Gilbert M. Stack

Biography

Gilbert M. Stack has been creating stories almost since he began speaking and publishing fiction and non-fiction since 2006. A professional historian, Gilbert delights in bringing the past to life in his fiction, depicting characters who are both true to their time and empathetic with modern sensibilities. His work has appeared in more than a dozen issues of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Michelle, and their son, Michael.

Where to find Gilbert M. Stack online

Series

Legionnaire
Legionnaire is a gritty High Fantasy series set on the borders of the far-flung Republic of Aquila. While political in-fighting and scheming are the order of the day in the heart of the Republic, the borderlands are awash with dangers only kept in check by the might of the legions. Fell magics, savage peoples, and scheming empires all threaten the country Patrician Marcus Venandus has sworn to defend using his wits, military strategy and his small command of highly disciplined legionnaires.
The Fire Islands
Price: $0.99 USD.
The Sea of Grass
Price: $3.99 USD.
The Jeweled Hills
Price: $3.99 USD.
The Battle for Amatista
Price: $3.99 USD.
The Centinela Gambit
Price: $3.99 USD.
Morganita Burning
Price: $3.99 USD.
Winterhaven
In the Duchy of Winterhaven at the edge of human civilization, a young knight investigates a most unusual murder while the Great Lords of the land scheme to expand their borders and take control of the duchy. A long festering darkness is about to break into the open Dhrugal of Edgefield and his brothers and sister stand between Winterhaven and dark-spun chaos.
Winterhaven
Price: $3.99 USD.
The First Snows
Price: $3.99 USD.
The Blood of Torons
Price: $3.99 USD.

Books

The Jungles of Ekanga
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,800. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Long before Prefect Marcus directed the defense of Amatista, Green Vigil Marcus led his first command into the treacherous jungles of Ekángá where the native warriors and shamans strike from its shadows with magic, spear and dart. Deep in the jungle, Young Marcus is about to discover how little lycee combat exercises have to do with surviving the Jungles of Ekángá.
Fog of War
Series: Legionnaire. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,250. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Despite their many victories to date, Marcus and his legionnaires stand alone against the might of Diamonte. Their only hope is to thread the needle, maneuvering across enemy-occupied Amatista to the one location where they can recapture the initiative. With multiple armies afield and none knowing where the others are, will the fate of Amatista depend on Marcus’ ability to navigate the Fog of War?
Calidus' Stand
Series: Legionnaire. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,730. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
With Prefect Marcus still trapped in Morganita fighting against Hathus of Granate, it falls to Red Vigil Calidus Vulpes to take a thousand Qing infantry men and fifteen hundred Gente archers to hold off the full might of Diamonte at Angosto Pass. With the odds 30-1 against, Can Calidus hold back the enemy until Marcus and the veterans return, or will this prove to be his final stand?
Flood of War
Series: Legionnaire. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,210. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
With three days of drenching weather turning roads to mud, flooding creeks, and bogging down his enemies’ carts and wagons, Prefect Marcus Venandus seizes the initiative and leads his Black Hat Legion on its most daring campaign yet. Can he use the Flood of War to sink the treacherous Thegn of Granate? Or will the rains wash away any chance he has of winning this war?
Marcus Takes Command
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 180,640. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
Legionnaire is a gritty fantasy series set on the borders of the far-flung Republic of Aquila—lands awash with dangers kept in check only by the might of the legions. Fell magics, savage peoples, and scheming empires all threaten the country Patrician Marcus Venandus is sworn to defend. This volume includes the first 3 books in the series: The Fire Islands, The Sea of Grass, and The Jeweled Hills.
The Blood of Torons
Series: Winterhaven. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 134,380. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
When Duke Maldon’s schemes succeed in igniting civil war in Winterhaven, no one seems to notice the far greater dangers arising on the border and threatening to overrun them all. No one, that is, but the weakest members of the tragically divided Toron family. Dhrugal and his brothers saved the duchy once, but can they do so again with the streets of the city running with The Blood of Torons?
Seneca's Command
Series: Legionnaire. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,730. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
With all the senior officers in the fort dead, and thousands of Gente massing to continue the assault on Fort Prime, it falls to the most junior of officers, Acting Magus Seneca Liberus to measure up to the proud traditions of Aquila and lead his green legionnaires to victory.
The First Snows
Series: Winterhaven. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,580. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Sane men spend the winter bundled up in their homes praying for spring to come, so insanity must be on the rise in Winterhaven. With the tenuous unity of the Great Lords fractured, new armies are secretly mobilizing even in this bitterest of seasons. Yet can even knights as great as William Lord Tavistock and Sir Conn of Edgefield lead armies to victory after the first snows have fallen?
The Bridges of Morganita
Series: Legionnaire. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,320. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
Marcus has defeated the smaller half of the army of Thegn Chilperic by the skin of his teeth, but now he must rally his legion and its fractious allies to stop the Thegn’s main force from rolling back all of his victories. Yet the Thegn of Granate still tries to walk the middle path in this war. Too soon now, Marcus will find out which side Granate betrays at the strategic Bridges of Morganita.
Winterhaven
Series: Winterhaven. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 172,430. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
By the author of Legionnaire: In the far off Duchy of Winterhaven at the edge of human civilization, a young knight investigates a most unusual murder while the Great Lords of the land scheme to expand their borders and take control of the duchy. A decade of relative peace is about to collapse and only young Dhrugal of Edgefield and
Morganita Burning
Series: Legionnaire. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,070. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
25% off if pre-ordered by 12/6/18. The long-feared war has erupted and Prefect Marcus and his newly raised legion are on the front lines of the fighting, part of a daring plan to secure Amatista’s rear by eliminating its major northern opponent before its other foes can join in the fighting. Yet with just as many enemies within as without, can Marcus find the path to victory?
The Centinela Gambit
Series: Legionnaire. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,800. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
Surrounded by enemies, Prefect Marcus launches a bold stroke to secure his northern border in the coming war. The key to his plan is the fortified border town of Centinela. Its walls are strong enough to delay conventional forces for weeks but Marcus and his Black Hat Legion are not a conventional northern fighting force. Can he take the town buy surprise or will his risky gambit cost him the war?
The Battle for Amatista
Series: Legionnaire. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,900. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Marcus hoped to gain a respite to build his army for next spring’s wars. Unfortunately, his enemies are determined to kill him before he reaches next year’s battlefields. Assassins, both mundane and magical, step out of the shadows to strike at him, while other conspirators spark riots to bring the government down. Will Marcus and his few trusted comrades be able to win the Battle for Amatista?
The Jeweled Hills
Series: Legionnaire. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,320. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
There’s no rest for Tribune Marcus Venandus when he arrives at his brother’s home in the Jeweled Hills. The city of Amatista is strangling, surrounded by enemies without and crippled by divisions within. Marcus must act decisively to save everything his brother has built, but without his beloved legions behind him, can Marcus and his friends survive their visit to the Jeweled Hills?
The Sea of Grass
Series: Legionnaire. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,990. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
Marcus responds to a plea from his brother to aid him in the far north. When pirates shut down the sea routes the legionnaire is forced to journey overland across the treacherous Sea of Grass. Yet this is not the safer choice. A mysterious shaman has sworn to drench the plains in blood and it will fall to Marcus to try to shepherd the caravan to safety.
The Fire Islands
Series: Legionnaire. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,520. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Legion officer Marcus Venandus was exiled to the hell hole known as the Fire Islands as punishment for the sins of his father and finds all is not right at the edge of the world. The witchdoctor kings and their skeletal armies may be gone, but darkness lingers in the land. With the legion riven by personal rivalries, can Marcus and his men put the past back in its grave?

