Author Archives: David Kantrowitz

About David Kantrowitz

I am the author of Reckless Faith, The Tarantula Nebula, and Bitter Arrow, a science fiction adventure trilogy, as well as The Fox and the Eagle and Dun Ringill, stand-alone sci-fi adventures. This blog will feature new fiction as I create it.

Logan’s Legionnaires, Chapter One

Spoiler alert: This is the sequel to the first novel in the series, Dun Ringill.  The prologue may be found here.   “Okay, folks, that’s enough for one day.” On the road from Romanby to Abernathy, Siobhan and the rest of … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Hard Stripes, A Novella In Episodic Format

On the streets of San Diego, a black-market deal goes horribly wrong, throwing an unsuspecting cop, a FBI agent, and a newly-recruited CIA operative into a violent confrontation with mercenaries, and uncovering a clandestine global network intent on selling US … Continue reading

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Logan’s Legionnaires, Prologue

Spoiler warning: This is the beginning of a sequel to Dun Ringill Prologue Though he was no stranger to pain, Aberlade had never felt pure agony before. The pain was the first thing to enter his conscious mind, as he … Continue reading

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Here Goes #7

Work has begun on a sequel to Dun Ringill, tentatively titled Logan’s Legionnaires. In this story, Carthage and Logan, formerly members of the Space Expedionionay Force and now freelancers, return to Skye in advance of a new mission of their … Continue reading

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The Heart of the Swan is Live on Amazon

The fifth book in the Reckless Faith series, The Heart of the Swan, is now available on Amazon in Kindle format. The paperback edition will be available in a week or two.

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Book Review: A Canticle of Two Souls by Steven Raaymakers

In a world where magic is just a whispered rumor of an ancient past, any hint of this lost power is met with derision, fear, and anger. For a boy on the edge of manhood, and a girl near the … Continue reading

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First Draft Complete: Reckless Faith 5

The first draft of the fifth book in the Reckless Faith series, The Heart of the Swan, is complete, and is now in the hands of several beta readers. Once their edits and suggestions have been compiled, and cover art … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Blackshade Machine by William Latoria

In the not-so-distant future, the global political landscape has changed dramatically. Canada and the United States have merged, and with the advent of high technology, especially in the areas of governance and social monitoring, each country is left to either … Continue reading

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New Cover Art for Reckless Faith

Work on the fifth book in the Reckless Faith series slowly continues, but I recently hit the 50% point for its projected length.  In the meantime, I was so happy with my cover art for Dun Ringill by Alejandro Quinones, … Continue reading

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Inspiration and the Creative Process

My fifth novel, Dun Ringill, is complete.   Though it took me over a year to write, I only recently stumbled upon a bit of information that I wanted to share. Some of you already know that Dun Ringill is a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Outer Demon by Gabriel Landowski

Outer Demon is a fun, fast-paced fantasy novel that combines a cohesive storyline with a well-timed twist near the end. The main character is a young man filled with a mysterious power passed down through a familial legacy, though he … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Happy Bureaucracy by M.P. Fitzgerald

I’m not usually a fan of post-apocalyptic sci-fi. This book caught my interest because of its unusual but thoroughly plausible premise – that in a United States ravaged by a nuclear apocalypse, the Internal Revenue Service would be the only … Continue reading

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New Fiction in the Reckless Faith Universe

The last three months have been a boon for my books.  The Fox and the Eagle has been doing particularly well, and my other titles are doing better than average as well.  With so many new readers, I’ve decided to revisit past … Continue reading

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Infinity Publishing has gone dark. Consider my books with them as out of print.

Due to a messy merger with a new company called FastPencil, Infinity Publishing is no longer responding to communications, nor are they fulfilling orders.  As such, I’ve re-published The Fox and the Eagle directly on Amazon.  Please be sure you … Continue reading

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Dun Ringill is Live on Amazon

I’m pleased to announce that Dun Ringill is now available for the Kindle on Amazon.  Thank you to everyone who helped me edit and refine the final version.

