The first draft of Nightmares is done.  It’s slightly longer than A Silver Cross and a Winchester.  It’s out to the Alpha Readers, and I’ll start in on editing in the next day or so.  Giving the brain a bit of a break.  Hopefully, I should be able to have it up for Kindle pre-order in the next couple of days.

Next up, Hard Target (working title; if something else comes up as better, it’ll change, just like Hunting in the Shadows did).  Huge amount of research going into this one; it’s an AO I’m not personally familiar with, and touching on some big-time, heavy duty global concepts.  Lotta work.  Can’t wait to get started.

Meanwhile,  a little snippet from Nightmares:

I don’t know how I hadn’t seen this bad boy before; he was almost a head taller than the rest, broad-shouldered and thick-limbed, with a massive pair of curling ram’s horns rising from his skull. He stamped the ground and roared a challenge. The bleating tone to the roar kind of took away from the effect a little.

He threw his arms wide and stamped again, dropping his head to charge. I shot him center chest.

Dan’s shot was a split second behind mine. About seven hundred grains of metal smacked into the thing about where its breastbone should be. I don’t care what kind of big, bad, Otherworldly beastie you might be; that’s gonna leave a mark.

It was getting too dark to see the size of the hole with any clarity, but the big sucker stopped in his tracks. He swayed, looking down at his chest, then looked up at us. His heart—if goatheads had such a thing—had to have been completely destroyed. It was just taking a little bit of time for the knowledge of his death to make its way through his thick skull.

He lifted a gnarled hand to his ravaged chest and looked down at it. The swaying was getting more pronounced, but I’d already levered another round into the chamber and was drawing a bead. He was taking too long to go down.

Then he crashed on his face in the dirt.

First Draft Done
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Peter Nealen

Peter Nealen is a former Reconnaissance Marine and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. He deployed to Iraq in 2005-2006, and again in 2007, with 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Recon Bn. After two years of schools and workups, including Scout/Sniper Basic and Team Leader's Courses, he deployed to Afghanistan with 4th Platoon, Force Reconnaissance Company, I MEF. Works by Peter include: The American Praetorians Series Task Force Desperate (October 2012) - ebook , paperback and audiobook Hunting in the Shadows (June 2013) - ebook and paperback Alone and Unafraid (August 2014) - ebook and paperback The Devil You Don't Know (June 2015) - ebook and paperback Lex Talionis (June 2017) - ebook and paperback The Jed Horn Series A Silver Cross and a Winchester (October 2013) - ebook and paperback Nightmares (January 2015)- ebook and paperback The Walker on the Hills (December 2015) - ebook and paperback Older and Fouler Things (September 2017) - ebook and paperback The Brannigan's Blackhearts Series/Universe Kill Yuan (Spring 2016) - ebook and paperback Fury in the Gulf (November 2017) - ebook and paperback Burmese Crossfire (January 2018) - ebook and paperback Enemy Unidentified (March 2018) - ebook and paperback Frozen Conflict (May 2018) - ebook and paperback High Desert Vengeance (August 2018) - ebook and paperback Doctors of Death (December 2018) - ebook and paperback The Unity Wars Series (P.L. Nealen) The Fall of Valdek (July 2018) - ebook and paperback The Defense of Provenia (August 2018) - ebook and paperback The Alliance Rises (September 2018) - ebook and paperback Short Stories Rock Meet Hard Place (Part I) - Baen Books Blog Non-Fiction Operation Redwings: The Rescue Story Behind Lone Survivor (December 2013) - ebook only The ISIS Solution: How Unconventional Thinking and Special Operations Can Eliminate Radical Islam (SOFREP) (November 2014) - ebook only

2 thoughts on “First Draft Done

  • December 12, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Just my .02, there’s a ton of books bearing the Hard Target title; I’d hate to see this one get lost in the weeds.

    • December 12, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      That’s why I made it a working title; right now, it’s something to call the book. Expect a new title once I’ve really started working on it.


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