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archers    bandits    battle    battles    cavalry    crocodile    dark magic    heroic fantasy    high fantasy    jungle    knight    last stand    legion    legionnaire    magic    magical battle    medieval    military    rome    skeleton    tactics    undead    urban combat    volcano    war    warfare    witchdoctor   

Gilbert M. Stack's favorite authors on Smashwords

Smashwords book reviews by Gilbert M. Stack

  • Atlas of the Serpent Men (A Tale of Conan of Cimmeria) on April 25, 2018

    This tribute to Robert E. Howard’s Conan starts on a strong note giving a very credible account of Conan facing off against a band of thieves. The crisp action pulls you right in and doesn’t let you go from start to finish. Adams has a real feel for everyone’s favorite barbarian. These are pages that feel like REH could have penned them. There's also a delightful piece of Conan flash fiction at the end so make certain you read until the final page.
  • The Blonde Goddess of Tikka-Tikka on April 25, 2018

    Chris Adams continues his homage to the pulp magazines of the 1930s and 1940s with this quick novella about an adventurer who would fit well into a story by Robert E. Howard. The problem he encounters, however, is all H.P. Lovecraft and Adams does a very good job of building suspense as ancient horrors return to the earth. This is a fast moving tale which you’ll want to read in one sitting. There’s a tiny twist at the end of the story that gives some well-appreciated justification to the villains’ actions. I’d happily read a sequel.
  • On a Winter's Eve on April 25, 2018

    This short story is flat out creepy. In it Adams consciously adopts the style of the pulp writers of the 1930s and 1940s and is so successful that you wouldn’t be surprised to learn this was a lost work of H.P. Lovecraft. The tension builds slowly as the other-worldly threat first makes itself known and then begins its haunting attacks on a family living far from civilization in wooded, snow-covered mountain lands. Since the story is told from a first person perspective years after the event, you know the narrator is going to survive, but it doesn’t feel that way as the danger mounts and the body count expands. This one will linger with you and give you second thoughts about looking out the window to watch the snow.
  • Conan and Old Crem (A Tale of Conan of Cimmeria) on May 30, 2018

    Conan and Old Crem is a delightful piece of flash fiction that no Conan library should be without. If you ever enjoyed a tale of fiction’s most famous barbarian, you’ll love this story. So drop what you’re doing and read it right now!