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Humanity settled the stars, only to fall into a catastrophic collapse. Now the Galactic Republic is on the rise again, but many dark planets remain—planets such as Duisenberg. Here, a single river cuts through a vast continental desert and a culture not unlike that of New Kingdom Egypt has developed. But this is an Egyptian social structure armed with flintlocks and blunderbusses and caught in a never ending cycle of nomadic invasion and repulsion. Duisenberg needs a hero to break the Land’s stasis and lead the people back from the galactic dark ages.

Enter Abel Dashian. The son of a local military commander, he is a courageous young man who has lost his mother to a simple infection. He is a young man who will dare anything to avenge his mother’s death and bring about change.

He is the Heretic.

Cover Art by Kurt Miller

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, April 2013

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ISBN-13: 978-1-4516-3881-3

Copyright 2013 by Tony Daniel & David Drake

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