The Rafael Ward Series
Michael Pogach's Rafael Ward series is like "a darker, more developed Indiana Jones"
The Spider in the Laurel is "a fascinating dystopian tale from one of speculative fiction's rising stars"
--C.T. Phipps, author of Lucifer’s Star
The Spider in the Laurel
A Kindle Book Award SciFi Finalist
In the Citizens' Republic of America, religion is outlawed. Historian Rafael Ward is a good
citizen, teaching students the government approved narrative of the nation's history. But when he is tasked by Relic Enforcement Command with destroying the artifacts he cherishes, he begins to question the regime's motives and soon finds himself caught up in a secret revolution. It will take the uncompromising faith of an outlaw Believer as an ally, and the acceptance of his guilt for his mother's death, to help Ward break free of the government's yoke. If he's lucky, he might also prevent an apocalyptic future for which his secular world is completely unprepared.
The Long Oblivion
It's two years since Rafael Ward walked into the Tower with a backpack full of explosives. Two years since he destroyed REC headquarters and became the most hated man in the Republic. He's a fugitive, haunted by the lives he's taken, trying to find anonymity in the remote towns of the Western Districts. He’s content to drink himself into oblivion.
Everything changes when a teenage girl named Sam recognizes him outside a liquor store. Now everyone is after Sam. The police want to arrest her. The REC want to black bag her. Even MacKenzie and her new allies will do anything to find out what she knows. Unwilling to have any more innocent blood on his hands, Ward tries to help Sam escape the country. To get her to safety, however, he may have to sacrifice MacKenzie’s rebellion. He may even have to sacrifice his soul.