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About Yakov Merkin
Yakov Merkin grew up in New York City, though now lives on the other side of the world in Israel (and somehow misses the family cats deciding to walk across his keyboard while he worked.) He holds a Master’s Degree in history—though the plan was always to write science fiction and fantasy. The universe in his head had to get out one way or the other. He can be found on Twitter @YakovMerkin, and at yakovmerkin.com.
Besides writing, he has helped build houses, worked on a farm, served in the Israeli Defense Force, practices Krav Maga, and is currently training for Ninja Israel.
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He soon learns that he was brought to this world for a reason, as the heralded Sword of Light. However, something is amiss, as he first appeared in the middle of nowhere, rather than the capital as intended.
While he is meant to travel there straightaway to learn more, Uriel has no intention of doing as he’s told, not when there are people he can help right where he is.
Back home, he was just an average soldier; here, he can truly make a difference, and Uriel will not let the opportunity pass by.
But it won’t be easy. Uriel will have to rely on his faith, his newfound friends, and the skills and knowledge he brings from back home, as he throws himself headlong into a new conflict, becoming a beacon of light on this new world!
In this new isekai adventure, you can’t just leave the old world behind.
An unsuspecting Galaxy is suddenly thrust into war, and the only person who can stop it...is the one who started it.
For Executor Darkclaw, his invasion of the Galactic Alliance is simply a task from his master to be obeyed.
For the Galactic Alliance, it is a disaster they were utterly unprepared for.
For others, the invasion is a godsend. Grand Admiral Nayasar Khariah, thirsty for revenge, jumps at the chance to join the invaders and get back at the Alliance no matter the cost.
However, all is not as it seems.
When Darkclaw starts to have second thoughts about the mission assigned to him by his master, the all-powerful High Lord, he finds himself at a morally explosive crossroads. Will he press on and carry out the purpose he was created for, or will he risk his own destruction as well as that of his newfound friends by defying his master?
An existential threat to the Universe is imminent as the High Lord looms over everything, and the only way to stop him and save not only the Alliance but the entire galaxy, lies in the remains of an ancient, powerful race and the creations they left behind.
Fans of David Weber and the old Star Wars expanded universe will love this epic space opera.
Order your copy now and become submerged in this new sci-fi series!
The vast wilds outside a place called Hope hold their own stories. When the end came, what happened to everyone else?
Massachusetts. Texas. Alabama. Tennessee. Pockets of humanity have persisted through the apocalypse. All have tales is survival and loss.
Mad Dog Mattisâ€™ last stand at the Pentagon. The first Christmas after the end of the world. A family isolated on their homestead as the evolving dead press at the fences. A desperate quest for helicopters to destroy the undead.
Come read through this expansion of Daniel Humphreysâ€™ Dragon Award nominated Z-Day universe. Twelve brand new survival stories written by the best up and coming independent sci-fi and fantasy writers will thrill fans of the series.
Find tales of hope in a desolate world and read Places Outside The Wild today!
You're a Mecha, a mechanical fighting machine with a human pilot. The guy that the infantry curse at in training and pray for in combat. The machine that the last hopes of your people ride on. The construct that strikes fear deep into alien hearts as they hear your turbines power up. The one able to pass through hell and come out the other side victorious, or die trying.
Cannon Publishing brings you ten stories from current masters of military science fiction that will take you from the magic of a Medieval village to the edges of the galaxy to fight inhuman foes.
But even when it is, the right choice is often not the easy one.
But when one knows right from wrong, the choice is clear.
Uriel Makkis didn’t know what to expect when he finally met the king of Fulnar, apart from learning exactly why he had been pulled to this new world.
He did not expect to become an immediate enemy of the state.
The twin revelations that he was summoned to be used as a weapon of conquest, and that his fellow Swords were evil people from back on Earth, however, made that inevitable.
Without intending to do so, Uriel finds himself embroiled in a far larger conflict, one that has the potential to alter the balance of power on this alien world.
Knowing that his new friends stand on one side, with their enemies, and his own enemies from Earth on the other, Uriel doesn’t need to think long about what he will do.
