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“Tom Reinhart’s story is a throw back to the glory days of pulp fiction. Through the veins of this story runs the blood of Conan, Kull and other great warriors of another age. Reinhart pays homage to the great Robert E Howard throughout his story while keeping his characters fresh and distinctly his own. His story also offers slight variations on traditional S&S stories that provides a unique twist to the genre’s general plot outline. Treat yourself to a journey back to the 1920’s and 1930’s where stories were written from the soul and warriors walked the pages.”

“Once upon a time, the literary world was filled with characters who relied on their quick wits and sharp steel to cut their way to fame and glory in cruel and unforgiving worlds. During the heyday of pulp fiction, magazines and book store shelves almost seemed to ring audibly with the clash of sword on sword, and the screams of the dying on the battlefield and in back alleys, and the wails of comely maidens in distress. It was a time of bigger-than-life heroes, cruel villains, and monsters beyond belief, brought to us by the likes of Robert E Howard, Fritz Leiber, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and etc. Well, I’m proud to say that this tradition lives on today, and Mister Reinhart’s novel here is a prime example. The action is fast and brutal, there are wonders to behold, and the author has a narrative voice that takes you there with confidence. Fantasy authors today have rather large boots to fill- Tom Reinhart wears them well. Highly recommended, and I eagerly await more!”

“You wont be disappointed with this epic tale.”

“HEGEMONIAN harkens back to the golden days of epic pulp fiction, the era that spawned what today we call “sword and sorcery” fantasy. Clearly, author Tom Reinhart has based his own epic hero, Lucan, upon Robert Howard’s Conan the Cimmerian, and like Conan Lucan is a northern barbarian who leaves his savage homeland in search of adventure. Though Reinhart’s inspirations are obvious, he manages to make Lucan a distinct character with his own personality, and if HEGEMONIAN is in some ways a Howard pastiche, it is far superior to most of its cousins in that field. To say that Reinhart’s novel is action-packed is an understatement, as he subjects Lucan to one deadly encounter after another with undead warriors, giant spiders, and wicked enchantresses. And all that’s even before he reaches the big city, with all its “civilized” politics, backstabbing intrigue, and a war in the offing! Exciting and imaginative, HEGEMONIAN is an amazing literary epic that all fans of classic sword and sorcery should read with relish. I certainly did.”

“A good solid read. Engaging and worthy of the Genre without trying to make itself more then what it is. Looking forward to more, this one would have been right at home in the pages of Weird Tales back in the day.”

“The perfect epic fantasy novel.”