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Publication Order of Hammer's Slammers Collections

Hammer's Slammers (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
At Any Price (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Counting the Cost (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rolling Hot (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Warrior (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sharp End (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paying the Piper (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Complete Hammer's Slammers, Vol. 1 (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Complete Hammer's Slammers, Vol. 2 (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Complete Hammer's Slammers, Vol. 3 (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Hammerverse Books

The Forlorn Hope (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cross the Stars (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Voyage (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Tom Kelly Books

Skyripper (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fortress (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ranks Of Bronze Books

Ranks of Bronze (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Heroes In Hell Books

Masters in Hell (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Explorers in Hell (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of World Of Crystal Walls Books

The Sea Hag (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Starhunters Books

Men Hunting Things (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Things Hunting Men (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bluebloods (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Thieves' World Books

Dagger (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Crisis Of Empire Books

An Honorable Defense (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cluster Command (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The War Machine (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crown of Empire (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Northworld Books

Northworld (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vengeance (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Justice (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Seas Of Venus Books

Surface Action (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Jungle (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Raj Whitehall Books

The Forge (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hammer (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Anvil (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Steel (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sword (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chosen (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Reformer (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tyrant (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Heretic (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Car Warriors Books

The Square Deal (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of War and Honor Books

Blood and War (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Reaches Books

Igniting the Reaches (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Through the Breach (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fireships (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of ARC Riders Books

ARC Riders (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fourth Rome (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Lord Of The Isles Books

Lord of the Isles (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Queen of Demons (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Servant of the Dragon (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mistress of the Catacombs (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Goddess of the Ice Realm (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Master of the Cauldron (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Belisarius Books

An Oblique Approach (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In the Heart of Darkness (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Destiny's Shield (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fortune's Stroke (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tide of Victory (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dance of Time (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Lt. Leary Books

With the Lightnings (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lt. Leary, Commanding (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Far Side of the Stars (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Way to Glory (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Some Golden Harbor (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When the Tide Rises (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In the Stormy Red Sky (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What Distant Deeps (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Road of Danger (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sea Without a Shore (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Crown Of The Isles Books

The Fortress of Glass (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mirror of Worlds (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gods Return (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Books Of The Elements Books

The Legions of Fire (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Out of the Waters (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Monsters of the Earth (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Air and Darkness (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Citizen Books

Into the Hinterlands (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Into the Maelstrom (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Dragon Lord (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Birds of Prey (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Killer (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Active Measures (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Strangers and Lovers (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bridgehead (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lacey and His Friends (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kill Ratio (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vettius and His Friends (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Undesired Princess and the Enchanted Bunny (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hunter Returns (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Old Nathan (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Starliner (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tyrannosaur (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Enemy of My Enemy (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Patriots (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Redliners (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Other Times Than Peace (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Time Safari (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From the Heart of Darkness (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Military Dimension (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Military Dimension Mark II (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All the Way to the Gallows (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Warmasters (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Grimmer Than Hell (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mountain Magic (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Balefires (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lest Darkness Fall and Related Stories (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night & Demons (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dinosaurs and a Dirigible (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Fleet Anthologies

The Fleet (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Counterattack (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Breakthrough (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sworn Allies (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Total War (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crisis (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Battlestation Anthologies

Battlestation (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Vanguard (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

A Century of Horror, 1970-1979: The Greatest Stories of the Decade (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Space Gladiators (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Separate Star: A Science Fiction Tribute to Rudyard Kipling (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heads to the Storm (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Space Infantry (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Eternal City (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Space Dreadnoughts (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Far Stars War (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Armageddon (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Foreign Legions (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dogs of War (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World Turned Upside Down (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Window of Opportunity: A Blueprint for the Future (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


David Drake is one of the major bestseller authors in the American Military Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. Since 1979, he authored and co-authored more than a hundred books, and published many more anthologies and short stories. He worked in collaboration with many writers such as Eric Flint, Karl Edward Wagner and S.M. Stirling.

