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About Rick Partlow
Rick Partlow is that rarest of species, a native Floridian. Born in Tampa, he attended Florida Southern College and graduated with a degree in History and a commission in the US Army as an Infantry officer.
His lifelong love of science fiction began with Have Space Suit---Will Travel and the other Heinlein juveniles and traveled through Clifford Simak, Asimov, Clarke and on to William Gibson, Walter Jon Williams and Peter F Hamilton. And somewhere, submerged in the worlds of others, Rick began to create his own worlds.
He has written over 40 books in a dozen different series, and his short stories have been included in twelve different anthologies.
He is currently writing the best-selling Drop Trooper series for Aethon Books, a mil-SF alien invasion series, as well as the Earth at War series for Pramantha Publishing.
He lives in northern Wyoming with his wife and two lovable mutts. Besides writing and reading science fiction and fantasy, he enjoys outdoor photography, hiking and camping.
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The following are the series in Partlow's Birthright universe with a suggested series reading order:
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What would you do if you found the secret of a lifetime? What if you could change the universe?
Chase Weston never would have thought being the bodyguard for an archaeologist would be so dangerous…even an archaeologist digging for the remains of an alien civilization on another planet.
But everyone wants what Dr. Angel Cortez has found... no matter the human cost.
Because beneath the dirt and stone lies an ancient mystery, a secret history, and a warning of an implacable alien enemy. And if the warnings are true, then corporate mercenaries and Sea Dragon commandoes are the least of Chase’s worries.
Can Sgt. Chase Weston and Dr. Evangeline Cortez uncover the mystery of the Sunkillers? Or will they just be the latest to die trying?
Experience this riveting science fiction epic from Dragon Award nominees and USA Today Bestselling Authors J.N. Chaney and Rick Partlow. Uncover the secret of an alien race and change humanity (and the universe) forever.
But his past comes back to haunt him when a hired assassin makes an attempt on his life. On the heels of this threat, his old friend and former partner Deke Conner and DSI agent Kara McIntire arrive to warn him of a new conspiracy by old enemies, and this time the stakes are no lower than the fate of the galaxy.
The hunt is on for the fabled Northwest Passage, the extra-dimensional pathway that will give its discoverer access to the rest of the universe…and perhaps to the magical technology of the long-lost Predecessors, an ancient race of aliens who left behind an incredible legacy of terraformed worlds and wormhole passages.
The quest for the Northwest Passage will take Caleb and his friends and family to the farthest reaches of the Commonwealth and beyond into the unknown, where the prize for success may be an even darker fate than the price of failure.
Book 3 of the Birthright Series from Rick Partlow, set in his bestselling Drop Trooper Universe. This is Military Science Fiction the way it's meant to be.
Caleb Mitchell is a human weapon, engineered into a biologically enhanced killing machine in the war with the alien Tahni.
The war is long over and now he just wants to live a normal life as a constable on his homeworld of Canaan...but his life is torn apart when a Corporate Council mineral scout comes to him with a tale of discovering incredibly advanced alien technology from the fabled race known only as the Predecessors.
Someone in the monolithic, power-hungry Corporate Council doesn't want that story to get out...and they'll kill anyone to stop it, including Caleb and his family.
Don't miss Book 2 of the Birthright Series from Rick Partlow, set in his bestselling Drop Trooper Universe. This is Military Science Fiction the way it's meant to be.
After his mom died from cancer, Wash gave up his girlfriend and his dream of being a career Army officer to stay home and take care of his father, a former Special Forces soldier stricken with PTSD. Wash works three jobs just to pay the bills, and one of them is at the ranch of the man who’s engaged to his ex-girlfriend, Jimmy Bonner.
Sound rough? He thought so too…until a portal to a hell-world of giant, insectoid aliens opens behind the ranch house, sucking Wash and Jimmy into the nightmare domain of the Hive Mind, a monstrous, underground blob of brain tissue that stretches across multiple planets through the Gate System.
It exists only to spread itself across the universe. And its next target is Earth.
Will Wash be able to defend the planet from conquest by a swarm of giant alien insects? And will Jimmy be able to put aside his rivalry with Wash to fight for Earth, or will he decide that an alien horde is the perfect tool to dispose of his old enemy?
The answer lies on the other side…of the Gates of Hell.
The next hit Military Sci-Fi Series from Rick Partlow, the bestselling author of the Drop Trooper Series, is here! It's perfect for fans of Jasper T. Scott, Scott Bartlett, and David Weber. This is Military Sci-Fi the way it's meant to be!
When the former DSI commando Robert Chang, known as Cutter, had deceived them into helping him find the legendary Northwest Passage, he'd used all of his resources for his set-up---including replacing a few key military officers with genetically duplicated copies made in his lab and under his control. Cutter is gone, but his organization remains...and so do the replacements.
Now, someone Cutter left behind is using those replacements in an attempt to reignite the war between the human Commonwealth and the Tahni Empire.
Tahni insurgents have launched terrorist strikes against the Commonwealth military, initiating a cycle of reprisal and escalation, spurred on by the duplicates in the military. When Cal, Deke and Kara bring together what remains of their old Glory Boy commando group in an effort to investigate, they're attacked by both sides. It will take all their skill to overcome the conspiracy and expose the ones behind it.
And to convince the Tahni that the enemy of their enemy is not necessarily their friend...
