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About Terry Maggert
Left-handed. I like dragons, coffee, waffles, running, and giraffes; order unimportant. I write the Backyard Starship, Halfway Witchy, Messenger, Starcaster, and Shattered Skies series. I don't sleep, but you probably guessed that already.
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His grandfather used to tell him fantastic stories of spacemen and monsters, princesses and galactic knights. Little did Van realize, the old man's tales were more than fiction. They were real.
Hidden beneath the old barn, Van’s legacy is waiting: a starship, not of this world.
With his combat AI, an android bird named Perry, Van takes his first steps into the wider galaxy. He soon finds that space is far busier and more dangerous than he could have ever conceived.
Destiny is calling. His grandfather's legacy awaits.
Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with USA Today Bestselling Author J.N. Chaney and Terry Maggert in this brand new science fiction series. If you're a fan of found spaceships and galactic quests for glory, this might just be the story you've been waiting for.
Even in space, crime still exists.
After taking a Peacemaker job to find missing fuel, Perry finds something far more sinister than simple theft—a voice, crying out in a forge of heat and flame, and the discovery reveals a series of acts so vicious that nothing short of revenge will suffice.
Following leads across the stars, Van, Perry, and Torina discover the wealthy elite are doing more than just taking fuel.
They’re stealing lives.
But it takes money to make justice, and Van has to work. Torina’s land must be restored, and the Dragonet needs new armor, and Van’s sword isn’t going to sharpen itself.
So Van throws himself into the life of a Peacemaker, where he discovers that doing his job—and doing it well—makes him a target.
He’s got the will. He’s got the sword. And he’s got help. Now all he needs is a little fuel.
And maybe a gun or two.
When Master Yewlo is abducted by unknown forces, the Peacemakers are thrown into chaos as the rescue mission begins. Finding Yewlo will be hard, but the search reveals secrets the guild might not survive—secrets about a system so corrupt, it will take Van and his team’s best efforts to untangle the truth.
And they might not like what they find.
On the grimy station known as Halcyon, Van will track and confront thieves who deal in stolen lives, all in order to save a Master who might not have the guild’s best interest at heart. With Sorcerers and Cloaks and every other kind of criminal, Van, Torina, Perry and Icky learn that friends come in all shapes and sizes—and so do enemies.
From the depths of space to Iowa, join Van as he fights to save his guild, free stolen lives, and discover that money makes the universe go around—money and lies, that is.
And Van will find the truth, no matter what the cost.
On the run and out of chances, he guides his ship and crew into the heart of a relic older than the galaxy itself—and finds himself on the edge of an eternal war he never knew existed.
The relic is a mech, lost to history and forgotten by all who remain. Built by an ancient race to be the ultimate weapon, the machine is capable of unspeakable destruction, and its discovery could unhinge the balance of power throughout known space.
Worse still, the A.I. inside the machine speaks of an ancient evil that will soon arrive--a race whose power far exceeds anything humanity has ever witnessed.
Only the Messenger can stand against them, the A.I. tells its new pilot. Only you can do what must be done.
With ships of a new design, the Realm will turn outward, striking into territory long held by the Deepers and their unholy creatures, wrapped in technology as old as the stars themselves.
But the universe is shrinking, thanks to Realm scientists and the efforts of Kai and his brethren, who find that secrets still remain in the hidden places where humans store memory, and history—and weapons.
Pursuing Pavel Hu into the darkness, Dash finds the truth about human history, and just what it means to end a war that has raged since before Earth was civilized, and when the sun itself was young.
The Deepers have nowhere to go but ahead, and in their way is the most powerful fleet ever assembled—
But in the final battle for galaxies far and wide, will Dash and his mechs be enough?
The enemy is not standing still. Bishops and Battle Princes attack across a massive front, leading fleets of Deeper craft that straddle the bridge between life and machine.
Fighting over a span of light years that boggles the mind, Dash and his crew are drawn farther out in the big black than any human has ever gone----or so they thought, for a small beacon of humanity drifts, alone, frozen, and ancient, out where the light of days is older than the history of mankind.
Capturing the object, a secret is revealed, and the war, and Dash, will never be the same, for his mission just got a lot harder, and the enemy has changed their face yet again.
With the Kingsport and Anchors under withering fire, Dash will lead his fleet into the teeth of an enemy force that has been lying in wait for a million years, and they will stop at nothing to turn humans into biomechanical servants who drift among the stars, dreaming of a peace that will never come.
Unless Dash can win. And he always wins.
