TFS Navajo – The Terran Fleet Command Saga, Book 3 is now available in both Kindle download and paperback versions at Amazon.com. Head on over to the “Books” page and pick up a copy today!
Please note that it will take several days for Amazon KDP to fill in all of the correct details for things like page count, series info, etc. Also, some servers lag a little behind others, so if you are unable to see the Kindle version of the book yet using one of the hyperlinks above, please allow a couple of hours and try again.
I always get questions about the length of new books, so here are a few details. Navajo turned out to be 94,994 words long (I know ... just six words short of 95,000!). That's approximately 12% longer than TFS Theseus and nearly 40% longer than TFS Ingenuity. As another point of reference, book 3 is almost exactly the same length as The Hobbit (95,022). Lastly, the paperback version of TFS Navajo has 384 pages.
I hope you enjoy it!
I too am an instant fan of this series. I listened to the first two books on audible. I am patiently waiting for the third book to come out on audible, although I did already buy it on kindle just in case I run out of patience. I really have enjoyed this series so far and hope to hear more from this possible future in this possible universe.
Thanks very much, Jeremy. As of last week, Podium Publishing was saying that TFS Navajo would be released on Audible on February 28th. They have been slower than usual this time for some reason, but hopefully they’ll make that date. If it takes them much longer, I may actually be able to write the last book in the series before they can manage to record the 3rd audiobook! 🙂
I have to say, I’ve recently been on a sci-fi binge and out of the 30 or so audiobooks (boring job) I’ve gone through, this has been by far my favorite series.
I love the idea that humans start out small, but our culture as well as our “Ingenuity” helps us expand exponentially. Its an up and coming story where we’re the underdogs until about book 1 page 3 and the rest of the series is about the rest of the universe realizing that we were never the underdogs to begin with.
Most of the audiobooks I listen to in this genre feel dark and dreary. Where humans have only a shred of hope and only by incredible luck do we survive. In this series, it feels bright and shiny. We aren’t looking around every corner and sneaking around; were bursting out and making ourselves known. I feel like a good comparison would be the difference between the TV series Arrow and The Flash. Arrow is just such a dark and depressing series with great fights and internal struggle. The Flash is a sunny fresh exterior where all he does is get stronger (for the most part).
This series just makes my species feel like a winner and I love that feeling as no other space opera that I’ve encountered has given me it. Its a good change of pace.
So I guess what I’m saying is thank you for making me feel like a winner. I really enjoy your books. I’ll pick up Navajo as soon as it comes out on audiobook. Keep up the great work!
PS: I’ll be sure to leave a review as soon as my life gives me a breather.
Hi, Jacob. Thank you very much for your kind comments. Obviously, I couldn’t agree more! I don’t understand why so much modern fiction (books, movies, television, etc.) seems to be laser-focused on such a dark view of humanity. My personal view is that we all get fed far too much negativity from our sources of entertainment (and that’s even more true when we watch what passes for “news” these days). Yes, there will always be plenty of things we could focus on that might lead us to believe that little hope remains for our collective future. But if we take the time to put down our smart phones, turn off our televisions, and look more deeply for ourselves, there are far more examples of basic human goodness: competence, leadership, kindness, bravery, selflessness, sacrifice, and heroism to name a few.
I also reject the idea that works of fiction need to be filled with foul language, gratuitous sex/violence, and characters that are so flawed that they seem to personify us all at our very worst in order to be considered “adult.” When I read science fiction and have to wade through all the pages about how everyone is a drug addict/alcoholic, can’t seem to compose a complete sentence without “the f-word,” and includes contrived sex scenes for no good reason, I always find myself wondering “why do we care about any of this???” I guess some folks think of that as character development … which is fine I guess, but it’s definitely not what I’m looking for in my sci-fi.
So, I’ll get off my soapbox for now, but I’m very happy that you took the time to write. I think there are a great many people who agree.
Well, Mr. Harris, I have just left you a 5 star review for Ingenuity on Audible, but I did have to say I could swear that the narrator is the same one who did the Frontiers Saga for Ryk Brown. It also seemed the writing style seems the same as well, and Captain Scott? There also seemed to be a lack of contractions as well, with everyone using the full word such as I can not, vice I can’t. Please don’t get me wrong, but it is just such an amazing comparison, and I really enjoyed the whole Frontiers series, and enjoy the TFC one as well. Your characters are real, the narrators make them sound real, and the voice work makes every one discernible and real. Your story basis is original enough and open enough you should be able to make many, many more books as it seemed this is just a tiny part of how the stories could all fit together, with the Polarian Alliance basically seeming to be everywhere.I usually end up with 100 or so audiobooks a year (I drive 62 miles each way to work 3-4 days a week, and have given up on radio), and will add Navajo as soon as it hits. You do a goot turn as a storyteller, keep it up, and flesh them out a bit. You are on the 5 star road right now!
