Book Overview

It is the 23rd century.

Humankind has reached the stars, building a tentative empire across a score of worlds. Earth’s central government rules weakly as several worlds continue their efforts toward independence.  Shadow organizations hide in the midst of the political infighting. Their manifestations of power and influence are beholden only to the highest bidder. The most powerful/insidious/secret of these, The Lazarus Men, has existed for decades, always working outside of morality’s constraints. Led by the enigmatic Mr. Shine, their agents are hand selected from the worst humanity has to offer and available for the right price.

Gerald LaPlant lives an ordinary life on Old Earth. That life is thrown into turmoil on the night he stumbles upon the murder of what appears to be a street thief. Fleeing into the night, Gerald finds himself hunted by agents of Roland McMasters, an extremely powerful man dissatisfied with the current regime and with designs on ruling his own empire. In order to do so, McMasters needs the fabled Eye of Karakzaheim, a map leading to immeasurable wealth. Unknown to either man, Mr. Shine has deployed agents in search of the same artifact and will stop at nothing to obtain it.

Running for his life, Gerald quickly becomes embroiled in a conspiracy reaching deep into levels of government that he never imagined existed. His every move is hounded by McMasters’ agents and the Lazarus Men. His adventures take him away from the relative safety of Old Earth across the stars and into the heart of McMasters’ fledgling empire. The future of the Earth Alliance at stake. If Gerald has any hope of surviving and helping saving the alliance he must rely on his wits and awakened instincts while foregoing the one thing that could get him killed more quickly than the rest: trust.

Don’t take our word for it.
Check out the reviews!

Gripping! The Lazarus Men is an excellent start to a new fantasy series.

Publisher's Weekly
Freed is without a doubt an amazing story teller. His execution of writing descriptive and full on battle scenes is second to none, the writers ability in that area is unquestionable. He also drags you into the world he has created with ease and panache. I couldn’t put it down.
Kirkus Reviews

About The Author

Christian W. Freed was born in Buffalo, N.Y. more years ago than he would like to remember. After spending more than 20 years in the active-duty US Army he has turned his talents to writing. Since retiring, he has gone on to publish over 25 military fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as his memoirs from his time in Iraq and Afghanistan, a children’s book, and a pair of how to books focused on indie authors and the decision making process for writing a book and what happens after it is published.

His first published book (Hammers in the Wind) has been the #1 free book on Kindle 4 times and he holds a fancy certificate from the L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. Ok, so it was for 4th place in one quarter, but it’s still recognition from the largest fiction writing contest in the world. And no, he’s not a scientologist.

Passionate about history, he combines his knowledge of the past with modern military tactics to create an engaging, quasi-realistic world for the readers. He graduated from Campbell University with a degree in history and a Masters of Arts degree in Digital Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He currently lives outside of Raleigh, N.C. and devotes his time to writing, his family, and their two Bernese Mountain Dogs. If you drive by you might just find him on the porch with a cigar in one hand and a pen in the other.

Interview With The Author

Christian, thanks for being with us today. Congratulations on your novel! We’re excited to jump into this interview, so let’s get to it!

Tell about yourself in a few sentences.

I retired from a career in the US Army, served in 3 different combat zones, was awarded the Bronze Star with the 101st Airborne Division and was selected to teach at West Point. Since retiring I have written 25 scifi and fantasy novels, earning 4th place for 3rd Qtr 2012 in the L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest.

Do you have any formal education, credentials or honors you’d like to share? We love giving authors an opportunity to show off.

MA in Digital Communications from UNC Chapel Hill. Bronze Star for actions in combat. 4th place in the Writers of the Future Contest (quarterly).

Speaking of showing off, do you have bragging rights on anything that you’d like to share?

I have had the pleasure of seeing my 1st book be the #1 overall free book on Amazon 5

Why do you I write. Is there a philosophy behind the words?

I write because I have to. Characters and situations pop into my head and need to be
explored. Writing also serves as a way to confront PTSD. As long as fans from around the world continue
reaching out to me I’ll keep writing.

I want audiences to see the real side of war, through a fantasy or scifi setting. My goal is to produce stories that are original (ish) and offer a glimpse into the human aspect of what it takes to strap on a pack, grab your rifle, and head into the unknown.

Can you share with our readers what your favorite books are and why they’re on your list?

The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erickson has been a huge
influence on my writing for the past decade. I am also a big fan of David Weber, Terry Brooks, Tolkien,
and so many more. Their ability to create worlds where readers can become fully immersed is a goal of

Can you tell us a little about your writing style?

I like hard hitting, in your face prose with no pulled punches. Once in a while I get
carried away and turn to thought provoking exposition but my fans already understand the latent drive
to beat the odds and bring home the win in each of my books.

What’s your writing process like?

It often starts with a name. Or a place. The story evolves around that- often taking
up to 6 months before I flesh out the first half or so of the book. I try to knock out 2000 words a day and
usually have the next book in line before I finish my work in progress.

Do you have any professional and/or literary affiliations?

Standing member of the International Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and the North Carolina Writers Network (NCWN). I am also a member of the Kiwanis and the American Legion.

What’s your publication history?

I have written and published over 20 novels, numerous short stories, been in several anthologies, and have written articles for a handful of magazines.

What are you working to accomplish?

My goal is to beat the odds by getting books on the shelves in as many stores and countries as possible without going through NYC publishing.

Do you have any Works-In-Progress?

I am currently working on book 5 of the Forgotten Gods series: Under Tattered
Banners, the 3rd Lazarus Men book, and a sequel to my urban fantasy Where Have All the Elves Gone?

Anything else you’d like to let our readers know about you?

I’m direct to a fault, love great bourbon and better cigars, and
would much rather spend time with my 2 Bernese Mountain Dogs than with most of the people I know.