The Long View published

It may take a little time to work through their system. Here is my temporary cover.

OK – URL live now.

I got my cover from Sarah Hoyt. It will catch up when Amazon propagates it.

45 Responses to The Long View published

  1. Anonymous September 27, 2023 at 12:17 pm #


  2. Earl Brunner September 27, 2023 at 12:27 pm #

    Yeah! Absolutely fantastic!

  3. Benny E. Floyd September 27, 2023 at 12:44 pm #

    Always good news, and great timing for me since I just finished re-reading the April and Family Law series. I really enjoy your writing, your characters are great, and the story lines are engaging as well. Keep up the good work. Now I just have to wait for Amazon.

  4. Mike G. September 27, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

    Cool, purchased at

  5. Michiel September 27, 2023 at 12:59 pm #


    Will you also be publishing on other e-book stores?

    Since early 2023 Amazon only allows bought books to be read on a kindle and blocks putting them on any other e-readers.

    I will buy your book regardless, but it is a pain in the behind reading it on a tablet or laptop.

    • Mac September 27, 2023 at 3:14 pm #

      No I do Amazon exclusive, Michiel. They allow me to loan books in the KENP program. That’s grown to be 2/3rds of my income. I get paid a bit less than a half cent a page read but then I’ve have over 83 million page views. I’ll try to see if there is a work around. I didn’t ask for DMR copyright protection for exactly this reason.
      See if this helps –

      • Michiel September 28, 2023 at 7:07 am #

        Thank you for your reply.
        I have bought the book last night and are halfway through on Amazons webreader on my tablet.

        Since early this year Amazon stopped using the AZW format and only supply in their new KFX format that is not convertible. So even without DRM you can only read it on a kindle, or wait for a pirated .epub version (that I do not want to do out of principle).

        It is important that you can make some income on this, so I have no criticism on your publication choices. I do find it personally frustrating however that Amazon is working so hard on a total monopoly on books I like. Once you buy a kindle you can never switch to another brand for the rest of your life or you loose your whole library.

        Regardless, thanks for the book and I hope many more will follow!

        • Zebulon Dakota October 1, 2023 at 1:10 pm #

          There are a number of work-arounds. One is to use Calibre to store and read your files. Another is to get a used Paperwhite and register that. With a Paperwhite registered, you can still download your books in AWZ3 format so you can transfer them to Calibre and use Calibre to read them or download them to something else. Who knows how long Amazon will let that happen, but for now it’s working. I read on the Paperwhite, but use Calibre to keep my library separate from Amazon, so no clawback. Calibre can also convert the files to other formats like epub or pdf.

        • Bob Allaband October 1, 2023 at 8:40 pm #

          You stated that you used a webreader on your tablet, but there are Kindle Apps for tablets that functionally makes your tablet work like a Kindle. If it is an Android tablet you can download it from Google Play and Apple store for IPad’s. If it is an older tablet that can’t use the Kindle 5.0 App you can google and sideload the app to your tablet (I had to do this for my old tablet).

  6. Samuel September 27, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

    Well tonights reading is now obvious…

    Looking forward to another great book!

  7. Jim September 27, 2023 at 1:15 pm #

    midweek surprise! Thanks again for a needed escape!

  8. Jennifer September 27, 2023 at 3:17 pm #

    Yay! I have Thursday & Friday off of work so now I’ll have 3 new books to read over the next 4 days. I’m so excited to read the next in the April series.

  9. David September 27, 2023 at 6:53 pm #

    Should it automatically propagate to other countries? Still not up on

    • Mac September 27, 2023 at 8:31 pm #

      It will.

      • David September 27, 2023 at 9:52 pm #

        Thanks. Do you ever feel weird how so many of us are so heavily invested in the lives of people who are figments of your imagination?

        • Mac September 28, 2023 at 7:09 am #

          Not at all because I’m a reader too. I am much more interested in what is going to happen in my favorite author’s next book than the many ‘real’ people. Especially relatives.

