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Dave’s Books

Much Fall of Blood 

Prince Manfred and his mentor and bodyguard, the deadly warrior Erik, survived dangers and enemies both natural and supernatural, and if they thought that their new mission was going to be anything but more of the same, they soon gave up on that hope. Returning from Jerusalem, they and their escort of knights of the Holy Trinity are escorting an envoy of II Khan Mongol to the lands of the Golden Horde—between the Black Sea and the Carpathians, which happen to be eastern bastion against their old enemies, the demon Chernobog and his possessed puppet, the Jangellion.

Unfortunately, what began as a diplomatic mission leads to Manfred and his knights being caught up in an inter-clan civil war, rescuing a fugitive woman and her injured brother, and becoming involved in the problems of Prince Vlad, Duke of Valahia, who has been held as a hostage by King Emeric of Hungary until freed by Countess Elizabeth Batholdy to use as bait to capture a group of nonhumans. Instead, the wolflike nonhumans, who masquerade as gypsies, free Prince Vlad, and help him to return to his homeland to raise revolt against Hungary and to renew age-old magics.

Manfred and Erik are forced into an alliance of convenience between the Golden Horde and the ancient magical forces of Valahia, as directed by the troubled Vlad. The magic calls for blood and Vlad is deathly afraid of it—and at the same time, is irresistibly drawn toward it . . .

Cover Art by Larry Dixon
Baen 2010

The Sorceress of Karres

As Captain Pausert had often had occasion to observe, life just wasn’t fair! Hadn’t he (with the help of the notorious witches of Karres, of course) outmaneuvered the deadliest of space pirates and eliminated the threat of the Worm World (as told in The Witches of Karres), after which, at the least, he deserved some time off. No such luck, though, as the Empress herself sent him on a secret mission to stop the nanite plague, but an enemy had somehow convinced the Imperial Fleet that he was actually a wanted criminal, so after a battle leaving his ship in urgent need of repairs all three of them joined an interstellar traveling circus (don’t ask!) in order to save the galaxy once again (as told in The Wizard of Karres).

Time for a vacation? Don’t be ridiculous-there’s a new urgent mission that has Captain Pausert’s name on it! This new novel finds the long-suffering Captain and the two young Karres witches—Goth, who vows she will marry him when she grows up, and her younger sister The Leewit—being sent off to investigate mysterious and ominous events in the notorious Chaladoor region of space. Goth soon becomes aware that unknown but surely inimical forces are tracking them, and in order to foil them she takes a desperate route to travel back in time and meet Pausert as a young boy. Meanwhile, the Captain and the Leewit find themselves in the middle of their own desperate situation in the Chaladoor.

Whoever it was who said that a change was as good as a vacation never met any of the Witches of Karres—nor experienced their amazing talent for getting Captain Pausert into trouble.

Cover Art by Stephen Hickman
Baen 2010

Dragon’s Ring

Tasmarin is a place of dragons, a plane cut off from all other worlds, where dragons can be dragons and humans can be dinner. It’s a place of islands, forests, mountains and wild oceans, filled with magical denizens. Fionn—the black dragon—calmly tells anyone who will listen that he’s going to destroy the place.

Of course he’s a joker, a troublemaker and a dragon of no fixed abode. No one ever believes him.

He’s dead serious.

Others strive to refresh the magics that built this place. To do so they need the combined magics of all the intelligent species, to renew the ancient balance and compact. There is just one problem. They need a human mage, and dragons systematically eliminated those centuries ago. Their augury has revealed that there is one, and they seek her desperately. Unfortunately, she’s fallen in with Fionn, who really doesn’t want them to succeed. He has his own reasons and dark designs. The part he hadn’t worked out is that she will affect his plans too.

Chaos, roguery, heroism, theft, love, kidnapping, magic and war follow. And more chaos.

“Good characterization, ripsnorting action and an ingenious plot make this a feast for sword and sorcery fans.”
—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on Dave Freer’s A Mankind Witch

Cover Art by Bob Eggleton
Baen 2009

Slow Train to Arcturus

Make Tracks to the Stars!

Ye civilized of Earth: send forth your outcasts, your primitive throwbacks, your religious fundamentalists, your sexual separatists—and heck, you can even toss in your totalitarian crackpots in the bargain. Pack them all in sealed habitats, rocket them into space, and pronounce good riddance to those lunatics, oddballs and losers!

But if you happen to be an alien explorer stranded on that ship and looking to find a way home? Well then, your one chance lies in seeking out the true iconoclasts in a sea of nutcase societies—for verily, it is only the absolutely original and terminally weird who shall inherit the stars!

New York Times best-seller Eric Flint and Dave Freer deliver an adventure through the eeriest alien realm of all—human culture at its most extreme!

