Jak Phoenix in Print

Paperback books of Jak Phoenix 1 and the sequel Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian DeceptionBoth Jak Phoenix novels are now available in paperback editions!

If you prefer your space adventure printed like in the good old days, Jak Phoenix has you covered. Here are your options for purchasing a fresh paperback edition of Jak Phoenix and the sequel Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception.

Jak Phoenix (The original novel)

Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception

A direct purchase option from JakPhoenix.com is being considered so stay tuned for that info down the road.

Thanks for the support!

Jak Phoenix Finally Available at Amazon.com for the Kindle!

jak phoenix kindleJak Phoenix just made the jump to the Kindle. The space adventure novel is now available on Amazon.com and five other international Amazon sites.  Click here to find it on Amazon.com

Of if you prefer a different page, find yours below:






(Remember though, it’s only available in English)

A Guest Update from Author Robert Capko

Robert Capko Say Goodbye Novel ebook smashwordsAuthor Robert Capko, creator of the John Paxton series, stopped by Jakphoenix.com to give us an update on his novel, Say Goodbye.


Finally you can hold the latest adventure of pararescueman John Paxton right in your hands. Robert Capko’s action/adventure thriller SAY GOODBYE is now available in paperback.

Available in paperback for $8.80 or for the NOOK for $2.99 at


Also available in paperback at Amazon.com

And for Kindle

And for your Sony ereader

And for your iPhone or iPad through Apple iBooks.

Or ask your favorite bookseller.

What others are saying about SAY GOODBYE:

“Great fast paced book. Seemingly realistic and accurate due to the author’s real-life US Air Force experience. I’d also recommend this to any fans of classic Tom Clancy. Looking forward to The Long Road Home!”

–  Matt D. Williams, Author of Jak Phoenix

“After 28.5 years in the Air Force (24.5 active duty, 4 years as a civilian), seeing these super heros in action, I’m so glad to see Robert Capko’s new book SAY GOODBYE hit the streets and pay homage to the–until now–unsung heros of the Air Force. I remember first hearing about PJs when I came into the USAF back in 1982. They’ll go places other services’ special operators won’t! These super Airmen know no fear, and John Paxton is the perfect example. My advice…get a lot of sleep the night before you read the book, because you’ll be going to bed late the day you start reading it…you will NOT be able to put it down!”

–  Chief Master Sergeant (Retired) Bill “D”.

“Finally a great military thriller that highlights the exceptional talents of the finest special operations operators, the U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen. The adrenaline was pumping with each page and the many twists and turns keep you speculating to the very end. Military and National Security drama enthusiasts have found a new hero in MSgt. John Paxton. From life and death at 50,000 feet to door busting close combat, from cloak and dagger mystery to raw human survival this book has something for everyone and you will not want to put it down.”

– CHON GANN – Medical, Security, and Intelligence Professional

Robert Capko writes Action/Adventure Thrillers including the John Paxton series.  He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and lives in Florida where he is working on his next thriller THE LONG ROAD HOME.  More information can be found at his website www.robertcapko.com, join his fan page at http://www.facebook.com/robertjcapkofanpage or follow him on twitter at http://twitter.com/robertcapko

An Interview with Author Mark Chisnell

Today, Matt D. Williams, author of the Jak Phoenix space adventure novel, is speaking with writer, broadcaster and sometimes professional racing sailor, Mark Chisnell.

MW: Hi Mark. Can you tell us about yourself?

MC: I was brought up on the east coast of England, close to both the sea and an inland network of lakes called the Norfolk Broads, so boats were everywhere. I started racing sailing dinghies, got a degree in physics and philosophy and then worked in a factory for a summer to buy a ticket to Australia, with a vague plan to see some stuff and write a book.

By the time I got home I’d published some travel stories in the New Zealand Herald and the South China Morning Post, and I’d broken into the professional sailing circuit via the British America’s Cup team that was racing in Australia at the time. I’ve been bouncing back and forth between those two things – writing and pro sailboat racing – ever since.

Give us a rundown on your book, The Defector.

The Defector began as an idea from my philosophy classes – the Prisoner’s Dilemma is a Games Theory concept that was dreamed up by the RAND corporation, the people who brought us the MAD theory (Mutually Assured Destruction) during the Cold War. I wanted to make it more personal than that, and had in mind a game played for life and death stakes, involving a love triangle. The basic idea immediately makes it a genre book, a thriller, and I went for a classic chase story. The psychotic drug smuggler, Janac forces the hero, Martin Cormac to make a succession of escalating, nightmare choices in his struggle to get free.

