A Tangled Road to Justice | Podium Audio

Paladins of Distant Suns

A Tangled Road to Justice

Book 1

By: Olan Thorensen

Performed by: Scott Aiello

Released: April 30, 2024

Language: English

Format: Single Narration

Duration: 10 hr, 42 min

Sometimes, it’s best to read the fine print.
When former soldier Everett Cole signed on to help colony planets prepare for joining the Federation, his employers were disconcertingly vague about their identity and his duties. Yet, the pay was good, and it got him off Earth and on the way to a fresh start. More reservations arose when, 11 light-years from Earth, he met his partner, Edgar Millen, an enigmatic man with a penchant for violent solutions and a fetish for the mythology and language of the American Wild West.
It wasn’t until they reached the colony world of Astrild that the mission became somewhat clearer. They were players in multi-faceted efforts to steer colony worlds in preparation for joining the Federation. Unfortunately, not all obstacles were amenable to diplomatic, political, or economic solutions. Cole and Millen were agents, troubleshooters, hired guns—or whatever you wanted to call them—tasked with removing impediments to civilized law and order, the methodology left open-ended.
Millen and Cole’s first mission to test their partnership? The backwater town of Justice was under the control of a strongman and his henchmen. All they had to do was convince the cowed citizens to rise against their tormentor. Formal authority and backup? None.



Olan Thorensen

Born in Louisiana, raised in Northern California (Hayward, CA and Fortuna, CA). Graduated from Fortuna Union High School. Served in the United States Army Special Forces including in Vietnam as part of the SOG program leading reconnaissance patrols into Laos first from Khe Sanh and then other bases. Awarded BA Degree in Zoology, University of California, Berkeley. Phd degree in Genetics, Purdue University. Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Author and Co-author of 200 scientific publications on molecular biology, genetics, and bioinformatics. Lives in the Blue Ridge country of Virginia with wife Kathleen.



Scott Aiello