Fortress Frontier UK cover and Mark Lawrence quote!


Hope­fully I’m not jinxing it, but I think we’re finally over the hump with relief ops post Hur­ri­cane Sandy. There is a lot of suf­fering still going on and a lot of work ahead of us, but I think the worst has past and we’re finally making headway.

I’ve finally reached a point where I can breathe easy enough to update the blog. And it’s a real relief because I’ve been sit­ting on some great news that’s been in my inbox since I first set out to Staten Island. Two things:

1.) The UK cover for the 2nd novel in the SHADOW OPS series, FORTRESS FRONTIER, has been final­ized for release! It’s another Larry Ros­tant mas­ter­piece, and I am absolutely thrilled with it:

The UK cover for FORTRESS FRONTIER! (note that his FINGER IS NOT ON THE TRIGGER!!!!)

I’ve been saying for a while that while Oscar Britton is a major char­acter in this book, he’s not the *main* char­acter. The man pic­tured there is Colonel Alan Book­binder, and I hope you like him as much as I do. In a lot of ways, Book­binder is the kind of officer I hope to be.

Once again, Head­line has given me a great deal of input. Every piece of gear, from the ruck­sack to the uni­form to the shotgun, was chosen to match the story and based on pho­tographs of real gear I sent to the artist. I’m sure there are hard bitten oper­a­tors out there who could poke holes in it, but not big holes. I love the fact that, as with CONTROL POINT, I’ve had so much cre­ative con­trol over the cover that I feel like I’m telling the story again through pictures.

2.) You can see it there at the bottom of the cover, but FORTRESS FRONTIER has netted a fan­tastic blurb from one of my favorite fan­tasy authors, Mark Lawrence. If you haven’t read his Broken Empire series, do your­self a favor and grab PRINCE OF THORNS right now. KING OF THORNS is even better, and I am chomping at the bit to read the forth­coming EMPEROR OF THORNS, which is coming next summer.

Mark says of FORTRESS FRONTIER: I sus­pect this is the best ride that mil­i­tary fan­tasy has to offer – you def­i­nitely want to get on board.

Someone on twitter (for­give me, but I can’t remember from who) recently noticed that their favorite game designer was fol­lowing them and said, “it’s like a hun­dred birth­days at once!”

One of my favorite authors liked my book.

So, yeah. That.

FORTRESS FRONTIER debuts in just three months. I’m very proud of this book and am really looking for­ward to seeing what you all think of it. It’s a tense time for any author as release day approaches, but an out­standing cover and great jacket quotes go a long way toward putting those fears to rest.


  • http://www.facebook.com/c.h.leblanc Charles H. Le Blanc

    Kick Ass Man! The UK cover looks great but I can’t wait for the US cover and release so I can immerse myself in the worlds you have created.

  • http://twitter.com/PaperlessRead Ken

    Awe­some looking cover. I had a blast reading the ARC and Colonel Book­binder is now my favourite char­acter in the series.

  • http://twitter.com/PrinceJvstin Paul Weimer

    I do like the look of the UK covers. A dis­tinct style from the U.S. ones.

    And having a favorite author blurb you? Priceless!

  • http://twitter.com/JohnAnealio John Anealio

    Con­grats Myke! It looks awe­some. Really looking for­ward to reading it.