by Michael Siebenaler
Most captains never made it to the ten-year mark. Alen was at nine. One more year and he could retire from the endless war raging at his landlocked nation’s borders; it would be time for the next generation to bleed. But Alen always knew retirement was more of a dream than a reality.
Set in a medieval past on a world much like Earth, THE LAND OF THE LONG SLEEP opens in the months prior to what should be Alen’s final campaign. However, in an attempt to permanently win the war, the nation’s illiterate king strips the land of all resources, amassing a grand army and marching out from his starving kingdom to conquer or be conquered. Unable to comprehend written history, he is unaware that he is making the same mistakes as all of his predecessors.
With the existence of the nation in peril, Alen discovers through the assistance of an unlikely friend that the only way to win the war now is to make war itself the ultimate casualty.