Future Projects (updated 3-19)

We have many projects but little time...

Right now:
Alt Hawaii: Two short stories about an independent Hawaii fighting off the Japanese: In Progress, Summer 2019
World War 1990, NL: The Netherlands fights off a Soviet invasion. In Progress.
World War 1990, Battle of the Three Seas: Naval action in the Barents, Black and Sea of Okhotsk: In Progress
Pershing's War, 1919: What if Armistice Negotiations failed and the Great War continued? This novel is about Pershing's planned invasion of Lorraine, the Ruhr and Saar Valleys. In Progress. Hoping to spend the summer finishing rough draft.
World War 1990, Esercito Italaianao: The Italian Army in Yugoslavia. Work should start fall 2019.
Mars 2543: 2020
To Liberate Mars: This is the story of mankind's struggle to liberate Mars from the Jai, probably told in short story form. Given the bad sales of To Survive the Earth, this is on hold.
Palmerston's War, 1862: About Britain attacking the United States during the Trent Affair, told entirely from the British side. One story in this series is available in Those in Peril.

Ideas (notice the absence of dates):
Putin's War: About a war between Russia and China.
The Bastard's Conquest: About a knight in William I's England.
Election '92: Wrapping up the World War 1990 universe.
Thatcher's War: You'll understand at the end of The Final Storm.
Before the Weser: Short stories about the first few weeks of World War 1990.
The Weser: The Battle of the Weser

9 comments:

  1. Hello Mr. Stroock. I have recently been into the fictional WW3 genre of books and I came across your series. I have to tell you they have become some of my favorites. I finished Anzacs last night. I can't wait for the new book to come out!

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  2. Just saw this. Thanks so much for stopping by, reading, and enjoying. All the best/

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  3. You might want to rethink Palmerston's War if your The Blue and the Red: Palmerston's Ironclads in Those in Peril is an example. It would have been nice if you'd read at least the Wiki articles on those ironclads more thoroughly than is evident in the story. The Warrior-class frigates entirely lacked a ram and the knee supporting their bowsprit prevented them from ramming anything anyway. The Defence-class ironclads did have a ram, though. Both classes had unarmored ends which made them very vulnerable to massed fires like they would have received while duelling with forts ashore. Ramming was an entirely ineffective tactic against a moving ship as it would have been very easy to turn the defending ship enough to only give the ramming ship a glancing blow. The success of ramming at the 1866 Battle of Lissa was entirely due to the fact that the victims lacked power at the time, a fact conveniently forgotten by ramming's many enthusiasts a century and a half ago. And Rodman guns came in 10 and 15-inch sizes, not pounders, and the larger guns might have been able to penetrate the 4.5 inches of armor in the British ironclads if they'd gotten within a thousand yards or so. A duel between the Monitor and the British ironclads is an interesting tactical problem as the latter are more than twice as fast and can engage at will. None of the British weapons are likely to penetrate the 11 inches of armor protecting the turret or the 9 inches of the pilot house. The Monitor's guns are unlikely to penetrate the armor of the British ships, but they can destroy their ends and disable their steering. Much would depend on the exact situation.

    While I thought the story was decent, your research was sadly lacking. If you'd like to remedy that, feel free to contact me at sturmvogel66 at gmail.

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  4. From Our Iron-Clad Ships: Their Qualities, Performances, and Cost (1869), by Edward James Reed, naval architect:
    Let us take as an illustration the very important quality of power to ram an enemy. The first sea-going iron-clad, the 'Warrior,' possessed this quality to a minor degree. She isn't, it should be understood, wholly unfit to act as a ram. Any strong and well-built iron ship would deliver a formidable blow in striking an enemy at even a moderate speed; but the 'Warrior' is much more than an ordinary ship in this respect, having a massive solid forged ram-stem well supported by bulkheads and frames, worked within her elegant knee-of-the-head, expressly to adapt her for delivering a destructive blow upon an enemy.'

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  5. I was looking for information on the next book in the Isreal's war line, but it seems you have already have a full plate.

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  6. When will the third book in Israel strikes back be out? You left us on a cliffhanger!
    Don't do a 1945 on us like Gingrich and Forstchen

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  7. No plans. To be honest I got nothing and what I did have got overtaken by events.

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  8. What's the point in buying books from yourself if your not going to finish them?
    Maybe you should stick to single volume books rather than series then.

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  9. I waited 30 years for Jerry Pournelle to finish Jannisaries. Then he died.

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