Book: The Turtan Trilogy - 3 Full-length Sci-Fi Romance Novels Box Set by John B. Rosenmancategories: Book, Speculative Fiction, Aliens, Hero, Galactic War, Adventure, Romance, Alien Sex, Science Fantasy, Military Science Fiction, Suspended Animation, Star Wars, Science Fiction
John B. Rosenmanabout this book: I wrote the first novel in this series, Inspector of the Cross, over thirty years ago. It's hard at this point to explain what the influences were, but one was definitely Joe Haldeman's The Forever War, which is also about a man who has lived for over a thousand years, fighting like Turtan in a galactic war against an alien enemy.
I wrote the novel in less than a year, and this series over a period of about thirty-four years. There was about a thirty year period between the first novel and the second. I did not set out to write a series.
Back when I started, about thirty-five years ago, I knew exactly where I was going with the first novel, Inspector of the Cross. In other words, I knew the plot in advance. This is not usually the case these days, for I'm a pantser, a writer who makes things up on the fly and sees where he's going as if he's in a fog.
The title? It just came to me. Two publishers didn't like me calling the elite agent in the series an Inspector because it was too retro and smacked of Scotland Yard. Others didn't like the Christian reference suggested by the word Cross. I just liked the title and that was it. Inspector of the Cross for me. As for the three-book title, The Turtan Trilogy, I'd thought of it for months before I suggested it to the publisher. I like the alliteration and the focus on the hero.
I think the series will appeal most to readers who like Golden Age SF. Not just space opera, shoot-'em-up adventure but mind-blowing concepts and the limitless wonders of the universe. I'm currently writing Book 6 in the series, so it's far from done. I'm still discovering more about my premise, the hero, and the vast potential of this series. Hey, I own this universe. It's my personal franchise.
Okay, as Plautus might say, here's my portion of plot: The Cen, a cruel alien race, has attacked humanity and only one man can save it. Turtan, an Inspector of the Cross Empire, travels in suspended animation to distant worlds in search of a weapon or device that can defeat the enemy and end the brutal five-thousand-year war. Because he travels in frozen sleep, this elite agent is technically four thousand years old and has outlived many lovers and generations of his children. It is a painful and terrible burden, but duty comes first and always he must move on. His mission is rendered even more difficult by his own leaders who sometimes oppose his selfless quest to save humanity.
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