Brandon Carbaugh

Deep Sounding

Deep Sounding by Brandon Carbaugh
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fiction Fantasy, Humor
For readers of:Terry Pratchett, Jack London, Mervyn Peake, Ursula K. Le Guin, Patrick Rothfuss
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Publication Date10/28/2012
LanguageEnglish
About the Book

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This world is not fit for living.

Evidently, no one told the dwarfs.

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The surface of the world is a mountainous waste. Extreme weather and seasons of total darkness have destroyed most life above ground.

But beneath the earth, one people survive: The dwarfs, who live inside the mountains, have mastered the task of carving out life in a world which does its best to destroy them. Every dwarf has work, all work is critical, and it is only by working together that each mountain–and the greater ranges they support–can continue to exist.

Those who violate this understanding are removed from the equation: they are exiled aboveground, to earn their survival alone. The more heinous the crime, the longer the sentence. Even worse, exiles are only readmitted while the bells of a yearly celebration, the Deepsound, are still ringing. Miss your bells, and your sentence repeats. It's a punishment so severe that its chief purpose is prevention, for no dwarf can survive it very long.

No dwarf, that is, except Bardan. Cast out of the borough of Whitemount for a crime since forgotten, Bardan faced a sentence so lengthy that most declared him dead before the door had closed behind him.

But they were wrong.

For like dwarfdom itself, the old General was built to adapt – and for over forty years, Bardan has carved himself a life above the ground. But his body is failing. His mind is going gray. The ghosts of old evils are finally closing in.

Bardan's time is up . . . and his bells are running out.

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This book is a collection of two conjoined novellas.

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About the Author

Brandon Carbaugh is an author, editor, and freelance copywriter in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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