Sulcrus: Book 1 - Defense of Wandu
Description: Josh Stokes grew up with a passion for astronomy. He painted the Solar System on the walls of his bedroom and pretended to fly his toys to the edge of the Universe. Born dyslexic, the college freshman finds himself forced to pledge future service to the U.S. Army to get admitted to the North Emeryx Compound — the first college to offer a degree in IGRRAT (Intergalactic Relations Research and Trade). Amidst the Fall semester of 2094, his quirky college professor offers him a way out of the military, but it comes at a cost. Josh Stokes must work with his classmate, Claire Fairbanks, to search out signs of life in a galaxy eighteen billion lightyears from Earth. Upon arrival to the natively named Sulcrus galaxy, the students find much more than they bargained for: pointy-eared arrow slingers, monster riders, fireblade-wielding prophetesses, and the fleshly embodiment of the galaxy’s preincarnate God-warrior, Saega. Josh quickly finds himself torn between the affections of an eternally youthful prophetess, Ulani, and his co-pilot, Claire. Beyond the beauty of the new galaxy, poisoning the delicate things of Sulcrus is one called the Dark Lord, who has forged an army, enslaved planets, and attempted to drain a star to create his own system. Mercum, a green beast born with a red mark across his face, is caught in the middle of it all. When the Dark Lord’s Oppressors raid his home planet, Comuco, and kill his father, he is left to grow up as a slave for his father’s murderers. When the beast finds the ruins of an ancient kingdom, he starts to question his role in the war for galactic restoration.
Number of pages: 340
Number of words: 75,000
Status: Currently sending query letters to publishers and literary agents.