It took me about three years to get from the idea to a story with characters and a plot, and to get a first draft down on paper. It took another four years to rewrite it and find a publisher. Random House brought it out (called The Delivery) in 1996 in the UK. Then it was republished as The Defector by Harper Collins in New Zealand and Australia – I was living down there for a while for a sailing competition. And it is now available as an ebook via Smashwords and for Amazon’s Kindle.

The Defector has a sequel called The Wrecking Crew. Tell us about that story.

I had a couple of ideas after The Defector was done. The first was a simple way to fake GPS signals – much simpler than the one used in the James Bond movie, Tomorrow Never Dies, which came out while I was writing The Wrecking Crew. I’m a navigator on the sailboats, so I was very familiar with GPS. The idea was that spoof differential GPS signals could be used in the same way false beacons were lit in the eighteenth century, to lure unwary ships onto the rocks where the crews were murdered and the cargoes stripped.

The second was another moral dilemma which was not uncommon in the age of sail: men in a lifeboat, days from rescue, and nowhere near enough water for them all to make it. Do you share the supplies evenly and keep your fingers crossed for a miracle, or do you ensure just a minority survive for as long as possible…  cannibalism and perhaps even murder to survive?

The key to making those two ideas work together was The Defector’s anti-hero, Janac. And as I liked the idea of a sequel that followed the bad guy rather than the hero, that’s what I went for, and The Wrecking Crew was the result.

Where did your inspiration come from when writing this series?

It’s hard to escape from the moral dilemmas, they are an important part of the inspiration in both stories. The books are entertainment, I don’t think anyone is going to mistake them for grand literature – but that doesn’t mean that the reader can’t be left with something to think about afterwards.

Is there an impression or moral that you want to stick with your readers after they finish these books?

It’s not as strong as taking a moral from the story, I’d rather people were left thinking about the character and their decisions. And perhaps thinking about what they might have done in that same situation – the extreme choices in the books do still reflect on things we do every single day.

Is there a third title planned for this series?

Not at the moment, although I do have another idea for Janac that I might one day come back to…

Which authors or other creative types do you look up to?

I guess there are three or four writers that I loved when I was younger, whose influence I can now see in my own work. The first two were Ian Fleming and Alistair MacLean. The latter is almost forgotten now, but he was a hugely successful thriller writer in the 1960s and 1970s, and I could inhale one of his books in an afternoon when I was a kid.

When I was a little older it was books with ideas that took more of a hold – George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm stopped me in my tracks for weeks, I couldn’t think about anything else. And then there was another largely forgotten book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig – that was the one that got me studying philosophy as well as physics, so it had a pretty big impact on my life.

You mention that you’re also into sailing and it seems you’ve even written some nautical non-fiction. What have you written in that vein and where can people find them?

After the travel stories I started writing for sailing magazines, and that led to books about sailing. Initially they were technical books, but the more recent ones have been narrative non-fiction about some of the great sailing adventures. The most recent, ‘Spanish Castle to White Night’ was about the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09, and won a prize for the Best Illustrated Book at Sportel Monaco in 2009. I’m hoping to bring out text-only versions of them as eBooks.

There are links to all the books from my Amazon page:


What else do you have in the works?

I have another couple of novels that are close to being finished, I hope to get one out as an ebook this year, and the second in 2012. The first is historical fiction, a spy story set in 1936 and based around a true incident involving Sir Thomas Sopwith, who built fighter planes and racing yachts. The second is about a snowboarding expedition into the Himalayas – and there are no boats at all.

Finally, I have another sailing book due for publication in the UK in 2012, and that will be about the Olympics.

Where can people follow you online?

I have a website with a blog and background on my work and writing the novels, and links to all the ebook retailers:


And of course I’m on Smashwords:


And Twitter:


And Facebook:


And Goodreads:


I’d love to hear from people on books, writing, sailing, anything!

Thank you so much for speaking about your work today Mark. Do you have anything else to add?

Only that I hope people will try the books and enjoy them – and many, many thanks for asking me along, keep up the great work, and go the Indie revolution!

Check out Mark’s amazing work on Smashwords, where it is already quite well reviewed!

Jeff Thomason – An Art Showcase

Matt Williams, author of the space adventure novel ‘Jak Phoenix’ has a post tonight about author and artist, Jeff Thomason.


