MUST READ: Purchase Prelude to an Empire TODAY

Russell Wright’s life has been a roller coaster ride for as long as he can remember and today he wants to get off—forever.

Prelude to an Empire, an entertaining, comedic, and emotionally gripping tale from debut author, Terry J. Benton, is the first entry in a three-part series that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page until the last.

Follow Russell, and a wonderful cast of unforgettable supporting characters, as he winds his way through life and copes with issues surrounding family, friendships, relationships, bullying, and sexuality versus spirituality in a story to which almost anyone can relate.

Terry sought to create a story surrounding a central character to highlight his plight to overcome societal issues that plague many young people today well into adulthood. The prologue opens with Russell sitting in his car with a handful of pills, prepared to commit suicide, and launches readers into the story with the question: “At 23, how the hell did I get to this point?”

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