Lord of Columbia Series

The Story of Columbia

Author: Todd Matthews (page 1 of 6)

The “Spoiler” Prequel to Lord of Columbia: Taking Back Saturday

Young Adult Rebellion, Sports, and Romance (With Some Urban Fantasy)

For those feeling nostalgic about the Original Trilogy, there’s a prequel coming along with Raven’s Flock.

There really isn’t much to scream ‘spoiler’ here other than the fact the prequel I have planned for Lord of Columbia that will be available on all free platforms culminating with the release of Raven’s Flock in 2020 will reveal a little background on how things came about at the beginning of Northern Knights.

While we know Cain and his crew have been friends before Northern Knights, this prequel tells of how Cain and all his friends met, and what made them the Santos Knights shotball team as seen in Northern Knights’s subplot, where a few reviews have actually mentioned this as being a larger part of the books than I anticipated!

The book’s name?

Taking Back Saturday. It’s a nod to the day of the week most major sporting events at Summit University up in Richfield, North Columbia take place. The prototype cover features the familiar orange, brown, and white look, with four friends standing in the bleachers of a shotball (football stadium in the picture) stadium and gazing into the distance, one I’ve named Kettlewell Stadium in honor of the stadium of the same name whose track I use for workouts back home.

From initial drafts and the cover, I like to compare the sporty urban fantasy to a 1980s Coming of Age flick, except of course this one here is a read, namely because you’re going to see, if I can give away one spoiler, a university edition of the many great 1980s movies in one, single book.


Think 1985 [(the Original and the Cover) (The Song, Not the year)]

Okay, it’s time to confuse you all, but please bear with me here.

Did you know Bowling for Soup’s version of 1985 is just a cover of the SR-71 original? The lyrics are slightly different. For instance, SR-71 mentions Fast Times at Ridgemont High whereas Bowling for Soup uses St. Elmo’s Fire. Which by the way, St. Elmo’s Fire is one kickass song!

Just had to point that out.

If I just confused the hell out of you, what I’m getting to is to give you a good idea of what this perma-free work is about. For those who’ve read Lord of Columbia, the dark tales of war and new world order conspiracies are pretty much shunted by the wayside in this little prequel. The Southpoint Empire is mentioned as are their atrocities, but they tend to play only a minor role in the book.

I also like to think of this university-version of 80s flicks as who Cain was before his character arc hits him starting in Northern Knights. In Northern Knights’ book description, Cain’s described as ‘an arrogant college athlete,’ and he is, something the reader will see in this work.

Trust me, I will deliver Cain’s arrogance one-hundred-fold in this regard.


What to Expect

The Santos Knights’ athletic logo.

We’ll also see more than just shotball, as Cain is technically a three-sport athlete, competing in dueling (a supernatural ability-possessor’s version of UFC) from December to February, and SpeedCar, (spinoff of NASCAR) from February until the final week of June.

Initially, I wanted to span Northern Knights around the entire school year and place all these sports seasons into it before I realized the book would rival that of a small encyclopedia, so I had to scrap the idea. I literally had the climax of the book written out as occurring in the late spring, early summer as well, but clearly, I had to make adjustments.

So, for readers who like sports, especially fictional sports based on real sports if that makes any sense, it’d be a cool read for them. Again, very little of the actual Series’ plot is mentioned; it’s practically sports driven. However, to get an idea of who Southpoint is, as well as the events that led to the beginning of Northern Knights, this will be a good read so long as you can deal with fictional sports, in a fictional university, in a fictional world.

And yes, I’m aware a lot of 80s movies are loaded with cliques, and one movie that really breaks down such cliques is The Breakfast Club, so if you haven’t seen it, you might want to check it out as it’s arguably the greatest 1980s movie ever. I know, there’s a lot of competition here, but still.

So if you’re asking, yes, there’s a clique involved and just because we’re talking about a bunch of jocks doesn’t mean this clique is some snobbish, preppy clique whose parents are all connected with the school, local business, and local government. Quite the opposite: This is a Libertarian-leaning manifesto, people! Despite Cain’s character shortcomings, he’s not that much of a dickhead, so there’s definitely a heart inside that dark soul of his.


