What the Luck?

Brian Cramer Books
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Bill Brabham, a recently divorced and unemployed financial manager from Texas, is a man down on his luck. With nothing left to lose except possibly a few years of his life, he takes a high-risk, high-reward job cleaning up at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

While in Japan, his luck drastically changes, and everything starts to go right for him. Unfortunately, his new-found luck seems to be coming at the expense of those around him. His investigation into this phenomenon puts him in the middle of a dangerous criminal conspiracy where he must contend with everything from the Yakuza to a sassy teenage girl with a penchant for role-playing.
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About the author

Brian Cramer was born in New Jersey. Because of several failed attempts to escape the mysterious pull of the Garden State, he still lives there. He works for a custom cable assembly manufacturer and enjoys nature,technology, writing, the universe, and a hot cup of tea.

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Brian Cramer Books
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Published on
Mar 24, 2015
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9780692247563
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English
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Fiction / Humorous
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
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The Pan of Hamgee, starving outlaw, bumps into Big Merv; the meanest, scariest gangster in the City and without thinking what he is doing, steals his wallet. When Big Merv realises what has happened our hero's future looks short. Will he talk his way out of it or will he be 'recycled' into a stanchion of the Outer Ring Road extension.

U certificate. 4,000 words.
Written in British English.

This comedic sci fi quick read is a short story prequel to the K'Barthan Series.

It is a short story in the sense that it is not long rather than that the plot fits with any particular preconceived 'short story' format. Or to put it another way there is no twist in this tale.

It takes place in a contemporary setting, in a parallel universe - as does the whole series. This light piece of witty comedy fiction tells us how two of the characters meet. This story sits in the of British tradition of humour and satire.

There is also an excerpt from Few Are Chosen, the first book in the K'Barthan series, over and above the word count quoted here (which is for the actual story only).

INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

Q – So, tell us about the K’Barthan Series. What made you write it? What makes it special?

A – There's a saying, somewhere, that if the book you want to read hasn't been written, you must write it. If you want the honest answer I wrote it for me.

As a reader, I have always loved British satire and humor or humour. I love funny; funny epic fantasy series like the Discworld novels and comedic sci fi like Douglas Adams totally floats my boat. But I also like a gripping tale that zips along quickly in the time honoured tradition of unputdownable fiction. And of course, I like genre fiction mashups; Douglas Adams meets StarTrek and James Bond - and a dash of romance (but no squelchy bits). Therefore, my cunning gambit was fantasy that was also science fiction and would surprise me. I wanted a fast paced story and gripping tale but comedy in the tradition of all the great funny British authors.

The K'Barthan series is about teamwork; team action in science fiction - or fantasy. Our heros and heroines work together to bring down the indomitable forces of evil (bit of an untrendy epic fantasy trope there but I like it). You won't find standard mythic creatures in my sci fi - I couldn't face the deluge of emails I'd inevitably get from those who knew more about them than I do, telling me I'd got them wrong. However, you will find all sorts of quirky characters and interesting alien species. From six feet Swamp Things with antennae to cute furry creatures like the Blurpons, with their fluffy ears, big button eyes and penchant for extreme violence.

Q – Should the K’Barthan Series be read in order?

A – The character development – and some of the technology – will make the most sense if it is. That said, the short series prequel can be read any time. The books go in this order:

- Unlucky Dip, K'Barthan Series: Prequel
- Few Are Chosen, K'Barthan Series: Part 1
- The Wrong Stuff, K'Barthan Series: Part 2
- One Man: No Plan, K'Barthan Series: Part 3
- Looking For Trouble, K'Barthan Series: Part 4

Q – What will readers enjoy most about The K'Barthan Series?

A – Hopefully, the same things as I do:

Q – What is your favourite kind of Book? Would The K'Barthan Series fit on the list?

A – Oh yes. I wrote it entirely for me. If anyone else likes it, that’s gravy. I love British humour, especially satire and parody in sci fi and fantasy: people like Pratchett and Adams. There’s so much texture and depth in their books. I think if you're funny you can be harder hitting and setting it all in a parallel reality helps.

Q – Do you have a target reader?

A – Not really. I wrote it with my nephew in mind - he was a teenager at the time - but it's more a mind set and an approach to life that I'm reaching out to. To give you an idea; the oldest fan of the series I know of is in his 90s and the youngest is 10.

Q – Thanks for giving our readers a look inside The K'Barthan Series.

A –  Thank you!

When your very existence is treason, employment opportunities are thin on the ground. But when one of the biggest crime lords in the city makes The Pan of Hamgee a job offer he can’t refuse, it’s hard to tell what the dumbest move is: accepting the offer or saying no to Big Merv. Neither will do much for The Pan’s life expectancy.


