Tales from the Sophyan Empire

In a war between democracy and civil rights, which side to you choose?

After generations of conflict and economic turmoil, the Sophyan Empire stands as a beacon of peace and prosperity.  It is a society based upon the assurance of civil rights, not just for humans, but for all sentient beings.  Yet there is a catch: it’s an interstellar union in which power and the right to rule is held in the hands of a few.  Those who oppose this hegemony also oppose treating sentient aliens with equal rights, and fight for democracy by targeting innocent civilians.  It is up to the crew of the HMS Hunter to balance their duties and beliefs as they fight to protect their society.

Part military sci-fi, part space opera, and part espionage thriller, Strings on a Shadow Puppet is filled with compelling characters, dark conspiracies, and enough fast paced combat to keep any action junkie on the edge of their seat, Strings on a Shadow Puppet will keep you turning the pages until the last plot twist is revealed.

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In a war between democracy and civil rights, which do you choose?

“The ability to control one’s own future is not a privilege, it’s a right!” The image of the figure who spoke was carried across all the comms channels by a hacker signal. It was an extreme ectomorph, tall and ultra thin, with slanted eyes, swirling dotted tattoos, an extended cranium and high curling hair.…

“The ability to select one’s own government,” it continued, “is not a privilege, it’s a right. Democracy is the only form of government that ensures these privileges remain rights — inalienable human rights. Rights that cannot be controlled by the privileged few, nor shared with bug-eyes, slimies or others whose alien ways corrupt human society! I am the Dalang, Speaker of the Wayang Liberation Front, and this is not the last you will hear from me! Long live the Federalist Revolution!”

Audio Teaser – Opening Scene:

Opening of Strings on a Shadow Puppet

Free Sample Chapters –


First several chapters for Kindle Format

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To see the first review, go to Smart Girls Love Science Fiction, or see what readers say on Amazon and Goodreads.

Set in a post-human diaspora universe, with multiple intelligent alien species and faster-than-light travel. The book focuses on the adventures of a small, elite Naval Intelligence crew with a newly appointed CO of uncertain background. They serve the strongest state in their part of the galaxy, a state which thirty years before underwent a centralization of their government. Once a confederation, the Sophyans are now ruled by a single strong executive leader (the Emperor) and a Senatorial body made up of and officially recognized Hierarchy. Yet, it is also defined as a government whose primary purpose is defending the rights of its citizens regardless of age, gender, religion, philosophy, or species.

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Sophyan Empire


Yet not everyone agrees that such protection is best put in the hands of a few, and not everyone agrees that all species should be seen as equal. Some will stop at nothing to fight agains such tyranny…

Strings on a Shadow Puppet is on sale now in paperback and for kindles at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and most book sellers near you.

10 Responses to Tales from the Sophyan Empire

  1. ccglazier says:

    So… where can I find out more about your books? Links for previews, reviews?

    – patrick todoroff

    • Thomas Evans says:

      Funny enough I’m just in the process of revamping my website (sophyanempire.com) to prove such links. As it stands there are one or two samples in old posts here and I intend to post some more in the next week!


      • Dr Azmeh Dawood says:

        Hi Tom, this is Azmeh….long time, bro. Sufyaan found this website, and now I’ve found you… Jonny says ‘I wanna see 2 more reps Tom’…. Ok all that aside, give us a shout – we’ll b in Oxford this Aug, would b ace to b in touch, mega-hugs xxxxx

      • Thomas Evans says:

        I am soooo happy to hear from you!!! I have thought a thousand times about you all and keep saying I need to figure re out how to reach you!

        We are no longer in Oxford, or even the UK, but would love to hear more. Please please email me @ thomasevanATsophyanempireDOTcom

      • Thomas Evans says:

        Ps. Horrified that Sufyaan is old enough to have found this site. Speaking of which, how on earth did the connection between my site and me get made? I mean, what was he two when we last met?

        By the way, in case it wasn’t clear, we miss you two a great deal and wish we were all close.

    • T. L. Evans says:

      You can now buy Strings on a Shadow Puppet as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and any bookstore willing to order it. Links are at the top of the page.

      For more information about my books, and free sample previews, including some rather good audiotrailers, go to http://www.sophyanempire.com. It now has previews and links to reviews!

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