"What doesn't kill us makes us stronger." -- Chris Bunch
Christopher R. "Chris" Bunch (22 December 1943—4 July 2005) was an American science fiction, fantasy and television writer, who wrote and co-wrote about thirty novels.
Born in Fresno, California, he collaborated with Allan Cole on a series of books involving a hero named Sten in a galactic empire. (Cole married Bunch's sister, Kathryn.) He served in Vietnam as a patrol commander. He also wrote for Rolling Stone and was a correspondent for Stars and Stripes. He died in his hometown of Ilwaco, Washington, after a long battle with a lung ailment.
Knighthood of the Dragon (2003) (ISBN 1-84149-216-7)
The Last Battle (2004) (ISBN 1-84149-179-9)
The Dragonmaster is an all action trilogy following the life and exploits of Hal Kailas a peasant who must runaway at an early age. As he journeys through his early years as a casual labourer from payday to payday, meal to meal. His dream is to fly dragons and he joins a traveling troup who give rides on dragons for those who can afford it as entertainment from town to town. As events unfold he is away from his home country (land controlled by his King-King Asir)and war breaks out, He is drafted into the army an unwilling soldier, he does his best to survive and works his way through the ranks of the army and society with his heroic exploits. Dragons mainly a wild and untamed creatures are brought into the war as Hal and others devise new and more damaging ways to use the dragons against their enemies. This continues in the first two books, which is bloody action throughout. The third book deals with life after the war and difficulties exsoldiers face and how Hal deals with it. I don't want to reveal to many details about these books as it will take from the pleasure of reading them, they have everything dragons,wizards,war and battles, action and blood, love and loss, tragedy and betrayel. The book I read was the combined trilogy and I couldn't put it down.I only hope my brief review does justice to what Chris Bunch created with these books.
The Last Legion
The Last Legion (1999) (ISBN 0-451-45686-6)
Firemask (2000) (ISBN 0-451-45687-4)
Storm Force (2000) (ISBN 0-451-45688-2)
Homefall (2001) (ISBN 0-451-45841-9)
Shadow Warrior: The Wind After Time (1996) (ISBN 0-345-38735-X)
Shadow Warrior: Hunt the Heavens (1996) (ISBN 0-345-38736-8)
Shadow Warrior: Darkness of God (1997) (ISBN 0-345-38737-6)
Star Risk Series
Star Risk, Ltd. (ISBN 0-451-45889-3)
The Scoundrel Worlds (ISBN 0-451-45936-9)
The Doublecross Program (ISBN 0-451-45986-5)
The Dog From Hell (ISBN 0-451-46039-1)
An outlined novel in the Star Risk, LTD. series, The Gangster Conspiracy, was finished by Bunch's friend Steve Perry and his son, Dal Perry.
The Empire Stone (2000) (ISBN 3-442-24965-1)
Corsair (2001) (ISBN 3-442-24964-3)
Novels and series co-authored with Allan Cole
Known as The Sten Chronicles, (or sometimes the Sten Adventures) this series of book is set in the far future of mankind. While the main draw of the series was the action and understated humor, the series was actually a political critique. It had seemed to Bunch and Cole that entirely too many science fiction authors were enamored with monarchies and their consequent fascist (although benevolent) ideals. They wanted to write a series to show the realities of politics and power and to place a working-class man into this series, letting the reader see through his eyes and watch as he grows to be a real, and realistic, hero.
Sten (1982) (ISBN 0-345-32460-9)
The Wolf Worlds (1984) (ISBN 0-345-31229-5)
The Court of a Thousand Suns (1985) (ISBN 0-345-31681-9)
Fleet of the Damned (1988) (ISBN 0-345-33172-9)
Revenge of the Damned (1989) (ISBN 0-345-33173-7)
The Return of the Emperor (1990) (ISBN 0-345-36130-X)