Hello, Mr. Heite. Thanks for posting and I’m very happy to hear that you are enjoying the audio versions of the books. You’re absolutely right, Mr. Brown and I are both published by Podium Publishing (as are several other sci-fi authors you might enjoy including Andy Weir, Richard Fox, Stephen Moss, and Joshua Dalzelle). Both the Frontier Series and the TFC Saga are narrated by Jeffrey Kafer. Mr. Kafer has tons of fans, particularly in the Romance genre (women seem to dig his voice for some reason :-)). I’ll be honest, however, and say that I’m surprised you can hear a difference between characters, because I sure can’t. To my ear, he’s a bit monotone. I prefer narrators like Simon Vance who are more like voice actors. If you enjoy naval fiction, check out one of the Patrick O’Brian books read by Vance.
I have read most of the Frontier Series myself and I’m also a fan of Ryk Brown. I understand how you might draw some parallels between the two series (things like a male captain and a female XO, for example), but any time you’re comparing two stories dealing with the same general subject matter — in this case, Humanity’s first trips to the stars — that’s pretty much inevitable. Our story lines have very little in common, so I hope you can continue to enjoy both series.
Regarding the missing contractions … unless Mr. Kafer is taking some “artistic license” when reading the stories, that should apply only to Wek speech. They tend to speak in what we Humans might consider a very direct, formal manner, and leaving out the contractions is an effort to emphasize that fact. I have to tell you, though, that it’s very difficult to write that way! I always end up having to go back through the Wek dialogue multiple times to make sure I didn’t use any contractions.
The audiobooks run about 4-6 months behind the Kindle releases, so you should see TFS Navajo early next year. Thanks again for listening and taking the time to write!
Any chance this will be made into an Audiobook? and maybe a ball park date?
Thank you very much for listening to the books and taking the time to write! Unfortunately, the Audible version lags behind the Kindle version by about 4-6 months. In fact, TFS Theseus just released at the end of July. I think we can probably expect to see TFS Navajo on Audible sometime in January.
I don’t have many reviews out on Audible.com for either of the first two books (particularly Theseus), so if you have not already done so, I would very much appreciate a review!
Thank you for this info, i really enjoyed the first two books (Audiobooks) and was happy to see this will be coming to Audible as well. Cant wait to hear how the story wraps up.
I will also head over soon to add reviews for them on Audible as well 🙂
Thanks, Rob! Book three does indeed end “part 1” of the story, but there are still a number of story lines with plenty of room for expansion. I hope you enjoy it!
That’s great news, i thought i saw somewhere it was a trilogy, so assumed it was over.
It’s great to hear that the overall story will continue on. This story along with the a similar series by Ryk Brown have become a couple of my favorite stories. They are really enjoyable..
I will also note that i may not have ever come across these if it was not for Kindle Unlimited, that has really opened me up to tons of stories i never would have read otherwise, im very happy that you have chosen it.
Anyways, keep up the great work.
Ended up refreshing kindle constantly then immediately bought the book and it was everything i hoped it would be. as one of the other guys mentioned I also like the tech you have in the book, a pretty creative way for getting a leg up. I’m also looking forward to if/when earth gets its own capital ship to go toe to toe with other battleships. Eagerly looking forward to reading the next book in the 6 or so months when you get it out.
Thank you, Sean. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed it! Yes, I think TFC will ultimately end up with a couple of “dreadnoughts” at some point. I also like the idea that our shield tech is so much better than anyone else’s that there is really no need to build anything bigger than the Navajos. 🙂
If you would, please take a moment to leave me a review on Amazon. What you’ve said here would be perfect! Thanks again!
I’m currently following a number of really great series written by great writers but your TFS is the series I love the most. Your use of SETI and Roswell based technology to give humanity a chance to servive in a Galaxy filled with potentially hostile alien civilisations is outstanding.
When do you think we might get the fourth book and will you continue using the “TFS ship name” naming convention? (I imagine a battleship is probably in order.)
Thank you, Vernon. I really appreciate the encouraging feedback! Someone left me a one star review this morning on Amazon and claimed that he liked the previous two books, but the third had “too many numbers and not enough story.” I don’t know about you, but I thought the third book had far less of that kind of thing than the previous two. Yes, there is still a fair amount of “tech,” which is really what the story is all about. I’m just not sure how anyone could have read my first two books, supposedly enjoyed them, and then not enjoy the third. Anyway, there never seems to be a shortage of people willing to post reviews like that, so I would very much appreciate your leaving one similar to what you have said here. 🙂
I hope to get back to the Grey-tech thread during the next book or two. I’m generally on about a six month release cycle, so you should see the next one some time in the spring. I’m not sure about the naming convention. It’s a bit limiting, but, then again, it’s also easily recognizable as being part of the series. There are a number of different story lines I’d like to explore at some point, but I suspect book 4 will initially be dealing with the immediate aftermath of the Resistance attack.
Thanks again, and I’m very happy that you enjoyed it!
Great, i was yesterday refreshing amazon every hour.
I hope the saga sells well and will maybe someday get a german translation.
Thank you very much, Eric. My family on my mother’s side is from Germany. My great grandfather used to speak German to me all the time as a child and I’m sure he would be thrilled to know that I had a book printed in his first language. It’s my understanding that Amazon.de is one of the largest Amazon sites at this point, so I’ll definitely check into it.
Thanks again and I hope the third book is your favorite so far!