However, as he throws himself into the fight alongside his rebel friends, it also becomes clear how outmatched they are.
But for a Jewish soldier, fighting in the face of bad odds is nothing new. The only way to move is forward.
Corona-Chan: Spreading the Love is here to rescue you from the existential horror of indoor life, by offering you a glimpse into other worlds of wonder, whimsy, and warped humor.
Tales of high adventure, escapist fantasies, and thrilling stories of suspense await within, from some of the keenest and most rebellious minds in pulp fiction, with a foreword by the infamous Daddy Warpig.
With 200,000 words of exciting fiction, most never before published, including four books, Corona-Chan is serious about spreading the love!
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The complete catalog of collected chronicles:
“Quarantine” by artist Jesse White
Anacyclosis by Brian Niemeier
"A Song of I.C.E. and Fire" by Jon Del Arroz
In the Forest of Wast by Alexander Hellene
"Exiled in the Desert" by John Daker
"Iron and Steel" by KP Kalvaitis
"Someone is Aiming for You" by JD Cowan
Immortal Thunder by Matt Wellman
"Bringing down the Mountain" by Nathan Dabney
"At the Feet of Neptune’s Queen" by Abraham Strongjohn
“Going Native” and “Warrior Soul” by Manfred Weichsel
The Battle of the Turasa Nebula by Yakov Merkin
“An Eye for Eligos” by Alexandru Constantin
Adventure Constant (full-length novel) by Jon Mollison
“Star Support” by Val Hull
"The Age of Petty States” by Rawle Nyanzi
The Crown of Sight by David V. Stewart
Horthy was a fascinating man, and the twenty-five years he spent in office is equally interesting, and provides insight into both events. How is it that a self-described antisemite was the only leader of Europe in the German sphere at the time to use his military to prevent Jews from deportation? How did a man with no political experience manage to remain in power for twenty-five years during a very turbulent time for both Hungary and Europe in general? How is it that the first European nation at the time to pass anti-Jewish legislation was the last in which the Jews were deported? How did a leader today termed “Nazi ally” manage to stave off a true fascistic, Nazi-supporting sentiment that was steadily growing in his country until near the end of World War II? These questions, and more, are addressed in Crosscurrents.
My hope with the publication of Crosscurrents, my award-winning Master’s thesis, is to provide a place of easy entry for those interested in learning about this fascinating topic—about which there is very little available in the English language.
True heroes are those who will take that journey when the need arises, despite their fears.
Facing the unknown is less daunting, however, for those fortunate enough to be in the company of trusted comrades.
Uriel Makkis and his small group of friends have successfully escaped the Kingdom of Fulnar for the friendly, elf kingdom of Valtenar, but that doesn’t mean things are going to get any easier.
In a very short amount of time, Uriel has to convince the king that his ideas can give them a fighting chance once Fulnar brings the war to them. If only that was all he had to do.
Amid all the war preparations, he and his team must venture out toward the mountains, following a vision Uriel received about an ancient and powerful artifact known as the Sigil of Unity.
While he doesn’t know precisely what it is capable of, he cannot let the enemy secure yet another advantage over them.
What Uriel and his friends don’t realize is just how dangerous this journey will be. The powerful enemies he has faced before, the Sword or Earth, the Sword of Nature, and the Sword of Storms, will be just one of the dangers he and his friends will have to face on the quest for the Sigil.
Alex Piasecki ~ During the Iraq War, a United States Marine Corps fire team goes to the rescue of a young boy and encounters an ancient evil. It will take massive firepower and violent action to get out alive, if they can. A Joint Task Force 13 story.
Lucas Marcum ~ Trapped in the hull of a badly damaged starship, a young sailor must make difficult decisions to save her ship and her crewmates. A story set in the best selling Valkyrie universe.
David Castlewitz ~ Set in an alternate universe where World War One is fought in the southwest U.S., “Saving the Monica Korn” tells the story of a lone German battlewagon and its battered crew. Although desperate to get back to his own lines, the commander must first rescue a German agent with information that is vital to the war effort.
