"...Step into an ancient world full of epic adventures, tantalizing mysteries, political intrigue, and ruthless ambitions, in these exciting novels."
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The Whispers of Atlantis Anthology
Some secrets are best left buried.
323 B.C., Babylon
King Alexander the Great has died and his blood-thirsty generals quarrel for the pieces of a vast empire. But captain Deon has other worries— a vicious lender will sell his family to slavery if he does not clear his debt. Desperate, he accepts a mission from Alexander’s wily secretary in return for a substantial reward.
But nothing is as it seems in the murky and dangerous waters of succession. Deceived and threatened, Deon faces an agonizing choice: earn his family’s freedom by embarking on a perilous journey that can alter the balance of powers fighting for Alexander’s throne, or refuse and let his loved ones die in Nubia’s brutal gold mines.
Assisted by a companion as skilled in languages as she is with a dagger, and pursued by forces that will stop at nothing, Deon must cross violent lands to find an astonishing mystery hidden for a thousand years. And the more he learns, the more he realizes that his actions will decide the life and death of not only his loved ones but also that of millions of innocents.
❀ This book can be read as a standalone.
A thrilling epic of Egypt and Atlantis, with an end you’ll never see coming!
~1550 B.C., Kingdoms of Egypt and Atalanni.
In the Kingdom of Egypt across the Great Green Sea, a new young Pharaoh is taking the reigns to restore the glory of the empire by expelling the wretched Hyksos, the foreign rulers whose odious presence fouls the North. He sees the Atalanni as allies, and hopes that he can fight the Hyksos with their help.
But the gods of the Atalanni have other plans.
When the earth trembles and lava erupts from temple floors in the Atalanni capital, the powerful Oracle announces that the gods are displeased. The empire must expand its dominion, she says, or the Atalanni will face their wrath.
Sent away to fight the formidable Pharaoh, Atalanni General Teber will soon learn that nothing is as it seems as duty conflicts with morality, treachery hides behind a veil of piety, and hubris confronts cold reality.
And when the fires finally die, a stunning secret will be exposed and one great Kingdom will remain.
❀ This book can be read as a standalone.
4.5/5 on Goodreads and Amazon
A story of the Lost Army of Cambyses.
524 B.C., Thebes, Egypt.
King of Kings, Shahanshah Cambyses, is livid. The insolent and influential priests of Ammon have refused to recognize the Persian emperor as Pharaoh. Now, a detachment of fifty-thousand men is on the march to the distant town to burn the revered temple of the Oracle and enslave its people.
As the vast column marches in the desolate landscape, leaders plot for greater things: glory and governorship, title of Pharaoh, riches, and influence.
But one man seeks something else.
And soon, some are about to learn that the swirling sand of the desert is not the only thing in their path to plunder and glory.
4.7/5 on Goodreads and Amazon
What hides in men’s hearts may be as dark as what lies beneath cursed sands.
320 B.C., EGYPT
Ptolemy, Egypt’s new satrap, is a worried man. A rebel threatens his rule, the Great River has failed to inundate, priests demand ever more coin in return for appeasing the gods, and the many warring generals in Europe and Asia cast their baleful eyes on his land.
When he receives stunning news of an army under the Great Sand Sea and might solve his desperate need for money to build and supply his own, Ptolemy thanks the many gods that have blessed him with the satrapy. But there is one problem—finding it in the vast expanse of a hostile desert requires him to seek someone he once tried to have murdered.
Now Deon, a former captain in Alexander’s army, and Eurydice, a noble’s polyglot daughter, are back on this tantalizing mission. And they are about to uncover something far more sinister than what they have been asked to find, because when kingdoms are at stake, loyalty, friendship, and family might mean nothing.
❀ This book can be read as a standalone.
A vanished wife. A kingdom under threat. Journey with a Sumerian scribe as he navigates a treacherous world of betrayal and conspiracy to uncover the truth and safeguard a realm on the brink.
Ur, Sumer 2005 B.C.
Royal scribe Nemur is returning home after a failed mission to the governor of a neighboring province. He is looking forward to seeing his pregnant wife and resting for a few days before the weakened ruler sends him on a new arduous mission of seeking support for a kingdom under threat from aggressive roaming tribes and an increasingly hostile foreign power.
But the house is empty. His beloved wife is missing.
What begins as a desperate search for answers is about to plunge Nemur into a diabolical conspiracy, and the man who has spent his years with reed pens and clay tablets must now confront terrifying forces to not only secure justice for his wife but also to save his own life and the entire kingdom.
BOOKS I, II, and III (45% DISCOUNT OVER INDIVIDUAL PURCHASES)
~4.5+/5 on Goodreads!
Enjoy the first three full-length exciting novels packed with intrigue, conflict, and adventure. A great way to binge-start the anthology!
Books in this Set
COMING: Q3 2023
Deon and Eurydice return in this thrilling new adventure!
305 B.C. A place where Deon never wanted to go.
Come on a new mission full of danger and intrigue, as Deon and Eurydice once again navigate the unknown, in a place where they never wanted to be.
Expected release: by August 2023.
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Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh
51 B.C., Alexandria, Egypt
Some wells have poisoned waters.
With her father sick and her sister dead by his hands, sixteen-year-old Cleopatra is poised to assume the heavy mantle of power and exercise the divine authority vested in her by the gods of Egypt.
But the gilded arches and marble columns hide a grim reality and the gathering of storm clouds. A surly Rome is banging on her doors for debt repayments, the kingdom is on the verge of a civil war, and the dying king’s powerful advisors seek to discard her like a rag and control the kingdom through her brother.