          • Brent September 28, 2023 at 7:35 pm #

            Too true, unfortunately!
            Who are your favorite authors? And/or what series are you currently reading (when you have the time)?
            I think you’ve shared this with us before, but I couldn’t find it looking back through the older posts…

          • Mac September 29, 2023 at 7:37 am #

            Anything new by Cherryh, Bujold, and Lee and Miller. I reread some favorites like the Mote in God’s Eye, the Last Centurion, and A Long Time Until Now.

  10. Aghast September 28, 2023 at 2:23 am #

    “That’s what happens when you put your best people on it.”


    I am glad to see the Foy’s have finally “caught up” with the rest of the team, and I’m hopeful that now we won’t see any more of them. (I’ve never liked that particular arc – not for any reason other than “it’s a distraction”.)

    It seems like you’ve mastered the choppy techno-thriller style, of little updates to each of a dozen different characters in sequence. Some of the earlier books tried this, but the updates were individually longer and it was actually harder reading.

    This book seems to be worth comparing to some of the Vorkosigan books. There’s a lot more comedy and a lot more “fluff”, with the heavy technical stuff floating in the background. That’s always been there to some extent, with mining and spaceship-building in the background. But while Nick Naito is no Ivan Vorpatril, in this book there is more time spent talking about his dishwashing job than about the various attempts to kill him.


    … when is the next book going to be done?

    • Mac September 28, 2023 at 7:12 am #

      You’ll see a little bit of the Foys but as Spacers. They are in the Family Law books already. I’ll still tell you about Alice and Titus but not as often.

  11. Teresa September 28, 2023 at 12:54 pm #

    I’m about halfway through, and loving it!

  12. Zebulon Dakota September 28, 2023 at 1:05 pm #

    I left an earlier reply, but for some reason when I submitted it, I got a screen that said “SPAM DELETED” – I have no idea what I’d said to invoke its ire.

    Anyway, I’ve got it already and am halfway through April 13 for the umpteenth time in preparation. Thanks, Mac! I’m already looking forward to the next one 🙂

    • Mac September 28, 2023 at 3:14 pm #

      Not sure… If I did that sorry.

      • Zebulon Dakota September 28, 2023 at 11:19 pm #

        Not a problem – it just left me scratching my head 🙂 Now that’s strange. It just did it again. But I was able to use the back arrow to get back, so I’ll try again.

  13. Nick September 29, 2023 at 4:17 am #

    Started reading yesterday afternoon, had a nap when my eyes kept closing.
    Woke up around midnight, finished reading at 4 am.
    Loved the feeling of the different threads coming together.
    The Grand Ball was a great idea.
    As always, I was left wanting more.
    You sure can tell a story Mac.

  14. Melvyn Barker September 29, 2023 at 5:21 am #

    Thanks Mac. It’s up on and I’ll be starting as soon as I’ve finished refreshing where we got to in number 13. Please keep up the good work

  15. Cheryl September 30, 2023 at 3:42 pm #

    Finished last night. LOVED IT! Can’t say enough good things. I left a review but haven’t seen it come up. I’ll give it a day and try again.

    As for the SPAM DELETED problem I read above. It’s happened to me on this site lots of times. I’ll try 3 or 4 times and give up and come back another day and will be able to submit. No clue

  16. Leo October 1, 2023 at 12:03 pm #

    Mac, what’s the gap (in years) between this one and the first Family Law?

    if my finger counting is correct, about 100 years? 120 maybe?

    • Mac October 1, 2023 at 2:58 pm #

      Still some gap yes. Not going to set a hard number.

      • Bob Allaband October 1, 2023 at 9:01 pm #

        Didn’t Lee basically give the answer when she looked up April’s Com code and how old it was?

        • Mac October 2, 2023 at 7:51 am #

          Yeah I haven’t made a chart and tried to have exact dates for everything. In fact I’ve avoided dates unless something demands a date like an official communication or a demand with a deadline.
          About short lifers forgetting things – Official memory is very short. A person may live 80 years – but the window in which their memories are something that helps shape official actions and policy is very short. They have a brief window of seniority before they retire. Twenty years max in most cases. Sometimes much less.

        • Mac October 5, 2023 at 10:20 am #

          People are very slow to believe anything that contradicts what they already know.

