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Benji and Soren will do anything to save their family, but the Crown isn’t going to make it easy . . .

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Hailing from the cornfields of Walkersville, Maryland, Job Merkel grew up on a farm with his four brothers and four sisters. They spent their time playing together, running around with no shoes, and doing chores.

Job would often escape to fictional worlds in his mind, wishing for powers that would take him away from his ordinary existence.

Unfortunately, he never got those powers, but some of his characters did …

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The Fall Gauntlet

Benji Calyx is so close to saving his mother from her off-world prison when he steps onto the Fall Gauntlet arena for the finals. Victory means his wish—to save his mother—will be granted, but not all is as it seems. The Dei are angry, the Crown is scheming, and Benji’s final opponent, the bear, is Benji’s estranged younger brother, Soren.

Things just got a lot more complicated.

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Much to his horror, Benji has created a living nightmare in which the Fall Gauntlet does not end. When a strange man and his “rat” followers offer to help the brothers leave the capital by sewer, the brother’s escape plan takes a dark turn. 

If they can’t rise above their own past hurts, and the lies that continue to haunt their family, Soren and Benji may indeed die at each other’s hands.

The Fall Gauntlet continues …

In the mountains beyond the desert, a harrowing secret about the totem animals is revealed, one that exposes the very foundations of the gauntlet itself. If Benji doesn’t figure out how to stop a mysterious and ancient force before it strikes, he’ll forfeit any chance he has of saving his mother, once and for all.

The Fall Gauntlet continues . . .

Benji and Soren will do anything to save their family, but the Crown isn’t going to make it easy …

Get Books 1, 2, and 3 in this special edition omnibus collection, which includes BEAR, RAT, and CHRYSIX.

The Fall Gauntlet continues . . .

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Books by J. A. Merkel

The Fall Gauntlet

Benji Calyx is so close to saving his mother from her off-world prison when he steps onto the Fall Gauntlet arena for the finals. Victory means his wish—to save his mother—will be granted, but not all is as it seems. The Deus are angry, the Crown is scheming, and Benji’s final opponent, the bear, is Benji’s estranged younger brother, Soren.

Things just got a lot more complicated.

Much to his horror, Benji has created a living nightmare in which the Fall Gauntlet does not end. When a strange man and his “rat” followers offer to help the brothers leave the capital by sewer, the brother’s escape plan takes a dark turn. 

If they can’t rise above their own past hurts, and the lies that continue to haunt their family, Soren and Benji may indeed die at each other’s hands.

The Fall Gauntlet continues …

In the mountains beyond the desert, a harrowing secret about the totem animals is revealed, one that exposes the very foundations of the gauntlet itself. If Benji doesn’t figure out how to stop a mysterious and ancient force before it strikes, he’ll forfeit any chance he has of saving his mother, once and for all.

The Fall Gauntlet continues . . .

Benji and Soren will do anything to save their family, but the Crown isn’t going to make it easy …

Get Books 1, 2, and 3 in this special edition omnibus collection, which includes BEAR, RAT, and CHRYSIX.

The Fall Gauntlet continues . . .

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