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About John A. Schettler
John Schettler has been writing and publishing professionally since 1980. John graduated from Loyola University with a degree in English (writing emphasis.)
A prolific writer, John has authored 70 novels, including the popular "Kirov Saga," a series of linked military fiction, alternate history novels. Perhaps the longest running story ever told, the series has just entered its 60th volume in July of 2021, and continues. He also wrote the award winning "Meridian," which won the Silver Medal for Science Fiction in Foreword Magazine's prestigious annual "Book of the Year" contest, (2002) and has since expanded into a five book series. Two other novels in his "Silk Road Series" are Taklamakan and its sequel Khan Tengri. John has also designed numerous historical simulation games in both the board and computer gaming industry, including four featured games for the industry leading magazine Strategy & Tactics. His love of military history is evident in his novels, including the biotech / military Sci-fi thriller "Wild Zone" and its sequel "Mother Heart."
The Writing Shop has also worked with many other authors to create book covers, web sites, book block designs and offer editorial services. As such, it remains a loose confederation of highly creative writers and editors.
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Tyrenkov is holding a gun to Fedorov’s head but Rodenko initiates a secret plan activated by the code Fedorov sent him--”Queen’s Gambit Declined.”
With the Raptor threat abating, Fedorov and Karpov launch themselves on a concerted effort to find the last of the missing keys for the Kamenski Device. Every key recovered increases the power of that box and gives them more control.
Then, they hunt down the German battlecruiser Kaiser Wilhelm in the deep South Atlantic, and after dealing with the raider to prevent the capture of the USS Norton Sound, Fedorov’s curiosity takes over and sends Baikal deep into Antarctica, where he hopes to investigate strange events reported by Admiral Byrd during the big American Operation Highjump in 1947.
Following Byrd’s flight path, Fedorov joins the Away Team and discovers a series of connected ice caverns and tunnels deep beneath the central ice dome near the South Pole, and something more... There, the team makes an amazing discovery, but Fedorov’s ambition in attempting to take it aboard Baikal poses a threat to the ship and crew, and one that extends nearly 80 years later in 2026, when Tyrenkov sends them on a relief operation to Russia’s northernmost outpost in the Arctic.
Part I – A Backward Step
Part II – Mending Fences
Part III – The Seven Keys
Part IV – Traitors
Part V – Shadow of Things To Come
Part VI – Highjump
Part VII – Ice Man
Part VIII– Doppelgangers
Part IX – Conclaves
Part X – Unwelcome Visitors
Part XI – Murder Hornets
Part XII – The Phantom General
Fedorov and Karpov begin their campaign to discover and seal off temporal rifts being used by unwanted guests from the distant past. From the deep subterranean passages of Siberian caves to the broad expanse of Lake Baikal, the “Old Ones” are coming through. They must be stopped before their numbers increase to a point where that becomes impossible.As the fighting escalates, Karpov resorts to some heavy-handed tactics, but they soon find the Raptors have begun to use an alarming new weapon of their own. A roller coaster ride of action follows as the undeclared inter-species war rages across Siberia, and not even the great cities are immune from attack. Then, while making a recon jump to the future, Fedorov realizes they have discovered a new shadow Meridian, and reason to doubt if the future they fought for in two world wars can even exist. They also make an amazing new discovery while crossing the great sand seas of the Taklamakan.
Part I – Trollswarren
Part II – A Stich In Time
Part III – Jonah
Part IV – Second Chances
Part V – In Case of Armageddon
Part VI – The Missing Tooth
Part VII – Stalin
Part VIII– Consolidation
Part IX – Boris
Part X – The Delta Thread
Part XI – Pyrrhic Victories
Part XII – Taklamakan
NOTE: THIS IS THE LATEST REVISED & EDITED FILE AS OF 7/1/15 TO CORRECT MINOR ERRORS THAT APPEARED IN THE ORIGINAL FILE RELEASES.
