Best-selling author Chandler McGrew reimagines Earth’s history of empires and war, on another world of steam and magic.
The Altmages are believed long gone though the remnants of their magic remain, but as Empires rise based on the new Technomagic, they drift inexorably towards war. In the deserts of the Kadan a young man forbidden from ever becoming a mage trains to be a warrior and leader of men. Meanwhile, in the distant Kush, his best friend, born to the halls of political power, learns the limits of the new magic and old tactics against ancient enemies. Watching all, the otherwordly Council of Five, out of sight, shift men like chess pieces for reasons known only to themselves. As the nexus draws them all, and a Master Assassin named Caltris toward a desert fort called al Garis, the fate of all the Empires rests in the balance.
Book I of a World-spanning scifi/fantasy epic.
Book 1 in the World of Empire Series
The shooting has started. For the next four hours a killer will stalk the inhabitants of a remote Alaskan village hidden in a wilderness of awesome beauty. And Micky Ascherfeld, a burned-out ex-cop, is the only person who can stop him. Without a gun, cut off from the outside world, Micky plays a deadly game of hide-and-seek with a man on a killing rampage. Moving from cabin to cabin, she finds her once-familiar world turned into a landscape of sheer horror. To survive, she must confront the demons in her own past–even as she becomes the focus of a madman’s sick obsession and a terrified girl’s only hope. With another life to save besides her own, Micky has found a new reason to endure…if only she can.
“One hell of a suspense thriller” – www.screamtv.net
“A fast moving tale of suspense and bloody mayhem.” – Lewiston Sun Journal
“Incredible tension and suspense… get a copy soon.” – Mystery News
“A fast paced thriller!” – www.fiatgirl.com
“One of the most terrifying villains since Hannibal Lecter.!” www.allreaders.com
“An engrossing reading experience.” – Midwest Book Review
“Exciting and captivating” – Oxford Hills Advertiser Democrat
“The best opening 10 pages I’ve read this year…reads like a good martini tastes: icy cold, with flecks of terror where the ice chips should be.” – Contra Costa Times
“A tense and satisfying read.” – I Love a Mystery Newsletter
In an instant they were gone… Four years apart, two boys vanished without a trace in a picturesque community in Maine. For Sheriff Virgil Milche, the disappearances are a black mark on a fine career. For the mother of one of the victims, the mystery is a dark journey through grief, hope, and madness. Audrey Bock is certain her son is still alive. She believes that in the silence of his absence she can hear him crying out to her. And now she suspects that somewhere in her own past lies the key to her son’s disappearance. To find her son, Audrey must confront the maze of her memory. To unravel an agonizing case, Virgil must uncover the bizarre darkness lurking within his well-lit world. But as both move closer to the truth, they will face the most forbidding barrier of all: Someone out there knows exactly what happened to two little boys–and who must die next.
“a spine-tingling blend of mystery, thriller, and a bit of the paranormal, where a surprise lurks around every corner.” – Old Book Barn Gazette
“In the small-town Maine that Stephen King has made famous, Chandler McGrew sets a new tale of terror.” – Forbes Book Club
“Suspense at its best” – Book Review Cafe
“…plays on the primal fears that cause most adults to lose sleep. An author to watch and read.” – Denver Post
“Fans of Kay Hooper and Linda Howard will readily dig into this fantastic tale.” – Publishers Weekly
It begins with a blackout. All electrical power ceases to run. Even the sun seems a little dimmer. Cities come to a halt. And then their inhabitants vanish. But a small, clandestine group of warriors has been preparing for this moment for centuries. Their hopes rest on two strangers, a thousand miles apart, who hold the keys to the world’s salvation: Dylan Barnes, a martial arts instructor who teaches his students the art of inner balance but is plagued by shadows only he can see and voices muttering in a language only he can hear; and Lucy Devereau, a private investigator who earns a living by prying into the lives of others but is haunted by her own birthright–and the mystery of her true parents. The world around them–our world–is slipping into darkness. Now, as fate and blood push them to the front lines of an extraordinary battle, Lucy and Dylan must stare into the face of something ancient, something impossible, something that has come to blot out the light–forever.
“…cleverly written in a spiritual style that calls to mind Dean Koontz’s recent (and better) works… an exciting delight – a trip into realms some feared would never be explored again. ” – Thebestreviews.com
“addictive…one part Rapture drama, one part Lovecraftian horror story, one part blood-soaked chase… a thrilling one-sit read.” – Publisher’s Weekly
In a small Maine valley, thirteen-year-old Pierce Morin, born blind and deaf, possesses a terrifying gift: he can hear evil whispering–and knows an elusive, deadly force is stalking the people he loves…. Detective Jake Crowley has run far away from his Maine hometown. But a bizarre shootout in Galveston, Texas, finally draws him home: to a woman he can barely face, to the unsolved mystery of his mother’s murder, to a family curse and a valley that’s fallen under the spell of a serial killer.… For Jake, redemption lies in unlocking Pierce’s gifts and hoping the boy can show him the way to stop the terrors that plague him. But while young Pierce can begin the search, only Jake can finish it–by looking evil in the eye and claiming both their birthrights.…
“Chandler McGrew (is) showing us how to scare the pants off readers with his latest paperback original…” – The Chicago Tribune
“…a born-to-be-a-TV-series story about a 13-year-old blind and deaf boy who can hear evil spirits, and a police officer who gets dragged back from Texas to his Maine roots by a force stronger than life.” – Chicago Tribune
” a finely woven tale of terror-and one of love as well.” – Fangoria
“What starts out as a crime thriller quickly turns into a horror novel that is so scary, the audience will read…with all the lights left on. Mandi’s son Pierce is a special child with a good heart, a strong sense of right and wrong and is the key to the mystery of Crowley’s curse. His choice to give up what he desires most so that others may live will bring tear to the eyes of the reader. This is horror fiction at its most chilling making Chandler McGrew a worthy successor to Stephen King.”~ Harriet Klausner
“my first book by McGrew, and I look forward to many more. A longtime fan of Dean Koontz and Robert R. McCammon, I enjoyed this story thoroughly and was sorry it had to end. Jake’s partner and the partner’s grandmother are lively additions to the cast, and the pivotal character of a young boy named Pierce will tug on your heartstrings from page one. A great read.” www.freshfiction.com