Kategorie: Allgemein

Review copies available!

If you have a SF/F or AltHist-blog or review for a bigger website or other publication, I’m more than willing to provide you with a review copy of „Arrival“ either as ebook or paperback, according to your preferences. Just get in touch with me, please.

Wait one!

While the ebook is now available at amazon.com, there has been an issue with the paperback supposedly to be published through Create Space. The publisher is working on the issue. Furthermore, other ebook-distributors will take delivery of the novel a bit later as the process to get access to them is a bit more complicated than with amazon (which might be a reason why amazon is a much more convenient and successful place). I’ll keep you posted.

And then there is…

… the Vigiles… The spin-off-series of the „Emperor’s Men“ starts after the events of the first six novels and is centered around a German police officer tasked with the establishment of a professional police force in Imperial Rome. Have a look at the cover of book # 2 in the series, to be published in German end of August.


Cover Art by Timo Kümmel

It’s there. And it took it’s time.

Dirk van den Boom - ARRIVALIt took quite some time. It’s now coming, and soon. What was the delay? Technical problems? Laziness on behalf of my publisher? Well, yes, the last part a bit, but it was mainly issues of… taxation. Well.
The novel is now available for pre-order as ebook from amazon.com. A paperback-issue through CreateSpace will be added shortly. Other ebook-distributors as well, amazon.com has been comparatively the easiest. I will keep you updated about developments.
What is the novel about again? It’s alternative history.

„Shortly before the First World War, the German light cruiser Saarbrücken leaves the port of Wilhelmshaven to make its last big journey before being decommissioned. But near Portugal the old ship encounters a mysterious phenomenon, and the crew unexpectedly finds itself in the Mediterranean, 1500 years in the past, at a historical moment: It’s the year 378, the beginning of the end of the Western Roman Empire, the start of Völkerwanderung…the crew of the Saarbrücken decides that to survive they must make friends of the Romans. They had been the Kaiser’s men in the 20th century, and now, in the past, another emperor might need their services…“

If you like to use amazon.com, pre-order here:



Everything is ready, everything is done.

Only the publisher has some issues fixing the dollar-pricetag from a German amazon-account. It seems to be a challenge, which, hopefully, will be overcome in short time.

In the meanwhile, look at the newest German installment of the series:

Dirk van den Boom - Kaiserkrieger 8 - Stürmische Himmelklein

What’s new?

Well, christmas is coming.

But that’s not so important. More important: Where is „Arrival“, the first of the translated books in the EM-series? It’s almost there. First thing in the new year, the publisher said. Keep my fingers crossed.

And for everyone, a nice and peaceful christmas anyway 🙂

Supplemental: Yes, it’s February. Still kind of beginning of the year, isn’t it?

WorldCon and more men for the Emperor

WorldCon has been a wonderful experience and feedback by fans for the ad printed on the back of the free fanzine distributed has given me some courage in view of the forthcoming publication of „Arrival“.
In Germany meanwhile, the 7th book in the series has been published, leading the story to so far uncharted waters. Or temples, for that matter.