THIS WEEK’S OTHER FEATURED BOOKS, “BEAST,” BY MARA ADAMITZ SCRUPE AND “THE BREEDING TREE,” BY J. ANDERSEN, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST, OR BY CLICKING THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR AUTHORS PAGE.
THE BOOK: Parchments of Fire.
PUBLISHED IN: 2018.
THE AUTHOR: John Chaplick.
THE PUBLISHER: Cricket Cottage Publishing LLC.
SUMMARY: Near the island of Antikythera, off the southern coast of Greece, sponge divers discover a 2,000-year-old Roman shipwreck that harbors a secret, potentially catastrophic to the public image of Greece. The Greek government and two criminal organizations will stop at nothing to seize the damaging documents…the criminals to sell them, the government to destroy them. Visiting Harvard classics professor Tobias Romulus Finch becomes the unwilling guardian of the ancient papers, his life now dependent upon finding a solution acceptable to both opposing forces.
THE BACK STORY: I decided to write it because the Antikythera mechanism is a clock-like device that represents the equivalent of the world’s first computer and the sponge divers’ discovery of it represents an actual find, which is now stored in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, where I lived for a few years. The gripping story that I built around this phenomenon took two years to write and will be a book the readers will not be able to put down.
WHY THIS TITLE?: Two reasons: one, the title captures the essence of a plot in which the horrendous parchments recovered from the Roman shipwreck set off an explosive and inflammatory adventure that takes the reader deep into the heart of Greece and threatens to destroy the international reputation of that country at a time when its government is struggling for financial recovery. Two, it grabs the prospective reader’s attention and the cover design reflects the intensity of the plot.
WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT?: The readership appeal will likely come from the exciting and adventurous nature of the book as suggested on the back flap, and from the unusual geographic setting (Antikythera) of the story.\
REVIEW COMMENTS: The book is too new yet for that because the first copies were sold last Sunday, too recent to receive reader comments.
AUTHOR PROFILE: What may be the strongest author appeal is the fact that Parchments of Fire takes place in Greece where I lived for awhile, and it reflects little-known facts about that country, such as the actual Antikythera mechanism discovery, which has recently garnered more world- wide publicity. My writing style, as you’ve seen, is concise and hard-hitting in a way that holds the reader’s attention throughout.
AUTHOR COMMENTS: Parchments of Fire, like all of my books, is specifically designed to combine an unusual geographic setting with a unique plot that presents a brand new dimension to some historic fact or event.
HOW TO BUY IT: The book is, of course, always available through my website @ EngagingBooksBlog.com, but also via amazon, nook, kindle, and through any Barnes & Noble outlet by specific request.
PRICE: Parchments of Fire sells for $14.95.
CONTACT THE AUTHOR: My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and I am on Facebook under my own name