Monday, March 19, 2018

Wardogs Inc. #1: Battlesuit Bastards

All war is murder for profit. 

Some organizations are just more open about it.

WARDOGS INCORPORATED is one of the largest and most professional mercenary corporations operating in the Kantillon subsector. If you need a bodyguard, an assassination team, or an armored cavalry regiment complete with air support, WARDOGS Inc. can provide it for you... for a very steep price.

Tommy Falkland is proud to be a Wardog. And he's delighted when WDI's executives sign a massive contract to arrange for a little regime change on a no-account low-tech planet that looks like a highly profitable cakewalk. But when the transportation company unexpectedly fails to deliver their armor and artillery dirtside, Tommy and his fellow Wardogs find themselves caught in the middle of the killing zone.

And there they learn that bullets will kill a man dead just as quickly as a plasma bolt.

Created by Vox Day and set in the universe of Quantum Mortis, BATTLESUIT BASTARDS is the first book in the Wardogs Inc. military science fiction series written by G.D. Stark. Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

Some of you have been saying you want more Quantum Mortis. Well, here is more Quantum Mortis. Graven Tower is not the protagonist, but the events taking place in the new series are roughly contiguous with those of A Man Disrupted and are occurring in the same subsector. You can consider Wardogs Inc. to be one of our responses to the stunning success of Nick Cole's bestselling Galaxy's Edge series.... but there are others on the way soon. And yes, Wardogs Inc. will be appearing in comic book form, illustrated and colored by the two gentlemen responsible for the action-packed cover.

And "action-packed" barely begins to describe this series. It is, like the Wardogs themselves, off the chain. An excerpt from Chapter 1:

We unceremoniously stuffed the bodies into the small personnel airlock and flushed them out into space.

“Sergeant Thrasher, cargo is clean,” I reported.

“Find anything interesting?”

“Mostly just industrial equipment. Construction stuff,” I said. Four-eyes cut in, “To be precise, mining equipment.”

“Roger,” Squid said. “No problems?”

“Nothing illegal. Some more slug-throwers though, in wood crates,” I said.

“Not our business. Everyone meet up on the bridge in five. We’ve cleared our bodies here, we’ll finish there.”

“Roger,” I replied. Park hammered the tops back on the boxes, then exited cargo. I reset the seals on the door and we headed up to the bridge. It wasn’t a huge ship, so no lifts. Just ladders and stairs like an old atomic model.

We entered the bridge just as Private Ward was dragging out the body of the captain. Park saluted the dead man ironically and Jock laughed.

“Now what?” I said.

“Now we wait for a new crew,” said Squid from the late captain’s chair, a flask in his hand. “Lieutenant says their ship is on the way and they should be here within the hour. At ease for now.”

I looked around the bridge. Everything looked clean and well-maintained, though it was an older ship. Garamond read the name plate on the wall. Registration 1001x235htfg22789.113. Gruppo ENIL-EX, Valatesta.

I took off my helmet and set it on the navigation table next to a personal tablet, still displaying a colorful picture story its owner would never finish. Probably lots of time to read on freighters.

Almost exactly an hour later, a sleek black transport pulled alongside and hailed us. A few moments later, the boarding party joined us. The men wore the same navy blue jumpsuits of the guys we’d just spaced. Gruppo ENIL-EX uniforms, I assumed.

Their leader engaged with Sergeant Thrasher and a severe little man walked up to me. “Do you mind?” he said, then powered up the nav board. He tossed the tablet onto a chair as I gathered up my helmet.

“Good to meet you too,” I said, getting out of his way.

“Hmm,” he said, keying in some numbers.

“So,” I pressed, partly because I was annoyed, “got a hot date, then?”

“Not likely on Ulixis,” he sniffed.

“What? You don’t like furry chicks?” I remember jokes about the women of Ulixis, though I really only had a vague idea where the place was.

“Go away, Wardog, I’m working,” he said, waving his hand dismissively.

I considered shooting him in the back of the head, just on principle, then decided I’d rather not lose my bonus today. Squid didn’t take kindly to freelancing.

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Blogger Shimshon March 19, 2018 10:39 AM  

The Selenoth-Quantum Mortis crossover hit we've all been waiting for.

Blogger Starboard March 19, 2018 11:03 AM  

Looks good! My Kindle library continues to overfloweth.

Blogger Looking Glass March 19, 2018 11:14 AM  

"Squid didn’t take kindly to freelancing."

"Off the chain" is putting it mild, haha.

Blogger tuberman March 19, 2018 11:29 AM  

Will give this one a look soon. Comes almost too close to the absolute truth.

Blogger Amy March 19, 2018 11:32 AM  


Vox, you write long books. Nevertheless, your prose and dialogue are succinct. I don’t lose details and I can form a clear image of the characters and action. I admire that, truly.

“A Man Disrupted” brought me into the QM universe and I’m hooked. This is definitely going into my print library when available. Bravo.

Blogger Dave March 19, 2018 11:59 AM  

Ready to jump on this as soon as I saw you post about it in the Alt Hero forum.

In other news concerning the never-ending war for NFL supremacy; it has been confirmed the Eagles will kickoff the season at home against the Vikings and Kirk Cousins. Myself and many others were predicting this battle scenario was just too intriguing and tempting for the NFL to pass up. Prepare your battlesuits, you purple bastards!

Blogger maniacprovost March 19, 2018 12:35 PM  

Will the story with the all-female battalion be adapted to the comic?

Blogger VD March 19, 2018 1:12 PM  

Will the story with the all-female battalion be adapted to the comic?

Quantum Mortis: The Amazon Gambit will be one of Arkhaven's first one-off comics. The artist who did the Wardogs Inc. cover has already sketched most of it.

Blogger Shimshon March 19, 2018 1:48 PM  

@8 Vox, I've sat out all the comics sans the Freestartr Hardback #1. But now you've sold me.

Blogger VD March 19, 2018 2:10 PM  

I've sat out all the comics sans the Freestartr Hardback #1. But now you've sold me.

Imagine how good they will be once we actually figure out what we're doing....

Blogger tuberman March 19, 2018 4:08 PM  

Considering the quality of Castalia House books, I trust your basic instincts, and assume many others do also.

Blogger TrueBag PipeRock March 19, 2018 9:01 PM  

This will be great for comics. Anything the most macho and that kicks the most ass is sorely needed in the snowflake graphic novel universe. One WarDog slogan could be "Banned from ComicCon due to being an expendable white male with no feels."

Blogger Bobiojimbo March 19, 2018 9:36 PM  

And so my reading list grows by +1.... One of my favorite sub-genres of sci-fi is power armor military stories.

Blogger Brick Hardslab March 19, 2018 11:06 PM  

Good writing I just started it and it's just as advertised. A ton of fun.

Blogger Crew March 20, 2018 11:42 AM  

Is this the first fake review? Someone paid for it, it seems, and then wrote this:

The world building/characters are generic. The author had to come up with inane reasons for the main characters to be powered down so there would be an actual struggle. Buzzed through it on a plane ride. Worth what you pay for.

They gave it a 3/5 so it doesn't look like an obvious fake review!

Blogger Dave March 20, 2018 4:30 PM  

Including this one, the reviewer only has three reviews in their profile. One of their other reviews is 5 stars for John Scalzi is a Rapist.

It's a verified purchase and 3 star review; I don't see it as fake. Possibly someone turned over a new leaf on posting reviews.

A better question might be is this G.D. Stark's first book?

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