"Brass has created a truly intriguing world, where people use paranormal powers in their government careers...It’s well-written with great characters & I’d love to see more stories spring from this unique setting."
5-STAR AMAZON REVIEW, CLOSURE
The Tower of Sephalon
She never paid much heed to the land’s gods…
…until one took notice of her.
On the night of the closed Eye, thirteen-year-old Pae vividly imagines a creature designed to defeat a plague of mice-like scavvers. She calls it a draglin — a smaller version of her island home’s fearsome dragin predator.Her mental musings catch a passing god’s attention. It tricks her into a collaboration to bring her draglin into existence within five turns of Thune’s Eye. If she fails, it threatens to transform her into a draglin. To prove it means business, it transform one of her fingers into a draglin’s claw through fire and excruciating pain.
A suffering but determined Pae now has five chances to lay a clutch of eggs with the hopes one draglin will survive, with purpose and intent. But island superstitions run deep and dangerous, friends fall prey to unexpected violence, and tragedies bring ruin at every turn. And even new allies from the Tower, where Sisters dedicate their lives to the Mothers of the gods that walk the land, appear insufficient to help her overcome the malevolent god’s intent to complete her terrifying, agonizing, and fatal transformation...
THE LAST RAPTORI
The Last Raptori - Book I
As fourteen-year-old Maels Raptori prepares to enter the toughest warden academy in the League of Cells, sudden societal collapse threatens one of the Skein’s three anchor-worlds and the billions of lives beneath it. He’s shaken, but as the lone survivor of a species-ending plague, he confidently draws on his skills to navigate the unexpected turmoil – and fails miserably.
Then a murderous, technologically superior enemy crashes upon Earth. Captured and enslaved, Maels despairs as all he’s known is destroyed and his friends butchered. His total failure burns through him like the enemy leader’s venom, injected with her bite.
Now, crippled by the poison seeping through his veins and beset by a growing temptation to accept his fate, can Maels defeat his tormentors and return to Earth in time to save himself and humanity from complete annihilation?
The Last Raptori - Book II
He suffers fear, rejection, and hostility from humanity.
Now, he carries the fate of Earth on his soul.
His memories twisted and chained, non-human Miles cannot recall who or what he is, or how he ended up wandering across a devastated land. As he struggles to find his place, torments – both human and in his mind – haunt him through the ruined landscape.
When the wagon convoy he’s working for risks travel through a forest infested with deadly creatures, disaster strikes. He escapes certain death when two truths break free: the gauntlets on his arms are deadly, thought-controlled weapons, and he has an innate ability to fly.
Now, Miles is on a treacherous journey of self-rediscovery while caught between warring aliens newly arrived on Earth. His options dwindling by the hour, he grapples with friends who might be foes, foes who might be friends, and a final chance to reclaim himself after a near-century of darkness. But one misstep will doom humanity and spiral him into a lethal madness...
A Last Raptori Novella
He’s haunted by a failed mission. Now, his future at stake, he’s compelled to carry out a greater, more horrific crime...
Since escaping a ruined Earth, Warden Maels Raptori has joined the Guild Guard, where he rescues witchen from the enemy’s witchblood harvests. After the tragic loss of a promising young innocent, he jumps at a chance for redemption. Once committed and cut off from help, though, he’s told the malignant truth behind his presence on the primitive, dangerous low-world– a truth hidden from his superiors.
The land’s fragile peace depends on his success. Tens of thousands may perish otherwise. But for Maels, destined to die on the low-world if he fails, the cost would be too much to bear. As the death toll rises, and the land itself seeks his demise, the Skein’s last Raptori faces his greatest challenge, with the fate of a world and the conviction of his soul hanging in the balance...
The Last Raptori - Book III
He’s ready for a life of peace. But a new, tremendously powerful enemy threatens everything, including the strands of the Skein itself...
After decades of fighting, Warden Maels Raptori, the last of his kind, is prepared to leave a lifetime of violence and enjoy the tranquility he’s helped bring about. His final mission for the Guild Guard takes an unexpected turn, however, and he finds himself on the trail of a mysterious new enemy more threatening than any before.
As the destruction escalates, and the body count rises into the tens of millions, he, his lifemate, and a dangerous new ally with her own secrets and threats, find themselves constantly a step behind their elusive antagonist–until the hunters becomes the hunted.
Captured, tortured, and crippled, he draws on his lifetime of skills and experience to escape his tormentors and bring word the most destructive spell ever cast–the one that destroyed his own race–has been reconstituted. Now, to save those he loves, Maels will make the ultimate sacrifice, but even death will provide no escape...
THE UNITY SPHERE
A Novel of the Unity Sphere
The Unity Sphere, an alliance of worlds making a stand against the crime syndicates blighting the starlanes, celebrated when master chaotist Hetz and his organization, the Black Diamond, perished in a Unity Fleet assault.
Despite the overwhelming evidence, Tac-team Captain Axel Fargo—his wife and friends victims of Hetz’s predations—never really believed his enemy had died.
Now, intelligence gathered after a raid on an illicit outpost suggests the master chaotist is in fact alive and intent on resurrecting his signature crime: the terrorcruise. Hetz’s earlier exploits nearly fragmented the Unity Sphere. Axel fears a new success would shatter the nascent alliance, plunging its many worlds back into darkness and chaos.
