Destiny's Crucible

5 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 11,360 ratings

Cast Under an Alien Sun Publisher's Summary

What if you were thrown into a foreign society, never to see home again? What would you do, and could you survive?

Joe Colsco boarded a flight from San Francisco to Chicago to attend a national chemistry meeting. He would never set foot on Earth again.

On planet Anyar, Joe is found unconscious on a beach of a large island inhabited by humans where the level of technology is similar to Earth circa 1700. He awakes amid strangers speaking an unintelligible language and struggles to accept losing his previous life and finding a place in a society with different customs, needing a way to support himself and not knowing a single soul. His worry about finding a place is assuaged when he finds ways to apply his knowledge of chemistry - as long as he is circumspect in introducing new knowledge not too far in advance of the planet's technology and being labelled a demon.

As he adjusts, Joe finds that he has be dropped into a developing clash between the people who cared for him, and for whom he develops an affinity, and a military power from elsewhere on the planet - a power with designs on conquest. Unaware, Joseph Colsco has been poured into a crucible where time and trials will transform him in ways he could never have imagined.

Cast Under an Alien Sun is a story that's science fiction in premise, adventure in execution - a cross-genre adventure with elements of science fiction, history, hard science, epic fantasy, time travel, romance, alien contact, and space colonization.

©2016 Olan Thorensen (P)2017 Podium Publishing
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  • Book 1

    • Cast Under an Alien Sun

    • Destiny's Crucible, Book 1
    • By: Olan Thorensen
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,055
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,883
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,885

    Joe Colsco boarded a flight from San Francisco to Chicago to attend a national chemistry meeting. He would never set foot on Earth again. On planet Anyar, Joe is found unconscious on a beach of a large island inhabited by humans where the level of technology is similar to Earth circa 1700. He awakes amid strangers speaking an unintelligible language and struggles to accept losing his previous life and finding a place in a society with different customs, needing a way to support himself and not knowing a single soul.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Slowly we turn, step by step, inch by inch...

    • By Ron on 09-18-17

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 2

    • The Pen and the Sword

    • Destiny's Crucible, Book 2
    • By: Olan Thorensen
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,263
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,139
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,130

    The Narthani, a militant realm who believe their manifest destiny is to rule the entire planet, Anyar, plan to absorb Caedellium into their empire. Yozef Kolsko (a.k.a. Joe Colsco) works to find ways to increase the chances of resistance to the Narthani's planned conquest. The enemy is coming. The odds seem overwhelming, and it will take all Yozef can do, the courage of his new people, and luck, to survive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping. Refreshing ratio of sci-fi to fantasy!

    • By Jordan on 08-01-17

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 3

    • Heavier Than a Mountain

    • Destiny's Crucible, Book 3
    • By: Olan Thorensen
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 21 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,872
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,658
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,651

    A freak accident casts Joe Colsco naked onto another planet inhabited by humans with technology circa 1700. In time, Joe, now known as Yozef Kolsko, makes the difficult acceptance of a new life. But he has become embroiled in a struggle beyond any dream he could have had. The Narthani are a militant society intent on subjugating the Caedelli, the people he's come to identify with. Unwittingly, the Narthani themselves are creating an opponent unlike any they have ever faced, an enemy beyond their conceptions.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • And Even Heavier to Read

    • By Kurt Schwoppe on 10-15-17

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 4

    • Forged in Fire

    • Destiny's Crucible, Book 4
    • By: Olan Thorensen
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 28 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,536
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,386
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,372

    Joseph Colsco has survived what many would not have - cast naked on an alien planet amidst humans speaking an unknown language and with a different culture and history. Now, known to the people of Caedellium as Yozef Kolsko, he has risen out of despair to prominence and finds himself a central figure in the culmination of a struggle against an imperialist power bent on subjugation. The clans of the Island of Caedellium must gird themselves for what is to come.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent story & narration.

    • By Joe Ibrahim on 02-09-18

    Regular price: $34.99

  • Book 5

    • Tales of Anyar

    • Destiny's Crucible, Book 5
    • By: Olan Thorensen
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 634
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 603
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 596

    The Destiny’s Crucible series chronicles the incredible adventure of Joseph Colsco, a college student of no particular importance who is thrust into an unimaginable fate by an accident that couldn’t happen - but did. Cast naked on the planet Anyar, he forges a new life for himself and rises to prominence and responsibilities he would otherwise never have imagined. However, much is left undone and uncertain. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Managing Expectations

    • By Bryan on 08-21-18

    Regular price: $29.99