Below you will find the six planned books in the Saga with their respective synopses. The story follows Rancid Mahoney, for the most part, at least through the first three books. In later books, 4 through 6, more point of view characters will be introduced to accommodate the ever-expanding world in which they all live
Rancid Mahoney is commissioned by Gunther Ostrander: purveyor of opportunity and Head Prospector of New Canterton, a mining settlement located in what was once, but long forgotten as, the heart of the American Northwest. Mahoney is tasked with scouring the land in an attempt to locate Blackheart Mountain: the source of "Blackvein", the heavily romanticized miracle mineral rumored to be able to enhance the human body's ability to heal, effectively defeating death itself. But time and time again, Mahoney returns empty handed to his reluctant employer. On the heels of setting out on yet another venture to locate the Mountain, Ostrander orders Mahoney to first escort the prisoner Til Drange to the settlement of Vermouth not far to the north, so that he may face judgment for crimes committed against the eccentric Mayor Henry Kenroy. On the way to Vermouth, the two are interrupted by scouts of the Tuskatawa Tribe, an assemblage of people who believe the cataclysmic event which put an end to civilization long ago was a sign for their people that it is now the time to take back the land that was once theirs in the name of their native ancestors. To make matters worse, Mancino Rolandraz, the deranged leader of the savage Crimson Collar gang, is on his own quest for vengeance under the guise of what he believes to be the only purpose worth fighting for. Spearheading his campaign for "justice" is an obsessive hunger to kill Til Drange, and anyone else who gets in his way. It swiftly comes to the realization of Mahoney that a new war is not only about to break out, but is impossible to prevent, one which he must decide whether or not to take part in, and if he does, which side to fight for.
A year following The Battle of New Canterton, Rancid Mahoney, now wandering in exile and in search of purpose, answers the call of an old mentor and surrogate father figure, Frank Delmont, who has embarked on his own quest for redemption since his retirement from Gunther Ostrander’s vicious shadow.
With the war to the north incinerating the lands behind them, the two take to the sea aboard The Moonlady in search of the only other known two remaining members of the Delmont Family: Plath and Wyatt, Frank's brother and son respectively. But all is not well in the Woodstar Triangle, the maritime trade routes that used to be known as The Caribbean Sea. A different sort of conflict has been brewing in the southern waters. Val Remo, Empress of Woodstar City, and Mahoney's biological mother, has been confronted with her most challenging tribulation yet. Plaguing the Empress' rule are the bloodthirsty, relentless Mantle of Fire, a fleet of pirates priding themselves with decades of unchallenged bloodshed, and Chief Zao of the Black Boar Tribe, emerging from the northern war to hunt down Tuskatawa deserters and their sympathizers alike.
As "guests" of the Empress at Morro Castle, a fortress carved out of the ruins of Old Havana, Mahoney and Frank are presented with a double-edged sword. Remo demands that Wyatt Delmont be brought back to her so that he may answer for his crimes of rebellion, insurrection, and most of all, stealing the Horizon Vengeance : Val Remo’s prized war vessel that has a story of its own beginning before Mahoney was born. To ensure her demands do not go unanswered, Remo sends along with Delmont and Mahoney the captain of the Igneous Reef, Sebastian “The Anvil” Longbar, a man feared for his brutal habit of feeding unruly crew members and prisoners to his pet, Celeste, a monstrous bear living in a cage deep in the bowls of his ship.
An expedition to reunite a family divided will clash with a conquest to overthrow an empire, and Rancid Mahoney will be forced to decide between family over principle, and self over fate.
(Releasing November 29, 2021)
"People always start out with courage, and they'll call it other things too: bravery, fortitude, stalwartness. They start out that way, they think: why not?"
Two decades following the beginning of The Tuskatawa War, and two years after a second more brutal conflict that was born as a result of that war, Rancid Mahoney is now a gun/ muscle/ anything-for-hire, as long as the money is good enough. Having taken a personal vow of mental and emotional silence against the horrors of his past, Mahoney has successfully simplified his life and takes pride in only one thing: knowing a good deal when he hears one. Until parentless eleven-year-old Billy Hargraven asks of him the simplest of tasks: to be his protector as he traverses the wasteland in search of a doctor who can help his dog. The money is good, and so Mahoney accepts and the three venture out into a burned world filled with the bleakest of uncertainty.
Along the way, they encounter Til Drange, an old companion/sometimes enemy of Mahoney, who warns them of increasing bloodshed in the area that may or may not have a connection to the wars of years ago. The encounter will lead Mahoney into perhaps the bloodiest battle of his life, pitting him against cannibals, malicious creatures, and cultists, but worst of all: his own conscience in regards to Billy's safety, and future.
MERCY is BOOK III in The Two Revolvers Saga.
PLOT/ RELEASE DATE PENDING.
This book will be somewhat of a side story to Mercy, taking place nearly at exactly the same time, and for sometime after the end of Mercy, and will be told from the perspective of Owl Wing, son of Chief Tenskatawa, during a post-Tuskatawa War era in which civilization has begun to reconstruct itself.
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Previously titled "The City and the Veil", this story takes place sometime after the previous book, the main plot will revolve around an expedition lead by a man who hopes to find out the truth as to how the world came to be in its present state, exploring the exact chain of events that resulted in the collapse of civilization, and how Mahoney fits into it all.
PLOT/ RELEASE DATE PENDING.
The final book in the series will take place during a time in which civilization has begun to rebuild, where people of Rancid Mahoney's contention, and "profession" are steadily but surely becoming unneeded.
Published in the short story collection "A Scorched and Mystified Wilderness: And Other Stories", "The After People" is a short tale about a man trying to make it home while being hunted.
The story and characters exist in
The Two Revolvers Universe.