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The Ravagers Box Set: Episodes 1-3

In the distant future, humanity staggers against wave after wave of population decimating catastrophes, and hope fades as the extinction point draws near.

They find a time capsule carrying with it the knowledge of the past, technology that allows them to rise above their meager existence. Within a few generations, they've built walled cities to protect them from predators they'd learned to fear, bustling commerce, and telecommunications capabilities that connect people and businesses.

They've also restored the means to make war. Two great factions control East and West, each preparing to fight while hoping war never comes. Humanity wouldn't dare fight a great war so soon after nearing extinction.

But there are some who would prefer those astonishingly low population counts. And they'll unleash a weapon unlike any other in human history to achieve those ends.

Five people with varying levels of knowledge and responsibility of those plans live their last normal day, unaware that they'll be fighting for their lives against a weapon which cannot be stopped.

But somehow, they'll all need to figure out how to survive the unleashing of... the Ravagers.

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After: First Light

Consensus: Part 1 - Citizen: Volume 1

In a society where morals are determined by a public opinion system, and social rating is the currency, truth can be a dangerous notion. Sixteen-year-old Rena has few memories of her childhood before adoption. A forest teeming with wildlife. Mountains reaching up to a blue sky. The voice of the man who raised her. The problem-they're not real. Such things don't exist in Esh, a self-governed metropolis shielded from the harsh environment by a transparent canopy. And beyond the city is only the Barrens, an endless wasteland of fog and freezing rain. When Rena's violent instincts save the lives of her friends, her delusional past begins disrupting her prospects for the future. To find the source of her impulses, she'll have to sort through the fragments in her mind. But what awaits is a connection between her true identity, the city's forgotten past, and the secret war being waged beneath the surface of her polite society.

Soul Identity

Cosega Search: Volume 1 (The Cosega Sequence)

From the bestselling author of the Inner Movement trilogy, comes the Cosega Sequence. He had been looking for it his whole life. When he finally found it, it made no sense. Now everyone wants it. Nothing will ever be the same again. Ripley Gaines, a brilliant archeologist, has spent his life searching for an elusive artifact to prove his controversial theory. What he finds shocks even him. The discovery rewrites human history and promises to change the planet's future. It has to be suppressed. The most powerful forces in the world align against him, and a deadly competition for the artifact ensues. Capturing Gaines is not enough; he, and everyone who has seen the artifact, must be killed. His only hope, is to stay alive long enough to decode the Cosega Sequence. Dig far enough into the past . . . you may just discover the future. Cosega Search, book one in the Cosega Sequence.

The Islamic State of London: Muslim extremists have nuked London and the country is at war. The controversial page turner thriller starts here. (Blue Eyed Infidel Book 1)

The controversial and exciting thriller about Islamic Extremism in the UK, a debut book written by an ex-cyber analyst and security services field operative.

"Wow, so much in this book! Controversy, action, epic story and it's really quite funny too!"

"Seriously big ideas, but boy, what an entertaining book!"

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Author's note...

Never mind Fake News, how about reading a thriller about a Fake Future?

In May 2017, a young Muslim man blew himself up in Manchester in the North of England, killing young girls and families at a pop concert. Barely a week later, three more Muslims ran into a London marketplace with knives, and started killing people 'For Allah.' They were all inspired by, and following the lead of ISIS.

Twitter was alive with pro-ISIS comments promising an Islamic State was going to emerge in London as the Muslim population keeps growing far faster than any other groups, and more young men sign up to extremism.

But will it happen? When London becomes a Muslim city, will it be a peaceful place, or will it descend into an ISIS like level of extremism?

Nobody knows, but what a great topic for a cracking action-packed story!

In Blue Eyed Infidel, Islamic Extremists have set off a nuclear bomb in London, and declared an Islamic State of London. They want to destroy all remaining British people, starting with a suicide bomb attack on the Royal Family.

Adam Ali, the son of a sex slave and unwilling member of the Islamic State of London is about to be dragged into something that will completely change not just his life, but maybe the war as a whole...

So, a controversial topic, but first and foremost it's a fast-paced debut thriller, with a ton of amazing ideas, elements of sci-fi, action-packed scenes, and later on some pretty raunchy scenes too... It's extremely easy to read, with characters you'll love and hate in equal measure. Give it a go... see what the fuss is about. Why not?

