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About Joshua James
Joshua James followed an unusual path to arrive here (i.e. writing in third person about himself in an author biography). He has worked as both an accountant and a graphic artist. Before either of those pursuits, he submitted a string of short stories to Analog, Asimov's, F&SF and Interzone. He even got a couple published. But finding an agent and writing on spec dampened his enthusiasm. Still, his childhood love for Robotech and ST:TNG meant he could never truly ignore his geek side (and also meant he wrote Star Trek/Robotech crossover fan fiction--yes, that's a thing). He has written or co-written more than 50 novels. They all involve spaceships. Joshua lives outside Washington D.C. with his family.
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TWO (MOSTLY) HONEST BOUNTY HUNTERS. ONE UNIMAGINABLE ALIEN SECRET.
When deep space bounty hunters Gunn and Salvo chase down a teenager linked to the catastrophic loss of a space station, everything about the job feels off.
For starters, the stolen ship is full of priceless treasures from humanity's lost past.
And then there's the target itself. It ain't quite human, at least not like anybody has seen before.
But the biggest red flag of them all? Honest people are lying.
So Gunn and Salvo do the one thing they swore they would never do on a job: Get curious.
Before they know it, they're the ones on the run with a bounty on their heads ... and the fate of humanity in their hands.
Galaxy Run is a sci-fi thriller featuring a pair of unforgettable bounty hunters, a not-so-innocent teenager, and a sadistic enemy hellbent on destruction.
If you like your sci-fi packed with pulse-pounding action, JUMP IN.
A fragile truce hides a deadly deceit.INCLUDES THE COMPLETE LEGACY OF WAR SERIES PLUS A SNEAK PEEK AT THE NEW SERIES!
A century ago, an alien fleet attacked Earth. After decades of bitter war, a truce was struck. The aliens disappeared. Humanity stood down.
But the captain of the aging battleship Walker Pierce will never forget.
He has spent the last months in disputed space, against the wishes of his superiors and many of his weary crew, looking for proof of alien treachery and afraid of what he might find.
Because this time, if the aliens attack, humanity won't be so lucky.
Legacy of War is an enthralling tale of humanity on the edges of the unknown, perfect for fans of Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet and David Weber’s Honorverse.
Includes all 3 books in the series:
- First Encounter
- Enemy Lines
- Invasion Force
Five star reviews for First Encounter, book 1 in the series:
★★★★★ "Action from the beginning to the end. I could not put it down!"
★★★★★ "Great start to a military space opera."
★★★★★ "Good plot, believable characters. Lots of action. ... A binge worthy series."
The War of the Worlds gets turbocharged in this nonstop action-packed thriller about a group of survivors thrust into extraordinary circumstances.
When aliens arrive on Earth, the tiny town of Little Creek isn't any more prepared than the rest of the planet.
Without warning or provocation, the otherworldly creatures begin to lay waste to everything.
In the chaos that follows, an unlikely group bands together:
- A beauty queen with something to prove...
- A shopkeeper with something to hide...
- A shellshocked teenager set on revenge...
- And a world-weary veteran desperate to save them all.
As time runs out, this ragtag crew must find a way to fight back against the alien forces massing around them.
What are they? What do they want? How can they be stopped?
If they fail, it won't just be Little Creek that is lost.
It will be all of humanity.
From the bestselling author of Artifact comes a story of survival and determination in the face of overwhelming odds. Grab your copy of Invasion today!
FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS, SATURN HID AN ALIEN SECRET.
IN 2065, HUMANITY WILL FIND IT.
Lowell Carpenter is a disgraced Marine assigned to a remote US research station on Saturn's moon Enceladus, where scientists have made an extraordinary discovery in the ocean below.
A special forces team, led by Lowell’s murderous former commanding officer, shows up to investigate. Almost immediately, everything begins to unravel.
Something beneath the surface has been activated.
Soon every space force on Earth — American, Chinese, Russian, and more — is converging on the tiny moon, ready to start a war.
But when a young archeologist with a knack for dead languages makes an amazing discovery of his own, Lowell realizes the stakes are higher than anyone could’ve imagined.
He soon has no choice but to disobey orders and fight soldiers he helped train as he races to stop an unimaginable chain reaction that threatens the entire solar system.
The countdown has begun...
Artifact, the first book in the Saturn's Legacy series, is a sci-fi thriller full of mystery, intrigue, and epic action from the depths of the ocean to the edge of outer space.
OPERATION CASCADE IS UNDERWAY.
The changes on Enceladus are causing ripples throughout the solar system — and beyond. But the Artifact isn't done yet.
The end is only the beginning...
Cascade, the second book in the Saturn's Legacy series, is a sci-fi thriller full of mystery, intrigue, and epic action from the depths of the ocean to the edge of outer space.
THE DEVASTATING CONCLUSION.
The destructive power of the Artifact on Enceladus is now clear, but ultimately it is Earth that is most at risk. Can anything stop what has begun?
It might already be too late ...
Lineage, the third book in the Saturn's Legacy series, is a sci-fi thriller full of mystery, intrigue, and epic action from the depths of the ocean to the edge of outer space.
"Like Buck Rogers on steroids!"INCLUDES A PREVIEW OF THE STARS DARK SERIES!