I’m doing something a little bit different again. I saw some of Jeff Thomason’s artwork last month and I really took a liking to many of his images. This is my favorite – I love the color:

Since his work is in visuals, I emailed Jeff and asked him to send me a few of his favorite works so I could share them with you.  Here’s what he said:

Hi Matt. Here are some of my favorite works…

I’m a huge fan of Victorian children’s book illustration and early Twentieth Century pulp magazines, golden age comic books, and illustrated novels. I try to emulate a lot of that style.

 I like to create the line work with traditional media then finish the illustrations in color in the computer. Painter X is my favorite program for this.



Jeff maintains many websites showcasing his work.






Also, check out his author profile on Smashwords.com where he has many stories available.

Checking in with Author Robert Capko

author robert capko say goodbye action ebook on jakphoenix.comToday, Matt Williams is taking a quick break from Jak Phoenix to check in with author Robert Capko.

Robert’s first novel is called Say Goodbye and here’s what he had to say about it:

John Paxton is a man who understands duty—both to his family and to his country. As a highly decorated pararescueman in the Air Force, he’s risked his own life numerous times to save the lives of others. He is the epitome of the pararescue motto: These Things We Do That Others May Live. But now that he’s married with two small children, he’s content as an instructor at Lackland Air Force Base. 

Then Paxton is commanded to lead a team on a dangerous mission—supposedly to rescue the pilot of a stealth fighter shot down over Serbia. Yet, nothing is as it seems. As the mission goes from bad to worse, Paxton uncovers a deadly plot that threatens National Security. But to fight an enemy with ties to one of the most dangerous organizations on the planet, he risks not only his own life, but also the lives of the people he loves the most. 

More information about Air Force pararescue can be found on my fanpage which is listed below. 

Here is what some others have said about Say Goodbye:

“SAY GOODBYE is a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat page-turner. Don’t miss it!”

~Michele Bardsley, national bestselling author

 “Finally, a thrilling true-to-life novel about America’s ultra-elite but largely unsung special operations force, the Air Force Pararescuemen.”

~Matthew Bracken, former Navy SEAL and author of the ENEMIES FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC series.

author robert capko say goodbye action ebook on jakphoenix.comAbout Robert Capko

Robert Capko writes Action/Adventure Thrillers including the John Paxton series.  He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and lives in Florida where he is working on his next thriller THE LONG ROAD HOME. 

More information can be found at his website http://www.robertcapko.com/

Join his fan page at http://www.facebook.com/robertjcapkofanpage

Follow him on twitter at http://twitter.com/robertcapko

Click here to visit Smashwords.com, where Say Goodbye is available as an eBook at a great price!

New Jak Phoenix Review by Apex Reviews!

Jak phoenix ebook paperback independent space opera sci fi book coverJak Phoenix was recently reviewed by the folks over at Apex Reviews. Here is what they had to say:


The Misadventures Of The Quintessential Anti-Hero

Jak Phoenix and his partner, Baxter, are a couple of low-budget space pirates traversing the galaxy in a rundown ship in dire need of repair – when they undertake what appears to be a routine salvage mission that ultimately proves to be anything but…unbeknownst to the interstellar hijackers, an evil mastermind – who just happens to be an old enemy of theirs – has been surreptitiously amassing a secret army in a far corner of the galaxy, and a set of serendipitous circumstances soon shoulders Jak and Baxter with the task of saving not only an endangered race of aliens, but also the entire galaxy…quite a tall order for someone who’d normally rather kick back with a cold one than stick his neck out for anyone…

With unique, vivid characters and a compelling central plotline, Jak Phoenix is quite the entertaining read. In skillful fashion, author Matt Williams has crafted an enjoyable tale of interstellar adventure sure to please fans of well-told Sci-Fi/Fantasy yarns. While the essence of his narrative is hardly original, Williams does a commendable job of breathing fresh, creative new life into a rather familiar morality tale – particularly by featuring a protagonist who’s nothing if not the quintessential anti-hero. As such, readers are sure to find Jak Phoenix anything but dull, thanks in large part to Williams’ quite fertile imagination. A satisfying read.


The original review can be found on their press release page at http://www.prlog.org/11060684-apex-review-of-jak-phoenix-matt-williams.html

Thank you for your support!

