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Crystals of Empire

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Crystals of Empire is an epic fantasy.

The Witch’s Journal – book five in the Crystals of Empire series is now available on Amazon.




The Crystals of Empire is a fantasy series centered in the world of Starn which has a technology base that lies somewhere between our Roman Empire and Renaissance periods but without the introduction of gunpowder. A science involving crystals created by Tyrus Hammersvold offers the only ‘magical’ component and he jealously guards its use and creation.

The Crystals:

Imagine creating a crystal that could heal any illness after being turned ‘on’ by the use of a tuning fork. What would you do with such power? The charged crystal can heal any anomaly on any life form if it is applied before the body heals itself – say an eye injury that heals but leaves a person sightless. But even such blindness could be ‘cured’ by surgically removing the injured part and replacing it with a similar part from a donor.   An arm or leg can also be replaced in such a manner.

Tyrus has three crystals. The red one is a surgical marvel that cuts with amazing precision. Removing a limb with a red crystal is easy, clean, and can be performed with limited bloodletting.

The green crystal restores health and will ‘attach’ body components to functionally fit together. When the green crystal loses its charge it turns brown and will absorb the life form of its next application. ‘Charging’ a green crystal has a price – it sucks in the entire life force from any living subject. The process leaves a dead shriveled hulk in its wake. No one has volunteered to provide what Tyrus calls Eternal Service and his ‘charging’ of crystals is usually kept a dark secret performed upon victims that include animals. Once the crystal turns green, however, it disseminates its ‘power’ in a healing manner that makes the subject whole. For small applications one charged crystal could heal many cuts, cure many sicknesses, append a few limbs, or restore several life threatening injuries.

The green crystals have another attribute that Tyrus uses to create creatures. Every time a green crystal is used upon a living creature it applies some of the ‘qualities’ of the life force used to charge the crystal. Say for example, Tyrus uses a pig to charge a crystal. The recipient is healed and inculcated with some of the pig’s qualities. Tyrus has made many experiments and has even imbued bears with human qualities along with a mix of other creatures. The attributes are then passed to progeny and a divergent species can be created by incorporating characteristics taken from various creatures and applied to create new life forms.  It is a long and tedious process.

But the third crystal is white and white crystals restore youth. Tyrus has lived for hundreds of years. He has the time to experiment, enhance, and codify his desires upon subjects both willing and reluctant.

Tyrus sees himself as above all men and believes his wisdom and enlightenment should rule the world of Starn. But he also sees rulers as temporary fixtures that rise and fall with the vagaries of their constituents. Aristocrats are replaced by invading armies, changing alliances, or even the rising up of disgruntled peasants.  Tyrus wants control and discards the role of aristocrat as a means. He compares a ruling class to swine herders who must listen and respond to the squeals and grunts of subjects and considers it more efficient to control the world by reigning over the ruling class.   He forms a religion, The Temple of Kaal, to provide a controlling influence that has grown over the ages. The Temple provides ‘cures’ for the afflicted and preaches an insidious influence of distrust for anyone worshipping Dun under the auspices that the healing provided by Kaal demonstrate a righteousness unavailable to Dun adherents.

Rulers have primary access to the incredible healing arts of the Temple of Kaal. Of course anyone willing to ‘pay’ also has such access. The payment demanded may not always be requested in coin. The Temple may ‘ask’ for a favor such as a new law, decree, or a favorable ruling. What would one pay to restore a loved one’s sight or limb?

The Temple thrives on conflict. Orphans are gladly incorporated into free schools where the children are indoctrinated in Temple beliefs – indeed the Temple will provide free schooling for any subject. Likely candidates become part of Tyrus’s hierarchy and his base grows over time as only his captains are allowed to apply his provided crystals – and they are shown how they can live forever. Recalcitrant orphans provide Eternal Service.

The only religion that can compete with the Temple of Kaal is the worshippers of Dun who represent a monotheistic and mystical view of an overreaching principle they refer to as Dun. Dun worshippers are not interested in writing laws or indoctrinating people by teaching them what to think but they do teach subjects on learning how to think. Medicine and the healing arts using herbs, science, and the laying of hands are taught in Dun conclaves. They also provide instruction in engineering and physics and in that area they compete with Temple instruction and innovation.

