Thursday, December 27, 2012

Free Book Sampler: The Western Front

Just a heads up.  At Amazon (for the kindle) the first portion (8 chapters) of Archer Garrett's The Western Front.    is free ( a pdf at Smashwords is here).  Granted parts 1 and 2 are only $2.99 at the moment, and part 3 is here (also $2.99), but it is nice to have a more extended sampler [corrected per Author's note in comments].

The book blurb:
Darkness has descended upon the world; the fabric of society has been torn asunder, sovereign nations collapse under their own burdens, once stable governments are ushered into revolution and allies of old are thrust into war. The tentacles of darkness have inevitably traveled across the Atlantic and are now tightening their grip on the American republic.
Now, faced with a collapsing economy, a failing currency and a society that is swiftly casting its humanity aside, the United States stands at the precipice of a bedlam and malevolence not witnessed since the fall of Rome.  (from here).


Stephen said...

I'll give it a try. Thank you for the heads up. I truly hope you had a great Christmas and here's wishing you a great New Year.

Archer Garrett said...


Thank you for the mention.

The 2.99 link you posted was for parts 1 & 2 ONLY.

1-3 is available here ($4.99):

russell1200 said...

Archer: Yes, I can see that now. I have edited the post to make the correction. I have only read a small portion of it. I'll be curious as to your portrayal of the anarchist. I have some sympathy for their ideals- I just don't think they have an ounce of practicality.

Stephen: Christmas went well. At nine I can buy my son toys now that I want to play with! We have been playing the WW1 air combat game Wings of War (now called Wings of Glory), so I bought him a number of the model planes that go with it. He likes to play the basic game but it is so easy that he can even get his Grandma (age 84?) to play it with him, and she enjoys it.

Archer Garrett said...

William (the leader of the radical org) is given a rather fair and realistic shake, considering his motives that are revealed later.

I don't heap coals on him per se, he is what he is - I tried to narrate the POVs with some objectivity.

JaneofVirginia said...

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas. I will definitely get this from Amazon and read it.
It's a good bookcover too. Being a writer of two books this year, I can really appreciate the difficulties of the bookcover ! LOL
Best wishes to all.

James M Dakin said...

I've read the complete paper version and I must say it was a mighty fine book. A bit pricey, but unless you get the big boys to publish it you can't make much profit under his price.

Archer Garrett said...
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Archer Garrett said...


You are correct - Print on Demand publishing (Sounds just like it is - Amazon prints it right after your order it) is not the most efficient way to publish, but it is the only way most indie authors can afford to publish hard copies.

To hear you speak well of it is an honor - considering not a single character carried a bolt action and made covetous use of their ammo ; )


Covers are tough! I need a good cover artist, otherwise mine will continue to be abstract images. Some look OK, some Im not happy with.

russell1200 said...

Archer: I wouldn't sweat it too much. Most Anarchists I have met have been seriously annoying people. It probably comes with the territory of being a small political group. It is the theory I can somewhat identify with. That the theory strikes me as being completely impractical seems a bit of a problem, but it is not a problem unique to anarchism.

As for the artwork. I took it to be some sort of explosion as seen from behind the cover a bullet holed barrier, possibly a car body.

Jane, it was good. I had to get back to work to get rested back up! LOL My little one has been in Lego heaven.

Lord Bison (aka Jim) I haven't heard much from you lately. Hope you are o.k. You and I don't always like exactly the same books (though we often hate the same ones) so I take your recommendation as a plus.

Archer Garrett said...


you're right on what I was trying to convey with the cover art. An actual scene from the book - maybe a border scene with Barrett - would be nice, but cover artists are expensive.

I thought Rawles' "Survivors" cover was awesome from the moment I saw it - something like that would be cool.

russell1200 said...


Look at the Cover of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. If you can write like her, the cover doesn't matter - other than directing it to the correct audience niche.

Alex Bobl said...

sounds interesting. thanks.

russell1200 said...

Alex- I am posting a review of it shortly.