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About Mark Wayne McGinnis
Mark grew up on both coasts, first in Westchester County, New York, then in Westlake Village, California. Mark and his wife, Kim, now live in Castle Rock, Colorado, with their three dogs, Rika, Sammi, and the new puppy, Lilly. Mark got his start as a corporate marketing manager and then fell into indie-filmmaking—Producing/Directing the popular Gaia docudrama, 'Openings — The Search For Harry'. For the last six years he's been writing full-time and with twenty-nine best-selling novels under his belt, he has no plans on slowing down. Thanks for being part of his community! Use the links below to jump to Mark's site.
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List of books and series published thus far:
Scrapyard Ship Series
Scrapyard Ship (Book 1)
HAB 12 (Book 2)
Space Vengeance (Book 3)
Realms of Time (Book 4)
Craing Dominion (Book 5)
The Great Space (Book 6)
Call To Battle (Book 7)
Tapped In Series
Mad Powers (Book 1)
Deadly Powers (Book 2)
Lone Star Renegades Series
Lone Star Renegades (also called ‘Jacked’) (Book 1)
Star Watch Series
Star Watch (Book 1)
Ricket (Book 2)
Boomer (Book 3)
Glory for Space Sea and Space (Book 4)
Space Chase (Book 5)
Scrapyard LEGACY (Book 6)
The Simpleton Series
The Simpleton (Book 1)
The Simpleton Quest (Book 2)
Galaxy Man Series
Galaxy Man (Book 1)
Ship Wrecked Series
Ship Wrecked (Book 1)
Ship Wrecked II (Book 2)
Ship Wrecked III (Book 3)
Boy Gone Series
Boy Gone Book 1
The Hidden Ship
The Hidden Ship
USS Hamilton Series
USS Hamilton Ironhold Station (Book 1)
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Feeling he may have just jumped from the frying pan into the fire, Quintos is forced to build new strategic alliances with the Pylors. But to have their help and access to their ragtag fleet of warships, he’ll need to prove himself. He’ll need to embrace ruthless marauding to acquire a priceless gem onboard the luxury starliner Pecunious. Looming, though, is an epic battle with the Varapin elite Vanquishing Shadow Strike Force—a battle that could very well dictate who will emerge victorious in this war.
Yes, Gavin will no longer have US Space-Navy assets at his back, but he will have Hardy, the Symbios, and one eight-mile-long Gorvian technology warship called Oblivion.
Military Science Fiction at its Best
I read a lot of space opera scifi - Ken Lozito, BV Lason, Craig Alanson, and - yes - Mark Wayne McGinnis. Mark is my favorite. He blends the military forces, like the US Space Navy with great science fiction battles that make for pure entertainment. Thanks, Mark, for another winning scifi space opera. - Kelly W
The Action is Always Going
Again we find Captain Galvin Quintos fighting for the alliance, but this time without their backing. He has gone rogue, his old XO now Captain of her own ship has been ordered to find Quintos and bring him back to earth. But things go bad from the start for her. Quintos arrives at Haven hoping to get the right to start raiding ships from the head of this pirate plant. - BritM
Sensational reading, dramatic and captivating
I enjoy reading Mark's books; they are so life-like, realistic, and full of action. It’s possible to feel the action and drama unfold in front of you. Written with descriptive passion where it feels you are part of the action without being overly written.
I stumbled on Marks's creation and now am a total fan of his books. Start with the first in this series, The USS Hamilton Ironhold Station. Enjoy. - Malcolm S
Always a Good Read
When I see a new MWM book it goes right to the top of my pile as the next one to read. I'm so enjoying this series (the USS Hamilton Series) love the characters and the plots are very interesting and he keeps throwing new things in. A sudden ending but we are not left on a cliff! I hate cliffhangers. - Trudi
Following the exploits of Captain Quintos, now pirate Quintos we go on another thrill ride as he and his crew are battling the ghouls and the Grish. This is not just another nook about scifi military tactics, but an evolving story about fighting evil and doing it his way. Enjoy the ride, this is a great read.
