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About Chris Winder
Chris Winder is a United States Marine Corps veteran who spent nearly half his eight years training other Marines in the fine art of field wire and switchboard operation.
Each class was dosed with a big helping of humor, which he learned is the key to helping people absorb and remember information. Therefore, Chris tries to sneak some humor into every book he writes.
His first novel, Cloud Development, is a technothriller revolving around a ten-year-old boy, his parents and the corporation his father works for. For years, LumoTech has been trying to unlock a dangerous secret and when their research targets the little boy as the key, his parents aren’t given much of a choice.
Chris lives in a small town in northern Arizona with his wife and son, (his two oldest, daughters, are grown and live in the greater Phoenix area), his two cats, (Squeaker and Max), and his elderly dog, Scout.
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From the outside, The Lyon’s Den doesn’t look like much; there isn’t even a sign. But mercs of all species know that if you head to southwest Houston, near the Starport, there’s a particular run-down strip mall that looks like it’s been abandoned for years. The glass door second from the south end of the strip is plastered over on the inside with blue paper, and the faint golden outline of a rampant lion is the only clue.
The door is locked, of course, and beyond the door is nothing but a darkened hallway with a downward slope and a slight curve to it. Once you follow this curve far enough, you are greeted by two very large, very well-armed Lumar. “Welcome to the Lyon’s Den,” the larger of the two says without a translator, and without a trace of an alien accent. “You know the rules?”
Welcome back to the Four Horsemen universe, where only a willingness to fight and die for money separates Humans from the majority of the other races. Edited by bestselling authors and universe creators Mark Wandrey and Chris Kennedy, “Tales from the Lyon’s Den” includes eighteen all-new stories in the Four Horsemen universe by a variety of bestselling authors—and some you may not have heard of…yet. Want to know what it’s like to do search and rescue while a battle is going on or what to do with that new manufactory you just won in a card game? Better learn the rules to the Lyon’s Den…and then step inside!
Inside, you’ll find:
Preface by Chris Kennedy
“The Devil in the Pit” by Mark Wandrey
“A Job to Do” by Quincy J. Allen
“For the Honor of the Flag” by Doug Dandridge
“Lucky” by James P. Chandler
“Shit Day” by Marisa Wolf
“The Charge of the Heavy Brigade” by Chris Kennedy
“The Bottom Line” by Michael J. Allen
“Midnight Diplomacy” by Tim C. Taylor
“Desperta Ferro” by Eric S. Brown & N.X. Sharps
“The Deadly Dutchman” by Kevin McLaughlin
“The Felix” by RJ Ladon
“The Heart of a Lion” by Terry Mixon
“What Really Matters” by Chris Winder
“Headspace and Timing” by Robert E. Hampson
“Return to Sender” by Benjamin Tyler Smith
“Grunwald” by David Alan Jones
“The Quiet Was Fine” by Jake Bible
“A Mother’s Favor” by Kacey Ezell
It’s the Twenty-Second Century. Humanity has taken its first steps into the galaxy, and we’ve found ourselves in a vast playground of alien races, environments, and cultures. As the newest players on the universal stage, though, our position is readily apparent—we’re at the bottom of the food chain.
Welcome back to the Four Horsemen universe, where only a willingness to fight and die for money separates Humans from the majority of the other races. While some of the stories inside deal with mercenaries, others introduce readers to the other guilds, organizations, and races that make up the landscape of the Four Horsemen universe, and many of them provide background information to the mainline novels. There’s even a new form of life to get acquainted with and a look at alien interaction at its youngest level!
Edited by bestselling authors and universe creators Mark Wandrey and Chris Kennedy, “For a Few Credits More” includes sixteen all-new stories in the Four Horsemen universe by a variety of bestselling authors—and some you may not have heard of…yet. It’s a world where you can get anything you want. Some things, though, are only available for a few credits more!
Inside you’ll find:
Foreword by David Weber
“Butch and Sundance” by Peter Cawdron
“Where Enemies Sit” by Rob Howell
“Boss” by Scott Moon
“Leverage” by Josh Hayes
“Luck of the Draw” by JR Handley & Corey D. Truax
“Contract Fulfilled” by Tim C. Taylor
“Emancipation” by Mark Wandrey
“Forbidden Science” by Terry Mixon
“Change of Command” by Thomas A. Mays
“A Family Tradition” by Ian J. Malone
“Go for Bait” by Troy Carrol Bucher
“The Kra’daar” by Chris Winder
“Blood of Innocents” by James Young
“Messenger” by Nick Cole
“Faith” by Chris Kennedy
“Tinkerman” by Jake Bible
“The Start of Something Beautiful” by Kacey Ezell
Want to keep up with the Four Horsemen universe? Visit Chris Kennedy Publishing and subscribe to the mailing list!
