T.A.C. FORCE – Sons of Khan

COMING early 2021

An exciting new novel from

Mike McCoy

This time we go to the Moon!

T.A.C. Force – Sons of Khan is a the story told by Frank Callahan. He tells his stories to those who demand to hear. You don’t know them, but they keep the records of everything.

Be patient reader, old stories take time to tell.

He did it all for a woman. Frank was the first man ever to get kicked off Luna. In a crazy move, he risked everything to get back to Moon Base Alpha, back to the woman he loved.

Frank is a simple man. He claims to be the first stowaway on a flight to the moon and the first homeless man on Luna. He’s a short guy with a short guy complex.

After decades of technological advancement and hundreds of missions, moon Base Alpha has moved beyond self-sufficiency. The base produces and sells resources; oxygen for rocket fuel, metals, manufactured goods and food. The first hotel on the moon is about to open which will create a burgeoning tourist economy. Frank day dreams about providing tours for the visitors. He imagines his future business success, if he can can avoid getting sent back to Earth.

Unfortunately the woman he loves doesn’t feel the same. She’s found another. Frank’s heart is broken and he nearly ends it all.

The night of the hotel’s pre-opening gala, the base is invaded by The Sons of Khan who want to take control of the base and reap the rewards of economic growth. The Khan capture everyone on base. Everyone but Frank.

Frank must use his skills, he has some skills he’s not a total idiot, his wits, and military intuition he didn’t know he had to save his friends and Moon Base Alpha. Frank begins as a klutzy guy who nearly kills himself before becoming an accidental hero who evolves to become a confident warrior and leader.  

Through the conflict in this first story of the T.A.C. FORCE saga, the beginnings of two powerful forces emerge. T.A.C. FORCE and the Khan. T.A.C. FORCE must defeat the Khan no matter where in the solar system the fight takes them.

Author’s note

The novel is written in first person so we only see and know what Frank sees. It’s a challenge for me to write this way. It’s a very different writing style compared to my first novel.

ASTEROIDS – Bridge to Nowhere was written in third person Omnipresent. This style allowed the reader/writer, to jump from character to character, place to place and be in the head of any character. We knew everything.

T.A.C. Force is more restrictive. We follow Frank. We see and know what Frank knows and feels. Hey man, the guy has thoughts and feelings. Frank is complex and philosophical. He considers the human condition and complications of life while he endures great conflict and tragedy.

My overall goal is to entertain by telling a story in my own way. Don’t ask me what other book this is like, I couldn’t tell you. It’s a military action drama in space, there are many of those. I hope this story is a unique fun, exciting read.

A fun work in progress

I began writing T.A.C. Force (this is the working title) at the end of April after spending weeks reading and downloading everything I could find about building a moon base. I learned how to use moon regolith to build roads, landing pads and construct buildings. I also researched methods to extract oxygen and hydrogen from moon dust and use the left over alloys to make metal components.

I am using all this technology to create Moon Base Alpha. Located at the base of Mons Malapert, one of the tallest mountains in the South Pole region. The peak of Malapert mountain, known as the peak of eternal sunlight receives almost constant sunlight, perfect for solar power generation and Earth is almost always in view enabling near constant communication with Earth possible.

Follow my progress on Webnovel

If you want to be an advance reader you can follow my progress and read chapters before anyone else on Web Novel. Go to Web Novel and search for T.A.C. Force. You probably need to register as a user, but it’s Free.

I will post chapters periodically, usually in a batches of several chapters. Please share your comments and feedback. My hope is that this novel will be better than my first book.

Sample Chapters

Below are the first couple of chapters (still first draft so expect future edits) – Please read and let me know your thoughts and comments.

Chapter One