What’s Going On in the Four Horsemen Universe?
I’ve had a lot of people ask about the Four Horsemen universe, and specifically how it’s going to work moving forward. Others have noted that Mark Wandrey and I are using a “non-traditional approach” to how we’re writing in this universe and wondered how it works. It’s time for a “look behind the veil.”
First, what to expect in the universe. Mark has already released the first book in the universe, “Cartwright’s Cavaliers,” which has been as high as #7 on Amazon and has 103 reviews with a 4.8 star rating. Pretty darn good. Check it out if you haven’t already! My book, “Asbaran Solutions,” has been out about a month, and it deals with a second of the Four Horsemen mercenary units. In the coming months, Mark will release “Winged Hussars” and I will release “The Golden Horde,” which will give everyone a look at the last two merc units.
Although these books are generally “stand-alone,” there is some crossover between them, and there is a story line building in the background. It will become clearer as the series goes, and will ultimately result in the main story line, which will be a series of books to follow “Horde.” I could tell you the series name, but it would be a spoiler at this point. Suffice it to say, it’s big enough that it needed a four-volume setup for the universe and the characters involved. If that isn’t enough, there is more we have mapped out to follow (so settle in and enjoy; you will continue to get your fill!) There are also two prequel short stories that are available for joining the mailing on this site and on Mark’s website.
In addition to the main sequence of stories, there are (at least) a couple of anthologies planned. The first one, “A Fistful of Credits,” is already in progress and will include names like Cole, Nuttall, Dandridge, Hoyt, and Torgersen, among others. We are extremely happy with the line-up we have put together…and there WILL be some other names you recognize participating, as well. We’re still working with the authors to see how we can get it into their busy schedules. A second anthology, “For a Few Credits More,” will follow shortly thereafter.
Second, the non-standard approach. I’m happy to tell you, it is working great! We coordinate everything and have a Google Doc set up so we don’t have any issues. As the chief publisher for the series, I’m also there to make sure the canon stays pure, even though we are nominally writing separately from each other. That will change when we get to the main story line, as we will work together on those books. Throughout the series, though, you should see a fairly constant style and substance, because we are very much together on the books, even when they are written by “the other guy.” If you like one, you’ll like the other.
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