The battlecruiser Kirov, is the most powerful surface combatant that ever put to sea. Built from the bones of all four prior Kirov Class battlecruisers, she is updated with Russia’s most lethal weapons, given back her old name, and commissioned in the year 2020. A year later, with tensions rising to the breaking point between Russia and the West, Kirov is completing her final missile trials in the Arctic Sea when a strange accident transports her to another time. With power no ship in the world can match, much less comprehend, she must decide the fate of nations in the most titanic conflict the world has ever seen—WWII.
The novel is an intensely focused naval saga, where the crew of the lost Russian battlecruiser must struggle to understand what has happened to them, and then make a choice that could be decisive in the outcome of the war—who’s side are they on? A conflict between senior officers on the ship heightens the tension, and the course of all future history rides in the balance!
At this crucial time, Kirov finds herself just days and miles away from a secret summit at sea between Churchill and Roosevelt. On August 9, 1941, the two great leaders meet to plan cooperation in the war and lay down the Atlantic Charter, which decides the framework of post war power in the world and becomes the basis for the new United Nations and NATO.
With the hindsight of history as their guide, Kirov races south toward the secret meeting place at Argentia Bay in Newfoundland. Even as she cruises for the Denmark strait, both Roosevelt and Churchill prepare to embark for the sea journey as well. The Royal Navy soon discovers what they believe to be a fearsome new German raider in the Norwegian Sea, and they join with America’s Atlantic Fleet to bar the way and hunt down the most formidable surface action ship in the world.
Kirov is a compelling and deeply satisfying read by a master story teller. naval battles rage throughout the novel, and If you are a fan of naval fiction you will not be disappointed by this book. Written in a style that rivals some of the very best authors in the genre, C. S. Forester could not have done it any better!
Anton Fedorov and Sergeant Troyak have finally found Orlov, but the German army is coming! Now they must lead a daring assault with Russian Naval Marines in a struggle to get their man before the Germans do. The action thickens as Russian hovercraft and modern AFVs storm ashore with the Marines to face down the advancing German Panzers. And even as the battle rages, Orlov faces Commissar Molla with his one chance to fulfill a simmering personal vendetta.
In 1945, the battlecruiser Kirov has vanished in the midst of the final battle against the US Navy, and now the fate of the Russian destroyer Orlan is revealed. While Admiral Volsky and Pavel Kamenski search the history for clues of what happened to the Red Banner Fleet, Captain Karpov and his intrepid ship appear in a new era with a chance to change the future history of Russia and the world with a bold new campaign at sea.
Meanwhile, Elena Fairchild reveals a deep secret to Captain Gordon MacRae, and together they lead the Argos Fire on a strange rendezvous with destiny at a place that has spoken the voice of fate and time throughout ages past.
The strange journey of Sir Roger Ames, Duke of Elvington deepens the mystery at Lindisfarne Castle as the clock ticks slowly toward a last fateful hour when the world may be caught up in the final maelstrom of war. When Anton Fedorov learns the fate of Kirov, he launches one last desperate mission to preserve the timeline of history and prevent the great cataclysm from occurring.
As the Siberians struggle to recover from the terrible event at Irkutsk, a tense pause in operations ensues. But Karpov is now eager to get north, and when he learns the Koreans are planning an amphibious operation against Vladivostok in the coming days, he is determined to intervene. Along the way he and Fedorov meet an old nemesis, now a newfound friend as they enter the Sea of Japan.
Out on the First Island Chain, China’s ‘Great Wall at Sea’ is now the object of Admiral Cook’s Fleet Carrier Force. He intends to shout down that wall with a storm of missiles and aircraft, as the USMC prepares Operation Sledgehammer against Amami and Okinawa. Now Admiral Zheng Bao rallies the PLAN fleet in defense of the Ryukyu Islands, and on the mainland, China musters its remaining ballistic missile ship killers in an effort to turn the fortunes of war in their favor. The last desperate battles of the war begin as the Western navies hammer on the wall that guards the East China Sea.
Part I – Vindication
Part II – The Swelling Tide
Part III – Urgent Sword
Part IV – Stand Your Ground
Part V – Attrition
Part VI – Engagement
Part VII – Sledgehammer
Part VIII– Island Wars
Part IX – Decisions
Part X – Old Friends & Enemies
Part XI – Bohai Sea
Part XII – The Big Stick
As Fedorov launches his daring mission to the past to rescue Orlov, Volsky does not know where or how to find the team, or even if they have safely made the dangerous transition to the 1940s….But other men know, from the dark corners of Whitehall to the KGB. And other men also continue to stalk Orlov in that distant era, led by Captain John Haselden and the men of 30 Commando. The long journey west is fraught with danger for Fedorov’s team when they encounter something bewildering and truly astounding, an incident that leads them deeper into the mystery of Rod-25.
Meanwhile, Kirov has put to sea and now forms the heart of a powerful battlegroup commanded by Captain Vladimir Karpov. He is soon confronted by the swift deployment of the American Carrier Strike Group Five out of Yokosuka Japan in a tense standoff at sea that explodes into violence until the Red Banner Fleet faces an unexpected challenge.
The fuse of conflict is lit across the globe, for the dread war has finally begun when the Chinese make good on their threat to secure their long wayward son—Taiwan. From the pulsing bitstream of the Internet, the deep void of outer space, the oil soaked waters of the Persian Gulf and Black Sea, to the riveting naval combat in the Pacific, the world descends in nine grueling days, swept up in the maelstrom and chaos of war.
This is the story of that deadly war to end all wars, and the desperate missions from the future and past to find the one man who can prevent it from ever happening, Gennadi Orlov. Can the mystery of Rod-25 and Orlov be solved before the ICBMs are finally launched?
The next installment in the Kirov Series, #59, takes its title from that given to Part I of No Man’s Land. Here, The Space Between begins with some haunting quotes from HP Lovecraft that allude to the strange entities discovered earlier as an old intelligent race. Karpov and Fedorov see how the Raptors retreat into the sky Rift over Tunguska, and of course, they wonder where it takes them, since 1908 had been the normal destination point for things entering that rift any time in the future. Fedorov is grateful to be there after Karpov’s use of the Kamenski device to go and retrieve an earlier version of the man after he vanished, and to avoid the circumstances that may have contributed to his temporal instability. Now, wanting to know more about the “Raptors,” Fedorov suggests a reconnaissance to the deep past to have a look, and we’re off to the races. The book takes you by the throat like a Raptor claw, and doesn’t let up as Karpov goes to war on this emerging threat.
In No Man’s Land we saw how the Raptors began infiltrating into modern times during WWII during the Battle of Cambrai. Baikal and crew have become a kind of antibody reaction to these incursions, led by Fedorov’s insatiable curiosity, and his effort to prevent what he sees as real trouble should a larger host of the entities come forward into modern times.
If you liked the oddly different but strangely satisfying run ins with these creatures in the tunnels and trenches of WWI, then this one will take that story thread to a higher gear. Karpov soon learns that there is a lost battalion of his army that is already out hunting the Raptors in the Tunguska region, and actions there soon lead the mission to times and places where they never thought they could go. We will get a gripping battle at Vanavara, where Zykov finally gets his fervent wish to bring down something really big.
In the meantime, what’s been happening with the ship and crew we all spent so many hours on? Admiral Volsky has decided that Kirov can not sit idle in Vladivostok, particularly since the port is being hit by Chinese rockets in the still simmering Sino-Siberian war. This soon leads us to a long segment aboard Kirov, where the ship, of course, slips in time again and gets caught up in another reality. It’s the author’s way of showing us what ends up happening to the future Volkov has created and runs from Part V through Part X of this volume. Kirov makes a number of unplanned excursions, and the author is using these segments to tie off plot lines in those times. The fate of Volkov’s future, where Imperial Japan still reigns in the Western Pacific, is particularly chilling, because the big natural events that ended the last volume. Between the skyfall of Bennu, and the reawakening of the Demon, Kirov is now sailing in some very dangerous and unstable waters, from a temporal standpoint as well as a military one.
