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The Lesser Evil

The Lesser Evil is a black-and-white graphic novel that explores what it means to have a dream. It was first published in three parts by ZetaBella in 2011/12, and was re-released as an omnibus and an e-book in 2013.

Peaceful Tomorrows, the sequel to The Lesser Evil, was published - also by Zetabella - in 2013!

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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

"...a well-realised world and a thought-provoking story." - LB

"...one of those hidden gem graphic novels that tend to slip through the cracks..." - Cameron V

"It's like Star Wars met Game of Thrones" ... "An intelligent science fiction narrative filled with political intrigue and raw emotion. The art style perfectly conveys the feeling of the galaxy the Mr Smith has created and his characters will leave a definite impression. A witty and deep graphic novel that is a must read." - Blake Thomas

"The Lesser Evil is a great riff on some classic science fiction themes that cracks along at a great pace. Strong action set pieces are overlaid on some deeper themes of revenge and redemption..." - Stuart Hodge

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 (paperback)


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Purchasing The Lesser Evil (digital)

The collected volumes of The Lesser Evil can be purchased as a PDF from Shoplocket, or as a Kindle-compatible file from Amazon. The book may also become available from other digital sources, such as Comixology, in the near future.

Amazon (Kindle edition) - $7.99
Amazon AU (Kindle edition) - $8.47
Shoplocket (PDF) - $7.99


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...