ABOUT: Kirov V – 9 Days Falling - Volume I
Kirov Saga: 9 Days Falling, Vol I
John Schettler’s Kirov Saga has already delighted readers through four compelling volumes, blending alternate history with a twist
of time travel to send the ship and crew of the modern Russian battlecruiser Kirov careening through time to the 1940s. As one might expect with that premise, the series has been
packed with exciting naval action throughout as Kirov dueled with the Royal Navy, the Italians and finally the Japanese in 1942. The fourth volume, Men Of War, was described by
the author as a kind of ‘bridge novel’ telling the story of what happened to the ship and crew after they finally returned home at the
end of book III. It also leads readers to a second trilogy in the saga that the author has entitled 9 Days Falling, a depiction of the Great War in 2021 that the crew learns of at
the outset of Book III, and the desperate effort to prevent it.
Available now, 9 Days Falling, Book V in the Kirov Saga presents the first three days of
that war as the rising tension portrayed finally explodes in major military confrontations by the great world powers. The war is fought by SinoPac, the grand Eurasian alliance between
China and Russia set against the long cooperation of Western Europe and the United States that began with NATO. At the conclusion of Men Of War, China’s threats against Taiwan take
center stage in the UN and the Red Banner Pacific Fleet puts to sea under Captain Vladimir Karpov to make a show of force. It is immediately involved in a naval showdown with the US 7th
Fleet and we learn that the Americans have been ordered to find and sink the battlecruiser Kirov at all cost. As this action unfolds we also see Kirov’s intrepid ex-navigator, Anton Fedorov
, devise a clever and daring mission utilizing the power of the mysterious “Rod-25” to return to 1942 and look for Chief Orlov.
9 Days Falling, Volume I continues right where Men Of War left off in a seamless transition. The
events happening in these first three days of the war are presented in three sections of twelve
chapters each, and yet the full 36 chapter novel with prologue still was not nearly enough room to present this expansive and intriguing tale, and that’s good news for all Kirov Series enthusiasts. At least two more volumes will follow book V to present the remaining six days of
the war, which is rapidly igniting all the major oil and energy sectors of the world. The title of this
segment of the saga leads us to believe that events heighten in the conventional engagements
which begin in the Pacific and will inevitably lead to a nuclear exchange on the 9th day. As in Men Of War, the story here alternates between modern day scenes related to the developing
war and resultant oil/energy crisis it leads to, and scenes in 1942 where Fedorov’s mission to
the past desperately struggles to find a way to prevent the war from ever happening. But hold on
! Just when you think you have this whole thing figured out, the author introduces some major new plot elements here that take the story in an unexpected direction.
After a brief prologue that serves to recap the ending of Men Of War, this fifth book in the series
then moves to the journey west along the Trans-Siberian rail in 1942 by Fedorov and the dour
Sergeant Troyak with his sidekick Zykov. By the end of the third chapter the author has already introduced a strange and puzzling new event and a major twist in the plot, all part of the
deepening mystery surrounding the origins and effects produced by Rod-25.
All the main characters from the earlier volumes continue on in the series, but as the war in
2021 is initially fought to secure the world’s dwindling oil and gas reserves, the story also
begins to introduce a host of new characters and plot lines on the British and American side. The root of this part of the story was planted at the end of Men Of War when the Russian
submarine Tigr fired torpedoes to destroy the massive Thunder Horse British Petroleum platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Tigr pays with its life, but its actions put increasing pressure on
the oil flows coming out of the Middle East and the Kashagan superfields of the North Caspian
basin, two crisis points that come into sharp focus in a new plot line involving a small British oil
contractor, Fairchild Enterprises. The company signs an eleventh hour contract to get as much
oil moving to the West as possible before the war closes all supply lines down, and the author
uses this very engaging new plot line as a vehicle that allows him to visit the key oil and energy centers of the world that become the focus of early military action.
In keeping with the naval action that is at the heart of all these books, Fairchild is defended by the Royal Navy frigate Iron Duke and a corporate security vessel called the Argos Fire that was
originally a British Daring Class Destroyer. These two ships must lead a small flotilla of oil
tankers into the Bear’s Den of the Black Sea, where the last open oil terminals on the Georgian
coast hold the vital oil supplies that will secure the fate of the Fairchild corporation while providing a vital energy life line with much needed supplies to the West.
By day two the novel really heats up with intense combat as China begins its attack to secure
her ‘wayward son,’ Taiwan. The war then spills into the Middle East as yet another flash point
ignites there involving Iran and the Straits of Hormuz. The Fairchild plot line is also embroiled
here even as their flotilla enters the Black Sea. Meanwhile, Vladimir Karpov’s verbal showdown
with the US Pacific Fleet erupts in pulse pounding naval/air combat with US Captain Tanner’s CVBG Washington. Yet once again the author has planted a seed in Men Of War that
introduces another major plot twist so startling and significant that we can’t reveal it here.
Get ready to rumble…
The popular 1980s sci-fi naval thriller The Final Countdown staring Kirk Douglas set the
template for this popular fiction genre where modern naval forces engage the massed might and steel of previous generations. The only complaint I ever had about that movie was that, for
all its promising potential, it never really delivered the military action many viewers hoped to see. In the Kirov Series, however, author John Schettler pulls no punches when it comes to fast
paced battle scenes. The opening Kirov Series trilogy sees the powerful Russian battlecruiser
duel with the best naval forces of each world power in WWII, ending with a climatic duel with Admiral Yamamoto on the Japanese battleship Yamato where the most powerful surface ships
of two generations squared off against one another. It was some of the most engaging naval fiction to come along in years. The one WWII fleet Kirov has not yet locked horns with was the
massive juggernaut led by Nimitz, and Halsey in the Pacific. Well hold on to your tickets folks, because as you enter 9 Days Falling you’re about to take another incredible ride before this
The scenes in 1942 present Fedorov’s mission on the one hand, while alternating in and out of
Orlov’s story and through the viewpoint of Captain John Haselden’s 30 Commando team. The
hunt for the surly Chief Orlov intensifies and quickly leads to some very unexpected and startling
events. The intrigue developed in plot lines involving the Russian Inspector General Kapustin, the shadowy figure of Pavel Kamenski, the dangerous Captain Volkov and Admiral Volsky all
lead us deeper into the mystery of Rod-25. Fedorov’s mission to the past encounters an
alarming and bewildering event, Karpov’s first major battle ends in an astounding plot twist, and
the new story line involving Fairchild & Company is deftly linked to all three of these other major
story elements and inexorably drawn into the maelstrom Schettler has brewed up as the world slowly descends into chaos in 2021.
9 Days Falling, Vol. I is a must read for anyone who has enjoyed the earlier novels and become
attached to these characters and their impossible fates. The striking cover has a few hints as to
what’s in store for readers in this volume, and the blend of old and new, with mystery, intrigue,
and roiling naval combat, makes this volume a nicely balanced step forward in the series. To
think that another 72 chapters await us in volumes II and III of this second trilogy in the Kirov Saga is a joy indeed. So finish up Men Of War and get ready for more in the days ahead!
If you are new to this series, you can pick up the first five books this month for under $25 in the
Amazon Kindle store. Hey, that’s the cost of a low end bottle of wine, but the elixir in this bottle is
well worth it. Considering the author’s vivid and engaging writing style, compelling and well
developed characters, and great action and plot, Schettler is delivering real value to readers
here and keeping the price per each book at just $4.99. You’ll find most mainstream publishing
houses asking two and three times that for a single kindle book and the stories aren’t half as engaging as the Kirov Saga. So enlist and come aboard!
The Kirov Saga: 9 Days Falling, Vol. I is available now from the Writing Shop Press.
Exclusively on Amazon!
“I love anything about time travel, military history and military fiction. This series has them all. I
thought it would be over with book 4, but the continuation of the series is off to a great start. The
details of the battles are great and very accurate. The historical references like Mr Kirov are
fantastic. After reading this last book, I looked into the author's previous works and to my
surprise he wrote a very hardcore time travel series called the Meridian series. I just finished
the first book. I now see where his expertise in covering time travel comes from and his
attention to little details in history that can change the future.” - Patrick Dailey
“On a whim a while back I purchased the first book in the Kirov series because the premise of
displacing a modern Russian battlecruiser to WW2 was intriguing. Since then I have read all
the books in the series and they never disappoint. This most recent book just came out and it's
very well written, particularly the battle sequences. My only suggestion to the reader is that you
must read these books in sequence. At the Kindle price this is a small investment for so much enjoyment.” - GK
“I loved the history and the historic details are very good, you don't know where the plot will get
you, I could not let it go, even at midnight!” - Alex Mtz
“The book was well researched to make the tale somewhat believeable. It was edge of seat
written. You cannot read enough at one setting..” - John Tolley