Monster Hunter Nation

Sample Chapters & Short Stories

BLACK SWORD TRILOGY

Son of the Black Sword:
(Book 1- not yet released)
Chapters 1-15

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MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL

MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL:   
(MHI Book 1)
(Sample) Chapters 1-7

MONSTER HUNTER VENDETTA:  
(MHI Book 2)
(Sample) Chapters 1-6

MONSTER HUNTER ALPHA: 
(MHI Book 3)
(Sample) Chapters 1-9

MONSTER HUNTER LEGION:
(MHI Book 4)
(Sample) Chapters 1-7

MONSTER HUNTER NEMESIS:
(MHI Book 5)
(Sample) Chapters 1-4

TANYA, PRINCESS OF THE ELVES
Full story- free!
A short set in the universe of Monster Hunter International, and my answer to Twilight’s interspecies romance. Starring Tanya the Elf and Edward the Orc. This was the first short published on Baen’s new page.

A HALLOWEEN PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL
A Halloween Public Service Announcement from Monster Hunter International

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THE GRIMNOIR CHRONICLES

HARD MAGIC:
(Grimnoir Chronicles Book I)
(Sample) Chapters 1-6

SPELLBOUND:
(Grimnoir Chronicles Book II)
(Sample) Chapters 1-5

WARBOUND:
(Grimnoir Chronicles Book III)
Not Currently Available

DETROIT CHRISTMAS:
Full story- free!
A gritty short set in the Grimnoir universe about Heavy Jake Sullivan, P.I. This is a favorite of mine.

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DEAD SIX

DEAD SIX: 
(Book 1)
(Co-authored with Mike Kupari)
Chapters 1-6

SWORDS OF EXODUS:
(Book 2)
(Co-authored with Mike Kupari)
Chapters 1-6

SWEOTHI CITY
Full story- free!/
This is a short story from the universe of my novel, Dead Six. I am cowriting it with Mike Kupari. It is a story told in the 1st person, by two separate narrators. And they are not friends.

A bit from DEAD SIX by my co-author, Mike Kupari http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/some-writing-from-the-dead-six-project-by-mike/

WELCOME BACK, MR. NIGHTCRAWLER
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=207390&highlight=corriea
The original online fiction experiment that turned into the Dead Six collaboration. This is a very rough serial that was cranked out with little or no planning, that turned out to be quite the adventure. This is the thread that sparked the novels, Dead Six, Exodus, and Project Blue. (all coming soon).

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THE CHRISTMAS NOUN SAGA

THE CHRISTMAS NOUN
http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2008/12/22/the-christmas-noun/ 
My version of a Christmas story, only with more Cthulu, zombies, and chainsaws.

THE CHRISTMAS NOUN 2: THE NOUNENING 
http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2009/12/08/the-christmas-noun-2-the-nounening/ 
The much anticipated sequel to the greatest Christmas story featuring a noun ever.

THE CHRISTMAS NOUN 3D: THE GRITTY REBOOT 
http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2010/12/10/the-christmas-noun-3d-the-gritty-reboot/ 
Christmas goes hard core.

THE CHRISTMAS NOUN 4: OCCUPY CHRISTMAS NOUN
http://monsterhunternation.com/2011/12/19/christmas-noun-4-occupy-christmas-noun/

THE CHRISTMAS NOUN 5: FIFTY SHADES OF NOUN, CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE EDITION
http://monsterhunternation.com/2012/12/13/chirstmas-noun-5-fifty-shades-of-noun-choose-your-own-adventure-edition/

THE CHRISTMAS NOUN 6: YES, WENDELL, THERE REALLY IS A CHRISTMAS NOUN
http://monsterhunternation.com/2013/12/23/christmas-noun-6-yes-wendell-there-really-is-a-christmas-noun/

THE CHRISTMAS NOUN 7: ATTACK OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE NOUN
http://monsterhunternation.com/2014/12/18/christmas-noun-7-attack-of-the-social-justice-noun/

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THE ADVENTURES OF TOM STRANGER: INTERDIMENSIONAL INSURANCE AGENT

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM STRANGER: INTERDIMENSIONAL INSURANCE AGENT
http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/the-adventures-of-tom-stranger-interdimensional-insurance-agent/ 
A little comedy bit about Tom Stranger, agent of Stranger & Stranger.  Its like homeowners, for your dimension. Guest starring Adam Baldwin as the President and R. Lee Ermey as Secretary of Defense.