A Short Bio

David Drake was born on September 24, 1945, to a middle class family in Iowa. David was an avid lover of the written word from a very young age. When he was only two years old, way before he learned to read, he fell in love with a poem from The Big Golden Book of Poetry, “The Chickens”. He liked it so much, that he insisted that his parents read it to him every night even though he knew it perfectly by heart. When David was ten years old, he read his first science fiction novel – The Angry Planet by John Keir Cross – which astounded him both in its ingenuity and its seriousness. Even though it was intended for children, the book dealt with sensitive subjects like war and death.In 1967, David graduated the University of Iowa, majoring in History and Latin, and moved to North Carolina to enter Duke University Law School. However, David’s studies were interrupted in 1969, his second year, when he was drafted to the US military and sent to fight in the Vietnam War.Drake cites his service in the Vietnam War as “The greatest single influence on my life”, and then goes on to add “I wish that weren’t true, but it is.” He actually spent most of his time in Cambodia, as he finished his military training just in time for the invasion of Cambodia in 1970. If not for the war, David says, he wouldn’t have written so many stories about soldiers, battles and the military. As a result, his stories often hold a very cruel mirror to life, describing in great details all the atrocities done by human beings in order to win a war. During the war, he saw a lot of death and pain caused to soldiers and civilians. Some of his books deal specifically with these tender subjects.He lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina, with his wife Jo, whom he met at a young age when studying at the University of Iowa. Together they have one son, Jonathan, born in 1973. David was one the initiators of a small press company called Carcosa, along with fellow writer Karl Edward Wagner.
David Drake’s Best Known Novels and Series

Redliners (1996)

David Drake’s novel Redliners tells the story of the Strike Force Company C41, with their commander Major Arthur Farrell. The company has seen a lot of war, and each of its members deals with their own painful memories. They are no longer fit for battle, but nor do they fit to lead their civilian lives again. When their last mission goes wrong, it becomes their responsibility to protect civilian lives and risk their own like they never dreamed before.David says about Redliners “…What came out in Redliners broke twenty-five years of, well, something…” Refering to his own experience of fighting against a larger than life enemy in Vietnam and Cambodia. He says many people with PSTD (Posttraumatic stress disorder, sadly common among war veterans) have read the book and said it helped them a lot to deal with the pain. Dealing with these touchy subjects is why Redliners is one of Drake’s best and most disturbing novels, some would even go as far as to considers it Drake’s masterpiece. David himself says that in Redliners he was “writing over his head” and that the process of creating the novel had helped him to deal with a lot of stress and trauma he had since the war.

Hammer’s Slammers

The “Hammer’s Slammers” series is one of David Drake’s best known works. First book of the series was published in 1979, with the same name as the entire series, and is a collection of short stories following the missions of a mercenary armored tank regiment in a fictional war in the 30th century, and their captain Colonel Alois Hammer. David says the series is very much influenced from his own experiences as an interrogator with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in the Vietnam War. The series contain purely Science Fiction themes like advanced technology and weaponry.

The series contains 10 books, the last one published in 2002, and four anthologies. It has been adapted to many board games and role playing games, and has enjoyed a very loyal fan base over the decades since its first book.

Lord of the Isles

Lord of the Isles is a series of fantasy novels David began in 1997 with the first book – Lord of the Isles. The series tell of an archipelago known in the books as The Isles, and its inhabitant, specifically four young children from a small village in one of the isles. The books deal with one of the children, Garric or-Reise, and his claim to rule the entire archipelago. In the series world you can find many fantastical elements like magic and parallel realities. The series is 9 books long, but is usually divided into two parts – The first six books are called together Lord of the Isles, and the final trilogy is called Crown of the Isles.Garric or-Reise is just a young boy from a tiny town by the seaport. His destiny is changed forever once he saves the life of a mystical sorceress from the ancient past called Tenoctris. Through the first book, he finds out he is the heir to the last great king who ruled over the entire archipelago a thousand years ago, and sets forth on a journey to discover who he really is and reclaim his throne.Sharina is Garric’s sister. She too, on the first book of the series, finds out that she is not just a simple town girl, when a galley lands on the shores of the town with an envoy seeking for the lost heiress for an ancient dukedom, and finding Sharina to be that heiress. Like her brother Garric, she also embarks on a journey to discover her true destiny.

Availability

You can get David Drake’s books in many retailers, like Amazon, in either Hardcover, Paperback or Kindle versions.

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