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A Rain of Fire

(2020)
(The first book in the Great War series)
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War has come to the Galaxy.

The dark forces of the Neo Hegemony strike, sweeping across the worlds of the Arcadian sector and crushing all in their path.

One system stands against the onslaught, the Kingdom of New Avalon. But the men and women of their expeditionary forces are trapped behind enemy lines on a besieged planet. Losing those troops will lose the war.

Their only hope? A last-ditch rescue mission led by Captain Hal Cutter and his battleship, Achilles. Beset on all sides by lethal enemy warships, he must lead a rag-tag fleet of naval and civilian vessels across Hegemony-held space to save the beleaguered Kingdom soldiers.

In the skies and orbit, Lieutenant Jason ‘Rick’ Richards and the untested pilots of Viper squadron clash in a furious battle for supremacy against elite enemy fighters.

And on the ground, Private Patrick ‘Wink’ Goble and his platoon must hold the line against a ruthless commander and her overwhelming force of battle-tested mechs until salvation arrives.

All will play their part in this desperate struggle for survival against impossible odds.

The Great War has begun…

Audio book available. Read by Jeffrey Kafer.

Read the epic new military science fiction series from Ralph Kern, the best-selling author of the Locus series.

“A Rain of Fire, the first book in Ralph Kern’s Great War series, is a military science fiction tour de force. Most mil-SF writers seem to fall into retelling World War Two without realizing or admitting it, but Kern has embraced the inspired idea of writing an analog for the war that defined our modern world, except in a far-flung interstellar society of thousands of years in the future. It’s a daring conceit and he pulls it off with panache and skill. The characters are well drawn and engaging and the action keeps you on the edge of your seat.
An excellent introduction to a universe I look forward to exploring further.”

Rick Partlow – Best Selling Author of Drop Trooper

"A vivid story, written in stunning detail by a master of his craft. This book went far and away beyond immersive--I could smell the acrid tang of the smoke and taste the blood. Truly riveting! If you haven't read Ralph Kern before, you are missing out."
Jasper T. Scott - Best-selling author of Dark Space

"Ralph Kern has taken the most important conflict of the 20th century and brought it to vivid life on a galactic scale. Amidst the cool tech and epic space battles, it's the human element that truly draws you into this book. With several characters based on historical figures, Ralph grounds the story in the lived experiences of humans grappling with a world-shaking conflict. Rain of Fire is both military science fiction epic and an important act of remembrance. Highly recommended."
Scott Bartlett - Best-selling author of Supercarrier

"Searing action fuses with daring strategy and seductively dark ideology in this addictive new series from a major talent in military science-fiction."
Tim C. Taylor - Best-selling author of The Human Legion

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Ralph Kern has taken the most important conflict of the 20th century and brought it to vivid life on a galactic scale. Amidst the cool tech and epic space battles, it's the human element that truly draws you into this book. With several characters based on historical figures, Ralph grounds the story in the lived experiences of humans grappling with a world-shaking conflict. Rain of Fire is both military science fiction epic and an important act of remembrance. Highly recommended." - Scott Bartlett

"A vivid story, written in stunning detail by a master of his craft. This book went far and away beyond immersive--I could smell the acrid tang of the smoke and taste the blood. Truly riveting! If you haven't read Ralph Kern before, you are missing out." - Jasper T Scott

"Searing action fuses with daring strategy and seductively dark ideology in this addictive new series from a major talent in military science-fiction." - Tim C Taylor


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Audio Editions

March 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Rain of Fire: Great War Series, Book 1
Author(s): Ralph Kern
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   


March 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: A Rain of Fire: Great War Series, Book 1
Author(s): Ralph Kern
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


March 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Rain of Fire: Great War Series, Book 1
Author(s): Ralph Kern
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


March 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Rain of Fire: Great War Series, Book 1
Author(s): Ralph Kern
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Rain of Fire (The Great War Book 1)
Author(s): Ralph Kern
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