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The Byzantium Stone Paperback – June 1, 2011
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From the Publisher
The remarkable thing is that the flashbacks from the present to multiple locations and eras in the past do not become confusing or redundant. Chacko's story is a chameleon whose tail never breaks off in the reader's hand. We follow the plot from the island of Rhodes in 1522 to the nearby island of Kos in 1919 as if time is as fluid as the sea between those two patches of land in the Dodecanese. These events lead seamlessly to the journal of Count Adriano Sanguini as it advances the story to the present, where Samson Mondieu, the man who is hunting the Byzantium Stone, falls in love with the count's granddaughter.
A storyboard of grand proportions would be needed to track all these "changes"--if that were necessary. It's not. Samson leapfrogs continents and centuries with skill and hardly a blink of the cosmic eye. He knows by the time he reaches Italy that the Byzantium Stone is not so much an object as an obsession that has escalated through every age in this millennium, since the fall of Constantinople in 1204. And he knows that his job is to deliver the obsession--which is now the key to the future--to an obscenely rich man who will employ the stone as a lever to everlasting fame. How Samson passes the baton to the man is the most satisfying part of this very satisfying book.
The Byzantium Stone is highly recommended to anyone with a sense of the possibilities--or nostalgia--for the most exciting parts of the past.
From the Author
This is my best advice for a young writer: If you want to have the time of your life, set your book in Italy. Doing the first-hand research will be one of the best experiences of your life.David Chacko
More About the Author
David can usually be found in Istanbul or New York. The consistent factor is that both places have good food, beautiful women, and memorable views of the sea. His novels have much the same range as his life, moving between the Americas and Europe to the Middle East with stops at points between.
Espionage Novels -- Less than a Shadow, The Peacock Angel, Echo Five (the Jason Ender series), The Black Chamber, White Gamma, Red Bishop One (the Stephen Warfield series), and Gage.
Crime Novels -- Graveyard Eyes, Devil's Feathers, (the Inspector Levent series), The God App, A Long Way from Eden, Brick Alley
Historical Novels -- Gone Over, The Brimstone Papers (the Israel Potter series), The Severan Prophecies, The Byzantium Stone, Like A Man, The Satan Machine
Miscellaneous -- The Shadow Master, Martyr's Creek, Price
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co-author of Tempered Steel, the biography of Colonel James Kasler: 3-war combat vet, jet ace, NAM-POW, and the only 3-time recipient of the Air Force Cross