In this series, I ask various publishing professionals (including authors, bloggers, editors, agents etc.) to recommend 2-3 authors or books they feel haven’t received the recognition they deserve.
Today’s recommendations are by WC Bauers. W. C. Bauers interests include Taekwondo, military history, and French-press brewing. He lives in the Rocky Mountains with his wife and three boys. Unbreakable, out from Tor this month, is his first novel.
The Myriad by R. M. Meluch
If you like inventive SF then R. M. Meluch is for you. The Myriad begins a high-velocity, far-future military SF series where the U. S. of A. is at war with Rome and the alien “Hive.” Think John Wayne verses Caesar with swords AND lasers. Meluch’s terse prose and comedic chops are refreshingly original; she wastes nothing on the page. She spins hard SF, pulpy tech, swashbuckling action, and light romantic themes into a satisfying read that begs for more. And, there’s a killer Roman cyborg in a toga. Beat that!
Opening Moves by Steven James
James central character, Patrick Bower, solves violent crimes using geospatial calculations. In layman’s terms, Bower hunts serial killers by analyzing the time and place of their crimes. If you like books with a serious ick factor, you’ll love Opening Moves. It’s one of the most atmospheric, gut-disturbing novels I’ve read. And, if you binge read there’s six more volumes after it, and they just get better: The Pawn, The Rook, The Knight, The Queen, The King, and Checkmate. You needn’t like chess to get the books. Just come expecting a tremendous investigative thriller. James is one of the best crime writers today so keep your eye on him.
Stay tuned for the next post where we get more reading recommendations from Alex Gordon!