Drifting in the intergalactic deep, Dash begins the final push towards peace. From the depths of Realm lore, the Kingsport takes shape, one component at a time.
But the war is not over, and the Deepers aren’t done.
The space beyond our galaxy is far from empty, and the Arkubators, Deeper worlds, and other secrets begin to reveal themselves as the Realm forces fight their way, gate to gate, into areas never seen by humans.
Dash will journey farther than any other human has ever gone—or so he thinks.
What awaits him is a secret that will change everything humans know about their origins.
Only two questions will remain: Can humanity win?
And at what cost?
Experience the thirteen entry in the international bestselling series from USA Today Bestselling Author J.N. Chaney and Terry Maggert. If you're a fan of world building, mecha style action, and rich character driven stories, you'll love this intergalactic epic.
Now at home in the Aquarian system, Dash and his team receive news from a dying ship. With thirty systems under their inhuman control, the newest enemy to free life in the galaxy seeks to engage and destroy the Messenger by any means necessary.
The skyhooks are only the beginning of a secret plan to hide Dark Metal, but Dash, the Gentle Friends, and the rest of the Messenger's growing forces will find a way to fight back.
Plunging into the swirling deep, Dash discovers an ancient plot to use drones, Dark Metal, and a device so advanced it is only known by one word: the Shroud.
Join the Messenger and his team as they battle the Verity, strike out into the galaxy for new resources, and come ever closer to the truth about what the Unseen had planned for humanity all those years ago.
From Terry Maggert and USA Today Bestselling author J.N. Chaney comes the seventh entry in the international bestselling series The Messenger. Experience the continued saga of a young mech pilot destined to save humanity in this ever-expanding saga.
With new, more lethal weapons being added at every turn, the Forge goes into motion, advancing across the galactic arm in furious combat, leaving wreckage in the wake.
But that wreckage has a purpose, and so does Dash. Until now, the war has been Golden allies throwing themselves in front of the Realm weapons, but that’s all about to change.
When the Realm captures an alien ship, the pilot is not an enemy- rather, it’s an ally, if Dash can build a bond with the race, known as the Rin-ti. Ancient enemies of the Golden, the Rin-ti have only one favor to ask—free their people from Golden control, and reduce the local Golden fleets to rubble.
If Dash can do that, he’ll have everything he needs to build a fleet that can challenge the Golden in their own territory. But first, he’ll need to win, and to do so, he’ll need all hands on deck for a fight that will change history.
Far out in the black, Dash and new captain Lomas encounter the next lethal version of Deeper technology. Huge, armored beings are attacking inward, wrecking humanity in each shattering conflict. The Battle Princes are more than robots, and less than human, and beyond their fearsome ability, they carry a secret that could change the nature of human warfare forever.
In pursuit of a would-be tyrant, Adan Kitzbuell, the Realm will fight beyond the known stars, into territory that demands new tactics. New weapons.
And upgrades to the very machines that carry humanity into battle. Mechs. But victory comes with a cost, and each successive fight leads Dash and Leira farther into a place that is neither known or unknown- a place between stars and galaxies, a place in need of peace, and power.
Here, in the darkness beyond stars, Dash will fight to unlock the true secrets of Dark Metal, all while waging a running war against beings who have one mind, and one purpose—the end of humanity. Forever.
With the Archetype damaged, Dash and his crew will need more than a quick fix to prepare for what’s coming.
A secret facility known only as the Forge lies in cold sleep, built by the Unseen for the greatest war in history. Dash has no idea what awaits him there, but he hopes to find some kind of advantage in the war that is to come.
Meanwhile, on a distant world, an ancient order of monks protects a long buried secret. They have guarded it for centuries, all in the hope that someday the Messenger might come and relieve them of their task.
Dash has answered that call...and he will not be denied.
Until one of the former Unseen planets shifts in orbit—a small thing, but worth looking into.
Close to this erratic world, something incredible opens, revealing a connection to stars so distant that they have no name on the Cygnus charts.
The Black Gate pulses in and out of existence, and when a massive pair of alien warheads comes through and destroys an entire orbital facility, Dash is left with no choice but to pick up the mantle of Messenger and fight once more.
He must go through the gate, find out who is responsible, and eliminate the threat at any cost.
But this is beyond anything he and his people have faced before... and it will take everything they have to stand against it.
Experience the exciting continuation in the bestselling Messenger series from USA Today bestselling author J.N. Chaney and Terry Maggert. If you're a fan of Gundam, Macross, or Knights of Sidonia, you'll love this epic scifi thrill ride.