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


Special Announcement



Runs In The Family Out of Print on September 30th

Strigidae Publishing announced this week that they will be closing their doors effective at the end of September. I am devastated. Strigidae’s owners, Hank and Hollie Snider, are my friends and as much as I hate this situation I know that they are equally devastated. But, this is the right move for them to make. As Hank recovers from an emergency double-bypass surgery, the need to minimize stress and focus on their family is completely understandable.

RUNS IN THE FAMILY was the first science fiction book the house published and its success has been incredible. Since January of this year, RUNS IN THE FAMILY has been purchased more than 3,000 times worldwide. Effective at the end of the month, the Strigidae versions in ebook and print will be taken down on Amazon and all other ebook retailers. As of right now, the audio version will remain live and available for purchase through Amazon’s ACX program and through iTunes. After September 30th, these particular versions will never be available again.

I am in the process of finding RUNS IN THE FAMILY a new home. Thankfully, there is considerable interest from several publishing houses and editors. I hope to have something to announce very soon and get the print and ebook versions back up for sale worldwide, but this may take a considerable amount time, so I’m asking a favor.

If you haven’t picked up the book (in any format), please do. Strigidae Publishing will receive their portion of the royalties, and I want to help them out as much as possible. I am ordering a last batch of print copies that I will sell at upcoming conventions (Fencon and MileHiCon) and I plan to hold a few copies back on my own shelves. Who knows? Maybe these will be first edition collector’s editions one day?

Anyway, thank you Hank and Hollie. Strigidae Publishing will be missed but not forgotten. When I have more information on a home for RUNS IN THE FAMILY, I will make sure all of you know.


PS: And I’m not done with Mairin Shields or her friends. I’m working on something called CHASING THE GREYS right now. – K