Small Beginnings is written in British English and is the first in a series:

K’Barthan Shorts, Hamgeean Misfit: No.l

 

Estimated UK film rating of this book is: U (universal) or G (general)


INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR


Q – So, tell us about the this series. What made you write it? What makes it special?


A – There's a saying, somewhere, that if the book you want to read hasn't been written, you must write it. If you want the honest answer I wrote it for me.


As a reader, I have always loved British satire and humor or humour. I love funny; funny epic fantasy novels like the Discworld series and comedic sci fi like Douglas Adams. I like light fun reads, especially sci fi and fantasy, but I also like a gripping tale that zips along quickly in the time honoured tradition of adventure and action fiction. I love misfit characters, the weirder and more colourful the better. And of course, I like genre fiction mashups; Douglas Adams meets StarTrek meets Doctor Who meets Terry Pratchett and James Bond ... with some Python thrown in. A gripping humorous adventure story sort of thing. I wanted weird alien races, flying cars, car chases, static powered laser guns ... you get the picture. I wanted a fast paced story, a gripping tale but also comedy in the tradition of all the great funny British authors. Maybe I'm as big a misfit as my characters are!


You won't find standard mythic creatures in my science fantasy - I couldn't face the deluge of emails I'd inevitably get from those who knew more about them than I do, telling me I'd got them wrong. However, you will find all sorts of quirky characters and interesting alien species. From six feet Swamp Things with antennae to cute furry creatures like the Blurpons, with their fluffy ears, big button eyes and penchant for extreme violence.


Q – Should this Series be read in order?


A – This one? No. The first batch follow one misfit character, The Pan of Hamgee, but there will probably be more, about other characters.


Q – What will readers enjoy most about this series?


A – Hopefully, the same things as I do: the world building, the characterisation, what, I hope, is pithy, witty dialogue (or dialog) and of course, characters who are flawed and stuff up, and are not beautiful, misfits, ne’r do wells etc. There's not one skinny woman in a leather jumpsuit anywhere in this series. I like writing characters who have zero combat skills, putting them in a situation where they could really do with knowing how to fight and seeing how they cope with nothing but their wits - I'm mean like that. Oh and of course the snurds. You've gotta love a flying car, right?


Q – What is your favourite kind of Book? Would K'Barthan Shorts fit on the list?


A – Oh yes. I wrote them entirely for me. If anyone else likes them, that’s gravy. I think if you're funny you can be harder hitting and setting it all in a parallel reality with made up species of creatures, and alien races, also helps.


Q – Do you have a target reader?


A – Not really. I wrote it with my nephew in mind - he was a teenager at the time - but it's more a mind set and an approach to life that I'm reaching out to. To give you an idea; the oldest fan of my books whom I knew about was in his 90s - sadly, he's died now - and the youngest is 10. I know people working in trad publishing who tell me these books are 'young adult' but there's probably not enough sex for that. My readers are mostly over 45 and close to an exact 50:50 lady/man split. Go figure. :-)

 Every story has two sides.  This one is no exception.  This book tells the other side.

Beginning almost a century before Traitors In Waiting, it chronicles the lives of Mars colonists who joined the rebellion to liberate Kinji, a colony of political prisoners.

Later, when the newly formed government of Kinji is taken over by enemies from within, ECIA agent Carlie Sinclair must infiltrate Mikarta Central Intelligence (Kinji’s capital city police force) with the aid of a Mars agent who is not what he seems to be.

Finally, as the events of Traitors in Waiting unfold, an elite team of CEA military scientists work in secret to develop a weapon that could end the war once and for all...  or destroy humanity in the process.

        The rumbling slowly decreased and eventually subsided.  Then, as quickly as they had begun, the sirens went silent.

        “This is it,” Marc said.  “This is how it begins.”

        And silence still.

        “Oh, yeah,” he added.  “It’s January 14th.  Happy thirty-eighth birthday, Kurt.”

        “Yeah.  Whatever.”

        A few minutes passed in silence, and still they heard no signs of attack.  When they walked down the hall and stepped out onto the balcony, they were greeted by a dark sky with no signs of any activity whatsoever except for the normal glow of the city lights in the distance.

        “Where’s the kaboom?” Marc joked.  “There was supposed to be a Kinji-shattering kaboom.”


Time travel, portals, terrorist bombings, bioterror plots, murder, espionage, and attempted suicides are just the tip of the iceberg.

The first book in the revolutionary New York Times bestselling Expanse series, a modern masterwork of science fiction. Leviathan Wakes introduces Captain James Holden, his crew, and Detective Miller as they unravel a horrifying solar system wide conspiracy that begins with a single missing girl. Now a Prime Original series.
Humanity has colonized the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond - but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for - and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to the Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations - and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

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Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.
 
Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.
 
Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
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