John Stevenson

Biography

In 1600 Shakespeare wrote As You Like It. In that play his character Jaques said “All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” I happen to like that phrase. I also believe that we would all like to play different characters from time to time; stories give us the opportunity to do that. We can be a hero or a villain. We can live wherever we dream and travel through time at will. In this crazy world writing keeps me sane: its also a lot of fun.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Chesterfield England, lots of English countryside to roam in, but I believe my inspiration really began in Leicester where my parents were caretakers at a large old building. There was no ghost in residence, but it was a spooky place and I remember deliberately, and repeatedly scaring myself by going into parts of it in the dark, on my own.
When did you first start writing?
Twice actually, my very first attempt was around twelve years old when I wrote for the school newspaper. Casper the ghost had recently been on at the cinema and it inspired me to wrote a serial about a friendly little ghost; unfortunately I got him into so much trouble I couldn’t get him out.
From then on I would get a piece of paper now and again and scribble a few words, but with career and family it was never a serious attempt; that came after a divorce in the mid nineties when I wrote to quieten the silence of the empty rooms. The silence is now filled with grandchildren and I haven’t stopped writing.
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Where to find John Stevenson online


Books

Last Days - Orbit the Sun – Part 10
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Series: Orbit the Sun, Book 10. Price: Free! Words: 7,980. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
When Andrew relinquishes command, Peter sees his power under threat; now everything is to play for, between him and Mathew.
Colony - Orbit the Sun – Part 9
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Series: Orbit the Sun, Book 9. Price: Free! Words: 8,460. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Salvation is possible; starvation is averted, and hope is rising aboard Earthrise. Now: just as a future is possible, everything is threatened when Andrew lets himself be manipulated, and Peter makes his move for control.
Long Way Back - Orbit the Sun – Part 8
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Series: Orbit the Sun, Book 8. Price: Free! Words: 7,090. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Getting back to Earth is a roller coaster ride as disappointment follows exhilaration over and over; yet when everyone has given up there is a sliver of hope from the last place anyone thought of, but Earthrise isn’t the same place that was flung into space, and while some just want to get home others see the potential to exploit.
Riot and Disorder - Orbit the Sun – Part 7
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Series: Orbit the Sun, Book 7. Price: Free! Words: 7,060. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Earthrise is out of control and heading the wrong way. The command structure has collapsed and gangs are starting to roam the space station. If that wasn’t bad enough Jennifer has betrayed Mathew’s trust, and the fox has been given permission to look after the chickens.
Jet Black and the Highest Bidder #21
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Series: The Adventures of Jet Black and his Starship Crew. Price: Free! Words: 7,810. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Buying at an auction can be a frantic experience: one moment you have, the next you haven’t, but when the hammer falls hesitation often begins. For Jet and the crew what should have been the anxious part of their contract was over but they soon discover it was only the first bid.
Jet Black - Mushrooms and Spiders #20
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Series: The Adventures of Jet Black and his Starship Crew. Price: Free! Words: 11,140. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Verdant; it was meant to be a cornucopia of protein, but it turned out to be a disaster in fungi. Now the Three Galaxies Insurance Alliance have to pay up big, unless Jet and the crew can get evidence that the G.P.Org had voided the policy, but first they have to escape the planet without being eaten; avoid the spiders, and try not to be fried by radiation.
Mutiny
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Series: Orbit the Sun, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 5,940. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
As Earthrise gets closer to the Sun both the heat and tensions are rising. Discipline is falling apart; rumour fuels fear, and both crew and visitors are losing faith in decisions that have been made. Now Andrew has to face the mob before Earth leaves them behind.
The Zombie Bug
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Series: Orbit the Sun, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 6,000. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Mathew and the others have a lot to deal with already: they are making their approach to the sun and there’s an underflow of dissent: what they need least of all is a parasite that makes them reckless
One Hundred and Forty-Three Days - Overland to Oz
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Price: Free! Words: 27,820. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Road travel
In England the decade was known as the swinging sixties. It was a time of change in almost every aspect of life: at least for the young. The Beatles: the clothes and for the adventurous few, the Hippy Trail. I was one of those few, and amongst those searching for the spiritual enlightenment, I discovered a new life.