Interview with the author

Why don't you have a photo?

I can't without breaking the Official Secrets Act.

Also my mum back in Wales told me I have to stay incognito after I was shot, and I don't want to give her any stress. She's over 70 now and deserves some peace.

Why should anyone read your books?

Because I look so damned dashing in my picture of course ! When I was in warzones dealing with ISIS, (which is 99% boredom, 1% insanity) I read a lot of thrillers, and found myself skipping pages and getting bored with a lot of them because they just followed a tedious formula and all seemed more or less the same. So, I've made every effort to write books that I'd like to read myself and that are definitely not boring or predictable! My books are absolute corking twisted thrillers, crazy political satires, and total page turner thrillers that are action packed and race along. You won't skip a single word, and if you can guess the ending... I'll go out and buy a hat just so I can eat it!

Also, each of my books is divided into short read volumes you can bash through in an hour or two each. Ideal for commuting, or chilling out. Things happen quickly and there are a lot of cliff hangers.

I love things which are imaginative, controversial and don't play by the rules but still have a massive impact. Movies like Rebel Without a Cause, Terminator, Requiem for a Dream, books like Catch 22, TV shows like Star Trek, (yup it was controversial once!) My books try to be the same. The difference is I write about things people talk about at dinner, but don't feel comfortable talking about in public. So, yes that does include things like Islamic extremism, political correctness, global politics and lots more.

Sounds like you don't like Islam!

The hero of my book is a Muslim and he's a good guy. In theory, Islam really SHOULD be a religion of peace, but in practice it isn't, is it?

Season of the Harvest (Harvest Trilogy)

What if the genetically modified crops that we're being forced to depend on for food weren't really....

Nano Contestant - Episode 1: Whatever It Takes: Volume 1 (Nano Contestant Series)

"Fans of the Hunger Games and Sci-Fi Thrillers will love the new Nano Contestant Series!" NANO CONTESTANT SERIES: 12 Serialized Episodes In 2114, Pinnacle Corporation, the world's largest tech company, hosts the Tech Games to showcase the world's latest technology. The contestants must battle it out in 11 brutal games to ultimately win a $100 million prize! These digital and hybrid athletes must use everything at their disposal in order to take that prize and all of its glory in the Tech Games. Hacking, firewalls and electronic countermeasures are all being used by each contestant while running and fighting at top speed. It's all on the line, because nothing is being left on the table! EPISODE 1 - Whatever It Takes "How far would you go to save your family?" Roland has vowed to save his father's life and get him set free - no matter what it takes. Entering the brutal Tech Games as a contestant gives Roland the perfect cover to get close to the Pinnacle Corporation and try to uncover evidence that would free his father. But first, he must qualify by demonstrating a new, state of the art technology - implanted in his own body. With the Tech Games deadline closing fast, he must risk his own life with untested nanotech, or he will lose his chance to save his father's life forever. Keyword Tags: robots, android, corporations, genes, artificial intelligence, science fiction, dystopian, action, adventure, nano, nano tech, nanotech, nanotechnology, organic nano tech, series, serial, serial fiction, thriller, science fiction, young adult, YA, juvenile Similar To: Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner

After: The Shock: Volume 1

Never Say Spy (Book 1 of the Never Say Spy)

Despite her penchant for weapons and ripe language, Aydan Kelly's resume reads 'bookkeeper', not 'ba....

Concrete Chaos

World renowned motorcycle racing champion Sue Zay is no stranger to risk. Armed with a quick wit and a foul mouth, she's ridden her ancient superbike to the ends of the globe in an eternal quest for speed.

But when a chance encounter with a deadly terrorist group leads to half of Silicon Valley trying to put a bullet in Sue Zay's pretty head; she'll have to save her city by trusting her motorcycle, and her irritatingly responsible AI buddy.

If she fails, the deadly organization that threatens Silicon Valley won't just kill her. They'll kill everyone on the planet.

A Vested Interest

Afterburn: Volume 1 (Next)

Aliens in Paris

It wasn't like looking for a needle in a hay-stack, it was like feeling for a needle in a hay barn wearing gloves and a blindfold - that's what Stephen told me. He was talking about the Search for Extra Terrestrial Life, an impossible pursuit until...two aliens, yes two, landed into Paris.

