Task Force Crusader

I had to look up a couple of novels that I knew were distinguished in both content and length. For instance, J.R.R Tolkien’s books are epic, some of them extending beyond 140,000 words in length. Arklight: Task Force Crusader is now in rewrite mode where it will inevitably swell, then shrink, through the editing process. After today’s progress, it sits at a comfortable 128,000 words, give or take a few. Not Tolkien territory, but it’s pretty close. So who cares, right?

Amazingly enough, Arklight has a modest fan base and I thought it worth mentioning, since the previous two books came in around the 85,000 word mark. This story is going to have an epic beginning, middle, and end that should hook everyone in. I’ve condensed what could have easily been two books, into an information-packed action-junkie frenzy that should delight any reader. The historical accuracy will keep your Wikipedia searches ablaze, while the story takes you on a journey to the very end – the end of all things. Yeah, the stakes are larger than life!

I’m looking forward to hearing from the beta readers already, and I’m still a couple of months away from that stage of the process. This story loops factual history through a maze of well-known conspiracy, following Biblical prophecy from the Crusades into the modern day. Spear Team is getting ready for one last ride into the depths of discovery this summer! Magnus is hot on their heels. Task Force Crusader is coming at you in full force!

Look for the award-winning Arklight: Operation Nightfall and the recently released sequel, Arklight: Force Interdiction on Amazon and Amazon Unlimited. The final installment of the trilogy, Arklight: Task Force Crusader will released sometime this summer!

Arklight – The State of the Story

I realize it’s been a while since I posted anything. The Arklight story is coming to a very exciting end. I just crested about 90,000 words and am writing the final few chapters. Titled “Arklight: Task Force Crusader”, this third and final installment of the trilogy will be significantly longer than the previous two books. There’s still much to do in order to get this one done, but I’m hoping to spend the spring in rewriting/revision mode. If all goes well, I hope to get it into editing by summer of 2019.

This final book will answer everyone’s questions about the ultimate weapon, the final solution, and how the journey will end for our heroes. You’ll also find out why Magnus is so driven and brutal. Arklight’s historical accuracy is right on in this final installment, and I promise you that it will absolutely floor you. You’ll either be terrified or grateful, depending on where you sit. I’m very excited to end this series with the biggest bang you could ever imagine.

Oh, what’s with the Ghent Altarpiece being displayed again? To take it forward, I gotta take you back in time. In Task Force Crusader, not only once, but twice, you will go back in time. In 1934, prior to the events of Operation Nightfall, two panels of the painting were stolen. While one panel was returned, the Just Judges panel was never recovered. If you’ve read Nightfall, you should be familiar with the Adam panel story. Let’s just say, there’s a ton of meat on the bone with the finale of this story and the infamous history of the Ghent Altarpiece. 

Finally, after getting this one over the finish line in 2019, I’ll be working on a completely new project. The premise is interesting and I’m already working on certain aspects of the story. Updates will post again soon. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL WEEKEND!!

I’m happy to announce a special FREE promotional weekend! Starting TODAY (Oct 12) through the weekend (Oct 14), get the AWARD-WINNING GENRE-SMASHING THRILLERArklight: Operation Nightfall for FREE! That’s right! FREE – All weekend long!

While you’re at it – enjoy a Special Kindle Countdown Deal on the NEWLY RELEASED Book 2 –  Arklight: Force Interdiction starting at ONLY .99 Cents! Yeah, you heard me. Both books for only .99 cents through this weekend!

50% of all proceeds will go to worthy charities around the world! Free and countdown deals only apply to the kindle ebook versions of the Arklight book series.

 

New features to Arklight

I’ve gotten many requests to add some references, definitions, and explanations to the Arklight story. I’m happy to announce, that box is checked, thanks to Amazon Kindle’s X-ray feature. It works very similar to the Amazon Fire TV system, in which it allows the viewer to look up the cast, history, terms, and other information about the novel. X-ray works on Kindle readers and the Kindle app, so it’s very user friendly.

I have gone through both, Operation Nightfall and Force Interdiction , adding over 200 links to historical events, locations, characters, military terms, and units. It is my hope that this detailed information will enhance the reading experience. I also hope that the reader will realize the true scope of the sacrifices made by some very heroic people. Men like Eugene Fluckey, John Bell, George Patton, and many others faced impossible odds and defeated a terrible foe in Nazi Germany.

So, enjoy the books and leave me some reviews. The third and final Arklight book, Task Force Crusader, will be out sometime in 2019. Thanks to the readers!