Warren's new colony has become an oasis in a war-torn galaxy, but new enemies and a distant call for help threaten to wrench peace from his grasp.
The Commonwealth mothership is being disassembled, mostly for scrap, but it also contains weapons and technology which the industrious people of Reotis are putting to good use.
Among the artifacts recovered is an odd-looking pod, no bigger than a loaf of bread, and it holds a secret that sheds more light on how powerful Warren's enemy truly is.
Was the Commonwealth hiding this technology? Or did they steal it from somebody else?
As more cyborgs are discovered throughout the galaxy, the fight for freedom expands beyond the colony of Reotis. Warren's search for answers grows, along with his thirst for independence.
He will not be made a slave ever again. He vows to live, to survive, to rebel. No matter the cost.
When the VA calls him in for an experimental procedure to restore his leg, Warren is amazed. Finally. he will be able to feel the warm sand beneath his feet again, or so the doctor promises.
Lying on a table, Warren is told by the doctor that everything is going to be okay. He’s going to have a brand new leg…and a much better life.
Too bad it was all a lie.
The next time Warren opens his eyes, four centuries have passed. Somehow, he’s standing in the middle of a battlefield, stuck on a distant alien planet, far away from home.
To make matters worse, his body appears to be entirely synthetic. He’s a cyborg, nearly indestructible and enhanced for extreme combat.
Now, with centuries of time missing from his memory and no idea how to get home, Warren is left with no choice but to fight against those who would see him enslaved… and free as many of his brothers as possible along the way.
Thirty-five awesome stories - one kick ass meme that started it all.
It started as a joke. Storm Area 51 they said. They can't stop all of us they said. But all laughter stopped when the U.S. Air Force mobilized the reserves and pulled out the big guns.
However, relentless mockery and derision by the media and the powers that be pushed the weebs and alien enthusiasts too far. What else were they supposed to do? They put on their big girl panties and showed up, determined to find out exactly what secrets were hidden behind the walls of the clandestine government facility.
Are you brave enough to buy this anthology today? If you are find out what the government wants to keep hidden.
C.J. Carella - Naruto Charge
J W Kiefer - Dark Mater
Walt Robillard - More to Carry
Michael Gants - Eminent Domain
Sarah A. Hoyt - Sunny Side Up
Alice Peng - Embasy City Delivery
Jamie Ibson - The Sage V'Sal
Tim Niederriter - Destinys End
Philip Ginn - Waterbenders in the Desert
Chris Winder - The Cricket
E. A. Shanniak - Stalking Death
Marisa Wolf - Home
Aaron Seaman - #Vaporize
Doug Burbey - Shift Work
Nathan Pedde - The Rise of the Ghids
Tim C. Taylor - Angel-51: Princess of Earth
Casey Moores - Sanity Check
J. R. Handley & Cisca Small - Love Finds Away
I. Ronik - Fallout - A Vapid Vixens Short
Michael J. Allen - Crashing the Party - A Scion Story
Alex C. Gates - Controlled Chaos
Declan Finn - Area 51 is Not Enough
IQ Malcolm - Kyle: Respawned
Milissa L. Story - Paradise Ranch
J. William Adler - Viva la Revolución
Joshua M. Young - Evan and Kyle Meet the Survey Cube
Sophie J. Shepherd - Nothing's Gonna Happen
Lawrence N. Oliver - Hangar Nine
Mel Todd - Routine Duty
Drew Avera - Storm the Gates
Philip K. Booker - Balancing the Scales
Tamsin L. Silver - The Trip Home
Robert W. Ross - Isabella's Campaign
Daniel Medrano - Hey Sweetie
R. Max Tillsley - Crickey!
Survival means fighting through the unknown.
Corporal John Harden is a decorated soldier living in the shadow of his father, a celebrated war hero... Determined to make his own way In the galaxy, John develops a reputation as a brawler serving aboard the DFS Hughes.
A rescue beacon brings John and his fellow Marines to a cargo ship thought lost two decades ago… and the heavily damaged alien vessel of an unknown species that took it down. With the brass demanding details and apparent survivors begging for aid, John’s team boards the derelict ships, vowing to leave no man behind.