The Clousen and humans comprise the primary races that inhabit Starn. Clousen have six fingers, toes, various shades of reddish hair, very dark eyes and generally resemble humans in all other aspects. They have married humans and produced offspring. Starn is also inhabited the Bragetti, who primarily live in wilderness areas unfrequented by humans and Clousen.

Tyrus created the Bragetti as a backup force that could be used to support the Temple side of a conflict introduced by his manipulations of the ruling class. The Bragetti have their own culture, long deer like ears, and bodies covered in a fine hair that, at a short distance, would resemble a person wearing tights. The Bragetti also commingle with humans but have been ‘taught’ that Clousen eat Bragetti. Temple propaganda has led to conflicts between Clousen and Bragetti that have lasted over a hundred years.

Creating the Bragetti, however, causes the Cosmic Order of the Universe to take notice and provide corrective influences that include the birth of Kazi Boku. His upbringing in a farming community instills honesty, integrity, and perseverance in his character.  The home village of NewPo is attacked by Temple marauders and he escapes to Barta where he learns martial arts, Dun principals, and receives a higher education.

The Crystals of Power treatise follows Kazi’s efforts in trying to renew his life and establish the village of Angus Town. The Dun conclave in Barta is attacked by Temple assassins seeking the recovery of crystals found by Kazi in the wilderness.

           Angus Town describes the Bragetti attack on the new settlement.

After the battle for Angus Town is resolved Kazi is banished into the northern forest on a mission demanded by the Duke. He falls in love with a Bragetti Woman in the northern forest.

           The Witch’s Journal is written by Tyrus’ mother. The contents describe his horrific experiments, the creation of creatures, hatred of Clousen, and development of his crystals.

But wait! There is more in the works.

The future installment will be The Vissing Defense.


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January 31, 2017 at 4:05 am

Explanation of the Butterfly Effect

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The prologue in fourth book of  The Crystals of Empire series, “Bragetti Woman” has an explanation of the butterfly effect.

Every object in space is surrounded by a globe of influence.    This is true for the smallest orbiting speck of dust and the largest sun. Solar Systems, in turn, have their larger globes of influence as do Galaxies.  This invisible globe intersects with the spheres of other entities and the influence of one globe may be shared with another.            Surprisingly, it only requires a small nudge of energy for a travelling object to change its orbit from one body to another as long as the nudge is in a place where the globes intersect with the orbit plane of the traveler,(whose path intersects both globes of influence).   One small push at the proper place can change the object’s orbit and what once orbited planet ‘A’ now orbits planet ‘B’.

            The cosmos could be viewed as clusters of bubbles that are intersected by the paths of the all the orbiting globes of all existing entities.

            It should be no surprise that each living thing is also surrounded by such a globe.  An individual’s sphere is embellished by the influence of families and tribes which, in turn, will eventually supplement the sphere that encompasses entire civilizations.   The influences and relationships of the cosmos is defined by the myriad paths, orbits, and intersections that impact upon the path of the individual and although all these variables are mathematically precise, they are still subject to the constant and recursive changing forces and orbits of other individuals.  Thus, even the flight of a butterfly may impact the orbit of an entity whose change, in turn, affects the spheres of adjacent globes and their adjoining members, eventually resulting in a wave of magnified energy which can rise asymptotically in power and perceived manifestation.

             All these things would be calculated in the distant future but the inhabitants of Starn would only discover the invisible influence of gravity and, not understanding or accepting the infinitely recursive influence of the other invisible forces, they would continue to rely on the interpretations of savants playing with cards and crystal balls.

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December 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm

The Union

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The Union by M. Poyhonen

Available at Amazon.com, ISBN 978-1477550236, $12.00 paperback, $5.99 e-book

Contact M. Poyhonen, 715-854-9863, W6818 Sundance Trail, Crivitz, WI – 54114 mpoyhonen@centurytel.com

A Tale of American Contractor’s Jihad Against Terrorism!

Terrorist bombs destroy a mid-western stadium and leave three contractors without families. The survivors gather to demand justice and finding none they decide to don the mantle of the terrorists and form The Union.  They know their actions will guarantee them an eternity in Hell and they accept their damnation in order to stop those who seek Heaven using murder and destruction.

Their goal is to blame extremists for the horror and destruction they produce, and Dubai is chosen as a decadent example of western culture that could be disdained by Muslim extremists.  If Dubai construction must be refinanced because of terrorist activity, then perhaps the real extremists will be deprived of funds from the angered Arab world.

