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DRAGON CROWN BOOKS

Dragon Crown Books, Ltd. is home to my Phoenix series of books, as well as Undefeated, Feathercap and Requiem for a Phantom God.

FICTION

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IDENTITY BREAK

$13.95 paperback, $4.95 ebook - How far would you go to find yourself? Imagine everything you thought you knew about yourself turned out to be a lie, and you didn’t know who was telling the truth. Imagine you possessed a secret so dangerous that, if it were exposed, it would reshape the entire world. What would you do if that secret were your very identity? In almost every way, Palo Vista seems like a typical California city, with office buildings, schools, and homes sprawled out across suburbia, filled with families making a life for themselves at the dawn of the new millennium. But two seniors at Mt. MacMurray High are about to find out that nothing is as it seems. Jason Nix is a star athlete and honors student who can’t seem to remember anything about his childhood. Elyse Van Auten is a budding artist from a broken home whose father left her mother two years ago - or so she’s been led to believe. Like most teens entering adulthood, Elyse and Jason just want to find out who they really are. For them, however, the stakes go far beyond their own personal quest. Join them on a journey of self-discovery that becomes a desperate fight for survival against enemies determined to conceal the truth … and find out what happens when that fight becomes personal. 354 pages

The 2018 edition of this work also incorporates the novella ...

Artifice

The year is 2058. Humanity is in a race against time to save itself from a climate crisis that has spun out of control, leaving millions dead from heat stroke and exposure. But Tim, a teenager growing up in Silicon Valley, has an advantage: his father heads the world’s largest corporation and has the power to keep him safe. Unfortunately, he’s not much of a father. In fact, he’s a self-absorbed workaholic who has no time - and no respect - for Tim. At least Tim has his girlfriend, Annie, who grew up with him and helped him get through the worst that his father and the rest of the world threw at him. Now, however, they find their lives spiraling out of control in a whirlwind of corporate intrigue and cutthroat power plays that could cost both of them their lives and threaten humanity’s very existence. What choice do you make when you run out of options? Whom do you trust in a game of deceit? Sometimes, it all comes down to a fight for survival. But the price for survival can be high. Would you trade your life for love? Your honor for hope? If you wind up with a raw deal, a bluff can win the hand, but when the stakes are love and honor, you may be forced to choose between the truth … and artifice. A companion novella to Identity Break.

Available on Black Raven Books

FEATHERCAP

$7.95 paperback, $3.95 ebook - A new fairy tale in the classic tradition, Feathercap is a short story for children and adults alike. Illustrated with classic woodcuts from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, it's a holiday love letter from the author to his wife that he's decided to share with everyone. An enchanted tale of life's ebbs and flows, the mysteries nature and the magic of one boy's dream, Feathercap is sure to delight children and adults alike. 60 pages


Non-Fiction

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Media Meltdown
in the age of trump

$11.95 paperback, $3.95 ebook - The once-powerful Fourth Estate might as well be in foreclosure, shattered into a million pieces by cable television, talk radio and the internet. Newspapers, their stranglehold on information broken, are on life support. Gutted by cost-cutting and consolidation, they see the very same digital platforms that crippled them as their last, best hope for salvation. Television news has descended from Cronkite and Brinkley into a three-ring circus of breaking news and talking (or shouting) heads. Donald Trump has taken for himself the role of ringmaster, using his chaotic style and the power of his office to dominate the spotlight. At once condemning and exploiting the media, he’s transformed the presidency into a reality show, complete with multiple scandals and cliffhangers to keep everyone tuned in. This is the story of how carnival journalism has supplanted and, in some cases, co-opted what’s left of the mainstream media, and how politicians like Trump have both fueled and profited from the change. Is any of this good for the nation? A game without a referee might be more fun to watch, but is it fair? Media Meltdown provides the answers.

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THE PHOENIX CHRONICLES

$21.95 (paperback only) - The three books of The Phoenix Chronicles in one volume, with fewer illustrations and without the author's commentary included in The Gospel of the Phoenix. 454 pages

VOL. 1 - the osiris testament

$12.95 paperback, $4.95 ebook The Osiris Testament completes the Phoenix Chronicles trilogy begun with The Gospel of the Phoenix and continued with The Way of the Phoenix. The last installment written, but actually the first in terms of chronology, The Osiris Testament is a poetic look at humanity's creation and the development of Western mythic tradition from a new perspective. Just as The Gospel of the Phoenix sets forth a new version of Jesus' life and The Way of the Phoenix offers a collection of new, original parables and proverbs, The Osiris Testament draws from Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, Hebrew, Egyptian, Norse, Greek and Celtic sources (among others) to weave a new narrative corresponding loosely to the Pentateuch. As with its companion volumes, this work is for those who enjoy the works of Kahlil Gibran and Robert Graves, and students of the interplay between myth and ancient history. 228 pages