Jak Phoenix Update – November 6th, 2010

Jak Phoenix ebook available at smashwords, ibooks, itunes, sony reader store. epub, pdf, mobi, ipadThe Jak Phoenix Free eBook promotion will be ending on November 12th, so grab yourself a copy as soon as you can.  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/9293  Downloads were pretty strong during the promotion, so I hope people out there are enjoying the story.

On another note, the transition over to this site is now complete and so you are looking at the new official www.jakphoenix.com. There are some really cool posts on the way too – character sketches, a new review and some story snippets. Check back soon!

Matt Williams

Author of Jak Phoenix, a space opera adventure novel.

An Interview with Matt Williams, author of the Jak Phoenix space adventure novel…


Jak phoenix ebook paperback independent space opera sci fi book coverFeathered Quill Book Reviews was kind enough to do an interview with Matt Williams, the author of the space opera novel ‘Jak Phoenix.”  The interview is posted below for your reading enjoyment:


Today we’re talking with Matt Williams, author of Jak Phoenix.

FQ: Are you a lifelong fan of science fiction? Which authors and books inspired your writing in particular?

I’ve enjoyed science fiction as long as I can remember. The thought of there being more to the universe than the day-to-day operations of our planet has always captivated me. I grew up on Star Wars and Star Trek, always craving a large helping of action and adventure with my sci-fi.

Ian Fleming, Douglas Adams and Elmore Leonard are a few of my favorite authors and I would say a healthy dose of each of their influence can be found in my writing. I started writing Jak Phoenix around the same time I was on my second run through of the original James Bond novel series, so much of the action and pacing is heavily influenced by how Ian Fleming would so expertly move the story from calm to breathless. Not an influence you’d expect in regards to a space opera novel, but I think it works. In addition, Shadows of the Empire, a Star Wars novel by Steve Perry, is one of my favorite sci-fi books. Adventurous and fast paced – right up my alley.

FQ: Where did you first get the idea for Jak Phoenix?

Jak Phoenix came about after I decided to buckle down after a night discussing story ideas with one of my best friends. I decided it was time to put my money where my mouth was and do more than talk about how we would change this or that in movies we had watched. Above all else, I wanted to write a story that I would love to read. Jak himself was the guy I wanted to see. The imperfect everyman.

FQ: Jak Phoenix is the kind of guy I think many men wish they could be, or at least, be for a day. Do you imagine yourself, at times, living out Jak’s life?

I do every day. There would be positives and negatives though. The negative aspect of being Jak Phoenix would be the refusal to conform to regular society, even in the very least. In the galaxy of Azore’s Crown he’s a hero, at least among the people he associates with. In real life, the nearest equivalent would be driving around in a shabby houseboat, picking up garbage to make your living. The downside would be the poverty…the upside would be the freedom. Unfortunately, in real life you have to budge, at least a little. One of the things Jak struggles with is what to do with his life. That is something I can say I have definitely thought about more than once.

FQ: What was the most enjoyable part of writing this story? What was the hard part?

The most enjoyable part of the story was the character creation and dialog. Above all else, I wanted this to be dead on. It also became very enjoyable trying to ensure the right amount of humor was being injected at the right time without watering down the action scenes. I wanted to make sure it was funny when it needed to be, but when there was danger, it was serious business.

The hardest part was overcoming my fear of showing what I had created to others. I’ll always remember the nervousness I experienced while waiting for my fiancée to read an early version of my first chapter. Scary, but rewarding.

FQ: Is there one character with whom you identify in particular?

There is a bit of Jak in me with a mix of Baxter in there too. I gave Baxter my technology skills while Jak, for better or worse, inherited my procrastination and slacker skills. Jak’s need to make light of serious situations is something that hits home with me. Life is too short to be troubled too often.

FQ: Which one of the various villains did you most enjoy creating/writing about?

Villain-wise, I enjoyed writing about Murdock the most. Everyone has met that one person who just seems to always be one step ahead. He is smug, pretentious ad arrogant, making it easy for anyone despising those traits to find a common enemy with Jak.

FQ: Jak Phoenix is light and fun. Were you deliberately trying to avoid morals, messages, and metaphors, which are common in a lot of science fiction?

