RW Krpoun


Born and raised in the icy wastelands of North Dakota, RW Krpoun joined the US Army, serving two enlistments before being honorably discharged in Fort Hood, Texas. Delighted to discover a land where snow was a novelty, he settled in Texas and took up a career in law enforcement, serving twenty-five years to date and counting. His service includes a Sheriff’s Office and two Municipal police agencies, as well as two enlistments in the Texas National Guard as a Criminal Investigator.

RW lives on lakeside acreage with his lovely and amazingly tolerant wife Ann, and a band of ill-mannered animals who are all highly photogenic. His hobbies include reading, history, various forms of shooting, collecting battle-ready examples of medieval weaponry, and learning to use such weapons.

With eight books published, his primary current project is the fifth book in the Phantom Badger series, and a science fiction novel.

The Phantom Badgers series:
Book One: Dark Obligations
Book Two: Dark Key
Book Three: Dark Path
Book Four: Dark Practices
Book Five: Dark Tide (Summer 2015)
Book Six: Dark Journeys (TBA)

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Tim Powers, William Gibson, Glen Cook, GRR Martin, Stephen Hunter, Stephen King, Elmore Leonard, Jack Vance, and myself.

I'm not suggesting I'm anywhere near the same league as those I listed before me; I just enjoy my own work.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Every day is a gift. After decades in police work and its never-ending litany of the dead, I am keenly aware that the opportunity to have another day is precious.

Plus my wife needs new shoes. Not as in 'her shoes are worn out', but NEW shoes. Pretty shoes. Different shoes. Footgear of all sorts.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find RW Krpoun online


Series: The Yard Gnome Action Team, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,950. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
“A serious novel with a strange series name, Payload is a fast-moving, quick-reading story of a band of unlikely heroes brought together by chance in the face of a terrorist-bred Zombie outbreak. It’s the Walking Dead with satellite phones.” The Apoc Review.
Dark Practices
Series: The Phantom Badgers, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 152,110. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
“A series that is a single epic tapestry cut into manageable pieces…the threads of events and characters emerge as if they had actually lived, and few events occur without becoming a part of the sprawling whole. This is more than a story of swords and magic, it is the charting of lives. It isn’t Game of Thrones, but it makes a very credible effort.” The Fantasy Group
Dark Path
Series: The Phantom Badgers, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 146,090. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The fateful day has arrived: the Phantom Badgers must face the White Necromancer and determine their fate. But not only the world’s oldest liche must be dealt with: Oramere is threatened from two directions, and the Bloody Road must be guarded for pay. Once again the motley band of sell-swords must face myriad enemies, unravel ancient mysteries, and formulate many a cunning and desperate plan.
Dark Key
Series: The Phantom Badgers, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 118,620. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The greatest necromancer in existence holds a grudge against the Phantom Badgers, and time is running out for the motley band of sell-swords. They are locked into the death-vise of an implacable, if slow-moving foe, and the only key to escape is a desperate long shot at acquiring an enchanted Torc.
City of the Way
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 118,620. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Staff Sergeant William Packer, US Army, is a dead man walking. The alien Celmar have invaded Earth, and things are not going well for Humanity. Sergeant Packer is recovering from wounds in a (relatively) safe billet in Austin Texas until a chance conversation with a draft-dodger sparks a chain of events that embroils Packer in a conspiracy that takes him far beyond his pay grade.
Dark Obligations
Series: The Phantom Badgers, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 112,120. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
"A compelling new series...a band of unlikely heroes whose struggles within a fantastic and grim world are both dynamic and engrossing. These are not epic lords on world-saving quests, but rather are 'ordinary' folk trying to stay one step ahead of life's tribulations. A poor man's Game of Thrones." Reader's Vision.
Chains of Honor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 157,860. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Chains of Honor takes the reader from the Felhar-haunted mountains to the steaming jungles of the Akur in a fantasy world at once similar and unlike our own. This is the story of Pieter Mironov and Uleg Savchenko, blood-brothers and sell-swords trapped on a distant continent on the verge of civil war, a war in which outsiders will be specifically targeted.
The Zone
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,020. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00 from 1 review)
"A smooth, clean read that takes the reader from normalcy to a full-blown zombie apocalypse with understated of The Walking Dead take note: this one's for you." The Brenham Tribune.

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