J. D. Brink


If taking a college fencing class, eating from the trash can, and smelling like an animal were qualifications for becoming a sword-swinging barbarian, J. D. Brink might be Conan’s protégé. But since that career path seemed less than promising, he has instead been a sailor, spy, nurse, and officer in the U.S. Navy, as well as a gravedigger, insurance adjuster, and school teacher in civilian life. Today (fall, 2014) he and his family live in Japan, where he's providing a bad example for all Americans. In his writing, as in life, Mr. Brink enjoys dabbling in multiple genres.

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Frozen Heart
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,520. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
To escape a life less ordinary, a young man challenges himself to become a sniper for the galaxy-spanning Combine Federal Army. But being a dead shot with a rifle is just the beginning. Alone in the frozen wilderness of a savage planet, he must master the three skills of a sniper: stealth, patience, and survival. And if he fails, he’ll lose his place as predator and instead become prey.
Medicine Man
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,620. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Nakai and Nizoni Proudtree are Navajo kids growing up on the wrong side of the tracks. In Shadowtown, it’s not cool to root for superheroes. Even so, stealing the high-tech car of a vengeful crusader on the warpath is probably not a good idea… But sometimes good kids do what they have to to survive. And sometimes the healing magic we need most comes from unexpected places.
Secret Identities
Series: Secret Origins. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 31,510. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Everyone has secrets. Gabriel Simonson has just been promoted to the inner circle of the most infamous supervillain in America. Warlocke’s newest plot, however, may set Gabe and his fellow henchman on a collision course with rival villain Rosethorn, the undisputed metahuman drug czar of the West Coast. The only way to stop a crime war: uncover one very important secret...
Series: Secret Origins. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 31,420. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A doomsday cult has risen in Mesa City. Is there no one who can save us from the End of Days? Red Mantis doesn’t have a lot of experience, but he’s no stranger to combat. And the mysterious Shadow Puppet appears impervious to death and everywhere at once. But when faced with the true horrors of the Never-Ending Serpent, will these rookie saviors prove friends or foes?
Silk Spider: Behind the Eightball
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,840. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Silk Spider tracks eight tuxedo-clad felons are committing copycat robberies. She’s putting her detective skills to work, as well the vast resources of a superhero HQ. And when she catches up to this new Eight-Ball Gang with her bullet-proof corset and anger-fueled super-strength, she’ll make them sorry they ever put on their masks. A story of mature spandex, pulp action, and dark humor.
The Scythe of Kronos
Series: Cold Stars. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 22,570. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
A naval scientist leads the expedition to explore a ghost ship in space. Only he can unlock its secrets. And once he does, the universe will never be the same. A young sniper in training faces his final exam. Now he’ll find out whether he’s predator or prey. A sarcastic bounty hunter and beautiful assassin join forces, but their quarry is far more dangerous than either imagined.
One-Eyed Jacks
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 41,470. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
As former Vegas magician, Jack knows the world is full of shallow illusions. In his new life, he’s a smuggler, counterfeiter and debt collector for a local crime boss, and trying to stay off everyone’s radar. Unfortunately, keeping a low profile just isn’t in the cards for the Jack of Spades. Urban fantasy, crime-noir, and Asian myth merge in this darkly entertaining novel of pulp adventure.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,610. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Horror » Crime
The man they call Shovel is a neutral instrument. He’s buried more than his fair share of men. And built his boss, August Alexander, a criminal empire. But when August suddenly becomes obsessed with a tiny wooden doll, even Shovel can't remain neutral for long. Or escape the doll's spell. A crime-noir tale with a horror twist.
Eating in the Underworld
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,850. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
Harry Celeste is a next century private eye with last century style. He’s rough around the edges and makes no apologies for it. You want someone who can track dirt bags, you hire a detective who’s not afraid to get dirty. And if anything, this case is dirty. The trail leads to an old college chum who specializes in future tech and manufactured people. And the bad blood between them is spilling...
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,450. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Being the new guy in town can be lonely. No one but the TV to keep you company. Lying awake, listening to the clock tick away the hours. Hitting the bars alone because you just don’t know where else to go. It’s hard being new. Even so, Paul should know better than to pick up strangers... A dark tale to stave off loneliness. And feed your darkest desires.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 36,050. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Nuclear colossus Adam Smasher is the most powerful man on the planet, with an ego to match. An orphan of alien gladiator circuits, the relentless warrior Ballista now fights to protect her adopted home. And Symian’s inhuman genius could only be born from the unfettered jungles of the Congo. Together they are the future’s greatest (dysfunctional) superhero team and our only hope.
Heroes and Villains
Series: Tarnish Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 42,910. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Billy Cole—formerly Wil Thunderstrike, now the warrior Lockheed—has started down a new heroic career path as one of León Shimmerskin’s champions. But the path of the traveling hero, it seems, is darker than he’d imagined. The final battle for Redfield is coming, and it will decide not only the fate of Billy Cole’s home, but that of his soul as well. Part three of the Tarnish Trilogy.
Among the Shadows
Series: Tarnish Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,110. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Wil Thunderstrike's journey into legend continues in the city of Fellwater. Wil's come in search of the bandit Mad Dog McCray--and for heroes to save his hometown, of course. He meets a flirtatious pickpocket and a rival storyteller, who promises to introduce him to just the kind of warrior he needs. And only then do his real trials begin. Part two of the Tarnish Trilogy.
The Quest
Series: Tarnish Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 41,930. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Billy Cole takes the name Wil Thunderstrike—wandering hero and teller of tales—and embarks on a quest to save his hometown. But fighting dragons and villains in the real world isn't like in the tavern tales, and there's more to becoming a hero than swinging a sword. A grittier coming of age tale than you’re used to, where destiny is forged, not written. Part one of the Tarnish Trilogy.
Hungry Gods
Series: Identity Crisis, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,410. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
When the country’s premier superhero team goes missing, it’s Spitball to the rescue! He’s a third-string hero today, determined to be first-string tomorrow. And the Army may be giving him just the chance he needs. Spitball has been invited to undertake a secret mission into America’s heartland. What he’s about to discover, however, is not a chance at stardom but a horror movie come to life...
The Prince and the Darkness
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 36,100. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Horror » General
A dark fantasy double feature in one bargain-priced volume. The first four short stories feature wise guys and private eyes, black magic, bleak futures, and the feminine wiles of inhuman beauties. These deliciously dark tales are followed by a lengthy novelette of sword and soldiery warfare, where the enemy isn’t just fought on bloody battlefields, but in the very soul as well.
The Thorne Legacy
Series: Cold Stars. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,760. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Corporal Cranston Thorne is about to be court-martialed. And his father would like nothing more than to see that happen, but a remote outpost at the edge of the system has gone silent and Captain Thorne must take the fleet to investigate. The conflict between father and son will soon prove trivial when the fate of the planet falls into their hands. A Writers of the Future contest finalist.
Tarnish: Complete Trilogy Edition
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 133,980. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Billy Cole is the sixteen-springs-old son of Ian the Black, though he feels older. Being the heir of a legend, after all, is a heavy burden to bear. And though “Billy Strong Back” is used to hard labor, it takes more than strength to become a man. And more than a sword to make a hero. But he’ll be one. Even if he must become a villain first…
Puppet Theatre
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,410. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In Mesa City, there’s one hero you can count on to defend justice. Actually, there are two: the mysterious Shadow Puppet and that show-off, Mr. Wonderful. The Shadow Puppet is thought to be dead. And the man behind the mask almost prefers it that way. But he just can’t let the Mr. Wonderfuls of the world get the best of him. Tonight he returns from the grave!
The Prince of Luster and Decay
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 20,560. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Sergeant Jacob Knox leads the Head Knockers, a unit of scout-saboteurs fighting a war against sorcery and tyranny. After an ambush kills half the company, Knox and his boys are sent on a final mission to investigate the possible source. And though the town appears empty, something is waiting for them there. And they’ll need both steel and heart to defeat it.
A Long Walk Down a Dark Alley
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 18,460. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Four dark tales with a sharp noir edge. They feature wise guys and private eyes, black magic, bleak futures, and the feminine wiles of inhuman beauties. This is Valentine’s Day with Halloween style. It’s sex and violence from that dark corner of your imagination you dare not share with anyone else.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Crime-noir meets ghost-horror in this flash fiction story. Mobster thugs Pauli and Mouse come across a street clown late at night who seems to know more than he’s telling; maybe too much. But you know the best thing about killing a mime? No one hears him scream. Then again, by the time this story is over, it won’t be him screaming.
Dreams of Flying
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,400. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Herb Collins doesn’t just dream about flying, he takes to the skies. And as soon as this self-conscious grocery store manager can figure out a proper secret identity, he’ll be the biggest superhero Cleveland has ever seen! But be careful what you wish for. When Herb dons his costume and takes on his first real fight, he learns a lesson he’ll never forget.

