The Secret Empire

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About the author:
A toy castle is what sent fantasy author and editor Paul Genesse over the edge and into madness.

Dragons and castles gave him reason to live from elementary school through college where he loved his English classes, but pursued his other passion by earning a bachelor's degree in nursing science in 1996. He was a registered nurse on a cardiac unit in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he worked the night shift for 17 years keeping the forces of darkness away from his patients. Now he is a clinical analyst for the same healthcare company and is enjoying working during the day. His new schedule will hopefully allow him to get more writing done.

Paul lives with his incredibly supportive wife, Tammy, and their collection of well-behaved frogs and moderately scary dragons. When he's not hanging out with Tammy, or at the hospital working, Paul enjoys speaking at schools and conventions about writing. His new interest is interviewing celebrities at large media conventions such as Salt Lake Comic Con and Paul would love to become the nerd version of Jimmy Fallon.

Writing short fiction is one of his passions and he is the author of several short stories and novelettes featured in Fellowship Fantastic, The Dimension Next Door, Furry Fantastic, Imaginary Friends, Catopolis, Terribly Twisted Tales, Pirates of the Blue Kingdoms featuring The Pirate Witch, Steampunk'd, Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters, and more. He is also the editor of the five volumes comprising the demon-themed Crimson Pact anthology series.

His first book, The Golden Cord, Book One of the Iron Dragon Series has become the bestselling fantasy novel Five Star Books has ever had. Book two, The Dragon Hunters and book three, The Secret Empire are out now. Book four, The Crystal Eye; and the finale, The Iron Brotherhood are scheduled to arrive in 2015.

For updates, please friend Paul on Facebook, and "Like" the Official Iron Dragon Series Page or follow him on Twitter, @Paul_Genesse.

Learn more about the Iron Dragon Series, listen to podcasts, see original art, and watch videos including the amazing cinematic book trailer for The Golden Cord at

The Secret Empire

Book Three of the Iron Dragon Series

Authored by Paul Genesse, Paul Genesse
Illustrated by Ciruelo Cabral

The Secret Empire:
Book Three of the Iron Dragon Series.

"The only outsiders who know the truth are dead."

To reach the secret lair of the dragon king, the last of an order of dragon hunters must cross a brutal desert defended by savage nomads and angry ghosts, uncover the hidden truth of the desert people, then on the eve of their final battle, survive a betrayal that will tear their group apart.

Praise for Book Two, The Dragon Hunters:

"Genesse stresses the necessity of trust between races and cultures and the perils of bias and dissention, and he keeps the plot moving quickly . . ."

-Publishers Weekly;

"Paul Genesse is a talented writer with two rare gifts: the ability to create wonderful worlds, and the skill to share them with his readers. Through his deft handling of magic and mythic creatures, Paul Genesse transports us into a realm of wild imagining. Taut susptense and fantastic imagery make the The Dragon Hunters a tale no fantasy fan will want to miss."

-Michael A. Stackpole, New York Times bestselling author of The Star Wars novel I, Jedi;

"With vivid world-building, [Paul Genesse] sets his characters on paths that wind and twist through the world as they try to reach their almost impossible goal-the death of the Dragon King. The characters are driven, each for their own reasons, united by their desire for honor, and vengeance for their kin. In the midst of a fantasy, Paul weaves in realistic themes of family and honor, prejudice and hate, love and redemption."

-Elizabeth Vaughan, USA Today bestselling author of The Warlands trilogy

Publication Date:
Jan 14 2012
0985003804 / 9780985003807
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Fantasy / Epic

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