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Newly-graduated imperial officer Justin is convinced he has no future, and hearing the details of the secret mission he's assigned for the Emperor won't change his mind. Civil War threatens the North Mark. Justin must race against time to form a company, and lead his men into the center of the web; but what happens when his loyalty to the Empire means the death of those who follow him?

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  • Justin believes that his failure to make the grade in the Emperor's new Officer Corps is the end his career. But his final interview with Commander Hansen holds a surprise and a secret.

  • The Shard Demon imprisoned beneath Cryssigens has an unexpected visitor. Meanwhile Justin, also defying expectations appears to be a "bought-badge" officer; he recruits his junior officers and observes them hire soldiers.

  • The conspiracy in the North Mark extends deeper than Justin knows- a merciless bandit waits to ambush the Emperor's official mission with arcane resources. Justin's company begins to cohere into a fighting unit, singing on the march, and hears about the glories of the city where they are headed.

  • Justin's troop encounters its first taste of combat, and he meets his lifelong rival Valin, who in dying passes him the flag. Justin sees no way to complete his secret mission now- the race to reach Cryssigens looks lost from the start.

  • Justin struggles to penetrate the hills, but the bandits bring a monstrous foe against his newly-inherited company. Bar-flies in Cryssigens hear that the Emperor's mission has been destroyed, and nothing stands in the way of rebellion against the Empire now.

  • Justin sacrifices his life to destroy the bandit-monster and give his men a shot at victory. The leaders of Cryssigens convene to elect a new Mark who will no doubt lead a rebellion. What chance is there to avert civil war?

Thanks Kat! I hadn't thought about the audiobook for some time, but I would love to keep doing them. I enjoyed very much speaking as my characters. Next book has more women in it though! Embedding some of these episodes on the site would be great if we can do ...
Absolutely lovely. You've got the prefect voice for reading your stories. You should do this more often, Will. BTW, is it possible to embed these episodes into a website? I'll have to look around and see...
Thanks so much for this feedback Mark! Your idea about kickstarter seems almost like overkill. When I say "good microphone", I mean one that was not built in the Philippines... before Marcos stepped down! I scrabbled up this one from the basement, but it wouldn't take much to do better ...
Excellent story but way too short! it's just getting started. If you need a good microphone maybe you could run a kick start campaign I would donate.to hear the rest of your storys
Thanks so much for your feedback! The second tale is written, but alas, to date is only an e-book! I think you would enjoy "Fencing Reputation" too, and as soon as I can scrape up enough for a decent microphone I will try to record it here. {These tales ARE ...
Loved the book, but it felt too short. Here's hoping the author will release the next edition of the series on podiobooks!

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