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Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire

An ex-Spitfire pilot is dragged into a race against a shadowy government agency to unlock the secrets of the lost empire of Atlantis… 

“Hanks packs his pulpy, energetic debut with gritty violence, snazzy super-science, and high-flying adventure.”
– Publishers Weekly

File Under: Fantasy  [ Top Women | Riff-RAF | Pyramid Scheme | Bash the Fash ]

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In the post-war peace of 1952, ex-Spitfire pilot Captain Samantha Moxley should be done fighting bad guys. Instead, she finds herself dragged into a clash with a mysterious US government agency known as The Nine, when they take an interest in the work of Jess, her archaeologist sister.

Pursued by The Nine, former Nazis, and a host of otherworldly monsters, Sam must fight to protect her sister and uncover two hidden keys which promise to unlock the greatest archaeological find in history: the fabled Hall of Records.

From the skies over New York, to the catacombs of Paris, and finally to the ruins of Ancient Egypt, her quest takes her into the ashes of the past in search of the dying embers of an empire….and a discovery that could transform the world, or bring it to a terrible end.

Release Date



8th September 2020 | 9780857668738 | epub & mobi | £4.99/$6.99/$7.99

US Print

8th September 2020 | 9780857668721 | MM Paperback | $8.99/$10.99

UK Print

8th September 2020 | 9780857668721 | MM Paperback | £8.99

Goodreads URL Read & Review

“Hanks packs his pulpy, energetic debut with gritty violence, snazzy super-science, and high-flying adventure… Twists aplenty, dastardly villains, and bombastic fight scenes combine to make this perfect popcorn entertainment. Fans of old-fashioned pulp adventure are sure to enjoy.”
– Publishers Weekly

“Hanks forces us to suspend reality, embrace the chaotic ride and revel in the fun-factor. Become captivated by car chases, boobytraps, risen corpses, enclosing walls, spiders, and many puzzles too…escapism to its core.”
– Fantasy Faction

“Rolls along at break-neck pace…like a novelisation of a hit movie you never saw…What makes it more than just slavish pastiche, though, is that Hanks has thoroughly brought this type of story into 2020.”
– Starburst Magazine

“In the style of Sky Captain and Indiana Jones, Dan Hanks delivers a rip-roaring pulp adventure full of supernatural artefacts and boobytraps, insurmountable odds, and irredeemable villains. Sam Moxley is a hero full of style and panache we love to root for. What more can anyone ask for?”
– Michael F. Haspil, author of Graveyard Shift

“A serious creative talent and all-round nice guy.”
Andrew Patrick, Former CEO, British Film Commission

“Author Dan Hanks sets his war-weary protagonist on a pulp-paced adventure–cunning traps, ancient maps, and brutal scraps… semi-retired Nazis, aggressive corpses, and family drama. It’s a giddy, white-knuckled ride to the very end.”
R.W.W. Greene, author of The Light Years

“Hanks unleashes a rip-roaring, globe-trotting, slam-bang thrill ride. It’s a mad race against evil government agents seeking buried treasure and forbidden knowledge. So cinematic, you can taste the buttered popcorn. A big, fun, action-packed genre blender of pitfalls, monsters, damned Nazis, and good companions. Captain Moxley is a tough, high-flying heroine who makes bad men break out in a nervous sweat. Fans on the hunt for nonstop pulp adventures: Dig here!”
– S.A. Sidor, author of Fury from the Tomb

“Move over Indiana Jones, Captain Moxley has arrived and she won’t ask you twice! A secret organisation, otherworldly treasures and terrors, and one kick-ass heroine make this an action-packed read!”
– Amanda Bridgeman, author of The Subjugate

“Can a book at once beg for a prequel as much as a sequel? Dan Hanks’ debut does both, pushing the reader to confront the past as it thunders ahead, in a nonstop archaeological adventure that nods to The Last Crusade, Romancing the Stone, Fury Road, and Hellboy, all led by a weary, yet magnetic protagonist who can’t seem to escape from the path she has chosen.”
– Chris Panatier, author of The Phlebotomist

Captain Moxley is pure pulp adventure with a modern sensibility and adrenaline to spare. Samantha Moxley can give Indy a run for his money any day. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!”
– Michael J. Martinez, author of The Daedalus Incident

Dan is a writer, editor, and vastly overqualified archaeologist who has lived everywhere from London to Hertfordshire to Manchester to Sydney, which explains the panic in his eyes anytime someone asks “where are you from?”. Thankfully he is now settled in the rolling green hills of the Peak District with his human family and fluffy sidekicks Indy and Maverick, where he writes books, screenplays and comics.

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