Christopher Ruz

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“Tension. Desperation. Guilt. Second chances.What Christopher Ruz has done with Century of Sand is genuinely brilliant.”

– Tom F, Amazon Reviewer
“It’s like if Michael Bay directed Pride and Prejudice. Agent 806 is a bulletproof Kevlar bodice ripper!”

– Fred, Amazon Reviewer
“In The Eighteen Revenges of Doctor Milan, Ruz utilizes his signature dark, excellent quality writing to deliver a sharp science fiction adventure.”

– Will Weisser, Metanautics

Christopher 'Ruz' Hayes-Kossmann

I’m Christopher Ruz, Australian author. I tell lies for money.

I’m a full-time author/publisher working under two pseudonyms. Christopher Ruz is where I publish my serious science fiction and fantasy work, such as my ongoing epic fantasy trilogy Century of Sand and my recent science fiction novella The Eighteen Revenges of Doctor Milan. Meanwhile, I publish pulp spy novellas under the name D. D. Marks, including my most popular omnibus, Agent 806.


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    I don’t get choked up over celebrity deaths. I mean, they’re interesting people very far away, I’m just a fan of their work, we never shook hands… But Sir Terry Pratchett passed this morning, and I feel I’ve been shaking hands with him my entire adult life, ever since a good friend gave me a hardcover edition of Hogfather for my eleventh birthday. I didn’t understand half of it, but I knew I’d been introduced to something elemental. A story...
  2. Project Goma – Chapter 1

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    This is an experiment, the opening to a novel I’m developing very slowly in the background of my other projects. It’s a little sci-fantasy, a little cyberpunk, a little far-future Indiana Jones. This first chapter is more of a prologue, but I hope it’s a fun little read. Take care, everyone. – – – The heist of a lifetime was already going bad when the slam-pup blew Abel out a ninety story window and into freefall. It was a long...
  3. Century of Sand 2: The Ragged Lord

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    They ran halfway across the desert to escape the Magician. It wasn’t far enough. After narrowly escaping the burning ruin of the ant tower, Richard and Ana flee with their ally the Kabbah to the Empire of Reason. There, they hope to find directions to the demon Eluah, who can protect them from the Magician and his army of nomads. But the desert won’t give up its secrets so easily, and there are mysteries buried in the sands that no...
  4. Olesia Anderson, rebranded

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    It’s been a long time coming, but the Olesia Anderson series has a new art direction. Thanks to the expert modelling and photography duo of Kayla and Phelan Davion, Olesia has a fresh face and a new attitude. This, of course, means it’s almost time to launch Olesia Anderson #7: Blackout! It’s a huge story, the biggest Olesia romp so far, and like Olesia #4: Double Down, will be divided into two parts. It’s a crazy ride that sees Olesia...
  5. Book Review: Ten Thousand Devils, by S.A. Hunt

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    TL;DR: DAMN THIS BOOK IS GOOD. I’ve blogged about S.A. Hunt’s exceptional Outlaw King series before, so I’ll do my best not to waffle. In short, I was recommended aaaaages ago by a friend to read his debut novel The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree, but put it off for over a year. By the time I got around to it, book 2 in the series was already out and book 3 was on the way, which meant I was...
  6. Rust: Season Two

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    Kimberly Archer died in New York and woke in Rustwood. She escaped the man pretending to be her husband and fought her way out of Bo Tuscon’s basement of horrors. Now, with Fitch by her side, she wants answers. But Rustwood won’t give up its secrets so easily. Powerful forces dwell in the sleepy mountain town, and their servants have sharp fingers and bloody smiles. There are worse things than death in Rustwood… Rust: Season Two is an omnibus collection...
  7. Snowblind: Olesia Anderson #6

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    Knife-fights and speedboat chases in Venice nearly killed her, but Olesia Anderson never stays out of the game for long. She’s got a clean bill of health and a ticket to Calgary, where Blackrock need her to pull an intimidation job. Deliver some papers, look threatening, and enjoy a white Canadian Christmas. Easy, right? If only. Olesia’s made a lot of enemies over the years, and if she’s not careful she’ll find herself caught in a situation beyond her control…...
  8. One year, three novels… almost?

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    It’s the 31st of December 2014, and I’ve sorta hit my goals. Earlier this year I aimed to self-publish three novels – Century of Sand 2, Rust 2, and Olesia Anderson #7. Now, with six hours left in the year, I managed to self-pub two of those books and complete a draft of the third (Olesia #7, for anyone wondering). I wish I could’ve gotten all three books totally done, but life got in the way. Beginning my Masters in...
  9. Sea Serpents and Gunslingers: chatting with S.A. Hunt.

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    A couple years back, S.A. Hunt returned from Afghanistan, hung up his uniform and set to writing a fantasy epic that drew upon all the fiction he’d known and loved since a child, salted it lightly with his own experiences while deployed, and wrapped it in a metaphysical, mind-bending bow. The first self-published novel in his series, Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree, has been described as “visceral,” “enthralling,” and “effortless and incredibly natural,” by reviewers, and “snappy, sarcastic, and blood-soaked”...