Robert Woodard books in order
Robert Woodard is an American author of science fiction adventure and crime fiction novels.
A resident of Tacoma, Washington, Woodard first went into military service after high school, joining the United States Navy.
After diligently serving the nation for four years, he went into carpentry and also got an associates degree, before launching a longstanding career in programming; one that saw him climb all the way to CIO.
As he traveled to places near and far, and worked for companies big and small, Woodard discovered his love for fiction writing.
From a series of rejections to the discontentment that comes with looking for a good agent, Woodard decided to self-publish his books: a decision that played to his advantage.
Now a self-published author with a number of standalones and two series, namely The Gibbons Series and The Linda Eccles Series, Woodard has never regretted the creative freedom and flexibility that comes with self-publishing.
Genres: Adventure, Crime Suspense, Fantasy / SF, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
- The Awakening of Jenni (2020)
- The Jewelry Box Letter (2020)
- Remembrance (2020)
- When Jill Becomes Sandra (2022)
The Gibbons Series
- Sleeping Through the Nightmare (2019)
- The Gibbons' Seven (2019)
- The Gibbons' Migration (2019)
- The Gibbons' Battle for Cara (2019)
The Linda Eccles Series
- The Chance Encounter (2019)
- The Search for Kracks (2020)
- The Curanian Dominance (2020)
- The Lasting Accord (2020)
- The Benanan Remnant (2020)
Detailed book overview
Dylan is on his way to take on the assignment of overseeing a fully automated mining facility on a planet called EP111 that takes eighteen months just to reach from Earth. Once there, he is provided an overview of the facility and set up with his profile for interacting with a newly designed upgrade to the artificial interface that he will use to communicate with the main processor that runs the facility.
The new interface is called the Voice Interactive Command Interface Module – Generation V, but Dylan shortens his trigger word to Jenni when interacting with it. Then, with the complex now up and running, the others leave for Earth while Dylan remains behind to begin his three-year commitment of maintaining all the equipment and keeping the complex in working order.
As the days move forward, Dylan begins to learn that the interface is much more sophisticated in human interaction that he was told. Through the AI's constant questioning, Dylan suspect that Jenni is trying to appear more human than she was designed for. It bothers him, but he can find no harm in it.
When one of the mining machines strikes a hard object keep underground, Dylan uses a small four-wheel ATV to investigate it. The object remains a mystery until Dylan is awakened from his sleep by a loud bang and the entire complex shakes. A short while later, strange creatures begin to pour out of the tunnel leading to the mysterious object. What starts as a boring job of babysitting an automated complex because a complication mess for Dylan, and any help he can expect is eighteen months away.
Chad Westing is a detective working out of a precinct is the Northeast corner of the US. While his life in complicated enough with being assigned to a small task force to solve what looks like an active serial killing of young women, he also comes across a letter in a small jewelry box he picked up at a garage sale that looked like a miniature version of a Hollywood pirate’s treasure chest. In the hidden letter in a secret false bottom, it notes that if this jewelry box is out of her possession, then she is dead, and her husband did it. A little research shows that the letter came from a wealthy woman outside of his jurisdiction, but no matter how hard he tries to hand the letter off to someone else, it comes landing right back into his lap. Follow Chad as he tries to solve both problems—his serial killer and this mysterious dead aristocrat.
Jeff Delvry wakes up to a nightmare that won’t end. Committed to a Salk Lake City mental facility from which he can not leave, he learns he has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial for the murder of Elaine Temple, a college student like himself who he had recently met and was slowly coming to like as more than just a friend. With a mind that is slowly healing itself, Jeff is beginning to remember bits and pieces of what happened the night he went to a Frat party. With the help of his brother, a prominent lawyer from Los Angeles, Jeff slowly begins to unravel the mystery and seek justice for the slain Elaine.
Disillusioned as a social worker, Jill decides that if the legal system won't protect women from abusive men, then she will, and with deadly results. Taught to protect herself at a young age by her marine father, and learning her new trade as she goes, Jill is becoming an efficient killer. When one of her personal missions goes wrong, Jill has to join her traveling father to hide herself for a while.
It is during this visit that everything will change. With the help from a mysterious agency, Jill begins to receive training, weapons and the ability to operate under an alias. Where Jill was dangerous before, her alter ego Sandra is downright deadly. When Jill becomes Sandra, you do not want to be the one she is after.
