Disciplined. Gifted. Unique. Prized. These are the monks of the Shingai Order. Dedicating their lives to creating harmony from chaos, the Shingai have a never-ending job in a broken Empire.
Ending his years-long training, Junior Initiate Hsulor will embark on a journey to discover which of the three Shingai paths he is to follow. Trained in the Ways of the Owl, Swan, and Tiger – disciplines of science, art, and fighting – Hsulor will be tested through the Calling, a series of trials to determine his future. Once complete, he will be sent into the Empire to serve as his ancestors have before him, guiding the galaxy’s future.
But the young initiate will encounter new beliefs apart from the teachings of his people. As the consequences of each test grow, so do the consequences of new ideas. Hsulor will confront the millennia-old teachings of his Masters, held as long as there have been monks to pass them.
The Calling takes you around the galaxy and into the heart of belief.
Matt Yocum's writing covers the literary map, from technical engineering articles to literary fiction. In addition to his science fiction novel, The Calling, he has a conspiracy thriller titled HONOR set at his alma mater, the U.S. Air Force Academy, both available from amazon.com. Matt is also a writer for Marvel Comics and has written stories including the Avengers, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Captain America. His independent comics are showcased at www.ComicCritique.com. Born in Kentucky in 1971, Matt currently serves as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force. You can learn more about Matt and his writing and military background at www.MattYocum.com.