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Science Fiction and Fantasy
My love of science fiction and fantasy novels started at a young age. From Lloyd Alexander and Star Trek, I advanced quickly to Tolkien and Star Wars. Along the way I ran into David Eddings, Orson Scott Card, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, R.A. Salvatore, Robert Jordan and so many others. I owe a lot of my favorite moments of imagination to Science Fiction and Fantasy.
The Alabaster Throne
Life in his father's court allows young Taldirun all the privileges expected for a prince of Atlantis. But royal life is also fraught with danger and deception. On the night before a battle, Tal has a cryptic dream of a man who foretells his brother's fate. After Tal survives an attempt on his own life, he travels to a secluded sacred shrine to uncover the intrigues that plague the court of his father. There he exposes betrayal from the closest of allies and discovers prophecies of years to come.
Tragedy and war descend upon his father's kingdom, and Tal must choose to either claim his divine birthright to the Alabaster Throne or leave his father's legacy stained and ruined by ambition and ruthlessness. Tal must use the dreams, prophecies, and the loyalty of those closest to him if he is to drive back the shadow that blankets his kingdom.
In a flash of searing light, the world changed. A massive solar flare has crippled the modern world and brought chaos and destruction. David Hartsman is stuck in the remote farm town of his youth on what was expected to be a short visit to check on his ailing parents. While his wife and his daughter are hundreds of miles away at home in Chicago, David must face the dangers associated with his own survival and the pressures of not being with his family. In a worldwide catastrophe, every struggle is personal.
EMP is the dramatic story of one man and his struggle for survival in a world that is falling apart.
EMP: Heading Home
The struggle to survive took all of David's effort in the months after the EMP. Caring for his ailing parents gave him both a purpose and duty to the small farm town he grew up in.
Now that his responsibilty is over, he bets his life, and the lives of his friends, on a risky trek through the brutal winter to find and save his family in Chicago.
Fierce blizzards and arctic winds challenge their arduous journey as do the warlords and tyrants who hold fast to the remnants of civilization.
It is through this wasteland of suffering and death that David must face the odds and save his wife and daughter.
Earth has made first contact with an alien race. At the historic first meeting, an ambush put peace for humanity out of reach. Colonel Kyle Martin was there that day. It was his leadership and the bravery of his marines that saved what little hope mankind had. When Earth was threatened with invasion, Martin again felt the weight of war pressing down on him.
Known as the Butcher of Hyderabad for his decisions in the Indian War, Martin seemed a poor choice to guard the peace but the perfect man to organize the forces of Earth to defend itself from the coming alien scourge.
With a select team of humans and a few allies among the alien races, Martin is tasked with not only defeating the invading armada, but with making sure that Earth is kept free from any alien domination.
Faced with impossible odds against an overwhelming foe with advanced technology, it is only a secret about Earth itself that gives Martin the glimmer of hope to succeed.
With his “lucky charm” Ramirez, his go-to girl Kitch, and an unshakable Sergeant Major, Martin rolls the die time after time in audacious gambles with the stakes being nothing less than the survival of the human race. Face-paced action awaits in this military sci-fi adventure.
From the day Earth first made contact with aliens, the Otina have been a thorn in their side. It was the Otina who ambushed the treaty ceremony with the Hedali. It was the Otina who disrupted Earth's war effort against the Iltia'cor. And in the year since Earth stood victorious over its powerful enemy, it's become obvious that the Otina have infested the Earth system more than anyone realized.
To make matters worse, Alex Ramirez has been captured by the Otina. The unpredictable and always combative marine has been put in an alien prison. But no prison can hold Alex unless he wants to stay. And he does not want to stay.
As Alex looks for ways of escape, Earth forces are scouring the system looking for clues to where he might be. What they find, however, changes the way that humans will look at the galaxy forever. Mosar, that crucial element that Earth lacks, turns from the answer to the riddle. Humanity will have to set aside the rescue of one of its heroes in order to solve a mystery that threatens their entire race.
The war with the Otina revealed the bitter truth about mosar. What was believed to be an element missing in humans, is instead an invasive form of life set to consume everything. A human crew has joined a mission of their former enemy, Warlord Jii, to travel to the world where mosar was first detected eons before. There, Jii intends to purge the galaxy of mosar.
But the mission is in jeopardy even as it begins. The political situation on Earth has taken a sinister turn, and even if the mission succeeds, Earth will never be the same.
Betrayed by his own government, and faced with a byzantine maze of secrets laid out by his alien allies, Earth Ambassador Kyle Martin must find a way to save Jii's mission. The very survival of the galaxy is at stake.
The Return of Cathos
Tales of the Silver Sword Inn Complete Collection One
Welcome Travelers! Welcome to the Silver Sword Inn!
My name is Croft and I run this establishment.
Now knock the dust off your cloak and have a seat at this table. I'll get you something to drink and we'll get you some food from the kitchen in just a few minutes.
Are you here on business or adventure? Either way, we have a room open. Those men in the corner? Why, they are adventurers! This inn of mine attracts a lot of adventurers. You know, I was once an adventurer myself. Retired and took over this place.
Oh, the stories I could tell. This place has a lot of stories. See that elf over by the fireplace? Wait until he starts telling the tales he has prepared tonight. In fact, I think he is getting ready to tell the stories of the Return of Cathos.
(The Return of Cathos is a collection of 20 short stories in the Tales of the Silver Sword Inn.)