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The Order of the Air

A reader says, "You talk like The Order of the Air is going to be a big series with two more coming. Are there more? How many?"

Yes, it's going to be a big series, and we're delighted that Crossroad Press has committed to the full series. That's very rare these days! We've planned a number of books past the next two. Here's the plan:

Lost Things (1929) The team confronts a demon released by the archaeological excavation at Lake Nemi, with miscellaneous adventures along the way, including the crash of a Graf Zeppelin type airship. This is also the story of how Lewis joins the Lodge.

Steel Blues (1932) The team enters a coast to coast air race hoping to win enough money to stay afloat in the Great Depression, only there's a stolen cursed necklace and Stasi the bogus Russian countess and the New Orleans Axeman.



Silver Bullet (1932) A mysterious series of plane crashes near a haunted silver mine test Mitch and Lewis as reservists, while an old enemy from Stasi's past emerges. Meanwhile, Jerry may be on the trail of the greatest prize -- the lost tomb of Alexander the Great! This is also Iskinder's first appearance.

Wind Raker (1935) The team goes to Hawaii to test a new seaplane, only to find that their old enemy from Silver Bullet is back and his plans are even darker than they imagined. Jerry has a new love, but is Willi Radke really a friend or an enemy? Numinous World readers will also welcome the 20th century incarnations of Gull and Neas....

Oath Bound (1936) Jerry and Willi are in Alexandria on the dig of a lifetime, searching for Alexander's Tomb, when Iskinder turns up a hunted man with a great treasure that must be preserved at all costs. Fortunately for Jerry, the rest of the team is in Palermo at an international air show and will never fail him -- even if that means a desperate flight up the Nile into the the teeth of the Italian invasion of Ethiopia.

Fire Season (1939) Summer wildfires are ravaging Colorado, and the team are working with the new smoke jumpers to combat the blaze. But are these fires entirely normal? Lewis isn't sure. And September 1 brings a new inferno, the world on fire....

Invisible War (1940) War has started, but the US isn't in it -- well, except for Alma, who is flying with the ATA. And Jerry, who has an occult task in London. And the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where Mitch's family vacation is interrupted by a U-boat with a secret mission. This is also John Trilby's first book.

Ghost Light (1941) Jerry's magical talents are tested to the maximum when he has to unravel the mystery of the ghost light, which allows German bombers to home in on targets in London. Meanwhile, Alma's ferry piloting with Trilby suddenly becomes the point of the spear.

Night World (1942) Fresh from the front line in London, Jerry is recalled to Washington to take on a task never before contemplated -- warding an entire city against air attack! Fortunately, he has Mitch, Lewis and Stasi to help him. But they're not the only ones moving in DC's night world....

Operation Eagle (1942) Recalled to active duty in the Army Air Force, Mitch and Lewis are in North Africa. But when Lewis discovers a mysterious archaeological dig in the Western Desert, Jerry and Alma have to go on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines where they will be tested to the utmost.

And there are at least three more after that, maybe more! Tentatively there's Diana's Hunter (1944) Dark Camelot (1945) and Red Star (1948).

So what do you think? I'd love to hear!

Comments

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tricksterquinn
Nov. 7th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
Ooh, wonderful! There are more than I realized! How exciting!
jo_graham
Nov. 7th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
Lots and lots and lots and lots of books! :D
angelsallfire
Nov. 7th, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
I live and breathe for long series...I want to see them live their lives, ya know?
I'm really looking forward to meeting Iskinder!
jo_graham
Nov. 8th, 2013 12:05 pm (UTC)
I love seeing them live their lives too. I love long series where you can get really invested in the characters and what will happen to them. That's very much what we're trying to do.

Oh Iskinder is cool! He gets some good stuff in Silver Bullet, but Oath Bound is really his book. And I expect there will be another Iskinder book later, but I'm not entirely sure what that story is yet. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to do the invasion of Ethiopia because that's part of the Fascist expansion that gets lost in the history books. It's so important and so neglected. I knew I wanted to have Haile Selassie as a "guest star". Iskinder is a cousin of Haile Selassie's, Ras Iskinder Yonas Negasi, and he's a fictional person but whose life reflects any number of real people. You will like him, I think.
hand2hand
Nov. 7th, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
I'm in!
jo_graham
Nov. 8th, 2013 12:07 pm (UTC)
I'm glad! This series is so much fun to write. Which ones look most interesting to you?
hand2hand
Nov. 8th, 2013 12:16 pm (UTC)
Not sure yet. My favorite characters are Alma and Jerry, so I always gravitate to their plots.
jo_graham
Nov. 9th, 2013 01:02 pm (UTC)
The next three books Jerry's overall plot arc is he's trying to get back in the field, to get back in the game as an archaeologist. And possibly to find a new relationship, though that's even more difficult! Of course he gets more than he bargained for in both ways!
aishabintjamil
Nov. 8th, 2013 12:12 am (UTC)
Yay!!!!
jo_graham
Nov. 8th, 2013 12:07 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to it so much! This series is so much fun to write!
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