The Four Horsemen Universe

The Four Horsemen Universe

The Four Horsemen Universe is a shared world,  created originally by Mark Wandrey and shared with Chris Kennedy. The first story cycle in this universe is the Revelations Cycle, and the books are numbered accordingly here.

  1. Cartwright’s Cavaliers, by Mark Wandrey.

Finalist, Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel, Dragon Awards 2017. 

Cartwright’s Cavaliers was published in December 2016.

Heir to one of the leading “Four Horsemen” mercenary companies, Jim Cartwright is having a bad year. Having failed out of the academy, he’s just learned his mother bankrupted the family company before disappearing, robbing him of his Cavalier birthright. But the Horsemen of eras past were smart—they left a legacy of equipment Jim can use to complete the next contract and resurrect the company. It’s up to Jim to find the people he needs to operate the machinery of war, train them, and lead them to victory. If he’s good enough, the company can still be salvaged. But then again, he’s never been good enough.

2. Asbaran Solutions, by Chris Kennedy.

Published January 2017.

Nigel Shirazi was first in line for the chairmanship of Asbaran Solutions, one of the prominent “Four Horsemen” mercenary companies. First in line…until his drinking and temper caused him to fail out of college and get disinherited by the family. Now he leads the life of a playboy, enjoying a stipend from the family to stay out of the way. But someone is out to get his family, and Nigel is all that stands between the hidden enemy and the destruction of Asbaran Solutions and the Shirazi family. Nigel will have to learn to control himself if he’s going to take the reins of the company, figure out who’s behind the vendetta against Asbaran, and work out a way to stop them. But they’ve taken his sister hostage, and that makes him a very, very angry man!

3. The Winged Hussars: by Mark Wandrey

Published July 12, 2017.

For more than a century, Winged Hussars has been the richest of Earth’s mercenary companies, as well as the only one to specialize in space warfare. Led by Alexis Cromwell, they have carved out a reputation in the galaxy for being dependable, unflappable, and lethally efficient. Until people began shooting at them everywhere they went. Rick Culper left Earth in the hopes of finding a job as a merc. A natural at fighting in the armed suits known as CASPers, he finally caught on with one of the premier Four Horsemen companies, but it’s with the Winged Hussars, and the company’s prospects are beginning to look bleak. Traps have been laid throughout a number of systems, and Commander Alexis Cromwell and her flagship, Pegasus, will be hard-pressed to make it back to their secret base. Even with Rick’s help, the situation is much worse than anyone in the Hussars could have imagined. The Four Horsemen are being hunted, and the Hussars’ future is dark. But there’s one thing Alexis’ enemies didn’t count on—Alexis Cromwell is nobody’s prey.

4. The Golden Horde, by Chris Kennedy. 

Published August 1, 2017.

The slaughter is on! Across the galaxy, Human mercenaries are being ambushed, and an ever-increasing number of companies aren’t returning from their contracts. Someone even appears to be plotting the demise of the premier Four Horsemen companies, and disaster for the other three companies has only been averted by the narrowest of margins. Sansar Enkh, the president of The Golden Horde, knows her company is likely to be next, but has no idea who is behind the attacks, or when they will strike her beloved Horde. Acting on a prophesy from her dying mother, she knows her only chance is to take the company off-world to draw out the phantom enemy. The Horde is being scouted and an attack is imminent. As the Revelations Cycle draws to a close, will Sansar be able to figure out who is behind the attacks in time to save Earth’s mercenary companies from the horrific fate waiting from them? The fourth horseman is in play, and time is running out to save the Earth and everyone on it!

5. A Fistful of Credits (Anthology)

Published June 30, 2017

Fourteen outstanding authors. Fourteen extraordinary stories. One bestselling universe.

It’s the Twenty-Second Century. The galaxy has opened up to humanity as a hyperactive beehive of stargates and new technologies, and we suddenly find ourselves in a vast playground of different races, environments, and cultures. There’s just one catch: we are pretty much at the bottom of the food chain.

Enter the Four Horsemen universe, where only a willingness to fight and die for money separates Humans from the majority of the other races. Enter a galaxy not only of mercenaries, but also of Peacemakers, bounty hunters, and even a strung out junkie in the way of a hired assassin.

