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Breach the Hull


Two-time Finalist for the 2009 Indy Book Award!


So It Begins

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an excerpt of "First Line"
 

FINALIST
Best Anthology

FINALIST
Best Short Story

    Dark Quest, LLC

    Dark Quest, LLC
    Military Science Fiction, Anthology
    Defending the Future Series Book 2

    Publication Date: May 2009 - Out of Print

    Edited by: Mike McPhail
    Cover and Illustrations by: Mike McPhail

    Hardcover Library Edition: ISBN pending

      6 x 9, 232 pages
    Trade Paperback:
    9780979690150
     
        $14.95
    eBook:
    ISBN pending, $4.99
      

    Click here for a full list of contributors.

 

 

Other Books in the Series:

Breach the HullBy Other Means - Defending The Future Book 3No Man's Land - Defending The Future Book 4Best Laid Plans - Defending The Future Book 5Dogs of War - Defending The Future Book 6Man and Machine - Defending The Future Book 7


Reviews

Fantastic, captivating and stimulating reading from cover to cover…The key to the success of this anthology
is its flawless writing and exceptional characterization…So It Begins has a bit of everything for everyone.
Highly recommended.” 5 Moons, Sarah Gentili,
Mystique Books Reviews

[So It Begins] features contributions from some of the best writers of military science fiction
at the top of their form.
Sam Tomaino, Space and Time Magazine

[So It Begins] will expose you to several talented authors who will draw you into unique worlds
and often leave you wishing for more...a welcome distraction to the real world.
—Gregory Potts, reader

"An interesting collection of interconnected stories by a variety of writers. The action is in your face and the military aspects seem to be spot on...a fast read due to the nearly non-stop action."
4 Star Review, Kat Thompson, reviewer

"This volume contains sixteen quick-read short stories—the majority of which pack surprising masses of literary firepower. You’ll snicker, you’ll cringe, you’ll dodge shrapnel—you will even hum the closing theme song!"
Stephen Bierce, reviewer

Series Reviews - No Man's Land

"There's not a single piece here that isn't well worth reading."
David Weber, bestselling author of the Honorverse series

"All the best qualities MilSF fans love about the genre come together in this anthology."
 —Douglas Cobb,
Curled Up With a Good Book Reviews

 

Series Reviews - By Other Means

"Reading By Other Means, it’s easy to imagine yourself at the off-base bar on a deep-space transfer station, overhearing the tales of passing space marines, naval officers, and assorted other soldiers. If you enjoy a well-told story in the military SF genre, this is the book for you." Don Sakers, Analog

“If you enjoy reading Military Science Fiction, and want to check out the best short stories by some of today’s most renowned MilSF authors, then the anthology By Other Means (Defending the Future series Book Three) is definitely for you!” —Douglas Cobb, Bestseller World

 

Series Reviews - Breach the Hull

"There is more than enough great SF in Breach the Hull for any true fan of the genre, military or not."
Will McDermott, author of Lasgun Wedding

"I enjoyed this book and heartily recommend it." Sam Tomaino, Space and Time Magazine

"Pick up Breach the Hull. You're sure to find stories that you like." Dave Sherman, author of the DemonTech Series and co-author of the Starfist series

"[Breach the Hull] kicks down the doors in a way that allows anyone access to the genre[...]it read like a bunch of soldiers sitting around swapping stories of the wars. Fun, fast-paced, and packed with action. I give it a thumbs up." Jonathan Maberry, the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Ghost Road Blues

"[Breach the Hull] is worth the purchase. I normally don’t partake of anthologies as a general rule...but Mike McPhail has done a great job in making me rethink this position." Peter Hodges

On Breach the Hull in general:
"Breach the Hull is full of excellent stories, no two of which are the same. While similar themes
crop up throughout, each writer has managed to take the subgenre and make it his own."

and on my story in specific:
“In the Dying Light” by Danielle Ackley-McPhail was one of my favorite stories of  Breach the Hull. An Alien-style horror tale, it is about the dangers of the strange uncharted regions of space. Ackley-McPhail builds tension well, and by the end you may find yourself gripped in the cold sweats of fear.

—John Ottinger III,
Grasping for the Wind


Back Cover Copy


Hardcore Negotiations Have Begun!

Get ready for plenty of action-packed military science fiction as the dogs-of-war are let loose on an unsuspecting universe in sixteen hard-hitting stories by:


Contributors

Charles E. Gannon
John C. Wright
Bud Sparhawk
Jack Campbell (aka John Hemry)
Jonathan Maberry

David Sherman
CJ Henderson
Patrick Thomas
Jim Chambers
Jeff Lyman

Andy Remic
Tony Ruggiero

James Daniel Ross
Mike McPhail
Danielle Ackley-McPhail


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