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Hard Drop - Character-driven science fiction
« on: May 18, 2013, 11:53:33 am »
Hi all -

Starship Troopers and Saving Private Ryan meet Halo in my new novel HARD DROP. Fast-paced and character-driven, full of action and some unexpected humor, this is a look at the human side of realistic, future combat.

This is the first in a series of books following an elite unit of troops dispatched into only the most sensitive planets, to execute only the most harrowing, intense and exciting missions. In this first installment, they are deployed on a world engulfed in a brutal civil war. Their objective is classified, marked only by coordinates leading them into a deserted city at the heart of the fighting.

From the beginning, everything possible goes wrong. A missile strike rocks the carrier mid-launch, and only a fraction of the unit reaches the surface alive.

Outmanned, outgunned, and scattered, with a hard deadline to orbital bombardment looming, it is up to Drop Commander Tyco Hale to rally his troops and reach their objective. But what they find, hidden deep in the tunneled passages under the city, will change everything about what he fights for and what he believes in. With the unit in tatters and loyalties divided, the choice he makes in the dark will seal all of their fates - and much more besides.

The tone is human - serious, but underscored by the macabre, personal humor of a unit who know the odds beforehand and go anyway, banding together to survive. The pace is quick and the action won't disappoint. Take a look at the links below, or at http://www.amazon.com/Hard-Drop-ebook/dp/B00BJ8F4FS/ref=la_B00C4YO1RS_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364986590&sr=1-1.

And feel free to reach out to me, either at my website (http://willvandervaart.com) or at vandervaartwill on Twitter.

Thanks,

Will
« Last Edit: May 19, 2013, 10:17:28 am by oooranje »


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    Re: Hard Drop - Character-driven science fiction
    « Reply #1 on: May 18, 2013, 01:01:34 pm »


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    Offline oooranje

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    If you're looking for some strong, character-driven action at a discount, take a look at Hard Drop, 50% of its usual price through June 10th, on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hard-Drop-ebook/dp/B00BJ8F4FS/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top


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    Re: Hard Drop - Explosive Action and Gritty Characters for $2.99
    « Reply #3 on: June 20, 2013, 06:57:32 am »
    Hard Drop is available here http://www.amazon.com/Hard-Drop-ebook/dp/B00BJ8F4FS/ref=la_B00C4YO1RS_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364986590&sr=1-1 for just $2.99 - explosive action, tough, gritty characters, and a lot more besides!

    First in the series, with more on the way - for progress reports check in at willvandervaart.com or https://twitter.com/vandervaartwill



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    Re: Hard Drop - Character-driven science fiction
    « Reply #4 on: June 20, 2013, 08:03:59 am »
    Book looks interesting from your description. Hope it fly's of the charts...

    Best of luck with it anyway.

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    Re: Hard Drop - Character-driven science fiction
    « Reply #5 on: June 24, 2013, 09:06:21 am »
    Thanks very much! I think it's started to find its audience and I'm working hard to get a second one out there sooner rather than later to keep the momentum going. Good luck with yours as well!

    Book looks interesting from your description. Hope it fly's of the charts...

    Best of luck with it anyway.

    Shane


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    Re: Hard Drop - Character-driven science fiction
    « Reply #6 on: July 01, 2013, 09:30:14 am »
    A 5-star Amazon review of Hard Drop: "This novel is a "balls to the wall" action thriller. Great characters and a very fast plot. I will keep a sharp eye out for more of this author's work . Great read!!!"

    Check it out now at http://www.amazon.com/Hard-Drop-ebook/dp/B00BJ8F4FS/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top


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    Old Fool's Errand - Novella of the last days of an Octogenarian Astronaut on a one-way journey to Mars

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    Re: Hard Drop - Character-driven science fiction
    « Reply #7 on: July 09, 2013, 06:16:26 am »
    More Amazon praise for Hard Drop:

    I chose this book because I enjoy stories of military men and women in combat...Good character development and applied realistically to meet mission tasks. Relevant to the plight faced by all military people placed under the command of those who stand in power over them. Tyco Hale and his subordinates made it exciting and hard to put down. Waiting anxiously for more from this author!


    Hard Drop - Character-Driven, Military SciFi in the vein of Starship Troopers
    Old Fool's Errand - Novella of the last days of an Octogenarian Astronaut on a one-way journey to Mars

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    Re: Hard Drop - Character-driven science fiction
    « Reply #8 on: July 24, 2013, 01:29:53 pm »
    Brand new Amazon praise for Hard Drop:
    "I really enjoyed the writing and look forward to seeing more books from this author. I loved the military aspect and way the story unfolded."

    Get it now for $2.99 at Amazon!
    « Last Edit: July 25, 2013, 03:25:39 am by oooranje »


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    Old Fool's Errand - Novella of the last days of an Octogenarian Astronaut on a one-way journey to Mars

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