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Darin's contemporary fantasy trilogy, The Pawn Stratagem, is the tale of Steven Bauer, an ordinary man who finds himself at the heart of a magical chess game that has gone on for centuries where he and others like him are the Pieces and at stake is the fate of the World.


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October 7,2016

STEVEN BAUER THOUGHT CHESS WAS JUST A GAME… Until the sultry brunette in the little black dress did her best to incinerate him. Yesterday was just another day at the office for Steven. Today, he is the White Pawn, a combatant in a nightmarish game of chess where people are the pieces and the world is at stake. To survive the deadly Black Queen, Steven must rush to gather the rest of his Pieces: The Knight, a grieving teenage boy caught up in a web of gang violence. The Queen, a young woman at death’s door, her body ravaged by leukemia. The Bishop, a disgraced priest haunted by visions of the Game. The Rook, a suicidal drunk reeling atop a storm-ridden skyscraper. But Steven isn’t the only one looking for the remainder of the White, as the Black Queen already has her Pieces assembled, and they are on the hunt…


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December 12, 2019

SURVIVING THE GAMBIT PROVED ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE… Now the Black King has dispersed Steven Bauer and his friends through time. The gathered White have spent weeks delivering innocents across North America from the destructive forces of the latest universal correction, all the while waiting for the inevitable moment when the Game summons them all to a checkered battlefield to fight for their lives. Powerless and scattered across the centuries with no way to return to their own time, they wrestle with their fates: Steven and Niklaus, banished to the Florida coast of 1945 as a deadly hurricane threatens to tear the state apart. Archie and Emilio, struggling to survive the bitter winter and flying bullets of 1890 Wyoming. Audrey and Lena, entangled in the mob violence of 1930s Chicago as a specter from the past makes an ominous return. In every time and at every turn, a familiar face, some friendly, others not. And where is Grey, the immortal wizard who wears the White crown?


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May 4, 2022

THE ENDGAME HAS BEGUN… Returned from their banishment across the centuries, Steven Bauer and the forces of the White must now rescue their abducted loved ones from the forces of darkness. Across North America, the Black have come out of hiding, occupying one national landmark after another with hostages certain to attract their enemies’ attention. Backed into a corner, Steven and his friends have no other choice but to fight for their lives and the lives of everyone they love. Atop Hoover Dam, Niklaus and Steven face off against Magdalene, the merciless Black Queen. At the apex of St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, Audrey and a trio of Pawns confront the cruel arrows of Wahnahtah, the Black Pawn. On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Emilio, Lena, Archie and the remainder of Steven’s phalanx encounter a new yet strikingly familiar Black Knight. Lives hang in the balance as Steven and the others struggle with a strategy meant to divide and conquer. And even if they succeed in saving their friends and families from the Black King and his ruthless minions, a checkered battlefield still awaits them all…

Signed/Autographed Books

To order Signed/Autographed Books: Click the link above for
 my local independent bookstore, Park Road Books.
Once you've added the book(s) to your cart, go to check out and
let them know in the comment field if you'd like your book signed; also, if you'd like inscription personalized and to whom.
I always endeavor to spell everyone's name right when I sign books, so make sure and let me know precisely how you'd like your name to appear in the book. Thanks!

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