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Dun Ringill: First Draft Complete

The first draft of Dun Ringill is complete.  Next begins the process of editing, and finding a source for cover art.  Until the book is ready to be published on Amazon, I’m making the first four chapters available to a wider … Continue reading

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Dun Ringill: Prologue and Chapter One

PROLOGUE   When Carthage stumbled onto the bridge, his heart was racing, but not because he was scared. He had to pry open the doors to get there, as they had apparently malfunctioned, and this effort was great in comparison … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hard Magic by Larry Correia

I normally write reviews in the passive voice, but in this case I’ll make an exception because my feelings are a bit more personal and the book has been out for several years now. Hard Magic was published in 2012.  … Continue reading

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Novella Review: The Demon Cross by Nathan Shumate

Have you ever wondered what would happen if a small-town private investigator tangled with a passel of occult-obsessed neo-Nazis?  This is the premise of The Demon Cross, a taut novella by Nathan Shumate. Rennie Avalon is that PI, atypical of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Quiet Place by Scott Ferguson

In this quick read for the Kindle, a ragtag platoon of soldiers is sent to a small planet on a recon mission.  Reports have filtered in that Earth’s mysterious enemy, the Tarturans, have set up a weapons research facility on … Continue reading

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Book Review: Swords of Exodus by Larry Correia and Mike Kupari

In a lawless region of the world, nestled in an inhospitable mountain pass in central Asia, a warlord dominates.  Sala Jihan is his name, and the area is known as The Crossroads. While various factions are allowed to operate in … Continue reading

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Hard Stripes: Episode One: Guardian Angels

Posted to my blog for the first time, Hard Stripes is a novella that explains how Kyrie Devonai, Chance Richter, and Evangeline Adeler first started working for the CIA.  It is set in May of 2003, five months prior to … Continue reading

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Short Story Review: Homecoming: A Near Future Western by GW Quadpentic

In the aftermath of a second civil war, one man begins the long journey home after years of brutal combat.  The country may recover in time, but first it must shrug off the weight of local tyrants all too eager … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Soldier and Squad in Night Combat

While the technology of warfare marches on, there are some tactics that will always be important, regardless of the gizmos and gadgets that are available to modern warriors. Squad level infantry strategy and maneuvers at night are basic, if challenging, … Continue reading

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Novella Review: Outbound by Brad Torgersen

When war devastates all but the furthest reaches of our solar system, a young boy is cast out to face the seemingly endless depths of space.  While nothing remains but destruction, there may be a glimmer of hope ahead, if … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Church of the Wood by E.J. Weber

The relationship between faeries and humans has always been a complicated one.  Whether joined by a mutual past, or wholly divergent in their origin, they are regardless fated to share the same space.  And while time and distance may have … Continue reading

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Flash Fiction: The Five Years of Eternity

Last night I was nearly delirious with a fever, and as I drifted in and out of sleep, I thought of this short story.   My name is Anderson, and I have lived for almost one thousand years.  I wish … Continue reading

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Project Redwood

This is the beginning of an attempt to create a new story not connected to the Reckless Faith universe.   “Major, what the hell are you doing?” The interior of the C-5 Galaxy had just become very quiet.  Major Furlong … Continue reading

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Revisions of Reckless Faith (Spoiler Alert)

In anticipation of publishing the Reckless Faith trilogy in Kindle format, I’ve hacked up the first book based on the pretty much universal criticisms I’ve received over the years.  It only took me two hours to cut almost 10% of the novel, … Continue reading

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The Sweet Sound

“That’s one of our Advanced Infantrymen?” Doctor Sato’s first impression of Staff Sergeant Damascus was a surprise to her.  She was expecting a man somewhat different from the one who sat in her office.  She gazed at him on a … Continue reading

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Of Errors and Evangeline (minor spoilers)

When I wrote the timeline for The Fox and the Eagle, I was only thinking about Reckless Faith, which is fine, but I made a mistake in another regard, and that error made it into the book.   Some years ago I … Continue reading

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The Fox and the Eagle has shipped to Amazon

I spoke with my publisher today, and my author representative reported that all copies of The Fox and the Eagle ordered through Amazon, as of 11/18, have been shipped.  This means that almost four dozen copies are sitting in Amazon’s … Continue reading

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Book Review: Monster Hunter Alpha

In a world where lycanthropy is a horrific and permanent curse, only one man has ever tamed the tvar, or beast within.  Throughout the ages, sympathetic humans have sought to  help those unwillingly stricken with this curse, to reach some sort … Continue reading

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Entry for a Writing Competition