Hypercage: Instant Reality Prequel One

Cyberpunk Techno-Thriller with a twist of darknessReality unravels in ways unimaginableJacked into the construct and primed for combat, Pterax is on a desperate mission to save his capital ship. On his approach to the enemy Dreadnought, the commanding voice returns.Can he resist its demands or will he succumb to its bidding, and cause reality to unravel in ways unimaginable?

Hypercage is a cyberpunk techno-thriller that features gripping and tense action, dark and vivid horror and a slice of future technology.

This novella is the first instalment in Craig Lea Gordon's Instant Reality series.

The Dying & The Dust

Only the useful will survive

Nick and Clara only want to stay alive for as long as they can, but The Matter Plant sweeps the land and it is only a matter of time before they are found and deemed useless. They eek out a nomadic existence in the scorched Earth, always watching, always waiting for their time to come. Until they meet Jed who offers them the hope of something more, IF they can make a final stand against the machine. If they refuse or fail, then they, and what remains of humanity, will be destroyed forever.

The Dying & The Dust is a standalone post-apocalyptic story of survival, set after the singularity.

Patenting Peter

My wife says the Bureau isn't watching me. She says there aren't cameras in my contact lenses. No microphone in the 'vitamin pill' they made me swallow on the submarine into Tokyo.

She says I'm paranoid. That I should get off the couch, and find a job. But there's a glowing number in the bottom-right corner of my vision. And each time I move, each time I yawn, or slouch, or laugh too loudly, the number ticks upwards.

My wife says the Bureau isn't watching me.

She would say that. She works for them.

Plunge into Patenting Peter, a psychological sci-fi thriller.

Solution: A Spacefaring Short Story

Deep space, a soulless expanse of littered stars, ushers the cash-strapped mercenary Asegai to a chance, once-in-a-lifetime discovery; a derelict, drifting flagship, ripe for the taking. His AI finds, evaluates, and links with the craft, promising vast wealth upon the ship's recovery. As always, Asegai is cautious but perhaps blinded by the immensity of his discovery.

He'll soon find this to be a mistake.

Within the command center of the monstrous prize, the mercenary pilot encounters a 'life-form' like no other - Contrarian, an advanced artificial intelligence with professed sentience and counterintuitive processing, designed to be the perfect opponent against any "inferior" human pilot. Before long wits are tested and a battle rages, pitting the gifted warrior against an intelligence bent on the destruction of them all.

In a stunning upheaval of rational thinking and the concept of artificial intelligence, the door is opened to possibilities that will make you rethink advanced evolution, life, and the true meaning of death. You won't know until the very end who...or what, triumphs.

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Funscreen

Every family has a Funscreen on their wall. The question is... who's watching who?



When the government's new private welfare system begins rewarding unemployed viewers for watching the right kind of ads, Roger Birch welcomes a Funscreen into his home.



Like millions of others, Roger and his family soon depend on ad-viewing income for their survival.



Unlike millions of others, the events of one uncomfortable evening leave Roger aware of the government's shadier reasons for investing in Funscreens.



With HD cameras hidden behind a 60-inch glass veil, the answer was staring him in the face all along...





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This short story (approximately 25 pages) is a standalone spin-off from the novel Sycamore.



Praise for Sycamore:

* "A brilliant and relevant sci-fi... interesting and matrix-like"

* "Dystopian fans should not miss this one"

* "1984 for the Facebook generation"

My Name is Mark Nine

The Night the Lights Went Out

A freak electrical storm sweeps over Britain, knocking out power lines in its wake. Without the National Grid, Britain is in left in the dark - no lights, no heat, no electricity...

Three months later, from among the British refugees now scattered across northern France, a nation itself rocked by the crisis, a young soldier is recruited for a mission that takes him back home.

This is his story, as he ventures back to find his homeland ravaged, its population scattered, and civilisation on the brink. This is a tale of an alternative future, set in a Britain at once recognisable and massively altered.

