The Dark Profit Saga

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Orconomics: A Satire Publisher's Summary

Professional heroes kill and loot deadly monsters every day, but Gorm Ingerson's latest quest will be anything but business as usual.

The adventuring industry drives the economy of Arth, a world much like our own but with more magic and fewer vowels. Monsters' hoards are claimed, bought by corporate interests, and sold off to plunder funds long before the Heroes' Guild actually kills the beasts. Of course, that's a terrible arrangement for the Shadowkin; orcs, goblins, kobolds, and their ilk must apply for to become Noncombatant Paper Carriers (or NPCs) to avoid being killed and looted by heroes.

When Gorm Ingerson, a Dwarven ex-hero with a checkered past, stands up for an undocumented goblin, he inadvertently singles himself out for recruitment by a prophet of the mad goddess to undertake a suicidal quest. But there's more to Gorm's new job than an insane prophecy: powerful corporations and governments have shown an unusual interest in the quest. If his party of eccentric misfits can stop fighting each other long enough to recover the Elven Marbles, Gorm might be able to turn a bad deal into a golden opportunity.

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  • Book 1

    • Orconomics: A Satire

    • The Dark Profit Saga, Book 1
    • By: J. Zachary Pike
    • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,048
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932

    Professional heroes kill and loot deadly monsters every day, but Gorm Ingerson's latest quest will be anything but business as usual. The adventuring industry drives the economy of Arth, a world much like our own but with more magic and fewer vowels. Monsters' hoards are claimed, bought by corporate interests, and sold off to plunder funds long before the Heroes' Guild actually kills the beasts. Of course, that's a terrible arrangement for the Shadowkin; orcs, goblins, kobolds, and their ilk must apply for to become Noncombatant Paper Carriers to avoid being killed and looted by heroes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Holy shit

    • By EyeDeKay on 02-21-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • Son of a Liche

    • The Dark Profit Saga, Book 2
    • By: J. Zachary Pike
    • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
    • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,005
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 962
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 959

    Still bruised and heartbroken from their last calamitous quest, Gorm Ingerson and his band of washed-up heroes try to make amends for the orcs they accidentally betrayed. But justice is put on hold when an old foe marches to the city gates. Gorm is horrified to discover a liche pitching the frightened city-dwellers on the merits of the undead lifestyle...at the head of a corpse army. To save the city from high-pressure sales tactics and an inevitable siege, the dwarf warrior and his misfit band hatch a harebrained scheme that lands them at the top of the king’s kill list.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent book

    • By Kristi Brownfield on 05-14-18

    Regular price: $29.95