The long hard climb of my new Mongruxx book with a lot of new characters is gaining momentum. Forty thousand words in now, only another one hundred ten thousand words to go. A lot of the unique characters of the attack tank group “The Lost” are getting interesting.
The book “Mongruxx: Until We Cross This Bridge Again” is the 4th book of the Mongruxx series. It is very different than the others, for it is really about “The Lost.” They definitely get a lot more print time; however, some story arcs do carry over from the last book, “Mongruxx: Where the river ends.” This one is a lot darker and can be read as a stand-alone quite easily.
I think I’m enjoying the journey even more so than I’ve done in the past. All of the books I’ve written have taught me something. Every one of them feels like another life I’ve lived. Usually, when I start a new book (of a series or using the same characters), I will read the last book to get the character entirely back in my head. It’s a different kind of fun, as I know these characters like the good friends that they are, yet I enjoy the story surrounding them as if someone else had written those words. Our brains are fascinating!
As a fun fluff project, I’m starting a small set of serials on Kindle Vella. A fun thing to do. It’s called “Dead Lost,” the story is of a character lying in the desert, slowly dying of thirst, yet telling us his story. Of the Alabastro and the “Book of Madness” (another short-term project. Maybe after the “Mongruxx: Until We Cross This Bridge Again” is completed). How it took his life to dark places because of his desires, and what unfolds from there. Told in the first person, much like “One Way To Hell” and “Transport Unfriendly Skies.”
See you on the other side of the black, Pilgrim.
One Way To Hell: EB the Rabbantine is live on Amazon!
“One Way To Hell” is reaching that point where you can feel the story starting to wind down. That’s both good and bad. Good, because you want the cover to be finished, the novel to go to the editor, and then be published. Bad because there is always something else EB intends to say, another few steps along in the story taking us someplace new.
I’m excited about this novel as it is very different than the last four. “One Way To Hell” is written from first person perspective. Set in the same universe as the Mongruxx novels and Transport Unfriendly Skies. You see EB’s world only from his viewpoint. Some characters from other novels in this universe come into play as well. It makes for a fun experience, getting to know EB, Valentine, Tiffany Siuchykava, Spill Barryman, and many others. Definitely, a more challenging novel to write, as I never get to enjoy other characters’ viewpoints. At 80K words, it is an easy, exciting read. It should be out by April, 2021.
That said, I am excited about starting on the next Mongruxx novel, “Until we cross this bridge again.”
This novel will bring some new characters that will change how you see this world and maybe your own. The novel will be split between the new characters and the existing ones, almost feeling like two novels in one. After that, I can’t say as I haven’t uncovered those dinosaur bones yet.
But as the images show, there will be large, fully developed tank battles. Some desperate and interesting long running battles of attrition that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.
I’ve been working on the cover and plan for this to be known as the black book. For the overtones within it, and the black-hearted lives that lead men to do unspeakable things that they often live to regret. For lives are lived across many lifetimes, and regrets are carried far within them. A tiger may not change its stripes, but growth remains even if it is across a thousand million lifetimes.
This is the tale of those lost in that foreverness that is life just as we all are. No rest, no respite, just an unending battle across one life to the next. Some told here, more experienced by us all. Nothing remembered, all forgotten. This is our curse and blessing. Lost among the stars, these bugs clinging to a ball of mud flung out into the great endlessly expanding beyond.
Steady, pilgrim; it’s coming. Mongruxx: Until We Cross This Bridge Again – March 2022. 150K words.
Strap in tight, and keep the cigar clamped between your jaws. Here are the books that are coming up next:
One Way To Hell – EB the Rabbit
Set in the same universe as the Mongruxx series, and Transport Unfriendly Skies, it’s a first person thrill ride. Plenty of action, trouble everywhere you look, it is as EB says, “One way to hell…”
Coming Q1, 2021
Mongruxx: Until we cross this bridge again
This is book four of the Mongruxx series. Dark days have set in upon the Mongruxx as they reestablish themselves at S.A.Mursa base. A new story will be told, some old friends appear, and life become pretty gods damned messy on among the vast dunes of the white desert.
Come along for the ride.
Coming Q4, 2021 – Q1,2022
Transport Unfriendly Skies – Survivors
The next installment of Transport. Our intrepid heroes, Taros, Ivan, and Ave are in the biggest fight of their lives. For their survival, the expanding war in Sabulo Megalopolis. For sanity itself.
Coming Q2-Q3, 2022
With dark days looming ahead, the Mongruxx continue their fight for survival, across the endless white sands…
Book 3 of the Mongruxx Series: Where the river ends is available on Amazon!
Where the River Ends:
Leaving S.A. Mursa base, the city-state Convallis Megalopolis waits ahead. With alien AI secrets hiding in untold places. Danger comes from all sides, including within. Some old friends leave us and perhaps never return.
The Humans, Mongruxx, Machina, and Gaja people have merged into one team, a large extended armoured family of a sort, the Mongruxx. The dead and their memories left behind as they set out to honor the distant past’s racial debts.
Lucrative mercenary contracts from the Megalopolis city-state await, with all the problems, opportunities, and hell it can bring.
Costing them everything or paying their weight in gold.
This is Book 3 in the original Mongruxx series. A long walk through the white desert where almost anything can happen. So sit down, buckle up tight, light up your cigar while you can, and keep a firm grip on that weapon.
It’s going to be one hell of a ride.
The current book I am working on.
The cover above it the tentative cover for the novel. Set in the same universe as the Mongruxx series, and Transport Unfriendly Skies, it’s a first person thrill ride. Plenty of action, trouble everywhere you look, it is as EB says, “One way to hell…”
Mongruxx: Where the river ends – Book 3
Convallis Megalopolis, Alien AI secrets, Some old friends leave and never return. The Humans, Mongruxx, Machina, and Gaja people have merged into one team, a large extended family of a sort, the Mongruxx. The dead have been left behind, as they set out to honor the racial debts of the distant past. The Megalopolis City-States loom ahead, with mercenary contracts that could cost them everything, or pay them their weight in gold.
The novel is complete and handed over to the editor! Hopefully finished before Christmas. I plan to start an advertising campaign next year around March for this novel series as well as Transport Unfriendly Skies.
Now on to the next!
Ivan Volkov – pilot of the Avem Vecto.
Originally owned one of the megalithic corporations. Ivan flew her for many years until the world turned to shit. He escaped with Avem Vecto before she could be scrapped. Later he came across Taros Crosse, and they chose to work together. Partners, they transport whatever and whoever that will pay.
Taros Crosse, Ivan’s partner, and gunner of the Avem Vecto. A giant bull of a minotaur biped. If there’s a fight to be had, that’s where you’ll find him.
The Avem Vecto. A large armed heavy transport, orbit and intersystem capable, flying the unfriendly skies of planet X037.54501 otherwise known as the White Desert.
Ivan and Taros take a contract that gets them neck deep in the fight for Sabulo Megalopolis.
The Ambulans, crashlanding just outside of Sabulo, begin an avalanche of events that escalates the conflict in ways that no one could have expected. The Viridis Manus (Green Hands) have a secret that threatens to erupt the conflict into an even greater war. Their machinations threaten everyone with a breath in their lungs. Human resistance, only fifteen million souls left in Sabulo Megalopolis. Sixty-five million nonhuman alien inhabitants surround them, controlling large areas of Sabulo. A brutal war that could find them all gone.
Ivan coughed, then stubbed out his cigarette. “I guess you’re right Taros, sometimes violence is the answer.”
Taros snorted. “No Ivan, violence is always the answer.”