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Novels

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J.V.

K. Partridge - Novelist

See the Argive Press web site for a description (www.argivepress.com).

Status: Available from Argive Press at www.argivepress.com.

Epikaste’s Progeny

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(Fact-based tragedy)

It’s 1191 B.C. Eighteen-year-old Iakos is a Greek scribe who longs to escape the counting house and win fame as a warrior—but his mother forbids it. His uncle Aithon, a pragmatic sea merchant of forty, wants nothing more than a peaceful, stable Mediterranean in which he can ply his trade from port to port. He convinces his sister, Iakos’ mother, to allow Iakos to go to sea with him, rather than risk her son running away to become a mercenary.

But the world (primarily in the person of King Agamemnon) is to crush both of their dreams—for they live in the historical period known as the Collapse of the Bronze Age, when virtually every civilization in the eastern Mediterranean was destroyed, including Troy and Greece herself. Aithon and Iakos sail around the Mediterranean and witness city after city being razed; until finally the brutality touches them both in the most personal way.

Iakos is left emotionally shattered; and lust for vengeance obliterates all of Aithon’s former reason, compassion, and moderation, driving him to savagery. Now Iakos and Aithon must both overcome their personal hells.

Status: Complete. Seeking an agent. (The cover shown is a mock-up.)

Drain The Marsh

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(Comedy/political satire)

In the midst of the Peloponnesian War against Sparta, civil war threatens to break out in Athens between the elites and the deplorables. Though Cleon is the demagogic leader of the deplorables, all is not well with him: his businesses are all going broke. Cleon decides to run for office, colluding with the Great King of Persia, Athens’ arch-enemy, to get elected.

Things are no better for his former nemesis, the comic dramatist Aristophanes, whose last three plays have been failures. He gives up the theater and joins the navy.

But a coterie of anti-Cleonists tries to convince Aristophanes to wield his pen once more and rally the citizens against the incipient tyrant:

  • Socrates the philosopher
  • Lysistrata, a courtesan and Cleon’s former mistress
  • Thalia, a mysterious young widow from Phocis who always seems to know what others don’t

Find out whether Aristophanes returns to the theater and finds success, riches, and love; and whether Cleon recoups his fortune via his secret plan to drain Athens’ sacred Dionysian Marsh.

Status: Complete. Seeking an agent. (The cover shown is a mock-up.)

Persistence Of Consciousness

PIC 1

(Comedy)

At State University, the philosophy department and neurology department are at each other’s throats like the Capulets and Montagues, each propounding its own theory to explain the existence of the human soul. Into the fray are cast a pair of star-crossed lovers:

  • The devastatingly handsome philosophy professor Ford Phelan, who is trying to get hired as a philosophy of consciousness professor
  • The brilliant but average-looking neurochemist Dr. Thalia Suggs, who is seeking the scientific basis of human consciousness

Alas, the course of true love never did run smooth. While Ford is trying to coax the virginal Thalia into the sack, she is using her knowledge of biochemistry to make him fall in love with her. Will the male imperative or the female win out?

All the while, Ford’s philosophy peers will stop at nothing in order to squelch Thalia’s research. With State University hosting the world-renowned Philosophy of Mind Symposium, which side will emerge triumphant?

Status: On the shelf after 6 drafts. Needs fixing. (Cover shown is a mock-up.)