“[T]he sharpest moments in this giddy entertainment are those where [Flint and Freer] blithely skewer human mores.”
Publisher’s Weekly on Rats, Bats & Vats

Cover Art by David Mattingly
Baen 2008

Pyramid Power

Alien Ragnarok!

A mysterious pyramid appears in Chicago, oozing fantastic creatures and sucking humans into our own mythological past. It’s an alien invasion from within!

When a special forces team sent to capture an AWOL official gets into deep trouble with a certain one-eyed Norse god, redoubtable comparative mythologist Jerry Lukacs must rescue them, strike a deal with the droll and dangerous Loki, and risk bringing on Ragnarok itself to once again save human myth from alien domination.

The rollicking sequel to New York Times best-seller Eric Flint and David Freers’ action-packed romp through everything humankind holds sacred begun in the groundbreaking Pyramid Scheme.

“[A] charmingly picaresque journey.”
—Publishers Weekly on Flint and Freers’ Pyramid Scheme.

Cover Art by Bob Eggleton
Baen 2007

A Mankind Witch

To the North of the Holy Roman Empire lie the pagan Norse-lands. It is here that Manfred, Prince of Brittany, and his Icelandic bodyguard, Erik, must venture in the dead of winter. To a rugged land of trolls and ice, to find a Pagan relic, something so magical that should not be possible to touch it, let alone steal it. Yet, it is gone. Unless it is recovered before Yuletide, a new Viking age will be born. King Vortenbras will lead his berserks in an orgy of rapine, looting and destruction across the Empire’s unguarded flank.

Princess Signy is the King’s older stepsister. Everyone believes her to be the thief, a witch and murderess. Everyone but Cair, her stable-thrall, an ocean-plucked man with a hidden past. Cair doesn’t believe in witches or magic, let alone that Signy could steal and murder. And if he has to drag the foremost knight of the age and his bodyguard kicking and screaming through the entire Norse underworld to prove it, he’ll do it. No kobold, dwarf or troll is going to stop him or his scepticism. Not the wild hunt. Not even a grendel. He doesn’t believe in this superstitious rubbish. He’s a man of science, and he’s used that to fake his way into being feared as magic-worker. But for Signy, he’ll be all of mankind’s witches.

He’ll have to be. Because that’s what it’ll take to defeat the dark magics massed against her.

A tale of intrigue, murder, love and magic set in the alternate history world SHADOW OF LION and THIS ROUGH MAGIC.

Cover Art by Gary Ruddell
Baen 2005

A Ring of Fire

Dave’s novella “A Lineman for the Country” appears in this book.

Return to the Alternate Universe of 1632 and 1633 as the Top Writers of Alternate History and Military SF Join Forces in the Shared-Universe Volume of the Year

The battle between democracy and tyranny is joined, and the American Revolution has begun over a century ahead of schedule. A cosmic accident has shifted a modern West Virginia town back through time and space to land it and its twentieth century technology in Germany in the middle of the Thirty Years War. History must take a new course as American freedom and democracy battle against the squabbling despots of seventeenth-century Europe.

Continuing the story begun in the hit novels 1632 and 1633, the New York Times best-selling creator of Honor Harrington, David Weber, the best-selling fantasy star Mercedes Lackey, space adventure author K. D. Wentworth, Dave Freer, co-author of the hit novels Rats, Bats & Vats and Pyramid Scheme (both Baen), and Eric Flint himself combine their considerable talents in a shared-universe volume that will be a “must-have” for every reader of 1632 and 1633.

Cover art by Dru Blair
Baen 2004

The Rats, The Bats and The Ugly


Victory! The triumphal return of the cyber-uplifted rats and bats is greeted with the reward the HAR Army traditionally gives its best:

Arrest, detention without trial, and a firing squad at dawn.

Chip Connolly, vat-bred other-ranker hero, comes home from conquest of several million alien Magh’, to find that was the easy bit. The real enemy, the enemy within, has not yet even begun to fight.

Now, the rats and bats have to raise the revolution. Or, at least make sure that someone with opposable thumbs survives to open screw-caps. The alien menace lurks in their midst, since the aliens have harnessed that most dangerous foe against them: human bureaucracy. They have to take on the secret police and an alien starship armed with missiles and lasers. All they have is superglue, an armored golf-cart and a delight in mayhem. Surely, they are doomed.

But wait: who is this hero leaping through the darkness? He’s a macho hidalgo without peer. His voice is like thunder. . . . His lemur-like body would fit in a soup-cup. However, his waistcoat is immaculate.

Only Fluff can save them now, with a bit of help from Elvis. And some burnin’ love.