Better than BV Larson
Love, Love, Love this author. With the USS Hamilton Series - this is Book 5, Starship Oblivion - Mark Wayne McGinnis continues this captivating science fiction space opera. I'm a huge fan. - Candice
USS Hamilton Book 5 / Starship Oblivion Sanctuary Outpost
A new ship, new refueling starbase, new planet, new letter of marque. And old friends reunited. A big old gem too. And what an ending! I sure hope there’s more to come.
This is one of the best military science books I’ve read in the past 10 years!
Great military scifi with multi-dimensional characters, creative plot twists, and a whole lot of action. Mark Wayne McGinnis delivers again with the USS Hamilton.- James Wright
If you like BV Larson, you’ll love MWM’s latest book - thanks for a fun, exciting read!
This author knows how to write science fiction with the right blend of humor and action. Thanks, Mark- PK
The USS Hamilton is a military space opera on steroids. Literally, could not put it down!
I really hope there are many sequels to the USS Hamilton. I have read all of MWM's books, starting with Scrapyard Ship and this one is my favorite.- Frank Harris
Great book - fun, entertaining, great characters, and adventurous action :)
5 stars. I don't generally read 1st person narrated books because, in my opinion, they tend to make the book drag. Fortunately, USS Hamilton: Ironhold Station is not one of those 1st person narrated books that drag. The hero (and narrator) is so engaging he pulls you into the story which is action-packed, well told, and has memorable characters - both human and alien. Quintos is the XO of the USS Hamilton who unexpectedly finds himself in the role of Captain. To say he's not that keen on the job is an understatement, but somehow he muddles through and finds that he is more capable than he thinks. What I liked about the book is the way in which the author uses Quintos to describe the future setting and technological aspects that lace the story. There is self-effacing humor about Quintos that engages the reader in the story's narrative development. Overall, I can honestly say my first excursion reading a Mark Wayne McGinnis book has been a good one and I am definitely looking forward to the next book :) - Catherine MacKay
Still another series from one fabulous writer
I thought that Scrapyard Ship, Star Watch, and Ship Wrecked - this author's previous series - was really neat and have them all. Along the way, he added a lot of other books and now this action series has the promise of being even better than all the rest. If you liked any of his previous books then sit back and read what this future brings. If this is your first try for Mark then you will be delighted and drawn in by his fantastic imagination coupled with his ability to put those dreams into words. Last line - Buy this book, you will be so happy you did.-J.M.
You love Military Adventure Sci-Fi? Then you will love this!
Of the many Military Sci-fi novels I have read, this is at the top of my favorites! Characters have an actual personality, action is on nearly every page, the main character is both funny yet very human in his feelings. There is a humor and daring throughout the novel! Again, you love sci-fi, you will love this!- Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars.
After the recent near-destruction of the USS Hamilton, Captain Galvin Quintos has been lying low, getting the USS Jefferson ready for service. In the midst of refurbishing the vessel, he gets a call for help from his former XO, new starship captain Gail Pristy. The Varapin have lured the 9th Fleet into a devious trap, and it’s not long before Quintos has his orders to hurry to the rescue. But the Varapin have a colossal new warship—one that puts anything the US Space-Navy has to shame. Even after Quintos assembles a crew, he’ll still need to pull a few rabbits, along with a few Symbio Poths, out of a hat to have any chance of surviving the coming battle. And Quintos’ one last hope—reuniting with a past enemy—may prove as dangerous as fighting the Varapin themselves.
Great Military Science Fiction!
I have now read all four books in this series. I literally could not put them down, which meant it took me a while to go to sleep the last couple of weeks. I highly recommend these books. If you like BV Larson or Craig Alanson books you will like these. - Roger D.
One Of My Favorite Authors!
Mark Wayne McGinnis become one of my favorite authors. The Hamilton series has been really enjoyable. He has a way with his characters and a good story. You end up with a smile on your face when you reach the end of a book. The next thing you do is look for another MWM book to enjoy! - Seabus
Fun SciFi Adventure Story!
