Military Science Fiction Author

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What started as a routine law enforcement patrol ends up as the fight of his life for Ben Wyporek, a young officer serving on the aging Coast Guard Cutter Kauai.  The discovery of a drug runner's derelict boat, with extensive and inexplicable damage, leads Ben and his crew on a dangerous mission to locate a crashed alien vessel.  Driven by a mysterious government agent obsessed with secrecy, the operation quickly turns into a life-and-death race with a technologically-advanced, international criminal syndicate to find and contact the first known extraterrestrial visitors to Earth.  

"The entire narrative has a conspiratorial feel, as though it’s a true story we shouldn’t be reading. The intensity of certain moments, the rapid-fire dialogue, and the incredibly high stakes of the plot make it difficult to put the book down, and Hochsmann knows how to masterfully draw out suspense. Engage at Dawn is an imaginative and captivating story, one that explores the nuance of brotherhood and service, along with plenty of rich twists and extraterrestrial tangles, for a uniquely compelling sci-fi thriller."

Self-Publishing Review

 

A research ship maintaining a security watch on a developing planet is pummeled by an unexpected solar flare and collision with one of its service drones. With communications destroyed and their only means of power generation damaged, the ship must land and obtain materials for makeshift repairs if they are to return home. But the planet is inhabited by a post-industrial species who must be protected from the knowledge of the spacefarers and their advanced technology at all costs. Unable to call for help and running out of power, the ship's captain faces a terrible choice: risk contamination of the planet he is sworn to protect or destroy his ship and crew. He and his crew enter a race to surreptitiously gather the needed materials and affect repairs and depart before the natives discover their existence and landing place.

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My Story

Edward Hochsmann is a retired U. S. Coast Guard search and rescue and law enforcement professional and author of the new sci-fi action-adventure novel Engage at Dawn: First Contact.  The veteran mariner, aviator, college professor, and defense analyst has added “author” to his list of experiences.  Ed likes reading, police procedurals, contemporary music on the road, and classical music in the office  when working.  After a career traveling from Australia in the west to Italy and Germany in the east, Ed has settled into a quiet life in the Florida Panhandle to focus on writing (and not shoveling snow!)

My Books

Engage at Dawn:

First Contact

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Vis Major

Engage at Dawn:

Seize and Destroy

A sentry ship is pummeled by an unexpected solar flare and collision with one of its service drones.  Unable to call for help and running out of power, Ship’s Master Strux faces a terrible choice: risk contamination of the planet he is sworn to protect or destroy his ship and crew. 

Explore the Engage at Dawn: First Contact story from the aliens' perspective.  This story arc was originally a part of the novel but was compelling enough to stand on its own. 

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"Must Read!"

"Vis Major has engaging characters and an exciting plot that grabbed me from the opening line - 'It was not just a routine solar flare.'"

"This story can be read as a prequel to Engage at Dawn: First Contact, it certainly piqued my interest, or as a side story to it. The primary work approaches this story from a completely different point-of-view. I recommend Vis Major to readers that like their SciFi to have some tech talk along with emotional interaction between characters. This short novelette has both."

- Originally published on Reedsy Discovery.

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