, good old-fashioned paper copy it is :)
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  19. 19
    LC Spare Parts growls and barks:

    Have we our very own Harold Coyle in our midst?

  20. 20
    Kriegsbringer growls and barks:

    You gotta be shyttin’ me, Dragon. You think you’re Mickey Spillane? You think you’re some kind of a farkin’ writer? Mohammed H. Goatflucker on a three-legged camel! You’re not a writer, you’re a killer! :em05:

  21. 21
    The Irish Dragon growls and barks:

    Aggie Sith: I’m working on getting iBooks and Nook editions out right now, through Smashwords. Might still be a couple of days.

    Kriegsbringer: I’m both. That’s how I know how to write firefights.

  22. 22

    Well, my hard copy just arrived in the mail today. Yer a wordy bastard ain’t ya Dragon? :em05:
    LC 0311 Sir Crunchie I.M.H., K.o.E. recently posted..P.S.A.My Profile

  23. 23
    The Irish Dragon growls and barks:

    Crunch, compared to Clancy, I’m friggin’ terse. :em04:

  24. 24
    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    My copy arrived today….excellent.

  25. 25

    The Irish Dragon says:

    Crunch, compared to Clancy, I’m friggin’ terse.

    Good, one more thing to like about your book….

    I stopped reading Clancy years ago as I got damned tired of him interrupting his story to waste pages upon pages explaining the terms , acronyms, tactics, and weapon systems that he wrote about. That really irritated me after a while.

  26. 26
    The Irish Dragoness growls and barks:

    The ebook is now available! You can purchase it for Kindle from Amazon. Dragon also published on smashwords.com as an epub, which can be viewed using ibooks, etc.

  27. 27
    The Irish Dragon growls and barks:

    Jaybear, not only that, but in later years, Clancy didn’t have a friggin’ clue what he was talking about. He bought into the whole “push-button war” idea that came out after Desert Storm, and never let go of it, even when it was shown to be BS by 1993, when Super 6-4 and Super 6-8 went down in Mog.