Dekker's Dozen: The Last Watchmen
Dekker's Dozen - Book 1
by Christopher D Schmitz
Genre: SciFi , Fantasy
Following the Intergalactic Singularity War, Dekker Knight, mercenary and collector of arcane artifacts, works for the highest bidder—but he doesn’t take just any job. One in particular, transporting Austicon, the assassin who stalked his family for generations to a max-lock detention, was supposed to close a dark chapter of Dekker’s life.
After the constables botched Austicon’s incarceration, Dekker’s team is forced to hunt down the galaxies’ most heinous criminal all over again when a mysterious man claiming to be an ancient, time-traveling prophet intrudes on them. Ezekiel claims Dekker will soon annihilate of all reality—and he knows all of Dekker's secrets: that he wields an ancient, celestial weapon, was once married to a terrorist, and is the last member of the Watchmen—an ancient secret society with roots tracing back to Solomon.
Following the Austicon’s theft of a superweapon, Dekker and his team must do the unthinkable to prevent the Earth’s annihilation. Worse yet, a demon-possessed tree is attempting to bring "the divine engines of reality" to a grinding halt—destroying all of existence with the death of the planet—annihilating all that is, will be, and ever was!
Steampunk time-travel, cyborg ninjas, deep space unicorn zombies, ghostly rocket-ships, and star destroying Hassidic super-weapons converge in one epic story! How long can The Dozen escape death? How far can Dekker go in defiance of fate and pursuit of love before his actions break the universe?
...also download the FREE prequel to this story on Kindle--Dekker's Dozen: A Waxing Arbolean Moon
Dekker's Dozen : A Waxing Arbolean Moon
Dekker's Dozen Companion Novel
by Christopher D Schmitz
A Waxing Arbolean Moon
The demon Dione existed before the dawn of time. Surely she was created alongside the very Divine Machine she came to loathe so much. From Dione’s seduction by Asmodeus and imprisonment at the hands of King Solomon to her release by an unwitting archaeologist, the timeline is punctuated with the baal’s influence and its counters by the time-traveling Ezekiel who repels the Arbolean invasion during the infancy of the Akkadian Empire with the weapons of an ancient Greek tinkerer.
Spanning the dawn of creation and the planting of the Circle of Seven to the day Dekker Knight meets Vesuvius Briggs, A Waxing Arbolean Moon fills in all gaps in the fractured timeline of Dekker’s Dozen: The Last Watchmen and functions as either Prologue or Epilogue depending on how you choose to look at it.
Before the chaos of steampunk time-travel, cyborg ninjas, plant-spore-controlled unicorn zombies, ghost warships, and Hassidic superweapons of The Last Watchmen, A Waxing Arbolean Moon pulls back the curtain on the galactic and celestial backstories.
A Waxing Arbolean Moon is best read in conjunction with The Last Watchmen as a companion piece and may be difficult to follow without familiarity with the full novel.
Christopher D Schmitz is an author of fiction and nonfiction as well as a regular blogger. He lives in Minnesota with his family. He writes as often as possible in his spare time.
Earlier works: following completion of his first fantasy novel, he began to work on lots of short fiction in order to refine his craft and went on to publish many pieces from 1,000-15,000 words in a variety of genres as writing exercises. Putting fiction away for a while, he pursued post-graduate work where he received a new appreciation for nonfiction, and then returned to his love for fiction after that, churning out more novel-length stories at much improved rates.
Education: Schmitz attained a Biblical Studies degree and a Youth Ministry minor from Trinity Bible College in 2003 and went on to gain a Masters of Arts in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014.