Over 2,000 pages of nonstop action! Two decades after he was banished from his homeworld for a disaster that still haunts him, Eli Bryce and his crew of unrepentant troublemakers struggle to survive on the edges of the galaxy.
But when they rescue a near-dead castaway with an impossible secret, everything changes.
Soon, the greatest conspiracy in the galaxy is unfolding around them and they have no choice but to fight.
But what can one ship full of outcasts do to save Earth and the rest of the galaxy from annihilation?
More than anyone could imagine.
Includes all 9 books in the Outcast Starship series:
Five star reviews for Annihilation, book 1 in the series:
★★★★★ "Cover to cover action ... I couldn’t put it down until I finished the story!"
★★★★★ "How refreshing it is to finally find a series of books that remembers what sci-fi is all about."
★★★★★ "Rollicking space opera! Tom Corbett Space Cadet meets Hitchhiker with a big dash of Firefly."
★★★★★ "If you like non-stop action then you'll love this book!"
★★★★★ "This book reminds me of the first scifi books of my youth. Action from the first page to the last!"
★★★★★ "Never read books where I couldn't take time to breathe! Wow! Talk about action!"
"FUN, PULPY SCI-FI ACTION!"
Includes the full series plus an exclusive bonus story!
The starship Yellowjacket is no pushover, but when an alien force larger than any in living memory appears out of nowhere, the ship is overwhelmed and left for dead on a hostile world.
Captain Brynn Jameson must face his personal demons when he learns the architect of the invasion has a vendetta against him.
Meanwhile, the resourceful crew must find a way to repair the crippled ship, gather allies, and get back in the fight -- before there's no fight left to join.
Note: The Stars Dark series is an homage to thrilling pulp sci-fi of yesteryear. If you're interested in hard science fiction look elsewhere. But if you're looking for action-packed adventures on strange worlds with even stranger aliens, this series is for you!
Includes all books in the Stars Dark series:
- Last Run
- Under Siege
- Lost Sky
- Bonus story: Home
Five star reviews for Marooned, book 1 in the series:
★★★★★ "This Space Opera doesn't let up! It is one continuous action after another."
★★★★★ "I had a great time reading these fun books!"
★★★★★ "The action started in the first chapter of the first book and kept up!"
Save the cure. Kill the crew.
That was the dying order of the captain of the starship Elixr. The ship followed the order. Then it lost its mind.
Two decades later, the last chance to save billions of souls rests with the dead starship's only occupants: a pair of boys raised by a deranged robot. When Elixr crashes on a barren world, they join forces with an impoverished girl living on the edge of society to search for answers.
Who are they? Why have they survived? And what could Elixr possibly do to save a world on the precipice of collapse?
The more they learn, the greater the stakes become. Soon they are running for their lives from secret societies, deadly creatures, and powerful warlords. As enemies multiply, it seems the secrets of the lost starship may never be discovered.
But Elixr is hiding more than secrets. Much more.
THE LOST STARSHIP box set includes:
Fans of fun, action-packed sci-fi will have a blast with The Lost Starship series!
After barely surviving the Brood’s first vicious assault, the battered human battle group must now take the fight to the enemy’s home systems.
Defeat is not an option. If Captain Husher and Admiral Iver can’t lead their people to victory, not only will those in the battle group perish – so will all of humanity.
A desperate counterstrike is their only hope.
The Relentless is destroyed, and Captain Husher has fallen into a coma.
The Brood harries the battle group from all sides, and the end seems near.
Can the allied humans and aliens pull together to escape to the Milky Way and warn humanity of its impending doom?
The time of reckoning has come.
Over 2,500 pages of nonstop action!INCLUDES THREE BONUS STORIES AND THE FIRST BOOK IN THE LUCKY'S MERCS SERIES
"Like Starship Troopers on CRACK!" -Goodreads reviewer
Ambushed behind enemy lines and left for dead along with a handful of privates so green they actually respect his authority, Lance Cpl. Lucky Lee Savage has to master his inner demons, manage the ambitions of his foul-mouthed AI, and figure out what is tearing a hole in the fabric of space-time before everything goes tits up.
Lucky wouldn't bet on the universe. One thing he will bet on: Somewhere, somehow, somebody is going to pay for all this. And he's going to be right there to pull the trigger.
Includes all 9 books in the Lucky's Marines series:
- Lucky Universe
- Lucky Legacy
- Lucky Empire
- Lucky Forever
- Lucky Invasion
- Lucky Revenge
- Lucky Justice
- Lucky Bastard
- Lucky At Last
- Bonus: Lucky's Mercs: Retaliation
Praise for Lucky Universe, book 1 in the series:
"This sucker is a grab your ass and hang on ride! Full throttle action from page one through the epilogue." -Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
"A great military sci-fi novel! ... The fight scenes are fast-paced and intense. There are lots and I do mean lots of twists and turns in the plot. Nothing is quite as it seems." -Errant Dreams review
"One of the things that marks this book out from other military SF novels is the twists and turns. Just when you think you have it figured out, the author throws another one in. In hindsight, you can see how it all links together and how it drove the characters." -SF Crows Nest review
"Do yourself a favor if you love sci-fi with nonstop action, great character depth and environments that are off the charts, read this series!" -Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars