Welcome to Spirit of Empire!

About Spirit of Empire

About the Series


The Empire, hundreds of thousands of civilizations scattered across the galaxy, has been subtly invaded by the Chessori, diminutive creatures who wield a powerful mind weapon. When they strike, the war is lost before anyone knows it began. The hierarchy of the Empire is wiped out, and though lots and lots of military forces remain, they cannot function against the terrible mind weapon.

Ellandra of the Chosen, the youngest and last surviving leader of the Empire, flees across the galaxy hounded by the Chessori. She ends up on an emerging world called Earth. The setting is today - Earth knows nothing about galactic empires and is barely able to send rockets into nearby space.

Michael Carver, a man of Earth, comes to her rescue in a completely believable and exciting way. In the process he discovers that he, and by inference everyone else on Earth, is immune to the Chessori mind weapon. First Contact is made, but Earth is a long way from becoming the willing partner needed by the Empire. 

Join Ellandra and Mike in a quest to restore the Empire to its former glory. Share in their successes and failures as they struggle first to survive, then to lead, and finally to spearhead the Empire’s battle against the Chessori. Along the way, you will meet some new friends:

  • Otis, a Great Cat. The most lethal Protector in the Empire, he is much more than just a warrior.
  • Jake, a Rider. An intelligent, alien mass of protoplasm, his species would, if a price could be put on a person, be the single most valuable commodity in the galaxy. But Riders cannot live on their own - they must reside within a host body. When Jake's host dies, Mike is the only host available.
  • George, a nearly sentient Artificial Intelligence. Pilots join with him on the 'net' to fly the ship. George does all the work, and the pilots do all the thinking, at least at first.
  • Krys, a Seer. Seer's are the stuff of legend, and there has not been a Seer within living memory. She is young and her skills weak, but there is no one from whom she can learn. When she receives a vision of Ellandra in mortal danger, she must act, but what can she do? She is just an orphan. She will, in time, become one of the truly Great Ones of Empire.
  • Val, a one-legged beggar. In answering the call of a dying Knight, he is forced to give all that he is. His future will never be the same.
  • Stven, a Ress, one of the most ancient and revered civilizations among the Empire. It just so happens that the Ress are dragons.
  • M'Sada, a Schect. His species is respected throughout the fleet as tacticians despite of the fact that they resemble a four-foot long sausage with 10 legs, mandibles, and multi-faceted eyes that see in all directions.

You will experience great battles through the eyes of the lowest soldier, through the eyes of ship’s captains, and through the eyes of the top admirals and generals, but you will be right there as our heroes struggle to learn statesmanship as well.

About Book One, Last of the Chosen

The Empire believes all the Chosen are dead, and without the Chosen there is no hope of restoring the Empire to its former glory.

But the Empire is wrong. Ellandra, the last of the Chosen, is hounded across the galaxy by the Chessori. She ends up on a little known emerging world called Earth. Mike Carver comes to her rescue, but her crew is dead and no one is left to fly the ship. Mike goes into the net where he meets George, a nearly sentient Artificial Intelligence, and with George's help he will to learn to fly the ship. The first step of his voyage will be to escape a cordon of Chessori ships around Earth. Once through them he will then have to navigate clear across the galaxy for help.

Far across the galaxy from Mike and Ellandra, a young woman named Krys begins having visions. She learns that Ellandra lives, but her visions do not give location. She begins a voyage to find Ellandra, and in the process she gathers military forces to her side. If she can just find Ellandra, she will, in time, provide the resources for Ellandra to fight back.


About Book Two, Knights of the Chosen

The Empire has collapsed. Aided by the Chessori, who wield an unbeatable mind weapon, Rebel domination of the sectors strengthens daily. Against such formidable opponents, hope dims among the Empire hierarchy.

The people of Earth are immune to the terrible mind weapon, and the Empire needs our help, but the Chessori know exactly where Earth is located. They are, in fact, the Roswell aliens. They have been studying Earth for many years, trying to discover why we are immune. If Earth helps the Empire, the Chessori will surely retaliate, and we are defenseless. To save the Empire, Earth must find a way to save itself, but the process of pulling the politically fractured nations of Earth together cannot be forced. It must be led, and time is short.

Join the Queen and her Knights as they struggle to pull the remnants of a once great civilization from the ashes of defeat. Like the Phoenix, they will rise up, giving all that the are, and the galaxy will hear their call.