Special excerpt from fantasy novel The Hydra Offensive by Joshua K Johnson

Welcome to Monday, readers. My special feature today is the
fantasy novel, The Hydra Offensive by
Joshua K. Johnson.
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During the tour, Joshua will be awarding an e-book of short stories set in the
same world as his novel The Chesian Wars,
to a lucky randomly chosen winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your
chances of winning, feel free to visit his other tour stops and enter there,
too.
Now for a
bit about our featured novel, The Hydra
Offensive
:
The
nation of Ansgar is divided.
In the east, King
Eadric Garrard has crushed one rebellion but gets no rest as the rebellion in
the West is rapidly spiraling out of control. If he can’t get things in line
soon, his reign could be at an end.
Raedan Clyve has
traveled across the Vast Sea to secure treaties and trade. Unchecked in his
studies of magic, his powers are growing beyond his control. The dark path he
has set himself on leads to destruction and chaos, but is it too late to turn
back?
Kyrie Salas captains
the Dragon’s Breath, chartered to carry the Western emissaries across the
world. She sees the potential in Raedan and seeks to harness it. But will her
emotions get the best of her?
War has raged,
battles have been fought, and lives lost. But the conflict for the future of
Ansgar is just beginning.
Excerpt from The Hydra Offensive:
Peter Wellstone spread his ledgers
across one of the tables and opened them, the books seeming to fall open
exactly at the right place. The other council members spread their own books
and papers. Alden looked stern, reading the reports for a second time.


An uncomfortable silence hung in the
air. “Tychor sent a request to his father,” Alden said at last. “He asked for
enough timber to build a small city.”
“Bugger,” Peter said. He was
responsible for the distribution of supplies and building materials. “I told
you that withholding supplies would lead to trouble.”
“There’s no trouble,” Eadric said.
Lumber and nails and carpenters to assemble the buildings were in short supply.
The rebuilding of the fortresses in Kerberos were more important than
comfortable quarters for the army.
“Yet,” Peter added.
“His Grace will not take kindly to
having to send supplies to the front,” Sinclair Dohr said. “His letters have
been increasingly critical of the war. And he isn’t the only one with those
thoughts.”
“He’s an overweight, pompous ass,”
Eadric said with a shrug. “No one listens to what he has to say.”
“They may not listen to what he
says, but they watch what he does,” Alden said. “If he decides to limit the
number of troops that he contributes to the cause, or if he withholds
supplies…”
“Then I’ll deal with him like I
dealt with Magnus Jarmann,” Eadric said. As if having four of his dukes rise up
in open rebellion weren’t enough, he had to deal with the fifth’s complaining
and constant second-guessing. It was a wonder that Medwyn Chalmers stayed in
his mountainside castle, rather than bringing his “advice” directly to Eadric.
The king stood and began to pace. In
the west, lesser lords and nobles alike had been increasingly vocal in their
complaints. Lands trampled by armies, cities devastated, warehouses and
granaries pilfered.
“He wouldn’t dare join the rebels,”
Eadric said. Of all of the men who owed their position to the Crown, Lord
Chalmers was chief among them. His territory produced timber and iron in great
supply, but it was Eadric’s subsidies and edicts that made those materials the
most sought after in Ansgar.
“If this stalemate holds, they may
be more likely,” Sinclair said.
“When the snows melt, there will be
no stalemate,” Eadric said. “My soldiers will crush this rebellion once and for
all.”
The council didn’t move for a long
minute.
“Order supplies shipped to the
forward camps,” Eadric said at last. “Order them to winter quarters.”

Author
bio:

Joshua
Johnson is the author of “Gunpowder Fantasy,” The Cerberus Rebellion,
and the creator of the Griffins & Gunpowder universe. When he isn’t working
or spending time with his family, he writes novels, short stories and novellas.
He
currently lives in Northern Illinois with his wife and young children.
Links:
You
can visit his website at www.gunpowderfantasy.com



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