A MESSAGE FROM TOM STRANGER
http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/a-message-from-stranger-stranger/ 
A commercial that ran during the Draw Mohammed Day Parade. Guest starring Barack Obama, or possibly Steve Urkel. We are unclear about this dimension.

TOM STRANGER, ARBITRATION ON MORDOR STATION
http://monsterhunternation.com/2010/06/01/tom-stranger-interdimensional-insurance-agent-in-arbitration-at-mordor-station/ 
Tom Stranger, Jimmy the Intern, and Galactic Arbiter Chuck Norris kick some mutant ass.

TOM STRANGER, LIVE FROM ConKhanQuan XIV:  Part I
http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/the-further-adventures-of-tom-stranger-interdimensional-insurance-agent-live-from-conkhanquan-xiv/ 
Demons invade a sci-fi convention. Tom Stranger has to protect a James Gandolfini look alike.

TOM STRANGER, LIVE FROM ConKhanQuan XIV: Part II:  http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2010/07/16/the-further-adventures-of-tom-stranger-live-from-khanquancon-xiv-part-2/

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THE BURNING THRONE

These are a series of in character game journals and short stories from my game group, also known as Writer Nerd Game Night, which is made up of a bunch of novelists and book reviewers, from our monthly game of the Legend of the Five Rings role playing game.

Part 1: Diary of a Crab
http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/the-burning-throne-part-i-diary-of-a-crab/

Part 2: Thoughts over Tea
http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/the-burning-throne-part-2/

Part 3: Ballad of Ide Todo
http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/the-burning-throne-episode-3-the-ballad-of-ide-todo/

Part 4: Battle of Shinjo Ridge
http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/the-burning-throne-episoide-4-the-battle-of-shinjo-ridge/

Part 5: Aftermath
http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/the-burning-throne-episode-5-aftermath/

Part 6: Crab Duel
http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/the-burning-throne-episode-6-crab-duel/

Part 7: No Middle Ground
http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/the-burning-throne-episode-7-no-middle-ground/

150 Responses to Sample Chapters & Short Stories

  1. Larry,

    I came across your story on line. Funny thing. I am self-published and because of a recommendation by Mike Resnick Toni is looking at my book. (Some dedicated fans who love my work and a video game contract on the book help get the attention from Mike.)

    But the thing is it’s been on her desk for nearly 6 months. Advised by Mike I sent an e-mail inquiry a month ago to make sure it was received… still nothing.

    Any advice on how to proceed? I’ve moved to the secluded northwest from the DC area. Signings are no longer feasible.

    How long did yo have to wait to hear back from Toni? Anything I should do or not do?

    I have an e-mail list waiting for book II that is now complete. I know they’d bug her at Baen’s Bar if they had an inkling it’d help me get nation wide. But Mike advised against that. I’m open to anything you can contribute to the situation.

    Thank you for taking precious time to help out a fellow POD (not crap) author.

    Lynn Hardy
    LynnHardy.com

  2. correia45 says:

    Lynn, e-mail sent.

  3. Raptor says:

    Larry,

    I just finished reading Welcome Back Mr. Nightcrawler over on THR. Holy ****, man, that was awesome! PLEASE tell me I’m gonna see that in print one day! (Not the Dead 6 Trilogy, but the whole thing!)

  4. correia45 says:

    Yes. We have planned 3 books in that series.

  5. robert says:

    Just finished MHI on webscription.
    When will the next book come out?

  6. Kyle says:

    Just finished MHI also, the book was loads of fun. You have my vote, and dollars when it comes out, for the next book.

  7. Erik Althoff says:

    Just finished reading MHI in paperback. Read it in 3 days. It was such a fast paced exciting read I couldn’t put it down. I hope that there are more books on there way for the series.

    Thanks for a great book.

