A down-on-his-luck stuntman lands the gig of a lifetime as a hero for hire in another world.
“I didn’t come here to sell my soul. I came here to buy it back.” Once dubbed “The Deadliest Man Alive,” Jarrod Torrealday is a former Olympic saber hopeful and medieval weapons expert banned from competition for killing another fencer in a duel. Despondent, volatile, alcoholic, yet still one of the greatest swordsmen alive, he now works for third-rate fantasy films as a technical consultant and stuntman. When Jarrod accepts the gig of a lifetime from a sorcerer looking for a hero, he finds himself facing an invading army in a world inhabited by creatures from Earth’s mythical past. He soon learns that the enemy mastermind is also from Earth, and has laid the foundations for a new kind of war. Seamlessly blending hard science with elements of classic sword and sorcery, Dragon’s Trail is an international bestseller that’s being hailed as the pioneering work of a new genre: the Fantasy Technothriller.
From the Author:
Here are some reviews for Dragon’s Trail:
“(A) crash course in the politics of a world with Dark Ages-level technology . . . the action, humor, and intrigue quickly build, showcasing Jarrod as James Bond in tarnished armor.” – Publishers Weekly
“Fantasy with a twist . . . executed with verve and intelligence.” “[Dragon’s Trail] features immersive detail and hold-your-breath battle scenes.” – The BookLife Prize
“A book to savor and soak in all the details.” – San Francisco Review of Books
“An enjoyable tale of action, politics, magic, and war . . . all the makings of a future classic.” – RisingShadow.net
“Joseph Malik combines masterful prose and an intricate, exciting fantasy plot to create an incredible first book in Dragon’s Trail . . . The world-building is extremely well done and so realistic that I was able to easily fall into this world and enjoy every minute.” – Forever Lost in Literature
About the Author:
In addition to fiction, Joseph Malik writes and lectures on advanced intelligence theory and asymmetric warfare for the U.S. military. He has worked as a stuntman, a high-rise window washer, a computational linguist, a touring rock musician, and a soldier in the United States Special Operations Command.
His first novel, Dragon’s Trail, released in late 2016 and became a Kindle Top 100 Bestseller in four countries in 2017, reaching #1 in Epic Fantasy in the U.S., Australia, and Canada and #1 in Sword and Sorcery in the UK.
His second novel, The New Magic, is scheduled for release on September 18, 2018.
Joseph Malik has been a longtime panelist and demonstrator at fantasy conventions, speaking as an expert in swordsmanship, hand to hand combat, and military strategy. He has also lectured on fantasy writing and independent publishing at schools and colleges across the state of Washington.
A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he lives in the Pacific Northwest along with his wife and their two dogs. He is a member of SFWA.
Categories: Science Fiction / Fantasy
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