In the Wake of the Templars trilogy

Cover painting by Cody Tilson

Cover painting by Cody Tilson


No More Heroes came out as an audiobook on December 31, 2015. Here’s the link. You can sample the first chapter for free.

No More Heroes (the conclusion to In the Wake of the Templars) came out November 10, 2015!

Kill By Numbers came out as an audiobook on October 27, 2015.  Here’s the link. There’s even a taste of the first chapter up for free.

The Dangerous Type came out as an audiobook on September 10, 2015.  Here’s the link. Check out a taste of the first chapter for free.



The Dangerous Type made a couple of must-read lists:

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“Rhoads takes the best elements of Star Wars and makes them dark, gritty, and real; then mates them with Guardians of the Galaxy and Firefly to create a kick-ass and totally original love child.  A must-read!”  –Dana Fredsti, author of the Ashley Parker: Plague World series

“Rhoads brings the style of grimdark fantasy to space opera.” — Publishers Weekly

“The story really takes off and races towards one of the more satisfying conclusions I’ve come across in years.” — Beauty in Ruins

“I cannot wait to see where this story moves next…Don’t miss this fun ride!” — Geek Dad


Set in the wake of a galaxy-wide war and the destruction of a human empire, The Dangerous Type follows the awakening of one of the galaxy’s most dangerous assassins and her quest for vengeance. Entombed for twenty years, Raena Zacari has been found and released.

Thallian has been on the lam for the last fifteen years.  He’s a wanted war criminal whose entire family has been hunted down and murdered for their role in the galaxy-wide genocide of the Templars. His name is the first on Raena’s list, as he’s the one that enslaved her, made her his assassin, and ultimate put her in a tomb. But Thallian is willing to risk everything–including his army of cloned sons–to capture her. Now it’s a race to see who kills whom first.

Alternatively, Gavin Sloane has spent the last twenty years trying to forget about Raena, whom he once saved and then lost to Thallian. Raena’s adopted sister, Ariel Shaad, has been running from the truth–about Raena, about herself, about Gavin–and doesn’t know if she’ll be able to face either of them.

The Dangerous Type mixes military science fiction with adventurous space opera that grabs you from the first pages and doesn’t let go. Along with a supporting cast of smugglers, black market doctors, and other ne’er-do-wells sprawled across a galaxy brimming with alien life, The Dangerous Type is a fantastic beginning to Loren Rhoads’s epic trilogy.

Out now from Night Shade Books and available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, or at Borderlands Books in San Francisco, as well as wherever books are sold.


ITWT_Book2_KillByNumbers_v04Kill By Numbers, Book 2 in the series, is also available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, and Borderlands Books, or anywhere that science fiction is sold.

Kill By Numbers mixes a Philip K. Dick mindwarp with sweeping space opera that features aliens, androids, drug dealers, journalists, and free-running media hackers. It is the second book in Loren Rhoads’s epic In the Wake of the Templars trilogy.

Former assassin Raena Zacari thinks she’s left the past behind. The Imperial torturer who trained her is dead, the human empire is disbanded, and she is finally free. But Raena is troubled by a series of nightmares that always seem to end with her shooting an ex-lover in the head. She needs to get her mind clear because there’s a flaw in the most commonly used stardrive technology — and the band of media-obsessed pirates she’s fallen in with is right at the heart of the controversy.

With humanity scattered across the galaxy, Raena’s going to have to rely on the alien crew members of the Veracity to help her put the pieces together. It doesn’t help that the Templars–wiped out by a genetic plague while Raena was imprisoned–have left booby-trapped biotechnology scattered across the galaxy.

“Spanning dozens of solar systems and thousands of light years, this military-flavored space opera, which launched with Dangerous Type, is sure to please David Weber and Joel Shepherd fans.” — Library Journal

“I do like a good science fiction tale that revolves around questionable characters. That’s probably why I’m so crazy about Loren Rhoads ‘In the Wake of the Templars’ trilogy of books. There’s not an upstanding citizen to be found, but there are plenty of shades of gray. Raena and her crew are quickly becoming some of my favorite scoundrels, and I cannot wait to see where this story goes!” — Geek Dad

“Everyone on the ship is a different kind of alien but because of her past, Raena is the oddest one. I liked the idea that everyone on the ship was so different making it like a melting pot of races.” — Horror Addicts

ITWT_Book3_NoMoreHeroes_TYPENo More Heroes, Book 3 in the series, is out now!