    Erik

  8. Calvin says:

    Hell of a good first novel, looking forward to reading the sequel.

  9. Adam Hart says:

    Great airplane read! Made the 6.5 hour flight from Boston to Portland seem like 20 minutes. Can’t wait for the sequel. And yes, I enjoy shooting sports and live in Massachusetts, there are a few of us out there!

  10. Bob says:

    Holy smokes! I haven’t read as good a book [MHI] in some time. The shooting stuff was great, I kept saying “Oooh.. I have that..I want that..wow, I can’t do that..yet”. What really got me was the humor and the gaming references. Thank-you for one hot read, Larry. I look forward to your next piece!

  11. Pat says:

    MHI: WOW

    I am on page 134 and am so disappointed that I have to wait for the second book.

    Excellent, I like the characters, I like the idea and I like the protagonist. Though he needs to learn to talk to people about what is happening to him.

    I expect many more MHI’s.

    oh, and u rite gud

    p

  12. Kevin says:

    un-fucking-belivable!!!! MHI rocks the house. for so long I’ve been looking for a book that starts fast and ends even faster.

    Love the main character, love the fact that he is a “Big Man” that is fast and deadly like a Bruce Lee on steriods(being a big man myself) its about time.

    thristing for more from Mr. Correia

  13. Keith Glass says:

    Since I’m already a MHI fan, and have read the Christmas (Noun),or, at least what there is of it. . .I started reading the Dead 6 Stories on THR.

    OMFG, that’s good stuff. . .

    But you, somehow, HAVE to incorporate those Rocky-and-Bullwinkle endings BluesBear wrote into the threads. . . they were the BBQ sauce on top of all that red-meat-guns-and-violence goodness. . .

  14. Brent says:

    Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your novel. Kind of a random pick-up, saw it on the shelf at B&N, couldn’t be happier. Good luck. Are sales going well so far? I’d love to see more novels.

    If you haven’t had the chance, pick up some Glen Cook or Spider Robinson…funny guys, also.

  15. Chris says:

    Larry,

    I’ve just finished reading MHI, and just wanted you to know that you’ve got a fan in the UK. What a rock and roll ride! Loved the action, the characters and the writing, and especially loved Skippy and his tribe. I’d love to see more stories of MHI and the mighty Z, maybe taking in some of the hunter groups around the world? I’ll be recommending this one to my friends.

    Thanks,

    Chris

  16. Vikki says:

    Loved it! Humor, monsters, romance, and GUNS! What more could you ask for?

    Can’t wait for more on Pitt and company!

  17. Bigtech says:

    MHI was great! I love that the hero is a big ugly guy like me!

    I saw the book at B&N and decided to get the ebook at webscription.net so I could read it on my blackberry. I couldn’t put it down and now I need more!

    Can’t wait for the next one!

    Thanks,

    Bigtech

  18. Kevin says:

    Oh dude MHI was the most exciting piece of literature I have read in a long time, can’t wait for another one

  19. Chris says:

    Great novel two questions: Who gave you the evil idea to post the first seven chapters on the web? You had me at throwing the boss out of a 14 story window. I immediately went and bought the book. Second what kind of gun did you by with the book money! HA ! Great novel waiting on the sequel.

  20. Eric says:

    All I can say is wow! I just finished MHI and it blew my mind, lol. One of my fav parts is when the young LT is such a wuss and the NCO from the Guard steps up. I’m in the Guard myself and it was absolutely tops to see them portrayed in your book. Maybe more of them in the sequel, eh? :)

  21. Lori Raulston says:

    Larry,

    Reading the book now. Loving it! Mike is waiting for me to finish. I bought it for him (not my genre, usually), but started reading it and won’t let it out of my sight. Terrific stuff!

    All the best to you and Bridget!