Ghosting

WHAT THE PRESS IS SAYING ABOUT GHOSTING:

"A haunting, romantic and ever-surprising tale tailor-made for the video game generation." Chris Morris, acclaimed video game journalist

"Ghosts and gaming meet in this remarkable thriller. I loved it!" - Ed Fries, co-founder of the Xbox project.

"Ghosting has everything: thrills, video games, mystery, the Old West, money, excitement, and a beautiful woman, plus an ending you won't see coming!" -- Al Lowe, creator of Leisure Suit Larry

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT GHOSTING:

"A thriller unlike any other that I have read--kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through." Verified Purchaser

"Great book! Very imaginative. A must read." Verified Purchaser

"This was a great story. I absolutely enjoyed it from beginning to end." Verified Purchaser



"I didn't want to let it go! I honestly couldn't put it down. Read it!!" Verified Purchaser

"I loved how he incorporated ghost, murder, romance, and video games all in one book and the outcome was fantastic." Verified Purchaser



STORY SUMMARY: Jack Taylor swears the woman he's met in TimeLand, the online world he created, is his deceased wife, Molly. His business partner thinks he's insane, and the police consider him their prime suspect in Molly's murder. What follows is a tale that questions the boundaries of technology and invites readers to wonder what awaits us in the afterlife and whether true love will meet us there.

Eleven months after Molly Taylor's death, her husband, Jack, discovers unauthorized people in TimeLand, the online world he created. When he enters it himself, he meets someone who, incredibly, reminds him of Molly. Nothing anyone can say will dissuade him from believing that somehow, someway, Molly is living in his online digital world.

But Molly isn't the only one who has found their way into TimeLand, and when Jack confronts them, the supernatural and real world collide in a most unexpected way.

Ghosting is a rapid-fire mystery-thriller; a mind-bending ride, where the digital and real world collides.

Activate (The Ravagers - Episode One): Volume 1

Centuries of calamities took humanity to the brink of extinction. Now, with the aid of a time capsule, the human race is once more populating the Earth, resurrecting technologies lost centuries earlier. With those innovations, though, come civilization's need to fight for control. Just as humanity seemed poised for a return to stability, they'll learn that some among them seek a return to extinction. They need only find the right time, and the right person, to put their plans in motion.

Future City Blues: a tech noir collection

A tech noir collection, containing the stories The Wrong Tom Jacks by Simon Kewin, Tripler: The Beginning by Neil Vogler and Doppelganger's Curse by Milo James Fowler.

The Wrong Tom Jacks by Simon Kewin

Simms is a genehunter, paid by megarich collectors to track down the DNA of the famous for their private zoos. He's employed to locate the genetic code of Tom Jacks. But not the rock star Tom Jacks, just an unknown namesake.

The job bugs Simms. Something about it is wrong. Someone is playing him. Problem is he doesn't know who or why. None of the illegal plug-in tech filling his brain is much use. The one person who can help him is also the one person on the planet who never wants to speak to him again.

The last thing he needs is Agent Ballard of the GMA interrogating him about someone he's never even heard of.

Someone called Boneyard...

Tripler: The Beginning by Neil Vogler

In the near future an impossible virus is giving people the ability to summon two identical physical copies of themselves into existence at any time and in any situation - sending them violently insane as a side-effect. They call the infected 'Triplers'.

Harry Allwear is a specialist tracker, an experienced, highly-trained operative working for an international organisation dedicated to wiping out the Tripler menace. But after his latest mission goes badly wrong and a dangerous target gets the better of him, Harry regains consciousness to find his worst fear realised: he's been deliberately infected with the virus...

Doppelganger's Curse by Milo James Fowler

A woman stalked by her double. A detective in over his head.

In a city where the cops are on a mobster's payroll, private investigator Charlie Madison stands in the gap. When a wealthy young socialite asks him to help her catch a threatening stalker, he takes the case. But things aren't what they seem, and Madison has to act fast before he's framed for murder.

Double Edge (Fault Lines): A Fault Lines Story

Reese Clawson's work is mind-bending--literally. Her company specializes in global data analysis for an elite group of industry executives, and now a lucrative government contract is moving her into the realm of cutting-edge intelligence gathering. She is determined to crack the limits of consciousness--and in doing so, the boundaries of secrets and lies. But her experiment crashes as test subjects slide into a coma-like state. Reese is left scrambling to maintain control, drawing three disparate people into the search for answers--an adrenaline-amped thrill junkie with altered brain chemistry, an Italian scientist working on remote-viewing technology, and a math prodigy whose algorithms subvert

computer encryption.

