Aries’ Red Sky Dramatis Personae

So I got the first review in my audiobook blog tour yesterday.  It was very positive–and brought up something I didn’t think about, which is that listeners of the audiobook have no way of getting a character list.  So, without further ado, here one is:

 

Dramatis Personae for Aries’ Red Sky

C.S.S. Marxville

Captain Tyr Sigurd, Marxville Actual

Commander Rebecca Taylor, XO

Captain Moffitt, Marine detachment commander

Lieutenant (j.g.) Isabelle Hutch, Comms

Rear Admiral Holcomb, Task group commander (Hastings Flag)

Lieutenant Commander Adam Ramos, Gunnery Officer

Lieutenant (j.g.) Erica Beerz, Navigation

Commander Jadran Karlsen, Hamilton Actual

C.S.S. Armstrong

Captain Marcy Cochran, Armstrong Actual Actual

Amaranta Azazel, Helm

Fourth Mate Kelly Yanick, Sensors

Vidar Amir, Comms

Chief Engineer Anton Lobus, Chief Engineer

Captain Shahjahan, Balandin Actual

Victoria Romanoff, Engineering Rating

C.S.S San Jacinto

Lieutenant Mackenzie Bolan, Assistant Plans Officer, Task Force 36, Fourth Fleet

Captain Charles Barrow, Flag Captain, Task Force 36, Fourth Fleet

Commander Holly Hansen, Plans Officer, Task Force 36, Fourth Fleet

Lieutenant Donald Tess, Plans Officer, Task Force 36, Fourth Fleet

Lieutenant (j.g.) Sharon Applewhite, Junior Plans officer, Task Force 36, Fourth Fleet

C.S.S. Eagle

Vice Admiral Lothar Ivayo—“Chain Devil Actual”

CAG, Carrier Air Group 7 “Shoguns”—Slogan “Quake From Our Gaze”

Commander Freda “Daimyo” Wiszkon, CAG, “Shogun One”

Commander Olavi “Werebear” Godehard, Commander, No. 705 Squadron (Nightjaeger) (male), “Hippogriff One”

Commander Michelle “Daffy” Omobolanle, Commander, No. 607 Squadron (Nightjaeger) “Nixie One”

Commander Erin “Oread” Altair, Commander, 606 Squadron (Nightjaeger), “Oread One”

Commander Luther “Ironfist” Morgan, Commander, VF(S)-1—Red Leader

Ensign Harrison “Cheetah” Hielscher, Red Two

Lieutenant Olga “Ostrich” Santoro, Red Three

Lieutenant (j.g.) Paige “Harley” Keighley, Red Four

Lieutenant Commander Artemis “Sunburn” Conroy, Deputy Commander, VF(S)-1—Blue Leader

Lieutenant (j.g.) Jacquelyn “Catnip” Tice, wingman to Lt. Cdr. Conroy in Blue Flight, VF(S)-1 “Godkillers”—Blue Two

Lieutenant Mitch “Crisco” Groton, Blue Three

Ensign Alexus “Buttercup” Baker, Groton’s wingman Blue Four

Lieutenant Augustus “Lovetrain” Pitt, Green Flight Leader, VF(S)-1

Ensign Majorica “Venus” Williams, Pitt’s wingman Green Two

Kursk, Spartan Republic

President Nathan Waldron, President of the Republic

Sadie Waldron, Lieutenant, Spartan Marines and niece of the President

Mathilda O’Rourke, Lawyer, Sadie’s older twin, and First Lady of Sparta

Geirmund Du, Vice President of the Republic, Future Senator, Eldest Du

Arnaud Du, War Minister of the Spartan Republic, Middle Du

Mago Du, Chief Executive of the Du Mercantile, Reserve Captain, Spartan Navy

Mr. Thaddeus Andrews , Chief of Security and Truthbringer

Colonel Orpheus Campos, Aide to War Minister Du

Commander Rachel Campos, A Weeping Foe Actual

Vice Admiral Victor Logan, Commander, Rowan System.  Call sign Skoll 6.