Strong and wildly swirling adventure story that's a great capstone for the first two... I love to feel myself developing affection for the characters and the plot. Can't wait for the next in the series!
Thank you MWM - VIC
Entertaining Military SciFi.
It’s a great story. Could hardly put it down. Already got number 2 and didn't put it down. All characters in the story are great but Hardy is the best. Looking for number 4. Mark McGinnis, you need to coordinate with Marco Kloos so that I have no lag time on my SciFi. Two great authors. Thanks -Wm. F. Hogsten
Great Sci-Fi Thriller!
Truly awesome in word and deed. Captain Quintos and crew pull out all the stops and made it happen for Earth and the USS Hamilton. Nonstop action, excitement, and dueling Chronobots. What else could you ask for in a
Sci-Fi thriller. I can't wait to get into the next book in the series. Thanks for a good read. - Kindle Customer
Fun Space Opera Science Fiction!
Honestly, this is the most fun I had reading a scifi book in a long time. Mind you I'm just a simple man with simple tastes though. It was a honest really fun read and I found myself sneaking away so I could see what was going to happen next. Needless to say as soon as I finished this book I order the second. Great job keep it up and I look forward to other works.
- S. Springer
Humorous Military Science Fiction!
Just the right touch of realistic action, intrigue and humor. The characters are real, the dialogue smooth and the outcome very much up in the air until the end.
I'm hooked. Rock on Dude. - DaveTucker
Entertaining Space Opera!
Will award FIVE stars for this book. I did enjoy the story. A complete change in a story line. Just the right amount of Twists to keep the readers on their toes. I recommend this book to all readers of space opera. A good book. - Hardcore
Absorbed in the book from beginning to end. The book started well, rose to heights and ended on a very good note.
USS Hamilton Sequel/Broadsides is an outstanding sequel to the USS Hamilton series!
Hardcore military science fiction from Mark Wayne McGinnis. I'm a big fan.-Carson Wheeler
Just as Good as Scrapyard Ship.
I've been a fan of Mark's since he wrote Scrapyard Ship. It was one of the best space opera books I've ever read. USS Hamilton Broadsides, and the USS Hamilton series are just as good. I love a great military scifi story, and McGinnis delivers every time.-Terrence B.
Great Military Science Fiction
Mark Wayne McGinnis has done it again. Space opera and military scifi come together in the USS Hamilton Broadsides This book is fun, exciting, and just a purely entertaining book. As long as Mark keeps writing, I will continue to devour his books.-Phillip Raskin
McGinnis makes scifi fun again!
Very enjoyable read. TIRED of reading books where the main character is always conflicted and overwhelmed. This was refreshing, enjoyable, fun, surprising, and a darn good read. Thanks, Mark!-Greg
Great Space Opera!
Book 3 of the USS Hamilton series is even better than the first two. A cross between BV Larson and Craig Alanson, only better. The difference with Mark is he writes with heart.-David
Better than Star Watch
I love Mark Wayne McGinnis. He always writes fun and entertaining science fiction. I've read his books from the beginning: Scrapyard Ship, Star Watch, Ship Wrecked, and the rest. The USS Hamilton Boadsides is a great blend of military scifi and space opera. And I whole-heartedly recommend the USS Hamilton series who wants to kick back and get lost in a good story. Well done.-Kevin Newbury
Mark Wayne McGinnis
I love good science fiction and I've read many authors including BV Larson and Craig Alanson. Mark is the best. If you don't believe me, pick up Scrapyard Ship or Star Watch or Ship Wrecked and read them. The USS Hamilton is just as good, if not better than his earlier works.-KPM
Well-Written Space Opera
This is an enjoyable romp. The never say die crew on a sure be one-way mission grabbed me and never let go. I read it in one sitting. This was fun; not as much fun as sex with a black-haired woman or a wild child redhead in her early twenties.
