Book 2 in the Shadow Warrior saga. When Ran, the Shadow Warrior, is dispatched to investigate rumors of an invasion massing to the north, he signs on as protection for a trade caravan. But once underway, the caravan is attacked by an overwhelming force of slavers who take Ran and several others captive. Dragged into the bowels of the earth as slave labor for a despot-in-exile eager to reclaim his throne, Ran must make a desperate escape with his friends if he has any hope of uncovering the truth about the invasion above ground. But there's more at play than a mere power struggle in the catacombs, and the earth does not give up its secrets easily - even for Ran, the Shadow Warrior.
Jon F. Merz grew up a reader and explorer in Boston, Massachusetts. After college and stint in the Air Force, Merz worked in private security, handling a wide array of assignments including executive protection and corporate investigations. In 1998, he left the corporate world behind and became a full-time writer. His works include the Jake Thunder and Lawson Vampire series, and "Slavers of the Silk Road," latest entry in the Shadow Warrior saga.