Books by Lillian Longendorfer
Lillian is the proud author of two novels!
Dr. Stan Mercer, a geologist, thought he had escaped from his past and found a perfect place on Bale-the coldest and most distant from the sun and one of the four planets of the Quad Consortium of Planets. Bale's harsh environment, the rugged outdoor life, and the sparse primitive native population were what he loved most. But, when Nathan Taylor was elected president of the Grand Council, the governing body of the Quad Consortium, things changed. Nathan Taylor believed that the minerals found on Bale suggested that a powerful energy source existed there-for him that meant money and power. Fleeing from murder attempts, Stan found his love interest in the presence of Dr. Elsa Longley, who was sent to Bale as Professor Anthony Eldon's assistant. Stan knew the real Nathan Taylor. He knew Nathan to be a dangerous man who wanted to be the sole "Supreme Ruler" of the Quad Consortium. Stan determined that he had to arouse the population and stop Nathan from creating a welfare state dependent on the government, dependent on him. Stopping Nathan means facing his past.
Drs. Stan and Elsa Mercer learn that the peaceful coexistence of the human and the primitive populations of the Quad Consortium is threatened when Tokal announces his intention to retire as president of the Grand Council. Despite Stan's innate impulse to avoid becoming involved in any sort of political conflict, they felt obliged to return to Bale, the coldest planet in the Consortium, when their friend Tokal asked for their help in keeping the Sword of Bale from getting into the hands of those who would use its power to gain control of the Consortium.
As they attempt to save the Sword of Bale, they realize that they must deal not only with an ambitious and callous government official but also with his prior nemesis, Nathan Taylor, the former president of the Grand Council who has escaped from life imprisonment on the distant red-dwarf-star planet, Planet 1251. Nathan, who had previously experienced the power of the Sword of Bale, is determined to possess it, no matter the cost. At the same time, Stan and Elsa must protect Tokal and his daughter, Roval, from Tokal's own son, Naril, who believes he is the rightful heir of the Sword of Bale and its power, and who is willing to kill to attain it.