I am a serious student of history, political, economic, military history, read copiously, often 2-3 books a week, and I have found this knowledge to be both a blessing and a curse. The blessing: I understand what I have read, and I prefer original sources. The curse: mankind is really doomed to repeat the same errors endlessly.
Do I take myself seriously? Not really, even though the characters I use in my books all have some basis in reality, I have found that the passions of youth really do mellow out as one gets older.
I do take great pride in using weapons and systems that either actually exist, or are theoretically possible. Also the combat situations I describe are as accurate as I can make them.
In my book Destruction of Civilization; The Apocalypse Begins the scariest part of writing it was seeing that the preconditions necessary for the story to actually happen were happening.
I have now completed the next volume in the Death of Civilization series, Death of Civilization; Reclamation.
The Death of Civilization continues with the novel I am currently hard at work on; Death of Civilization; Disaster!
Extinction Earth! was a very enjoyable book to write and I have started the next volume in this series also.
As a person, I am a grandfather of 3, a father of 2 boys and a girl, have been married to the same wonderful woman for 45 years, and have made, and lost, two fortunes, but have made my third, so I stopped while I was ahead.
If you have questions, suggestions, or whatever, my author e-mail is; firstname.lastname@example.org.
I do try to check my mail daily but sometimes I forget because I'm having too much fun killing off a character or two.
on Sep. 24, 2012 :
Acceptably written, leaves you wanting more. I plan to get the complete book, "Extinction Earth!".
(review of free book)
Steven L. Mock
on June 26, 2012 :
"Clearing Force" is not actually a stand alone short story - it is an excerpt from "Extinction Earth!". This detail is included in the Afterword, but not the Smashwords extended description for the book.
The story is enjoyable to read with some minor quibbles.
I find exclamation points in prose to be annoying! With the possible exception of dialog - for example:
"Harris, monster on your six!"
Which raises quibble number two - if you have a bestiary of monsters ravaging New York, it really helps the reader if you use descriptive names.
When the monsters appear, I envisioned the Harris's team having a conversation like this:
"Movement, looks like two, no three velociraptors in sector 2."
"Some, sci-fi geek you are Dean, velociraptors are like six feet tall and they don't have bright red mohawks"
"Nah, those are the right size, what Speilberg was calling velociraptors were actually Utahraptors."
"Cut the chatter" whispered Harris "Let's focus on what we are here for."
"They don't seem do be doing anything, boss, other than sniffing the air"
"Whoa, Momma 'raptor in sector three."
"Pygmies scattering towards the crowds."
Finally, even if they are aliens they need to be believable - a three headed thing the size of a locomotive that can knock down buildings and moves as fast as the pygmy raptors?
(review of free book)