Blogs From Exile
December 1, 2016
HarperCollins has launched the fourth book (of five) in my military science fiction Sim War series--CHOP Line.
The ebook is now available, and the paperback will be released on December 27th.
Here's the description, and I hope you enjoy CHOP Line:
Things are looking grim for the human Alliance (more…)
January 1, 2016
From Argentina, where my good friend Agustina Pineiro has reviewed my horror novels INTERLANDS and DENIZENS:
En busca del obelisco perdido
El horror sobrenatural aún acecha las tierras de Lovecraft en esta saga escrita por Vincent O'Neil.
Conocí a Vincent O'Neil en NecronomiCon y entre conferencias me contó que había escrito un (more…)
November 14, 2015
When I saw the military science fiction movie Edge of Tomorrow, I didn’t realize that Bill Paxton was part of the cast until he appeared onscreen in the role of Master Sergeant Farell. I’ve enjoyed his acting ever since seeing him in films such as Terminator and Weird Science, and of course (more…)
August 14, 2015
DENIZENS, the sequel to my horror novel INTERLANDS, is now available in both Kindle and Nook ebook formats. The paperback edition will go on sale shortly.
Book Two of the Interlands series takes up right where INTERLANDS left off:
Historian Angela Morse is trying to keep a secret. At the end of the book INTERLANDS, she'd (more…)
December 8, 2014
Until the end of December, Harper Voyager is offering the ebook version of my mil sci-fi novel GLORY MAIN for 99 cents and the sequel, ORPHAN BRIGADE, for $1.99 as a pre-order.
So you can get both books in the series as ebooks for $3. You're welcome.
The ebook of ORPHAN BRIGADE will be released on January 6, 2015. GLORY (more…)
A nice break for all the holiday-strained wallets out there -- my sci-fi novel ORPHAN BRIGADE is on sale for $1.99
December 4, 2014
Recognizing that the holidays can get a little costly, I approached the good folks at Harper Voyager about reducing the ebook price of my next novel, ORPHAN BRIGADE -- and they agreed.
ORPHAN BRIGADE is the sequel to my mil sci-fi novel of survival GLORY MAIN (on sale now in both ebook and paperback) (more…)
November 15, 2014
Tell us about yourself
I’m Vincent H. O’Neil, and I’m the author of the new mil sci-fi “Sim War” series (Glory Main and Orphan Brigade) from HarperVoyager, writing as Henry V. O’Neil. I’m also the author of a four-novel murder mystery series from St. Martin’s Press (Murder in (more…)
November 11, 2014
Today, HarperVoyager asked its veteran authors to blog about the ways their military service affects their writing. Here's my part:
I graduated from West Point in 1985, and spent the next few years as an officer in the US Army Infantry. I was a platoon leader with the 10th Mountain Division at the newly-activated Fort (more…)
October 29, 2014
My military science fiction tale of survival, GLORY MAIN, is on sale for 99 cents as an ebook until November 4, 2014. Here's a brief description:
For decades, mankind has been locked in a war with an alien enemy that resembles the human race so closely they are known as the Sims. Both sides battle for control (more…)
September 23, 2014
Here's what the good folks at the Spec Fiction Hub had to say about GLORY MAIN:
Glory Main is one of those books, once started, you cannot put down. Classic military science fiction, Glory Main harks back to the likes of Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, Barry B. Longyear Enemy Mine, and David Weber’s Honor Harrington series of novels, and along with well fleshed out characters, clever world-building, is a fast-paced gripping read.
Featuring a small diverse group of enduring characters who are thrown headlong into a life or death survival situation, Glory Main jumps right in at the deep-end. Our cast of struggling survivors include a young, greenhorn lieutenant, a shipboard shrink, a Spartacan Scout, read: special forces commando type, and a map-maker who also happens to be a conscientious objector. This alone should tell you what to expect from four such opposed personalities. Throw in they’re stranded on a harsh almost barren world amid a bitter and terrible war, were lies from Command are the norm. And fighting not only themselves, the local flora and fauna, and a slow death by starvation, but an enemy who, as it turns out, looks like them—The Sims. The simulants. The facsimiles—And the stage is set for one hell of a battle of survival, wits, determination and sheer will against the mounting odds.
Plausibly written throughout, the tech and its use in Glory Main is very familiar and yet, still manages to have the futuristic and otherworldly edge to it. As does the setting. Just when we think we understand what’s going on, O’Neil tosses in another roadblock and obstacle for the characters to over come. But far from painting his characters into tight corners, creating either false jeopardy or contriving situations, you feel you are there, on this gritty, unforgiving world suffering through the worst with each and every character. And while written in the first person POV, as seen through the eyes of Mortas, the story still unfolds naturally, and realistically.
The best part of any story, for me at least, is whether or not the author manages to pull off a plausible blindside, something O’Neil does right near the end, in Glory Main. Not only was I (like many I suspect) happily surprised with a clever plot twist, but I suspect O’Neil has set us up for what we know must come in successive installments. And yes, I can’t wait for the next in the series. The world-building, language, descriptions and info dumps—when they came—never once over shadowed or weighed the story down and the pacing was near on perfect.
All-in-all, Glory Main is a well-written, fast, and compelling read. Henry O’Neil certainly knows the military, and knows how to craft an engrossing story. And whether or not you enjoy reading military science fiction or not, the story, which is character-driven and character-based, is still worth a read!
Glory Main is everything an updated version of Starship Troopers should be, a cracking good read.