Monday, April 23, 2018

G. I. JOE Season 3.1 - Chapter Four

G. I. JOE: Season 3.1

More from my Kindle Worlds novel, available now...

CHAPTER FOUR

“No offense, but I didn’t ask for company,” Falcon told Jinx, lining up a shot at the nine-ball.
The Joes could often be found at Rhonda’s, a pool hall located an hour’s drive from their homebase, an island of almost-civilization out there in the desert. They kept the tables busy, those nights duty wasn’t chaining them to the base. This evening, Falcon had been alone at the corner table, duffel bag packed with clothes and toiletries still resting inside his jeep, practicing a game of Three Ball.
He could’ve extended his bereavement leave; wasn’t sure why he declined the General’s offer. Didn’t know why he hadn’t returned to base, either. Uncomfortable at home, uneasy about returning to work, not particularly invested in this solo billiards match…Falcon recognized the sour mood, just hoped it wouldn’t last.
“Didn’t even know you’d be here, soldier,” Jinx responded, stepping out of his way as he maneuvered towards the opposite side of the table. “Things were slow, so I came here to break Sci-Fi’s top score on Space Commandos.”

Monday, April 16, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

G. I. JOE Season 3.1 - Chapter Three


More from my G. I. Joe novel, available now on Amazon.

CHAPTER THREE

She’s a fan, at least. He had that much going for him. Only reason why she let him in the door in the first place.
“Mrs. Kristofer, you have to understand that I’m on your side here,” said Hector Ramirez, graciously accepting the cup of coffee offered by his host. “I’m not eager to believe the worst about your son, believe me.”
A living room shrine to Colin Kristofer, gone too soon, lost in a war Hector protested a few times back in college. Met his first wife at one of those rallies, actually.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Micro-Reviews: GHOST RIDER RESURRECTED (1991)


GHOST RIDER #1 - May 1990. Never read any of these before. Gaping hole in my ‘90s awareness.

I knew how huge GHOST RIDER was in those days, thought it looked cool, but never checked in on it. This is the book that made Howard Mackie’s writing career, justifying his position on Marvel’s top titles.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

G. I. JOE Season 3.1 - Chapter Two


Another chapter from my G. I. JOE novel, available on Amazon.

CHAPTER TWO

At least he’s not some loudmouth drill sergeant, thought Tunnel Rat, first in line for the sparring session. Or, as known colloquially, “The Massacre.”
Standing opposite him, in the loading bay of G. I. Joe’s secret base of operations, was the enigma known as Snake Eyes. Every recruit knew of Snake Eyes. First name classified, no known words ever spoken, entire body covered in black leather, his mask reportedly concealing a hideous visage you’d never want to catch before mealtime.
Some said he served as Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrol in ‘Nam. Another rumor had him a mountain recluse, recruited from the snowy High Sierras by none other than General Hawk himself.
His perpetual silence? A vow of silence after the loss of a loved one. Or some quirk in his brain chemistry. Or injured vocal chords, a sniper’s bullet severing any hope of verbal communication for the rest of the young soldier’s life.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

G. I. JOE Season 3.1 -- Chapter One


Another chapter from my G. I. JOE novel.  Available now (for free for Unlimited subscribers!) at Amazon.  Reviews would be very welcome...

CHAPTER ONE

“Facing increasing pressure on the Pentagon budget, the Air Force now plans on ending development of a weapon system designed to eradicate Soviet satellites in space. Meanwhile, South Korean opposition leaders have declared the results of its recent presidential election invalid, due to what they deem ‘widespread fraud.’
“Back at home, Finn’s Point National Cemetery will be the site of a rare exhumation today. The body of E4 Specialist Colin Kristofer is expected to be exhumed, following recent reports of links between Kristofer and the notorious head of terrorist organization Cobra Command. Until recently, the masked fanatic’s identity was a stubborn mystery to authorities.
“We’ll be back with more headlines for this Friday, December 18th. But first, a message from the new and improved Red Rocket Burgers. Have you ridden the rocket today?”

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Micro-Reviews: G. I. JOE, Vol. 1, Part Two


G. I. JOE #6 (December 1982). Herb Trimpe flexing his Kirby muscles on the cover.

The storyline is another one plotted/drawn by Trimpe, scripted by Hama. An experimental Russian craft has crashed in Afghanistan. Both Russia and Cobra want it, conflicts ensue.


Oh, also, Hawk is a traitor.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Micro-Reviews: G. I. JOE, Vol. 1, Part One

Original Marvel trade of the G. I. JOE series. Only took 20 years to get a reprint collection.

When Joe Quesada took over Marvel, a fan asked if he’d pursue the rights of G. I. JOE. His response, I interpreted at the time, was arrogantly dismissive.

When a fan obtained the rights, wrote it himself and published it through Image -- Massive hit. Marvel’s response?

Sunday, March 4, 2018

"...it felt like a kiss."


I've reached what many would call the greatest Adventures story ever, and a little-known comic with a connection to the story.  Mad Love is this week's focus in Adventure(s) Time.

Friday, March 2, 2018

It's Hotter Than Hell...And I'm The Winner



Pleased to announce I'm the winner of Liberty Island's "Hotter Than Hell" Heroes Vs. Villain fiction contest.  The Villain side of the contest, that is.  My entry is the first chapter in a novel told from the villain's point of view (a baddie who's just now realizing the artifice surrounding his existence.)  You can read The Problematic Journey of Mr. Scratch here.

If you want to vote for the Villain to win, just follow this link. Thanks for your support!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

G. I. JOE Season 3.1 -- Prologue


My G. I. JOE novel is on sale at Amazon now (available for free if you're an Unlimited subscriber!)  Here's a preview of the opening chapter.  If you check out the book, I'd love to hear what you think.

PROLOGUE

A fine game of poker, ruined by a kicked down door and an invasion from America’s highly trained special missions force.
Their mission? To defend a crooked, crumbling institution and ruin a lazy Tuesday afternoon game of No River Hold’Em. That’s what any self-respecting Viper would tell you.
McMichael was the first to move, to flip the table over and use it as cover. He’d been stationed in this factory for months now, him and a dozen Vipers overlooking one of their emperor’s pet operations. Didn’t seem like a dangerous assignment; keep an eye on the plant, make sure the reconnaissance aircraft funded by the Benzheen government ended up where it belonged. (Cobra clutches, naturally.)
How’d the Joes find out about this one? It had to be the tenth invasion of a Cobra op in recent weeks. McMichael just knew Serpentor would be on fire during his next address. Months had passed since anyone had heard from him, in spite of the Vipers receiving numerous assurances that all was well with their emperor.

Friday, February 16, 2018

G. I. JOE: Season 3.1 -- My Latest Project!


Okay, I hinted earlier that I was doing this, and I wasn't joking.  G. I. JOE: Season 3.1 is on sale now at Amazon.  The story is my tribute to the 1980s animated series, only dramatized for an adult audience of today.  I discuss in detail the story in a post at Gentlemen of Leisure if you're curious.  If you're a fan of G. I. JOE, especially those halcyon syndication days of yore, I think you'll find something to enjoy.

The book is free if you're a Kindle Unlimited member.  That means I get zero royalties if you read it that way, but I suppose it's a sacrifice I'll make to help out this poor struggling organization.  If you willing to give the book a shot, I'd love to hear your thoughts.  As always, thanks for your support, guys.


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