Cover art by Bob Eggleton
Baen 2004

The Wizard of Karres


It just wasn’t fair! Captain Pausert had foiled the deadliest of space pirates and eliminated the threat of the Worm World, yet his troubles kept piling up.

Sent on a secret mission to stop the nanite plague, a self-aware disease that could devastate whole worlds, he quickly found that someone had convinced the Imperial Fleet that he was actually a wanted criminal, which led to a battle leaving his ship in urgent need of repairs. And while Goth and the Leewit, two of the notorious witches of Karres, could do amazing things, ship repair was not in their line. So he stopped at the next planet for repairs, but found that somehow his bank account had been cut off, and the authorities were looking for someone matching his description.

There was only one thing to do—join the circus! An interstellar traveling circus, that is. All the galaxy loves a clown—as long as Pausert, Goth and the Leewit can keep their disguises from slipping. The show must go on—or the galaxy is doomed!

Cover art by Steve Hickman
Baen 2004

 This Rough Magic

The Demon Chernobog —  Foiled but Not Conquered  in The Shadow of the Lion— is Back to Conquer Sixteenth-Century Venice!

Chernobog had come within a hair of seizing absolute power in Venice, but was thwarted by the guardian Lion-spirit, who awoke to protect his city from the power-mad demon. But the power of the Lion is limited to Venice, and Chernobog has a new ally in the King of Hungary, who has beseiged the island of Corfu to seize control of the Adriatic from Venice. Trapped on the island is the small band of heroes who awoke the Lion and thwarted Chernobog before. Far from the Lion’s help, Manfred and Erik lead guerrillas against the foe, and Maria discovers ancient magical powers on the island. If she can make alliance with them, she may be able to repel the invaders—but not without paying a bitter personal price. . . .

Cover art by Larry Dixon
Baen 2003

The Shadow of the Lion


It is the year 1537. The great winged Lion stares over a Venice where magic thrives. The rich Venetian Republic is a bastion of independence and tolerance. Perhaps for that reason, it is also corrupt, and rotten with intrigue.

But for the young brothers Marco and Benito Valdosta, vagabond and thief, Venice is simply-home. They have no idea that they stand at the center of the city’s coming struggle for its very life. They know nothing of the powerful forces moving in the background. They have barely heard of Chernobog, demonlord of the North, who is shifting his pawns to attack Venice in order to cut into the underbelly of the Holy Roman Empire. All Marco and Benito know is that they’re hungry and in dangerous company: Katerina the smuggler, Caesare the sell-sword, Montagnard assassins, church inquisitors, militant Knights of the Holy Trinity, Dottore Marina the Strega mage . . . and Maria. Maria might be an honest canaler, but she had the hottest temper a boy could find.

Yet among the dark waters of the canals lurk far worse dangers than a hot-tempered girl. Chernobog has set a monster loose to wreak havoc on the city. Magic, murder and evil are all at work to pull Venice down. Fanatical monks seek to root out true witchcraft with fire and sword. Steel-clad Teutonic knights, wealth traders, church dignitaries and great Princes fight and plot for control of the jewel of the Mediterranean.

And somehow all of these, from thieves to mages to princes, must gather around Marco and his brother Benito, under the shadow of the great winged lion of Venice.

Cover art by Larry Dixon
Baen 2002

 Pyramid Scheme

An alien pyramid has appeared on Earth, squatting in the middle of Chicago. It is growing, destroying the city as it does — and nothing seems able to stop it, not even the might of the US military. Somehow, the alien device is snatching people and — for unknown reasons — transporting them into worlds of mythology. Dr Lukacs is one of the victims. Granted, he’s an expert on mythology. But myths are not something he’d thought to encounter personally. Or wanted to! Sure, he has a couple of tough paratroopers along with him, as well as a blonde Amazon biologist and a very capable maintenance mechanic. Unfortunately, modern weapons don’t work, and the Greek gods are out to kill the heroes.

Well, yes, they’ve got Medea and Arachne and the Sphinx on their side (both Sphinxes, actually — the Greek version as well as the Egyptian). And at least some of the Egyptian gods seem friendly.

But that can be a very mixed blessing, to say the least. Oh, and whatever you do—don’t mention dwarf-tossing.

Cover art by Bob Eggleton
Baen 2001

Rats, Bats and Vats


Chip Connolly was a conscripted grunt in trouble. Here he was, stuck behind enemy lines with a bunch of cyber-uplifted rats and bats. Rats with human speech, but with rat values. Rats that knew what was worth fighting for: sex, food and strong drink. True, they were holed up on a ruined wine-farm with enough brandy to swim in. Trouble was, there wasn’t much food. And with shrew-metabolism the rats had to eat. He was next on the menu. The bats were no help: they were crazy revolutionaries planning to throw off the yoke of human enslavement—with high explosive. As if that wasn’t bad enough, there was the girl they’d rescued. Rich. Beautiful. With a passionate crush on her ‘heroic’ rescuer. She came with added extras: a screwball Alien tutor, and a cyber-uplifted pet galago—a tiny little lemurlike-critter with a big mouth and delusions about being the world’s greatest lover.

