Creator: Tom Kratman
Co-Author with John Ringo in the Legacy of the Aldenata series, but he also has done some writing of his own, particularly in military fiction, science fictional and not. The nature of his writing tends to result in Internet Backdrafts due to the highly charged political content and the very clear religious conflict.Formerly a colonel in the US Army before medical issues forced him to retire, part of his service was in Panama, resulting in it being a recurring theme in his books, with Panama IN SPACE! happening in the Carrera's Legions series, while the Legacy of the Aldenata novel Yellow Eyes (and the very beginning of The Tuloriad) have Panama during and after an Alien Invasion.
Works by Tom Kratman with their own pages:
- Carrera's Legions
- A Desert Called Peace
- The Lotus Eaters
- The Amazon Legion
- Come and Take Them
- The Rods and the Axe
- In John Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata:
- Watch on the Rhine
- Yellow Eyes
- The Tuloriad
- Countdown: The Liberators
- Countdown: M Day
- Countdown: H Hour
Tropes associated with his works not already covered in the above pages:
- Author Avatar: You can expect a U.S. (or Recycled In Space U.S.) army retiree, usually between major and colonel, with hot blood and discontent for his past, to be the protagonist. There are actually two of them in A Desert Called Peace - the 26th century protagonist and his wife's 22nd century ancestor.
- Religious Stereotype: Any Muslim character, especially in Caliphate.
- Strawman Political: Tom Kratman is an avowed libertarian/conservative, so expect "evil, baby eating liberals".
- Take That, Critics!: Minor characters somewhat resembling certain Internet trolls and social justice warriors who have mocked Kratman's works—By purest coincidence, no doubt—sometimes appear in the later books. Invariably, their portrayal is unflattering, and they not infrequently come to a bad end. This is taken Up to Eleven with a commenter from Space Battles/Sufficient Velocity, which he killed three times in the same book.