Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

Dell Sweet picks his personal favorites of his own books and tells you why…

Zero Zero

Dell Sweet

This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer. Books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


Russia and America’s decades long silent war escalates in the shadows. With Nuclear weapons armed and waiting both believe the other will be the one to flinch. Most of America is not even aware these weapons still exist, and the few that know they do exist believe no one will ever use them. One last time Earth comes to the brink of destruction. Controlled by powers both on and beyond the earth her fate is left to a small group of survivors to secure. Zero Zero begins with a secreted base that holds the keys of destruction: A madman who holds those keys in his hand, and a small group of men and women who challenge him as the clock ticks down to Zero Zero.

As the clock ticks down for our planet and her inhabitants, powers that have lain dormant for centuries are loosed on the Earth. Zero Zero takes a look at a post apocalypse world in ruins. The governments are gone. The police, the military. The United States is no more. And even the simplest things are hard to come by. Some have hidden to ride out the storm unleashed upon the Earth, others have taken a stance in the fight.

Those that survive the apocalypse are splintered and isolated. Mistrustful of one another, but beginning to come together in small groups. They have been told of a place a safety, but getting there, if it exists, is not a guarantee. The powers that have been unleashed may not be done with them, and they have to be wary of everything and everyone in a world where firepower and fearlessness rule the day…

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Why Zero Zero?

Zero Zero is actually a book that I began writing when I was about sixteen years old. I struggled to write it for more than thirty years. I didn’t understand that during all that time I was writing it. That the magic of a book is in writing down what is given to you to write down.

I finally finished it in 1984, submitted it to TOR, withdrew it because I was scared and because it needed heavy editing and I had no clue how to do that. I then lost the book a few years later and life moved by me. Miraculously I got it back just a few years ago, had it edited and published it.

The story is probably the main theme that drives me to write. The struggle of humanity against what is there, in the way or binding us to rules we don’t fully understand and long to break away from. Dell Sweet 2017.

Star Dancer

Dell Sweet

This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer. Books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


Michael Watson is the captain of an inner galaxy cruiser: He Purchased Star Dancer right out of school and has spent the last twenty years running people and supplies to outposts within the confines of the Solar System and the established bases on the Moon, Mars and Saturn’s moons. The times are changing though and the big money is in the longer out of system runs. To do that he’ll need a crew and a bigger ship, but he has the ambition and the rest just might fall into place.
A new navigator, the beautiful Petra starts him thinking in a new direction and not just about Star Cruising. Maybe the next few flights for Star Dancer will be her last and he and Petra can set their sights on bigger adventures out beyond the stars…

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Why Star Dancer?

It might seem that Star Dancer couldn’t be one of my favorites because it was just recently published. While that is true it and the small short stories behind it were actually written several years ago. I am a Star Trek fan. From being a little kid and camping out in front of the TV to see Star Trek when the original series first came out, to watching every new addition to the Star Trek family over the years. Because of that I wanted to write SCIFI or Space Opera if you will.

The trouble was how do you write something that has already been covered completely? I finally decided that if the Dodge brothers had followed that doctrine there would never have been a Dodge built at all. And since some of my favorite cars have been Dodge products over the last several decades, that would have been a shame.

So I wrote. Not Star Trek, but the story of Petra and Michael. A dozen or so short stories that I recently picked up, rad through, and that inspired me to sit down and write my first Space Opera or SCIFI novel.

Is it on par with Star Trek? Nothing is on par with Star Trek. But it is good. Interesting and I would like to turn it into a series someday. Dell Sweet 2017.

Earth’s Survivors Life Stories: Billy

Earth’s Survivors Life Stories

Dell Sweet

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The Deal…
The man moved more fully into the shadows. “You Gabe?” he asked in a near whisper.
The darker shadow nodded. “You…?” He started.
“Now who else would I be?” He asked.
The darker shadow said nothing. The other man passed him a small paper bag. “Count it,” he told him.
Gabe Kohlson moved out of the shadow, more fully into the light. “It’s a lot; I can’t stand here, out here counting it.”
The man laughed. “You asked for this place. It’s the middle of nowhere. I Googled it, it comes up marked as the middle of nowhere. Who will see you?” He laughed and then choked it off with a harsh cough. “Count it. No mistakes… You got it?”
Kohlson’s head popped up fast from counting. “Of course I don’t… That wasn’t the deal.”
“Easy… Easy… Keep your panties on… I’m saying you got it… You got access to the it?”
“That I got… I can get it out this Thursday at shift end…” He held up the paper bag. “A lot of this goes to greasing the skids… You know, to get it out,” Gabe told him. “This stuff.”
“Whoa right there,” the man told him. “Don’t say anything about it. I don’t know what it is and I don’t want to know, see? I do a job. Take this thing there, that thing here. That’s all I know. Keeps my head on my shoulders when all about are losing theirs.”
“Uh… Lost me,” Gabe Kohlson told him.
“Just shut up about it, man. I don’t want to know anything past what I know, okay?”
“Okay,” Kohlson agreed.
“I do know you got to get it out and I will be here to get it… Hey,” he waited until the kid looked up. “You know who I work for, right? You muck this up you’ll wind up out at the county landfill… Gulls pecking out your eyes let me tell you. I will meet you here next Thursday night… Seven… Don’t be late… Don’t mess this up… Don’t make me come looking for you…” He faded back into the shadows more fully, turned and walked down the shadowed front of the building. A few minutes later he found his car in the darkness: He waited.
He heard the kid’s beater when it started. A few moments later he watched as it swept past him, heading out of the small park area toward the river road. He levered the handle on his own car, slipped inside, started it and drove slowly away…

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Why Billy?

This story is another story that has been written for many years. Billy Jingo and his story was around before the Earth’s Survivors books. I really wanted to write crime stories, but the Earth’s Survivors books succeeded and that shut the door on other genres until I opened it a few years back.

The warning to me was that introducing other genres will hurt you and the warning proved to be true; whether because book sellers were confused or fans or both, but I decided that I liked the crime story genre. I didn’t want to live there but I wanted to publish what was in me and if it hurt me so be it; I was long past worrying about that. I guess I like the book not because it tells a special story, although the story is really based on parts of my life, but because it was so hard to get out there and that made me fight for it even more. Dell Sweet 2017.

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