Jet Black - The Moons of Koo #19
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Series: The Adventures of Jet Black and his Starship Crew. Price: Free! Words: 8,350. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
All the crew have to do is transfer some workers to a mining camp, but nobody warned them about iron rain or the Strangelets; and only about one of the contracts
Jet Black and the Lost Platoon #18
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Series: The Adventures of Jet Black and his Starship Crew. Price: Free! Words: 5,690. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
After being delayed in the museum Jet and Selian arrive on the alien spaceship to find it abandoned.
Jet Black and the Nightmare Museum #17
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Series: The Adventures of Jet Black and his Starship Crew. Price: Free! Words: 6,550. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Jet and Selian take time out to lean about natural history and realises they’ve been so focused on the Swamp Monster that Jets forgotten to watch out for his other nemesis.
End Game
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Series: The Prophecy, Book 14. Price: Free! Words: 8,150. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The battle is over, and the prophecy has come to pass, but is Nicholas prepared for what is to follow?
Hope
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Series: The Prophecy, Book 13. Price: Free! Words: 7,300. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Nicholas learns the secret of Basilisk, but will a machine be enough to face the Marshal and the might of the Drakken alone.
Pestilence
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Series: Orbit the Sun, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 8,670. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Mathew is out of his comfort zone, he has to work out how to take the space station closer to the sun. It needs all his attention, but he can’t get the Russian woman out of his mind, or that the commander has accused him of plotting to take over Earthrise. He was sure a murderer was aboard, but it’s possible that everyone is just losing their memory, and now there’s the green glow.
Death in Pod Eighteen
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Series: Orbit the Sun, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 8,410. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Is Mathew becoming paranoid; even when more people die he isn’t sure, and what about the beautiful married woman, is she to be the next victim?
A Far Longer Journey
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Series: Orbit the Sun, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 7,060. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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Earthrise has left orbit, and with its reluctant passengers is thrust into the unknown; but as the crew and guests come to terms with their journey, they are unaware that the encounter with Nemesis has affected them in a way that they have yet to discover.
Into the Unknown
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Series: Orbit the Sun, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 7,380. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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A hotel at the edge of space; a close encounter with an asteroid, and a journey that no-one expected, go to prove that space tourism is the destination for those who have been everywhere, but not the place you want to be when things go wrong.
A False New Dawn
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Series: The Prophecy, Book 12. Price: Free! Words: 7,250. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Not all victories are secured on the battlefield: sometimes in the face of defeat we hand our adversary success simply by accepting we cannot win. When it seems all the options have gone maybe all that is needed is confidence, and maybe an edge…
Rhea - Prequel
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Price: Free! Words: 6,760. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
This short story is a prequel to the Company Wars Chronicle, and over time it will become a longer work that will tell what was never revealed in the series.
Success and Failure
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Series: The Prophecy, Book 11. Price: Free! Words: 5,930. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Nicholas snatches success from failure, but as the celebrations begin the Marshal reveals his ultimate weapon...
A New Leader Emerges
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Series: The Prophecy, Book 10. Price: Free! Words: 7,840. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Nicholas arrives too late to warn his friends, but just in time to witnesses the bloody end of the revolution. With all hope lost he sets out to wreak his own retribution, at the almost certain cost of his own life.
The Marshals Ace
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Series: The Prophecy, Book 9. Price: Free! Words: 6,240. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
As Nicholas arrives in the city and sets about finding the rebels, the Marshal is consolidating his trap, but it must be without the Drakken.
The City
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Series: The Prophecy, Book 8. Price: Free! Words: 7,250. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Simeon prepares to begin the revolution, as Nicholas races towards the city to warn him that the rebellions plans are known.
Love: Over Before it Began
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Series: The Prophecy, Book 7. Price: Free! Words: 8,490. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Nicholas thought he had lost all he had until he has to loose yet more: in return he is given purpose to his life, and that means he’ll probably die.