    • HdT October 1, 2023 at 3:02 pm #

      The April series starts in the 2080s, Family Law starts in the 2190s so you’re right on target for the beginning of both series.
      The internal timeline of the April series is not internally consistent (the characters’ ages and the number of winters once we reach the Foyes PoVs say ~10 years but the semi-frequent descriptions of “so-and-so is not in the living memory of short lifers anymore” say it’s a lot longer), so we don’t know how many years the series takes internally.

      • Michael Brazier October 7, 2023 at 3:34 pm #

        I think “the short-lifers forgot what happened” is more a commentary on the heavily censored press in Earth nations than a measure of time passing. People do remember that Home rebelled, and wrecked both North America and China. But the reasons why they did so never became public knowledge on Earth – the people who knew the reasons kept them secret, even from their successors. It isn’t so much forgetting, as never learning in the first place.
        With that in mind, I’d say the series’ chronology is roughly consistent, and the books so far cover a bit less than ten years. April itself might have to be shifted forward to 2084 for complete consistency with its sequels, but I don’t see any other problems.

  17. David power October 1, 2023 at 1:29 pm #

    I really enjoyed the new book and catching up on the various characters.

    It did leave me wondering what happened to April’s father who when last seen was managing the home station, or her grandfather who hasn’t been heard of, since he was rescued from mars. They should have been invited to the grand ball.

    I would have expected Happy Lewis have got invo;ed with exploring?

    • Mac October 1, 2023 at 3:03 pm #

      I’ve got so many characters in the series I can’t give them a speaking role in every book. You may notice I brought some characters from April forward in the last Family Law book. I’ll do the same with her dad and grandpa in 15 or the next Family Law. Not so much her mom maybe. She was always closer to her dad.
      After considering it I am giving her grandpa cameo and her dad a reason not to be there.

  18. Michael October 1, 2023 at 6:41 pm #

    Zoomed thru it Yesterday…

    The Foys : Cowboys in Space! I really appreciate the understanding Farming and Ranching is as difficult and specialized as rocket science without the help of a thousand technical people with specialties helping. Typical ranch a dozen people versus nature. A launch facility and rocket building a few thousand people.

    I have a question. Has Gamma been built yet? I thought that a few decades away. In a couple of places they talk about three habs and specifically Gamma. It seems they just built Beta. Is this a little Family Law slipping in?

    • Mac October 2, 2023 at 7:43 am #

      I haven’t made that clear – it is but I just never added anything about it to the story line.

  19. Sandra King October 1, 2023 at 7:31 pm #

    Thank you! I enjoyed April 14 very much. You can’t leave us hanging now that Heather is expecting.

  20. Zebulon Dakota October 2, 2023 at 1:10 pm #

    Finished it an left a review. Loved it! Thanks, Mac. I’m really looking forward to both series continuing to move forward 🙂

  21. Monica October 2, 2023 at 10:18 pm #

    So excited. Purchased! Thank you for writing these wonderful stories. Can you point me to a picture or sketch online of Home?

  22. Mac October 3, 2023 at 6:26 am #

    I did a failed save and briefly had The Long View live with an extra dinkus and an extra blank page. It’s corrected if you bought it that way you can update to get the fix.

  23. Chris McFadden October 5, 2023 at 10:56 pm #

    Mr. Chandler, I usually check your site more often for updates on your work and didn’t see the new book for a week or so. It was a great read as all the others have been. I think your integration of the Family Law and April storylines are great. I can’t really decide which characters I enjoy the most but I’d probably give Gordon and Lee the slight edge.

    Thanks again for the great entertainment.

    Best Regards.

    Chris McFadden

  24. Bert October 30, 2023 at 1:04 pm #

    Any idea if you are going to bring the April series to Audiobook? I really enjoy how Joe brings the Family Law series to life.

    • Mac October 30, 2023 at 2:36 pm #

      They are offered. Tandor is very conservative financially. They want to earn out the current books before advancing me more. That’s fine with me – it probably means they’ll still be around in a year or two when many companies who tried to expand to the max won’t be.

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