Terror Australis: The Off-Worlder Chronicles

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AJ. Adsett

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A year ago, 2013, Sargent Benjamin Ried served with the Australian Army in Afghanistan. Six months later, September 2014, a disillusioned Ried drove through Western Queensland toward another new job. After being caught in an experiment, Ried discovers he is over two hundred kilometers northeast of his last location, near the Kingaroy region in the year 2021. “This is all wrong." “What is?” Abbey asked lamely. “Everything,” Ried replied brusquely. “Wild nomads, modern-day Romans with guns, swords, and motorbikes.” He gestured outside. “Deserted farms left to rot, roads and bridges in ruin...” He turned and slumped against the window frame. “It’s just wrong. The whole bloody lot of it.” Can Ried draw on his past military skills and learn the diplomacy of Gladius and carbine in an alternate Australia, decades after an apocalyptic war. A world now governed by the Roman Galactic Empire and rife with conspiracy, betrayal, and corruption. Will Ried survive to keep, himself and allies, safe from new and different enemies? All with one desire; his extermination.


Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, Suspense / Thriller, Action, Adventure,

Short Summary

The remaining elements of the Roman Galactic Empire try to create a dimensional opening to their ancient home world. The attempt goes awry and ensnares Ex- Sgt. Benjamin Ried leaving him marooned on an alternate Earth decades after an apocalyptic war.


Rural Queensland, Australia on an alternate Earth

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Twist,MC's inner discovery

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity, Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Benjamin James Ried

Age: 28

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex, Insecure, Selfless, Aspiring, Badass, Decisive, Faithful, Heroic, Honorable, Leader, Naive, Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Jackson (Jack) Bennett

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Heroic, Honorable, Leader, Badass, Blunt, Confident, Engaging, Faithful, Masculine, Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Mettius

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Complex, Confident, Honorable, Masculine, Patriotic, Villainous, Aggressive, Badass, Unapologetic, Obedient, Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Dominic (Dom) Harris

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Modest, Skillful, Badass, Confident, Educated, Honorable, Strong Moral Code, Unapologetic, Aspiring, Decisive, Heroic, Leader, Complex, Visionary

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



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