Jak Phoenix – Chapter 1 Intro Excerpt

Since I’ve been quiet for a fairly long time, I thought I would start at the beginning and share this excerpt of my space adventure novel, Jak Phoenix. This is very beginning of the novel, with Jak and Baxter about to face danger on the planet Scoparia.

Sand. It’s amazing how many planets are covered in it. Gray sand, black sand, red sand, brown sand, white sand. The universe seemed to have arranged the odd coincidence to make most planets either too hot or too cold. The cold ones had snow—basically cold sand. It must have been a life-shattering disappointment to the ancient people who first mastered space travel. They lived their lives working on it, spent their money funding it and sometimes died trying it, only to find more of the same dirty rocks and sand they had just left behind.

Captain Jak Phoenix went over these random thoughts in his head as he lay burning in the sun, in the vast deserts of Scoparia, just behind the peak of a tightly packed sand dune. He peered over the edge and into the canyon below, eyeing his goal: a small space freighter that sat crashed, abandoned, and had apparently been left untouched for decades.

It was also a quirk of fate that Jak’s involvement in various ridiculous schemes would inevitably lead him to some moon, asteroid or planet that would surely be covered in some type of sand. Despite the dull appearance and apparent lack of appeal of these desolate sand-balls, action always seemed to involve them. Locations like this were essentially a child’s sandbox for adults. Somewhere to hide, (or lose), expensive and valuable objects or build fruitless sand castle colonies destined to fail due to the lack of resources and the inverse abundance of hunger and thirst. They were also a common place to hide yourself, (or get lost), if you weren’t already in the process of being killed and disposed of in an easily excavated hole.

“So where is this ship anyway?” asked Baxter.

“Quiet,” Jak shot back, snapping out of his mindful wanderings.

Baxter, Jak’s long-time shipmate, was just now coming up to the foot of the sand dune. He watched Baxter stumble through the sand like an infant who had just learned to walk.

Jak realized he should have come alone.

Turning his focus back to his target, Jak pulled out his worn and beaten pistol. It was an old fashioned Z8 model with a handle that curved right around into the barrel, ending with a slightly flared muzzle. It was a gem to Jak, but archaic to nearly every other gun-requiring space pirate. It would only hold enough charge for eight shots, making accuracy rather important.

Why in God’s name did he bring the Z8? He should have brought the Z16. Then Jak remembered his frugal thoughts about not wanting to lose the expensive sixteen shot rifle in the sand and made a mental note to possibly re-evaluate his priorities on future missions.

The first novel from the Jak Phoenix series, by Matt D. Williams, is available free at Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo,iBooks/iTunes and in the USA/Canada Kindle Store.

Jak Phoenix vs. the Scoparian Dragon in the sands of Scoparia - a Scene from the first Jak Phoenix novel.1

Kind Words From Author Robert Lee Beers

robert lee beersA little while ago, fellow author Robert Lee Beers contacted me with some kind words about my space fantasy novel, Jak Phoenix. I always enjoy hearing from other authors and as you know I’ve posted a lot of great info about other independent writers in the past.

Robert had this to say:

I am giving book 1 a five star review for a specific reason: this is a mind movie. Many of the best-selling authors do not offer the escapism this style of writing delivers. Harry Potter, yes, Lord of the Rings, no. I am not comparing Mister Williams to either Rowling or Tolkein, not at all, but I am comparing the prose. Jak Phoenix comers across to me as a sort of Indiana Jones of the galaxy, and the madcap ride of his adventures certainly delivers an enjoyable read. Is it Dickens? Is it Dumas? Of course not. This is reading for an escape, and in today’s world we need this.

Robert Lee Beers is the author of the Tony Mandolin series, which you can read about on his website.

The first novel from the Jak Phoenix series is available free at Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iBooks/iTunes and in the USA/Canada Kindle Store.


Jak Phoenix is FREE in the Amazon Kindle Store!

Now you too can kick back with a cold drink and a free space adventure for your Kindle! Jak Phoenix is now free in the US and Canadian Amazon Kindle stores.

