Tuesday September 29, 2020
Schlock Mercenary in Print — Fifteen and Counting

Book 18 Kickstarter Closes FRIDAY

Here’s the Kickstarter link for Mandatory Failure: Schlock Mercenary Book 18.

The project closes this Friday, October 20th, at 5pm Eastern time. I’d love for you to not miss out on it.

If you’ve never purchased a Schlock Mercenary book before, this is a great place to start. Mandatory Failure functions well as a stand-alone story, but it’s also the first book in the capstone trilogy for all of Schlock Mercenary. See, I wrote Books 18, 19, and 20 as a trilogy because that structure helped me keep things focused—no small challenge when wrapping up a story that took me twenty years to write.

Anyway, the Kickstarter… we’ve unlocked some ship coins, and a mission patch, and some desktop wallpapers. If you want any of those (especially the mission patch, which is a Kickstarter Exclusive) you should back the project now, before it closes.

Here’s the link, just in case you scrolled past it…



Kickstarter Alert! Book 18!

We’ve launched the Kickstarter for Mandatory Failure: Schlock Mercenary Book 18, and it has already funded.


Not only have we funded, but we’ve reached some stretch goals, too! Click here to visit the Kickstarter and see the latest news.

The project will run until October 20th of 2023. Back it early to ensure that you don’t miss out on the bonus goodies, and to help us afford even more bonus goodies.


Where To Start

If you’re looking for a starting point for Schlock Mercenary, we recommend starting with Book 10, The Longshoreman of the Apocalypse.

“I bet I can turn this tank into a longshoreman…”
Their first job for their new employers is a glorified delivery run, and when things go wrong Tagon’s Toughs can honestly point at the mess they did not make and say “this was not our fault.”
As with any public mess, however, it only gets messier as it gets more public, and a celebrity journalist is looking to pin the blame on someone. Like perhaps the company of violent sociopaths whose job it was to deliver the groceries.

Like all Schlock Mercenary books, Longshoreman of the Apocalypse introduces the key characters and concepts early on so you don’t need to read the previous nine books to catch up. You can if you’d like, though. We’re not the boss of you.

Schlock Mercenary ran daily for twenty years, so the archives are deep. We’d love for you to read all of them, but we do counsel a bit of caution before you dive in.