Medron Pryde

Biography

Hello, my name is Medron Pryde, and I am the creator of Jack of Harts.

Jack of Harts is a place I hope you like. It’s a place where we did things right, where we built a world we would be happy for our children to grow up in. It’s not perfect. There is conflict. But by and large, we made the hard decisions, and we did what needed doing. We made a good world. I know today that stories tend to go much more dark than that, dystopian futures where we have destroyed our world or enslaved our populations. Places where even the Good Guys are more dirty and hairy than they are clean-shaven and happy. Jack of Harts is not like that. It’s not a world where somebody takes a step forward to fix something and gets knocked two steps back. I don’t like those worlds. I don’t want to spend a lot of time imagining them.

Jack of Harts is based in many ways on what I grew up wanting. I was raised in a Christian home, told to do onto others as you’d have them do onto you. I watched Bonanza, where the Cartwrights helped anybody who came along needing it. On Superman, I watched the Big Blue Boy Scout (even if he was in black and white) fighting the Bad Guys each week for Truth, Justice, and the American Way. On Quantum Leap, a man lost in time always found a way to make the world he dropped into each week a little bit better. On Star Trek, a bunch of people I liked traveled through the stars to go places that no man had been to before…because it was there. In Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, and Star Wars, the plucky outnumbered heroes came back swinging with a smile, a joke, and a hearty laugh, and they never gave up hope that they could find or build a better world to live in. These are the stories I grew up with. These are what I enjoy, and these live on in my optimism.

In Jack of Harts, I try to capture that. The characters of Jack, Charles, and Aneerin, just to name a few, are all people who lived in a world before The War came. When that happened, they aren’t the people who crossed the border to hide from the draft, the people who gave up hope and found a bottle or a needle to hide behind. These are the people who stood up, walked into a recruiting office, and volunteered to defend their ways of life. They may cover it up by saying they’re just in it for the money, or because that person over there just needed taking care of. But don’t let that fool you. They are the best of us, a reflection of the true Big Damn Heroes who grab a rifle, a pistol, and a bulletproof vest (or maybe a fireproof suit) to protect our freedoms and our lives everyday.

Jack of Harts is a place where I like to think these people would like what they see. It’s a place I enjoy going to when I write, with people I’d like to share a beer with. I’ll keep it that way. I hope it’s a place you’ll enjoy reading, and I hope you come back each day or maybe each week to read some more.

So have a good one, and I hope to see you again.

Medron Pryde

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Series

Jack of Harts
In 2205, we learned the answer to one of the oldest questions of all time. Are we alone? They brought medicines with them that nearly wiped out diseases, and extended the human lifespan into the centuries. They helped us study advanced technologies, and expand our colonies hundreds of lightyears from Earth. It was a golden age that many thought would never end. Jack grew up in a world at peace, his only interests, partying and girls. But when a sneak attack killed millions of Americans, and wiped out almost everything and everybody Jack knew, he volunteered to serve and get some payback. But the Marines want more than people looking for revenge, and cybernetic partners demand a higher commitment. If Jack wanted to earn his commission as a Marine Corps fighter pilot, he had to let himself be forged into something stronger than he’d ever felt the need to be. A man willing to live up to the name of his squadron. A Cowboy.

Angel War (Jack of Harts 4)

Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

Wolfenheim Rising (Jack of Harts 5)
Series: Jack of Harts, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 47,150. Language: American English. Published: August 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
Four years after the first Shang attacks, Malcolm McDonnell was ready to take humanity’s answer back to the stars. No alien power would drive us from our destiny. We were coming for the stars. We were coming for them. Then the people funding his Wolfenheim Project found out they were funding it and demanded their money back. That was when things started getting interesting.
Angel War (Jack of Harts 4)
Series: Jack of Harts, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,490. Language: American English. Published: August 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Third Fleet was our best hope to bring a quick end to The War. It failed. Now the heavy cruiser Los Angeles returns home to Alpha Centauri. Home is the greatest wish of a soldier, but home does not always welcome them. Los Angeles and her crew have made enemies, both foreign and domestic, and they have plans for her. But her friends have plans as well. Can she survive when all of those plans meet?
Angel Strike (Jack of Harts 3)
Series: Jack of Harts, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,290. Language: American English. Published: August 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
Third Fleet was our best hope to bring a quick end to The War. It failed. The heavy cruiser Los Angeles leads the remnants of her squadron back to Alliance space after the Battle of Epsilon Reticuli with information vital to the Alliance’s survival. But Los Angeles will soon find that the enemy has not been idle, and returning home will be far more difficult than she or her crew ever imagined.
Angel Flight (Jack of Harts 2)
Series: Jack of Harts, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,360. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
Third Fleet was our best hope to defeat the alien Shang and bring a quick end to The War. But first we had to use it. Our allies stressed caution, but Alliance leadership demanded swift results. That is where we came in. Texas Marine Corps Fighter Attack Wing 112, the Cowboys. We were sent to watch over the fleet. But who would ever attack something the size of Third Fleet? That would be crazy...
The Gemini Affair (Jack of Harts Short Story 1)
Series: Jack of Harts. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,240. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
Seven decades after War’s End, Captain Jack Hart had found peace once again. He could fly anywhere from Earth to the furthest frontiers of human expansion on a whim and a prayer. That was endangered when he ran into a mysterious freighter on a routine trip to the Pleiades Cluster. What secrets did it hold? What mysteries did it hide? And could Jack's peace survive if he found those answers?
Forge of War (Jack of Harts 1)
Series: Jack of Harts, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 150,880. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Religious
Jack grew up in a world at peace, his only interests, partying and girls. But when a sneak attack killed millions of Americans, and wiped out almost everything and everybody Jack knew, he found out that the Marines want more than people looking for revenge, and cybernetic partners demand a higher commitment. He had to become a man willing to live up to the name of his squadron. A Cowboy.

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