Self-Publishing Review of Arklight

It’s been an incredible Labor Day weekend! Operation Nightfall won a Bronze Medal in the Readers’ Favorite international book competition, and Force Interdiction had a great review from SPR! Here’s what the professionals had to say about Arklight: Force Interdiction: 4 1/2 out of 5 Stars!

“Novels that could easily fit into 5 or 6 different sections of a bookstore don’t come around very often. Arklight: Force Interdiction by J.M. Myrick is one such creation, a sweeping and creative ride that transcends time, heroic ideals and the traditions of genre.

The plot and premise that Myrick began with Operation: Nightfall is sharpened and expanded in this sophomore offering, with the ancient weapons of the Knights Templar once again being fought over, and the fate of humanity hanging in the balance. Many of the same compelling characters from the first book reappear on Spear Team, the special ops group around which this novel centers.  Myrick also maintains the same delicate balance of action, philosophy, spirituality and suspense that made the opening salvo of this series such a success.

This book has a far more ambitious edge than its predecessor, in that time is now a malleable variable and scenes take place in different time periods with different special ops groups. This temporal disparity could have made the plot difficult to follow, but Myrick has a clear and powerful vision for this series, and a broad enough perspective to keep the plot lines smooth and the holes minimal.

The level of detail in these different time periods, and the shifting tone of the prose, are equally impressive, particularly between soldiers separated by centuries. Even with that broad space to work in, the theme and message of the story remains strong throughout – protecting the oblivious citizens of the world from the evil that lies waiting in their midst.

One of the weak points in the novel is the character development, as Myrick seems more concerned with plot complexity and ensuring that all the pieces fit, rather than focusing on whether the characters are the most believable vessels for such a story. Some of the key characters receive ample attention and have well-constructed interactions with other players, but many others seem like caricatures of recognizable “warriors” and don’t seem to grow or evolve throughout the course of the book. A bit more time spent on creating cohesive relationships between characters (in all relevant time periods) would make the read more engaging and increase reader investment.

When it comes to the technical side of the novel, the editing is solid and the prose is tight. The dialogue is one of the strongest pillars of the book, utilizing the rough-around-the-edges attitudes of hardened soldiers, but also finding time to explicate larger issues and philosophical debates in a natural way. The visceral descriptions of visually striking scenes are also impactful and succinct, and perfectly placed to welcome readers into a new place (or time).

While keeping track of all the varied events between the centuries makes this read a bit demanding on one’s attention, the end of the novel is very satisfying, and readers finally see how all of the pieces fit together. That sort of well-planned payoff – as well as the promise of more books in the future – makes J.M. Myrick an exciting voice in science fiction, and in his own unique genre.”

There’s always something you can do better, and I’ll certainly work hard to improve my craft. However, the takeaway here – “My own genre” – WHAT?! That’s a pretty solid complement, considering I set out to redefine how a book can be perceived. To some, Arklight is science fiction – to others a thriller. It certainly contains those elements, as-well-as Christian-based fiction, action-adventure, historical fiction, military and some have even suggested it to be something entirely different – a hybrid-screenplay. Isn’t that what a novel should be? Something new, or unusual, written in a fictitious prose?

I’m just starting down this path. It’s a path built upon my past, but my past will not define my future. I might stop writing tomorrow, but I can feel it… God is trying to teach me something on this journey. Whatever that may be, I’m listening harder than ever before. Wherever this leads, I’m thankful and it has purpose. Whoever I can positively impact through my story, I’m ready. As a good friend, teammate, and writer once said to me, “Here’s to the journey!”

AWARD WINNER!

My debut novel, and 1st book in the series, Arklight: Operation Nightfall has won the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal for Christian Thrillers. It was an inspired tale that came to me in such a way; it begged to be written. I am very honored to receive a major international award. I have entered Arklight: Force Interdiction in the 2019 competition, so I’m hoping for much of the same!

I’m really happy to announce that Operation Nightfall will be on display at the Miami Book Fair, November 11-18, 2018, by Readers’ Favorite. My book placed third out of thousands of submissions and that’s a pretty awesome milestone. I hope to have the final book in the series through the initial write by sometime in early 2019. For now, I will seriously enjoy this moment!

Arklight wins Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal

What an honor! To have Operation Nightfall WIN an International Award is awesome! Thanks to everyone for their support and I look forward to seeing how Force Interdiction fares in 2019. I have much appreciation for the readers! Thank you!

I guess I’ll be off to Miami to become an award-winning author. Sweet!