What the Thunder Said

What the Thunder Said

She's sent to war to investigate a devastating new weapon.

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Author Walter Blaire

Walter Blaire writes science fiction stories about the Tachba, the Haphan Empire, and the interstellar CivGov in the Lines of Thunder Universe.

The Eternal Front

The eternal war is about to end... but not the way anyone wants.

Sethlan is an officer of the empire. He was raised from birth to fight in the trenches that span the continent: The Eternal Front.

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Lucky Strike is an independent prospector ship. It wants colonization rights for the planet, but first it has to let the inhabitants knock themselves back to the stone age. Hanging in orbit, influencing both sides, it crafts the death of the world.

Sethlan sees his war changing but he can’t find the cause. Now the Eternal Front is on the brink of collapse, and its violence will spread like wildfire to ravage the entire planet.

Desperate, outclassed, and under suspicion from the imperial secret police, Sethlan frantically untangles the Lucky Strike’s plans. Along the way he stumbles across a hidden conspiracy — and a possible solution: a popular revolt against the empire itself.

It comes down to a choice Sethlan doesn’t want to make. He can betray a lifetime of service or he can watch his world burn.

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Lines of Thunder

He’s the only sane soldier on the eternal front… it’s enough to drive him mad.

Gole Naremsa is a raw recruit, new to the trenches of the eternal front. Despite a lifetime of training and a genetic inheritance that makes him a born warrior, it’s not what he expects.

Gole is tossed out of the troop train and into the real war. He’s surrounded by other soldiers just like him, all of them twitchy, impulsive, and deadly. Over the generations their genetic twisting has gone off the rails and turned into the Pollution. Now it howls in their blood for mayhem and violence, and it offers the worst advice.

The enemy wants to kill him — that’s to be expected. The Pollution wants to fight everyone in sight — business as usual. The problem is that Gole’s own sergeant wants him dead too. One blindly thrown punch, one minor accident with a noisy corpse, and now he’s an example for all the other recruits.

As one of the old-timers says: “A fresh, dumb replacement can give service exceeding his value if you plink him at the right time, in front of the right audience. The Pollution sits up and takes notice, if you follow my meaning.”

It’s shaping up to be a race between who will kill Gole first: the increasingly dangerous enemy or his own unit. At least the enemy isn’t rude about it.

Gole needs to stop inventing new ways to get in trouble. He needs to navigate his sanity-challenged unit and understand the harsh world of the eternal front. He needs to do this soon, because the enemy has a big trick up its sleeve, and only Gole seems to see it coming…

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5/5 stars

The images are stunning, the action is intense and breathtaking, and the plot twists are like nothing I have read in this kind of work before.

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5/5 stars

…A fantastic introduction to the world.

Goodreads Review of Lines of Thunder

5/5 stars

If you like character-focused Science Fiction and Big Things told through very personal perspectives, give [Lines of Thunder] a shot.

Goodreads 5-Star Review of Lines of Thunder

5/5 stars

Once in a great while, a science-fiction book comes along that creates a vivid, utterly believable world, the literary equivalent of a pulsar. This is one of those books.

Author Joe Dacy II review of The Eternal Front

5/5 stars

The writing is so beautifully done and it will have you seduced and keep you reading until the very last page. The Eternal Front is a compelling read.

Five Star Reader's Favorite review of The Eternal Front

5/5 stars

Best SF I’ve read all year… a richly textured, vivid, insanely readable story of interstellar cultures colliding and ordinary people struggling to be themselves amidst the horrors of a far-future war that may be on the edge of a genocidal resolution.

Felix R. Savage (New York Times and USA Today bestselling author) on The Eternal Front

5/5 stars

I would rank Walter Blaire alongside today’s SF greats including Banks, Reynolds, and Baxter.

Felix R. Savage (New York Times and USA Today bestselling author) on The Eternal Front

5/5 stars

“The Eternal Front” is science fiction of the highest caliber. Blaire’s detailed consideration of two races, one twisted away from some human characteristics while retaining others, allows us to contemplate what it means to be human—the essence of enduring literature.

Amazon Review of The Eternal Front

4/5 stars

Dark, Grim, Twisted, Brutal, Horrific and Weirdly Engaging

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4/5 stars

Interesting concept, well thought out and written! Kept me engaged throughout!

Amazon Review of The Eternal Front

5/5 stars

Blair does an amazing job of building a world surrounding an eternal war while bringing the Tachba and Haphan to life. … It’s the rare author who can make me really care about imaginary people they invented. Blair does the job. On to next book!

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