LICENSED FICTION



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GEARS OF WAR


RATING: frequent violence and very strong language.


Yes, games have stories - sometimes pretty complex ones, and Gears of War is gritty military horror with a thriller storyline and fascinating, believable characters. These books complete the storyline between (and before) the games trilogy, coming full circle with The Slab, my final novel for the Gearsiverse. See here for my work on the game and here for the comics. Gears was a once-in-a-lifetime experience – the perfect fictional universe, and I'm glad I got the chance to work on it.
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Book 1 - ASPHO FIELDS
New York Times bestseller
USA - Del Rey, October 28 2008
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Book 2 - JACINTO'S REMNANT
USA - July 28 2009 from Del Rey
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Book 3 - ANVIL GATE
USA - August 2010 from Del Rey
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Book 4 - COALITION'S END
New York Times bestseller
USA - August 2011 from Gallery Books
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Book 5 - THE SLAB
USA - May 2012 from Gallery Books
(Simon & Schuster)

HALO


RATING: violence and moderately strong language.


Plenty to explore in this complex universe where the good guys do very bad stuff too, and the most human of beings isn't even organic. The Kilo-Five Trilogy follows those saucy spooks of the Office of Naval Intelligence and splendid special forces marines called ODSTs. "The Navy's here!" And if you get that reference, then you'll love this trilogy.
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Book 1
GLASSLANDS (Tor, October 25, 2011.)
New York Times bestseller.
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Book 2
THE THURSDAY WAR (Tor, October 2 ,2012.
New York Times bestseller.
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Book 3
MORTAL DICTATA (Tor, January 2014.)
New York Times bestseller.
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There's also a collection of shorter works available, EVOLUTIONS. Check out my novella in it, HUMAN WEAKNESS. (Tor, November 2009.) New York Times bestseller.

STAR WARS


RATING: no strong language, but adult books with adult themes – violence and harrowing topics.

Please note that I'm not writing any more Star Wars novels. Imperial Commando 501st was my last, so much as I appreciate the mail, please don't ask me to reconsider. I can't. (Nor is there some unpublished manuscript. There’s not even an outline.) The explanation is in the FAQs. It's endex. Over. I'm not going to be writing it again, and it's years in the past, so please let it rest in peace. I really do urge you to read the FAQs before contacting me. They will answer your questions, but if they don’t, then I almost certainly can’t either.

Parents: my Star Wars novels are aimed squarely at 18-plus, although there's no bad language in them. They contain adult themes that are harrowing and challenging, which can be good ways to introduce a child to moral and political debates, but they also contain a lot of violence dealt with honestly. I realise that kids read my books, so on balance I believe that showing violence and warfare for the ugly, terrible things that they are does children more good than feeding them sanitised and frankly dangerous notions that decapitating someone with a lightsaber doesn't hurt and is okay because the "good guys" do it. In fact, If I had kids that age, I'd rather they read my Gears of War books, because for all the violence and strong language, the themes are brotherhood and sacrifice – far healthier concepts to take away with them.

So please don't assume a book is okay for your kids unless you've checked it out yourself. Many parents mail me for guidance about what's actually in my books, and I'm always happy to answer those questions. But in the end, I'd ask you to exercise parental responsibility and maybe read them for yourselves first, because only you know what your child can handle.
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REPUBLIC COMMANDO: HARD CONTACT
October 2004 (Book 1 of the Commando series.)
USA Today bestseller.

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TRIPLE ZERO
March 2006
Book 2 in the Commando series.
USA Today bestseller.
(Contains the short story TARGETS.)
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TRUE COLORS
Book 3 in the Commando series, October 2007.
New York Times bestseller
(Contains the short story ODDS.)
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September 2008, book 4 of the Republic Commando series.
New York Times bestseller.
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IMPERIAL COMMANDO: 501st
November 2009, book five of the Commando series.
New York Times bestseller.
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Despite the cover and the movie, adult novel based on the CLONE WARS animation. July 2008, hard cover.
New York Times bestseller.
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CLONE WARS: NO PRISONERS
May 2009
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LEGACY OF THE FORCE: BLOODLINES
September 2006
Book two of the Legacy of the Force series. New York Times bestseller.
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LEGACY OF THE FORCE: SACRIFICE
June 2007, book five of the Legacy of the Force series
New York Times bestseller.
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LEGACY OF THE FORCE: REVELATION
February 2008, book eight of the Legacy of the Force series.
New York Times bestseller.
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A PRACTICAL MAN
E-book only, novella, August 2006
Boba Fett e-novella also available as a bonus story in the paperback edition of SACRIFICE.
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