A Perilous Journey
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Series: The Prophecy, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 6,280. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
When Nicholas sets out to confront his destiny danger is not just at the end of his journey; death and hardship lurk all along the way.
Blood Mountain
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Series: The Prophecy, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 8,490. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Death is following Nicholas as he climbs into the snowline where he finds relics from before the last great war, and has to make a choice what part he will play in the coming one.
Jet Black and the Incubator #16
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Series: The Adventures of Jet Black and his Starship Crew. Price: Free! Words: 6,790. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A gigantic alien spaceship is racing across the galaxy; it isn’t slowing down and it won’t respond to any calls: what’s Jet and the crew to do before an accident happens? Get aboard, but where is everybody: asleep? And where have all the rocks littering the floors come from? Maybe the answer is to find out what’s prowling around the dark and silent passageways before it finds them.
Road and Forest
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Series: The Prophecy, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 8,880. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Nicholas travels to places far beyond even those he has heard talk of, where friendships old and new are revived; wondrous sights are seen, and a whole new history is revealed. Now he has to make the choice to join in the rebellion or stand by as his world changes yet again.
The Gift of Second Life
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Series: The Prophecy, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 6,990. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A stranger helps and tells an even stranger story that sees Nicholas leave all he has ever known behind and begin his search, but he is now a hunted man, and has to go where danger lurks around every bend.
Harriet – The End of Peace
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Series: The Prophecy, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 6,360. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
A Yin needs a Yang; a prophecy needs heroes; but to those of the old order change is heresy and dissidents need to be hunted down whatever the cost; even if it means a wave of death will spread over the lands of Loc-Sie.
Nicholas – The Beginning
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Series: The Prophecy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 8,210. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
There comes a time when the last Great War is almost forgotten: a time when people grow and make what they need for the simple lives they live. It is also a time of oppression; when overlords are suspicious of the people, for now is the time foretold. "In the end devastation will be faced. Men will weep. Women will perish. Families will be orphaned. Ruin will reign.
Jet Black – Return to the Planet of the Merwomen #15
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Series: The Adventures of Jet Black and his Starship Crew. Price: Free! Words: 9,420. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A call from a beautiful Merwoman has Jet and the crew carrying an empty box into hostile territory to face their nightmare.
Resurrection
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Price: Free! Words: 83,270. Language: Australian English. Published: October 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
For a pilot a forced landing is their worst nightmare. The forced landing of an airliner, on the frigid ice fields of Antarctica, is unimaginable. As winter draws its white cloak over the continent, rescue becomes impossible; hope slips away, and the ice entombs its victims.
Jet Black and the Holiday from Hell #14
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Series: The Adventures of Jet Black and his Starship Crew. Price: Free! Words: 8,450. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Rosie desperately needs a holiday: somewhere quiet where she can relax; but relaxing isn’t possible when the Christmas card snow scene turns into a blizzard, and there’s something outside the cabin intent on tearing its way in. This time Jet really does put life and limb on the line to save the crew and the people of a small town from his own nightmare.
Jet Black - Gold #13
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Series: The Adventures of Jet Black and his Starship Crew. Price: Free! Words: 8,670. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Rosie has to transfer enough gold for a king’s ransom. It should be easy; she has a warship to protect her and everything is a hundred percent legal, so why is she facing life in prison, and why is the stranger who she’s just met got her questioning her feelings for Jet…
Jet Black - Treachery, Deceit and Bluff #12
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Series: The Adventures of Jet Black and his Starship Crew. Price: Free! Words: 9,600. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
It should have been almost a holiday for Rosie and Jet; a delivery to a planet whose civilisation lives in a medieval time: that was until the king turned up in a stretched limo demanding their spaceship: and Chub can’t help, he’s slowly bleeding to death trapped inside a volcano.
