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A Novel and Audio Experience by Nicholas Ryan Howard
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Praise for Mortal Enemy


The Story

Vant Hu’l is cursed. Dragged to the center of a wasteland by a ruthless malevolence, the legendary warrior discovers a cavern filled with devious riddles and fiendish traps. Upon solving the labyrinth, he is confronted by a hideous creature. A beast with unimaginable abilities. A being of unspeakable evil... 

Death.

Without a shred of clemency, the demigod presents Vant with a choice: do his sinister bidding out in the world, or suffer an eternity of horrifying torment. Thus begins Vant’s quest out of the badlands, through the hostile wilderness, into the clutches of twisted townships, and finally toward conflict with the vile stewards of a corrupted civilization. 

But Vant will not go it alone. In the midst of his journey, he develops an unlikely companionship with a clever and venturesome teenage girl, the expert survivalist Skii Tavee. They also form an alliance with two newfound—but questionable—companions: Kram Grammie, the sneaky con man who is as crafty as he is klepto, and an off-kilter eccentric bizarrely known as The World’s Worst Magician. United, they set out to dispatch their foes, rescue the innocents caught in the crossfire, and unite the forces of a world gone astray, all while reconciling with their own haunting pasts.

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The Audio Experience

Created by Nicholas Ryan Howard

Mortal Enemy is a science fiction & dark fantasy tale created by Nicholas Ryan Howard. It is thrilling, chilling, unrelenting and epic in scale... yet filled with a large amount of heart and humor. It is a relentless whirlwind of action and adventure. A saga of conflicted heroes and wicked villains. A world of darkness and struggle, yet uproarious humor.

To bring this story to life, The Audio Experience was created, a modern reimagining of dramatic storytelling. This version of the story was created by some of the best talent in the industry, and features an extraordinary cast of performers, multidimensional sound, cinematic-quality effects, and a spectacular orchestral score.

It is available to purchase on all major audio platforms, and streams for free on many of them. Listen now in the format of your choice:

 

The Novel

Written and Illustrated by Nicholas Ryan Howard

Mortal Enemy is a story like no other. It is filled with unbelievable scenarios, fantastical environments, rich mythology, incredible weapons, unique technologies, and characters dripping with personality… with shocking surprises awaiting at every turn.

The Novel is available online at Barnes & Noble in illustrated hardcover and Color Collector’s editions. The illustrated paperback is available at Amazon, and the digital book is available everywhere ebooks are sold. Read it now in the format of your choice:

 

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the Characters

A warrior of an era long past, living into his destiny as a liberator and defender. But with his strength comes a ferocity, and a need to prevail at all costs…

A young—yet gifted—journeywoman, both independent and exceptionally gifted at skirting the dangers of the wild. But the conflicts of her past have made her an outcast, a transient without a purpose.

A crafty companion, with fingers as loose as his tongue. He’ll just as easy steal a heart as he will a wallet. And with a flexible moral code comes questionable fidelity—just where do his loyalties lay?

 

A being of mercy. A merciless being. Cruelty is a means to an end for the demigod of darkness.

Dingleborfs aplenty, in the land of Chiggy Chooboo. How can cherry dreams make rascal stallions? One can only imagine! So do! But curses! The fallacy of the wise endures. Fear not, for only they of such sterling reputation may unlock the dreams of the forboden. Onward!

She never forgets her manners. A true hostess, Dawnrier will divine to fulfill your every whim. But under the mask, is there a smile, or a scowl?

 

He keeps the peace where peace can’t be kept. But is this a duty, to him, or a game?

An enigmatic being at one with the shadows. His tech is as impressive as it is terrifying.

Garbage men with noses for sniffing out treasure. Even though they have no noses.

 

The World

After a massive worldly shift, cities and towns turned insular to shared beliefs. Those within the walls of a dogmatic township banded together to pursue the mysteries of life itself. The last dogmatic-free township, Land Escape is a haven for those who wish to pursue a peaceful existence. Massive fortress walls circle a spectacular city to protect it from the dangers of the dogmatic, and the threats of the wild.

 

A rugged and wild land stretches outside the townships, filled with the dangers of the harsh terrain. And, most terrifying are the vicious tribes of nomads who reject all dogma… and rarely take prisoners.

 

A last ditch destination for the disenfranchised, Cash Town—long since known by the locals as Crash Town—is the ultimate sanctuary of sin. The prevalent dogmatic belief is that pleasure is the key to life… and all those who step inside run the risk of being seduced… permanently.

 

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