Authors: Craig Martelle
Free the North!
Free Trader Series
By Craig Martelle
Copyright © 2016 Craig Martelle
All rights reserved.
Cover Illustration © Tom Edwards
Editing services provided by Mia Darien – miadarien.com
Other Books by Craig Martelle
Free Trader Series
Book 1 – The Free Trader of Warren Deep (February 2016)
Book 2 – The Free Trader of Planet Vii (March 2016)
Book 3 – Adventures on RV Traveler (April 2016)
Book 4 – Battle for the Amazon (August 2016)
Book 5 – Free the North! (September 2016)
Book 6 – Free Trader on the High Seas (October 2016)
Book 7 – Cygnus Rising, Cygnus Space Opera Book 1 (Sep 2016)
End Times Alaska, a Winlock Press publication
Book 1: Endure (June 2016)
Book 2: Run (July 2016)
Book 3: Return (August 2016)
Rick Banik Thriller Series
People Raged and the Sky Was on Fire (May 2016)
Short Story Contributions to Anthologies
(Stephen Lee & James M. Ward)
Earth Prime Anthology, Volume 1
Apocalyptic Space Short Story Collection
Lunar Resorts Anthology, Volume 2
To the love of my life
the sparkle in your eyes brightens every one of my days
Table of Contents
The summer of 2016 has been filled with deadlines and publications. I’ve kept my head above water because I’m surrounded by some great people.
James M. Ward helped me with Micah’s penultimate sword fight in this story, which helped to make things as realistic as possible. No one survives in this business alone. Having a friend like Jim to look things over is comforting and improves the quality of what we can give you, the reader. You deserve the best we can deliver.
Michael Anderle has been an exceptional mentor and partner as I broke into the indie publishing business. He was honored to have his name as my premier protagonist in this book. Governor Anderle and Michael have nothing in common besides the name. Michael is a great man who has gone well out of his way to help others.
I attended my 35-year high school class reunion this summer (2016). Many of my classmates from so long ago have read some of my books. You were all so kind with your words, and a couple stopped by to tell me in person – Penny Heister Sanchez and Lori Bessler Wissing. You made my day. Thanks to Chris “Shakes” Vogt, Diane Sauegling LaPier, Steve Kann, and Jackie Meyer Thiltgen for setting everything up, finding a gazillion people who didn’t want to be found, and then encouraging them to come. Fun was had by all.
I want to thank some readers by name as they are the ones who we look to when we’re feeling a little down. Diane Velasquez and her sister Dorene Johnson are powerhouse readers, ready for anything I throw at them and always willing to give feedback. Norman Meredith is a new addition to the team and has provided valuable input to me and my process. The following people have also been very kind with their comments. Chris Rolfe, Monique Lewis Happy (also one of my editors), Norman Meredith, and so many more. You great people help make every day that much sunnier.
One last word for my friend, Bill Rough – he helped me with some plot devices on my End Times Alaska – Return and I inadvertently left him out of those acknowledgements. There’s no excuse for that kind of oversight. Bill has always done me right and has an exceptionally keen insight into the human spirit.
Hand drawn map of the norther region of Planet Vii.
Humans and the Intelligent Creatures
The Hillcats (‘cat)
The Golden Warrior – also called G, G-War, and Prince Axial De’atesh, can share his mindlink with others
Fealona – from G-War’s home village
Treetis – A young ‘cat, very much like G-War
Braden – The Free Trader
Micah – The Warrior, Partnered with Braden
Axial & De’atesh – Braden and Micah’s twin children
Bronwyn – Gifted child, able to speak with all creatures
Jocelyn – Governor Anderle’s wife
Dr. Johns – a clone, leader of the survivors from Cygnus VI
Candela & Tanner – the first Free Traders born in the south
Zeller – a Free Trader, from Trent, the same village as Micah
Young Tom – a blacksmith from Whitehorse
Mattie & Caleb – Micah’s parents
Skirill – also called Ess
Zyena – Skirill’s mate, born on the RV Traveler, also called Zee
Aadi – First Master of the Tortoise Consortium
Brandt Earthshaker – King of the Aurochs
Arnie – Zeller’s partner in trade, pulls her wagon
The Queen – Brandt’s queen that he rescued from Toromont’s Run
The Lizard Men (Amazonians)
Zalastar – Leader of the Amazonians
Akhmiyar – one of Zalastar’s best warriors and leader in his own right