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Katabasis (The Mongoliad Cycle, Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Brassey , Cooper Moo , Mark Teppo , Angus Trim
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Learn About the Foreworld Saga
This title is part of the Foreworld Saga, an epic alternate history series that spans continents and centuries. Learn more about the series.

Book Description

The death of the fearsome Ögedei Khan has brought the Mongol invasion of the West to an abrupt halt. Exhausted, plagued by uncertainty and self-doubt, and reeling from betrayal by one of their own, the surviving Shield-Brethren struggle across a frozen, shattered wasteland to return home after their desperate battle in Mongolia.

Their mission is complete—Christendom has been saved—but new and terrible questions haunt each member of the company: Are they heroes or villains? Or just pawns in a larger game, trapped in a world gone mad in the wake of the unspeakable devastation visited upon it by the Mongol horde?

And most poignant of all, where—and what—is “home” now, and what will be their place in the world they fought to defend?

Katabasis, a new novel in the acclaimed Foreworld Saga, follows the survivors as they struggle to confront their own fears and decide who they truly are—and whom they will ultimately serve.

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About the Author

Joseph Brassey lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two cats. He teaches medieval fighting techniques to members of the armed forces. The Mongoliad is his first published fiction.

Mark Teppo is the author of the Codex of Souls urban fantasy series as well as the hypertext dream narrative The Potemkin Mosaic.

Cooper Moo spent five minutes in Mongolia in 1986 before he had to get back on the train—he never expected to be channeling Mongolian warriors. In 2007 Cooper fought a Chinese long-sword instructor on a Hong Kong rooftop—he never thought the experience would help him write battle scenes. In addition to being a member of The Mongoliad writing team, Cooper has written articles for various magazines. His autobiographical piece "Growing Up Black and White," published in the Seattle Weekly, was awarded Social Issues Reporting article of the year by the Society of Professional Journalists. He lives in Issaquah, Washington, with his wife, three children, and numerous bladed weapons.

Angus Trim is a skilled sword-maker and machinist who lives in the Pacific Northwest. He is adept in various western martial arts as well as tai chi sword form.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2098 KB
  • Print Length: 422 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (October 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D2WM5HE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,528 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There and back again. November 15, 2013
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I took a long break while I was reading book three I'm the series, I think because of the Rome chapters. I didn't know until the end of that book that there was going to be a fourth. Luckily for me, I finished reading the third a day before this one, Katabasis, was released. This time, the reading kept me engaged through the entire book.

I particularly enjoy the technicality of the fighting and the descriptions of the tactics. Also, considering how many authors are working on the books, it never feels like a hodge podge of clashing styles.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I expected more December 29, 2013
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After the first three which were quite good, this one is less exciting. There characterization really faltered, but it remains an okay read and one you will want to read after the previous ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good finish! January 29, 2014
By Gimpy
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Loved this series! Hate to see it end. As always enough people left to take this in many different directions if desired. Well worth the wait.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 12, 2014
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a complex story well told. continues from one book to the next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice finish to the primary plot of the Mongoliad June 26, 2014
By MathGuy
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The Mongoliad left our band of Shield Brethren trying to escape to Europe. Katabasis reaches a reasonably satisfactory conclusion to their story. (I do not want to spoil it.) It does this by presenting another event more or less simultaneous with the Mongol invasion -- an event I had heard of but knew little about.. Any book that shows me something new I am definitely going to like. The only thing that stopped me from awarding the fifth star was that it dragged in a couple of places; it needed one more pass through an editor's hands. If you liked the Mongoliad as much as I did, I think you will be happy with Katabasis.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong novel June 22, 2014
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Katabasis (The Mongoliad Cycle, Book 4)
By: Joseph Brassey, Cooper Moo, Mark Teppo, Angus Trim
Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy
This was written with passion that will excite your mind and keep you turning the pages.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Loosing its luster June 13, 2014
By Obe
Format:Kindle Edition
I concur with the other reviews. More a chronology of events as opposed to any character development. It added very little value to the previous narrative, I should have skipped it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I have mixed feelings on this volume June 7, 2014
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I respect the authors, and have been enjoying these books with their very interesting alternate version of the clash between the Mongols and the Europeans. But the characters are completely lacking in development, and the series now seems to be dragging along. Great idea content, but maybe wrap things up in another volume or so?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
I love this series. I am aware of the various criticisms leveled against it, but I find it endlessly fascinating and uniformly well-written and plotted. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Hrafnkell Haraldsson
4.0 out of 5 stars Now what the plan worked some have survived but they are half way...
I enjoyed this book most of all since I was hooked from the first Mongoliad Book. All the characters are given a new path.
Published 1 month ago by Laurie Darr
4.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down
I stayed up too late. I stopped my hobbies. I read. I read for entire days. I read on the toilet. These are fun and I hope you will seek more as I did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as some of the others in this series because this one relies on some spiritual gobledygook as a plot device. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Just stretching the story
The Mongoliad original trilogy was ok. This is just extending the story too far without too much background. It just miss the point, it should have ended in book 3.
Published 1 month ago by PABLO BARRIUSO VILLAMAR
3.0 out of 5 stars Katibasis ok
Katabasis book 4 was more interesting than the first three books. Book 4, closed the many subjects and topics that had been left open at the ends of previous chapters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Urwiler
3.0 out of 5 stars Need to Read the Whole Series
I began reading with this book and I found it rather confusing without reading the rest of the series. I chose it because of the reference to Mongolia. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynn Ellingwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Started slowly... but then it got better
The writing in the beginning is clumsy, I almost abandoned it. I am glad I didn't, it was good overall.
Published 2 months ago by Shortcuts Inc
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