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About Joshua James
Joshua James followed an unusual path to arrive here (i.e. writing in third person about himself in an author biography). He has worked as both an accountant and a graphic artist. Before either of those pursuits, he submitted a string of short stories to Analog, Asimov's, F&SF and Interzone. He even got a couple published. But finding an agent and writing on spec dampened his enthusiasm. Still, his childhood love for Robotech and ST:TNG meant he could never truly ignore his geek side (and also meant he wrote Star Trek/Robotech crossover fan fiction--yes, that's a thing). He has written or co-written more than 50 novels. They all involve spaceships. Joshua lives outside Washington D.C. with his family.
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HUMANITY HAS FALLEN. ONLY ONE SHIP CAN SAVE US.
After a disastrous encounter with an alien species, Captain Roc Masters finds himself exiled on a rundown station in the asteroid belt, commanding an ancient starship with a near-mutinous crew.
Just as he finally resigns himself to his fate, the aliens return to attack Earth.
With the inner worlds crumbling and most of the Earth and Martian navies sidelined or destroyed, it's up to Roc and his lone starship to hold the line.
He knows he must gather together what little humanity there is beyond the asteroid belt and make a stand against the aliens.
But first, he'll have to survive the armada sent to finish him off.
Starship Honor is the first book in the Honor in Exile series, a sci-fi adventure that features endless action, alien foes, and the worst—and best—of humanity.
A fragile truce hides a deadly deceit.INCLUDES THE COMPLETE LEGACY OF WAR SERIES PLUS A SNEAK PEEK AT THE NEW SERIES!
A century ago, an alien fleet attacked Earth. After decades of bitter war, a truce was struck. The aliens disappeared. Humanity stood down.
But the captain of the aging battleship Walker Pierce will never forget.
He has spent the last months in disputed space, against the wishes of his superiors and many of his weary crew, looking for proof of alien treachery and afraid of what he might find.
Because this time, if the aliens attack, humanity won't be so lucky.
Legacy of War is an enthralling tale of humanity on the edges of the unknown, perfect for fans of Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet and David Weber’s Honorverse.
Includes all 3 books in the series:
- First Encounter
- Enemy Lines
- Invasion Force
Five star reviews for First Encounter, book 1 in the series:
★★★★★ "Action from the beginning to the end. I could not put it down!"
★★★★★ "Great start to a military space opera."
★★★★★ "Good plot, believable characters. Lots of action. ... A binge worthy series."
"Like Buck Rogers on steroids!"INCLUDES A PREVIEW OF THE STARS DARK SERIES!
Over 2,000 pages of nonstop action! Two decades after he was banished from his homeworld for a disaster that still haunts him, Eli Bryce and his crew of unrepentant troublemakers struggle to survive on the edges of the galaxy.
But when they rescue a near-dead castaway with an impossible secret, everything changes.
Soon, the greatest conspiracy in the galaxy is unfolding around them and they have no choice but to fight.
But what can one ship full of outcasts do to save Earth and the rest of the galaxy from annihilation?
More than anyone could imagine.
Includes all 9 books in the Outcast Starship series:
Five star reviews for Annihilation, book 1 in the series:
★★★★★ "Cover to cover action ... I couldn’t put it down until I finished the story!"
★★★★★ "How refreshing it is to finally find a series of books that remembers what sci-fi is all about."
★★★★★ "Rollicking space opera! Tom Corbett Space Cadet meets Hitchhiker with a big dash of Firefly."
★★★★★ "If you like non-stop action then you'll love this book!"
★★★★★ "This book reminds me of the first scifi books of my youth. Action from the first page to the last!"
★★★★★ "Never read books where I couldn't take time to breathe! Wow! Talk about action!"
"FUN, PULPY SCI-FI ACTION!"
Includes the full series plus an exclusive bonus story!
The starship Yellowjacket is no pushover, but when an alien force larger than any in living memory appears out of nowhere, the ship is overwhelmed and left for dead on a hostile world.
Captain Brynn Jameson must face his personal demons when he learns the architect of the invasion has a vendetta against him.
Meanwhile, the resourceful crew must find a way to repair the crippled ship, gather allies, and get back in the fight -- before there's no fight left to join.
Note: The Stars Dark series is an homage to thrilling pulp sci-fi of yesteryear. If you're interested in hard science fiction look elsewhere. But if you're looking for action-packed adventures on strange worlds with even stranger aliens, this series is for you!
Includes all books in the Stars Dark series:
- Last Run
- Under Siege
- Lost Sky
- Bonus story: Home
Five star reviews for Marooned, book 1 in the series:
★★★★★ "This Space Opera doesn't let up! It is one continuous action after another."
★★★★★ "I had a great time reading these fun books!"
★★★★★ "The action started in the first chapter of the first book and kept up!"
TWO (MOSTLY) HONEST BOUNTY HUNTERS. ONE UNIMAGINABLE ALIEN SECRET.
When deep space bounty hunters Gunn and Salvo chase down a teenager linked to the catastrophic loss of a space station, everything about the job feels off.
For starters, the stolen ship is full of priceless treasures from humanity's lost past.
And then there's the target itself. It ain't quite human, at least not like anybody has seen before.
But the biggest red flag of them all? Honest people are lying.
So Gunn and Salvo do the one thing they swore they would never do on a job: Get curious.
Before they know it, they're the ones on the run with a bounty on their heads ... and the fate of humanity in their hands.
Included in the Gunn and Salvo Box Set:
- Galaxy Run
- Friendly Fire
- Calypso End
- Bygone Star
What readers are saying about book 1:
★★★★★ "It made me fall in love with space stories!!"
★★★★★ "LOTS of action, LOTS of twists, LOTS of fun!"
★★★★★ "fantastic non-stop action and a delicious amount of sarcasm."
