The Moon Panther:
And 3 Other Stories of the Mongolian Book of the Sky
In a dystopian, post-technological Australia, Mongol horsemen and warlords form the upper crust of a conquest society. Harujin, the great conqueror styling himself a new Genghis Khan, has wrapped his talons around the entire globe. The conquest is finished, and now it’s a new beast entirely – bureaucracy.
From the desert wastelands of Western Australia to a lavish royal gala in Auckland, to the almost garish casinos and palaces of the imperial capital, The Moon Panther builds upon the incredibly rich world first established in The Hounds of Harujin. Presenting four novellas set in Jason Shannon’s The Mongolian Book of the Sky – a femme fatale assassin goes unarmed into a royal function under the watchful eyes of a hundred bodyguards; a conniving concubine digs her claws into the imperial government, cajoling and manipulating to make herself empress in all but name; desert bandits operate their own warlord state of drug running, human trafficking, and murder deep in the badlands....
This collection features four novellas:
The Conquest of Qongqor Caine - femme fatale assassin Josephine targets a corrupt official in New Zealand; 18,5000 words
One Night in Ikh Khulan - low-level bureaucrat is tapped for a prestigious position, has to impress the Machiavellian empress-concubine before he gets the job. A whirlwind of intrigue, decadence, assassination schemes and political maneuvering ensues; 40,000 words.
The Pirate's Lass - Local businesswoman takes the camel train through the desert, is beset upon by bandits of the worst sort hunting down a sex trafficking victim who's escaped; 31,000 words.
The Moon Panther - Vigilante assassin George ventures into the deep desert of western Australia to pursue the most vicious bandit king of them all, the man known as the Moon Panther; 70,000 words