Along the way, we learn more of hos the war in 2021 ended, at least in the Pacific Theater where it began. Then, for the ending, we return to events involving the Raptors. One is a major incursion in 2026, the other a sortie to try and seal off other similar rifts.
So this volume is loaded, from tense small unit actions against the Raptor threat to a nuclear exchange in the Pacific. It has naval action, missile duels, ground action, and oh yes, Dinosaurs.
The Space Between
Part I – Between two worlds
Part II – The Lost Battalion
Part III – Voyaging Far
Part IV – A Gun for Dinosaur
Part V – The Last Sortie
Part VI – Mizuchi
Part VII – The Fog<
Shaken by the amazing regression to the deep past, Fedorov and Karpov move to investigate an anomaly uncovered by Nikolin in the Wiki files. It will take them to the bitterly contested trenches of WWI, where the British are about to launch a new way of war fighting in a desperate attempt to break the bloody stalemate of trench warfare.
At 06:00 on the 20th of November, 1917, 1000 British guns open up with a surprise barrage, soon followed by over 400 Mark IV tanks. The Battle of Cambrai opens a new era of warfighting with the concepts of “Combined Arms” championed by Major General John Fuller.
Investigating a magnetic anomaly, Fedorov soon discovers that both British and German troops have encountered a terrifying entity in the deep tunnels beneath the battlefield. Then, Nikolin’s research soon leads the team out to sea as another interloper appears to contest the Battle of Jutland. There they encounter an old nemesis in Kaiser Wilhelm II, a ship from the second World war.
Arising from one of the largest and most significant subplots of the Kirov Series, this novel carries forward the mystery of the Keyholders that was first introduced in depth with Volume 32 of the Kirov Series, Field of Glory. It reprises the exploits of Sir Roger Ames, only this time the battle focuses on the great British disaster at Isandlwana in 1879. When Captain MacRae and Elena Fairchild join the British fleet near Durban, they take a brief excursion to tour the famous battlefield of Isandlwana, but soon find something they never expected. They'll get a front row seat to all the action, and so will you!
The premise is a simple one: two wealthy industrialists have possession of one of these mysterious keys, which conceal rifts in spacetime behind the doors they open. They have used them to take long safaris through the past, wagering with one another on the outcome of famous historical battles. It’s the basic energy that Mister Schettler first kindled in his Meridian Series, and the first of these books in what he calls the “Keyholders Saga” has emerged from his Kirov Series in a wonderful retelling of the Battle of Waterloo. This one, the fate of Lord Chelmsford and his British Army in Zululand, is volume 2 in the series, and not to be missed by any fan of this history.
In fact, the more you know of the history of this campaign, the more you will be entertained. The author explores the effort made by Sir Roger Ames, the Duke of Elvington in Modern times, as he jousts with his nemesis, one Jean Michel Fortier playing for the Zulu side of this war. The Duke is trying to save Chelmsford and prevent the disaster at Isandlwana, and Fortier is trying to make sure the fierce impis of the Zulus properly devour the British. The result of this contest takes us to the heart of all the decisions Chelmsford had before him after crossing the Buffalo River into Zululand, and the alternative choices he might have made to alter the disastrous outcome. Yet even if you are not well versed in the history surrounding the battle, you will certainly be well educated by the time you finish this novel.
Beginning at the crossing of the Buffalo River on 10-11 January, the author shows why it took Chelmsford nearly 12 days to move just nine more miles into Zululand. In that interval, all the many possibilities and choices before him are explored, and Sir Roger Ames is doing his very best to get him to correct his oversights and errors, and push the course of the campaign to an alternate outcome. The history buffs will enjoy all of this segment, and then, midway through the book, the time to prove whether the Duke’s interventions have saved the hour finally arrives with “The Coming of the Shadows,” the massive Zulu army of some 20,000 men against less than 5,000 under Chelmsford’s command. From that point on, the last half of the book is all the alternate history battles that flowed from the Duke’s interventions, every bit as detailed and visceral as those in the movies.
