Something Completely Unexpected

And now for something completely unexpected…

Last fall, my friend Chuck Gannon sent me a (currently unpublished) blurb for the upcoming VENDETTA PROTOCOL. At the end of the email, he mentioned that he would put me in touch with Chris Kennedy and Mark Wandrey who were putting together a military science fiction anthology that sounded like something right up my alley.

Not long after, I had an email from Chris and Mark detailing their plans to launch an anthology in their shared universe – The Four Horsemen Universe. When they sent the anthology information and a “primer” for their universe and its key worldbuilding features, I immediately had an idea. I finished a story relatively quickly and then I did something I never do. I sent them the rough draft. I wanted to see if my portrayal of their universe was accurate enough. My story about Earth’s first Peacemaker and the unfathomable crime she stops hit all the right notes.

Chris and Mark have built an impressive number of fans of their first series, The Revelation Cycle of which there are two books currently available: CARTWRIGHT’S CAVALIERS and ASBARAN SOLUTIONS. They responded with tremendous praise, and a completely unexpected offer. Would I like to write a novel in their universe?

I said yes.

I’m at work right now on PEACEMAKER, a Four Horsemen Universe novel that features Jessica Francis, Earth’s First Peacemaker facing down three rival colonies and their mercenary forces fighting over rights for the most basic need – water. In a future where humans are lauded for their improvisation and dedication, they haven’t seen anything like Jessica and when she discovers one of them knows the fate of her long lost father, nothing holds her back.

So, look for PEACEMAKER sometime late this summer and keep your eyes on this exciting military science fiction series!

Finalist – Colorado Book Award

Over the weekend, I received an email from Colorado Humanities that Sleeper Protocol was selected as a finalist for the Colorado Book Award in the Genre Fiction category. This is an amazing honor for “the little book that could.” There are no words to express my gratitude to all of you who’ve purchased the book and told a friend about it. There are exciting things to come. Stay tuned!

You can find the complete list of nominees here.

Awards Consideration – 2016

For 2016 Consideration (Novel)

Sleeper Protocol by Kevin Ikenberry

Published January 2016 by Red Adept Publishing

“an emotionally powerful debut…[Ikenberry’s] insight to the human side of the military mind has strong appeal.” ~Publisher’s Weekly, February 2016

From the Back Cover:

Kieran Roark awakens in a wheelchair, unable to remember anything. As part of a classified experiment, he will have one year to learn his identity and recover his memory, or he will be euthanized by the state.

Scientist Berkeley Bennett has one mission: manipulate Kieran’s emotions in an attempt to bring back his memory. But when she falls in love with him, she is forced to make a harrowing decision that may cost Kieran his life.

What Kieran knows could save Earth from a coming war. Whether he believes the future is worth saving is another matter. Racing across an unfamiliar world in a body he does not recall, Kieran needs to discover who he was and, more importantly, who he is.

Praise for Sleeper Protocol:

“Kevin Ikenberry has achieved a rare feat; a military SF novel that although set in a fascinating future has almost nothing to with the technology or the alien enemy and almost everything to do with the what makes a soldier worthy of that name, their humanity. I love when an author puts their heart and soul into a book.” – Eytan Kollin, Co-Author of The Unincorporated series

“A fascinating and provocative exploration of how the forces of memory and love can shape one’s identity and potentially alter the course of the whole world. Sleeper Protocol is an equally entertaining and engaging story that will keep you thinking long after you’ve finished the last page.” – Josh Vogt, author of The Cleaners series

“Sleeper Protocol is a gripping adventure that pits the best and worst of humanity against the best and worst of technology in a bleak future-Earth that’s all-too-plausible. The taut pacing and deft storytelling make this a real page-turner, while the multi-layered characters and emotional resonance of the journey make it a story you want to read again and again. Technologically thrilling and heart-wrenchingly human, Sleeper Protocol is a first-rate addition to the genre.” – Chris Mandeville, bestselling author of Seeds: a post-apocalyptic adventure

“Sleeper Protocol is a one man’s poignant journey to find himself, blindly navigating a minefield of enemies in a world he no longer knows. A splash of cyberpunk, a dash of military SF, and a passel of ambitious world-building make this a book to check out.” – Travis Heermann, author of the Ronin Trilogy, Death Wind, and Rogues of the Black Fury