One Faith. One Empire. A Thousand Worlds to Convert. In the 51st century, mankind has splintered itself into scores of bio-engineered sub-species and spread across more than a thousand terraformed worlds. The Holy Terran Empire rules over three hundred of these man-made planets. Earth, the One True World, is the Empire's capital. The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Rome governs the Empire, hand-in-hand with the Imperial Family. Not everyone is happy with the arrangement. Zephyrinus Zapatas, a dutiful citizen of the Empire and loyal son of the Church is more than happy with the Co-Dominion of Emperor and Pope. At sixteen, Zeph leaves home, seeking a life of service to the two crowns. He finds his opportunity in an invitation to join the Emperor's Own, the elite Corps of Imperial Marines. The Corps' training is arduous, its moral code exacting, but; Zephyrinus welcomes the trials and strictures. The Corps will demand sacrifices. In return, the Imperial Marines offer its recruits little more than a career fraught with peril to life and limb. Zeph accepts the life, however short it might turn out, because it comes with the chance of achieving his greatest ambition: reaching the rank of Knight Defender of the Faith and Empire. This is the first book of a new exciting space opera, perfect for lovers of star-flung blasters and swords adventure! Faith & Empire is available as a perma-free ebook here at Wattpad and through all major e-book retailers. Enjoy!