Dawn of Empire (2006) --
First Place winner of the Arizona Authors
Association 2006 Literary Contest
Breakthroughs in weaponry, improvements in
manufacturing, increases in crop yields, and swelling populations are
threatening to destroy the status quo that has existed since the dawn of
man. Today’s headlines? No, the year is 3158 BCE. The place is the river
Tigris in ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq).
For untold generations fierce barbarian horse warriors have ruled the land,
killing or enslaving the small farming communities. Dawn Of Empire is the
story of how the peaceful village of Orak resolves to stand against the
invincible horsemen determined to maintain their way of life.
To survive, Orak must do something never done before: build a wall strong
enough to withstand the horsemen. But a wall requires resolute men to defend
it, and the village leaders ask Eskkar, an experienced fighter, to lead
them. His family murdered by these same horse warriors, makes Eskkar willing
to risk his life for a chance at revenge. Nevertheless, saving Orak will
take more than just knowing how to fight. The village leader gives Eskkar an
educated slave girl, Trella, to help him plan Orak’s defense, and to keep
him out of the ale house at night.
Trella has plans of her own. She understands the ways of the powerful, and
sees both opportunity and danger as she’s handed over to Eskkar. Trella
knows that even if her new master succeeds in saving Orak, the village
elders will surely get rid of him when the crisis passes. While her master
organizes Orak for the coming battle, she maneuvers to ensure they will not
only survive, but rule together after the horse warriors are driven off.
The battles begin. Eskkar ambushes an advance force of horsemen, then fights
delaying actions to give Orak time to complete the wall. Meanwhile, despite
the danger to themselves, the village leaders see their own power slipping
away as Eskkar’s popularity with the people grows. They strike back with
assassins, and Eskkar and Trella find themselves fighting enemies within and
without as Orak is besieged.
In the final battle, the savage horsemen confront the determined defenders
across the top of the wall. No matter what the outcome, Eskkar has grown
from a fighting man into a true leader, and, more important, from master to
lover. Together they’re going to turn the village of Orak into mankind’s
first walled city.
Will they succeed? Read Dawn Of Empire to learn the answer.
- The city of Akkad has just driven off a barbarian
assault. But winning the battle has just started a host of new problems for
Eskkar and Trella. Empire Rising picks up where Dawn of Empire left off.
Empire Rising (October 2007 release)
The countryside is ravaged, crops destroyed, and thousands of people are
killed or enslaved. Akkad is exhausted, short of food, with most of its
soldiers dead. Bandits roam the land, adding to the destruction caused by
the barbarain migration.
Eskkar and Trella need to get Akkad back to the prosperity it enjoyed, but
it won’t be easy. Shortages lead to discontent and those rulers displaced by
Eskkar begin to complain once again. In spite of all these problems, Eskkar
is forced to leave Akkad, to begin pacifying the countryside. Trella, now
very pregnant, stays behind, ruling in his place.
But unknown to either of them another player has entered the city. Korthac,
driven out of his native land of Egypt, has arrived in Akkad and prepares to
take control. Ruthless, cruel, and an experienced warrior, he devises a plan
and begins building his own forces.
Unaware of what’s going on, Eskkar keeps busy pacifying the northern borders
of Akkad. Defeating one of the local warlords, he meets Lani. The captured
concubine of the defeated warlord, she appeals to Eskkar for help. Lani is
very diffferent from Trella, and Eskkar soon finds himself with another
woman on his hands.
Torn between two women, he learns that Akkad and Trella have fallen into
Now it’s Eskkar who’s outside the wall, fighting to get inside and rescue
his wife and Sargon, his newborn son. Will he succeed in recapturing both
his city and his family?
Read Empire Rising and find out.
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