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Treasures of Dodrazeb: The Origin Key ADVANCE READER COPIES

Published July 11, 2016 in Uncategorized - 0 Comments
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Treasures of Dodrazeb: The Origin Key

Treasures of Dodrazeb: The Origin Key

Advance Reader Copies for Treasures of Dodrazeb: The Origin Key by my friend S.D. McPhail will be going out in the morning. If you signed up for a copy, check your e-mail in the morning. If you’d like an advance copy yourself, it’s not too late! You can sign up for a copy here.

After an assassination attempt on his royal father, Prince Rasteem vows to track down the dastardly Chudreev the Viper. After he and his brother lead the Persian army to victory in an invasion of the mythical Dodrazeb, Rasteem begins to suspect that they may not be on the right track. As he searches for Dodrazeb’s fled King and his beautiful daughter, he learns that a powerful artifact has also gone missing. With the help of new allies, he must track down his father’s true assailant, and prevent him from recovering The Origin Key.

Here’s what others are saying about Treasures of Dodrazeb: The Origin Key

  • A Smart, thrilling mix of history and fantasy. S.D. McPhail is definitely an author to watch. Brian Niemeier, Campbell-nominated author of Souldancer
  • “The Treasures of Dodrazeb: The Origin Key is a stunning debut novel from an author to watch. McPhail’s creation is packed with tension and excitement, from the political machinations of the empire to the almost Atlantean history of Dodrazeb and mythical Anutupi. The imagery is enchanting, but the adventure is mesmerizing.”Ashley Chappell, author of the Dreams of Chaos series

This is the best third-century Persian historical sci-fi sword-and-science novel that I’ve ever read. Treasures of Dodrazeb: The Origin Key goes on sale on July 30th!

Violence Always Escalates

Published July 11, 2016 in Culture , Philosophy , Politics , World War IV - 0 Comments
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violenceLast week I mentioned a saying that my sensei used to drill into us at the dojo. “Violence always escalates,” he said. Once violence begins, it doesn’t stop on its own. Violence only ends for three reasons.

  1. Violence ends when one party loses the ability to continue.
  2. Violence ends when one party loses the will to continue.
  3. Violence ends when one party makes a conscious effort to deescalate it and the other party is amenable to deescalation.

That’s it. Violence never ends for any other reason. Even one party achieving its objectives can’t end the violence on its own. If the other party still has the will and ability to fight, conflict will continue. Worse, as my sensei noted, it will escalate.

Retaliation is never equal. It is always greater. In the immortal words of Sean Connery, “They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue.”

If it seems like 2016 is going off the rails, that’s because it is. There are many ongoing conflicts in the world today: Palestinians vs Israelis,ISIS vs the west, Black Lives Matters vs Blue Lives Matter, Russia vs Europe, the US vs… well, everyone it seems like. All of these conflicts are escalating. At times we’ve had leaders willing to make a conscious effort to deescalate. At times we’ve had leaders on the other sides amenable to deescalation. We’ve never quite managed to have both at once. Given that, escalation is inevitable.

Contrary to popular opinion, there is nothing special about the modern age. We like to believe that we have evolved, but we have not left conflict behind us. There is no right side of history. History is riddled with pockets of peace as long as the one we’ve recently enjoyed. Some have been even longer. They inevitably end and conflict returns, as it is now. And when it comes, it always comes faster than people believe possible.

All of the conflicts I’ve listed are going to get worse before they get better – because violence always escalates.