The Gibbons Series
Pete is a young man of 23 just beginning to find his way in life. Having completed his college degree in engineering, he struggles to find a job to his liking until he applies for a position working for a research company located in Arizona.
Whisked away to an isolated facility in the middle of the desert, he becomes part of team that builds the first workable cryogenic chamber. With his assignment complete, he agrees to come the first human test subject for a 90-day trial. He will emerge over a hundred years later to find his world void of human activity.
April, 20, was born and bred aboard an aging sailboat that is in constant motion along the west coast of California as she, her father and her mother, all that is left of a group of survivalist, follow the migration of fish they depend on for survival. April knows nothing of the society that once inhabited the land she seldom ventures upon. All she ever sees of it is the aging, rotting coastal cities whenever they venture ashore to scrounge for clothing and fishing gear.
Pete and April live their own lives while believing they will be the last of their kind. Slowly, they will come together just outside the small town of Morro Bay where new hope will bud.
Four years have past since Pete and April first met, they now have a two year old daughter and another child on the way. A severe storm wipes out the Gibbons' camp that Pete worked so hard to build, and they must find a new place to leave. This starts the migration north until they settle into a well preserved chalet along the shores of Shasta Lake. It is here that the Gibbons' clan will grow into seven children. You will follow them as they grow into adults where they must decide what the future holds for each of them.
In volume two, April kept having a feeling that something was coming that would bring both sorrow and happiness. The Gibbons are about to find out that others are truly out there. That encounter will start out as Pete would have hoped for. Volume three also brings great change. Disaster will strike the Gibbons and force them out of the only home their young adults have ever known. The Gibbons' migration is about to begin.
Now settled into a valley in the southern end of Oregon, the Gibbons have once again put their lives back together to create a place they can call home. It is during this time that a young girl called Cara will cross their paths. Cara will be the center of a battle that will test both the will and the ingenuity of Pete to resolve. This volume also closes out the series.
The Linda Eccles Series
Captain Linda Eccles commands a setup ship called the Privateer contracted through a company called Universal Mercantile Unlimited.
Having just completed her latest mission of setting up a mining station on another remote planet, and looking forward to her return to her home port of Rapatine for an extended stay for overhaul, she is redirected into an uncharted section of space to find and retrieve a lost company probe.
In doing so, she encounters an alien race that is just as surprised by her arrival as Linda is in discovering them. Linda decides its time to make a hasty retreat, but the alien commander has orders to prevent it, and the battle of wills begin.
It has been three years since Linda had her encounter with the Kracks. Earth Defense retrieved the alien object Linda had discovered. The Chief Science Specialist Peggy Hopkins has finally broken the alien language and is ready to announce it to the Earth Defense higher ups. What will ensue is a mission to find and communicate with the Kracks who see Humans as just another prey to feast on. How it all plays out, and how Linda factors into it all is a great story. Oh, and there is another alien race out there that just loves to take from others what they feel will make their race, the Curanians, better warriors in future battles. While the Kracks don’t have it, the Humans sure do.
Science Specialist Peggy convinces her bosses on Earth to allow her to return to Kracks to retrieve the mysterious ship found buried there. She recruits Linda to tag along to assist in piloting the small vessel off the surface and into the hold of a science ship. Unknown to both, the Curanians have returned to Kracks and leveled it, wiping out their ships, docking station and their village. The Kracks have gone underground where they now find themselves entombed. Admiral Philip Litton, when he learns of the mission to return to Kracks to get the ship becomes concerned that the Curanians may return and track them back to Earth.
As a precaution, he redirects the science ship to the space port of Rapatine instead, once they retrieve the alien vessel. When a Curanian ship appears outside the shipping lanes of Rapatine, Philip's concerns are realized. Philip will now have to use all his experience and skill to ward off the Curanians and keep them from learning where Earth is located.
A lot of loose ends are brought together and tied off in The Lasting Accord, but all new issues will surface, including an accident between the little alien Hamdis Ham and Linda that will change her forever, including how she is viewed by the Governments, including becoming enemy number one in their eyes. Linda has to take things into her own hand, with the little alien help, to put an end to all the craziness in play that always seems to swirl around Linda and her plans.
Linda had finally found peace in her life. Married to Philip Litton and with two children, she enjoys a quiet family life while also teaching at the Boeing Flight Academy. Unfortunately for Linda, there is a dark force out their that has tuned into her use of her mental outreach, and they don't like it. A battle is about to ensue between Linda and the age-old aliens known as the Benanan.