The Charters Duology -- Two Novels of the Sovereign Era
The complete Sovereign Era story of Nate Charters! 162,000 words, including Brave Men Run -- A Novel of the Sovereign Era Revised and Expanded Edition and Pilgrimage -- A Novel of the Sovereign Era.
About The Books In This Omnibus Collection
Brave Men Run
April 18, 1985 – A startling revelation shocks a world already wound tight by the desperate tensions of the Cold War: super-humans exist... and they demand autonomy.
Until that day, high school sophomore Nate Charters thought he was just an outsider and self-proclaimed freak. His unusual appearance, hair-trigger reflexes, and overactive metabolism could have made him something special, but his differences and low self-esteem marked him as a target for the jocks and popular kids long ago.
Now, just as his unique nature catches the eye of a self-assured older girl and the sinister attention of the enigmatic Dr. Brenhurst, Nate must solve the mystery of his origins and find his place in the world. Is he part of a remarkable, powerful new minority... or just a misfit among misfits?
He'd better find his answers quickly. A shadowy organization knows more about him than he could ever imagine. And they're closing in...
A year later, as the first anniversary of the Donner Declaration heightens the tensions between humanity and the Sovereigns, the fathers and sons from Brave Men Run must re-define who they are and who they will be as, all around, the machinations of allies and enemies reach the boiling point.
Nate Charters struggles with a troubling revelation about his girlfriend and his increasingly tenuous control over his temper and his powers... while his father Andrew hopes to suppress his own bestial nature so he can help his distant son.
Sovereign Byron Teslowski, sequestered with his people, trains to join the Sovereign defense force, but the influence of a fiery new friend forces him to question William Donner's motives... and Marc Teslowski, desperate to bring his family back together and restore his pride, falls in with the charismatic leader of an anti-Sovereign militant group.
As Sovereigns from all over the world converge on the Donner Institute for Sovereign Studies for sanctuary and safety, Nate, Andrew, Byron, and Marc find their paths lead there as well. Will the forces aligned against the Sovereigns tear fathers and sons violently apart on Declaration Day?