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Alexander LawrenceBy Alexander Lawrence
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Alexander LawrenceBy Alexander Lawrence
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About

Reign of the Rebel is a tale of obsession, revenge, and redemption centered around the rise of the world-conquering king of rebellion, Nimrod. The setting for the story is the ancient world as it really was, not as it is normally presented in today's classrooms. It was a world wherein travel was unhindered by vast oceans, and lifespans were measured in centuries, not decades. It was a world that presented a stark mix of primitive villages and grand hubs of civilization wielding ancient high technologies.

In RotR, I imagine what it may have been like to live after the fall of the Tower of Babel, when the lost secrets of the immortals were rediscovered, and a fearsome man used those secrets to become the first global dictator.

It's The Lord of the Rings meets The Count of Monte Cristo, with some Braveheart and Legion thrown in.

You don't have to be a Bible lover in order to enjoy this unique story, but be aware that it is written from a biblical worldview. Also note that RotR is for mature audiences.

Read the chapters by using the following links: ch. 1, 2, 3, 4

OR

Click here to listen to chapters 1-4

Here's a sneak peak at the work-in-progress cover art:

Cover art teaser
Cover art teaser

Since you asked...

Reign of the Rebel is the first in a series of novels based around the research I conducted for my non-fiction book, Leviathan's Ruse (4.7 stars on Goodreads). That offering was 400 pages of small print about the goals and strategies of the fallen immortals, and it launched my online ministry, Watchman Alexander.

Selling books at my exhibitor table at a popular Christian conference
Selling books at my exhibitor table at a popular Christian conference

Unfortunately, Leviathan's Ruse is not for everyone. Many people are not interested in meaty non-fiction, so I need another way to disseminate the concepts contained in that book. My solution to that problem is The Impostor King Saga.

The saga will be split into two trilogies, the first set in the distant past, the second in the near future. What ties them together is the primary antagonist, the Seed of Satan.

It's Time to Rally

I believe that Messiah's flock needs to activate in support of Christian entertainment projects more than ever, because people today fill their free time with fiction. Films, TV shows, novels, audio-books, and comics are by far the best ways to reach an audience in the 21st century.

However, we shouldn't support just any project. We've all groaned in disappointment at the bad acting and low production values of some faith-based films, or the overly earnest, on-the-nose writing of some Christian novels.

On the other hand, Hollywood's Bible-themed films, while well-acted and visually excellent, corrupt the source material terribly. It's our responsibility to provide viable alternatives: theologically sound stories that are excellent and honest.

Will you help me to turn my ideas into just such an alternative?

I'm Alexander Lawrence, an author, artist, and ecclesiastical teacher. 

I don't remember a time when I didn't write fiction. My parents have a photograph of an 8-year old Alexander asleep at the dinner table where he had been hard at work on a story about Batman (no, you can't see it—the story or the photo). That might have been my first real attempt at narrative.

Since then, I've always had a novel, short story, or screenplay in some-or-other stage of development. Most of them have never seen the light of day, with the notable exception of a short film script which won a competition back in 2005, but I think it's finally time to change that. Crafting stories needs to be more than a hobby for me.

Digital artwork has been my bread-and-butter, and that really works in my favor as a self-published author. Book covers, interior book layouts, and the like can be done in-house (literally... from my house). I maintain creative control over all aspects of the project. The graphical elements, illustrations, and motion graphics that you see in this Kickstarter campaign were created exclusively by me, the author.

I spent twelve years as a professional artist working primarily on graphics for video games. You may have heard of some of them, like Shadow of the Colossus. (Here's a link to my portfolio.) However, as I progressed in my walk as a disciple of Messiah, I realized that God doesn't want me putting my talents towards making secular games. The Lord moved me to leave the gaming industry about a year ago, and since then I've been freelancing and focusing on my teaching ministry. I left a career some people would kill for, in order to do more of what God made me for.

On a more personal note, I enjoy hiking, weight-lifting, skiing, racquetball, wine tastings, board games, and doing pretty much any old thing with my family. I'm also a bit of an introvert who values his alone time. My ideal day includes reading a great novel while lying on my hammock and scarfing too much Blue Bell ice cream. Don't judge me.

Abel and Susuvi

The main protagonist of RotR is Abel the Seer. A 'seer' is a person with a gift of foretelling the future and/or peering into the spiritual realm. Some would consider that ability a gift, but to Abel it is a curse. He rejects it and keeps his spiritual eyes firmly shut.

Abel is first introduced to readers as a psychologically wounded child, but with a lot of help from Noah's son, Shem, he develops into a strong and intelligent warrior contesting the tyranny of Nimrod. Even without the use of foresight, Abel is a force to be reckoned with. He isn't without weaknesses, though, and grave danger eventually threatens him from the blind spot created by his character flaws.

Susuvi, or "Suvi" for short, is Abel's love interest. As the child of a prisoner of war, she lives as a slave in one of Nimrod's palaces. Abel meets her under unusual circumstances, after he infiltrates Nimrod's courts as a spy. She complicates his life, and he must sort out how to rescue and protect her while continuing his obsessive quest to bring down the king.

Nimrod/Assur and Ditanu

The primary antagonist is Raamah, son of Kush. His name changes to Assur during the course of the story, but some of the Semitic people take to calling him Nimrod ("Rebel"). Through arcane means, Assur becomes a demigod bent on controlling the world.

Assur's closest companion is Ditanu, a Japhethite born in Babel. The loyal Ditanu helps Assur retrieve forbidden knowledge from before the Flood, knowledge preserved in stone by the pupils of fallen angels. Together, Assur and Ditanu use the secrets of heaven to terrible effect, forever changing the trajectory of history.

Mezariel

Crafted by Satan before the Dark One's insurrection, and nearly drawn to his side afterward, Mezariel is an archangel whose pivotal role in RotR is a secret that I will keep safe under lock and key. No spoilers for you!

The illustration of Mezariel is next on my to-do list.

Aya

Aya is Abel's older sister. Although in the first book she takes a back seat to Abel, the support and guidance she offers him makes all the difference. The second book of the saga will feature Aya as the main protagonist.

The illustration of Aya is yet to come. Hers will be the final entry in the set of four.

All reward tiers come with free shipping & handling, a subscription to the project update newsletter, and a credit on the RotR website's Thank You page.

The sideways text on the front of the coin says "Methuselah" in something similar to paleo-Hebrew. According to some traditions, Methuselah was a great king before Noah's Flood.
The sideways text on the front of the coin says "Methuselah" in something similar to paleo-Hebrew. According to some traditions, Methuselah was a great king before Noah's Flood.

Current Status

So far, only a handful of chapters have been put to paper, but the rest of the story is already outlined.

You may wonder why I don't wait to run this campaign until after the manuscript is completed. Good question, and the answer is two-fold: 1) It took me over two years to write Leviathan's Ruse in my spare time, and I'd like to be able to crank out the installments of The Impostor King Saga faster than that; 2) I fasted and prayed for direction and felt led to kick off the campaign immediately.

Timeline

I aim to publish RotR and ship rewards on December 2, 2019. If this campaign achieves more than its minimum funding goal, the release date could be expedited by three months. If it far surpasses its goal, I will be able to accelerate development even more.

Fortunately, I'm capable of doing the cover art, interior layout, and conversion to eBook by myself, so I won't need funds for those things, only time. Of course, time is money, but I'm willing to absorb the opportunity cost myself.

Reaching the minimum funding goal will make it possible to:

  • Hire professional editors and proofreaders
  • Print books in bulk to reduce per-book costs
  • Send out review copies to influencers
  • Put up a nice website for the saga

BUT please don't stop backing and sharing this campaign once the goal is met! The project really needs additional funding. The main reason why: I don't get to keep most of the money I raise on Kickstarter.

Let me break it down:

  •  REWARDS FULFILLMENT: Most of the funds will go towards printing and shipping the rewards.
  •  CAMPAIGN FEES: Kickstarter's fees, together with the credit card processing fees, come to nearly 10%. 
  •  TAXES: Kickstarter funds are taxable.

