Saturday, November 12, 2016

A new Castalia author

We are extremely pleased to welcome to the ranks of Castalia House novelists one of the most successful authors of modern military science fiction, David VanDyke. David has published with Castalia before; his “What Price Humanity?” was published in There Will Be War Vol. X and was a finalist for Best Novelette in the 2016 Hugo Awards.

David is also a military veteran who has served in two branches of the U.S. military, the US Army and the US Air Force. As an author, he is chiefly known for Plague Wars, the bestselling mil-SF series that currently consists of 12 books and has made him one of the 100 best-selling authors in science fiction. He is also, with BV Larson, the co-author of several Star Force novels. Amazon currently has him ranked at #86 in the science fiction category.

So, you can understand that Castalia House is proud to announce we will be publishing print editions of the entire Plague Wars series, paperback and hardcover, in both English and German. The first volume, Plague Wars Book 0, The Eden Plague, is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and can also be ordered by your local bookstore.


Not all plagues kill. But there are those with much to lose from the advancement of the human race, and there is nothing more dangerous to the hidden powers of the world than a plague with the ability to improve Mankind through simple human contact. When veteran combat lifesaver Daniel Markis finds a mystery woman with armed invaders in his home and it all goes sideways, he turns to his brothers in arms to fight back. On the run from the shadowy Company, soon he finds himself in a war for possession of a genetic engineering puzzle that threatens the stability of the world. But who is behind it all - and are they even human?

No zombies were harmed in the making of this book. In fact, no zombies appear anywhere in this book. Seriously. It's not a zombie book.

The Eden Plague is Book 0 in David VanDyke's bestselling Plague Wars series.

We expect to publish Plague Wars Book 1, Reaper's Run, and Book 2, Skull's Shadows, by the end of November, and to publish the German versions of all three before the end of the year. As I have a few remaining Audible codes for the SJWAL audiobook, the first 10 people to buy the hardcover edition of THE EDEN PLAGUE from Amazon can email me a copy of their receipt to receive a free download code. Be sure to put HARD EDEN in the subject so I will see it.

But that's not the only new print edition we have to announce. As you may know, of all the many excellent books we have published, mine included, the one of which I am most proud is THE MISSIONARIES by Owen Stanley. The book has been very well-received, has the highest Amazon ratings out of all of our books, and is a worthy throwback to an older, more literary age.

It is now available in hardcover and paperback editions, and is also available at Barnes & Noble. I'm sure those who have read it will be delighted to learn that I have spoken with Mr. Stanley, who has informed me that he is now working on a new novel. If you're a Stanley fan, this is definitely one book that merits a place of honor on the bookshelf.

And finally, Scott Adams says: "If you’re baffled by the election results, you might want to read some #1 best selling books."



Anonymous Steve November 12, 2016 8:13 AM  

Yuge fan of DVD here.

The Plague Wars is an astonishing series, a few cuts well above the standard cookie-cutter pulp mil-SF norm. Rather than just endlessly rewriting the same basic plot he takes big ideas to weird and wonderful conclusions, branching the story out in ways you'd never expect.

Blogger Wanda Sherratt November 12, 2016 8:14 AM  

Just ordered my hardcover copy of 'The Missionaries' - looking forward to Stanley's next book!

Blogger eharmonica November 12, 2016 9:18 AM  

Reaper's Run is currently free for Kindle:

Anonymous Gen. Kong November 12, 2016 10:33 AM  

Owen's The Missionaries is a brilliantly conceived satirical noveletta. Had to put down the iPhone at times because I was laughing so hard.

Blogger Were-Puppy November 12, 2016 11:27 AM  

Got it. I've missed a couple of the newer releases, but hope to backtrack and catch up on them as well

Anonymous Clark November 12, 2016 11:27 AM  

If you haven't read The Missionaries, it's a fun read that skewers all the right people.

Blogger pdwalker November 12, 2016 11:50 AM  

Re: Reaper's Run and the free deal - don't do it.

Like my local crack dealer says, the first hit is free. I ended up purchasing all the others.

Blogger Matthew November 12, 2016 12:25 PM  

I had trouble typesetting the VanDyke books because I kept finding myself re-reading them. Even after multiple pass-throughs.

Buy them.

Anonymous Nathan November 12, 2016 1:42 PM  

Nice. Will this be for the full seventeen book series or just the first "Decade One" arc?

Anonymous DC(#sqrt(-1)) November 12, 2016 2:00 PM  

Can confirm the Eden Plague series is an enjoyable read; I bought them all on Kindle. Looks like Castalia House is....WINNING bigly!

Blogger maniacprovost November 12, 2016 2:02 PM  

I liked First Conquest, but I'm terrified to get embroiled any deeper.

Blogger Were-Puppy November 12, 2016 4:47 PM  

Ok, threw my last $5 on the Missionaries.

Blogger VD November 12, 2016 8:12 PM  

You're banned for lying, Unknown. You clearly have no idea what the books are even about.

Blogger David VanDyke November 13, 2016 12:05 AM  

Haha, what did Unknown say?

Glad to be aboard. At this point I've only signed with Castalia for the first three books (The Eden Plague, Reaper's Run and Skull's Shadows), but it's likely all 17 books (Plague Wars plus its follow-on Stellar Conquest series) will eventually be done this way. I'm confident Castalia's hardcover editions will blow away the CreateSpace softcovers currently available.

I'm also probably going to have the first book of my brand-new military adventure sci-fi series (Title TBD) out on January 1 in ebook format, and Castalia will likely do the print books for that series as well, though odds are it will take a month or three to bring that to market. It's YUGE (140K+ words, about 600 pages) and it's completed in draft, and undergoing editing and prep. I'm well into writing the next one, too, which should come along within 3-4 months. It will be at least a trilogy, possibly 5-6 books if it's well received, with lots of kick-ass action and enough humor to make you LOL every now and again.

Blogger Matthew November 13, 2016 1:11 AM  

I, for one, love this announcement, because it means I get to read (while typesetting) more VanDyke books.

Blogger pdwalker November 13, 2016 1:50 AM  

Ha! Mr VanDyke, you fiend! You write those books and i shall steel my resolve and not buy them immediately!

*shakes fist* That'll show you, you dealer of crack!

(seriously though, looking forward to it)

Anonymous RabidRatel November 13, 2016 5:18 AM  

@15 Matthew, is there another proofreader position open? This VanDyke is writing books faster than I can make money to buy them with.

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