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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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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.
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.
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.
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A threat still looms large, and the price of eliminating it could be higher than anyone realizes.
It’s been six months since the High Lord’s destruction, and the Galactic Alliance is—nominally—at peace.
But even as it struggles to recover from the war, and its former foes struggle to integrate themselves into its ranks, danger still lurks.
Acolytes of the fallen High Lord remain at large, and remain an existential threat to the known galaxy.
With little choice, High Executor Darkclaw, Grand Admiral Nayasar Khariah, and First Scion Dalcon Oresh, the hero of the Alliance credited with destroying the High Lord, must embark on a risky mission to find and eliminate this threat, setting aside their desires for an end to the conflict.
They are not prepared for what they find, and worse, this vital mission carries with it the risk of provoking the Alliance’s powerful neighbor, the mysterious Revittan Empire.
As the mission gets increasingly messy, their subordinates must contend with rising tensions, and make decisions that could undo the hard-won peace they have only recently managed to achieve.
Fans of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5 will love this second installment of the Galaxy Ascendant series!
Most of its greatest defenders are prisoners of the seemingly unstoppable Kirothian League.
But the denizens of the Galaxy Ascendant do not believe in giving up, and will fight to the bitter end.
The initial shock of the rapid collapse of the galaxy before the mighty Kirothian League has worn off, and everyone is struggling to pick themselves up again.
But the situation is no less dire.
With most of the galaxy’s greatest defenders captives of their enemies, it falls to the few still free, those deemed less of a threat by this new foe, to lead the resistance.
Meanwhile, those held captive will not—and cannot allow themselves to become passive. Their fates, as well as the fate of the galaxy as a whole, depend on their next actions.
Former enemies will be forced to work together, if there is to be any hope for the future of the galaxy.
They will give it their all. But will it be enough to get them out of their most dire situation yet?
The Galaxy Ascendant series comes to its fiery conclusion with its most shocking, and pulse-pounding installment yet!
But some still worry that other dangers, ancient forces, are still out there... forces the galaxy is not prepared to face.
Heroes weary of war must take up arms once again, to ensure that the future they fought so hard for doesn’t crumble to dust around them.
With the war against the Revittan Empire over, the victors now seek to start the process of rebuilding. But in a galaxy so fractured by war, and with tensions still high, there is a lot of uncertainty.
Worse, High Executor Darkclaw, the de facto ruler of the known galaxy, has gone into seclusion for reasons unknown, further complicating the post-war processes.
Thanks to an unwelcome guest inside his mind, Darkclaw has been made aware of an ancient, looming threat that could undo all he has done for his people. But in order to prepare to fight it, he must determine what path he will take—a decision that could determine the fate of the galaxy he now rules, and what sort of person he becomes.
Elsewhere, Asharra Sirrad seeks a more defined, but no less dangerous, threat that must be destroyed if the fragile peace is to persist. But there is much she does not know, and she may find that the truth is even worse than she feared.
The Galaxy Ascendant series hurtles toward its epic conclusion with its penultimate chapter!
One enemy has been defeated, but the one that remains is the most dangerous yet.
All the while, the most dangerous enemy yet lurks out of sight.
With the Galactic Alliance utterly defeated, High Executor Darkclaw and his Tyrannodon Alliance can now turn their full attention to the Revittan Empire.
However, Darkclaw now finds himself directly opposed to his most dangerous enemy yet, the brilliant and allegedly unbeatable Grand Admiral Sai’var.
The two commanders find them locked in a battle of wits while our heroes, spread throughout the galaxy, at different positions in the conflict, struggle to bring the already too-long war to an end.
However, at the center of the Empire, and the war, lie powers that neither Darkclaw or Sai’var fully comprehend, and which may spell doom for the galaxy, no matter who wins the war.
The Galaxy Ascendant series unleashes its biggest, most intense book yet, as the story hurtles toward its final chapters.
Despite the best efforts of many to avoid new conflict, the Galactic Alliance, still struggling to integrate its recent enemies, finds itself facing down the massive, monolithic, and aggressive Revittan Empire.
Against his wishes, High Executor Darkclaw finds himself once again leading a war, but this time to protect his friends and allies—both old and new—while Grand Admiral Nayasar copes with fighting alongside former foes—people she still does not completely trust—in the face of a greater threat.
Meanwhile, deep within the Revittan Empire, things are in motion as well. Ayil Lotyk, a former small time criminal, finds herself thrust wholesale into the middle of a conflict well above her pay grade--but she finds, to her own surprise, that she wants to see it through to the end.
Elsewhere, others, in higher positions within the Empire, are asking questions about this damaging war they were suddenly thrust into, and their decisions will shape the future of both the Revittan Empire, and the Galaxy at large.
The galaxy is aflame once again, and things will never be the same.
The Galaxy Ascendant series becomes truly galactic in scope as the story continues to expand, with heroes and villains both new and old making their marks upon the galaxy.
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.
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!
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
High Executor Darkclaw and his close allies are hopelessly surrounded, outnumbered, and outgunned.
But the fight is far from over.
Betrayed while on the cusp of victory by his Galactic Alliance allies, High Executor Darkclaw and his Tyrannodon Ascendancy, along with his few remaining allies, find themselves in their most dire predicament yet, with the entire combined might of the Galactic Alliance and the Revittan Empire poised to come crashing down on the literal handful of systems under his control.
Meanwhile, in Imperial space, Darkclaw’s allies now find themselves cut off from any support, and in a worse position than they’ve ever been in.
However, all hope is not lost. The betrayal’s heavy blow failed to be a killing one, and Darkclaw is done reeling from the blow, now is poised to repay all his enemies in kind, starting with those who betrayed him. No matter what it takes, no matter what it costs him.
The conflict rises to new heights, as every faction within the known galaxy, willing or not, finds itself a part of the war.
The Galaxy Ascendant series returns with a bang, taking the series to new heights as the war continues, and our heroes are pushed to the brink in the story’s darkest chapter yet.
Fans of Timothy Zahn’s books, especially his work in Star Wars, will love this action-packed installment of the Galaxy Ascendant series!