Teenage (College Rebellion)

While rebellion in a political sense kicks off the events in the actual series, teenage, or college-aged rebellion runs wild here in Taking Back Saturday. Of course, with Cain being the lead in the novel, or any novel for that matter, it’s going to feature rebellion, because Cain and his Dom Toretto-like persona just can’t live without it.

There’s trouble on the horizon for Cain and the crew as he gets into spats with rivals over in Leistung Complex, proves to be a head case for professors, and even goes as far as to cause trouble in the dining halls, namely for his own amusement, becoming a target for the notorious Vince Lloyd on multiple occasions due to the duo’s clashes in personality.


What You Will See, or Read

Taking Back Saturday shows the reader how Cain and his crew met and became the Santos Knights.

As implied, it’s going to be sports, sports, and more sports. Lots of sports, covering virtually every single chapter along with trouble, massive trouble. Night walks on campus, dining hall food fights, and picking fistfights and duels are just a few notable events in the work.

Party romance? What the hell would a 1980s-parody shock jock chronicle be without party romance?

Sex? No, and I’ll be upfront with that one; I don’t write erotica and never will.

But on a more serious and invigorating note, it will show how the Santos Knights Shotball Team came about from Day One. While Northern Knights makes its implications, Taking Back Saturday shows it in action from cover to cover.

How did Cain and Lira become good friends? When did Cain and Savannah meet? Was there really a serious tragedy in the family that the Original Trilogy mentions in passing and if so, what was it? A lot of questions I leave for reader speculation in the Trilogy are answered here; again, none directly affect the actual plot; just simply a bonus for the readers.


When’s the Release Date?

Taking Back Saturday will be bundled with Raven’s Flock.

I’m actually hoping to release Taking Back Saturday as a freebie with Raven’s Flock, so if you have a Kindle or any kind of e-reader, the book will be linked in the front and back matter where one can then claim on Prolific Works.

For those who order the paperback version, don’t worry, as I’ll tell you exactly how you can claim your freebie copy and download it as a PDF. For those on my email list, you guys will be the first to know about the release and I’ll have the link ready for you at Prolific Works.

So, I hope you all like this bonus novel and again, it won’t answer many questions that are directly related to the Original Trilogy and definitely has nothing to do with the Sequel Trilogy, but it will be a fun, lighthearted read away from the darkness of the actual works themselves.

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Syrian Intervention Timeline and its Direct Relation to Raven’s Flock, Part II: The Obama Years

Okay, Freedom Flames, it’s time to talk about Part II regarding the Syrian Intervention and how this relates to my upcoming book, Raven’s Flock, set to be released in early 2020.

My previous article can be found here if you missed it, which covers events between 1947-1957, providing a solid background as to how authoritarian regimes swept into Syria, mainly due to interference from the CIA and MI6 over an oil pipeline…go figure…

Today, we’re going to fast forward all the way to the 21st Century, where the US stirred up opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime. It didn’t begin in such a way they teach kids in public schools these days, which might go along the lines of, “Assad has been brutal to his own people for years, which is why the US had to go in there and take him out.”

Isn’t it interesting how public schools and the mainstream media love flip-flopping between the human rights card and weapons of mass destruction (WMDs)?

Let’s stop here for a moment: Suppose Assad was everything the mainstream media says he is, where there’s hardly any evidence that he is; something I’ll cover further down the topic.

It still doesn’t explain why the US sells weapons to Saudi Arabia, mainly to use against Yemen in the present Civil War that has ravaged the country. If the US claims we need to protect democracy and our Constitution, Saudi Arabia surely doesn’t practice either; in fact there’s a brutal regime running the nation where basic freedoms like Freedom of Religion is discouraged, sometimes under the threat of death.

The same goes for nations like Qatar and the UAE, other nations the US supplies weapons to. I don’t know, maybe if a nation openly condemns Iran these days then they somehow champion freedom while Saudi Arabia fires missiles made by Lockheed Martin at Yemeni school buses where the bus in question was hauling Yemeni kids to and from a field trip. The bomb killed forty kids.