Chief Parliamentarian Nikephoros, Chief Parliamentarian of the Spartan Parliament

Senator Porter, President Pro Tem of the Spartan Senate

Fleet Admiral Ashley Brown, Commander of the Spartan Navy

Alastair Bernard, Minister of Intergalactic Relations

Helen Keove, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

SMoW The Taken Umbrage

Leftenant Ian Campbell, Weapons and Sensors

Midshipman Yubani Mendoza, Comms and Helm 

Korvetten Song, Master and Commander

2nd Lieutenant Donovan, Marine Platoon Leader

SFC Reese, Marine Platoon Sergeant

Lieutenant Commander Gorman, XO

SMoW Peter Basile

Rear Admiral Yavin, Spartan task force commander

1st Lieutenant Agenor Acheros, Deputy Commander, Alpha Company

Captain Mordechai Butler, Apache Company Commander

Leftenant Victor Hayden, Assistant Sensor Officer

Lieutenant Travis Steiner, 1st Platoon Blackfoot Commander

Lieutenant Abigail Schweizer, 2nd Platoon Apache Commander

Lieutenant Micah Pendragon, 1st Platoon Apache Commander

Captain Simmons, Basile’s commander

SMoW Albert Dahlman

Captain Titus Winn, Dahlman Six

Lieutenant Abigail Schweizer, Infidel Five  (I / 3rd Battalion / 35th Regiment)

Lieutenant Kasey Stephens, 1st Platoon, Infidels

Lieutenant Deborah Dickey, 2nd Platoon, Infidels

Lieutenant Martha Allen, 3rd Platoon, Infidels

1SG David Lundin, 1st Sergeant, Infidels

Random Thoughts

On the transitory nature of things:  So I’ve mentioned Project Wonderful on here a couple of times.  Well, after over a decade of great adverts at low prices, they’re closing their doors.  It’s like going in to check on a great restaurant you used to frequent…only to find that they’ve been closed for several weeks.  Yes, feelings of guilt may be involved.  However, it sounds like the advertisement market is just going through some serious change.

On eternal arguments:  I work in a building with several other air enthusiasts.  This includes a gentleman who has been in the Commemorative Air Force almost as long as I’ve been alive.  Well, if there’s one discussion you can expect to have with a fellow flight fiend, it’s “What do you think is the best fighter of World War II?”

I think I threw him for a loop when I came back immediately with, “Where am I flying and what’s my mission?”

“That’s overcomplicating things, don’t you think?”

“Not really.  If I don’t have to go above 10,000 feet and ground fire isn’t that much of a problem…”

“Fine, what’s your favorite fighter of World War II.”

*without missing a beat*  “P-47, all day, every day.

“So you don’t think it’s the best fighter of World War II?”

“There I was over the Philippines when my only engine conked out.”

“Okay, good point.”

On nerves: No matter how many cons I do, I still have those moments where I’m afraid the whole thing is going to be like the scene from Carrie, i.e., “They’re all going to laugh at you!”  (Except, you know, hopefully I don’t get that homicidal surge to go with my previously largely nascent telekinesis.)  It’s silliness–I actually like going to cons and getting to meet new fans.  Plus the dealer room closes early at GENCON so vendors can game.

Speaking of gaming, I’ve been playing a lot of D&D 5th Edition.  While I grew up with 2nd Edition and played a bit of 3.5, I think 5e has hit the sweet spot between “Having a d20 system that keeps folks honest…” yet being simple enough that you can teach someone to play well in a matter of hours.  Even better:  The Better Half has started to apply her talents to preparing game sets:

Haunted House

Anyway, enough musing for the night.  Time to take Mama Shark her copy of Aries’ Red Sky in the AM.

A Quick Note

Greetings all, it’s been awhile.  Lots of good news, and there will be a longer newsletter (subscribe here).  But first, three items of major import:

As of 11 May 2018 I have received my doctorate in U.S. History from Kansas State University.  Here is one picture of me getting hooded by my committee chair, Dr. Don Mrozek:

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The next piece of news is that I will be at Smallville Comic Con in Hutchinson, KS on 23-24 June 2018.  We will be at Booth #44:

Smallville Map

Last but far from least, the next Vergassy Universe novel, Aries Red Sky, is available for pre-order from Amazon.  Feel free to pick up a copy so that it will download on its release date, 24 July.  Also, if you prefer audiobooks, a producer has been hired for the book with an expected completion date of 10 August on ACX.

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That’s all for now!  Hope you are all doing and have a chance to pick the book up.