Captain Galvin Quintos had returned home to Earth soon after liberating Ironhold Station from a ruthless band of Pylorian pirates. But the Grish had been waiting for his transport ship—an attack he barely survived. Now, three months later, he’s still recuperating within the walls of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Just today, Quintos has learned of a new intergalactic adversary—a highly advanced alien force, the Varapin – who are currently en route from the Andromeda Galaxy. Intel has it, these ghoulish-looking aliens are now aligned with the Grish, and together, they’re hell-bent on annihilating all humanity. Quintos, certain his crew has already moved on to other posts, and his ship, the USS Hamilton, surely is still in space dock with battle damage. He must figure out how to get back into the fight, and do so fast.
Fun Space Opera!
Mark Wayne McGinnis delivers a fun military science fiction space opera. Thank you MWM for this great entertainment. I would have read this in one day if I didn't have to go to work. Took me 2 days. I'm ready for the next one! -Art Blair
Amazing Military Scifi Series
The USS Hamilton is turning out to be one of my favorite series. I've been a fan of MWM since he wrote the hit series, Scrapyard Ship. Mark is a creative genius. - Sam H.
Best Military Science Fiction I've read in Years!
Aliens, Space Battles, and Military Science Fiction - this author is the best at these things. The author has an amazing imagination. Thanks Mark. I love your books! - PK
The USS Hamilton is Awesome!!
Captain Quintos is a great character. He reminds me of Captain Jason Reynolds of MWM's military scifi series, Scrapyard Ship. If you want to be entertained, read The USS Hamilton Series... heck, read all of Mark's books. - Chris Goodman
Miasma Burn is Incredible!
USS Hamilton Miasma Burn is awesome. This is turning our to be an incredible military science fiction series. To anyone that likes Craig Alanson or BV Larson, I highly recommend this series by MWM. - Lura G.
Entertaining Space Opera
If you want to read something, get totally engrossed, forget about your worries - read USS Hamilton Miasma Burn. I read this in one day. Yeah, I didn't sleep, but it was worth it. Man, I love a good Military sci-fi story. Thanks Mark. Keep 'em coming! - JC
Great Sci Fi Adventure!
I had hours of flights and layovers and The Hidden Ship kept me highly entertained during my travels. The characters are great and the tension never lets up. This was similar to the Scrapyard series Mark wrote, which I also loved. I highly recommend the book if you enjoy sci-fi adventure.- SC
Cool Scifi Alien Invasion Story
Man that was awesome. I don't suppose we could see the further adventures of Captain Polk in a follow-up book? I enjoyed the action, just like all that crazy action-packed fighting in the Scrapyard series. Thanks for a GoodRead. Robert Great Military Science Fiction Alien invasion, heroes, space opera, sex, betrayal, good guys, underdogs, arrogant alien buttheads all present and accounted for! Written like the classics from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Good stuff. Sam Just as good as Ship Wrecked Hidden Ship was just as good as Mark Wayne McMcGinnis' Ship Wrecked, which was my favorite military space opera book. I liked the characters, human and alien. I liked how the hero overcame his own desire for revenge and showed how humans could be gracious and merciful to a truly vile alien enemy. The aliens too had their good points as not all were truly cruel and merciless. All in all a great story filled with action with a little suspense thrown in at the appropriate time. Nice, easy, enjoyable read that keeps your attention. KG Love his (Mark Wayne McGinnis] writing. Period. Always a good story and plot but it's most often the wonderful way he portrays his characters that I love most. They always are genuine, good and evil. You hate the bad guys more and more just as you really root for the good guys. This was a fun, more local to Earth, than space tale of heroism and friendships across species that was a kick in the pants adventure that seemed to get better and better as the story progressed. Also nice to have, what I felt, was a stand-alone book. I didn't see a need for a sequel. Too many book series out there right now. Thanks for a great time. Highly recommended.- Belleraphon
Captivating SciFi Space Opera
One of the best written and captivating scifi space opera novels I have read in a long time. Once I opened the cover I could not put it down. The Hidden Ship had no slow spots - this book keeps you going from the beginning to the very last page. Highly recommenced this book! Looking forward to reading other works by Mark Wayne McGinnis.
