The Kabrakan Ascendency

Colonization historically leads to wars of revolution. – Rueben Briggs

In 2124, the human race is spreading out from its cradle. It’s a fragile time, the second generation of humans who’ve never set foot on Terran soil are coming of age in a world still dominated by Earth-bound politicians and warlords. All of them know the revolution is coming, but none of them could have predicted that it would begin with the fall of a card.

Poker is not a game of chance. It’s a game of survival. – Joss Kyle

Under these conditions, only fools, dreamers, madmen, and scoundrels strike out to the frontier–and only the most ruthless, bloody-minded, and lucky survive there.

The Antithesis Progression is a five-volume series that begins with a crooked card game and tracks its terrible, tragic, and momentous consequences as they echo through the halls of power in Washington, Tehran, Luna, and out into the rest of the solar system. Rampaging through a twisting maze of political gamesmanship, divided loyalties, obsession, redemption, and damnation, this character-driven espionage thriller follows the adventures of ten people from different worlds, and the personal obsessions that send them hurtling headlong into history.

“I’m a lot of things. A ‘good man’ isn’t among them.” -Rueben Briggs

Humanity stands at the foot of its longest ladder, and those who climb it will determine the face with which the children of Earth greet the galaxy. In this world, new religions, secret societies, long-buried grudges, and new discoveries conspire together to turn the lives of ordinary people upside down as they risk everything to see their personal vision of the future painted across the stars.

All understanding moves inevitably from thesis, to antithesis, to synthesis. But sometimes, something gets stuck. -Douglas Reeves

The game is on with the podcast of Book 2: Free Will (and Other Compulsions).

The Short Stories
Mondu, once an AI designer at the top of the Nigerian IT industry, needed to escape from a life that was eating him alive. He found refuge as a shopkeeper in the depths of the Amazon, at a unique resort. It’s a preserve for all forms of Amazon life–reptiles, mammals, and human and material culture. No modern technology allowed.

In a world of dictators and perpetual surveillance, it is one place where a man can disappear–and Mondu isn’t the only one who knows it. When the tourist traffic is driven out by torrential rains, only the businessmen and the scientists remain–until the day when a man walks into Mondu’s shop. He wants to disappear–and the Yakuza are hot on his tail.

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The Novels
Predestination (and Other Games of Chance)

“…lovingly detailed, well-written thinking man’s science fiction at its best…with more twists than Chubby Checker…” –View from Valhalla

A man on the run holds all the cards…

One-time National Security Advisor Joss Kyle barely escaped Washington D.C. with his skin intact. When he jumps planet for Space Station Sidon, he walks into an ambush more dangerous than any he’s yet faced, in a game with the highest stakes in town: control of the entire solar system.

Chased by agents of a corrupt senator, a revolutionary leader, and an underworld boss known only as The Green Lady, he quickly discovers that in the looking-glass world above the gravity well, survival is just another hand of cards:

It isn’t whether you win or lose. It’s how you rig the game.

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Listen to the soundtrack, and the award-nominated full-cast audio production:

Free Will (and Other Compulsions)

“Challenging, entertaining, and amazing…Sawyer dazzles the literary palate.”

–View From Valhalla

Joss Kyle just wanted to get out…

After successfully escaping Senator Shelley’s agents in the bowels of the revolutionary underworld, Joss Kyle finds himself trapped between planets with his mortal enemy on ship heading back to where it all started: North America.

As the world’s superpowers martial their armies for the first salvo in an interplanetary war, this man with no country must risk everything in one last, desperate gamble to prove his innocence—and stop the war before it starts. When billions of lives hang in the balance…

It isn’t whether you win or lose, it’s how you rig the game.

Sample coming soon.
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(and Other Acts of Charity)
(and Other Forms of Government)
(and Other Acts of Mercy)


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