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Old-School Sword and Planet with a Modern Attitude: An Excerpt from The MechMen of Canis-9

Saturday, October 20th, 2018 | Posted by Joe Bonadonna

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The MechMen of Canis-9 is my seventh novel. I’ve always wanted to write some sort of action-packed Sword and Planet Adventure, with some planet-building involved, and that’s what I hope I’ve accomplished with this “sequel” to my Space Opera, Three Against The Stars. The Foreword below should pretty well set the stage for the excerpt that follows. I hope you enjoy it and it interests you in checking out my novel. Thank you!

This time out, Sergeants Seamus O’Hara, Claudia Akira, Fernando Cortez and a platoon of Marines are deployed to Canis-9 — Devoora, the Ocean Planet. Their mission: find seven indestructible robot warriors hidden there for seventy years. Most of the platoon survives a crash-landing but are left stranded in a hostile environment of deadly sea predators. Rescued by native Tulavi islanders, the Marines get caught up in a war between this mysterious, maritime civilization and another indigenous race, the Malvarians, who hunt and harvest the eggs of the giant kaizsu — the Sea Dragons sacred to the Tulavi. As the Marines set out to complete their mission they discover a secret known only by the Tulavi: the endangered kaizsu are the key to Devoora’s ecosystem and the future of all life on the planet.

The MechMen of Canis-9 is now available in both paperback and Kindle editions. Thank you!

Read an exclusive excerpt from The MechMen of Canis-9 here.


  1. Joe,
    Glad to hear there’s a sequel to a very enjoyable series. I shall look forward to reading hat! :)

    Comment by Andrew P Weston - October 21, 2018 1:48 am

  2. Thank you, Andrew Paul Weston. It was a lot of fun to write and I believe it’s a much better novel, too.

    Comment by Joe Bonadonna - October 21, 2018 8:38 am

  3. I’ll be picking this up as well. I really like your books, Joe.

    Comment by CMR - October 23, 2018 11:00 am

  4. Thank you, CMR. I appreciate that. I think you’ll like this much better than the previous book. This one is very special to me.

    Comment by Joe Bonadonna - October 23, 2018 1:28 pm

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