The 4th and final installment of the Birthright Series from Rick Partlow, set in his bestselling Drop Trooper Universe. This is Military Science Fiction the way it's meant to be.
Shunned by friends and family for abandoning the pacifist beliefs of their religion, abandoned by the love of his life, he left his homeworld of Canaan to go to the Commonwealth Military Academy on Earth and train to fight in the looming war against the implacable alien threat of the Tahni Imperium.
When a training mission with a crew of cadets winds up caught in the middle of one of the worst battles of the war, Cal and his fellow students are officially declared dead.
That's when their war really begins.
Recruited for a top-secret special operations unit, Cal and his friends undergo experimental and dangerous physical augmentation that turns them into supersoldiers, designed to take the fight behind enemy lines and put the fear of God into an alien society who thinks their Emperor is God personified.
Now Caleb is asked to sacrifice his very humanity to protect his people.
But when Canaan itself is threatened by the Tahni, will he throw away his career and risk everything to save the people who turned their backs on him?
Don't miss the start of the Birthright Series from Rick Partlow, set in his bestselling Drop Trooper Universe. This is Military Science Fiction the way it's meant to be.
For Fleet Intelligence Colonel Marcus Hachette and the crew of the Orion, getting home means finding the gate the Predecessors used to travel halfway across the galaxy and using it to return to Earth.
For Sgt.-Major Ellen Campbell, the woman Cam still thinks of as “Top,” home is the Marines.
For Vicky Sandoval, home is wherever the she and Cam can make a life together, whether that’s back in the Commonwealth or right there in this strange new part of the galaxy.
But the only way for any of them to find a home is to hunt down the mysterious Seekers, the faction of the ancient alien Predecessors who were tracking the source of the mindless Skrela war drones which had chased them off Earth tens of thousands of years ago. The Seekers have the gate and, just as importantly, they know where to find the demonic Skrela and put an end to them.
But as dangerous as the hordes of Skrela drones may be, the weapon the Seekers have created to fight them may be just as deadly…to Cam and the others humans tracing their steps.
Book 10 in the Amazon Bestselling Drop Trooper series by Rick Partlow is here. It's Military Sci-Fi the way it's supposed to be!
Forced out of the Marshals and into the life of a freelance bounty hunter, Grant Masterson skirts the edges of the law, hunting down the ones responsible for framing him.
When his latest hunt leads him to a conspiracy of cyborg cultists, renegade AI and genetically engineered psychics, Masterson may have to choose between his own survival...and his quest for retribution.
Book 2 in a science fiction thrill ride from Rick Partlow, the bestselling author of the Drop Trooper Series.
Grant Masterson has spent his whole life putting criminals behind bars, but after shattering every law to save the life of the woman he loves, he finds himself in the harshest prison in the galaxy, surrounded by hardened killers.
He needs all his wits and skills just to survive…and when the sentient AI known as The Oracle, the head of the criminal network called Nautilus, infiltrates the prison and puts a price on his head, even the best bounty hunter in the galaxy may not be tough enough to live through it.
Will Grant’s long trail end in the nightmare known as Tuol Sleng…or will his friends manage to rescue him and hunt down the Oracle? And will Grant Masterson finally find…Vindication?
The 4th and final book in a science fiction thrill ride from Rick Partlow, the bestselling author of the Drop Trooper Series.
That’s what he keeps trying to tell Fleet Intelligence, but when he and Vicky signed back up, they agreed to follow orders. And their orders are to keep working for the Corporate Security Force and find out what the private paramilitary force knows about Zan-Thint and his plans to use Predecessor technology against the Commonwealth.
The trouble is, the CSF doesn’t seem to care about Zan-Thint anymore. They send Cam and Vicky and a crew of mercenary Drop Troopers to an isolated mining world called Portent. Their job? To put down a rebellion by wildcat miners who don’t want the Corporate Council stealing the fruits of their labor. Somehow, they’ve been able to hire the baddest mercenaries in the Commonwealth to hold onto their planet.
Stuck leading a crew of cutthroat mercenaries who want nothing more than to slaughter the wildcat miners and take their rhenium ore, facing down an even more cutthroat band of mercenaries who’ll kill anyone they consider a threat, Cam and Vicky try to negotiate a course between the two and figure out who’s actually paying the mercenaries and why the Corporate Council is really interested in a backwoods rhenium mine.
Because nothing on Portent is as it seems…and their allies might be just as ready to kill them as their enemies.
Book 7 in the Amazon Bestselling Drop Trooper series by Rick Partlow is here. It's Military Sci-Fi the way it's supposed to be!
Cam and the others in the task force have followed Zan Thint through the Predecessor Gateway to another spiral arm of the galaxy. There, they are stranded…unless they can find another of the gateways.
Following the trail of the Predecessors, who’d fled our space millennia ago, they discover one lost civilization after another…but will they find the Predecessors?
And even if they do, will the mysterious Predecessors, the original sentient life to evolve on Earth, help the heirs to their world and their star empire…or just lead them to their doom?
For it’s not only the Predecessors who lurk in the dark recesses of space. So do the bioengineered alien horde, the implacable Skrela, dedicated to wiping out all intelligent life in the universe.
And if the godlike Predecessors couldn’t defeat the Skrela, what hope does a ragtag band of humans stand?
Book 9 in the Amazon Bestselling Drop Trooper series by Rick Partlow is here. Grab your copy today!