Writer’s Digest is running a science fiction writing competition that I’m considering entering.  As such, I’ve expanded and modified one of my short stories, Future Imperfect.  I’ve posted the old version here before, but I would also like to get … Continue reading

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New Story Idea: Quick Treatment

I’m still entertaining the idea of an entirely new story for my fifth novel.  Here is the summary of a screenplay I wrote in 2001, which could be adapted into a novel. Timecrash The protagonist, Hugo Wells, is a quantum … Continue reading

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New Introduction to Reckless Faith

So, it turns out that Amazon has their own sci-fi publishing venture, 47North, supported by none other than mega-auther Neil Stephenson.  They accept unsolicited manuscripts, so I’ve decided to revisit Reckless Faith and The Tarantula Nebula.  I may submit both … Continue reading

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Publication Anniversaries

Today marks the eighth anniversary of the publication of Reckless Faith, and coincidentally, the second for Bitter Arrow.  If you’ve read either one, and haven’t already, please post a review on Amazon.  I’ll buy you a beer! As always, signed … Continue reading

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Classic Book Review: DEAD SIX by Larry Correia and Mike Kupari

“Is it still considered a miracle if it comes from the devil?” – Lorenzo In a war where governments and corporations are vaguely defined entities, each with their own agenda and means, the foot soldiers are left to fight and … Continue reading

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Future Imperfect

This is a short story I wrote a few years ago, with the intention of submitting it to a publication.  I can’t remember if I posted it on LiveJournal or MySpace, but I haven’t posted it here.  I tweaked it … Continue reading

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Flash Fiction: Jim’s Retreat

Here is a piece of flash fiction I wrote tonight.  Thanks to Dave E for the writing prompt!   Hank was nervous. The cabin was becoming stale and the smell set him on edge. From his right pocket, his cell … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sons of Dragons by Gabriel Landowski

Sons of Dragons is a military science fiction novel that follows Private Kyle Evans on his first combat mission. Loaded into dropships with the rest of Echo Company, Evans and his fellow soldiers are expecting to leap through hyperspace aboard … Continue reading

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Book Review: Darkship Thieves by Sarah A. Hoyt

One part Y.T from Neil Stephenson’s Snowcrash and one part the titular Friday born of Robert A. Heinlein’s imagination, the main character of Sarah Hoyt’s novel Darkship Thieves may well take her place among the most memorable female protagonists of … Continue reading

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Miscellanea: MPHI M24C Mass Driver Cannon

Matesia Planetary Heavy Industries M24C Mass Driver Cannon (translated into English, numerical values have been approximated from the original) Physical Properties Weight: 2000 kg Height: 15 m, including magazine Width: 5 m Length: 50 m (receiver 5 m, barrel 45 … Continue reading

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Miscellanea: Cooper Mk IV 92-6M-9 Reactor Stardrive

The Cooper Heavy Industries Mark IV Uranium Hexafluoride Reactor Stardrive has been a mainstay in medium-range space vehicle construction for twenty years.  While the exact details of its energy-producing process are still a corporate secret, physicists have been able to … Continue reading

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The Mirrored Canvas (continued)

I suppose I should have gone to see the painting at the beginning of my investigation, but I’ve always been a pragmatic, Joe Friday type of agent.  It was Westerian who was missing, not the painting, and I doubted that … Continue reading

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The Mirrored Canvas

This is the beginning of a short story I was working on three years ago.  It was inspired by a dream, and I may still finish it someday.   The Mirrored Canvas I never actually saw the painting myself.  The … Continue reading

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Book Review: Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia

I am currently reading the sequel to Monster Hunter International, MH: Vendetta, so in anticipation of that review, here’s my review for the first book:   Monster Hunter International When Owen Zastava Pitt narrowly avoids becoming a late night snack … Continue reading

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The Fox and the Eagle: Prologue through Chapter Two

Prologue “Eva, this is suicide, you must realize that.” Evangeline nodded stoically to her companion, although the fear in her eyes was impossible to hide. The pair, similarly dressed in traditional crimson sparring clothes, knelt on a drab gray rug … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Reckless Faith Blog!

Hello Earth Creatures, this is Devonai from Beta Vulpeculae broadcasting through my unwitting fleshy conduit David Kantrowitz, and I’m here to introduce my new blog to this planet. Wait, what?  This is David Kantrowitz, and I’m the author of Reckless … Continue reading

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