I’ve gotten a few requests for this, so I’ve decided to finally stop being lazy and list a timeline of my books that fit into the same world, including unpublished ones. I will list recurring characters and the year that the story takes place, along with each manuscript title.

Breaking Point: Dick Van Endel, Phil Nelson. Events occur in 1986.

The Fort: Dick Van Endel, Phil Nelson, Andrea Martinez. Events occur in 1987.

Old Dudes (Unpublished): Dick Van Endel, Phil Nelson, Andrea Martinez, Ophelia. Events occur in 1993.

Family Men (Unpublished): Dick Van Endel, Phil Nelson, Andrea Martinez, Ophelia, Betty Martinez. Events occur in 1995.

Old Croix Road (Unpublished): Dick Van Endel. Events occur in 1997.

Runaways (Unpublished): Dick Van Endel. Events occur in 1997, but there are prequel chapters from 1976.

Weavers-Moirai Trilogy Book 1: Lots of recurring ones here, but only in the Moirai Trilogy chronology. No spoilers;-) Events occur in 1999.

False Flags-Moirai Trilogy Book 2(Unpublished): Lots of recurring ones here, but only in the Moirai Trilogy chronology. No spoilers;-) Events occur in 2000-2001.

The Wind in Her Hair-Moirai Trilogy Book 3(Unpublished): Lots of recurring ones here, mostly in the Moirai Trilogy chronology. No spoilers;-) Events occur in 2001.

First Bloom (Unpublished): Ben Bloom. Events occur in 2002.

Nickel Plated: Nickel, Arrow, Rhino, Jeff, Shelby, Gary. Events occur in 2011.

A Good and Useful Hurt: Nickel cameo, Dick Van Endel cameo. Events occur in 2012.

In for a Penny (Unpublished): Nickel, Rhino, Jeff, Gary. Events occur in 2012.

Frozen Accounts (Unpublished): Nickel, Rhino, Jeff, Gary. Events occur in 2013.

Rough Men: Dick Van Endel. Events occur in 2013.

Tunnel Vision: Nickel, Betty Martinez, Andrea Martinez, Ophelia, Dick Van Endel, Rhino, Gary, June. Events occur in 2014.

The Dear Hunter (Unpublished): Dick Van Endel, Sarah Johnson. Events occur between 2016 and 2023.

35 Responses to Chronology

  1. Maria says:

    Hi Aric,

    I just stumbled upon Tunnel Vision and I couldn’t put it down. I loved it and I’m 50! Thanks for writing and now I’m starting in the beginning. Any chance you’ll publish the other books!


    • admin says:

      Hi Maria,

      Thanks so much for checking out Tunnel Vision and stopping by, I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! I would love to eventually publish the entire chronology, but at the moment my energy is focused on the release of Weavers and the rest of the Moirai Trilogy. Hopefully at some point some of those older manuscripts will see the light of day.


  2. Vince says:

    Thanks for the chronology.
    I, obviously, noticed lots of ‘unpublished’ books. Are they planned or have you actually done the 1st or 2nd or xx’d draft of them?

    Write hard and live a long time. Forget Martin. Don’t pull a Robert Jordan!


    • admin says:

      Hi Vince,

      No problem! It was really a long time coming, and just took a few readers pointing it out to me to finally get it through my occasionally thick skull that it needed to happen.

      To answer your question, yup, every single novel-except for Frozen Accounts, which sits half finished-is done, edited, and been read by beta readers, only to be edited again. Many of them were submitted and couldn’t find a home, some of them have never been subbed. Someday I hope to find homes for all of them, especially the third Van Endel book, Old Dudes-which is about two retired men who inadvertently start an inner city gang war after they begin robbing crack houses-and The Dear Hunter-which is about a detective who is able to solve crimes by traveling interdimensionally from her father’s old hunting cabin.