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Smashwords book reviews by J. D. Brink

  • The Digital Sea on Dec. 17, 2012

    An easy and enjoyable read, as thorough in its world-building and characterization as those produced by the czars of mainstream publishing--and in some cases, even better. Score one for the indie authors! The Digital Sea is one part Neuromancer, one part Matrix, and three parts pure Carpenter. The narration follows various characters all over the globe in a futuristic world that could one day very much become our reality. The Digital Sea is a virtual veneer that covers our world, received through cyberspace links that most people cannot do without anymore. It very much echoes our growing reliance on the constant distractions of cell phones, one-thousand cable TV channels, and riding the endless surf of the Internet. Carpenter’s world also realistically mimics our own in its global problems. The nations of the world are desperate to reduce their populations, some even manufacturing wars to get it done. But an underworld warlord (for motives that, I admit, were not quite clear to me) hires/blackmails Zel Aurora to sabotage the Digital Sea in order to prevent the manipulation that is working toward nuclear war. Zel is a refreshing action hero in that she is motivated by the love her daughter rather than money or adrenaline, and that she has a unique mental handicap that puts her at a distance from the rest of humanity (though I think Carpenter might have been better off inventing a condition than stretching the one he used to fit her). Carpenter takes on a big challenge with this novel, following various developed characters at international and cross-cultural levels, and then deftly brings them all together as the book reaches its climax. While splitting my attention and affection for so many characters was a problem for me at times, it did weave a more complex and convincing tapestry, and seeing it all come together at the end made it well worth it. This first novel of his series is a great achievement, however one drawback to self-publishing a book of this length is finding an editor to double check your work: there were some mistakes and inconsistencies scattered around the 350+ pages, but they were easily forgivable. Carpenter’s novel is as well-developed and fast-paced as any globe-trotting cyberpunk adventure out there and well worth the read for any fans of the genre. I give it 3.5 - 4 stars. J. D. Brink author of A Long Walk Down a Dark Alley