Jason Weiser ~ A French Foreign Legion officer feels the weight of tradition weighing on him on a far distant planet. As his platoon battles a merciless enemy, he comes to understand what the price of a last stand can be.
T. Allen Diaz ~ Sergeant Jimmy Dix has spent a lifetime in the Great War of Survival against a reptilian foe from the far side of the galaxy. When he is caught in the losing siege of Haven, all hope seems lost. Can he and his squad survive this hellish nightmare? And, how will humanity ever pay its debt of honor?
Chris Morton ~ Soldiers on the battlefield, killing aliens who must be extinguished before colonization can begin. Day after day, they wait for night to come, for the next fight. The waiting has become worse than the combat itself.
Kevin Steverson ~ Even as humanity struggles to defeat an alien enemy deep in space, battles are still being fought amongst ourselves. Advances in technology might be the key to victory, if a soldier can survive long enough to use it.
James Schardt ~ A new accountant with minor magical skills is hired to find a problem with military supply shipments. He quickly gets in over his head.
Barry Ireland ~ A man searching for military relics in the mud of the river Thames finds a strange canister that he cannot open with any tool that exists. An enigmatic German appears, opens it easily and reveals a long hidden Nazi secret.
Jason Cordova ~ Out of time, the war for Earth rages as scientists struggle to stop two cataclysmic events from happening simultaneously, and possibly save the world while they're at it.
Michael Morton ~ A pair of military investigators searching for WMD in a hidden laboratory in post-invasion Iraq find more than they bargain for when they discover who is behind their grisly discoveries.
Yakov Merkin ~ . Another day at the most boring, dead-end job in the Galactic Alliance’s Legion Navy turns out to be the day that you might get killed.
J.F. Holmes ~ The Post-Apocalyptic world may be a hard place, but you survive by watching each other’s backs out of loyalty and love. An Irregular Scout Team One story.
In particular, a resounding victory in battle can lead to unwanted attention, as other, powerful forces start to see you as a threat that must be eliminated.
For this reason complacency is the greatest enemy of success; only constant vigilance, both during the fight and afterward, can ensure those vital gains won’t be lost as quickly as they were attained.
While the Kingdom of Valtenar and its demi-human allies have won a decisive victory over the numerically superior forces of the Kingdom of Fulnar, the war has only just begun.
This fact is one that Uriel Makkis will not let himself forget.
With no real way to match the enemy in numbers, the elven and demi-human armies must rely on clever tactics and technological advances to even the odds.
For Uriel, that means drawing on more technology from back home.
However, even as this work continues, and smaller-scale battles are being fought, there are signs that the war is taking on a new dimension, a religious one.
As if Uriel needed another reminder of things back home.
And just like back home, Uriel, knowing he is on the right side, and doing the work of the One True God, will do everything in his power to defeat any new foe that arises.
But not alone, of course; with his team forging itself into an ever more effective fighting unit, it would take something powerful indeed to stand in their way.
However, few give that concept much thought beyond the basic idea.
A change can be for the better, for the worse, but what is certain is that once the change is made, there is no going back.
While their mission to stop the other Swords from claiming the Sigil or Unity was a success, war is still coming, and preparations must be made if they’ll stand any chance at all.
With the odds so heavily stacked against them, Uriel Makkis made a choice.
He has introduced the technology of firearms to his friends and allies.
Following their return to Valtenar, Uriel and his team throw themselves completely into the war preparations, with Uriel finding himself falling into a greater position of leadership than he had planned on, but it is a role he can accept.
However, Uriel is not only utilizing his knowledge of technology from back home; he intends to draw on additional knowledge, so help his demi-human friends, people whom he has come to identify with, reclaim their place on this world.
But before any of that, he and his team must survive an unplanned adventure that brings with it an entirely different set of dangers, and new foes.
As the only dragon in the kingdom and technically a prisoner of war, Serivak’s position as the King’s Hand via his friendship with the young king is precarious enough before the voice of one of his ancestors warned of the new threat. With the help of two young foreigners, Serivak endeavors to avert disaster—but as evidence of a conspiracy grows, his political enemies close to home may be even more dangerous.