      What makes that list even crazier, is these are just all books that fit into the Nickel and Van Endel timelines. There are a bunch more that I’ve written that don’t share characters and were left off of the list. In my opinion, the coolest one of those is called, “Blood Caked Bones” it’s the first book in a trilogy about a second American Civil War at the turn of the 20th Century, and it uses technology in the same way that most fantasy books use magic. That book was a riot to write, and I’d love to find it a home at some point.

      So far writing hard is on the agenda, hopefully living a long time will be too.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  3. Jeff says:

    This is a quick and simple thank you.

    I am glad you and writing found each other as I have been feasting on the bounty.

    You have my regard.


  4. Angie Akers says:

    I am a cronic reader who always has a book in her purse. I read every day, I have to for my sanity. I happened to stumble across Nickle Plated and I was hooked! I have read several books now and I am currently reading The Fort. I just wanted to thank you for such good reads and for the passion and life that you give your characters. I hope your unpublished books are one day published for all your fans. Keep up the awesome writing and please know that there is a fat old middle aged redhead that rolled her eyes at a ‘teenage’ book, yet fell in love and has read it many times. Take care.

    • admin says:

      Hi Angie,

      That’s so cool, you just totally made my day! Thanks so much for reading my work and stopping by, it really means a lot.


  5. Lloyd Kanter says:

    Just recently finished Weavers. Your best yet! I couldn’t put it down. [until my kindle ran out of batteries]

    I come to Grand Rapids every so often and will be there in January. Can I buy you a cup of coffee?

  6. Kerry says:

    Please, please, please publish all of your books! I too started with Tunnel Vision, and have read Breaking Point, Nickel Plated, Good and Useful Hurt, and just finished The Fort. I cannot get enough of your wtiting! There is something about your characters that draws me in and connects me deep within…I have laughed and cried, felt anger and fear. I can’t help but think the richness of emotion in your books comes from the heart of a writer who has experienced the same. You have a gift, Aric, a true gift! Would love to get on your list of people who do the beta testing of your work (especially if that might be the only way to have it all!)

    • admin says:

      Hi Kerry,

      Thanks so much for checking out my stuff! It’s very cool that you had such an emotional connection with my writing, I’m not sure that there are many higher compliments, so again, thank you. As to the test work, I have considered asking for beta readers on here before, I might have to give that some more thought. If I go ahead with that, I’ll be sure to post here.


  7. Claire Harter says:

    So I’m trying to go through the books in chronological order, and LOVE that you have this here. Can I just pay you directly for the books? Alternatively, can you just go ahead and publish them yourself via Kindle? You would definitely have an audience!

    Would really like to get my hands on them, and I’m kind of bothered by the fact that there’s a 30-ish year gap between published books… Please let me read the currently unpublished books!

    • admin says:

      Hi Claire,

      Thanks so much for reading my work. Now then, as much as I’d love to have everything not terrible that I’ve written published, that’s just not how publishing works sometimes. As it stands right now, I have no real interest in self-pubbing, the good people at Thomas and Mercer and 47 North have done far too nice of a job with my stuff for me to consider forging ahead without them at this point.


  8. V says:

    Hi Aric,
    I just wanted to let you know that I read A Good and Useful Hurt in a day. I started it in the morning and finished it in the evening. It was raw and captivating and utterly stuck with me. Thank you for its brutality and it’s honesty.
    I have to ask though, where was the Nickel cameo? Nickel Plated was the first book I read of yours and it also was amazing, and I loved the character, but I’m terribly disappointed I missed his cameo in the book.
    Thank you for putting your stories out into the world.

    • admin says:

      Hi V.,

      Thank you, I’m so glad you enjoyed Hurt, and that you saw the need for the violence-I seriously hate Phil so much. The Nickel cameo is very short, it occurs right before Phil has his run in with one of the main characters, he’s the red-headed kid on the bicycle 😉


  9. Vince McClure says:


    I’ve noticed that you don’t have any new works out since Weavers. Would you give us a status update on what’s coming up?

    As with your other fans, Nickel is unique, and your two books about his adventures were some of the most engrossing I have read. More please.