Edited by bestselling authors and universe creators Mark Wandrey and Chris Kennedy, “A Fistful of Credits” includes all-new stories in the Four Horsemen universe by a variety of bestselling authors—and some you may not have heard of…yet. The fourteen authors take on various aspects of the universe, giving you additional insight into a galaxy that isn’t at war…but definitely isn’t at peace. There’s only one thing for sure—anything’s possible for a fistful of credits!

Inside you’ll find:

Foreword by Dr. Charles E. Gannon

“The Last Alpha” by Mark Wandrey

“Breach of Contract” by Terry Mixon

“Paint the Sky” by Jason Cordova

“Surf and Turf” by Jon R. Osborne

“Stand on It” by Kevin Ikenberry

“Lost and Found” by Jon Del Arroz

“Gilded Cage” by Kacey Ezell

“Legends” by Christopher Woods

“With the Eagles” by Doug Dandridge

“Dead or Alive” by Paul Corcoran

“Hide and Seek” by Christopher Nuttall

“Information Overload” by Charity Ayres

“Enough” by Chris Kennedy

“CASPer’s Ghost” by Brad R. Torgersen

6. Peacemaker, by Kevin Ikenberry.

Published August 22, 2017.

Peacemakers. The Galactic Union’s most capable enforcers and resolute negotiators, their name alone elicits fear and awe among the Union’s citizenry. Having completed a harrowing confirmation mission, Jessica Francis stands ready to become Earth’s first Peacemaker and believes obtaining her commission is a mere formality. However, certain members of the Guild question her ability. Worried that she’ll fall back on her mercenary ways, they want Jessica to prove her mettle at the negotiating table before she puts on the distinctive insignia of a Peacemaker. Dream Worlds are terraformed planets inhabited by multiple species living and working in harmony. Operated by a governing Consortium, each carefully-controlled world is marketed as a paradise, but Araf is far from. The conditions are deplorable, and its three colonies are moving relentlessly toward all-out war over scarce resources and broken promises. A three-way showdown for dominance looms—can Jessica prevent war and bring back peace? One thing is certain; she’s never walked away from a fight, and she’s not going to start now.

7. For A Few Credits More (Anthology)

Published September 12, 2017.

More authors. More stories. The same bestselling universe.

It’s the Twenty-Second Century. Humanity has taken its first steps into the galaxy, and we’ve found ourselves in a vast playground of alien races, environments, and cultures. As the newest players on the universal stage, though, our position is readily apparent—we’re at the bottom of the food chain.

Welcome back to the Four Horsemen universe, where only a willingness to fight and die for money separates Humans from the majority of the other races. While some of the stories inside deal with mercenaries, others introduce readers to the other guilds, organizations, and races that make up the landscape of the Four Horsemen universe, and many of them provide background information to the mainline novels. There’s even a new form of life to get acquainted with and a look at alien interaction at its youngest level!

Edited by bestselling authors and universe creators Mark Wandrey and Chris Kennedy, “For a Few Credits More” includes sixteen all-new stories in the Four Horsemen universe by a variety of bestselling authors—and some you may not have heard of…yet. It’s a world where you can get anything you want. Some things, though, are only available for a few credits more!

Inside you’ll find:
Foreword by David Weber
“Butch and Sundance” by Peter Cawdron
“Where Enemies Sit” by Rob Howell
“Boss” by Scott Moon
“Leverage” by Josh Hayes
“Luck of the Draw” by JR Handley & Corey D. Truax
“Contract Fulfilled” by Tim C. Taylor
“Emancipation” by Mark Wandrey
“Forbidden Science” by Terry Mixon
“Change of Command” by Thomas A. Mays
“A Family Tradition” by Ian J. Malone
“Go for Bait” by T.C. Bucher
“The Kra’daar” by Chris Winder
“Blood of Innocents” by James Young
“Messenger” by Nick Cole
“Faith” by Chris Kennedy
“Tinkerman” by Jake Bible
“The Start of Something Beautiful” by Kacey Ezell

Look for more novels and anthologies coming soon!

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