Neil Bernard Dukas (1959-) was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. He joined the Canadian Army as a very young man, serving over the years in both reserve and active capacities. His fascination for military history began in the saddle, as a trooper in The Governor General’s Horse Guards. After graduating from Queen’s University, he furthered his growing love for travel by trekking across the African continent, from top to bottom. Since then, he has seen a great deal more of the world, working as a bank supervisor, Christmas Tree packer, freelance journalist, college dean, inventor, public information assistant, movie extra and women’s fashion accessory manufacturer, not to mention novelist and military historian. The focus of his graduate studies, Dukas developed a deep and abiding affection for Hawai’i. In 2011, his book on the Battle of Nu’uanu received a Ka Palapala Po’okela Awards distinction “for excellence in Hawaiian culture.” The very same year, his first novel, The Spanish Gatekeeper - Empire of the Ulfair, was a Compton Crook Award finalist for best debut science fiction fantasy.