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Dragonfall - Book 35 in the Kirov Series

The decisive year of 1943 careens to a dramatic conclusion in all theaters of the war. In the east, the Soviets launch a bold new offensive aimed at recapturing Moscow. In Southern France, the Allies strive to break the stalemate and drive north, with breakouts by Patton, O’Connor and Montgomery all competing for headlines. In the Pacific, the US Navy strikes deep into the Marshalls at Kwajalein-Roi-Namur, while MacArthur invades Tulagi, leading to a dramatic carrier showdown in the Solomon Sea on the scale of Midway.

Admiral Yamamoto enlists the support of Admiral Kita to face down the Americans, only to find the dread nemesis, Mizuchi, has come south to challenge Kita’s flotilla in a daring ambush. Meanwhile, Karpov and Fedorov struggle to recover from the massive Tunguska Event, and race to Ilanskiy in time to find and stop Tyrenkov’s nefarious plot to seize power in 1908.

NOTE: This is the material that was originally titled “1944,” but as it took this entire volume to finish events of 1943, the author changed the title, and now 1944 will become Volume 36

Kirov Saga: 35

John Schettler

Part I – Winter is Coming
Part II – Tomorrow’s Warning
Part III – Ambush
Part IV – North Wind Rising
Part V –  The Edge of Winter
Part VI – The Führer’s Fireman
Part VII – All Hallows Eve
Part VIII– Hard Blows
Part IX – Solomon Sea
Part X – Broken China
Part XI – Recovery
Part XII – Second Chances

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Welcome Aboard!

You are now setting foot on the deck of the longest running alternate history military epic ever written! Pictured here as stacked from the breakthrough novel Kirov (Book 1) to the latest book Event Horizon (Volume 34), this epic story now exceeds 11,000 pages, and 3.8 million words! That is over twice as long as Marcel Proust’s “ In search of Lost Time,”  which topped out at 4,215 pages, three times longer than the entire George Martin Game of Thrones series, and  six times longer than War & Peace. While not posing as high literature, these books are a good deal more exciting than Proust or Tolstoy, presenting a richly textured alternate history of WWII.

Arranged in “seasons” of 8 volumes each, the story is now in Season 5, slowly retelling the history of the Second World War, burned and blackened by the awesome power of the most powerful surface ship in the world, the battlecruiser Kirov. After a strange accident displaces the ship in time, the officers and crew begin their marathon journey through WWII, soon finding that their interventions are drastically altering the history of all future time, and imperiling their very own existence as the future they came from can no longer take shape from the shattered meridians of time.

The series has often been called “The Russian Final Countdown,” after the popular movie that saw a Nimitz Class carrier displaced in time to December 6, 1941. It took 31 volumes to finally reach June of 1943, and  loyal readers  have eagerly supported the story from Book 1. Originally conceived as a naval thriller, the series has expanded to include all the major land battles of WWII as it progresses through the history. As of book 31, the series returns to the final battle to clear Tunisia, exciting east front action in Operation Zitadelle, and the Allied opening attack aimed at knocking Italy out of the war. See a list of all battles covered by visiting the “season” links below to learn more about the books in  this amazing series, which releases a new novel every 60 days to continue the alternate history.

The series is so massive that its subplots create entire standalone novels! Many of the individual campaigns that were presented in segments spanning five to ten novels have been concentrated into one uninterrupted volume. These so called “Battle Books” cover each of the major theaters of the war. (See the banners below)


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Browse the seasons to see the epic scope and detail of this series. View video book trailers, battle maps, and learn about the history and battles covered, on land, air and sea.


Cauldron of Fire
Pacific Storm
Men Of War
9 Days Falling
Fallen Angels
Devil’s Garden


Altered States - Nov 2013
Darkest Hour - Jan 2014
Hinge of Fate - Mar 2014
Three Kings - May 2014
Grand Alliance - Jul 2014
Hammer of God - Sep 2014
Crescendo of Doom - Nov 2014
Paradox Hour - Jan 2014


Doppelganger - Mar 2015
Nemesis - May 2015
Winter Storm - Jul 2015
Tide of Fortune - Sep 2015
Knight’s Move - Nov 2015
Turning Point - Jan 2016
Steel Reign - Mar 2016
Second Front  - May 2016

Tigers East! Jul 2016
Thor’s Anvil - Sep, 2016
1943 - Nov, 2016
Lions at Dawn - Jan, 2017
Stormtide Rising - Mar, 2017
Ironfall - May 2017
Nexus Deep - Jul 2017
Prime Meridian- Oct 2017


Prime Meridian Oct 2017
Event Horizon - Dec 2017
Dragonfall - Feb 2018

1944 - Apr 2018

More to come...

“...Lose yourself in a world riveted with exacting detail, top notch historical research, a narrative style that is utterly captivating, with characters and dialog that keep you glued to every page. The Kirov Series is a masterpiece, by a master story teller in love with this history. The author presents a world as real and visceral as the war he is writing about, and when that history alters in the whirlwind of Kirov’s many battles, the outcomes are completely convincing... This series sets a new standard for alternate history military fiction that is simply unsurpassed. Its scale and scope is simply awesome! ...”

Read about all the major Characters, the officers and Crew of the battlecruiser Kirov

SPECIAL EDITION:  Keyholder’s Saga, Volume 1

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With its roots first penned in Season 1 of the Kirov Series, the Author has opened with those 6 chapters here and then added 30 more all new chapters to present volume 1 in the Keyholder’s Saga. Follow Sir Roger Ames through a hidden passage beneath Lindisfarne that takes him to the eve of the Battle of Waterloo. There he engages with a long time rival and nemesis, one Jean Michel Fortier, as the two men, both having knowledge of history’s verdict on this campaign, now struggle to change the outcome to suit their own liking.
This book is a complete stand-alone novel, and new readers do not need to have any knowledge of the Kirov Series books to enjoy it.

BATTLE BOOKS:  Kirov Series Battle Books

Get all the action on fronts you are most interested in with Kirov Series Special Edition Battle books! With chapters extracted from volumes throughout the series, these extended length editions present about 500 pages of action dedicated to a specific theater of the war. Battle Book I: Foxbane, covers all the action in the desert war as Rommel battles O’Connor and Montgomery in North Africa. Book II Vendetta Presents every chapter dedicated to the long running duel between Karpov and Volkov, and all the airship and related ground battles over Ilanskiy. Book 3 Roll of Thunder presents the Pacific War, Vol. I,  from Pearl Harbor to the Invasion of Java, which continues in Sea of Fire.

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New to the Kirov Series? Take advantage of this special promotional price and get the exciting opening trilogy, 3 full length novels , over 1000 pages of riveting naval fiction for just $9.99




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