Definitely take a look at the linked article if you want to see some photos of what US-intervention, be it proxy or non-proxy, really looks like to the Middle East and per the UN, it is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world at the moment, with two-thirds of the country in need of aid.

Anyway, enough of my opening statement. Let’s explore US intervention in Syria.



We have to go to an article from Wikileaks that was published back in April 2011, written about here at the Christian Science Monitor, which reveals the US State Department secretly financed Syrian opposition for five years, or since 2006, as reported by the Washington Post.

One of the reasons for the State Department’s financing was back between 2006-2011, the Obama administration looked to lure Syria away from one of their key allies: Iran (who would’ve thought?). At the same time, the administration was looking to bring Syria closer to the US and its allies in the Middle East like Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, etc.

Isn’t it rather fascinating to see that despite the differences in American politics today, both sides of the equation seem to be in agreement on perpetual war. Only a few days back, on CNN and Fox News during the morning of July 18th, 2019, both networks, after CNN finished a segment criticizing Trump’s and his supporters’ antics at his North Carolina rally rather Fox defended such antics, both then hosted a segment regarding the shooting down of an Iranian drone by the US in the Strait of Hormuz, justifying the act and accusing Iran for being aggressive in the strike.

Hmmm…wonder what would’ve happened if an Iranian ship hanging out in the Gulf of Mexico with bases in Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela (hypothetical scenario) shot down a US drone in the same area? I’m sure the war propagandists everywhere would be labeling Iran the aggressor in two seconds, even if the situation did take place in international waters.

What I’m saying here is, you had Obama align himself with the same allies, perhaps with a few more restrictions on them than the Trump administration, but nonetheless, still saw enmity between the US and the Syrian regime, which of course is backed by Iran and Russia, among other key players.

Anyway, back to the situation in Syria and the Obama administration; I just had to throw the above scenario out there.

What the administration was trying to accomplish, however, was to make it look as if the pro-democratic anti-government protesters had sparked an uprising without outside interference or alienating the current government, so they had to be rather cautious about this.

Much of this funding, at least $6 billion dollars, had been funneled through a group of Syrian exiles living in London and a front known as the Movement for Social Justice Development. This group was connected to Barada TV, a London-based station broadcast in Syria, which provided extensive coverage to the mass protests.

While the US feared the Syrian government caught on to who was funding opposition groups, Iran had been providing assistance to their ally to crack down on the protests. As you can see, we have two powers playing Proxy, much like what’s being done in Yemen, where the US is funding the Saudis and the Iranians are funding the Houthi faction.



Now, while the crisis in Libya was unfolding, Syria was becoming a battleground of its own, both with Western intervention, might I add.

On March 17th, 2011, the US, Israel, and NATO-led an Al-Qaeda-sponsored insurgency into Daraa, a town that borders Jordan, and not far from them; Israel itself.

As an article from Global Research states, media reports already acknowledged that the protest movement came from Washington, as the linked Washington Post article in the above section points out.

The article further states that the March 17th-18th had “all the appearances of a staged event involving covert support to Islamic terrorists via the Mossad and/or Western Intelligence.”

Going back to Part I, we do know that the CIA has had an interest in propping up a puppet regime in Syria literally upon the Agency’s creation.

It only makes sense that after decades under Assad, who I’m certainly not condoning here by any stretch, that America and the West had finally thought it was time for another upheaval; hopefully to overthrow the government and finally, after decades of failure, to get their long-awaited pipeline that would only enhance their allies while inconveniencing nations like Iran, whose economy relies on oil exports.

I want to briefly shift gears here and talk about a scene in Missing in Columbia, as Syria was also on my mind when writing the final piece to Trilogy I back in late-2017. The scene basically states how the Southpoint Empire gains such influence worldwide.

First off, their Intelligence Agency that closely resembles the US’ CIA and tends to, a) Sponsor protests, as we can see happened in real life over in Daraa, and b) train, arm, and sponsor rebels in order to overthrow regimes to instill their own leader.

If one reads the linked article above from Global Research, they will find that NATO indeed was looking to arm Syrian rebels, which at the time included Al-Nusra, who possesses ties with al-Qaeda and ISIS, which had been active long before any of us heard of them, as early as 1999, in fact.

