These R.G. Taark books are ‘hack and slash’ science fiction and fantasy-style books. The goal for my R.G. Taark books is pure entertainment. Characters are meant to come alive with their own rational self-interests, politics, vices, and foibles all on display within the pages.
The Guardsman: Book 1 introduces one of the myriad difficult worlds in humanity’s far future. This story is a science fiction mystery, intent on personal touch and experience. A few moments of bad choices capitalized on by some unknown rival change lives drastically.
The Guardsman: Book 2 goes more deeply into the conflicts, murders, and scheming that typify dynastic wars both internally and internally. This story is still a science fiction mystery, intent on personal touch and experience to tell the story. This one is darker than the first because of the plots and evil done out among the stars.
The Guardsman: Book 3, is really a book and a half. As the conclusion to the science fiction trilogy, this book rides the story to the conclusion. The nemesis is revealed and pursued, while the next generation of Hegemony’s warriors steps into their places of responsibility. I wrote this book in 2013 & 2014, under the R.G. Taark pen name, first published in 2014.
Razormouth the Dragon plagues the land and this story introduces a Beowulf-style character named Adalbern. The Razormouth story is an epic fantasy, involving swords, shields, boats, dragons, Gods, and destiny.
I have been writing this for a long time! I think the first draft outline started way back in wrote this book in October of 2012, under the R.G. Taark pen name. Razormouth is as yet unpublished in August 2023, but there is a lot written, about three books worth!
Symbiote was the first book concept I developed. The origin was a conversation with one of my overly intelligent soldiers from the Army. He was a sergeant tank gunner in Korea with two doctorate degrees who wanted to see the world. It was a wild rambling conversation, and the next day I started outlining Symbiote’s basics.
When I wrote this book in 2010, under the R.G. Taark pen name. It was during the start of a very traumatic and life-altering divorce. If you want to know what has happened, break open your legal dictionary. Read the descriptions for ‘Severe Parental Alienation’. Then drag that shit far forward through a miserable decade+.
Symbiote was difficult to write to start with given all the shit going on in the ‘real life’. By the time I got into the fighting and action, I realized that given personal experiences with trigger pulling, writing fiction in the modern military genre was going to be difficult.
Please consider this series on pause. There is more to tell here, but it is emotionally difficult. So we will tell other stories first.
The Exorcist’s Assistant was my first foray into the Horror genre. This was fun to write before Halloween. But I discovered that paranormal horror/thrillers are not really what I enjoy writing.
I wrote this short story in 2012, under the R.G. Taark pen name. It was Halloween and horror stories are mandatory at least once.
This story is basically about a young, first-time assistant who goes full circle trying to save a young child. Then as the wheel of time turns, the same cast of characters encounter each other again with traumatic results for all.
The Innkeeper’s Niece was written as a literary challenge. When I wrote this book in 2012, under the R.G. Taark pen name, it was during a break in writing The Guardsman.
When I wrote this book in 2010, under the R.G. Taark pen name, I was watching a lot of the USA series ‘Burn Notice‘. That series is one of my all-time favorite pieces of brain candy! I saw something on the news and those two wires, ‘Burn Notice‘ and the news story, crossed some wires for me and out popped this fun Spy story!
This short story is set in Syria. So, it was really unsettling to watch that civil war kick off in all of its horrors. And then I got to sit here knowing that I had already written this story before those events subsumed anything I could have written.