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Out of Crystal Ice: Book I of "Ice King: The Last Messiah" by P.J. Wetzel

All Things That Matter Press
$16.99, paperback / TBD e-book
ISBN: 978-0996041386
July, 2014
Fiction: Fantasy/Epic/Sci-Fi
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Award-winning Epic Fantasy/Sci-Fi debut novel, first of six in a series. Set more than half a million years in the future at the onset of a new ice age. Humans vie with five other post-human species for planetary domination. But the humans are losing ground.

The year is 635,039 A.D.

The primitive Homo sapiens "bowlheads" are just a bad memory. Their remnants have split into six species, only one of which chooses to call themselves human. Like the wolf and the eagle, these new humans have learned to live sustainably with the planet. But trouble is brewing. The rival species are advancing, hell-bent on eradicating the last of the humans. Adam Windreath Gale is a Scavenger from a village lost in the glaciers of a new ice age. He has the gift of speaking with the Gods, but he despises it. Only his handicapped sister Lissa can control the voices that threaten to drive him insane. The Gods command Adam to arise. Their charge: become man’s final messiah, prevent certain extinction, and usher in the eternal order. But how? Why should he listen? Adam has no desire, no leadership ability, no training ...

P.J. Wetzel was born in central Wisconsin on a windy Friday but grew up in the east, on White Clay Creek near the infamous Delaware Wedge. This is where his love of nature blossomed—special emphasis on the wild caprices of the weather. He chose Penn State for an undergraduate schooling in meteorology, then Colorado State for graduate studies. The Colorado Rockies became his home.

He purchased mountaintop land with a 100-mile view and built a home on it with his bare hands while living in a $75 tar-paper shack. But the call of the east never faded.

On graduating he moved to Maryland where he spent twenty-five years working for NASA developing computer models that would help decipher the complex interplay of the earth with its weather and climate. There he built a second home with his bare hands and raised a family.

P.J. Wetzel has been writing fiction and poetry since he was a child. His poetry and first novel have both won awards. Today he calls coastal North Carolina home and he divides his time between the serious pursuit of hiking (he hiked the entire Appalachian Trail twice in 2012) and the equally serious pursuit of writing a six-volume epic Fantasy/Sci-Fi tale entitled Ice King: The Last Messiah. You can catch him blogging about hiking, writing and nature at

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