Serving 20 years and retiring from the US Navy, Spending long periods of time away from home, most of it on submarines, I developed a great appreciation for the written word. Naval service also gave me an appreciation for organization and processes. Following my 1st retirement, I spent the next 20 years in manufacturing as a manager until ultimately retiring. I have always had a busy mind, and to relax, I began creating what was to become the Britannia Empire in my head. I am now retired and living with my loving wife, Dundi, in the Dallas area of Texas. Our 4 children, Danielle, Kyle, Allison and Holly have been the inspiration for me to put my thoughts into words. The Prince Awakens is my first published work. It introduces the character of Hazard King, and the Empire of Britannia to the Science Fiction community. Hazard is also Prince Henry, second in line to his mother's throne, behind his brother the crown prince. Hazard has to face the dilemma of choosing between his personal desires and his oath of defending the Empire, even if that means usurping his brother. Prince Commander is the second novel in the Prince of Britannia saga. Hazard has stabilized the Empire and his mother is once more firmly on the Lion Throne. Through a bit of subterfuge, Hazard is able to return to his military training. While he is away, the rest of Hazard's team continues to root out the Marxist menace that still threatens the Empire. Ultimately these books, and the ones that are still to come, are about personalities. I have tried to create characters people care about, and yes, that does mean that characters you get attached to die. Sorry, it cannot be helped, war sucks. The books include numerous space battles and I tried to make them as realistic as possible. During my research, I discovered that space battles will be similar to battles fought during the age of sail. Two sailing ships sail past each other and blaze away at each other for two or three minutes, then spend the next hour getting turned around and headed back toward each other. Finally, I am new at this, and learning as I go. I do not have a fancy website (yes I am somewhat challenged when it comes to such things), or mailing lists. You can find me on Facebook at Fred Hughes Publishing. Drop me a line there and I will get back to you.Read more Read less
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