My Latest Book: The Crusader Road

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The Crusader Road is my latest book. It’s my first venture writing fiction in the Pathfinderâ„¢ universe. I had a lot of fun writing the book, and I think it turned out pretty well. If you want an unbiased opinion on that issue, you can read the review at Roqoo Depot.

One of the most interesting bits of writing the book for me was the fact that one of the main characters is Jerrad, a thirteen year old young man who is rather slight for his age and no where near the heir to the heroic tradition established by his father. I’ve written young men before, but none quite so young and none so far from when I was their age. It isn’t that its hard to remember back then, but that the issues I faced when thirteen were decidedly different than the ones Jerrad faces. When I was his age, my biggest trauma was trying to choose between buying lunch the cafeteria or saving the money to buy the new Doc Savage novel. While that is an important issue, Jerrad isn’t worrying about eating lunch as much as being eaten for lunch.

I really enjoyed being able to root around in the Pathfinderâ„¢ universe. It’s a really intriguing setting. If I had a gaming group, I’d definitely be running adventures in that world. It has an eclectic mix of elements that really appeals to my sense of the heroic in fantasy, but allows just enough exotica to make the setting something I can have fun exploring.

Roqoo Depot also interviewed me about writing the book. You can read that article here. I’m already scheduled to do two signings for the book at the Paizo booth at Gencon: 8/15 11AM-12PM and 8/17 11AM-12PM; though if you catch me otherwise at the show I’d be happy to sign.

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7 Responses to “My Latest Book: The Crusader Road”

  1. Russell Davis 31. Jul, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    I was looking at this the other day. Looks very fun but I don’t see a version for my kindle. Do you think they will publish one soon?

  2. That’s a good question. I might look at the Paizo.com site and see if they are selling the ebooks directly there. Actually, I just looked. They offer PDF and epub. I would be guessing that you can transform epub into .mobi using something like Calibre.

  3. Timothy Fitzgerald 01. Aug, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Hey Mike!

    Pre-ordered this puppy on Amazon a few months back and was very happy with the book, thanks for continuing to write interesting, new stories.
    Do you have any plans or any talks about you writing more books in the Pathfinder universe?

    Also, gotta ask, do you have an idea of when the 3rd Crown Colonies novel will see the light of day?

    Look forward to whatever you have coming our way! Thank you.

  4. Doesn’t look like Piazo sells any of their fiction on Kindle. That’s a shame. Thanks for suggesting the work around Mike.

  5. okay, can’t wait to read this (yeah, I’m a fan) but the publisher’s website is a strange thing, no Kindle…really? (60% of ebook sales)and no Paypal? Not easy to navigate either. Several extra steps needed for this purchase, and I’m very sure it will be worth it, Mike’s Never let me down yet, but the publisher doesn’t make it easy.

  6. I’ll definitely get it, I have a couple of good epub apps on my phone (currently reading Time Travelled Tales vol 2, would love to read a Jack Card novella).