As a young naval officer, Bennett R. Coles was back after watching flight operations in the North Pacific. He thought it was really cool, but that it would be even cooler if it was in SPACE! Thus began his efforts to produce truly cool space naval adventures.
The Book Series
Virtues of War Series
A gritty, realistic interpretation of future warfare which examines the ethics behind war. Based on modern fighting tactics, this high-velocity series explores what it really means to be a soldier.
Blackwood & Virtue Series
A swashbuckling foray into a far-off star cluster, this series follows the dashing crew of the Imperial frigate Daring as they battle against space pirates, aliens and other dastardly foes.
‘Virtues of War’ is a straight-shooting non-stop tale of military adventure in a troubled future.
- Charles E. Gannon, Author of "Fire with Fire”
I have read considerable military SF by master authors like David Weber, Michael Z. Williamson, David Drake and others, and ‘Virtues of War’ is at least their equal.
- Fred Patten, AmoXcalli
Coles writes with veracity, with a delicious streak of subversion.
- Steven Erikson, Best-selling author of the "Malazan Book of the Fallen" series
Talk about hitting the ground running. Coles doesn’t pull any punches. The fast-moving pace of the story is terrific and makes it an absolute pleasure to read.
- CHARKINZI, impedimenta
Delivered at maximum velocity with laser-guided precision.
- Chris Evans, Author of "Bone and Thunder"
Pulse-pounding military sci-fi from a new master of the genre.
- William C. Dietz, Best-selling author of “Andromeda’s Fall”
Vicarious thrill rides that get the reader’s heart pumping, and battle scenes wrought with suspense.
- Chanticleer Book Reviews
A slam bang ending with several surprises, and chief among them is where each of the leads winds up. Without spoiling anything, the next book in this series cannot come soon enough.
- SciFi Pulse
You won’t expect what is coming to actually happen and Coles plays it off masterfully...‘Ghosts of War’ delivers on all fronts.
In ‘Ghosts of War’ Coles explores not just the shiny future military tech aspects of the story, but also the lingering effects of the first book’s harrowing events on the psyches of the three protagonists.
- Barnes & Noble
This series is not just for those who know they like military SF. This is for readers who love good characters, suspense, and unexpected plot twists. Coles is an author to watch: his military background is clear, and his skill at observing people and figuring out why they would do the unconscionable is astounding. This series taught me about a side of people that I’ve avoided, and I’m a better person for knowing about it. Try these books: they will surprise you.
Never have I read an up and coming author like Bennett R. Coles, literally topple and overcome his predecessors in the genre of military soft science fiction.
Tough-minded and distinctive.
Fantastic space war action, mixed with seemingly current day thoughts.
- Destiny Falls
Engaging, imaginative in scope, and perhaps even relevant.