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Leo Frankowski Books In Order

Publication Order of Adventures of Conrad Stargard Books

The Cross-Time Engineer (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The High-Tech Knight (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Radiant Warrior (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Flying Warlord (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lord Conrad's Lady (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conrad's Quest for Rubber (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lord Conrad's Crusade (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conrad's Last Campaign (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conrad's Time Machine (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Boy and His Tank Books

A Boy and His Tank (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The War With Earth (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kren of the Mitchigai (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Copernick's Rebellion (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fata Morgana (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Two-Space War (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Author Leo Frankowski was born in February 13, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan to parents with Polish heritage.

Leo’s jobs ranged from scientist in an electro-optical research lab to company president to chief engineer. Leo owned and operated Sterling Manufacturing and Design, which is located in Utica, Michigan. Among other things, this company designed hydraulic and pneumatic systems for Chrysler.

His work in optical and chemical instrumentation earned him several patents. This includes his most popular item called Formital, which is a stamped aluminum product to be used as a base for plastic auto body filler. It was carried for many years exclusively by the Pep Boys chain of auto parts stores.

Even though he had tinkered with short science fiction stories for many years, Leo’s writing career started for real during the early eighties. It was then that he got invited to join what later became the National Science Fiction Writer’s Exchange, which is a now-defunct group that was founded by Guy Snyder.

The membership of the group included Ted Reynolds, Lloyd Biggle, and a future published author Ann Tonsor Zeddies. They would read their manuscripts out loud and then the others would critique them. The stories Leo told about time travel were received well by the group. Most of the meetings were recorded and the tapes were kept by Snyder.

Encouraged by the group’s positive remarks from the group, he wrote his novel quickly. It landed at Del Rey Books, and the publisher offered him a multi-book contract.

At one time, he stated that many of his fans were “men with technical and military backgrounds” and any detractors were mainly “Homosexuals, Feminists, and Liberals”. He said that anyone who identified with these latter categories would be highly unlikely to enjoy his fiction.

Leo had lived for four years with his adopted teenaged daughter and wife, but when he died, he was separated from them and had been living in America. He died in the year 2008 in Lake Elsinore, California.

Leo was nominated for a John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. “The Cross-Time Engineer” was nominated for a John W. Campbell Award for Best Book.

He wrote science fiction stories and novels. He wrote the “Boy and His Tank” series and the “Adventures of Conrad Stargard” series, as well as some stand alone novels.

“The Cross-Time Engineer” is the first novel in the “Conrad Stargard” series, which was released in the year 1986. One moment, Conrad Schwartz was just a hungover hiker in the mountains of modern Poland. The next thing he knew he was running for his life from a mad Teutonic Knight.

At first, Conrad thought he stumbled across some angry hermit. Several days of increasingly stranger events convinced Conrad that he somehow got stranded in 1231 A. D.

That means Conrad has to turn Medieval Poland into the most powerful country in the entire world. Otherwise, Mongols were destined to destroy the place and in just ten years.

The book is an entertaining read and have quite a few witty moments throughout them. Frankowski does a great job with building the world. Conrad is honorable and moral, but is a great main character for the time period he is in.

“The High-Tech Knight” is the second novel in the “Conrad Stargard” series, which was released in the year 1989. Conrad Stargard, a stalwart Socialist of the Peoples Republic of Poland, twentieth Century and faithful Roman Catholic got marooned in Poland in 1231 A.D.

Conrad somehow found that he was under investigation by the Inquisition, got granted his own fief, got knighted, and made a few enemies along the way.

He had to find a way to round up some vassals, build up a city, and figure out a way to survive armed combat against Champion of the Teutonic Knights, one of the Toughest Guys Alive. Only then he would have time to worry about the Mongols.

Readers enjoyed the book, especially its concluding fight including how all the desperate actions Conrad makes are interpreted completely different by those present. Fans have gotten drawn in by this point and finish each book wondering what Conrad will get up to in the next book.

“The Radiant Warrior” is the third novel in the “Conrad Stargard” series, which was released in the year 1989. Conrad Stargard has only ten years to thwart the Mongol Hordes from killing everybody in Poland.

It made him “invent” every modern advances, things like playboy clubs, prefabricated housing, universal education, the steam engine, belly dancing, and the cloth factory.

Wars are fought by warriors, and not strong economies. Conrad needs the very best, so he sets out to create an army for himself.

These books are tons of fun to read, and readers cannot wait to get to the fight with the Mongols that has been coming.

“The Flying Warlord” is the fourth novel in the “Conrad Stargard” series, which was released in the year 1989. For a twentieth-century man, Conrad Stargard has achieved a lot during thirteenth-century Poland. In only nine years, he had “discovered” things like radios, universal education, steamboats, machine guns, and aircraft. More importantly, he had gotten Poland ready to defeat those bloodthirsty Mongols in the year 1241.

Now that the Mongol hordes have shown up, something was disturbing history’s flow. The Time Masters who were secretly watching over Conrad could not predict his future, because they do not even know their own past, anymore.

“The Lord Conrad’s Lady” is the fifth novel in the “Conrad Stargard” series, which was released in the year 1990. Vacation staying in medieval and peaceful Poland. See Cracow the ancient city burn down. Wallow in the frightful killing of children and noblewomen at the East Gate’s invincible castle.

Enjoy the attack of the crazy old ladies in Sir Miesko’s estate. Watch the regretful demise of those remaining Mongols while they drown in the cesspool located at Three Walls. Consider the different offers that are made to Conrad by the eager blondes of barely legal marriageable age. Notice the formidable Lady Francine, his wife, who is getting annoyed.

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