That was the goal from day one. As I started out, more humor than I expected began to creep in, but the goal had always been to take the adventurous part of a story like Star Wars and elaborate on that. In recent years my interest in sci-fi has waned due to the doom and gloom in modern stories that always need to be “dark,” and “gritty.” There is enough of that in everyday life. Other writers are doing an amazing job at this, but I’ve come to the point now where I need something more upbeat. Jak Phoenix is pure escapism and I’m proud to admit it. It’s a pulp space opera tale anyone can pick up and enjoy, even if they haven’t gone beyond Star Wars and Star Trek in their science fiction repertoire. If there is any type of message in Jak Phoenix, it is to be yourself, take things in stride and realize there is more to life than jobs.

FQ: Do you have more adventures planned for Jak?

Absolutely. I am several chapters into Jak Phoenix 2 as we speak. Book two will explore some of the repercussions for the events in the first novel while flipping things around, testing Jak’s friendships and outlook on life. Of course there will be plenty of explosions, gun battles and chases as well.

To learn more about Jak Phoenix please visit our website and read the review at: Feathered Quill Book Reviews.


The original interview can be found at http://www.featheredquill.com/reviews/interviews/williams_int.shtml

The book they reviewed is available on Amazon right here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0986526614/?tag=azorscrowpubl-20

Jak Phoenix – The Space Adventure Reviewed

Jak phoenix ebook paperback independent space opera sci fi book coverHey Everyone!

Jak Phoenix, the space adventure novel by Matt Williams, was recently reviewed positively by the good folks over at Feathered Quill Book Reviews.  The review is reprinted below:


Jak Phoenix

By: Matt Williams
Publisher: Azore’s Crown Publishing
Publication Date: April 2010
ISBN: 978-0-9865266-1-9
Reviewed by: Eloise Michael
Review Date: September 17, 2010

If you thought that Han Solo was the real hero of Star Wars, then Jak Phoenix, a novel by Matt Williams, is for you. Jak and his partner, Baxter, are space pirates traveling the Azore’s Crown Galaxy in an outdated ship called The Tempest. The ship constantly needs repairs on the fly, partly because it is old and pieced together from several different ships, and partly because of the scrapes that are common to the life of a space pirate.

Williams’ characters are familiar archetypes of science fiction. Jak is irreverent and prefers to work no harder than is necessary to feed himself and to stock the bar on The Tempest. His treatment of women is obnoxious. Then along comes a woman strong enough to turn Jack around. Jak’s friends are mechanics and engineers who get by on their intelligence and the ability to collect and make use of what others see as junk. There is, as well, the typical assortment of villains– from weak and servile to evil-cyborg-scientist to megalomaniac.

Williams breathes new life into these archetypes, thoroughly developing each character, not with lengthy descriptions, but through the characters’ actions and conversations. Readers will have no trouble keeping the characters straight; Williams creates lasting images of their physical appearances while at the same time revealing their motivations. As readers get to know the characters, they will find themselves liking and identifying with Jak and his friends.

Above all, what makes Jak Phoenix a good book is the pacing. Williams brilliantly balances action with plot and character development throughout the book. There is never a dull moment, whether Jak and his friends are outmaneuvering attackers in space, boarding an enemy ship, fighting robotic soldiers, or outwitting captors.

Though the action never lets up, the plot of Jak Phoenix always continues to move forward at an engaging pace. The details that Williams includes in the middle of all this action will create vivid pictures in his readers’ minds. Readers will get hooked early and want to stay with the book to find out what happens.

The plot is fairly simple; Jak must rescue a race of aliens– perhaps the whole galaxy– from an evil mastermind who has quietly been building armies in a corner of the galaxy. It is a tried-and-true plot line, and it’s simplicity works in Williams’ favor. Readers of science fiction want an alternate universe, which is believable, characters with whom they can identify (even if they happen to be aliens), and a story that will keep them turning the pages. Williams easily achieves all three within the context of a plot which, like his characters, is original enough to be memorable but sticks to a basic formula that works.

Williams’ grammar is not always perfect, and his sentences are occasionally awkward. This does not interfere with the story, however. If Williams’ style is a little rough around the edges, it complements Jak, himself, who chooses practicality over appearances. The narrator’s voice reads the way an average science fiction fan might talk, which many will find appealing. Readers will find this well-crafted novel diverting, will want to recommend it to a friend, and will look forward to Jak Phoenix’s next adventure.

Quill says: Perfectly paced to keep science fiction fans absorbed and engaged.

For more information on Jak Phoenix, please visit the book’s website at: www.jakphoenix.com


The original review can be found at http://www.featheredquill.com/reviews/sciencefiction/williams2.shtml

The book they reviewed is available on Amazon right here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0986526614/?tag=azorscrowpubl-20