James Matt Cox

Biography

James Matthew Cox Jr. was born in Texarkana Arkansas and he lives there today. His parents encouraged him to read and to enjoy it at a very early age. His father made certain he gained an appreciation for science fiction. His childhood heroes had names like Asimov, Bradbury and E. E. Smith. After graduating high school he earned a Bachelor's degree in computer science and a Master's degree in mathematics. He worked 25+ years as a math/CSCI instructor and recently added 'Open-Source Java Developer' to his resume. During all those years he continued to enjoy science fiction, both reading and writing, and finally decided to DO something about it.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I'm working on a series of books set in the same universe. 'A Pattern of Details' introduces this universe. It is set between the middle of the first book and the third. The series revolves around a different set of characters but there are some connections. Astute readers will see them fairly quickly.
Even though I have several series books written I haven t published the first one yet. I want APoD to take off before I move on to the next one, it's getting ALL my attention right now.
Who are your favorite authors?
Isaac Asimov. He's my favorite author of all time and, quite honestly, my childhood hero. I didn't care much about sports players or movie/TV personalities. What do any of them have compared to Asimov?
My other favorite authors are Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, E.E. Smith, J.R.R. Tolkien, Frank Herbert, Lester Del Rey, Andre Norton, Alan Dean Foster and Harry Harrison. There are lots of others, too, but these are the ones I read over and over again.
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Series

Stone Blade
Stone Blade
Price: $3.01 USD.
Double Bait
Price: $3.01 USD.
The Radical Factor
Price: $3.01 USD.
The Burning Crown
Price: $3.01 USD.
Expedient Measures
Price: $3.01 USD.
Lethal Max
Price: $3.01 USD.

Books

The Dawn of Wisdom
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 69,090. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Jason Taggart is in junior high with all the triumph and tragedy that entails. He and his friends work, study and he struggles to gain the favor of the lovely Darla Jansen. On a school trip he discovers the kids from Wisdom aren't like others. That realization comes to a head in Phoenix when a group of terrorists takes over a mall. Jason and his friends must face how different they really are.
Sage's Moon
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 79,390. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Thorne, Elaine and Sven are three kids busy with life in the village of Brookvale. Fun and chores fill their days, a moon of promise and pranks lights their nights. Life is good until monsters of legend rip away their home. That is but the start of a journey that leads them to face a horror so ancient and vile that no one dares name it. At stake are the lives, souls and magic of their world.
Vortex Portal
Price: $3.01 USD. Words: 66,020. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Mike is a guy with more computer skills than social until he meets the gorgeous Jane, who shares his passion for video games. After a bad day at work she takes him to her favorite club where they discover the Vortex Portal. It's great fun until it sucks them into a world where magic and death are both real. Their feelings grow toward 'happily ever after' IF they can escape the evil game's clutch.
The Blatant Prey
Price: $3.01 USD. Words: 87,200. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
It's dangerous outside the League. The path to a sensitive data leak leads Micah Stone and his team from glamorous parties with movie stars to the sleaziest town in the sleaziest part of space: the Kensie Free Systems. Micah and his team are abducted and must face assassins, gangsters and solicitors to rescue them. The assassins are not human and they fight as part of a sport known as BloodRing.
The Border Incident
Series: Stone Blade. Price: $3.01 USD. Words: 104,530. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Illegal drugs are bad and worse when they lead to death. More so when it happens to a young couple in the Lost Angels sector on their graduation night. That tragedy embroils Micah and his team in an under-the-garble mission where they find corruption at the highest levels not of one government but two. Failure threatens the existence of Intelligence itself and success may land Micah in prison.
Lethal Max
Series: Stone Blade. Price: $3.01 USD. Words: 72,600. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
It's a royal wedding to lift the heaviest heart as Micah and Jenn Stone depart on their honeymoon cruise. Aboard ship they find their favorite movie stars, all bound for a goodwill tour of the Semid Federation. Disaster strikes when the ship is hijacked by a madman intent on revenge. Micah is left with little more than his wits to inform his friends of his plight and, somehow, effect a rescue!
Expedient Measures
Series: Stone Blade. Price: $3.01 USD. Words: 92,790. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Politics can be hazardous to your health! When Micah Stone and his team are assigned to help with elections in Grakis Major, they enter a quagmire of bickering unions, vicious crime cartels, squabbling candidates, apathetic citizens and yellow-armored security guards who fight like elite military. Behind it all they find a massive conspiracy to disrupt dozens of economies, including the League's!
The Burning Crown
Series: Stone Blade, Book 4. Price: $3.01 USD. Words: 83,380. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Failing a mission can cost Micah Stone his life, that's not new, but success may cost him his friends! A trail of defective parts that fail in combat leads Micah to the Starcrown sector: a tight-knit group of rival Noble Houses. He and his team must untangle a complex knot of plot and counter-plot to find who is sabotaging the League. What stands between him and success? The lives of his friends.
The Radical Factor
Series: Stone Blade, Book 3. Price: $3.01 USD. Words: 99,360. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The Semids are a peaceful people and staunch League friends and trade partners. When a group of interstellar terrorists detonates a nuclear bomb at the dedication of their Peace Spire the Semids call on the League for help tracking them down. Micah Stone and his team then embark on a journey of action, intrigue and interstellar trade to track down the ones responsible and bring them to justice.
Double Bait
Series: Stone Blade, Book 2. Price: $3.01 USD. Words: 97,730. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Robin Macy, more comfortable in the virtual world than the real one, is a law-abiding and hard-working data tech until her online boyfriend vanishes. When she shows her skill by tracking him she lands in the clutches of a charming criminal only to be rescued by two people almost as scary. Now she must decide who she can trust as danger and intrigue shadow her every step.
Stone Blade
Series: Stone Blade, Book 1. Price: $3.01 USD. Words: 108,030. Language: American English. Published: July 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
When Micah Stone left work late he started down a path to change the fates of more worlds than his. Forced into his planet's military, he excels. Then kicked out by a coward, he joins the League Marines. Haunted by demons of his past he enters a world of shadow and intrigue and must face a planet of foes with only two friends to help him. Success means survival. Failure is not an option.
A Pattern of Details
Price: Free! Words: 92,600. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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When Technician Morris Taylor accepted an assignment to train students on a distant world he had no idea his path would lead to possible doom for dozens of worlds and millions of people. After a plague of accidents too numerous to be coincidence Morris discovers he must outsmart an unknown saboteur and traitor to prevent certain death for himself and his friends and an interstellar war.