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Publication Order of Broken Arrow Mercenary Force Books

Merchants of War (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prisoners of War (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spoils of War (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Drop Trooper Books

Contact Front (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kinetic Strike (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Danger Close (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Direct Fire (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Home Front (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fire Base (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shock Action (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Release Point (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kill Box (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Drop Zone (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tango Down (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blue Force (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Weapons Free (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Collateral Effects (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Birthright Books

Birthright (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Northwest Passage (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Enemy of My Enemy (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Glory Boy (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Note: Glory Boy is a prequel to the series.

Publication Order of Drop Trooper: Pirate Wars Books

with Ralph Kern
Insurgency (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Infiltration (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isolation (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Drop Trooper: Recon Books

Recon (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hunter (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mercenary (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Operative (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Duty, Honor, Planet Books

Duty, Honor, Planet (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Honor Bound (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Line of Duty (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Earth At War Books

1st to Fight (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Primary Targets (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Return Fire (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Enemies & Allies (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Enemy Forces (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Allied Powers (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Gates of Eternity Books

Gates of Hell (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gates of Hope (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gates of Victory: A Military Sci-Fi Series (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Holy War Books

Genesis (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Judgment Day (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Revelation (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Armageddon (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Mech Force Books

with Drew Avera
Hellfire (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brimstone (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Apocalypse (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Psi War Books

Homecoming (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conflagration (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Imperium (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Recon Books

A War to the Knife (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Wolf in the Fold (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Battle for the Gods (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Fight to the Death (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Space Hunter War Books

with Pacey Holden
Pirate Bounty (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Corporate Bounty (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cultist Bounty (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Smuggler's Bounty (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Double-Cross Bounty (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Terminal Bounty (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Star Bounty Books

Absolution (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Retribution (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Revolution (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vindication (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Sunkiller Books

Legacy (With: J.N. Chaney) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sunkiller (With: J.N. Chaney) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Odyssey (With: J.N. Chaney) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Tales of the Acheron Books

Prodigal (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Acheron (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hybrid (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Exile (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Wholesale Slaughter Books

Wholesale Slaughter (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Terminus Cut (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Revelation Run (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Maelstrom Strand (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Redemption's Shadow (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Judas Kiss (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Last Flight of the Acheron (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seeds of Gaia (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Atonement (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Judgement Call (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rituals (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gate of Dreams (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Taken to the Stars Books

with J.N. Chaney
Taken to the Stars (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
War of the Liberator (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Legacy of Empire (2024)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Guardian(2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beyond the Black: Volume One(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Future Days(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Backblast Area Clear(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From the Ashes(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Man's Land: An Anthology of Strong Female Leads(2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fire for Effect(2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Rick Partlow is a bestselling science fiction author from Florida. The Tampa, Florida native was born to a Baptist preacher that had worked as a B24 gunner during World War II that used to tell him all manner of stories about the war.

He was lucky enough to get an ROTC scholarship and went to Florida Southern College, from where he got a commission in the Army and a bachelor’s degree in History. He would then work as an Infantry platoon leader in Hawaii before he quit and worked all manner of jobs before he decided to take a teaching job.
All this time, he kept writing and by the time he was in the 10th grade, he wrote his first novel and his second while he was in high school. He wrote both of the novels on notebook paper, but he would trash them when he was in college.

It was while in college that he started writing his debut science fiction novel that after many revisions would become “Duty, Honor, Planet.| It was also at this time that he wrote the idea for a novel that would be the basis for the “Birthright” trilogy and the Glory Boy character.

Growing up, Rick Partlow cut his teeth on the juvenile novels written by Robert Heinlein. During this time, he must have gone through “Have Space Suit-Will Travel” at least twelve times before he turned 10. He still remembers the cover of the copy that he got from the local library.

From there he read other works such as “Red Planet,” “Rocketship,” and “Between Planets” before he moved on to the more adult-oriented works such as the “Ringworld” by Larry Niven and the “Foundation” trilogy by Isaac Asimov.