On August 18th, 2011, I’m sure we all remember the ‘Assad must go’ quote from Obama. During this time the US released new sanctions intended to undermine Assad’s ability to finance his military operations.



On August 1st 2012, Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels, which he proclaimed to be, “Moderate Rebels.” In the linked article, you’ll find that during this time the US and its allies were also collaborating a secret command center that Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar were operating near the Syrian border.

The intention for this base was to help direct military aid to Syrian rebels. Within the same region is a Turkish/US military base known as Incirlik, which also housed US Intelligence operatives.

In 2013, the CIA expanded their clandestine effort to train opposition fighters in Syria amid concerns that US-backed militias were losing ground.

Finally, in April 2014 the CIA quietly ramped up aid to Syrian rebels under another clandestine program it runs in Jordan. Also, at the time, the Pentagon was drawing up plans for a more direct and public American role in Syria.

In October 2015, the CIA provides thousands of fighters trained in Jordan with communication equipment, Intel support, and anti-tank missiles. These fighters re-enter Syria through Jordan.


Relation to Raven’s Flock

More of the modern-day interventions can be further linked to Raven’s Flock, such as rebel fighters being trained by intelligence agencies across the globe in the World of Gaia, but as mentioned previously, correlations can even be seen in Episode III of the First Trilogy, Missing in Columbia, which also holds many elements of US-led intervention in Syria.

But, the biggest parts are yet to come, as I unveil Part III of the US’ involvement in Syria and really undertake research in Syria’s alleged chemical attacks against their own people. Did these happen, or were they just false flags which will make up my conclusion (for now) in the Debunking 100+ Years of War Lies Series.

I honestly didn’t think I’d have to cover three parts of this intervention, but there’s so much that goes into Syria spanning so many decades that it was only necessary for this last episode to be divided into three distinct parts; a beginning, a middle, and an end.

You can review my main source with other links behind Part II’s timeline here, which may answer any additional questions you might have on the subject. I can also, to the best of my own ability, answer lingering questions as well.

So, stay tuned for Part III, and in the meantime, enjoy some of my lighter articles as well, many of which have to do with either the Lord of Columbia or Neo Skyehawk Series, both of which carry a Libertarian message within.

Thanks for reading.

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What Would Shotball Highlights Look Like?

For those who’ve been following this blog since its inception, I decided to incorporate a game called shotball, whose rules I initially wrote up back in 2009 when I was eighteen years old, pretty much in protest of NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell’s increased crackdown on defenses in the NFL.

So, before Lord of Columbia was even thought of, I designed rules to a new game and pretty much forgot about it throughout my college days when I started writing the first drafts of the series way back in 2010 before shelving the project and writing about it only occasionally between late-2012 and July 2015, when I decided to turn the work into a project.

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Syrian Civil War Timeline and its Direct Relation to Raven’s Flock, Part I

Today is kind of like two posts in one, as I deliver a thorough Syrian Civil War Timeline you’ll find in very, very few places on the internet, but I’d like to thank one of my go-to places, LewRockwell.com for helping bring the truth of the matter regarding Syria, as I went through an endless internet odyssey of finding the right timeline regarding Syria.

I also want to give a bit of a spoiler on how this post relates to Raven’s Flock, which I’ll have available across the e-book and print book landscape worldwide. The Syrian Civil War is mentioned in allegory form in Raven’s Flock, as the first drafts of the book were written shortly after the alleged Douma Chemical Attacks in 2018, which of course led to Donald Trump ordering US airstrikes in Damascus.

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Bringing the Characters to Life: Ten Plot-Altering Characters in Northern Knights

Today I’m bringing my characters to life in Northern Knights, giving the reader an idea on what each character might look like if they existed in real-life with some book character pictures that serve as rough concepts (thank you, Unsplash). I’ll give each character a brief description of who they are and their role in the book. Not all of these characters are on the main cast, but each brought at least a little significance to the work in some way.

There are no spoilers here; simply descriptions of who the character is, a little bit of background, their supernatural ability if they have any, and what they bring to the table.

