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The Parameters of Peace : Part VIII
The Mandate of Heaven
The news you've been waiting for! The conclusion to this eight-part series is almost here! Pre-orders are now being taken. As you've probably realised, it's our general policy for our publishing blurbs to be vague and ambiguous, because we hate it when the major plot twist is revealed on the back cover. So bear that in mind as you read this synopsis:
The Mongol hordes nearly conquered Europe, almost as far as the Atlantic seaboard. What stopped them was the death of Ghengis Khan. Until it was clear that "The Mandate of Heaven" had been bestowed on his successor, the Mongols felt it wise to proceed with caution. In fact, since assurance of victory cam only when they were certain their ruler possessed the favour of the gods, they began to withdraw towards the east. Supreme political power was the evidence of The Mandate of Heaven and also its outcome.
Peace? Not a chance. Not any more.
The final Chig offensive begins - and the enemy has no intention of stopping until Earth is utterly destroyed. With their technology that's not going to be much more than a morning's work. E. Alan Wayne was quite correct - they haven't really been trying to this point. But, as events have transpired, they now have very good reason to. The political situation on Earth is in complete turmoil. In an attempt to buy time for a full defence to be mounted, a deceitful message is prepared for transmission to the Chig. It's a mere five words long, but the A.I.s are only prepared to help ensure it is accurately translated into the Chig language, if a serious demonstration of good faith is forthcoming. Why the A.I.s? Well, would you trust the Alien Interpretation Unit? Things are so desperate on Earth that the required 'serious demonstration of good faith' is given. Choice or chance? Choice and chance? The endplay takes an unexpected turn as Elroy turns up a wildcard...
The Mandate of Heaven is a novel-length story of over 120 pages (A4 size), reduced print, double columned, approximately 100 000 words. It concludes the Parameters of Peace series. As usual, it will have glossy colour card covers, coil binding and plastic cover protectors. Internal illustrations will be both black and white and in colour.
Out of print.