A boot to the ass stirred me. I opened my eyes to the grizzled mug of Sergeant Clantalion
looming like an apparition from one of the Three Hells. His square jaw and scarred
face thrust near mine. I mustered a crack about his breath. It came out as a grunt.
He grunted in return. His voice was gravel. “Get up, Mortlock. Time to die.”
I swallowed and tried again. This time I managed to sound coherent. “Already Sarge?
I was dreaming.”
“Me and your wife again?” he countered, moving to kick the next person, a friend
of mine called Fearson.
I moved my legs, stretching full length. Cartilage cracked. I shifted. Pain shot
across the lower back, a grim reminder of yesterday’s march over rugged terrain.
Fearson turned to face me. Calloused fingers wiped at his sleep matted eyes. His
weary voice echoed my pain. “I hurt.”
I sat up, clearing my throat to spit. “Might be that slab of ground we slept on.”
I looked around. A handful of shapes lurched zombie-like in the glow of the full
moon. I stood to a symphony of pops and snaps.
“Simple agreement would have sufficed, Mortlock,” Fearson replied, standing beside
The morning air was damp and chill. My nostrils caught a familiar scent. Food. Some
kind soul had stoked last nights’ fire. Over it an iron pot boiled feverishly, filled
to the brim with a pungent smelling broth.
Valley of Bones Excerpt
... you are right in the trenches on the front line in the midst of battle. Very Intense. -Dan Nelson
... features an attack by a rampaging mammoth skeleton. Seriously, what other recommendation
do you need than that?
Ryan Harvey - Black Gate
There are echoes of REH, Gemmell and Drake. It features undead mammoths. What ain’t
there to love?
Deuce Richardson - The Cimmerian
The interactions between the soldiers are spot on.
This is the sort of hero I can relate to.
Janice Clark - The Fix
He has a talent for telling stories at a dizzying pace. -Wesley Lambert