Fighting the Silent
When you see them… it’s too late
The Dark Sea War Chronicles Volume 1
by Bruno Martins Soares
In a distant solar system, a war breaks between the Webbur Union, its ally the Kingdom of Torrance, and their rival, the Axx Republic. Byllard Iddo is a young man who accidently killed his father in a martial arts training session. He left to join the Space Navy.
Now a lieutenant in the powerful Webbur Navy, Byl will serve in different ships and face danger as the war grows in violence. Refusing to disappoint his new family, the Navy, he embarks in a desperate mission to diminish a ruthless threat: the invisible Silent Boats that prey on the convoys that cross the void Dark Sea space between Webbur and Torrance.
He is sure of only one thing: many will die in the battles ahead and he will do whatever it takes to bring the war closer to an end. As he walks this path, through tales of love, pain and sacrifice, he becomes the youngest and most decorated Captain in Webbur Space Navy’s history.
Award-winning author Bruno Martins Soares comes back with a new scifi novel that will bring you to a dark hard world at war. What if WWII’s Battle of the Atlantic happened in Space, thousands of light-years from Earth?
A Word from the Author
My name is Bruno Martins Soares. I started writing fiction when I was 12 years old, in particular, Scifi/Fantasy. My first story (which lasted for three whole chapters) was about me and my brother’s adventures in the 19th century’s Far West. More than 30 years later, I’m still in love with these kinds of stories – worldbuilding and action/adventure narratives.
My newest work is the trilogy: The Dark Sea War Chronicles, which three volumes will be consecutively published from October to December 2017 and be available at Amazon. This is the story of Byl Iddo, a lieutenant in Webbur’s Space Navy, involved in a space war in a solar system in a far galaxy. Iddo killed his father in a martial arts training accident and fled to join the Navy. As the war starts, he will be propelled into different parts of the conflict, eventually becoming one of the youngest and most decorated Captains in Webbur’s history.
My readers are used to many different references in my work. In Alex 9, you would find action adventure, Space battles, espionage, fantasy-like medieval worlds, cavalry charges, Japanese martial arts, prophecies, religious fanaticism and political intrigues, with all kinds of specific references, from the Roman Legions to Bruce Lee. The Dark Sea War Chronicles are no exception: they are inspired by several different events and themes. I’d like to mention three major references that prompted me to write it.
First, the Battle of the Atlantic in WWII. I love the theme of WWII and I’ve been fascinated with that event since my childhood, as horrifying as it was. And the Battle of the Atlantic is particularly fascinating as it became a battle between two sides who were constantly innovating technology and tactics to outsmart each other. At one point, the United Kingdom would have collapsed if the Germans had been able to maintain the level of success of their U-Boats over Supply Convoys for another 6 months. Also, the Allies had a major weakness, which was the vulnerability of the convoys when they were passing through the Atlantic Gap, an area of the Atlantic Ocean where no escort plane had the range to reach. That Gap became the inspiration for the Dark Sea, an empty extension of Space between the Eeron and the Mirox asteroid belts in Byl Iddo’s solar system.
Second, Navy-fiction. I very much enjoy the stories about Alexander Kent’s Bolitho or C.S. Forster’s Hornblower aboard the vessels of the British Navy in the Napoleonic Era. Those line battles and daring missions are the main model for most of Byl Iddo’s narrative.
Third, big Battleship Battles. I love the kind of Scifi where you see big Spaceships battle each other, as in Star Wars, Star Trek, Battleship Gallactica, Battleship Yamato, etc.
You can also find espionage and martial arts and other influences throughout the story.
Yet, as in all my stories, the main driver is the character dynamic. I like to write characters that are human, with which we can identify with, with problems and faults and traits we can relate to. Byl Iddo will not have an easy life and a time of war is a hard time to live indeed. He will have to strive over many terrifying dangers and only his ingenuity and leadership skills will help him become the man he was born to be.
I hope you enjoy the book and please let me know what you think!
Thank you very much!
(Bruno Soares, October 2017)