Books and Short Stories


A smooth-talking ex-sergeant, accustomed to an easygoing peacetime military, unexpectedly re-joins the fleet and finds soldiers preparing for the strangest thing—war.

The two hundred years’ (and counting) peace is a time of tranquility that hasn’t been seen since…well, never. Mankind in the Galactic Age had finally conquered war, so what was left for the military to do but drink and barbecue? That’s the kind of military that Sergeant R. Wilson Rogers lived in before he left the fleet to become a smuggler.

But it turns out that smuggling is hard. Like getting-arrested-for-dealing-with-pirates-and-forced-back-into-service kind of hard. It doesn’t seem so bad—the military was a perpetual tiki party anyway—but when Roger returns after only a year away, something has changed. These are soldiers—actual soldiers doing actual soldier things like preparing for a war that Rogers is sure doesn’t exist. Rogers vows to put a stop to all this nonsense—even if it means doing actual work.

MECHANICAL FAILURE is Joe’s debut novel and the first of three books in the EPIC FAILURE trilogy. It will release on June 7th, 2016 in limited hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook.


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A Cup of Wisdom in Shattered Shields, a Baen anthology of military fantasy

The Most Important Man in the Universe at Daily Science Fiction

A Leap of Logic at Loconeal Publishing

The Wicker Warrior in the 2012 Writing for Charity Anthology

Save the Date at Dunesteef (audiobook)

Spoons at DailyScienceFiction