The Phoenix Ascent – Nathan M. Farrugia

This is a FREE short story from the “Fifth Column” series. The first book in the series, The Chimera Vector, was Apple iBooks Thriller of the Year, and a #1 Amazon Bestseller.

Centuries before the Fifth Column, an ancient empire discovers the power of the first Phoenix Variant.

Hordes of the Mongol Empire sweep across Northern Asia, crushing everything in their path. As plague ravages the continent and the heavens burn with meteors, the empire’s greatest general will stop at nothing to possess the first Phoenix.

And when Kaifeng, the Chinese capital falls, the only thing standing in the path of total domination is one lone alchemist and a rogue assassin.

Nathan Farrugia lives in Melbourne, Australia. In his spare time he discovers hidden places around the world with urban explorers, practices lock picking and escaping from plasticuffs and straitjackets (you never know when that will come in handy, right?) and studies Systema, a little-known martial art and closely guarded secret of Russian special forces. Nathan has trained under USMC, SEAL team and Spetsnaz instructors, the Chiricahua Apache scouts and Aboriginal Australians. He also drinks tea.

Here’s the trailer for the first book in “The Fifth Column” series: