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Five Amazing Authors, Five Super Novels!

Here at Silver Empire, we've been waiting nearly a year to bring you the exciting Heroes Unleashed project! We've collected the best up and coming authors to bring you this amazing, first of its kind collection of new, interlinked superhero novels! No, these aren't comicbooks or graphic novels, these are straight up novels, packed with all the superhuman action and goodness you could ever ask for!

Authors Morgon Newquist, J.D. Cowan, Kai Wai Cheah, Jon Mollison, and Richard Watts bring the Heroes Unleashed universe to life with their five Phase I novels. Each novel will begin a series of its own that will continue for at least three books.

A word from The Historian

Thomas Plutarch, aka The Historian - co-author of all Heroes Unleashed novels
Thomas Plutarch, aka The Historian - co-author of all Heroes Unleashed novels

I was there from the beginning. When the Event happened and the Primes first came, the wave hit me, too. I didn't realize it at first. My own powers developed slowly, and they were never any good for combat. Yes, I tried my own hand at heroing. But let's not talk about that.

Superhuman memory - truly perfect recall - doesn't help much in a fight. But it did let me piece it all together, to figure out what really happened.

It took me a while to find the perfect authors to help me tell the tales. They had to be told right - because Lord knows nobody else ever did.

Achilles, The Banshee, and Pendragon. You know the names, but you don't know the story. You only think you do. The government has some explaining to do when it comes to Matthew White and Jason Vermilion. But that's nothing compared to the story on Adam Song. Hah, what a crock you've been fed there. Joe "Overlook" Smith? They tried to bury that story deeper than the truth about JFK. And Deckard Riss? That tale will keep you up all night - and tomorrow night, too. Some things, maybe you don't want to know.

But I know. I remember them all. That's why they call me The Historian.

What is Heroes Unleashed?

Do you love superheroes? Do you love the way that the heroes of the major comic distributors all inhabit the same universe and interact with each other? Silver Empire is bringing this concept to the world of prose novels, with the Heroes Unleashed universe.

We've teamed with tons of award nominated up and coming authors to bring you this gigantic, fully realized world of awesome heroic adventures.

Phase I

This campaign is for Phase I of the Heroes Unleashed universe. We've commissioned five authors to help The Historian write and launch five series of novels set within the Heroes Unleashed universe. Four of the five authors have nearly completed the first novels of their respective series, and the fifth is hard at work. This campaign is to get those five novels ready for press.

Serenity City

He wanted to be a good man. Instead, he became a hero.

Imagine Serenity City, a beachfront city on the east coast. For years, the city has been protected by the Triumvirate - three of the most powerful, and certainly the most famous, heroes in the world. Achilles with his super strength. His wife, The Banshee, master of deception and guile. And their best friend Pendragon in his shining armor. No serious threat lasts long in Serenity City under their watch!

Until the Rampage - the infamous day when Achilles lost his mind, leaving a half-destroyed city and the body of the Banshee in his wake.

Twenty years later, Serenity City is completely changed. Pendragon still reigns as the world's most famous hero, but he reigns alone. Banshee still lies in her grave, and Achilles rots in solitary confinement. Young Victoria, an up and coming hero, finds herself investigating a new mystery. Why are young and forgotten heroes disappearing off the streets? Why doesn't anybody else care? And how is it tied in to those infamous events that brought the city's greatest heroes to ruin?

And when Achilles escapes, it throws a wrench in everything!

But nothing is as it seems in Serenity City: Heroes Fall by Morgon Newquist. Serenity City will continue after Phase I to be four books total.

The Rampage
The Rampage

Morgon Newquist is the author of the sword-and-sorcery series The School of Spells and War and a co-founder of Silver Empire publishing.

Gemini Warrior

Two become one as the hidden world reveals itself! After an experiment goes haywire, Matthew White and Jason Vermilion are left with the powers of the Gemini Bracelets. They have become the Gemini Man. Not only have their lives been upturned, but they have also discovered another world where magic exists! Now these total strangers must bond together to survive two worlds that want them dead and also save them at the same time. As the tides come crashing in around them, they realize one thing. They must become the heroes both worlds need.

Gemini Warrior by J.D. Cowan. The Gemini Man series will continue after Phase I to be 3 novels.

Hollow City

Gifted with the ability to boost his physical prowess, supercop Adam Song uses his power to protect and serve the people of Halo City. Until the day a gunfight blows his world inside out.

Abandoned by the Establishment and shunned by the people, Song must survive ruthless hitmen, relentless internal affairs investigations, and a conspiracy dead-set on destroying him.

Once he was a protector and a law enforcer. But now, he must become the man he used to be: a manhunter specializing in supervillains.

Hollow City by Hugo Award nominee and Dragon Award nominee Kai Wai Cheah. This series will continue after Phase I for a total of at least six novels.

The Phoenix Ring

Joe "Overlook" Smith, international superspy, takes on a shadowy conspiracy with global reach and ancient origins!

The Phoenix Ring by Jon Mollison. This series will continue after Phase I for a total of three novels.

Atlantean Archons: Apprentice

The last Knight of Atlantis is dying.  

Deckard Riss has wandered the world for over two-thousand years, keeping the earth safe from threats mystic and mortal. Now, with his powers failing, Deckard and his latest apprentice, Hayden, have uncovered a plot to rouse a sleeping chaos god.  

Can Deckard see this last quest to the end or will Hayden be left to face the Hungering Darkness alone?

Atlantean Archons: Apprentice by Richard W. Watts. This series will continue after Phase I for a total of three novels.

