One man struggles to live honorably in a world filled by men without honor. Disgraced Chinese warrior, Liao, is a mercenary for the Kingdom of Kush. In an unprecedented decision, the Chancellor of the Han Dynasty has permitted Liao to fight in a tournament against the best warriors the empire has to offer. His mere presence in the epic event could restore Liao and his clan to their former place of honor. Liao's foes claim he has no place in the prestigious tournament. Some want his defeat in the arena, while others wish him dead by any means necessary. If Liao hopes to triumph, he must evade assassination attempts, best other competitors, and expose the plots of a Roman general bent on disrupting the tournament and plunging the Han Dynasty into civil war. Champion Standing is a fantasy novel blending non-stop action and memorable characters in a tale of betrayal and redemption. Novel - 50,000 words - approximately 170 pages.
Mark Gardner lives in northern Arizona with his wife, two school-aged children and a pair of spoiled dogs. Mark holds a degree in Computer Systems and Applications and is currently attending Northern Arizona University.