So strap on your pith helmet, load that Martini & Henry rifle, and stand to! Zulu Hour is a wonderful leap into all this fascinating and exciting military history by an author that had emerged as the new master of that genre, with over 60 books out now that use some means of time travel to get modern day characters back in to the heart of these famous battles, and live them through in a way they never could while safe and sound in their libraries or reading chairs. Zulu Hour presents a convincing, well-researched alternate outcome of this first great clash between Lord Chelmsford and the Zulus, and it’s one no fan of the genre, or any of this military history, will want to miss.
This is a complete stand alone novel as an alternate history of the Zulu War.
The war continues on both land and sea as China invades Taiwan and North Korea joins to launch a devastating attack. Yet Kirov and the heart of the Red Banner Pacific Fleet has vanished, blown into the past by the massive wrath of the Demon Volcano. There Captain Karpov finds himself at the dying edge of the last great war, yet his own inner demons now wage war with his conscience as he contemplates another decisive intervention.
After secretly assisting the Soviet invasion of the Kuriles and engaging a small US scouting force in the region, Karpov has drawn the attention of Admiral Halsey’s powerful 3rd Fleet. Now Halsey sends one of the toughest fighting Admirals of the war north to investigate, the hero of the Battle off Samar, Ziggy Sprague, and fast and furious sea battles are the order of the day.
Meanwhile tensions rise in the Black Sea as the Russian mission to rescue Fedorov and Orlov has now been expanded to include a way to try and deliver new control rods to Kirov from the same batch and lot as the mysterious Rod-25. Will they work? Yet Admiral Volsky learns that the Russian Black Sea Fleet has engaged well escorted units of a British oil conveyor, Fairchild Inc., and the fires of war soon endanger his mission.
All efforts are now focused on a narrow stretch of coastline on the Caspian Sea, where men of war from the future and past are locked in a desperate struggle to decide the outcome of history itself. Naval combat, both future and past, combine with action and intrigue as Volsky’s mission is launched and the mystery of Rod-25 and Fedorov’s strange experience on the Trans-Siberian Rail is finally revealed. Can they stop the nuclear holocaust of the Third World War in 2021 or will it begin off the coast of Japan in 1945?
Kirov returns to the war in 2026, and Karpov and Fedorov realize they have just visited an alternate Meridian—a world arising from Volkov’s intervention in the past. Unless they find a way to undermine that world, or reverse the death of Sergei Kirov, Volkov’s world could become the new Prime Meridian. Now the U.S. carriers mass for an Alpha Strike against Chinese positions in the Philippines, intending to suppress the key airfields and ports, and render that front useless to the enemy. The battle is joined over Luzon, where General Chen tries to defend Clark-Beiying and other vital bases from a massive US air campaign. At the same time, Admiral Cook launches a bold offensive into the Visayas aimed at Iloilo, Cebu, and Tacloban to secure new forward airfields for the USAF. Soon Kirov’s intervention will again have a dramatic influence on the course of the war.
Kirov returns home to a changed world in the year 2021, and as the Russian Naval Inspectorate probes the mystery of the ship’s disappearance, Anton Fedorov begins to unravel yet another dilemma—the secret of Rod 25. The world is again steering a dangerous course toward the great war that blackened the shores of a distant future glimpsed by the officers and crew. Fedorov has come to believe that time is waiting on the resolution of one crucial unresolved element from their journey to the past—the fate of Gennadi Orlov.
Join Admiral Leonid Volsky, Captain Vladimir Karpov and Anton Fedorov as they sleuth the mystery of Orlov’s fate and launch a mission to the past to find him before the world explodes in the terror and fury of a great air and naval conflict in the Pacific. It is a war that will span the globe from the Gulf of Mexico to the Middle East and through the oil rich heart of Central Asia to the wide Pacific, but somehow one man’s life holds the key to its prevention. Yet other men are aware of Orlov’s identity as a crewman from the dread raider they came to call Geronimo, and they too set their minds on finding him first…in 1942! Men of war from the future and past now join in the hunt while the military forces of Russia, China and the West maneuver to the great chessboard of impending conflict.