When the Skies Fall: The Gray Wars: Volume 2

Adam Korenman (Author)


The Boxti destroyed one planet and invaded another. They bled humanity to the breaking point. Then they disappeared. In the sudden reprieve, startling rumors chip away at the tenuous alliance between humanity and the alien refugees, the Nangolani.

Kaileen Nuvarian, hotheaded bomber-pilot, awaits a court-martial for her insubordination during the alien attack. If she loses her case, she could face a firing squad. Her new friend, ace fighter Cameron Davis, is busy fighting.

Meanwhile, on a top-secret planet, seven soldiers enter a mysterious training facility that promises a future for humanity. Josh Rantz, the recently promoted lieutenant, wonders what he will sacrifice to achieve such a lofty goal.

Rebel leader Jonah Blightman activates his plan to bring down the Terran government, starting with the controversial leader of the free worlds, Alexander Burton. But behind the scenes, a shadowy cabal of powerful men and women control the true power of the four colonies.

While the exhausted leaders of humanity and the Nangolani struggle to prepare for the coming war, the Boxti awaken an ancient and terrible beast: A weapon from another era, with the power to destroy the humans once and for all.

Product Details

Price: $15.95  $14.67
Publisher: Rare Bird Books
Published Date: December 19, 2017
Pages: 344
Dimensions: 5.5 X 1.0 X 8.5 inches | 1.0 pounds
Language: English
Type: Paperback
ISBN: 9781945572685
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About the Author

Adam Korenman is an author, screenwriter, and purveyor of artisanal marshmallows. He is the former Section Editor of CC2KOnline, co-founder of Thinking With Fire, and the Head Writer of Go Go Guppie Productions. When he isn't inventing nonsensical stories from atop a soap box in Downtown LA, he can be found at a local eatery aggressively ignoring his lactose intolerance. His debut seriesThe Gray Wars Sagais now available through California Coldblood Books, and wherever stories are sold. Adam lives in Los Angeles with his wife and lifetime supply of beans. You can follow him @officermankorn, and read his blog at www.adamkorenman.com.


"Adam Korenman takes the reader through a time warp in a cracking military adventure three centuries from the present. He smoothly blends future technologies with lively, no-nonsense characters that carry the action in compelling runs of futuristic dialogue. His blend of science fiction and military protocol is effortless and authoritative.
Dick Couch, author of The Warrior Elite and The Finishing School

Adam Korenman's When the Skies Fall is a veritable all you can eat buffet laid out for readers who hunger for gritty, realistic military science fiction. This book has it all. There are vividly-drawn characters you hate, ones you love, and, best of all, the ones you love to hate. Then, there are the warriors' hard charging grunts who kill the bad guys (human or alien) close enough to get hit with the high-velocity blood splatter, and the fleet warriors who do their killing from ships at a distance. And, let's not forget the leaders: admirals, chancellors, revolutionaries, and just about anyone else who gives the orders.

He also creates believable alien races who do believable things for believable reasons. I was especially drawn to the portrayal of the Boxti and their allies.

Add to all of this Korenman's own military experience, which lends an authentic, gritty verisimilitude to the whole work, especially in the banter, camaraderie, and sense of shared danger of real warriors facing a real enemy who really wants to kill them. This experience makes all of the combat, with weapons familiar to the modern reader as well as with those from our future or that are products of alien technology, totally believable and exciting.

Korenman also performs a splendid juggling act, tossing a dozen story lines in the air and keeping them moving forward without missing a beat, eventually bringing them together for an astonishing climax that caught even me by surprise. These stories draw the reader along from one page to the next, almost breathlessly. Read this book. You won't be sorry. I'm already itching to read the sequel.
H. Paul Honsinger, Author of the Man of War military science fiction series

"For those who are still lamenting the loss of Battlestar Galactica, or maybe even Space Above and Beyond, they need look no further than Korenman's When the Skies Fall. This is military space opera at its best. Korenman has created a universe that is epic in scope filled it with plenty of action and political intrigue and still managed to populated it with characters you believe and care about.
Richard Brewer, Author and Editor, Occupied Earth, Meeting Across the River

Praise for When The Stars Fade

A tremendously ambitious first novel, a galaxy-spanning tale of hard science fiction that tackles interplanetary diplomacy, [and] the realities of combat in the vacuum of space."
Scott Tipton, New York Times bestselling author

When the Stars Fade captures the human dimension of warfare. Invasions, insurgency, devastation, and an incongruous war game hold a mirror up to our Republic's experience over the last decade. It calls to mind Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October and is a sound addition to any professional development library."
Lt. Col. Mark Johnston, US Army Reserve

Korenman is adept at engaging the reader in action across the continuum of future war from the fleet actions of maneuvering battle groups and fighter formations to the small unit tactics of planetside soldiers. But where Stars truly comes into its own is with boots on the ground, where Korenman, with each lavishly detailed, well-crafted scene, reminds us again and again that now and in the far future, victories are won by individual men and women taking the fight to the enemy. The characters here are crisp and no-nonsense, and ex-military readers will smile at the authentic radio banter they trade on the tactical net, apparently in Korenman's future, some things never change.
Cmdr. Paul Wynns, US Navy Reserve (retired) Pilot, S-3B Viking

Adam Korenman is a compelling new voice in military science fiction. His prose puts you right in the cockpit, on the bridge, and behind a rifle on the ground with such authenticity you can almost taste the salt in the jargon.
Chris Herschel, Owner and Game Designer, Trial By Fire Games

Where Korenman excels in the novel is his world building and intense action sequences that draw on his personal military experience.
Jodi Scaife, Fanboy Comics