Storm of Wings by Chris Bunch
Chris Bunch shows some real creativity in Storm of Wings by his ability to adequately blend real military action with fantasy themes. Undoubtedly, his service as a commander in Vietnam and his writing as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes gives him the background which makes his story so plausible.
Hal Kailas, our poor down-trodden adolescent hero, loves dragons and, through a series of events, he gets conscripted into the military. Hal's fascination with dragons gives him some useful ideas and skills which both reward and punish him at different points in the story.
There's nothing outrageously new in any of this, but what really sets the story apart is that Chris Bunch creates a military/war environment that feels real. His disdain for staff officers and for those w... Read More
Chris Bunch served as a patrol commander in Vietnam. He wrote for the military newspaper Stars and Stripes and for Rolling Stone.
Dragonmaster — (2002-2004) Publisher: The action–packed new novel from one of the greatest writers of fantasy adventure. The land between the volatile kingdoms of Deraine, Sagene, and Roche is ruled by the sword and by the outlaw. But the schemes of men and nations hold scant interest for Hal Kailas. For him, the only true power in the world is that of the dragons… As a child he loved to climb the high cliffs around his village and watch the dragons nesting there — huge, savage beasts with wings that blackened the sun. His only dream was to grow wings — or learn to ride a dragon. But when the uneasy peace of the kingdoms is threatened by war, Hal’s dream becomes reality. For this is a conflict such as the world has never seen. For the first time, the fearsome wild dragons have become living weapons, ridden by men of cold daring and ruthless ambition. And the greatest of them is Hal Kailas. Dragonmaster.
Storm of Wings by Chris Bunch
Shadow Warrior — (1996-1997) Publisher: BLAST FROM THE PAST. Ten years had passed since mankind had won the Great War. The dreaded Al’ar, loathsome aliens who killed by mere sight or touch, had been vanquished. Now they were gone, forgotten, and humanity was free to expand throughout the galaxy. But one man remembered. Joshua Wolfe had been a hero of the Great War. He had lived with the Al’ar first as a friend and then as a prisoner. He knew their ways, knew their disciplines, knew how to kill as they killed. And Joshua Wolfe was the only man who knew that the conflict was not over. Before the Great War, in a time of friendship, the Al’ar had given him a name: Shadow Warrior. Now he would fulfill its lethal promise…
The Seer King Trilogy — (1997-1999) Publisher: Laish Tenedos is a wizard, a man who despises the fragmented kingdom of Numantia and is determined to return it to its former glory — with himself on the throne. Together with his best friend, the skilled cavalryman Damastes, he will struggle to bring peace to the kingdom.
Last Legion — (1999-2001) Publisher: The human Confederation empire stretches across the endless night between the stars, slowly rotting from within even as it faces threats from without. And at its farthest reaches stand the forgotten men and women of the Last Legion — all that stands between the empire and chaos. As violence between factions escalates and the Legion strives to keep the peace, a planet on the edge of nowhere will set the stage for the empire’s final stand…
Star Risk — (2002-2007) Publisher: For the right price, they’ll go anywhere in the galaxy. They’ll do anything, fight anyone, face any danger. M’chel Riss was stagnating in the Alliance Marines, assigned to a desolate post in the middle of nowhere. Then a fortuitous chance brought her to the attention of Star Risk, Ltd., a ragtag bunch of misfits struggling to make a living. Their first mission: spring a dangerous super-soldier trapped in a maximum security prison. For money, fame, glory… mostly money.
The Empire Stone — (2000) Publisher: Peirol of the Marshlands is a traveling gem merchant on a quest for a gem so powerful, it gives its owner the dangerous ability to control others. Traveling far beyond the known world to a city torn by earthquake and fire, Peirol will find the Empire Stone and unleash its hellish power.
Corsair — (2001) Publisher: For years, the Linyati slavers have raided the coasts of Saros. But now swashbuckling Captain Gareth Radnor has taken command of the carrack “Steadfast”. The excited young sailor seeks vengeance against the slavers who murdered his family. Joined by a motley crew, together they become pirates against evil defying their own king’s truce.
The Vampires of Malibu High — (2006) Publisher: The Vampires of Malibu High is the first collection of Chris Bunch’s short fiction. We’ve gathered the very best of his stories published in magazines such as Absolute Magnitude, Fantastic Stories, Dreams of Decadence, and Realms of Fantasy. Each story is a polished gem waiting to satisfy Bunch’s legion of readers. Bunch is best known as a novelist, but these science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories demonstrate Bunch’s mastery of the short form.
Sten — (1982-2012) Publisher: Hailed as a “landmark science fiction series” the Sten Series has thrilled millions of readers all over the world. Set three thousand years in the future, the eight Sten novels tell the tale of a tough, street-wise orphan who escapes his fate as factory planet “delinq” to become the strong right-hand of the most powerful man in the Universe — a man hailed by his billons of subjects as “The Eternal Emperor.” This edition contains a brand-new “Forward” introduction to the series as well as a selection of recipes from the Emperor’s cookbook. Classic SF adventure!
Anteros — (1985-1995) Allan Cole and Chris Bunch. Publisher: Young, pampered Amalric Antero cared only for real places and possible dreams. But then he met Janos Greycloak, a dashing soldier who dabbled in forbidden magic and who carried, hidden, proof of riches and mysteries beyond imagination. And suddenly Amalric found himself setting out on the adventure of a lifetime, a daring and perilous quest through unknown lands peopled by nightmares, to seek the ultimate in fables…THE FAR KINGDOMS!
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