Phase II and beyond

After we complete Phase I, we'll be returning to bring you Phase II and beyond. What's coming down the road? Sequels, of course... but we also have more authors, more heroes, more stories and just plain more awesome! Stay tuned, as we'll be posting details of Phase II and beyond throughout the course of this campaign.

What you get

Get the Heroes Unleashed books in your preferred format - ebook, paperback, or limited edition hardcovers - before anyone else!

Bonus: All physical books (paperbacks and hardcovers) purchased through the Kickstarter will be signed with a personal note! Yes, we'll even ship Jon Mollison's books to Hawaii, Kai Wai Cheah's books to Singapore, and ship them all back again, just to get you your signatures!

Bonus: These limited edition hardcover books will only be available through this Kickstarter campaign. If we ever do a hardcover print run again, they'll have distinctly different covers to ensure that your copies are one of a kind.Bonus: This is the only way to get a special "Heroes Unleashed Phase I Backer" t-shirt. These shirts will never be available again, anywhere!

Bonus: All backers at any pledge level will get immediate access to a 100-page preview of the first Heroes Unleashed book, Serenity City: Heroes Fall by Morgon Newquist and Thomas Plutarch. We'll also be posting sample chapters from the other Phase I books as we reach stretch goals (listed below), so you'll get to preview the books early!

T-Shirts: Get your limited edition "Heroes Unleashed Phase I Backer" t-shirt, available ONLY from this Kickstarter campaign!

Kickstarter exclusive Heroes Unleashed Phase I Backer design.
Kickstarter exclusive Heroes Unleashed Phase I Backer design.

When you get it

  • The first Heroes Unleashed book, Serenity City: Heroes Fall is very close to completion. We expect to have ebooks in your ereader by the end of September 2018, early October 2018 at the latest, and physical books shipping at about the same time.
  • The next three Phase I books, Gemini Warrior, Hollow City, and The Phoenix Ring are all first draft complete. They each need a solid editing pass, and then covers and layout. We expect to have them out roughly 4-6 weeks apart in the order listed, with the first, Gemini Warrior, following 4-6 weeks after Heroes Fall.
  • Atlantean Archons: Apprentice is only about 1/3 done with the first draft. We expect to have this book out by the spring of 2019. If for any reason it is running significantly behind schedule (summer 2019 or later), backers will have a choice to substitute other Heroes Unleashed or Silver Empire products in its stead or to wait for its completion - your choice!

What we need

To be honest, we don't need a whole lot. Four of the five books are already basically done (first drafts are finished, editors have had a crack at them). All we really need at this point is covers and promotional artwork.

What your pledges support

Your pledges support getting us those covers and promotional artwork, they'll help us promote the books, and - most of all - the authors will get paid at their respective royalty rates, which will help ensure that they keep writing more Heroes Unleashed stories!

Bonus rewards

At every $500 funding mark, we'll post a new sample chapter from one of the five Phase I novels - up to five chapters from each book - free for our backers!

  • $500: Chapter 1 of Gemini Warrior by J.D. Cowan - POSTED!
  • $1000: Chapter 1 of Hollow City by Kai Wai Cheah - POSTED!
  • $1500: Chapter 1 of The Phoenix Ring by Jon Mollison - POSTED!
  • $2000: Chapter 1 of Atlantean Archons: Apprentice by Richard Watts
  • $2500: Chapter 2 of Gemini Warrior by J.D. Cowan
  • And more!

Stretch Goals

  • $5,000 - Rage of Achilles poster included free for all backers who purchased physical items! ALL backers will get a desktop / home screen version for their digital devices!
  • $10,000 - A custom black and white line art drawing for each and every chapter of all five Phase I Heroes Unleashed novels!
  • ????? - Unlock the $10,000 stretch goal to find out!

About Silver Empire

My wife Morgon and I founded Silver Empire in 2014 to publish the best in up and coming science fiction and fantasy fiction. Since then, our umbrella has grown to include 15 different authors publishing with us. We've published 14 novels in 2018, with roughly a dozen more to go before the year is out, and we plan to publish even more in 2019. We're located in north Alabama, and we're running the Heroes Unleashed project because we think it's crazy awesome and there should be more stuff like this.

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Updates

8/21/18 - Fully funded in just ELEVEN HOURS?!!!

8/23/18 - Fan art? Already?! And holy cow, this is amazing!

Fan art of The Banshee
Fan art of The Banshee

 8/24/18: Who wants some more art? And maybe a bit more information about the characters? Here we o!

Risks and challenges

Four of the five novels of Heroes Unleashed Phase I already have first drafts completed. They need some polishing passes, covers, and artwork. The fifth novel is approximately 1/3 to 1/2 complete. It is being completed by a first-time novelist. However, in the unlikely event that it isn't completed in a timely manner, we have several novels from Phase II already on deck in draft form and can substitute one of those for backers to ensure that they get what they've paid for.

We have published 14 books so far this year, and are very experienced at getting them out the door.

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    YOU as a hero or villain!

    YOU get to appear in the Heroes Unleashed universe as a minor hero or villain! Our authors will work with you to create a character based upon your personality and your appearance and to figure out how best to work you into the stories. PLUS get a custom character portrait of your character!

    ALSO get all five Phase I novels in limited edition hardcover form, plus all five Phase I novels in ebook form!

    *NOTE: Because four of the Phase I novels are already nearly complete, your character may not appear in the stories until Phase II. If we CAN work him or her in sooner than that, we will, but we can't promise it!

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