Author: George R. Dasher
The battle for Orrins Fort is a fairly easy endeavor. Not one shot is fi red and only Navee Ordor bloodies a blade. Taking this fort gives the Scarecrow, Jarl Hawkins, and his small force a warm base from which to operate and fight against the Glasseys. Hawkins, an ex-geographer from the planet Earth and ex-partisan from the planet Jubal, is marooned on Vanira backward world with sorcerers, black-powder weapons, and nomad raiders. In Book Three of the Vanir Trilogy, Hawkins continues to help his friend, Will James, the king, fight the invading Glassey armies. At the same time, he; the great wizard, Kvasir; his wife, Kiska; and the star reporter for his newspaper, Janis begin to search for advanced technology left by the original colonists of the planet. This quest is interrupted by the return of the Space Empire, and now Jarlwith the help of his friends travels into space, where he fights to save one of the great, golden colonization ships and a supercomputer named Sam. Jarl learns the secret of the smoky quartz crystals, and he struggles to prevent the subjugation of the planet by the brutal and all-powerful empire.
George R. Dasher has worked as an EMT, paramedic, and a coal and oil-and-gas geologist. Now an environmental geologist, he oversees the remediation of contaminated groundwater sites in West Virginia. His hobbies include diving, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, and caving. He is the editor of a state-wide caving newsletter and the author of eight books on caving. He lives in West Virginia.