The Dusty Man is K.J. Russell's debut novel, a story that strikes with images both exquisitely haunting and violent. It Introduces readers to the Ruin of the Fifth World, a grim alternate future in which the survivors of mankind are the strong, the ruthless and the ingenious. God is dead and the world is crumbling. Demonic commanders organize hideous armies against mankind and one another. The heroes that rise among humanity are just as terrifying as the monsters. And where are the Angels to bring goodness back to the world? Looking for a light in this shadowed world seems hopeless, but there are those who dare to challenge the tide of armageddon, and there is no God to help those who get in their way.
And the one weapon that could save them has just been stolen...
In the wastelands of Korea, a stranger covered in dust visits a lonely town of Buddhists and Christians living in an odd state of peace, and there he catches the eye of Seo Ha-Neul. The stranger brings lies, warnings, and violence. Rather than stop him, Seo tries to understand his motivations, even as supernatural forces threaten to devastate everything he knows.
"K.J. Russell's work is often dark, sometimes brooding, always lush with mayhem and magic."
- C. Stuart Hardwick, editor of Tides of Impossibility
"An intriguing and unvarnished tale of human tenacity, 'The Dusty Man' is definitely worth the read."
- Corinn Heathers, author of Bound Together'
"K.J. Russell excels in creating the kind of fantastic worlds you just love to lose yourself in. Wonderful stuff."
- D.L. Young, author of Juarez Square and Other Stories
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