Here’s a bit about JP:

Jak Phoenix is a pilot who would rather kick back with a cold drink than stick his neck out to save the galaxy. But, as we all know, life often gets in the way of these ‘big dreams.’

Jak and his longtime friend Baxter once again find themselves on the verge of bankruptcy. A last minute salvage mission delivers more than they bargained for when Jak’s old enemy shows up and steals their haul out from under them. When it is revealed the cargo is more important than any of them realized, Jak decides, against his better judgment, that a retrieval is necessary. His pursuit leads him right past his enemy and into the hands of the most feared pirate in the galaxy.

In the spirit of space operas of old, comes an action packed novel following the exploits of the best low quality pirate in the galaxy – Jak Phoenix.

Find Jak Phoenix in the Kindle Store

US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006R9QS22

Canada – http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B006R9QS22?*Version*=1&*entries*=0



Sci-fi Author Jason Craft at the Louisiana Comic Con!

Jak Phoenix on Scribd!

If a Scribd subscription is your preferred way of getting your hands on ebooks these days, I’m happy to let you know that the Jak Phoenix Space Adventures are ready and waiting. Yes, that’s Jak Phoenix, Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception, and the Jak Phoenix: Paid in Full short story.  Get started at these links:

Jak Phoenix on Scribd

Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception on Scribd

Jak Phoenix: Paid in Full on Scribd

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Jak Phoenix is now FREE at Barnes & Noble!

Now you can grab a free space adventure ebook over at Barnes & Noble! The first adventure in the Jak Phoenix series is now free for your intergalactic enjoyment on a NOOK or other device running the NOOK app! You can find it at THIS LINKjak phoenix nookbook 2015

Jak Phoenix is now FREE on iTunes!

A cast of characters from the space adventure novel Jak Phoenix. Baxter, Jak, Cyan and Murdock

Baxter, Jak, Cyan & Murdock – Art by Jeff Thomason

More good news if you are an Apple user / super fan, with an iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Jak Phoenix is now free on iTunes! Look for it in the iBooks app.

These links will get you started…





Jak Phoenix is now FREE at Smashwords!

Jak Phoenix - An independent space opera sci fi adventure novel by Matt WilliamsGreat news! The ebook edition of the first full-length Jak Phoenix adventure is now available FREE at Smashwords! Now it’s even easier to enjoy the space shenanigans and occasional interstellar inconvenience. Head to the Jak Phoenix page at Smashwords and pick up a free copy today!

Like Marvel’s Guardians? You’ll love Jak.

If you have checked out the new trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film and like what you see, I can pretty much guarantee you are going to love the Jak Phoenix adventures.

Jak Phoenix (2010) & Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception (2012), by Canadian author Matt D. Williams, are written in the same vein as the Guardians film, featuring action and adventure kept light with a heavy dose of comedy. They were written to be a space adventure everyone could enjoy, which looks like what Marvel is going for with their new film.

The Jak Phoenix novels are available at a great low price wherever ebooks are sold. Load up your eReader, tablet, phone or iPad and join the adventures!

Take a look at the trailer here:

Character Collaboration with Jeff Thomason

In March 2012 Jeff Thomason (the superb comic artist behind the Jak Phoenix Universe illustrations) decided to create this stellar graphic depicting his character, Wandering Koala, and good old Jak Phoenix himself in a ‘what-if’ situation. Like everything he has drawn for the Jak Phoenix Universe this one is a wonderful piece of art. Jeff’s drawings took Jak Phoenix off the page and really brought him to life. His article here explains some of the technical details behind the work and is entitled ‘Teamwork in Fiction,” which perfectly outlines the relationship he and I formed through our indie publishing adventures. Thanks again, Jeff!

Matt D. Williams

Author of the Jak Phoenix Adventures

Jak Phoenix and Wandering Koala


Be sure to check Jeff’s original article here: http://atouchofjeff.blogspot.ca/2012/03/teamwork-in-fiction.html


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