Military Sci Fi, well done – Leo Champion

I recently finished one of Chris Nuttall’s books, First Strike, which was decently done. Chris does a great job of doing classic space opera.  At the end was a selection from Leo Champion’s book, Legion, which was a combat scene.  I read through it and bought the book on the spot.  It’s well done!

I’m about a quarter way through.  The book is about a successful copywriter who, while drinking to celebrate his promotion at works, is wooed into joining the US Foreign Legion, and how he must now do everything he can to survive his enlistment.

I like Champion’s writing – there’s nothing that screams Indy about this book (and it is published in softcover).

How to Get Honest Reviews

In Amazon, you can click on the reviewers and that gives you an email (sometimes). Find reviewers you like from reviews on similar novels to yours and email them a request to review your book, and comp them a copy of the book for an honest review. Be very professional when you do so you do not taint your reviewer in any way. Or have someone else do it on your behalf.

I’m not sure how to comp them a book, though you can send books to someone directly on their Kindle. They must know the name of their kindle device so you can email the manuscript to them, and they must add your sending email to the permitted senders list. Some people may be wary about accepting direct books, but it works. Do not send PDFs. Those do not scale. Send a Word document.

Perhaps those that have done this process know a better way to comp books. If so, I’d love to hear it.

This is in response to Brandy’s comment about gaining honest reviews.

Also, M.J. Moores writes a tremendous piece on the other side of this, here:

Reviews for your Book.

I also read an interesting piece on whether authors should pay for reviews.

See here:

Should Authors Pay for Book Reviews?

The longshot of that is no, you shouldn’t. There is an alternative, which is to solicit reviews. As the article says,

Going through the process of getting blurbs, testimonials and reviews is one of the best exercises in feet-on-the-ground book marketing any author can have. It will teach you a huge amount about how books actually get sold, and how your book is being received. That’s incredibly valuable learning for any author.

The hard part is figuring out how you go about the process, etc. It’s much easier said than done.

J.W. Kurtz: Bellerophon: Ambush

I’ve been reading J.W. Kurtz‘s Bellerophon: Ambush lately and I’m about half-way through.

It’s a sci-fi book, and we’re aboard the ex-government ship Bellerophon, or the Belle, for short. Captain Wray, respected by his crew, leads them in a boarding action, and takes us into ship combat and some intense close quarters combat.

I really like the detail with which Mr. Kurtz (“He dead!”) creates his world. It is excellent. There’s plenty of detail, without it being a lecture. We hear enough to keep us informed.

He also does a great job of scene/sequeling. Each time I think, “well, that went terrible, but now the protagonists can move on and things will be looking up,” something worse happens. Fantastic! It makes for a very compelling read. I mean, what’s the worst thing that could happen? Oh, it does. The stakes are pretty high, and the tension is maintained with short lulls before we discover we’re not really out of the woods, Bilbo, you just saw the lights of dead guys under the water or elves or something.  Stupid Mirkwood.

I thoroughly enjoy that we’re going to go down that 40 km of bad road, and he’s going to be the driver the entire way.