So: he’d volunteered for a suicide mission. Of course things only got worse. The whole crew decided to come along. Seven rats, five bats, a galago, two humans, a sea-urchin-like alien and an elderly vineyard tractor without brakes . . . against several million inimical aliens. He was going to die.

Mind you, not dying could be even more terrible. That girl might get him.

Cover art by Bob Eggleton
Baen 2000

The Forlorn


The relentless search is on: Find the opal-like sections of a matter transmitter, scattered across a continent. Without them the only human colony-planet dies. The pieces are hidden in the vast deserts, tangled jungles, medieval cities and stark fortresses of this world. They are defended by fanatics. The fifteen sections are technological miracle-workers, more precious than fist-sized diamonds in a colony regressed to the 14th century level. Yet, the various hunters will let nothing in their way.

Against humanity’s questers race the Morkth, space-traveling xenophobic alien destroyers of Earth. They are determined to destroy all these human vermin, soon. But first they want the matter-transmitter. They want it badly, and they destroy anything that tries to stop them. They have nukes and lasers to the colonists’ swords and spears. It’s no contest.

All that stands between the Morkth and the destruction of the planet are three unlikely heroes A street-child thief, a dispossessed and totally spoiled brat of a sixteen year-old princess, and a confused, amoral, Morkth-raised human. If they can gather all the transmitter sections before the Morkth do, then there is a chance of survival. But the Morkth already have several sections, and the others are lost, or guarded and hidden. It seems like a lost cause… a Forlorn Hope. But it’s all humans have.

Cover art by Larry Gilmore
Baen 1999


The Red Fiddler (with Eric Flint) 2005: In Bedlam’s Edge edited by Rosemary Edghill and Mercedes Lackey.(Techno for Baen)
Candyblossom: In Probe (SASF magazine), JBU Volume 1.1, and in The best of JBU 2006.
The Tinta falls catfish (fishII) 2006 (with Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis) JBU Volume 1.2
Flashing the Loch Ness monster (fishIII) 2006 (with Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis) JBU Volume 1.3
Thin Ice 2007 JBU Volume 2.1
The Yellow Submarine (fish VIII) 2007 (with Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis) JBU Volume 2.2
Love at first bite (fish XI) 2007 (with Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis) JBU Volume 2.3
Jack October 2007: In Fates Fantastic Anthology edited Dan Hoyt. (Techno)
The end of Mankind (fish XIII) 2008 (with Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis) JBU Volume 2.5
Regency Fay 2008: In Something Magic this Way Comes Antholgy edited Sarah Hoyt (DAW)
Boys 2008: In The Future We Never Had Antholgy edited Rebecca Lickiss (DAW)
Wetware 2.0 2008: In Transhuman, Approaching the Singularity Anthology edited by Mark Van Name and Toni Weisskoph (Baen)
The Witch’s Murder 2008 (with Eric Flint): In The dragon done it edited by Mike Resnick and Eric Flint (Baen)
The War, Me, Seventeen million dollars, and a Stripper 2008: In Front Lines Antholgy edited Denise Little (Techno)
The Poet Gnawreate and the Taxman 2008: In Better off Undead edited by Daniel M. Hoyt (Techno books)
Pirates of the Suara Sea 2008(with Eric Flint): In Black Sails, Fast Ships edited by Jeff Vander Meer (Nightshade books)
Soot 2009: In Witch Way to the Mall edited by Esther Friesner (Tekno/Baen)
Wolfy Ladies 2009: In Strip Mauled edited by Esther Friesner (Baen)
If music be the food of love 2010 In Fangs for the Mammaries edited by Esther Friesner (Baen)
Pinked Djinn 2010: In Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 42 edited by Edwina Harvey
Neither Sleet, nor Snow, Nor Alien Monsters 2010 In Citizens edited by John Ringo and Brian M Thompson (Baen)

The Cat Hunters 2019: In Voices of the Fall Amazon edited by John Ringo and Gary Poole (Baen)


A Lineman for the Country 2003: In ‘Ring of Fire’ edited E. Flint (Alternate History) (Baen)
Crawlspace with Eric Flint (miltary/social satire) In JBU1.6 and Best of JBU 2007


Genie out of the Vat 2005: In Adventures in Far Futures, Edited by T. Weisskoph (Military SF)(Baen)
Diving Belle 2008 (with Gunnar Dahlin), Ring of Fire II (Baen)



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