Crivitz, WI –  May 2013  Author M. Poyhonen spent 30 years as an aerospace systems engineer and architect providing ‘Out of the Box’ solutions to complex and usually ‘classified’ problems.  In The Union, he explores the impact of construction contractors employing terrorism to fight terrorists.

The Union members start in Afghanistan, which is a hell hole for both military and civilian  contractors.  If you are thinking of getting a job in the Middle East, read this book before signing a contract.  A contractor’s life is well documented with real life examples.  The capture and treatment of the plumber, Angel Rodriguez,  demonstrates the dichotomy of cultures.  The insurgents are not stupid and in this case, the Mullah knows more about American history than the American.

Angel’s ingenious escape is pure engineering adventure and Poyhonen’s adept characterization of the CIA operatives are respectful.  The dismal view of how some foreign workers are treated in Dubai is correct and foreboding.

The surprising and unique methods of destruction are deliberately described at a high level to keep this fiction from becoming a cookbook of sorts.

Mark Poyhonen has written three other novels, Kazi Boku, Crystals of Power, and Angus Town.  He lives with his family in the quiet forests of northern Wisconsin.

For additional information please visit  Poyhonen’s blog at https://poyhonen.wordpress.com/.


The Union Synopsis

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Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.

             And the Jews say: Uzair is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!(The Koran, 9.29 – 9.30)


Terrorist bombs destroy a mid-western stadium and among the casualties are the families of three American contractors.  Their loss is horrific, bloody, and permanent.  Each returns home to silent empty rooms where the memories of children playing and the quiet echoes of laughter are gone forever.   They want the government to do something.  They want justice.  They find each other by chance and share the bitter realization that their loss will never be avenged.  Their anguish spurs them to action and they form The Union.

They will wear the mantle of the terrorist but know full well that they will never be rewarded in heaven for their actions, rather they accept being damned to hell.   They choose Dubai as a decadent example of western culture that could be disdained by Muslim extremists.  Their goal is to blame the extremists for the horror and destruction they will produce.  If Dubai must refinance construction because of terrorist activity then perhaps the real terrorists will be deprived of funds.

Unfortunately they must take a job in Afghanistan before being able to contract in Dubai.  Afghanistan is a hell hole for contractors as well as military and their plumber, Angel Rodriguez, is captured by insurgents when the base is almost overrun.  Angel is tortured and kept prisoner while the insurgent Mullah attempts to brainwash him before selling him off for ransom or killing him in a terrorist commercial for television and internet video.   The Mullah is a master of American history and his advances sound plausible, accurate, and disheartening.   The plumber, however, executes an ingenious escape and is saved by CIA operatives before he can be recaptured.  He rejoins The Union in Dubai and they execute their deadly plans.  Buildings fall burning, deadly gas clouds the streets, and the water is poisoned and cut off.  The destruction is massive and the blame is put upon extreme Muslim terrorists whose funds are curtailed while the Arab world seeks revenge for the bombing and burning of their modern city.

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May 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm


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Angus Town

Angus Town

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April 9, 2013 at 2:22 pm

The Union

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Three tradesmen meet after a terrorist bombing results in the loss of their families. They share a common misfortune and an overwhelming desire to do something against those who destroyed their wives and children.  They form The Union.

What could a general contractor, an electrician, and a plumber do to stop terrorism that was beyond the capabilities of their own government?   The Union surmised that Arab states might stop funding terrorists if the same radical Muslims they supported; attacked Dubai for imitating Western culture.  Thus, the contractors decide to bring costly devastation to Dubai in the ‘name’ of radical Islam.

Their idea seemed, to them at least, fairly straightforward; however, they didn’t plan on having to work in Afghanistan for six months before reaching Dubai, and they certainly were not prepared to have their plumber kidnapped by Afghani insurgents whose Mullah was an authority on American history.

Flexible yet stubborn; they remained committed to a job they knew would guarantee them a place in hell.  Ordinary tradesmen, skilled in construction – can be terrifyingly efficient in destruction.

Available now on Amazon.com.  You don’t need a Kindle to view this e-book as Amazon offers a free Kindle APP for the PC.

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December 2, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Crystals of Power

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Kazi Boku’s adventure continues as he returns from his honeymoon thinking his new wife has been lost at sea.

Battered, seriously wounded, and understandably hated by his new father-in-law, he must recover physically and mentally before beginning his life anew.

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December 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm