Sunday, May 1, 2016

Just Released: Kirov Saga - Second Front

Second Front

Book 24 in the Kirov Series and Season 3 Finale

Vladimir Karpov has already opened a Second Front in the north against Japan with his bold invasion of Sakhalin Island. Now the battlecruiser Kirov has come upon a most unexpected challenger in the Pacific as the crew of Takami join Admiral Kurita in a daring attempt to sink the Siberian raider. The fast paced naval combat extends through the first six chapters here as two modern day warriors at sea duel in the waters of 1942.

Then the action moves to the frigid Norwegian Sea where Britain launches one of its biggest relief convoys ever bound for Murmansk., PQ-17. The combined British and American covering forces are soon challenged by a powerful German battlegroup centered on the battleship Tirpitz and the newly commissioned carrier Peter Strasser.

Meanwhile, General Dwight D. Eisenhower puts the finishing touches on the first joint US/British offensive of the war, Operation Torch, only this time, with the Straits of Gibraltar closed, there can be no landings at Oran and Algiers. Instead the British come ashore at Lisbon when Portugal joins the Allied cause, and Patton leads the entire US Torch order of battle in a much bigger landing at Casablanca. The objective of both forces is the long lost bastion of Gibraltar, where a dangerous secret lurks in the unexplored depths of St. Michael's Cave.

The invasion is well underway when Fedorov is alarmed to discover what he believes is an insoluble paradox looming on the near horizon. As the history of 1942 is re-written, how could Sergei Kirov ever come to power if Fedorov fails to warn him of his fate at the hands of Staliln? A mission to Ilanskiy is launched to attempt to shore up the history... But Karpov has other ideas....

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Saturday, April 2, 2016


     Kirov Series Battle Book II

 Vladimir Karpov… surely irrepressible, deceitful, conniving, duplicitous, egocentric and yes, disloyal. All these things can rightfully be said about him. And yet, his inner drive to make something greater of himself, whether bordering on the maniacal or not, has also made him a formidable ally in the war against the dark forces of the Axis powers. To those he befriends he brings his iron will, quick and clever mind, exceptional skill in combat, and a ruthless desire to succeed at any cost. In combat he can be heartless, even cruel, and coldly heedless of the consequences of his own actions. There is nothing, in his own mind, that he cannot take within his grasp, and the tools which he takes in hand to work his will on an unsuspecting world are lethal in more ways than many can fathom. To those that make him an enemy, beware.

Ivan Volkov was one such man, first a mere nuisance to Karpov when he came aboard with Inspector General Kapustin in Series Book 4, Men of War. Karpov called him a lapdog, but Volkov, who’s name translates as “Wolf” in Russian, became something very much more in this story. Working for Russian Naval Intelligence, he is ordered to pursue Fedorov along the Trans-Siberian Rail, where he comes upon the railway inn at Ilanskiy, stumbles down a stairway, and finds himself… somewhere else. It is not another place, but another time.

Whether it was fate’s artifice, or mere happenstance, the back stairway is precisely aligned along an unseen rift in time, and any man who walks it becomes a Free Radical, an errant and dangerous thread in the careful tapestry woven by Mother Time. But unlike Fedorov, who’s brief time there ended up profoundly changing the history of the 20th Century when he warned a young Sergei Kirov of an impending plot to take his life, Ivan Volkov never came back. Instead he used his foreknowledge of future events, the data stored in his service jacket computer, to co-opt the White Russian movement after the revolution, unseating Denikin and establishing his private little empire, the Orenburg Federation.

In time he hoped to easily defeat Kolchak’s fledgling Free Siberian State, and by so doing place himself in a position to challenge the Soviet Union, now led by Sergei Kirov, who murdered a young Josef Stalin as a result of Fedorov’s errant whisper. Then along came Vladimir Karpov, defeated in his second attempt to seize control of the ship named for Kirov, lost, forsaken, alone, and adrift at sea. But not for very long.

While the other main characters aboard Kirov, and the ship’s crew, harbor mixed feelings as they commemorate his apparent death, in the opening volume of “Season 2” of this saga, Karpov survives, makes his way to Siberia, and soon applies his unique personality and will to quickly rise in the ranks of the Siberian power elite.

This is that story, of his fall in that last terrible moment aboard Kirov off Oki Island in the Sea of Japan, and his meteoric rise to seize control of the Free Siberian State. By so doing, he becomes a major player in the alternate history of WWII that is threaded through this series. It is inevitable that he soon comes into conflict with his neighbor state to the west, Volkov’s Orenburg Federation, shocked to learn the real identity of the man behind it, and dedicated to his demise.

Here is their story, the clash and contest of wills between our saga’s two arch villains that became Vendetta. The material that creates this novel was extracted from that long running subplot in the saga, spanning 17 different books, and assembled and re-edited here into one continuous and uninterrupted narrative. In doing this I have included what might be called “outtakes,” extended scenes, and occasional new material that never appeared in the original Kirov Series. Consider it my “Director’s Cut” for this long intriguing subplot in the saga, all things Ilanskiy, the mystery, the mayhem, the parachute jumps, commando raids, ground assaults, and oh yes, the Zeppelins!


Monday, February 29, 2016

Available Now: Kirov Series ~ Steel Reign

Kirov Series: Book 23
By John Schettler

The Steel Reign of the Japanese offensive reaches its high water mark as Yamamoto launches Operation FS in a bold attempt to storm the Islands of Fiji and Samoa and isolate Australia. He is opposed by a determined stand made by Admirals Fletcher and  Halsey in the desperate battles of the Coral Sea and Koro Sea to decide the fate of Empires.
    Meanwhile Vladimir Karpov continues his long planned invasion of Sakhalin Island, but Japan now has a powerful new champion as the Destroyer Takami is detached north to join Admiral Kurita’s task force. Now Captain Harada and the crew of Takami plot how to find and confront the dark, unseen enemy of the north that the Japanese have come to call Mizuchi, the mighty battlecruiser Kirov.
   In the Atlantic, Admiral Raeder discovers the strange ship and cargo taken as a prize of war by Kaiser Wilhelm. Now he orders the Hindenburg north to Saint Nazaire to complete repairs in the only dry dock that can hold the massive battleship. But Admiral Tovey leads a plan to launch a surprise raid to destroy those facilities, and to do so he calls on the able services of the Argos Fire.
    Warriors from a future time now launch themselves into the fires of WWII in a daring attempt to halt the enemy advance and end the Steel Reign of the Axis powers.

Steel Reign is Book 23 in the longest running Alternate History of WWII ever written, by John Schettler. Learn more about the series, and what segment of the history each volume covers at

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Foxbane: Kirov Series Battle Book 1

In a move that stunned Great Britain in 1940, the Germans launched a daring operation to seize the vaunted Rock of Gibraltar and Malta. Now Erwin Rommel leads the Afrika Korps in a bid to conquer all of Egypt and knock England out of the war. But a strange event in the year 2021 sends the Great Grandsons of the Desert Rats back through time to pose a bold new challenge. Soon the hunter becomes the hunted, as the Desert Fox struggles for his very survival in this exciting alternate history of WWII.

Loaded with action, Foxbane presents 58 chapters of all the action from the German Operation Felix attack on Gibraltar, the daring attack on Malta, (Operation Herkules), the opening moves in North Africa with O'Connor's Raid, the Battle of Beda Fomm, and Rommel's first offensive, Operation Sonnenblume. Then, in the midst of the fighting, General O'Connor goes missing, and a desperate search and rescue operation is mounted. Fate takes the search team to a unexpected rendezvous in the deep desert, where a strange event in the midst of a new war in 2021 has displaced the modern British 7th Armored Brigade back in time to 1941. As Rommel drives east towards Alexandria, he is soon confronted by a powerful new enemy that becomes the bane of the Desert Fox from that day forward. At the Battle of Bir el Khamsa, modern day Challenger II tanks and Warrior AFVs confront the cream of Rommel's Afrika Korps. But we're just getting started!

Foxbane then continues as Rommel receives powerful new reinforcements to launch a bold attack on Tobruk. The fighting continues as the British launch their own counteroffensives in Operation Crusader, and finally Operation Supercharge, where the Desert Rats seek to push Rommel back to Tripoli. Here is all the great desert war action extracted from the massive 24 volume Kirov Series novels by John Schettler, re-edited by the author and presented in one continuous file spanning 58 chapters. (Over 175,000 words).

This is military fiction at its absolute finest, an alternate history so convincing that you’ll believe it actually happened!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Kirov Saga: Turning Point

Kirov Saga: Turning Point Available Now!
Season 3, Book 6 ~ Series Volume 22

Kirov Series fans stand ready—Volume 22 is primed to hit Amazon on schedule, just in time for your New Year’s celebration. As with other novels in Season 3, it presents a lot of action on three fronts, covering the period February through April of 1942. Beginning just where Knight’s Move left off, we are returned to the hunt for Kaiser Wilhelm and Goeben as they attempt to reach friendly ports with their hidden cargo, a situation amplified in importance because of the unusual and amazing twist the author threw at us in Knight’s Move, where the Germans encounter a derelict and abandoned ship in the deep south Atlantic, with hidden cargo of unmeasured worth.

It was another great spin on the basic theme that underlies the entire series—that the fabric of time itself has become fragile and breakable, particularly in situations where large explosive events or nuclear devices are involved. Time is starting to fracture, and the fissures that develop can run like cracks in a broken mirror, spanning decades. This has caused men and material encountering these fractures to slip in time, mostly falling backwards from the future to the past, and reaching the tortuous web of the 1940s where WWII is being waged. But sometimes things move forward as well, like Kaiser Wilhelm’s brief encounter with the US carrier Tarawa before it slipped back to 1942, pulled by time’s gravity to the place it belonged.

Get ready for other big events this time out, as yet another major plot twist is about to be introduced here in Turning Point.  [ Read the full article here ]

Half a world away, the Soviets finally launch their winter counteroffensive in a desperate attempt to stem the German tide, and force a turning point in the bitterly contested struggle on the frozen east front of early 1942.

In the Pacific, Montgomery has stopped the Japanese and saved the embattled island of Singapore, but for how long? The rising tide of the Japanese offensive now sweeps around the Rock of the East to threaten Sumatra and Java, forcing Churchill to make the most difficult decision of the war. The battle begins with a brave challenge by Admiral Doorman in the Java Sea, yet soon both Axis and Allied forces will find their plans rudely interrupted. Something has emerged from the ashes of a great disaster that now threatens to  weigh heavily in the balance of the Pacific War.
Meanwhile, Generals Wavell, O’Connor, and Kinlan launch a new offensive in ‘Operation Supercharge.’ Holding nothing back, they hope to engage and defeat Rommel’s Afrika Korps once and for all, to decide  the contest in Libya and pave the way for the great campaign against French North Africa.