The purpose of this page is
to provide information to the readers of my Hammer Commission series. As new
books are written and released, I will add information to this page. If there
is something you would like to see me add here, please drop me an email.
(Please note that this page is
under development. I don't really have a lot of time to work on it, so it's
kind of crude. I'm using MSWord as I'm tired of coding raw html in vi)
Current Books Available:
Book 1: The
Book 2: Wolf
Book 3: Loose
Book 1.5: The
King of Las Vegas (The story of Rafael)
Note: The books are written in the order of Book 1, Book
1.5, Book 2. But you can read them in whichever order
Works in Development:
With four books out now and a rather good response to them,
the next work will either be a sequel to Loose Ends, or the King of LAs Vegas. Due to a number of commitments I'm not sure at
this time when that book will be out. But I would expect to see it before the
end of 2017. With any luck, it will be done a lot sooner than that however.
About the 'World':
The first book, 'The Hammer Commission' really did come from
a dream I had, back in early 2001, while I was visiting someone in Mountain View California.
It was a very vivid dream, and I ended up writing much of it down. I tried a
few times to write it as a story, but kept having problems with it. I was able
to resolve those problems when I made a change to the hero, which changed not
only who/what he was, but a few other things in his life. In the dream, he was
just a character, sometimes he reminded me of me, other times he reminded me of
characters I'd played in RPGs. He was just too
nebulous in his background. When I finally developed his (I stole it from a
formulaic paranormal romance I had tried to write as an exercise) it all worked
The beginning and ending, are almost exactly from the dream,
as are a few of the intervening scenes. The ending scene also came (partially)
from a discussion with my friend Raymond Gorka back
sometime in the mid 80's.
As for the main character's background, well I was going to
make him a werewolf, and cut down the number of 'wives', however my two beta
readers at the time (both women) were rather vehement that I leave it the way
it was. One said that 'werewolves' were too common, and I won't give the
reasons here as to why they thought the number was okay, other than to maybe
make his being different a bit more obvious.
Book 1 introduces us to Mark, and what he does for a living,
as well as what he is. This book was actually written in early 2013. (And yes, Jake exagerates his accent on purpose, no I don't know why, ask him.)
The next book is actually 'The King of Las Vegas' as far as
the order written. The events in this book take place prior to the events in 'The Hammer Commission', and it tells the
story of Rafael, a minor character in 'The Hammer Commission' that quite a few
people asked to know more about. It tells who he is, how he became what he is,
and just how he ended up in Las Vegas, rather
I published this in March of 2016.
Book 2, 'Wolf Killer' picks up almost exactly where book 1
leaves off, with only a week or so in between the two books. This story is
about Mark as he starts his quasi 'exile' from the Commission with him being on
loan to the FBI, who are in need of a lot of education
on the aspects of the supernatural. Which until recently, they counted on the
commission, or one of its competing agencies to deal with. (which
are few and much smaller).
Book 3, 'Loose Ends' picks up at the end of Book 2. This
story deals with a few things left over from the previous stories, and we also
get some exposure to the rest of Mark's family. We see some of the overlap
between his working for the FBI and the Commission, and how even in the modern
world the job isn't ever going to go away, it's just
going to change with the times.
Email: vanstry at gmail dot com