A wicked snowstorm had blown in from the north and the roads were a mess. Recently split from his one-time girlfriend, there was now nothing holding Cameron Decker here in the little backwater mountain town of Larksburg Stand. Time to get back to college, back to Stanford. Seeing a guy knee-deep in slush at the side of the road, he pulled to the curb and waved him over. The guy smacked his head getting in—knocked his watch cap askew. Only then did Cameron notice—noticed that the individual couldn’t possibly be human. Cameron decided to help his stranded passenger—a decision he’d soon come to regret. Along with his rust-bucket of a pickup truck, he was soon heading deep into space aboard an interstellar spacecraft. After the vessel crash-landed onto an alien world, he would now have to contend with a murderous droid and a slew of strange alien life forms. But it is the forty-five-foot tall killer beast—a Minal Loth—that will impact his life the most. Marooned, Cameron must keep his wits to survive long enough to find a way to return home—back to that little mountain town, and that girl, who he should never have left in the first place.
Ship Wrecked, Stranded on an Alien World / Fun, unique, entertaining science fiction
I was reading another book where an individual was stranded on another planet. Craving more of something like this I remembered seeing this title pop up a couple of times. Although my expectations were different. I found myself LOVING this book. I am really hoping the author writes more stories in this to make a series. If you're reading my review, if you write them I'll read them. Please turn shipwrecked into a series. I would definitely check out this author's other books. Especially after reading this fun read. As this is the 1st book of his that I have read I am looking forward to some more exciting science fiction stories.-Timothy Albert
Great Space Opera / Don't Miss This One!
One hell of a ride. Couldn’t put it down. Plenty of room for sequels, with unlimited adventures. This book will captivate any and all who want to go where no man has gone before. I gave it 5 stars because has everything needed to keep you actively wanting to know what will happen next. Tons of room to grow the crew into incredible creatures. I can’t wait to head out on a new adventure with Cam, Heather, and Alice.-Kindle Customer
Rollicking fine science fiction story that is superbly written!
This is a rollicking scifi fun tale that focuses on Cameron who helps a ship-wrecked alien, a good act that lands him aboard its spaceship with a rather demented droid that causes Cameron all sorts of trouble, even as his New York small hometown is being wrecked by a Loth creature that is an organic wrecking ball. His girlfriend Heather forms a second POV with solid, contemporaneous chapters. The action is nearly continuous, the alien galaxy layout is plausible and McGinnis' knowledge of animal behavior extends well beyond the mention of Konrad Lorenz. There is some nice solid science in several sections that I quite enjoyed. Most important is the fine third person POV narrative of Cameron, the scene shifts and the dynamic of being at risk and worried about Heather and Earth's survival. In one sense this is a fine 'small-town guy makes good' story. In another sense, it is a Robinson Crusoe exploration of an alien planet. And finally, it is a story about relationships, human and alien.
One of the best
All the way back to Larry Niven, and Heinlein, not to mention clancy.
Really great action adventure scifi story
I read the first book from the Lending Library and loved it so much I bought this one immediately. The first book was outstanding and the second was nearly as good. I especially love it when a sequel is totally different from its predecessor. This is a very different book from the first but is just as enjoyable in its own way and while maybe not as "fun" as the first it is deeper and more meaningful and more "heartstring-pulling". I'm serious, I got kind of emotional at certain parts of the story. If you haven't read the first, you must. If you read the description and think it sounds kind of hokey and silly - don't stop, it is not, at all. It's a silly-sounding premise but it totally works. I commend the author for his unique creativity, his well-drawn characters, even and especially different levels of AI and totally dreamed up aliens who are absolutely nothing like humans but are still relatable. Please - read these two books.- RWHIRN
Ship Wrecked Sequel / Who rescues whom?