Apart from his reading, his service in the military has also been very influential as it provided the familiarity with the mindset and tactics he needed to write military science and space opera fiction.

As a member of a small unit tactical infantry team, his military science fiction which features orbital kinetic kill strikes, Gauss, and artillery or Gauss rifles are often very realistic.

As for writers that have been a huge influence on his writing, he counts the likes of Walter Jon Williams, John Steakley, and Peter F. Hamilton. He loved the aesthetic and themes of these authors and he adds his own twist when writing his own novels.

Rick Partlow had two starts to his writing career. He started writing back in the 1990s and this is when he finished writing “Birthright” and “Duty, Honor, Planet.” He signed with a literary agent but after years of trying to get a publisher interested, he finally had to give up his dreams for the time being.
After more than ten years in the wilderness, he came across Amazon Kindle self-publishing. Within a year of publishing his two books, he sold more than 10,000 copies, which is when he knew he needed to once again get serious with writing.

He has always been a pantser and as such, it would take a year to write two sequels to his debut. He would then improve a bit as it would take less than a year to write the sequels to “Birthright.” Partlow then began working on his outlines and in three months he was done with Glory Boy.

“Contact Front” by Rick Partlow introduces Cam Alvarez, a young man that was brought up living hand to mouth in deep poverty. His present and future are not that great, as he is under constant danger and he could just die.

The novel opens in a future in which much of the population of the planet is living in huge metropolises, while the poor live in underground caverns and never get to enjoy the sky or see the sun.

As one of the poorer residents, Cam lives in the underground and eats and sleeps where he can, as he survives on a certain amount of crime and his wits. But a few days after attaining the age of majority, he commits a crime that could get him sentenced to involuntary hibernation.

It is a dangerous sentence as the people in charge could decide that he would never be awakened. The politicians are driven by the whims of the populace and may decide that convicts should not be woken up just to please them.

The only other choice is to snitch against his former girlfriend who had left him holding the bag. But then he is told that he can join the Marines and fight to protect the Earth and its inhabitants from aliens to repay his debt to society.

Rick Partlow’s novel “Kinetic Strike” is a follow up to the debut of the series. Cameron Alvarez has been growing up real fast that he is now a Drop Troop Marine.
He thought highly of himself until he learned that as long as they accomplished their mission, the top brass did not care much for them. In fact, they were deemed very expendable by the military top brass.

But contrary to his bosses, he does not think of himself and the fellow Troopers as throw away pawns. He thinks the tactics adopted by the top brass are suicide attacks in which almost of the Drop Troopers could get killed.

The attacks are carried out in attack shuttles and the marines have to deal with devastating beam and missile attacks while they travel through space. Cameron is torn as he is a marine trained to follow a battle plan and follow orders even if he does not necessarily agree with his superiors.
But his fellow troopers have become more like family and as their leader, he is reluctant to lead them to certain death. Will he be able to develop a better plan and what will the high command do to him once they realize he is not following orders?

“Danger Close” by Rick Partlow is the brilliant third novel in the “Drop Trooper” series. For years, all that Cameron has known is war. For more than three years, he has been fighting the Tahni aliens and leading a squad of marine Drop Troopers from one planet to another.

But the war is about to change as he has just graduated from the OCS and is now an officer. He will be taking command of his old platoon and has his work cut out as things have reached a tipping point.

Rather than fighting in a defensive formation, he has decided that he will be taking offensive action to show the Tahni aliens that the Commonwealth was ready to take back everything that had been taken from them. But victory often comes at a price and lives are put at stake as the marines and the colonists head into bloody battle.

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One Response to “Rick Partlow”

  1. David Ostertag: 1 year ago

    As a veteran myself I enjoy the depth and detail to your realistic books. I was personally in the Air Force and then in Army for combined 27 years till medically discharged.


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