Mark Iles has been lacerating my writing of short stories and novels for years. He likes my ARIA Trilogy but likes it more now he’s hammered it into the shape he loves more! Now, he’s nipped along here and hijacked my blog to tell everyone about Mark’s new and debut novel, A Pride of Lions! Good luck, Mark. Well worth reading folks. A splendid mix of fighting and thinking, believing your doomed yet you aren’t, quite. Survival and mystery superbly crafted. That’s my intro – here is the hosted blog from Mark.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 543 KB
- Print Length: 220 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Solstice Shadows Publishing (28 Aug 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EVC3D1Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- X-Ray: Not Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #611 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
Impressive rankings for today!!! A Pride of Lions’ is released on Amazon on Friday 30th August. An SF novel with a difference ‘Pride’ looks at criminals in the future and how they might be dealt with. Thrown into the pot is a craving for revenge, a love interest, a psychopathic killer and the desperate battle for the very survival of humanity.
Human worlds have gone silent and a flotilla of warships are sent to find out why:
The blurb for this exciting hard science fiction story:
A Pride of Lions – Blurb
When Selena Dillon is caught in an assassination attempt on her planets ruler, she finds herself sentenced to 25 years servitude in mankind’s most feared military force, the Penal Regiments. Much to her surprise she enjoys the harsh military life and is quickly selected for officer training.
But something’s wrong, worlds are falling silent. There’s no cry for help and no warning, just a sudden eerie silence. When a flotilla of ships is despatched to investigate they exit hyperspace to find themselves facing a massive alien armada. Outnumbered and outgunned the flotilla fight a rearguard action, allowing one of their number to slip away and warn mankind.
As worlds fall in battle, and man’s fleets are decimated, Selena is selected to lead a team of the Penal Regiments most battle-hardened veterans, in a last ditch attempt to destroy the aliens’ home world. If she fails then mankind is doomed. But little does Selena know what fate has in store for her, that one of her crew is a psychopathic killer and a second the husband of one of his victims.
Can she hold her team together, get them to their target and succeed in the attack? Selena knows that if she fails then there will be nothing at all left to go home to.
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Admiral Black’s face appeared on the main view screen on the Magellan’s bridge with the commanding officers of the other ships in the flotilla forming a frame of faces in small square mini-screens about it.
“Captains,” the admiral acknowledged, leaning back in his black swivel chair and scrutinizing them one-by-one. “As you may know, our military bases on Olympus sent out a flurry of distress calls a few days ago. The calls were cut off almost immediately, so we didn’t get much information about what was going on, and we haven’t heard from anyone since. There were several ships in the system at the time but we’ve not been able to raise any of them, either. Naturally, this has the Admiralty deeply concerned and so they’ve decided to send our flotilla in to investigate what’s going on and to try to resolve the problem — or to at least lend assistance. That’s all we know at the moment, but I’ll keep you informed as further information arrives. Now, are there any questions?”
Captain Jameson of the Kittihawk raised a hand. “Admiral, if I may. Are there no indications as to what’s happened, nothing at all?”
“None; as I said, Captain, all communication was lost almost immediately. Now, next question? Captain Kotes, you seem to have something to say.”
“Sir, we’re only seven ships, exactly what are we supposed to achieve? We’re talking billions of people here, with cities both on the planet and moon-side, let alone the outer colonies and ships. Disaster relief will be a huge task, and we won’t be much help on our own.”
“The Admiralty’s sending us in first because ships on long-range deployment, such as ourselves, carry disaster-relief supplies. In the meantime a fleet of other vessels are already being loaded with more specific equipment. These ships will follow once they have our reports on hand and can see what’s needed. We have your light frigate, the Magellan, plus two heavy cruisers and four destroyers; so we have a lot of punch, should we need it. Both cruisers have well-equipped hospitals onboard, and the other ships have sickbays with highly trained medical staff. The main thing for us to do is to find out exactly what’s happened, and what we can do to help those people.
“Now, we jump in fifty-eight minutes. It’s only a small hop, twenty-three hours to be specific, so we’re going to be there in one standard day. Tell your crews to buckle up. We may have no idea what’s happened, but by God those people need our help. Make your ships ready, gentleman. That’s all.”
Kotes inspected the ship from top to bottom, ensuring everything was spotless and the crew ready. Before he knew it, he was back on the bridge as the flotilla prepared to exit hyperspace. The ships were already at action stations, first aid teams were closed up at their posts and all shuttles and landing craft were fully loaded with engineers, medics, troops and supplies.
Then they were back in normal space and approaching Olympus. The Magellan was the first ship into the system, the others blinking in from hyperspace moments later. The flotilla immediately formed up into a V formation and began their approach.
“Focus the forward screens on Olympus and zoom in,” Kotes ordered. “Let’s see what we have here.”
As the crew complied, his jaw dropped and his face went pale.
“Oh, my God,” the pilot gasped, sinking further back into his seat, his expression mirroring the others on the bridge.
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Bio of Mark Iles
Mark works for Southampton University, and also as a freelance writer. His short stories have been published in Back Brain Recluse, Dream, New Moon, Auguries, Haunts, Kalkion, Screaming Dreams, and the anthologies Right To Fight, Escape Velocity and Monk Punk. With an 8th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo he’s also written non-fiction for Combat, Taekwondo & Korean Martial Arts, Fighters, Junk, Martial Arts Illustrated, profwritingacademy.com and calmzone.net.
His first full length work was ‘Kwak’s Competition Taekwondo’, and he also has a short story collection entitled ‘Distant Shores’. ‘A Pride of Lions’ is the first in ‘The Darkening Stars’ series. Having written features and fiction for over 30 years Mark applied to do an MA in Professional Writing. ‘Pride’ had been bouncing around in his head for some time, and he seized the opportunity of the MA to produce this first novel as part of the course. Mark says it’s without doubt the best choice he’s ever made, as it really focused him, and that getting this novel accepted is the perfect conclusion to a wonderful experience. He’s now focusing on the second book in this series, ‘The Cull of Lions’.
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