The Sowing (The Torch Keeper)

      Steven dos Santos
The Sowing (The Torch Keeper)

Lucky Spark may have crossed the Establishment for the last time. Having survived the ordeal of Recruitment, Lucian "Lucky" Spark leads a double life. By day, he trains to become one of the Establishment elite. At night, he undermines the Establishment's totalitarian rule with secret midnight raids against their compounds. But when he's caught trying to assassinate members of the Establishment hierarchy—including his former lover, Cassius Thorn—Lucky and his fellow trainees find themselves facing an all-new kind of Recruitment. This time, instead of choosing who will die, Lucky will be an Incentive, a sacrificial lamb on the wrong side of the Establishment's brutal competition. As an Incentive, nothing stands between Lucky and certain death—except the choices made by the new school of Recruits.

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    The Culling (The Torch Keeper)

      Steven dos Santos
The Culling (The Torch Keeper)

Who would you choose?

Lucian “Lucky” Spark has been recruited for training by the totalitarian government known as the Establishment. According to Establishment rules, if a recruit fails any level of the violent training competitions, a family member is brutally killed . . . and the recruit has to choose which one.

As the five recruits form uneasy alliances in the hellish wasteland that is the training ground, an undeniable attraction develops between Lucky and the rebellious Digory Tycho. But the rules of the training ensure that only one will survive—the strongest recruits receive accolades, wealth, and power while the weakest receive death. With Cole—Lucky’s four-year-old brother—being held as “incentive,” Lucky must marshal all his skills and use his wits to keep himself alive, no matter what the cost.

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    The Culling

      Steven dos Santos
The Culling

Recruitment Day is here...if you fail, a loved one will die

For Lucian “Lucky” Spark, Recruitment Day means the Establishment, a totalitarian government, will force him to become one of five Recruits competing to join the ruthless Imposer task force. Each Recruit participates in increasingly difficult and violent military training for a chance to advance to the next level. Those who fail must choose an “Incentive”—a family member—to be brutally killed. If Lucky fails, he’ll have to choose death for his only living relative: Cole, his four-year-old brother.

Lucky will do everything he can to keep his brother alive, even if it means sacrificing the lives of other Recruits’ loved ones. What Lucky isn’t prepared for is his undeniable attraction to the handsome, rebellious Digory Tycho. While Lucky and Digory train together, their relationship grows. But daring to care for another Recruit in a world where love is used as the ultimate weapon is extremely dangerous. As Lucky soon learns, the consequences can be deadly...

About the Author

Steven dos Santos (Miami, FL) spent most of his working career in the legal field, even going to law school for a couple of years before realizing that if he was going to be telling “creative truths,” he’d prefer to be writing novels.

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