VOL. 2 - THE WAY OF THE PHOENIX

$12.95 paperback, $4.95 ebook The Way of the Phoenix is a companion volume to The Gospel of the Phoenix. As the latter book explored the life of Jesus from a new perspective, this work uses the style of wisdom literature to offer insights into life, ethics and meaning. "The Way of the Phoenix" is divided into two sections. The first is a series of tales modeled after the parables of Jesus, the fables of Aesop, the stories of Hans Christian Andersen and others. The second is a series of teachings in the style of proverbs, sayings and aphorisms, grouped according to subject matter. All the material here is original, but the subjects are familiar. The Way of the Phoenix is a work in the tradition of Kahlil Gibran, Paul Coelho and others who have used the language of legend and fable to tell new stories based on timeless truths. 174 pages

VOL. 3 - THE GOSPEL OF THE PHOENIX

$12.95 paperback, $4.95 ebook The Gospel of the Phoenix tells the story of Jesus’ life, in biblical style, as never before. Fans of Kahlil Gibran and students of history alike will enjoy this the story of a Jewish teacher trained in Egyptian healing and mysticism who set about spreading a gospel of humility, servanthood and renewal. His mission? To reveal the hidden kingdom of heaven that is both within and all around us. His method? Retracing the footsteps of his heavenly father, the Egyptian god Osiris, and honoring his divine mother while immersing his followers in the way of forgiveness, humility and wisdom. 228 pages

THE PHOENIX PRINCIPLE

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VOL. 1 - FORGED IN ANCIENT FIRES

$18.95 paperback, $5.95 ebook - 437 pages

VOL. 2 - MESSIAH IN THE MAKING

$18.95 paperback, $5.95 ebook - 454 pages

Who was Jesus? It is a question that has been asked and answered many times and in many ways throughout history. But in order to even begin addressing this question, the person of Jesus must be placed in historical and mythical context. Once this is done, some truly shocking answers emerge. Here is a man who was intent upon establishing the kingdom of God on earth in his own lifetime, a revolutionary leader with training in the mystical traditions of Egypt who would settle for nothing less than following in the footsteps of King Solomon, the pharaohs and the gods themselves. Journey back to the Garden of Eden, then forward with Gilgamesh and to the mystical isle of Dilmun, with Jason and his crew on the Argo, with Mary Magdalene to the garden tomb and with Arthur's knights in search of the Holy Grail. Much of what you uncover along the way will be surprising; some things may even be disturbing. Those who enjoyed Sir James Frazer's Golden Bough will find much of interest in the tapestry of myth, political intrigue and pagan ritual woven together in The Phoenix Principle.

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REQUIEM FOR A PHANTOM GOD

$11.95 paperback, $4.95 ebook - The debate between the theist and the atheist dates back millennia. Yet the crucial question involves not the existence of deity, but what kind of deity might exist. Can we eliminate certain options and leave ourselves free to explore others? Requiem for a Phantom God argues that we can. Any consideration of the divine should rule out what C.S. Lewis termed "nonsense." Self-contradictory portraits of God are not only meaningless, but they have the potential to do great harm - and they have over the course of human history. Requiem for a Phantom God serves as an epitaph for just such a god of nonsense. It identifies the core philosophical problem: the desire of humanity to believe in an all-powerful deity who is at, at the same time, entirely "good." This desire, however, is destined to remain unfulfilled, because these two concepts cannot be reconciled. Once humanity realizes this, we can choose the kind of god we wish to believe in: immanent or transcendent ... if, indeed, we wish to put our faith in a god at all. Requiem discusses the abuses and pitfalls of faith, and whether it is possible to speak of a faith that is not blind. It addresses modern and historical examples of religious abuse and suggests they tell us about the doctrines that support them. 196 pages

UNDEFEATED

$11.95 paperback, $4.95 ebookUndefeated is a collection of stories about individuals who have triumphed in the face of prejudice. Dismissed because of their religion, demeaned because of their gender, or persecuted for their race, these are individuals from a variety of backgrounds. A Christian in one nation's majority may be persecuted in another land. The same applies to a Jew or a Pagan. What of the atheist and transgender individuals? Their stories are drawn from past and present, from the realms of history, sports and politics. They show that bigotry, a false attitude based on false distinctions, in reality knows no bounds ... but neither does the human spirit. Join the author on a journey through a diverse spectrum of stories that spotlight our shared humanity and celebrate the courage of women and men who sought to defend it. 248 pages