Now, the young regent must confront her adversaries and walk the tightrope over an abyss of treachery and conflict, because one wrong move means ending three thousand years of Pharaonic rule and turning up as a corpse in the Alexandrian marshes.
47 B.C., Alexandria, Egypt
Rest is not for rulers.
Finally crowned as the undisputed Queen of Egypt with the help of Gaius Julius Caesar, twenty-two-year-old Cleopatra hopes to recover from the harrowing experiences of the last few years and the just concluded bloody Alexandrian war.
But rest is not for rulers.
A diabolical conspiracy, orchestrated by shadowy figures in her government, looks to dethrone her by bringing her presumed dead brother to life. A colorful Idumean Jew named Herod clings on to the land she wants. And a powerful Roman named Marcus Antonius has summoned her to answer charges regarding her allegiance.
Now, the young mother is about to discover that ascending to the throne is only a step into the dark worlds of imperial politics, personal desires, and unrelenting enemies.
4.7/5 on Goodreads and Amazon
31 B.C., Actium, Greece
War is here.
Caesar Octavianus has declared war on Antony and Cleopatra.
The gilded arches and silk cushions of the Alexandrian palaces are a world away from Actium, where mosquito-infested, disease-ridden camps are the way of life.
Resented by Roman generals, abandoned by allies, and facing hostile forces, Cleopatra must now do what she can to preserve her life, her kingdom, and the future of her children.
The saga of Cleopatra concludes in this exciting final book of the trilogy.
A fast-paced novella prequel to the Last Pharaoh trilogy covering the tumultuous younger years of Cleopatra.
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58 B.C., Alexandria, Egypt
Furious with the king’s extortionate attempts to repay his debts to Rome, the irate citizens have chased king Ptolemy from Alexandria and crowned his eldest daughter Berenice and wife Cleopatra Tryphaena as queens of Egypt.
Now, the king, with his young daughter Cleopatra, is in Rome, where he plots to return to Egypt and regain his throne. While he maneuvers the muddy waters of Roman politics, his young daughter struggles with life in the smelly city, nothing like Alexandria with its grand palaces. When a nasty Roman man named Marcus Crassus asks her whether her sister Berenice would abdicate in favor of her father if he returns, Cleopatra answers him like a twelve-year-old diplomat.
But Berenice has other plans, and when the prize is the throne of Egypt, blood relations that mattered less now matter nothing at all.
Suggested for reading after the trilogy, this short prequel to the Last Pharaoh trilogy takes you on a fast-paced journey to the turbulent few years of Cleopatra’s childhood.
Want to binge read? Get the complete collection that includes the trilogy and the prequel, all in one beautiful e-book bundle great for curling up and immersing yourself in Cleopatra’s world.
The Spartacus Rebellion Trilogy
For Honor. For Vengeance. Or For Rome?
Thrace, 83 B.C.
Spartacus, son of a Maedi chief, is about to lead a band of his men into the heart of an enemy tribe to steal the idol of their sacred god Sabazios. He hopes that this daring incursion will make him worthy in his father’s eyes and the tribe that sees him more a philosopher than a warrior.
When this desecration brings savage retribution to his doorsteps, Spartacus does what no Maedi man would dream of doing, bringing dishonor to himself and his tribe. And now, the only way to douse the flames of shame and rage is by joining a Roman auxiliary that is preparing to destroy his enemy.
But the offended gods have different plans.
Fighting under a corrupt centurion, saddled with quarreling companions, and on a brutal march to wage war for a brilliant general with grand ambitions, Spartacus will learn what it means to be a skilled soldier, a warrior, and above all, a leader, even as he battles powerful forces that are about to put him on a bloody path to his fateful destiny.
4.8/5 on Goodreads and Amazon
What glory is there in dying for someone’s amusement?
Capua, 75-73 B.C.
Captured and sold off as a slave, Spartacus is now at Lentulus Vatia’s training school in Capua, preparing for a gladiator’s harsh and brutal life. The trainers tell him of glory in combat and the chance to earn freedom. They speak of redemption through bravery and adulation through exemplary performance. The men live in perpetual hope built on a house of false promises.
But the winds of gladiatorial sports are shifting, and the signs are ominous. The people demand more, and the powers are only too glad to oblige. The games are now more than a tribute or a show—they are a means to power—and becoming the principal form of cruel and vicious entertainment. And in this relentless evolution, the fighters are just the living dead to be bled on the sands of the arena, and their corpses dragged away.
Even as he masters the sport and survives the bloody fights, Spartacus must find ways to convince his fellow men that there is no honor in dying for someone else’s amusement. But his actions are about to pit him against the twisted mind of a vicious master who plots to condemn Spartacus and his wife to a terrible end.
The final book of the Spartacus trilogy.
4.75/5 on Goodreads and Amazon
One life of freedom is worth a thousand in fetters.
Italy, ~73-71 B.C.
The gladiatorial school of Vatia is in ruins, and the rebels now maraud the countryside as they plot the next move. Rome is livid at the news of slaves escaping but sees no reason to send its legions—after all, how long would these depraved animals survive, and what famed commander worth his name would take up the pursuit of lowly men?
But Gaius Claudius Glaber, a new praetor with a failed investment in Vatia’s school and a vested interest in capturing the slaves for a rich profit, is gathering mercenaries to destroy Spartacus’ rebel holdout on the great mountain Vesuvius.
What begins as an assault to quickly subdue inferior men with supposedly low military skill is about to turn into a nightmare for the Romans, and they will learn what it means to take on an army of the desperate, for whom death by the sword is preferable to servitude for life, led by a man who fears none and whose brilliance outshines Rome’s best. And when the dust settles and blood dries on the earth, history will be written, and the name of Spartacus will be etched on the granite of great stories.