I would love for Reign of the Rebel to be released in hardcover and audio-book formats, but making that happen will require several thousand additional dollars. More importantly, I want to shorten the development process so that you can all get your rewards before the world ends (kidding—sorta). I think most would agree that faster would be better.

Surpassing the minimum goal will enable me to dedicate more hours each week to the task of writing. The dream, of course, is to write full-time, but if I could raise enough cash to dedicate even half of my time to it, the difference would be dramatic.

Here is a list of the rewards that will earned if the campaign hits milestones. I'll add more stretch goals as necessary—the sky's the limit!

 LONG-TERM GOALS

Ultimately, I'd like to turn RotR into a set of graphic novels. As a professional artist, I feel confident that I would be able to direct the creation of a sharp-looking graphic adaptation. But that's a fundraiser for another day.

While I'm dreaming, I might as well say that I hope to eventually see the book turned into a movie. You never know!

Reign of the Rebel will have something for everyone: action, romance, conspiracy, ancient high technology, and spiritual lessons that are powerful without being preachy. If you enjoy believable epic adventures in time periods other than our own, you'll likely be a fan.

If you dislike the God of Israel or reject the supernatural in general, this series won't appeal to you.

But hey, even if RotR isn't your cup of tea, it's probably perfect for one or more of your friends, so please share this page with them!

The share buttons are located at the top of the page, as shown in this screenshot. Scroll back up to find them. Alternatively, you can copy (Ctrl/Cmd-C) the URL from your browser's address bar.
The share buttons are located at the top of the page, as shown in this screenshot. Scroll back up to find them. Alternatively, you can copy (Ctrl/Cmd-C) the URL from your browser's address bar.

Risks and challenges

The main risk associated with this project is that something might incapacitate me (grave injury, illness, or death).

Fulfillment of rewards shouldn't be a problem. My wife and I have run the numbers and made sure that the reward tiers properly reflect the costs of producing and shipping the associated items.

Making time to write while also putting food on the table and maintaining a balanced life is—no surprise here—the biggest challenge. I'm making a firm commitment to prioritize RotR over other projects (regardless of whether or not this campaign succeeds) because, of all my undertakings, I believe that this one has the potential to make the greatest impact.

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    Coolest postcard since that one you got at Mount Rushmore. You'll get everything above plus a postcard featuring one of the four character illustrations (chosen at random).

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    The Seer (Print)

    For those early adopters who prefer good ol' books over the newfangled virtual kind. You'll get The Eye Candy rewards + a trade paperback of RotR. ("Trade" means higher quality than mass-market paperbacks.) Save 20% for being an early-bird. Limited to 50 backers.

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    The Traditionalist

    A nice read to cleanse your eye palate after all that eye candy. You'll get The Eye Candy rewards + a trade paperback of RotR. ("Trade" means higher quality than mass-market paperbacks.)

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    The Traveler

    Because you send a lot of postcards! (Or you just want to collect 'em all.) You'll get The Traditionalist rewards + a sealed pack of four author-signed postcards (one each of the four character illustrations) + a themed bookmark.

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    The Scholar

    For those with a taste for non-fiction fare as well. You'll get The Traditionalist rewards + a trade paperback copy of the 2nd Edition of Leviathan's Ruse, Vol. 1.

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    The Fan

    You can't help it, you just know good stuff when you see it. You'll get The Traveler rewards + an 18"x24" poster featuring the RotR cast painted in a Drew Struzan-esque style.

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    The Artist

    Cheaper than a van Gogh. You'll get The Traditionalist rewards + a limited-edition, signed 6"x10" art print of one of the four character illustrations (the backer chooses which) + a themed bookmark + an 18"x24" poster featuring the RotR cast painted in a Drew Struzan-esque style.
    (Art print specs: gicleé print on 260 GSM luster semi-matte canvas.)

