What happens when prophesies of World’s End self-fulfill? When fundamentalist prayers finally summon the Apocalypse, but not the Rapture? When the horrors of War’s aftermath make the billions who died screaming the lucky ones? Is it possible a different prophesy can begin to set things right again?

American computer scientist Steven Rayne believes it’s possible. Marooned in Britain, robbed of his wife and unborn child—as well as, it must be said, his sanity—he’s taken to calling himself Merlin. Mad or not, aided by mysterious AI networks he may yet find his destiny in the audacious nom de guerre.

In 2041, a dozen years post-Apocalypse, a new Merlin has emerged from a long hermitage in a fabulous underwater Sanctuary. Wielding mysterious technologies that might rival the powers of his namesake, he’s attempting to relight hope’s cold candle in a new dark age. Merlin is looking for Camelot, but he will find legends have minds of their own...

The Merlin Protocol is a work of speculative fiction. Science and fantasy meet on a playing field leveled by catastrophe, and none can be certain which will emerge triumphant.

Building upon A Darkness Past Midnight, Shadows of Light and Sound is the second installment in a six-part series.

Volume 3, The Fallen Magi will go on sale in mid-2013.

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