The Lesser Evil
The Lesser Evil is a black-and-white graphic novel trilogy that explores what it means to have a dream. It was published by ZetaBella in 2011/12, and will be re-released as an omnibus in 2013.
Keep an eye out for news of Peaceful Tomorrows, the sequel to The Lesser Evil, from ZetaBella in April 2013!
Young Ross Tillman cannot wait to get out of school and pursue his dream of owning his own ship. Struggling against what seems to be his genetic fate, Ross is determined to avoid following his father into a career in local industry. The manufacture and sale of the narcotic tubinj is the economic cornerstone of Messar, but Ross is determined to escape from its pull.
For Stanley Myres, Chancellor of the galactic Senate, the writing appears to be on the wall. His political position is becoming more tenuous by the day, as rival factions in the Senate seem poised to enact a coup de tat. In an attempt to retain control, he utilises his secret paramilitary forces and hatches a violent scheme that casts Messar into a state of civil war.
Overlord of exiled superpower Padakan House, Elam Padakan wants to create a better galaxy, with himself at its head. When the opportunity to liberate Messar from the Senate presents itself, he sees it as a chance to achieve everything he has ever striven for. There’s just one problem: he hasn’t even told his own brother what his true intentions are.
All three men are drawn into the civil war on Messar, and as their paths begin to intersect and tangle together, they come to realise that the galaxy has very different plans for all of their dreams.
The Lesser Evil is a book that examines what it means to have a dream… and what that dream can end up costing, regardless of whether it comes true.
What people are saying about The Lesser Evil:
“Game of Thrones – Galactic Version” … “Epic but deeply personal” - Robert Simon.
“A quick and easy read, fast paced and action packed.” – Emma.
“A page turner, from start to finish” … “Left me eager for the next book.” – Fishpond review
“set in the future, but it reads like the world here and now” … “enough blam-boom fighting to entertain, and plenty of plot to keep the brain engaged.” – Emma
“The disparate tales of the main characters are coming together, and it feels natural and unforced.” … “I’d recommend the series to anyone who likes sci-fi with a suggestion of space opera and a focus on the power plays behind the scenes.” – Benjamin Golightly
“While the setting of the story, and the issues of the civil war on Messar, are interesting in their own ways, it is the well-crafted characters that make The Lesser Evil something special.” – GamingWithPants
If you have bought a copy of The Lesser Evil, thank you very kindly. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading it. If you do enjoy reading it, please consider leaving a review at Amazon or Goodreads, or anywhere else.
Purchasing The Lesser Evil
Dear mum and dad,
By the time you read this, I will be gone. I want you to know that it’s nothing you’ve done. This is just something I had to do, for me.
I know, dad, you wanted me to follow you into the tubinj industry. You’ve done your best to get me interested in the work you do, and I do appreciate the interviews you’ve lined up for me after my Test. I think you’ve noticed, though, that I haven’t leapt at the chance the way you hoped I would, and I think you know why.
I know you think I’m wasting my life, enlisting in the Senate’s navy. But Danny Hopkins enlisted three years ago, and he’s already a bridge officer. In a few years, he’ll probably command his own ship.
And that’s what I want. It’s what I’ve always wanted. I want to be out there among the stars, seeing the galaxy, and helping the Senate to protect and improve the lives of its people…