Congratulations to Pitch Wars mentor and committee member Michael Mammay for the release of his debut novel, PLANETSIDE.
PLANETSIDE was Michael’s Pitch Wars novel when he was a mentee in 2015, mentored by Dan Koboldt. Dan and Michael were co-mentors in 2016 and 2017, and have returned as mentors for 2018 as well, mentoring in the adult category. Michael also serves on the committee as a mentor liaison (basically he keeps mentors informed, works with new mentors, and answers questions.)
PLANETSIDE is about an aging military officer named Carl Butler, who travels to a war-torn planet to investigate the disappearance of a politician’s son. When he arrives, evidence goes missing and witnesses disappear. People who are supposed to be his allies seem to be working against him. To find the truth, he has to go planetside, into the combat zone.
Praise and more about PLANETSIDE …
–“PLANETSIDE is a smart and fast-paced blend of mystery and boots-in-the-dirt military SF that reads like a high-speed collision between Courage Under Fire and Heart of Darkness.” – Marko Kloos, bestselling author of the Frontline series
–“Not just for military SF fans—although military SF fans will love it—Planetside is an amazing debut novel, and I’m looking forward to what Mammay writes next.” – Tanya Huff, author of the Confederation and Peacekeeper series
–“A tough, authentic-feeling story that starts out fast and accelerates from there.” – Jack Campbell, author of Ascendant
–“Definitely the best military sci-fi debut I’ve come across in a while.” – Gavin Smith, author of Bastard Legion and Age of Scorpio
A seasoned military officer uncovers a deadly conspiracy on a distant, war-torn planet…
War heroes aren’t usually called out of semi-retirement and sent to the far reaches of the galaxy for a routine investigation. So when Colonel Carl Butler answers the call from an old and powerful friend, he knows it’s something big—and he’s not being told the whole story. A high councilor’s son has gone MIA out of Cappa Base, the space station orbiting a battle-ravaged planet. The young lieutenant had been wounded and evacuated—but there’s no record of him having ever arrived at hospital command.
The colonel quickly finds Cappa Base to be a labyrinth of dead ends and sabotage: the hospital commander stonewalls him, the Special Ops leader won’t come off the planet, witnesses go missing, radar data disappears, and that’s before he encounters the alien enemy. Butler has no choice but to drop down onto a hostile planet—because someone is using the war zone as a cover. The answers are there—Butler just has to make it back alive…