Draft Novels

Mneme

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(Historical mystery)

750 B.C.

On the Aegean island of Chios, the poet Homeros (now called Homer) regains consciousness three days after a devastating head wound that has left him aphasic:  an oral bard without the ability to speak or compose.

Homeros awakens not only to a life-threatening skull fracture and the loss of his livelihood, but to the news that someone near to him was murdered on the same night.  Two days later, his poetic rival is found dead as well—and Homeros is a suspect in both deaths.  Now he must convalesce, regain the ability to speak, and find the killer responsible for the deaths and for his own crippling injuries.

But brain damage has left Homeros unable to recall the month preceding the attack.  So in addition to his other challenges, he must reconstruct what led up to the crimes; and as he does so, memories of his own failures as a husband and father, some dating back eleven years, hint at his own guilt.

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

Epikasta’s Progeny

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(Fact-based tragedy)

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:  Under revision.  (The cover shown is a mock-up.)

Between Fortitude and Folly

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(Fact-based mainstream novel)

December 7th, 1941.

Half of the vaunted U.S. Pacific Fleet lies in the mud at the bottom of Pearl Harbor; and outside Manila, General MacArthur’s air force has been destroyed on the ground on the first day of the war.

But those aren’t the reasons why the Philippine Islands and the tiny, obsolete U.S. Asiatic Fleet have been abandoned to the mercies of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy—because as then-secret historical documents prove, there was never any intention of coming to their rescue.  The Asiatic Fleet and MacArthur’s woebegone army were merely trip wires, sacrificial pawns to make the Japanese Empire think twice before attacking the islands.  But the Japanese didn’t think twice.

With the Japanese conquerors sweeping forward by land and sea, Ensign Jack de Vries, Australian Navy Signalwomen Margaret Martin and Dorothy Walker, and the overmatched Asiatic Fleet must retreat south to the Netherlands East Indies and make a last stand.  The safety and freedom of Australia, and thus of America’s only base to eventually mount a counteroffensive, lies in the balance.

Status:  Just starting.  (The cover shown is a mock-up.)