On board, nightmares become reality as John and his team are separated and left behind, presumed to be killed in action. Assaulted on all sides by mysterious alien tech, John gets the chance to finally prove himself worth being his father’s son—if he can survive the onslaught.
The way home is in sight, and John won’t back down from the fight, though a determined enemy will make him pay for every inch. Breach Team is a non-stop action thrill ride with fast-paced warfare written by two veterans. Join the fight by getting your copy today!
They came in peace…
…or so they said. Here are 18 examples of how they lied. This is an exciting collection of First Contact science fiction stories, all completely different! Take a risk – venture into the unknown with us. Who is out there? What will they want from us? Come join us in our adventure to find out how 1st Contact pans out. It will be a great adventure!
"Every story in this book has something to appeal to fans of the science fiction genre, especially those who like speculations into space travel and the future tinged with horror. Lovers of Alien and The Twilight Zone will find themselves at home here, and so will anyone who enjoys science fiction for what it promises: the expansion of the mind into unknown and sometimes intimidating places." Virge B., Red Adept Editing, Proofreader
Buy Contact This! and read some of the industry’s best storytellers today!
Walt Robillard - Delta Rescue 1
Corey Truax - Reaper's Fall
Aaron Seaman - The Last Seaman
Chris Winder - Memories
Nathan Pedde - From Planet Everdark
J. R. Frontera - The X Café
Tim Niederriter - Negotiation Negated
I. Ronik - The Incident at Wallings Creek
IQ Malcolm - Catch Island
J. Daniel Sawyer - Pumpernickel
Rick Shaw - Fiddler
Luke T. Barnett - Because Why Not
Lawrence N. Oliver - Colonies Fall
R. Max Tillsley - Replication
J.R. Murdock - Last Day of Reign
Paul E Cooley - Whispers
J. R. Handley - Ishtar's Rising
Rick Partlow - Legends
Evil wins when good stands aside.
Chet decided young that following the rules, chasing a career, and keeping your nose clean was how success was made. He went to college, worked hard, and landed a career... he was totally bored with.
After years of hard work and study, Chet was a reporter for one of the three surviving news networks. His job was to watch and record events, but not just any events. He was assigned to the really exciting ones like road construction, companies presenting their new logos, which looked just like their old logos, and minimalist art gallery openings.
This day, though, all of that changed, and everything he thought was good and right was challenged.
…they weren’t ready.
Troy Reese is a police officer in a high-rise apartment building. Secluded from the rest of the Earth, he and his fellow officers only have to deal with minor issues. There is no violence. No robberies. Nowhere for anyone who might commit a heinous crime to go.
Instead of being happy with his pampered station and easy job, Troy is depressed. Without shame from those walking by their homes and businesses, his neighbors have become complacent. Trash is piling up. Nobody talks to anyone else. Seclusion and anonymity have become personal goals rather than circumstance. The status quo remains unchanged… until there is a murder and an unexpected foe.
Purchase this story today and learn from Northtower’s mistakes.
Buy a starship they said.
It'll be fun they said.
Ben Snyder bought a cargo ship, hired a crew of reformed criminals, and set off to make his riches. Unfortunately, nobody but the Galactic Republic will hire him, and he doesn't take government contracts. When he was offered a job to transport one person for more credits than he'd ever seen, it was an offer he should have refused.
Chased by a crazy ex-girlfriend, held hostage by a hostile passenger, Ben has to find a way to get himself and his crew out of trouble in one piece.
The JR Handley didn't crew itself. Just like any typical, prototype ship, it had to rely on its captain to get the job done. Unfortunately, it's captain was Ben Snyder, who had no idea what he was doing.
Have you been wondering how Liam and Helga met Ben Snyder? Read these two short stories and find out!
Snatch and grab. Easy as that.
Major Gavin Baskerville and his team of special operations soldiers drift through the cold and quiet of space. Their mission is to kill or capture a notorious terrorist known only as “Fawkes”.
The American Empire is already mired in a multiple-front war against the Peoples’ Republic of Proxima Centauri. The citizens have tired of the war, and with new terrorist attacks within their own borders, their patience for their government is growing thin.
If the team succeeds, they’ll have cut the head off a dangerous snake which has been poisoning their efforts for quite some time. If they fail, they may never get another opportunity.
This story was previously published in Backblast Area Clear Anthology Vol. 1. The story has not been changed or updated.