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Where the Upper Ohio Valley Met Fantasy

The Ohio River inspired the Hocking River in Lord of Columbia.

Inspired by the Upper Ohio Valley, the following descriptive article depicts a detailed setting seen in Northern Knights. Enjoy the read!

An unoccupied demilitarized zone lays within a two-mile strip between Libertarian North Columbia and Occupied South Columbia. In the center of the zone flows the Hocking River, a winding arrow of water which begins in a remote wooded area far off in the Native Columbian-laden Western Wild, lows across the bounding landscape, and into the Atlantean Sea.

Just north of the river, sit twin villages of Muralville and Richfield, North Columbia. A fork in the scenic highway leads the navigator to their destination point. If one makes a hard left, they’re on to Muralville, yet if one decides to take a right, their destination is Richfield.

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Claim Fighting the High Seas on Prolific Works

Click the image to claim your free copy of Fighting the High Seas.

Breaking a little from the historical allegory to talk about Fighting the High Seas, which is now available on Prolific Works. The fourth installment of the perma-free Neo Skyehawk Series, Neo and Seneca receive word the Tamurian Empire was involved in naval skirmishes off the coast of Eura and Afrikaana and have dispatched warships toward the mysterious Lands Beyond the Western End of Gaia.

Neo and Seneca realize Tamuria’s skirmishes with Ddraigoch allied ships means it’s likely they’ll use the skirmish to justify a ground invasion on allied soil, placing two Ddraigoch allies, Lowerland and Fleming, at risk of an invasion. The duo concludes that while Tamuria will most certainly blame Lowerland for instigating, thus setting off the naval skirmish, it is reported from Neo’s spy that the skirmish occurred in Afrikaana waters, where the Lowerlandic are known to be active traders with the Afrikaana people.

While Neo heads to Lowerland to speak with King Joost, Seneca bolts for Fleming with the help of a most unlikely ally. However, upon arriving in the Flemish capital of Bruss an attack unfolds from Tamurian mercenaries while reports erupt that Lowerland has fallen to Tamurian hands during Neo’s visit.

It’s a time of uncertainty for our medieval heroes and perhaps one of our main characters’ souls is slated to leave Gaia forever while another must find a way to stop the Tamurians’ advance both at home and on the high seas as they set sail for a new world, a world that will someday be known throughout Gaia as Columbia.

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243 Years Later: 13 American Colonies that Sparked Lord of Columbia

Freedom Flames, I hope you all read and enjoyed my articles regarding American foreign policy over the last 100 years with one more article to go in the series before I branch off to other influences behind Lord of Columbia. However, since it is early July, we in the states are celebrating the courage of 13 American Colonies and their allies for breaking away from the world’s most dangerous empire of the age, the former British Empire.

Ain’t that ironic?

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Over 100 Years of War Lies, Part VI: Dissecting the Libya Intervention

As many following Lord of Columbia now know, Trilogy II in the series focuses on an allegory of the United States and its modern foreign policy throughout the world since 1898. For those who’ve just now stumbled across my blog, welcome to Part VI of a seven-part series that debunks everything that your public schools and mainstream media led you to believe. Today, I’m going to talk about the Libya intervention and the real truth behind the debacle.

As I’ve stated in previous articles, I do not in any way condone the leaders of the Middle Eastern nations that I’m writing about; instead my goal is to provide a counter to the mainstream story, which often shows that us residing in the West are just as much an aggressor as the media and schools claim those we’re fighting against are.

Let’s talk about Libya.

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An Allegory Regarding American Foreign Policy

As many of you following my blog have already seen, Lord of Columbia is an allegory covering the entire history of the United States where Columbia (allegory for America) plays a key role in Trilogy II, which many will be able to relate to American foreign policy from 1898 to present day.

As a brief hint in Lord of Columbia Episode IV, entitled Raven’s Flock, I write about Columbia’s and the Western Powers of Gaia consisting mainly of Southland, Hessia, and Lourdes (England, Germany, and France) intervention in the Middle East. In the work, the nations of Dari (Afghanistan), Mestamia (Iraq), Damasca (Syria), Libia (Libya), Haman (Lebanon), and finally, Persia (Iran).

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