    • admin says:

      Hi Vince,

      I wish I had a better timetable on any new releases, I just don’t. As soon as my editor and I can come together on something, however, I’ll be shouting from the rooftops. Thanks for checking out my work, and for stopping by.


  10. G. Ball says:


    I have read almost all of your published works on my Kindle. Every time I see the title “Nickle Plated” makes me wish there was more. You have created such a unique character with Nickle. I just saw on your list where you have two upcoming releases where he will be included. THANK YOU!! Cannot wait to read them.

  11. Jack says:

    I check in here from time to time. As a fan who is not a writer, I understand the process can take time. I’m concerned about the lack of posts for the past year. Just want to make sure you’re okay and to express my sincere hope that you haven’t given up publishing

    • admin says:

      Hi Jack,

      Sorry for the slow response, and no sweat on the misspelling, I’ve been called far worse 😉

      In any case, I am still writing-a great deal in fact-but the publishing process has been interesting. The good news is that my editor and I are still working together to find a story that would be a good fit for both of us, the bad news is that the process has taken longer than I expected. That is the nature of publishing, however, and I’d prefer to have something released that we’re both happy with than something that they couldn’t get behind.

      Either way, thanks for being a reader, it means the world to me. Hopefully I’ll be able to share something soon.


  12. Jack says:

    Previous comment was left from my phone, which auto corrected your name. My apologies.

  13. Anya says:

    Glad to know you are still alive I really love nickel character honestly I think I have listen to your books so many times It is probably burnt into my brain so I blame you for creating such a great thing I abolsute about your character is that he is able to work shit out on his own and you don’t fall back on so many of the same cliches of needing the same thing that everyone else has and I do like the fact that nickel isn’t one of those self matyr hero who feel the need throw himself on the law to make him feel better cuz he is smart enough to work a way around it.

  14. anya turko says:

    hello david so nickelplated is like my favourite book ever so im game student doing my final year is okay if i use ur book as base for my final year project

    • admin says:

      Hi Anya,

      Of course, absolutely go for it. Thanks for asking, and make sure you let me know how it turns out, I hope you kill it!


  15. anya says:

    im aware that nickel has red hair and his style is sort casual punk with band tshirts and jeans and converses and he has a scar through his eyebrow is any other facial features or physical features i need to be aware of

    • admin says:

      Hi Anya,

      I think the big ones are that he’s short for his age, his hair is short but not shaved, and he will typically have some sort of bag or backpack filled with supplies/weapons if he’s going on a mission. Hope that helps!


  16. anya says:

    hello david I hate to interrogate you but how would you imagine eyepatch character and what sort of bands would nickel like and I’m aware his house is very spartan but is there any posters or personal effect I need to be aware that not mentioned in the book

    • admin says:

      Hi Anya,

      No problem! I imagine Eyepatch to be roughly 6’2″, is in his early 60’s, wears a suit with a Colt 1911 in an underarm holster, smokes cigarettes, reads a newspaper or paperback, and has short gray hair. Nickel likes bands like Latterman, Hot Water Music, RVIVR, Boy Sets Fire, Avail, etc. Mostly grungy beardy punk stuff. No posters or anything, the only furniture besides that in his room is a shabby couch and dining room table.

      Hope that helps!

  17. anya turko says:

    hello back again to what kind of colours would nickel wear is it mostly dark colours because at the moment i have going for like red dark blues and dark greys in his clothing designs and what would nickel prefer wearing a hoodie or field jacket ?.

  18. anyaturko says:

    hello aric the bother is back could you give a detail description for arrow please and does nickel have any habit or ritual he does cope with everything apart from the martial arts and bike riding

    • admin says:

      Arrow is strawberry blond, is taller than Nickel, and tends to wear the sort of clothes that a 14 year old girl would think were cool, and maybe even a little provocative. Nickel will occasionally stare into a black dot drawn on his bathroom mirror that is centered on his forehead, but he doesn’t really have any other rituals. Hope that helps!

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