Very pleased to welcome Will Macmillan Jones to the Cafe and Bookstore, with his latest release, and his other books for children and adults. Scout Pilot of the Free Union is the first in a new collection of Space Opera novels.
About Scout Pilot of the Free Union
Captain Frank Eric Russell is captain/pilot of a Valhalla Class Star Destroyer – until there is an embarrassing incident during a diplomatic mission to the border with the Imperium. Disciplined by being transferred to the Reconnaissance Unit of The Free Union’s Star Fleet, he finds himself assigned to an outdated Speedbird Scoutship. The missions are less prestigious, less rigorously overseen – and a lot less safe.
Threats, terror and mortal danger lurk behind every planet and asteroid as Frank tries to survive the life of a Reconnaissance Unit Scout Pilot patrolling the barely defined border between The Free Union and the Imperium during the uneasy truce between the two Galactic Powers.
Frank and his ageing Speedbird are sent on a number of perilous missions around the galaxy, both for the mysterious Colonel Rosto and on normal Space Corps business. On the way he meets a new sentient species, a terrifying space spider, finds himself involved in a deal for new spaceships that goes horribly wrong and finally has to escape the clutches of The Imperium’s Chief Enforcer, the feared Colonel Starker, before becoming involved in a battle as the rivals for domination of the galaxy clash in space.
With everything against him, can Frank and his trusty Speedbird live to run away another day?
One of the early reviews for the book from Jim Webster on his blog.
The books follow the career (in this case, career as in ‘When the brakes failed, the wagon careered downhill’) of Captain Frank Eric Russell, who becomes a Scout pilot of the Free Union. The stories are told by the good Captain in the first person.
This means that we whilst we see events through the eyes of our hero, we also begin to realise that he is in some things an unreliable observer. It begins to dawn upon the reader that Russell is a far better pilot and far more generally competent than he admits.
The universe is divided between three main powers. The first two that we meet are the Free Union, which our hero serves, and the Imperium, who are the enemy in waiting. There is no war between the two but there is a constant bickering at the outposts and attempts to destabilise the other. Finally there are the Merchant Princes, who happily trade with anybody.
In the first book, ‘Scout Pilot of the Free Union’, each chapter seems to be a separate mission and a separate story. But eventually you start to realise that there is a common thread starting to pull them together, until by the time you get into the second book, ‘Infinity is for losers’, we see that our hero is caught up in something far more complicated and dangerous than he first thought. I have no intention of saying more and spoiling the plot for anybody.
This isn’t hard military SF; similarly we are spared being plunged into some dark angst ridden dystopia, these stories are Space Opera. Admittedly there are times when Russell sees his superiors as a bigger threat to his survival than the enemy, but I suspect many service personnel could empathise with this.
Will Macmillan Jones is a story teller and a fine one. As I read these books I found myself swept along by the story.
At some point it appears the modern reviewer has to award ‘stars’. It’s not longer good enough to describe something as a ‘cracking good read.’ But I am not a number, I am a free man. I will wave my hand airily and announce that these books are undoubtedly somewhere betwixt and between four and five stars.
The far more important question is will I read the rest of the series. Too damned right I will. I’m looking forward to them and when they arrive I’ll tear open the packet and start reading. They’re fun!
Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Scout-Pilot-Free-Union-Space-ebook/dp/B07D5CCGCW/
A small selection of other books by Will Macmillan Jones.
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About Will Macmillan Jones
A fifty something lover of blues, rock and jazz, I have recently fulfilled a lifetime ambition: extending my bookcases to fill an entire wall of my home office. I am lucky enough to live in Wales, which for overseas readers is the main part of the UK: the separate countries of England and Scotland are superglued on to the right hand side of the border…
I’m a novelist, poet, storyteller and international tax consultant (no, really) who adores words, and not so long ago managed to win a national competition for Flash Fiction.
My Paranormal mystery series started with a very personal book,The Showing, but has now grown into a full series intended to run for 6 books.
Coming shortly will be some YA fantasy and a book that should be romance, but won’t be (no happy ending, so a bit too much like real life).
There are some books for children, and my first love as a writer: my comic fantasy series The Banned Underground, now released by Red Kite Publishing and available here. Starting with The Amulet of Kings, and running through The Mystic Accountants and The Vampire Mechanic to Bass Instinct and The SatNav of Doom, each book is a stand alone work and the series can be read in any order. Warning: these books contain beer, pizza, loud music and an enormous joke count. They may be unsuitable for those without a sense of humour.
You can enjoy watching and listening to Will doing som oral storytelling at an event in Wales. The legend of the Wizard of Alderley Edge…
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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will explore Will’s books in more detail. Thanks Sally