The Stonegate Sword is an epic novel featuring a passionate world of danger, love, war and redemption. It is a world of mounted warriors in armor, a continent-wide war, and medieval adventure, but it takes place in the Colorado Rockies in the distant future. Dystopian, yes, but the collapse of civilization is long past.
Donald of Fisher, lore-man, unlikely hero, is searching the mountains for his lost Rachel. Responsible for the deaths of her parents and her capture by the Raiders, he leaves Stonegate in disgrace. The Prophet’s armies are on the move, filled with hatred for the cities and towns of the rugged mountains and the plains to the East. Is Donald to become yet another victim, or is he, just possibly, the deliverer promised in prophecy? How could he make a difference in a war to shape the future of a continent? How could he find one small captive in a wilderness teeming with enemies? Is his greatest challenge enemy steel, or is it his own personal inner struggle?
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I have ridden horseback over most of the landscape featured in my novel. I live in New Mexico, and love green chile. I also hate chocolate (go figure!). I was raised on a cattle ranch and my love of the outdoors is evident in my writing. I am an elk hunter, Vietnam veteran, worked as a cowboy and spent a career as a natural resource manager. Enjoys travel, desert walks and playing with grandchildren. Lived in Asia for five years. Once told a Bible story to a group of nearly-naked men in a grass hut with unsheathed swords laying across their laps. Met Emperor Hirohito in the flesh.
Like most writers, I have several partly-finished novels in the desk drawer that will never see the light of day, and the world is better for it. I wrote a serious book on theology a couple of years ago called “CrossCurrents: Making Sense of the Christian Life.” But I had started my novel before I had even begun that work. “The Stonegate Sword” was published a few months ago and it is my first novel. It has been favorably compared to FINGAL’S QUEST, RED HUGH PRINCE OF DONEGAL, and THE HITTITE WARRIOR.