If you like your sci-fi packed with colorful characters and pulse-pounding action, JUMP IN.
Over 2,500 pages of nonstop action!INCLUDES THREE BONUS STORIES AND THE FIRST BOOK IN THE LUCKY'S MERCS SERIES
"Like Starship Troopers on CRACK!" -Goodreads reviewer
Ambushed behind enemy lines and left for dead along with a handful of privates so green they actually respect his authority, Lance Cpl. Lucky Lee Savage has to master his inner demons, manage the ambitions of his foul-mouthed AI, and figure out what is tearing a hole in the fabric of space-time before everything goes tits up.
Lucky wouldn't bet on the universe. One thing he will bet on: Somewhere, somehow, somebody is going to pay for all this. And he's going to be right there to pull the trigger.
Includes all 9 books in the Lucky's Marines series:
- Lucky Universe
- Lucky Legacy
- Lucky Empire
- Lucky Forever
- Lucky Invasion
- Lucky Revenge
- Lucky Justice
- Lucky Bastard
- Lucky At Last
- Bonus: Lucky's Mercs: Retaliation
Praise for Lucky Universe, book 1 in the series:
"This sucker is a grab your ass and hang on ride! Full throttle action from page one through the epilogue." -Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
"A great military sci-fi novel! ... The fight scenes are fast-paced and intense. There are lots and I do mean lots of twists and turns in the plot. Nothing is quite as it seems." -Errant Dreams review
"One of the things that marks this book out from other military SF novels is the twists and turns. Just when you think you have it figured out, the author throws another one in. In hindsight, you can see how it all links together and how it drove the characters." -SF Crows Nest review
"Do yourself a favor if you love sci-fi with nonstop action, great character depth and environments that are off the charts, read this series!" -Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
Not everyone will survive...
As Gunn and Salvo desperately try to hatch a plan that can slow Grey down, an unexpected — and largely unwelcome — ally comes to their aid. They might hold the key to defeating Grey, but their agenda is their own.
Meanwhile, Dab returns to the lab that first experimented on her mind hoping to find a clue as to what is fueling the Dolus and how to stop their terrifying powers. What she finds will change everything...
Infinite Grey is the latest episode in the Gunn and Salvo sci-fi thriller series, a high-octane rush through the wildest corners of the galaxy!
"Alien invasion with an awesome twist!"INCLUDES AN EXCLUSIVE BONUS STORY AND A PREVIEW OF THE OUTCAST STARSHIP SERIES
Over 2,000 pages of nonstop action! Two decades of bitter war between Earth and her furthest colonies is finally at an end. Captain Lee Saito's massive new starship is sent to seal the uneasy truce.
But a series of terrorist attacks on Earth and the mysterious acts of a strange cult threaten to derail the fragile peace.
When the mission goes awry, Saito must try to salvage what he can in deep space while his estranged son must navigate a conspiracy back on Earth that could implicate the highest levels of government.
As it all spirals out of control, the future of humanity hangs in the balance.
Includes all 9 books in the Oblivion series:
- Lost Mission
- First Contact
- Final Invasion
- Star Fallen
- Beyond Ruin
- Orion Inbound
- Enter Abyss
- Earth Arise
- Last Stand
Five star reviews for Lost Mission, book 1 in the series:
★★★★★ "Plenty of high octane action sequences ... Readers should expect a twisting and curving wild ride."
★★★★★ "This is a fast moving book that you won’t want to put down."
★★★★★ "A rip roaring tale that does a fine job of world building and character development."
There is always hope.
For Uma Salvo, all seems lost. Gunn is gone. Ren is gone. Humanity's biggest threat might be gone for the moment, but she knows better than to think that will last.
What she has to do, with few clues and fewer resources, is find the answer to destroying the Dolus once and for all.
And it might just be in the last place in the galaxy anyone could imagine.
Outward Sky is the latest episode in the Gunn and Salvo sci-fi thriller series, a high-octane rush through the wildest corners of the galaxy!
Save the cure. Kill the crew.
That was the dying order of the captain of the starship Elixr. The ship followed the order. Then it lost its mind.
Two decades later, the last chance to save billions of souls rests with the dead starship's only occupants: a pair of boys raised by a deranged robot. When Elixr crashes on a barren world, they join forces with an impoverished girl living on the edge of society to search for answers.
Who are they? Why have they survived? And what could Elixr possibly do to save a world on the precipice of collapse?
The more they learn, the greater the stakes become. Soon they are running for their lives from secret societies, deadly creatures, and powerful warlords. As enemies multiply, it seems the secrets of the lost starship may never be discovered.
But Elixr is hiding more than secrets. Much more.
THE LOST STARSHIP box set includes:
Fans of fun, action-packed sci-fi will have a blast with The Lost Starship series!
For deep space bounty hunters Gunn and Salvo, things are going from bad to worse.
Ren seems to be trapped in Grey's ship and the only help they can find is an old friend of Salvo with a checkered past.
And speaking of old friends, the contract out on them is attracting attention from all their old running buddies.
It's getting ugly in more ways than one. Then again, maybe that's just the way they like it.
Friendly Fire is the latest episode in the Gunn and Salvo sci-fi thriller series, a high-octane rush through the wildest corners of the galaxy!
While Gunn and Salvo try to learn more about their ancient enemy, things are going from bad to worse.
Even as they find themselves on a strange world with its own set of rules and competing factions, back on Illium Eldridge is fighting to save the population from the menace that Gray has brought.
As time runs out, the chances of success for either group dwindles. Meanwhile an entirely new menace is gathering force.
Can anyone survive what is coming?
Calypso End is the latest episode in the Gunn and Salvo sci-fi thriller series, a high-octane rush through the wildest corners of the galaxy!