    Lori

  22. Lori Raulston says:

    Oh, and the NCO stepping up? Love that as well, and so will Mike (NCO himself). NCO= Not Conquering Otherwise :)

  23. Carol Garth says:

    I absolutely LOVED Monster Hunter International! I found it by accident at Barnes and Noble when I was purchasing the latest book in the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher. I noticed the cover, picked it up and read the blurb, and was captured. I was in the middle of another series and could hardly wait to finish it (another genre), although I thoroughly enjoy that series. And Monster Hunter International lived up to the promise, let me tell you! I was not disappointed.
    By the way that it ended, I hope that there will be a new book in the series. If not, I am CRUSHED.
    I like handsome guys, but character and heart rule over handsome every time. Pitt is my hero, along with Jack Reacher in the series by Lee Child (it’s not paranormal, but Reacher is a big guy, too, not necessarily handsome).
    Thanks for sharing your talent with the world. I look forward to more Monster Hunter International books. I am 56 years old and have been reading adult books since I was 9 years old (had older brothers and sisters) and I say that you are a MASTER storyteller! PLEASE continue!

    All the best to you,
    Carol Garth

  24. Perry Amos says:

    Just finished Monster Hunter International and loved it. I am looking forward to the next in this series. The book got me to look for more from you on the web and I am loving what I am reading. Thanks for sticking with it while you were self-publishing, it was worth it.

    Perry Amos

  25. Sean McCluskey says:

    I’m about a third of the way through Monster Hunter International, and I’m hooked. Great action, terrific characterization, and excellent pacing. Well done! I’m very much looking forward to seeing more of your work.

  26. Bob R says:

    MHI was suggested by a facebook friend who is serving in Afghanistan. Great book ,when is the movie and where the hell is the sequel.Last book I read this fast was John Ross’s UC.

    • correia45 says:

      #2 will be out in Fall 2010. :) As for the movie, it will be made as soon as somebody in Hollywood gives me a giant sack of money.

  27. Thing says:

    Listen Mr C, just asking because mum’s intrested but have you got a name for MH book #2? We ain’t got any suggestions but it would be nice to know S’all.

    Thnks:
    Thing

  28. Charles Beener says:

    Decided to pick up MHI after reading about it on TFL. I really enjoyed the book and hope it becomes a full series. What books do you recommend I add to my list to purchase next?

    Charles

  29. Evan Taylor says:

    Well, I was poking through the local bookstore, saw this, and I was expecting a fun supernatural romp. I was more than a little impressed, there is a lot of depth to this. Like a lot of the other people here, I really really REALLY hope I see the next one soon. And, as a former military guy(submarines) with an affinity for shotguns and belt-fed weapons, I love the gun-geeking! Keep up the great work, I demand more!

    Evan

  30. Mark S says:

    It is a fantastic book. I just missed the self published one way back and was pissed! I then had to wait for what, over a year for Baen to get it out after that?
    I ended up convicing(sweet talking) the girl at barnes & noble go in the back and dig out the box as I wanted it NOW and it wasn’t for sale yet.
    Now you are going to make me wait till freakin’ Fall 2010 for the sequel?!?! I don’t know if I am going to make it…
    Congrats on your success with the book, you deserve it. Good to see a fellow gun nut make good!

  31. delianeal says:

    Larry,
    I just got done with your book after my husband (big-time 3-gun geek himself) insisted I read it. He piqued my interest as he giggled all the way through it and kept telling me “this guy really knows his shit!”
    I’ve always loved SF but have never been much into boomstick-fiction or any of the military fiction the hubby reads (yawn).

    HOWEVER, I really enjoyed your book. Gun- and gear-freak stuff aside, this is a really well-written book with an exciting plot, characters that I truly cared about and absolutely no spots that I felt like skimming over.

    So, for what it’s worth from a “straight” SF reader – great job! I’m looking forward to the next one! Also, congrats on being a newbie navigating the publishing world for the first time – talk about a festering pool of blood-suckers . . .

  32. Hannah says:

    I just wanted to leave my comment saying that I too am a fan of MHI. I just finished reading it and am making my husband read it because I know he too will enjoy it. I sincerely hope that more stories about Z and MHI will be on their way.

  33. Luis says:

    Bought the book at a whim, looked potentially good and funny. Glad it hit on both.
    When is the next book comming?

  34. Jaclyn Weist says:

    Hey,
    Its been quite a while since I last talked to see if you would come out to our store. I haven’t been ignoring you or anything. We’ve just been crazy busy lately!!

    We would still love to have you come out sometime!!

    Jaclyn

  35. Aaron says:

    Ok, so I was given a copy of your book, and at first I was apprehensive not being a big horror/monster book fan (except for Lovecraft and kudos to how you incorporated him). I read the first chapter and was hooked. Eight hours later I vowed to buy my own just so you could have my money. I loved it and am halfway through again, more slowly this time just to savor it. And you have piqued my interest in competitive shooting. I’ve dug out my step-fathers silhouettes and am needling him to let me borrow a gun and all of his reloading equipment. It’s been a week and dude I think you’ve changed my life. HA! Hows that for a load of bull? But I mean every word. Seriously. Keep it up because you’ve got talent and I’m ready for your next one.

    Have a good one.

  36. Haden says:

    I know it is really none of business, But round about how many copies of M.H.I. have you sold? And I am very excited about the second one.

    p.s. what is you favorite long gun, because idk if I missed it or not but the AR-15/M-4 where not in the book.

    • correia45 says:

      The number sold is top secret, but a lot. :)

      As far as favorite long gun, I like them all. I’ve got a bunch of different black rifles. That’s like asking which kid I like the best.

  37. Greetings!

    I just finished _Monster Hunter International_, and I figured this was probably the most appropriate place to comment (after wading through the political discussion on the front page).

    I really enjoyed the book: 700+ pages of Evil Dead-y goodness! A Disneyland of happy violence! And I’m looking forward to _Monster Hunter Vendetta_.

    Now I have a slightly niggling question. _MHI_ is pretty specific about how a vampire isn’t permanently gone until it’s decapitated, and it got me to thinking (always a dangerous undertaking…): if one dropped a *nuke* on a Master Vampire (given their ability to recover almost instantly from even the heaviest damage), would it (since its head had not been taken) simply reform (even if it took a long time), perhaps being radioactive and *really* pissed off?

    • correia45 says:

      I honestly don’t know. I suppose if you vaporize one then the head would definately count as severed. :)

      As for radioactive and pissed off, I’ve got something cool planned for the 3rd Owen Pitt book (4th MHI novel), but that’s a ways off.

  38. Chris L. says:

    Loved the book! But am I the only one that cought the referance to Bun bun? Yes I’m also a John Ringo Fan.

    I’m. Looking forward to reading more of your work.

    Chris luzader

  39. Bill.W.gr says:

    I am 200 pages into MHI. I am not into guns but I like the way your gun-knowledge adds to the realism of the story. You obviously have a real knack for action-adventure fiction. The last book I found this interesting was probably a Stephen King novel (one of his good ones like Salem’s Lot or Carrie). You get a lot of would-be writers I guess, but I participated in National Novel Writing Month last year and I know from experience that action writing is hard. My novel was pretty rough, not really a coherent novel but a fragmented story that jumped around. Writing a novel in a month is sort of an absurd exercise I think. So if you have time, I was wondering, how did you get into writing and what is it that you think of as the real core of your writing process? or (to pose the question every published writer eventually gets) what is the best writing advice you would give to yourself if you were just starting out?

    • correia45 says:

      That’s a really tough question actually. :)

      The best advice I can give… It may sound silly, but the single biggest thing is keep writing. It is hard, and it is challenging, but the more you do it, the better you’ll get. Even once you are pretty good, if I slack off and take time away from the computer, it takes awhile to get your mojo back when you get back to business. So even once you’ve gotten a manuscript that you think is awesome, and you’ve started submitting it, keep writing other stuff. By the time your first one gets picked up, you’ll have grown as a writer even more.

      • Bill.W.gr says:

        Thanks. I have to say, when I do get into the practice there is a satisfaction that no matter how good or bad it is, I feel like I’ve tried to craft something that I like. Nanowrimo did inspire me to keep it up. I look forward to your next book.

      • Bill.W.gr says:

        Thanks. I will definitely check this out. I have to switch computers first but I’m saving the link.

      • Bill.W.gr says:

        I have to say I’m on part 6 of the podcast and I really like the “list and twist” method you guys lay out. This is great stuff. When you mention you consider your writing pulp it reminded me of the Hard Case Crime books. I don’t want to step on your publisher’s toes, but I really liked Charles Ardai’s Fifty to One. Not all of his books “rock” for me. But that kind of action is what I like. MHI is very much in that vein. Stephenie Meyer isn’t bad and I can see why she gets a big chunk of the market, but I like the pulp tradition too.

  40. LepusKhan says:

    what about hooking him up with an addy or two to some of those Podcasts you did on writing? (just a thought)

  41. Rose says:

    Larry,

    I thoroughly enjoy your writing. I was taunted with the 7 chapters of MHI and then went out and bought the book to read the rest. Your humor, gun-lore and a twist on the view of the American hero mesh together to make a series I hope you write until I push up the weeds instead of pull them. I also read your Grimnoir taunts and found them enjoyable as well and will certainly purchase the book when it comes out. I have to give you kudos for tackling a new niche in fiction and wish I had your mojo to write. All I have are great images in my head but when I try to squish them onto paper, the result is usually disappointing.

  42. Good stuff- hits the ground running and just keeps going.

    Couldn’t put the book down.

    Cheers!

    Wayne Watson
    http://meddlersintime.blogspot.com/

  43. Ken Brock says:

    jeez man, the wait for the next book is killing me

    drop me a line if you need something

  44. Ben says:

    I just read MHI for the second time within a year. Considering that I read some of my favorite [until Now] books maybe once a year, that is a accomplishment.

    Loved MHI, Hope the wait is shorter rather than longer for the next one.

  45. Luci says:

    So I just got done reading MHI for a 3rd time…. Yes it’s that good. I can’t wait until Vendetta comes out!

    So I was just thinking how kick-ass of a movie this would make… Any talk on a movie?

    • correia45 says:

      Actually, we’ve been working on it. Nothing new or exciting, but if something happens, you guys will be the first to know. :)

  46. james says:

    read mhi nicly done m8 but i fink im the only scottish guy here still was brill dont get many decent books like dat here so keep up the good work lookin forward to vendetta

  47. Sammie says:

    Hey Larry, I read MHI a few months ago, and I love it, and so does my dad. Last week he got a package in the mail. He opened it and set it down on our kitchen table, and went into the garage. He comes back in, and by then I’m not paying attention. I hear some shuffling, and all of a sudden my dad bursts in the living with a huge gun going, “Look, look! I have a sling like Owen now, remember it?” I think I had a heart attack. But anyway, just wanted to tell that story and ask: Are you a hunter, a competition shooter, or do you just shoot for the heck of it?

    • correia45 says:

      Grew up as a hunter on the farm, got into competition shooting in college, then I spent a few years in the gun business, and I’m still a CCW instructor. Basically I’m just a huge gun geek. :)

  48. haden says:

    Just got done reading the 5 chapters that have been released and I got to say they are just as good if not better than the first.

  49. Bishop says:

    I read tons of fantasy and just read MHI and loved it! Will be buying more of this series as it progresses. One question though, why is the 2nd book so much shorter than the first???

    • correia45 says:

      It isn’t that much shorter. Amazon has listed the wrong page count, showing 300 pages. The actual book is going to be 600+ pages. It is shorter than MHI, but not by a ton. I’ve got the galley copy, but not handy, but I know that it is six hundred and something.

      • Bishop says:

        Thanks, Larry, for a sec I was getting worried. Part of the appeal of MHI was the length of the novel. Glad to hear Vendetta is long too!

  50. RollzRoyce says:

    Gotta say I’m addicted to your writing man. I read those sample chapters for Vendetta and when I realized the book was literally at my fingertips…
    First time reading an e-book and it won’t be the last. Since I read them so close together it was like reading one giant epic novel. I have a shit eating grin in general while reading your stories just from the awesomeness but what you did with Trolls and Agent Franks (I just KNEW he was going to be sick) made me get up from my computer and walk around till I composed myself. I just got done reading your work with “Nightcrawler” and the Dead 6 Universe and I am pumped. Keep up the good work.

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