In direct violation of orders and placing his future within the Unity Fleet at risk, Axel makes a final desperate attempt to end the life of the man who has caused him and countless others so much pain.
But alone, without reinforcements, and facing overwhelming odds, Axel realizes too late his best may not be good enough. And this time, far more than his own life may be lost...
A Novella of the Unity Sphere
Due to a medical disability, young Brayn’s life is in tatters. An addiction leaves him prone to seizures, his pilot’s license is suspended, attempts to find new employment end in ruin, and the long future ahead looms bleak and unpromising.
Hoping for a few credits to help him through his dark time, he accompanies his mentor on an illicit operation to salvage valuable components from a demolished outpost under quarantine by the Unity Fleet. The deadline is tight. Danger and death lurk in the shadows. Fleet patrols stand ready to pulverize intruders, no questions asked.
Then a tragedy leaves Brayn facing his bleak future by himself again, and he loses any hope he might have had. But an unexpected discovery in the ruins turns everything around. The young kavax again has purpose, but can he survive long enough to see it through?
A Story of the Unity Sphere
After experiencing true failure for the first time in his young life, Highensign Westyr Shelhou embarks on his inaugural assignment for the Unity Fleet.
In an unexpected turn, he finds himself dirtside with troops prepared to engage an adversary resolved to a fight to the death. Now, as an overwhelming number of enemy troops close in and his pelt’s options dwindle, Westyr’s first mission in service to the Unity Sphere may be his last.
A Fantasy Novella
Whicker Campbell has a problem…
Since the death of his sister, his mother has been lost in her grief. As an enchanti, she cannot just let herself go, though she very much wants to. Unknowingly, she’s feeding off her son’s life force, depleting him. A necroti for the state, Whicker needs every ounce of energy he can get just to make it through his day. After a year, the effects of his mother’s feeding are finally hitting home.
Whicker knows he has only a week or two left. With the one-year anniversary of his sister’s death fast approaching, he comes up with a desperate plan to save himself and his mother. It involves a dead nine-year-old girl, a Hatcher Key, and the help of his mentor, an older necroti. But from the start, Whicker’s plan begins to unravel...
To the shock of Investigator Suzin Rollings, of the state’s Department of Overnormal Affairs, the well of her telepati ability has run dry. Facing manadatory retirement one week short of forty years, Suzin finds herself lost and adrift, facing a bleak, uncertain future.
Then a strange case falls into her lap: video evidence suggests two intruders have stolen the body of a recently-deceased nine-year-old girl from a funeral home, the morning of her funeral. But the sad ceremony went off without a hitch. leaving her and the funeral home director wondering if there’s even been a crime. Determined to go out with a unquestioned success, Suzin begins her investigation. And soon finds herself on the trail of two necroti who have violated every oath they’ve sworn to uphold...
A Science-Fiction Novel
Revived after decades of hibernation, she wakes in a time no longer her own. Injured, captive, her only allies are enemies from the past.
Her Creator’s rebellion against the Brethren’s oppressive rule a distant memory, young Crystal Maiden stands alone as the last of her kind. Compelled to continue the fight, she must first learn how to co-exist with those who, for her, were enemies mere days ago. Then somehow overpower their captors. Afterward, she and Scrounger, who rescued her from hibernation, might repair their crippled nodeship and escape.
But their captors turn out to be former allies of the rebellion. Their plight is dire, as they, too, face annihilation at the whims of the Brethren.
Now, Crystal stands at a crossroads. Ally herself with these new, potentially powerful friends and continue her Creator’s rebellion—likely doomed to be a short-lived effort. Or return with Scrounger and trust her rescuer’s influence with the Brethren is strong enough to protect her—and turn her back on the very reason for her existence.
The Brethren, however, have learned of her revival. Their response will force Crystal’s hand... and threaten the millions of human lives trapped in Brethren Space...
Recent high school graduate Trent Waverly is in the crosshairs of a local mobster. Now, Trent's only hope to live past noon rests in the paws of a dog named Chainsaw.
Gina's up against a deadline, and her short story contest submission has to be perfect.
Unfortunately, there's a nit plaguing her work--a two-letter word that's gone missing. She's pretty sure it's loose in her room. All she has to do is find it.
But suddenly there are so many obstacles, and the clock is ticking down...
Charles Brass is the pen name of a middle-ager who believes in the maxim "Write what you want to read!" He enjoys science-fiction above all other genres, and action-adventure tales most within the genre- though space opera and epic tales come a close second. He's not into convoluted explanations of technology or how things work- hey, it's science-fiction! Have fun with it!
IHe currently works in a small city west of Minneapolis, as a CT/MRI technologist for the local hospital. Writing has been his passion for over two decades. Writing well has been his dream.
He is at work on his next project.
Back in the early days (1988-ish) when I knew I one day wanted to be a published author, I decided on the pen name 'Charles Brass'. Brass is part of my actual last name, and in the bookstores at the time, Brass was between Bradley and Brin in the Science Fiction/Fantasy section (two well-known authors).
Fast-forward a decade or so when the internet was really becoming a thing. I tried to secure the name CharlesBrass, but it was taken. Then I tried CBrass. But it too was taken. So... I tried Seabrass (as in C. Brass). And lo! It was mine!
So, since then, the majority of my online presence has been seabrass.something. Now I also use charlesbrassMN (my email address here is email@example.com). And that is how I came to use 'Seabrass' in my little online world.