Will this piecemeal team prevail when a government operative is sent to investigate? As the threads of perception and reality become tangled and even time itself twists in unexpected directions, one warning remains clear: what you don't know can kill you.

With a concept so daring and writing so gripping, readers will swiftly fall under the spell of Thomas Locke's endlessly creative mind. This thrilling psychological journey into the very nature of causation and consciousness will leave them turning the pages and grasping for solid ground.

Too Good for this World (Networked Book 1)

Two years after her husband's death in a bizarre suicide pact between players of an online game, Imogen is still reeling and desperate for answers.

Struggling to cope with her loss and isolation, she is sure that the strange messages she starts receiving are a figment of her imagination. Except that before he died her husband claimed to have had unusual experiences while in the game- experiences where he had been linked to other people, and heard a voice, and controlled the game with his mind. He'd said that the game was more than just that- that it was a new way to live.

As the messages Imogen receives become harder to write off as a trick of her mind she begins to think the unthinkable. Could it be possible? Could her husband still be alive?

Too Good for this World is a short story that will raise questions you'll definitely want answered, and can be read as a prequel or sequel to LK Chapman's debut novel Networked.

Also contains sample chapters from the sequel, Networked.

Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom: Volume 1 (The Future Next Door)

Alan Lennox has been assigned yet another soul-crushing temp job, keeping him from his first loves - drinking, playing video games, and looking for a boyfriend. But Alan's new job proves to be anything but boring when his co-workers start turning up dead. The mysterious megacorporation Amalgamated Synergy has taken a deadly interest in Alan and his three roommates, and the hapless quartet are woefully unequipped to deal with the psychotic secretaries, murderous middle managers, and villainous vice-presidents hunting them down. Their investigation leads them deep into Amalgamated Synergy's headquarters, but can Alan and his friends stay alive long enough to discover who - or what - waits for them on the top floor? "Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom" is the first book of "The Future Next Door," a contemporary urban science fiction comedic thriller series in four parts. Book One: "Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom" Book Two: "Caitlin Ross and the Commute from Hell" Book Three: "Mark Park and the Flume of Destiny" Book Four: "Dakota Bell and the Wastes of Time"

Second Skyn: Lost Time [Part 1]

In a future of hackable brains and superhuman bodies, a murdered cop is digitally restored to a life he doesn't recognize--one where he's become the bad guy.

Turns out this isn't his first resurrection. He's version 2.0, a copy of a copy, and somehow the man who came before him transformed into someone he can't imagine: a remorseless killer obsessed with revenge.

Now Finsbury Gage is back, again. He's got no memory of the person he once became and he's snarled in the consequences of choices he didn't make. He's hiding under an assumed name, a fugitive from a murder he doesn't remember committing. He's pursued by an unstoppable AI who wants him dead, seeking revenge on someone he's never been. And a determined woman refuses to leave his side, insisting they're in love and planned to run away together.

His former life hangs in tatters, the choices he's left with 'bad' and 'worse.' Should he run, abandon the man he was and disappear forever with a woman he barely knows? Or stay and try to clear his name, discover what really happened during his lost time, and prove he couldn't have become the villain everyone claims?

Finsbury doesn't believe he's capable of the things he's accused of, but he's one man, how's he supposed to investigate the crimes of his previous version while staying ahead of the police and fighting off a malevolent superintelligence? And what happens if he does, somehow, stop an AI from killing him and find the truth of who he became...

What if everyone was right, and he really did become a monster?

What does that make him?

Find out in LOST TIME, collected together into a single volume for the first time. It's the epic sci-fi series that splices Blade Runner, the Matrix, and Total Recall into an exhilarating thrill-ride packed with twists, tension and page-turning action. Pick it up today...the only thing you have to lose is sleep.

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Still not sold? Here's what people are saying about SECOND SKYN Lost Time: Part 1...

"Mashup Alice in Wonderland, Blade Runner, Total Recall, The Matrix and smatter it with some Larry Niven and you'll start to get a feeling for how many tracks this collection will have you on.. all at the same time and all at breakneck speed...Be prepared for what you can't prepare yourself for and you'll be richly rewarded." - Amazon.com Review

"Highly recommended for binge reading..." - Amazon.com Review

"Absolutely Riveting..." - Amazon.com Review

"A great concept and excellent writing. I think this just might be my new favorite series." - Amazon.com Review

"Scary technology and a ripping story-line..." - Amazon.co.uk Review

"This book is brilliant." - Amazon.ca Review

"Today we see that a compelling premise, revealed quickly, can suck readers right down the rabbit hole...and so far I am 100% hooked and chasing the rabbit as deep and as fast as the story hole will let me." - Jefferson Smith, CreativityHacker.ca

Outlier: One mistake can destroy everything.

The small town of Rockport, Texas, has a secret. Known by only one resident, soon to be a monster with unimaginable power. Unwilling victims in an unfolding experiment run by a global conglomerate more powerful than the government. A secret that will soon explode into a potential bloodbath. An international conspiracy of the highest order. And it's all legal. Only Sean Lovac can stop the impending carnage. But in order to do so, he's got to violate his most sacred beliefs.

Dreamers: A Short Story

Rostam Hobbs never told anyone about the dreams.

He'd been on track to make Chief Engineer of the New Horizon space station ... before the dreaming interrupted his sleep patterns. Before the miscalculation that nearly froze the entire west residence wing into a block of ice. Before he'd been reassigned to a junk-bucket scout ship to get lost in some godforsaken corner of space.

Dreamers were supposed to have been identified and utilized by the time they hit puberty, and he's well past that. Maybe they wouldn't take him now, given his age, but he doesn't dare chance being found out. Most people are blissfully unaware that Dreamers even exist. But he works in Engineering. He knows everything about Dreamers.

And on a ship this small on a mission this long, it's getting harder and harder to hide ...



J. R. Frontera proves in this tale of the future that a mind belonging to the glory days of the Twilight Zone still puts pen to page. This brilliantly written, very meaty science fiction thriller short will have you jumping out of your chair -- literally -- and when it's over, you'll be haunted by the results....



DREAMERS is a science fiction thriller short story, and here is what some readers are saying about it:

"All great stories leave you thinking about plot points for days (or weeks) later. They make you question the world around you and your perceptions. They have intriguing characters and unexpected twists and turns. This is one of those stories. In just a few short pages you will forever be a fan of J.R. Frontera." -- Tiffiney, 5 star Amazon review

"You have a fantastic voice-and I am simultaneously horrified and fascinated by the fact [spoiler]!!!" -- Reece Hanzon, Managing Editor at Jolly Fish Press

"Oh, crap! This is amazing! I will think about a coherent review! Wow! Amazing! This is the work of a seasoned author!!!" -- Pat Stevens, Advanced Reader volunteer

"... freaking amazing! I just can't stop thinking about it!! Can you make it a series!?!?" --- Vicky Meyer, Advanced Reader volunteer

"I jumped out of my chair. Literally. I jumped out of my chair and yelled "Oh no!" at the story." -- 5 star Amazon review

"This starts out so interesting, immersing the reader into another world. There was enough technical garb to feel real while not making me feel dumb, which I seriously appreciate! The characters were both interesting and distinct. I definitely cared about the main character which made the ending HUGE! Worth the read!" -- Ashley Wyrick, 5 star Amazon review

Shi: A Dark Adventure into Living Forever (Immortality Interrupted Book 1)

One terrible mistake propels Eliza into the service of a secret organisation known as The Manufacturers. 80 years later they ask the impossible. Kill the closest thing she has to family or die.

Can she save her adopted grandson, steal immortality and fight an alien corporation before her dose wears off?

Help comes from an unexpected source, an enigmatic stranger with intimate knowledge of her life. Does she dare trust him; can she resist him?

Project Daedalus

The Last Immortal: Volume 1 (Seeds of a Fallen Empire)

The Last Immortal is set near the star Rigel in the Orion constellation. This is a military science fiction epic of two alien worlds at war near Rigel. An immortal alien tries to keep the peace between two brother worlds at war. The politics and tactics between two worlds at war set the background.