Creator / Tom Kratman
Co-Author with John Ringo
in the Legacy of the Aldenata
series, but most of his writing is in worlds of his own creation, 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:
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.
- Commie Land: Kratman's original settings usually include some kind of Soviet Union analogue, but with a twist. At least two of them feature the hybrid ideology of Tsarist-Marxism, a species of monarchistic communism.
- Flame War: Mr Kratman has a history of showing up on discussion boards where his works are being discussed to talk to his readers directly. Given his politics compared to many internet participants and his having little patience with people who attack strawman versions of his arguments, this can become quite heated.
- Icy Blue Eyes: His Author Avatar reflects his own blue eyes, which often intimidate or intrigue Salafists.
- Religious Stereotype: Any Muslim character, especially in Caliphate.
- Straw Character: Tom Kratman is an avowed libertarian/conservative, so expect "evil, baby eating liberals".
- Take That, Critics!: Minor characters somewhat resembling certain critics and reviewers 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 former US Marine Corps tank driver who posted a particularly unflattering and falacious review of A Desert Called Peace on Space Battles, who he killed three times in the same book.