The Noble Prisoner
In "The Noble Prisoner," Sire Armand de la Couture has caught the attention of his Empire's security forces. Beaten, interrogated and tortured, he is deported west to the Imperial Oil Sands Authority, where condemned prisoners work as slaves to extract needed oil from the ground for the benefit of the Empire. There, he is a pampered prince who must survive assassins and the elements. More
"I read everything Brendan DuBois writes. Science fiction, fantasy, mystery, it doesn't matter. He's one of the best." --- Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Hugo award-winning author
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Hundreds of years after the War of the World devastated humanity, only one nation is still thriving in North America: the Empire of the Nunavit, also known as the Empire of the North, where Canada once stood.
In the first book of this series, “The Noble Warrior,” young Sire Armand de la Couture traveled south with his father by airship on a trading mission to a city-state called Potomick, which was once the capitol of the world's greatest empire, known as Amerka.
There, among the ruins of buildings and museums, he came upon a sacred site, a temple of a bearded, brooding man, sitting on a throne, looking out upon a rectangular pond. The man is known as Father Abram, and centuries ago, the stories say, he once freed the slaves. He is now worshipped and offerings are left at his feet, for the oppressed people of Potomick pray that a new Father Abram will arise and free the slaves once again.
Armand soon returned to the safety and comfort of his Empire, but he then took a critical look at his Empire's society, where indentured servants work for families to work off debts decades old, and Armand began to ask questions.
Now, in "The Noble Prisoner," Armand has caught the attention of his Empire's security forces. Beaten, interrogated and tortured --- and also abandoned by his family --- he is deported west to the Imperial Oil Sands Authority, where condemned prisoners work as slaves to extract needed oil from the ground for the benefit of the Empire. There, as a pampered prince who has never known cold, hunger and fear, Armand is forced to survive both the elements and assassins.
In this stunning second work of a three-novel series, award-winning winner author Brendan DuBois sets a new world among the ashes of the old, where the humanity-long struggle between freedom and slavery takes place in the ancient lands once known as Canada and America...
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Coming soon, the sequel to "The Noble Prisoner".... "The Noble Prince: Book Three of the Empire of the North."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brendan DuBois of New Hampshire is the award-winning author of sixteen novels and more than 120 short stories. His novel, "Resurrection Day," won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternative History Novel of the Year.
His short fiction has appeared in Playboy, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, nd numerous other magazines and anthologies including “The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century,” published in 2000 by Houghton-Mifflin. Another one of his short stories appeared in in "The Year's Best Science Fiction 22nd Annual Collection" (St. Martin's Griffin, 2005) edited by Gardner Dozois
His short stories have twice won him the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, and have also earned him three Edgar Allan Poe Award nominations from the Mystery Writers of America. Visit his website at BrendanDuBois.com.
Cover art for this Kindle edition by Jeroen ten Berge. Visit his website at jeroentenberge.com.
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