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"...new and refreshing. The action and adventure keeps the story moving...and keeps up the pace till the very end." -- Writers Digest, judges commentary from the 20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards

"Brilliant!" - Novel Opinion

"A Pirate Novel and So Much More. Literally up all night...couldn't stop reading." - Maxine McLister

"Nonstop tension." - Lynn Kelley

"Nothing about this novel is predictable." - Kate Monroe

About the Author

Mike Kalmbach grew up in a forest near Lake Michigan. Spending his summers chasing wizards and fighting battles with evil ogres, Mike has always had a creative mind. He'll often share stories from his past, and some of them are even true.

After time dragged him from childhood, Mike moved into freelance editing, helping other authors improve dozens of stories. During the daylight hours, he writes software to help with genetics research. He leads the Rochester MN Writing group and often speaks on topics from writing and editing to engineering and robotics.

Luckily, Mike now has two sons, so he has plenty of excuses to set down the pen and play. He lives in Minnesota where he, his family, and a band of pirates can still be found battling ogres, dust bunnies, and even the occasional dragon.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466246812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466246812
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,784,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kalmbach's debut novel ,"The Caldarian Conflict," is a fun, fast-paced pirate novel. The story opens with one of the most fierce and notorious pirates in the fictional world of Caldaria, the red headed Captain Shannon "The Cannon" O'Connor. Shannon decides to seize an opportunity to take a merchant ship hostage and plunder some treasure - but quickly realizes that things are not what they seem anymore in Caldaria, and the thrill ride begins at full force for the reader.

"The Caldarian Conflict" has a lot of the features that make a great pirate novel; it's plot drive, action packed, and has a vicious and memorable villain.
But this isn't your typical pirate novel. For one, the protagonist isn't a pirate but a monk named Mendell who has dedicated his life to helping the sick and to serving a god called `Lord Justice.' His dedication to helping others results in him getting embroiled in the middle of the ongoing tension between the pirates and government. Telling the story from the perspective of a monk gives the reader a unique viewpoint of the moral dilemmas that Mendell faces and a fresh angle on pirate novels in general.

Another thing that sets this book apart from a typical pirate novel is that it has a strong element of mystery. Character's motivations and plot twists are slowly revealed throughout the novel, always keeping the reader engaged.

The novel ends on a bit of a cliffhanger and I'll be eagerly awaiting the sequel!

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Avast me lads and lasses. If it's a pirate tale ye been seekin', Mike Kalmbach's debut novel, The Caldarian Conflict will whet yer appetite.

Caldaria is plagued by pirates. Admiral Cain of the Caldarian navy has come up with a plan not only to rid the sea of pirates, but also alleviate the streets of the dregs of society. Unfortunately, for all concerned, it boils down to murder. And more unfortunately for Admiral Cain, there's one monk not afraid to stand up against him.

Brother Mendell is a monk devoted to Lord Justice (there are a number of different Gods and each monk must decide which one he/she will choose to follow as their life's path). Father Ramsey asks him to help a pirate, condemned to the hangman's noose, come to terms with death and to find peace. Mendell accepts this pirate's last wish to find out how his captain, Shannon "The Cannon" O'Connor, was defeated.

"Do you find comfort in her dying in battle?"
Owen paused. "Comfort?" he asked finally. "It's small comfort, I suppose, but I don't know how she would have passed. Shannon didn't usually fight, but instead flew above, findin' a merchant's weaknesses. She be good with a sword, but her real talent be forcin' other captains to surrender before they could kill any of her men."
The pirate swallowed, his voice tightening. "Yet somehow she perished in this fight. Though it be impossible, I do wish I could know how she died." p. 17-18

So begins Brother Mendell's journey for the truth.

The Caldarian Conflict is a fast paced action/adventure/mystery/fantasy with a satisfying number of subplots to keep the reader guessing and plowing ahead for answers.
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You've got questions? I've got answers.

Q: Pirates and Monks... Huh?!?
A: I didn't know what to think when I read about this book. I hadn't seen anything like it before. Well fear not - this isn't a 'pirate' story, and it isn't a 'monk' story. It is a fantasy story with pirates and monks. (Disclaimer: No clue what a 'pirate' or 'monk' story would be, but this is definitely better)

Q: I don't know, The last pirate book I saw must have been written while out at sea... it was sloppy.
A: Do not worry - The book was well edited. Care was taken when making sure that this was ready for readers - I don't think I saw one error.

Q: Ok... But still... Pirates and Monks? Is that just eye patches and shaved heads? booooring....
A: I don't think you get it. Swarthy Pirates, flaming explosions, deception on the high seas(and back at port)! How is that boring?

Q: Gotcha - exciting fantasy... so that is like wizards and stuff right?
A: No... C'mon. Pirates and Monks. Pay attention.

Q: So, no magic?
A: No... I didn't say that. The magic in Caldaria is subtle and really well done. It feels like it is really part of the world, not slapped on top. The monk's who have favor from their chosen god seem to be able to do some real cool things. I'm excited to see this expanded upon once Caldaria is revisited.

Q: You are starting to convince me... Hey, let me ask you this - What was your favorite part?
A: There was a lot of cool stuff that stands out. The one that tickles my fancy the most though involves the representations of some of the 12 gods come to life before our eyes and even argue amongst themselves.

Q: Alright, so you would recommend I read it?
A: I thought I asked you to pay attention? Yes I would recommend it. This is something that is new but familiar. Exciting and accessible. Priced as it is, the book is a steal.
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