THE VENERATE ORDER
Author: Troy Dukart
Pub. Date: February 26, 2018
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Synopsis: Strafe Rocknus has suffered hard losses in his life, but now things are looking up for the college graduate.
He has a sizzling girlfriend, good friends and a bright career ahead of him. But one day, Strafe awakes in a mysterious cavern, discovers an ancient artifact, and unwittingly ignites a war that spans two worlds: his own, and one he never knew existed.
With the abyss of the unknown before him, Strafe enters the swirling darkness. Desperate, he must navigate a new and hostile world on the brink of catastrophe, and learn the truth of who he is, while facing a darkness with the power to destroy everything Strafe has ever cared about.
Soon, he will discover that his greatest strength comes from those he fights for.
Slowly, I turned on my aura and I could feel the tattoos etch themselves all over my skin. I was chosen to wield the Power of Compassion. The gift let me control the actions of anyone I touch. My eyes and hair changed color to pink and I looked into his eyes. Strafe suddenly stopped in place like a soldier going to attention.
“What’s wrong Strafe?” Brutus asked him.
Strafe stood there frozen in place like a statue. If I hadn’t forgotten how smart that damn wolf was I would’ve escaped.
“Let him go, Taleri, or I will show you how sharp my teeth are,” Brutus spoke.
It was too late to react. I saw military personnel approaching us. Word must have gotten out about the attack. People were whispering and pointing fingers at us. I decided it was time to hop on the Air-tram.
“Listen wolf, let’s not do anything hasty. We don’t want Strafe to, let us say, swallow his tongue? We’re going to the Senti Embassy. I’m not going to rot in a jail cell. Let’s get on this train up ahead.” I commanded him.
“I could smell you were hiding something from us. I made a mistake of not killing you,” Brutus replied with his teeth showing.
“You wouldn’t have been the first. Let’s go,” I stamped my foot on the ground and led them away.
We made our way through the crowd and hopped on an Air-tram. Air-trams aren’t like ordinary trains that run on tracks on the ground. Instead, they fly through the air in wind tunnels. They act as hyper loops, transporting people in a vacuum. There aren’t any physical tracks and trains can switch directions simply by connecting to other wind tunnels. It helps to free up space around the city. The best part, no noise, and it feels like riding on a surf board. So, all I needed to do was get to the Senti Embassy. I didn’t want to hurt Strafe, but if the wolf or the military tempted me I would do what I had to do to escape.
Troy Dukart is the author of the Venerate Saga (The Venerate Order, The Venerate Redemption, sequels to follow).
Troy grew up outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities. Troy is recognized by Toastmasters International as an Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leader Bronze.
He’s lived in Japan as well as California. He loves to travel.
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