Jet Black and the Emperors Curse #9
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Series: The Adventures of Jet Black and his Starship Crew. Price: Free! Words: 8,100. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The crew have just thirty-six hours to put things right before the authorities arrest them, but Jet has accepted an offer from a beautiful stranger; Rosie is going to break the laws of both society and mysticism, and Chub needs to warn the others that killers are looking for them whatever they do.
Jet Black and the Emperor's Hand #8
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Series: The Adventures of Jet Black and his Starship Crew. Price: Free! Words: 8,060. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A mummified hand twelve millienia old: a sacred symbol to some; a symbol of power to others. To the greedy a source of wealth, and to his enemies it could be Jets life.
Jet Black and the Elixir of life... and Death. #7
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Series: The Adventures of Jet Black and his Starship Crew. Price: Free! Words: 6,030. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Rosie and Chub are dying, and it’s up to Jet alone to save them; that means facing the creature of his nightmares for the first time.
Jet Black - Deliver the Devil #6
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Series: The Adventures of Jet Black and his Starship Crew. Price: Free! Words: 5,570. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When Jet is asked to work for the militia; transporting one of the Galaxies most dangerous criminals to a penitentiary, it place’s him and the crew up against ruthless people who are determined to set their passenger free at any cost.
Jet Black and the Cosmic Rain #5
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Series: The Adventures of Jet Black and his Starship Crew. Price: Free! Words: 5,910. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
As if landing on a planet bathed in deadly cosmic radiation wasn’t enough, someone's out to kill Jet and the crew; and they want to do it in the most cruel and unusual way they can.
Jet Black and the Impossible Forest #4
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Series: The Adventures of Jet Black and his Starship Crew. Price: Free! Words: 7,230. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Insurance companies, don’t ya just love them; but when they tell you the terms you do what you have to, even if that means entering a forest out of your worst nightmares
Jet Black - Marooned on the Ice Planet #2
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Series: The Adventures of Jet Black and his Starship Crew. Price: Free! Words: 5,870. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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So what is Jet to do? To save his and the lives of the crew he has committed theft on a grand scale and made a ruthless enemy. Maybe find a safe hideout, but he can't stay hidden for ever when injustice is wreaked on a helpless society. Then he must risk the Silver Flyer, and give his foe the opportunity to eliminate all the evidence; including him.
Jet Black and the Escape from Culver City #1
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Series: The Adventures of Jet Black and his Starship Crew. Price: Free! Words: 5,480. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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Disillusionment can be a great motivator, and when the only way out is up Jet learns that friends can be found in the most unlikely of places: that a courier service is much more than delivering parcels and that diamonds are everyone's best friends. This is the first book in the Jet Black series.
Jet Black and the Water World #11
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Series: The Adventures of Jet Black and his Starship Crew. Price: Free! Words: 5,800. Language: Australian English. Published: April 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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A city populated only by women; sounds like the place Jet Black would feel right at home, but a lesbos utopia it isn’t when Mermen enslave the population; you've lost half the crew, and your branded a traitor
Jet Black and the Planet of the Acid Ants #10
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Series: The Adventures of Jet Black and his Starship Crew. Price: Free! Words: 5,270. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
An emergency distress call, from an isolated outpost on a planet with carnivorous ants the size of bullocks that can spit acid. A place to avoid unless your Jet Black
Island Between Times
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Series: Australian. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,820. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Bloodthirsty Pirates: World War II; an Island paradise, and a stolen Ruby with mystical powers makes a leisurely sailing holiday anything but. Alone and trapped on an island two children must find a way to save their parents before the Shah’s mystic ruby brings time back into order.
Corporate Expansion - Book Five of the Company Wars Chronicle
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Series: The Company Wars. Price: Free! Words: 60,260. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
As we grow older we lose more people than we gain. Sometimes the grief changes our lives, and sometimes it's just too hard to let go
The Prophecy
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 100,850. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
There comes a time when the last great war is almost forgotten: a time when people grow and make what they need for the simple lives they live. It is also a time of oppression; when overlords are suspicious of the people, for now is the time foretold. ...Please be aware that this book is a complete collection of the series of the same name...
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