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    The Collector

    Show you the money? Ok. You'll get The Fan rewards + a trade paperback copy of the 2nd edition of Leviathan's Ruse, Vol. 1 + a custom-minted, antiqued silver coin designed by the author (a pre-Flood coin featuring King Methuselah, which Abel finds and carries with him throughout the story). The Kickstarter-exclusive coin will come packaged in a nice display case.

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    The Insider

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    The Giver

    Your seven best friends thank you! You'll get The Scholar rewards + seven discounted trade paperback copies of RotR to gift to loved ones, troops, libraries, small groups, strangers, etc.
    ("Trade" means higher quality than mass-market paperbacks.)

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    The Double Down

    Twice the goodness! You'll get two copies of each of the following: RotR trade paperback + 18"x24" poster featuring the cast of characters painted in a Drew Struzan-esque style + 2nd Edition trade paperback of Leviathan's Ruse, Vol. 1 + themed bookmark + postcard featuring a character illustration + 6"x10" signed, limited-edition art print featuring a character illustration. (Backer may choose any of the character illustrations for his/her various postcards and prints, they don't have to be duplicates.)

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    The Meet and Greet

    Have a car and are willing to travel? You'll get The Scholar rewards + a picnic and "field trip" (hiking, sight-seeing, etc!) in the Austin, Texas area with the author and his wife. She'll bake something tasty for you, too! We will coordinate with you to choose a day in the spring of 2020.

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    The Decorator

    Getting some loosely Bible-based artwork up on walls since 2018. You'll get The Collector rewards + all four signed, limited-edition 6"x10" character illustrations at a discount.
    (Specs: gicleé print on 260 GSM luster semi-matte canvas.)

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    • A reproduction of Abel's silver coin, incl. protective case
    • A RotR poster that looks like it could be for a Hollywood movie
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    • Postcards of all 4 character illustrations, signed and sealed
    • RotR-themed bookmark
    • 1 paperback copy of RotR
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    The Student

    For when you need a little guidance. You'll get the Scholar rewards + four hours of digital visual arts consulting. The consultation could consist of training in art software and/or art principals, a constructive critique of stylistic and thematic elements within your work-in-progress project, or help pre-visualizing a new project.

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    • 1 paperback copy of RotR
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    The Model Backer

    My wife thinks this is basically the coolest reward. You'll get The Decorator rewards + your photo portrait (or a photo of you and your spouse) turned into an illustration matching the style of the RotR character illustrations. Your custom illustration will be delivered within six months after the book's publication. You will be allowed a reasonable amount of feedback during the creation process (for our mutual protection, you will have to sign a simple contract detailing the extent of your involvement during development). Limited to 3 backers.

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    • All 4 limited-edition 6"x10" art prints at a discount
    • A reproduction of Abel's silver coin, incl. protective case
    • A RotR poster that looks like it could be for a Hollywood movie
    • Leviathan's Ruse, Vol. 1, 2nd Ed. paperback
    • Postcards of all 4 character illustrations, signed and sealed
    • RotR-themed bookmark
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    The Hero

    Thank you, truly. This is basically the patronage level. You'll get every reward (excluding multiples and discounts) + an invitation for you and your immediate family (or a "plus 1") to attend the book launch party in Central Texas + your name in the acknowledgements . Limited to 2 backers.

    Includes:
    • RotR eBook in 3 file types
    • An invitation to the book launch party
    • All 4 limited-edition 6"x10" art prints
    • A portrait of you turned into a RotR-style character illustration
    • 4 hours of digital visual arts consulting/training
    • A baked treat from Mrs. Lawrence
    • A picnic lunch and sight-seeing trip with the Lawrences
    • A reproduction of Abel's silver coin, incl. protective case
    • A RotR poster that looks like it could be for a Hollywood movie
    • Leviathan's Ruse, Vol. 1, 2nd Ed. paperback
    • Postcards of all 4 character illustrations, signed and sealed
    • RotR-themed bookmark
    • 1 paperback copy of RotR
    • RotR book cover art (text-free) as a phone background
    • RotR-themed digital wallpaper painted by the author
    • Your name on RotR's acknowledgments page
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