Cam was worried about taking Heather into space, then she got kidnapped by a violent droid. But the loyal Loth was with her. The Loth wins a fight he shouldn’t have and all of a sudden, the droid is her servant. Between the droid and the Loth, Heather now owns the interstellar cock-fighting planet and a huge beautiful spaceship. Meanwhile, Cam has been shipwrecked again along with a bunch of vicious animals, one of whom is named Joe. Thanks to the latter, thanks they rocket off in a marginally functioning cargo ship that barely gets them to Sang-Moran, where Heather is waiting. I hope someone realizes the captain of the fancy ship can marry them, ‘cause Daddy’s got a shotgun. Mark Wayne McGinnis delivers a fun, action, adventure syfy young adult science fiction book, that will entertain all ages.- Nancy W
Great adventure space opera sy fy book, glad some folks were digested, so to speak...lol Joe, what a character and hope he is in the crew for the next adventure on Earth. The Loth is up to be the big boss and I definitely want to see the group hug with his litter mates on Earth. Thanks for the GoodRead.- KC
Wonderful young adult science fiction adventure!
Mark McGinnis has delivered another great book.
Robert's Review and Comments
Great book, you had me going when a certain ship was destroyed by XI. Glad the bugger is history. The Prions are a cool bunch, enjoyed their efforts. Thanks for a GoodRead. - Robert
I enjoyed the stories in all three books in the Ship Wrecked Series
I've been a true science fiction fan of the great writers for many decades. I also enjoy adventure stories and found all three of the books in this series to be a great combination of the two genres. I see much to like in Mr. Mark Wayne McGinnis ... his writing is exceptional and I look forward to reading more of his books (especially in this series, Ship Wreck, Stranded on an Alien World). Keep up the good work and terrific imagination. - JM
Third in the series. Great rollicking adventure scifi story!!
I find myself waiting for more. A little of species crossover from other series but not out of place. More of a gentle reminder. If another sequel popped up I would buy it. - mchipguru
Mark Wayne McGinnis/ Ship Wrecked, Stranded on an Alien World, Book 3
To Every species, there is a champion. I've enjoyed this 3 book series and look forward to the 4th (There had better be a 4th book!). The quandary as to what is a soul will be an interesting investigation, as I am sure that the author will pursue. That said, It is hard to put this series down as all of the other books this author has written! It is well written, well-edited, And Very engaging. I love the characters and look forward to their growth. - Amazon Customer
Fun adventure sci-fi / Mark Wayne McGinnis doesn't disappoint
I just like this guy's writing style. his characters pull you right into the story. They face real, regular-guy struggles even in distant space! The setting in the story feels almost real and I can visualize the scene. Make sure you read as many of this author's books as you can! - Circuits
Ship Wrecked III / Fantastic Fun Syfy
Fast action sci-fi never a full moment with Cameron and his friends. Twists and turns and surprise's keep you wanting to turn the page in this ever-evolving series with Cameron Heather & Loth and all the other characters, plenty of action, never a dull moment this story is always shifting you in new directions a great book, thoroughly enjoyed it.
I can't stop reading this series. First Scrapyard Ship mesmerized me for 7 books, I thought there could never be anything like it. Well, there's an equal series with Star Watch. Why am I not surprised?”– Rickey
Wow! I don’t know how to express how much I love this Star Watch box set. If you like Military sci fi books, you need to read this. But, read the Scrapyard Ship series first. I was looking for space adventure, and boy did I get it!" – Ken L
The Star Watch series is riveting. A simply fantastic military sci fi box set.” – Carey Thompson
Mark Wayne McGinnis just became my favorite author. I like BV Larson a lot, but I love MWM. For fans of military science fiction and military space opera, you have to read the Star Watch Box set, but first read the Scrapyard Ship series." KP
Space battles, not-so-typical aliens, ingenious plot developments, and characters that are easy to route for – this Star Watch box set delivers in every category.- MB
A great military space opera! Thank you, Mark Wayne McGinnis, for finding a way to continue the amazing Scrapyard Ship series. You have become my favorite military sci fi author.” Al Legion
A phenomenal continuation of the Scrapyard Ship series. This is military science fiction at its best.” SW
A one-of-a-kind military space opera with a cast of characters that I fell in love with. I will read these books over and over again. They are that good.” Sarah
Star Watch, and the prequel (Scrapyard Ship) are totally unique. MWM is a genius. He clearly has his own style, with flashes of elements from other authors.