About this project
Three years ago, I wrote the first book in the Fifth Destruction series, Stryker of the Fifth Destruction. Many of my friends, colleagues, and students have read and enjoyed Stryker. But it was always intended to be the beginning of a longer story, the first of five books in the series. With the pressures of teaching, finishing my Master's degree, coaching, and searching for a publisher, the story has been on hold. Hopefully with your help, I can get it going again. If this project is funded, I will be able to use the summer to finally finish the sequel, freeing the characters from their literary limbo and giving fans the next chapter in the saga.
I am asking for donations to help fund the writing, editing, and printing of manuscripts and submission materials. With funding, I will be able to finish Lilah and find a viable publishing option for Stryker and the entire series.
Stryker of the Fifth Destruction is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel set in the year 4326 AD. After a series of four escalating disasters, the world is sparsely populated, primitive, and dangerous. All remaining societies fear the ancient technologies that led to the destructions. Above all they fear the use of external sources of energy like electricity or gunpowder. However, throughout the course of the four destructions, perhaps through genetic modification, enhanced radiation, or simple evolution, some people have developed control over what they call spiritual energies. Two of the energies, Ra and Shar, are physical and allow the users to manipulate objects. The other two energies, Mune and Syth, are mental and allow practitioners to read and control thoughts and emotions.
The major conflict in the world is between the Empire and the Rebels of the Seven Southern Kingdoms. The Empire covers most of Asia and is ruled by Empaths, who feel and control Mune. The Seven Southern Kingdoms spread across the Middle East and Northern Africa and are ruled by the Reefs, who feel and control Syth. The Blade Maidens, who feel and control Shar, work for the Empire. The Empire maintains its control over the Blade Maidens by supplying them with an addictive drug called Sule. The final group of people, the Cleats, feel and control Ra but have isolated themselves for centuries on a small archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea.
The story follows three main groups: Stryker, a Cleat, and few allies he meets on his journey; the imperial royal family, the Emperor, Empress, and their children, John, Jane and Peter; and Lilah, a rebel Blade Maiden who travels and fights alone.
While the setting and action are fantastical, with chases, escapes, fight scenes and battles, the novel is highly modal and introspective, following the thoughts and development of the characters. Readers come to understand and identify with Stryker, John, Peter, Jane, Lilah, and Peej as they overcome loss and disappointment, learn to work independently and as part of a group, and make decisions that often challenge social pressure or propaganda.
This book picks up where Stryker leaves off. It's hard to describe the plot without revealing major Stryker spoilers, but the story follows many of the same characters, expanding the world and the conflict into the Southern Kingdoms.
The nomadic tribe who rule the great savannas of Northern Africa, come to the rebels for help, the imperial family continue to scheme, and Lilah is forced to confront her terrible past and frightening destiny.
Risks and challenges
Writing, like every creative endeavor, requires dedication and inspiration. There are moments when the story flows through you, and days when you must sit down and battle with yourself, bleeding for every single line. I can do both. As a student and author, I have fought my way through tremendous blocks, and I can write to a deadline.
If any of you are thinking of donating, but are worried I won't be able to deliver a product, I would invite you to read my first book, Stryker. If you pledge $5, I will immediately send you the electronic copy. If you read Stryker, enjoy it, and want to read more, you can come back and pledge another $5(or more) to Lilah.
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