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THE BEST OF US – out this month

My new series goes on sale on October 29, available Kindle, Audible exclsuive (November 12), and print. THE BEST OF US is the first book in the Nomad trilogy. Pre-orders open on Amazon on October 26.

I'm collaborating with fellow indie authors Jason Anspach and Nick Cole in their Galaxy's Edge universe and my books are what you might call the medieval history of the Anspach and Cole books, set a thousand years earlier and chronicling how humans end up colonising the galaxy. THE BEST OF US opens on an Earth you'll find familiar a couple of centuries from today, and you'll see what drives us to leave Earth and who makes it happen. The West has been devastated by epidemics, bio-terrorism, war, and famine. Asia has shut its borders to keep the threats at bay, and some with power and influence have already abandoned Earth. Now an escape route a century in the making – the Nomad mission – finally offers hope to a small town and a secret research centre hidden in a rural American backwater. Are humans worthy of this salvation? A unique AI has the task of deciding who's worth saving – who represents the best of us.

For those of you who know all my books, this will appeal to both Wess'har fans and my Halo readers. Military life, moral dilemmas, hard choices that don't work out so well, and ordinary people who are called upon to do extraordinary things.

In the run-up to the launch date, I'll be sending previews, behind-the-scenes info, and introductions to the characters to those of you who are on my news bulletin list. If you haven't signed up for my newsletter, now's a good time to do it here. I don't mail out a lot, so you won't be swamped with junk, but when I've got new stories out, it'll be stuff that you'll want to see.