Dai Alanye

Biography

No superheroes nor anything supernatural (thus far, at least.) Expect merely ordinary people - you and me, as it were - caught up in extraordinary circumstances. Plots are character-driven, and the characters themselves are complex and often contradictory.
I aim to appeal to the reader who has an ample sense of humor and an appreciation for irony. You can expect adventure and romance, but graphic violence and sex are at a minimum - think PG or PG-13 at most - and suitable for mature youths as well as adults.

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Mercenaries
The initial book series written by Dai Alanye. Three tales completed, the final one still in process. Alternate history with a haphazard crew of time-traveling adventurers. Everyone nowadays seems to have problems—money, health, politics, personal commitment, sexual identity. But if you think things are tough in the present, wait till you experience the Middle Ages. Not that mythical Arthur-Galahad-Merlin stuff but the real thing—battle axes, unruly peasants, taxes and all.

Books

Not a Weasel (Beastly People Tales)
Price: Free! Words: 37,870. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mashups, Essay » Literature
A dozen short stories and essays: Mystery, humor, romance (sorta), history, adventure, sarcasm and miscellaneous subjects to interest, amuse and enlighten both the casual and discriminating reader. Free to all. Double your money back if it fails to satisfy hifalutin literary tastes.
Time Management for Mercenaries + Conflict Resolution for Mercenaries
Series: Mercenaries. Price: $5.75 USD. Words: 134,770. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
Join now to help change history a millennium at a time. Enlistment is simple—no health or fitness standards, bring your own weapons if you have any, and don't expect to receive many answers to your questions. Danger? Sure, there's a possibility of that. After all, history just might not wish to be changed.
Goblin Realm
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 87,810. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00)
Girl Scouts and Marines pointlessly abducted by a flying saucer then dumped on an alien world to face dangerous lifeforms. No preparation,no idea where they are, no plausible idea of what's wanted of them beyond facing dangerous creatures. How can they find food, shelter, safety? Unknown, unknown, unknown.
Wait a Minute!
Series: West Baker. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 84,530. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00)
Francesca Trask is about to leave high school and enter adult life but she's terribly perplexed about everything—college, career, attending the Prom, plus Conan the Klutz who has bet the gang he can obtain an intimate trophy… and even more.
Darts & Dryads
Series: Exploits of Roger Fee, Book 3. Price: $3.45 USD. Words: 30,220. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00)
Roger and Vera journey separately to the dark planet of Grenard to find Vera's former husband who is investigating the Dryads, a primitive race of treacherous cannibals. They venture into dim and threatening jungle, hoping stealth and camouflage will keep them safe during the journey to a dryad settlement. Their mission fails, and they are hunted down by relentless hidden creatures.
Venom & Sand
Series: Exploits of Roger Fee, Book 2. Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 23,950. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00)
It's the money again. I swore off these rescue jobs after that miserable trek with Vera Dardani, but when I failed to deliver her to her fiance I'd had to forfeit my payment, retainer and all, and nothing else was in the wind. Now I'm off to a blazing desert populated by crazed renegades and some of the nastiest flora and fauna ever heard of. Death Valley is a paradise compared with this hellhole.
Blood & Dirt
Series: Exploits of Roger Fee, Book 1. Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 25,810. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00)
It's only the money. I wouldn't touch this job if I weren't broke. Head for a wild planet to snatch a beautiful woman who doesn't want to be rescued? No way! Fight off barbarians and pirates who enjoy torturing men to death? No thanks. Struggle through a jungle to escape ferocious beasts, only to find one waiting on the other side? There must be an easier way to make a living.
Community Organizing for Mercenaries
Series: Mercenaries, Book 3. Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 54,520. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.50)
Times are still unsettled for our heroes and heroines. Conflict is brewing in many spots. Join up for another tour of duty, and see if you can't help us straighten-out the situation. Believe me, it's not going to be easy, because new enemies keep cropping up... and they seem to be getting smarter.
Conflict Resolution for Mercenaries
Series: Mercenaries, Book 2. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 90,840. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00)
After all that struggle in Book I, here you are, enjoying those simpler times of the past you once hankered for. How has it worked out for you so far — the hiking, the weapons training, the food and accommodations... the excitement? Is it what you expected? There's a huge battle ahead of us, and the odds look poor. But then, no one ever claimed changing history would be easy.
Time Mgmt for Mercenaries
Series: Mercenaries, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,580. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(3.86)
This book sets the stage:- Are you disillusioned with today's world, or is your future bleak? Do you hanker for the simpler times of the past? If that's the case, how do Travel, Adventure and Good Pay sound to you? Merely answer a couple of questions for me — can you handle a bow, a spear, perhaps a sword? Don't miss the opportunity I'm offering — help change history a millennium at a time
Not That I...
Series: West Baker, Book 2. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 76,780. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00)
Sequel to You'll See! Our hero and heroine continue to skirmish on the border of love. Charly gains a new admirer, the man of of her dreams. But dreams and nightmares are related, are they not? Chuck begins to play the field. It all comes crashing down around their ears.
Lovejoy's World
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 87,000. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
(5.00)
Wally heads out to rescue his girlfriend Vickie, while Keira travels to rescue her career—across the parsecs to primitive Lovejoy's World. They'll soon be sorry. The planet's backward economy is supported by a prison regime like that of czarist Siberia, and every citizen carries arms. Our two fledglings will be lucky to come back in one piece… Especially after the ponies get through with them.
You'll See!
Series: West Baker, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 102,190. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Christian » Romance
(4.50)
She's a dropout and single mother with a dead-end job. He's been divorced by an ambitious wife and fired by his employer. Brought together by circumstance, they battle in the eternal war between the sexes. Two losers at the game of love--they've no intention of going through that again.
Hide the Child
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 58,850. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(4.67)
Your husband can't give you children. Rather than wait for years and adopt legally you find a woman who’s bearing the perfect baby, and she needs money. Joy! But in time your husband’s health fails. He dies, leaving you homeless and broke, pursued by creditors. Then the boy’s biological father manages to discover you, and demands his son. What can you do except...?
Hair of Gold
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 63,890. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.67)
When her father is slain, leaving the family future in her hands, Valys joins her uncle’s treasure-hunting expedition, disguised as a boy to face dangers and hardships in the company of grown men. The trek is fraught with menace, and at the treasure-hoard the crew mutiny and hold her for ransom---but her uncle calls their bluff and refuses to pay, whereupon the mutineers discover she's a girl!

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  • How the Allies Won World War II on March 15, 2012

    Promises more than it delivers.
  • The Disappeared: A Retrieval Artist Novel on June 14, 2012

    Rusch has a fine imagination and is a wonderful world-builder. The Disappeared is, I believe, the initial Retrieval Artist novel, and should make SF fans eager for the following books in the series. Some minor typos, one or two instances of questionable logic, and ends in a somewhat Deus ex machina style, but overall well worth reading.
  • Mount Moriah on Dec. 23, 2012
    (no rating)
    Not bad at all, if you like drollery. Could use another edit for typo types of errors, but what book couldn't?
  • The Arts on Dec. 23, 2012
    (no rating)
    We are not amused. Victoria R.
  • The Good Morrow on Dec. 24, 2012
    (no rating)
    Seems to have potential.
  • The New Guy In Moon Base Twelve on Dec. 24, 2012
    (no rating)
    Zea mays, I'm afraid.
  • 8810 on Dec. 25, 2012

    Pretty good first-person humor, and a pleasure to see some old-fashioned respect for marriage. Could use an edit, a better cover image and a more evocative title, but well worth reading.
  • Gunboat Number 14 on Jan. 13, 2013
    (no rating)
    Interesting for coverage of a little-known (outside the Baltic) slice of the Napoleonic Wars. Could be improved by editing for better English and consistent formatting.
  • Widdershins on March 09, 2013
    (no rating)
    French? Or English? Childe Roland to the dark tower came in search of Burd Ellen, who had run widdershins around the church and been carried off by the King of Elfland. The tale is also in Joseph Jacob's English Fairy Tales, written in the late nineteenth century.
  • Silent By Night Part 1 on March 10, 2013
    (no rating)
    I like this author not because of his book but because he gave a caustic review to a certain over-rated writer whom I won't name. As for "Silent by Night," it might come to something if Wyatt waits a couple years then rewrites it with the benefit of experience gained over that period. In other words, he has imagination but style and technique are weak.
  • Crystal Creek - An Adventure Story on March 12, 2014

    This is almost a good story. The tension is incredibly high until… Until anti-climax. What a letdown! Written in the wrong tense and needs an edit for silly typos, but the depiction of a man facing death has some merit, and brings the score to three.
  • Krillaz on Feb. 25, 2015

    A horrifying horror tale written in down and dirty style with a horrible rotten lowdown hero who'd steal his grannie's glass eye if it had any value. Or maybe it it hadn't, just to be mean.
  • Storm Flight on Aug. 05, 2015

    Probably the best of Berent's Wings of War series, though still with the weakness of overdrawn, Rambo-like characters. The strongest aspect of each book has been, as I see it, what might be called the technical details of air combat in Vietnam, though there's plenty of excitement if the reader is willing to suspend a portion of disbelief. In this volume we finally get rid of the egomaniacal Lyndon Johnson and the malign influence of Strange Robert McNamara, entering into the relatively sunny leadership period of Richard Nixon.
  • Bombproof on Nov. 08, 2015

    A superior fictional memoir covering one year of a Canadian battalion in the First World War—the Great War as it was called until a greater one came along. Primarily concerned with the members of one Section (or Squad, as we might now call it) and the "originals"—those who were "bombproof" and managed to come through alive. With many flash-forwards to the later life of one man. As seemingly realistic as fiction can be, I only noticed one important missing element, the louse patrols and a few other personal problems of men who are unable to be clean in a time when DDT had yet to be invented. I'm surprised this hasn't made it to a conventional publisher. Heaven knows many a worse book is available from them.
  • Mentioned In Dispatches on Nov. 04, 2016

    Another fine book on Canucks in WW I by Wytka. For those who like war stories from the enlisted viewpoint, don't miss this. As with the previous book, the scene switches between the war and the lives of the veterans afterward. I think we need a movie, though Hollywood will probably botch it.
  • Rosemary for Remembrance:The Tragedy of Ophelia on Dec. 10, 2016
    (no rating)
    This particular work is too experimental for my taste but Mason shows a great deal of potential. I'd like to see that Elizabethan novel—an interesting period and a writer of promise.
  • Plantation A Legal Thriller on Dec. 18, 2016

    Unbelievable! Not only due to the twists of law but because I'd never have expected to be intrigued by insurance fraud. This is mainly about an inside attempt to take down a prominent insurance underwriting firm whose primary business is reinsurance in the maritime field—ships, cargoes, oil platforms… The reader gets quite an education on the subject, and a few thrills from danger of arrest, courtroom surprises and threats to life. After all, when hundreds of millions are involved it isn't surprising if the game gets rough. Supposedly based on an actual occurrence, the book is well written if a bit wordy due to a slight tendency toward repetition. Five stars are well-earned none the less.