This week marks the third release in THE LAZARUS WAR series – the novella REDEMPTION! These are exciting times for me, with the series moving on at lightspeed. Today I’m going to explain sequence of the books and the order in which you could (and probably should!) read them. So here’s an update on the war so far!
THE LAZARUS WAR – BOOK ONE: ARTEFACT
“Captain Conrad Harris has died two hundred and eighteen times – and he has felt every death…”
In the 23rd century, mankind has spread out into the stars, only to find themselves locked in eternal warfare with the insidious Krell. On the farthest edges of known space, a stalemate has been hard won, and a Quarantine Zone is being policed by the only people able to contain the Krell menace: the brave soldiers of the Simulant Operation Programme, an elite military team who remotely operate bioengineered avatars in the most dangerous theatres of war.
Captain Conrad Harris is a veteran of the Sim Ops Programme, a man who has died hundreds of times running suicide missions inside his simulants. Known as Lazarus, Harris is a man addicted to death, and driven by the memory of a lover lost to the Krell many years before. So when a secret research station deep in the Quarantine Zone suddenly goes dark, there is no other man who could possibly lead a rescue mission.
Yet, on arrival at Helios Station, all is not as it seems. Ambushed by a Krell patrol, Harris and his team find themselves stranded planet-side, their simulants destroyed. Far from home, and surrounded by enemies on every side, Harris must find answers to a very real question: how does a man inured to the idea of dying, face up to the prospect of a real, unsimulated death?
ARTEFACT, released in ebook in April 2015, is my first published book and marks the start of THE LAZARUS WAR. You’ll get a great introduction to Captain Conrad Harris, and the twisted, militaristic universe of the 23rd century: a future in which the nation-state has ventured into the cold, distant stars but left behind none of the animosity of Earth. Despite our claim to the galaxy, mankind is not alone out there – the Krell Empire spirals out from the Maelstrom, presenting the biggest threat that humanity has ever encountered.
ARTEFACT can be read as either the first chapter of THE LAZARUS WAR, or as a stand-alone novel – the themes of the story continue into book two (and I’d of course recommend that you keep reading!) but it can also be enjoyed as a single-volume story. ARTEFACT is available now from all good ebook retailers, at the bargain price of £2.99!
ARTEFACT will also be available in paperback format from February 2016. There will also be an audiobook download version available at the same time.
THE LAZARUS WAR – BOOK TWO: LEGION
“There are worse fates in space than death…”
Conrad Harris is the legend known as Lazarus, and he has died hundreds of times. Using simulant bodies, he runs suicide missions in the depths of space. But he always comes back.
As commanding officer of the Lazarus Legion, Harris and his elite Simulant Operations team are humanity’s last line of defence against the hostile alien race known as the Krell.
Having survived their ordeal on Helios, they’re now leading a large-scale mission to the perilous, unexplored region of the Damascus Rift. There, another Artefact has been discovered. It is the product of an ancient alien life form – and a possible weapon to be used against the Krell.
This Artefact could finally help humanity win the war. But what Harris and the Lazarus Legion will discover there is from their worst nightmares . . .
If you enjoyed ARTEFACT, then you’ll love LEGION. The action, adventure and suspense of THE LAZARUS WAR continues, but ramped up to a whole new level! Conrad Harris and his squad the “Lazarus Legion” have become legends of the Alliance; figureheads for a war that is spreading across the Quarantine Zone. Harris’ actions on Helios have repercussions, and the Krell do not take kindly to an incursion into their empire. But there are worse threats brewing in the darker recesses of the galaxy; things that even the Krell fear…
Released in September 2015, LEGION is essential reading in THE LAZARUS WAR series. It’s available in ebook at the low price of £3.99, from all good ebook retailers. LEGION will be released in paperback and audiobook in May 2016.
THE LAZARUS WAR – NOVELLA: REDEMPTION
“Everyone has a secret, but Taniya Coetzer’s might just get her killed…”
Taniya Coetzer is the chief engineer of the transport ship Edison, on a routine cargo run to the military outpost Liberty Point. But she’s also an ex-convict with a secret, and she’s hoping to make peace with her estranged mother when they reach the Point.
Their family reunion will be disrupted, however, when a catastrophe strikes the space station. The crew of the Edison suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives – and amongst the chaos, Taniya will discover that she’s not the only member of the crew with a secret . . .
REDEMPTION is the first novella of THE LAZARUS WAR series, and also – as it happens – the first novella I’ve ever written. I’ve always found writing shorter stories to be more difficult than writing full-length novels, and so REDEMPTION was a challenge. But it was also a refreshing change of pace and viewpoint. As you’ll see, the setting is familiar – we revisit lots of the same locales, hear about the same events and even see some of the same faces – but the characters are different. Neither Taniya Coetzer, nor the crew of the Edison, are heroes or paradigms of the Alliance: but when the time comes, they’ll do what needs to be done.
Set between the events of LEGION and ORIGINS, REDEMPTION might also be called LAZARUS WAR BOOK 2.5. Although you don’t need to read it to stay up-to-date on the progress of the war, if you enjoyed ARTEFACT and LEGION then REDEMPTION should definitely be on your radar! Released in November 2015, REDEMPTION will be an ebook only release (although more on that next year…).
And the best news? REDEMPTION is priced at the all-time low £1.99 on Amazon!
THE LAZARUS WAR: ORIGINS
And this brings us to the latest instalment in THE LAZARUS WAR. I’m currently editing the third full novel in the series, the book tentatively-titled ORIGINS. (Incidentally, that has been a title I’ve struggled with for a long time, but I think I’ve now settled on!)
ORIGINS will take the story arc of ARTEFACT and LEGION (and even REDEMPTION) to its conclusion: into the very heart of the Maelstrom. Harris and the Lazarus Legion must overcome their greatest challenge yet; facing the Krell, the Directorate and much more…
ORIGINS (if it ends up being called that, and I don’t change my mind yet again) will be released in ebook, paperback and audiobook in August 2016.