It's "The Magnificent Seven" meets "The Clan of the Cave Bear." There have been many huge epics of the Roman Age, of the Pharaohs, of Prehistory even but never the brutal, mysterious Bronze Age. Three thousand years before the birth of Christ and the world is dominated by savage tribes of barbarians who despise the first farmers and townsfolk trying to settle the land and bring civilization to a dark world. In the Tigris valley, the first primitive farmers attempt to bring civilization to a dark world. But every few years Barbarians sweep in raping, killing and burning. This time the people of Orak are going to fight, but their military commanders fell as the enemy army approaches, leaving only Eskkar a lowly lieutenant in charge. But Eskkar has one advantage: he understands the barbarians better than anyone: he was once one himself but fled a vendetta. Eskkar is given Trella, a slave girl as a reward for his loyalty. They form a partnership forged on mutual desire and courage; he with his ability to command men and his military expertise, she with her insight into the minds of the townsfolk. Together they rally the people.
What follows is an orgy of battle, bloodshed and sex that is simply unputdownable. The epic series will continue with Esskar and Trella, now King and Queen, and will lead far into the future to the Foundation of Babylon.
Born and raised in New York, Sam Barone attended Manhattan College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1965, with a major in Psychology. After a hitch in the Marine Corps, he became a software developer and manager. After spending nearly 30 years in the software development game, he retired in 1999 to start working on his second career: writing. Dawn of Empire is his first novel. He is currently working on the sequel.