When The Stone Shepherds Awaken

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Mark Barkley

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Sabienn Feel is a young man being fast-tracked for promotion in the coming war which will envelope the Planet Whee. To his dismay, he grows wings and becomes an outcast and must fight for his life.


Fantasy, Action, Adventure,,Action,Adventure,Epic

Short Summary

On a distant planet far off into the future, Sabienn Feel is a military cadet being fast-tracked for promotion. When he grows wings and becomes an outcast, he sets to redeem himself by capturing a man who will assassinate The Great Leader.

The journey which Sabienn undertakes with three other winged outcasts to catch an assassin turns out to be a set-up to capture him. They escape prison and travel to a meeting with a trusted Captain only to be betrayed again. He escapes and accepts a challenge of a quest to save the planet.


Hayddland on the Planet Whee

Based on a True Story


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Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions, Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Sabienn Feel

Age: 23

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex, Decisive, Patriotic, Perseverance, Adventurous, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Leader, Manipulative, Obedient,Adventurous,Manipulative,Leader,Patriotic

Additional Character Details

Name: Grand Inquisitor Profound Murrlock Hyde

Age: 63

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Leader, Power-hungry, Unapologetic, Villainous, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Insecure, Decisive, Manipulative, Complex, Confident,Power Hungry,Unapologetic,Villainous,Confident,Complex,Manipulative

Additional Character Details

Name: Braylenn Skenn (Bray)

Age: 23

Gender: Male

Role: logical

Key Traits: Adventurous, Confident, Educated, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Faithful,Confident,Educated,Faithful,Outspoken,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Storkinn Keel (Stork)

Age: 23

Gender: Male

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Sarcastic, Adventurous, Blunt, Complex, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Faithful, Funny, Insecure,Adventurous,Complex,Blunt,Insecure,Faithful,Funny

Development Pitch

This would make a great film as it is about the underdog. Four men are rendered freaks when they grew wings in keeping with a native legend, only to find it a calling to save the planet Whee on which they reside. The images have a cinematic style and the expression of their emotions is done with funny, pointed and often moving dialogue. It is largely through their speech that their feelings are laid bare. The scenes span wide time periods through the device of Sabienn's ability to be able to 'read' an object in his hand. The story is always moving forward but the flashes to the past fill the pages with back-story. Sabienn Feel is a leader but troubled with his own inadequacies. He is loyal to his three brothers and seeks to kill his Father who killed two hundred women, four of whom were the four men's mothers. The map of Whee where all the action takes place is enclosed with this submission. This series of books is mainly aimed at despondent and restless young teenage men. Kind Regards. Mark Barkley

About The Author

For the past thirty years, it has been Mark Barkley’s great pleasure to have created work that has been appreciated by various audiences throughout Brisbane, within Australia and online. Primarily his focus had been on being a playwright within the 90’s. But recently his sole focus has turned to creating the book series The Sabienn Feel Adventures. He has had several plays which have enjoyed a successful theatrical staging or reading within Australia. (“The Captains and The Kings”-1995, “Goodbye Melaleuca”-1996, “Sylvia Terry”-1998 and “A Kind of Belgium”-2000) Two of the plays featured here have been short listed in the George Landen Dann award, Queensland’s premium award for excellence in playwriting. (“The Captains and The Kings”-1992 and “Goodbye Melaleuca”-1995). He also created the short film “Spades” as writer/director and this was short listed in the top ten films of the third annual What’s On Short Cut Film Fest and screened in 2001 at the Brisbane Powerhouse. In 2007, he rewrote and updated his book “The Big Sugar Election” which was originally completed in 1990. Currently he is offering books in his fantasy adventure novel series The Sabienn Feel Adventures. “When The Stone Shepherds Awaken” completed in 2015 is the first book in this series, which is now free and on offer with its companion piece, “Stories From The Distant Planet”, which is also free. Keep an eye out for more to come.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34

Target Gender: Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon

Year Published: 2015

Hard Copy Available



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