The Seventh Guard—DESTINY E X P I R E S


A hidden code awakens a mysterious compulsion, leading a young man on a compelling journey of unearthly discovery—the truth lies beyond . . .

Twenty-five-year-old Robert Lowden is awkward, abrasive, sarcastic—borderline dysfunctional. His part-time job at Best Buy doesn’t match his vision of success. He wants to be more than a repair agent—someone stuck fixing other people’s problems.

At home he conducts bizarre experiments, many at the expense of his customers and his few friends. He believes they will eventually lead to something extraordinary, a real discovery that will give his life meaning and purpose—something that will show the world how smart he really is . . . but what he eventually finds could end his life.

Journey now with Robert and his friends on their wild adventure, from discovering the code and revealing its meaning, to deadly encounters with the mysterious man in black. It’s an exciting and fast-paced read—at times hilarious, suspenseful and thrilling.

This stand-alone adventure sets the stage for The Seventh Guard series—coming soon Inflection Points. You can order your copy of Destiny Expires—on sale in December for $2.99 (normally $9.99). Also, be sure to receive the latest news and updates about Inflection Points by joining The Seventh Guard email list.

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Praise for The Seventh Guard—DESTINY E X P I R E S

"Intrigue, a quest for truth, and hidden mysteries fill the book to the brim, and leave you wondering what the ultimate conclusion will be ... a narrative written with such style that you keep turning the pages ... an intriguing science fiction story ... You can't help but be drawn into Robert's plight ..." ★★★★★—K.J. Simmill, award-winning British author of The Forgotten Legacies Series

"This is a compelling tale with one of the best characters I have read in science fiction ... The writing is beautiful, the humor filling the pages, and the suspense skillfully designed to keep the reader’s attention from one engaging page to the next ... utterly entertaining, one of the few books with an irresistible narrative voice ..." ★★★★★—Romuald Dzemo, author of You Can’t Be a Failure

"... adventure around every corner ... Francis Halpin adds a unique twist to this alien thriller, giving it an unusual ending that left me amazed ... very creative and well thought out, and I will remember this novel every time I see flickering fluorescent lights. I thoroughly enjoyed reading [it] and loved the main character ... a great delight ..." ★★★★★—Peggy Jo Wipf, Readers’ Favorite Reviewer

"[Robert] leapt from the page like a real person. His journey through the novel was also very intriguing ... fans of science fiction are certain to delve into Francis Halpin’s conceptual and puzzling novel with delight ... The writing style was flawless ... recommended for serious sci-fi fans who enjoy acerbic heroes and complex, brain-teasing plots." ★★★★★—K.C. Finn, multi-award-winning author of over twenty novels including The Book of Shade, The Mind's Eye, Legion Lost and Sinister Sentiments—a worldwide best-seller

"[Robert] runs complex behavioral experiments on unsuspecting clients and even his few friends ... But his experiments take a sinister turn ... [he] finds powerful alien forces ranged against him and has to struggle to survive ... his very life at risk ... science fiction of the terrestrial, Twilight Zone kind ... A worthy addition to the sci-fi genre and I am sure we will hear more of Mr. Francis Halpin." ★★★★—Charles Remington, author of Annals of the Five Moon Fleet: The Largoan War


Francis Halpin Francis is a native Oregonian. He currently lives in the Northwest Hills of Portland with his wife and three children. The family often spends time on the Oregon Coast in the small town of Manzanita, where they can sometimes be found browsing the book shelves of the local Cloud & Leaf Bookstore or hiking the trail to Neahkahnie Mountain.

He has been a fan of science fiction from a young age and enjoys reading fast-pace suspense thrillers of different genres . . .

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The Seventh Guard

Journey with Robert Lowden from his early days working as a repair agent at Best Buy to the final revelations of his unearthly destiny in the expanse. The complete adventure is revealed in The Seventh Guard series—Destiny Expires and Inflection Points. Start your journey with Robert today—order Destiny Expires.



After discovering a mysterious, hidden message, Robert feels compelled to follow it . . . wherever it may lead.



Robert races to save the world and himself from annihilation amid desperate attacks by the man in black.