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Product Details

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (November 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420888331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420888331
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,412,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

THE SHADOW OF THE PHOENIX is a bold exploration of the collapse of the Roman Empire and an ambitious saga of vengeance and reconciliation. When I first composed this book, I began with the idea of two women, a mother and her daughter, who dealt with the end of their world in two different ways. One clung to her roots, the other embraced a new way of life with the man she fell in love with. As I progressed with my research, however, I began to understand that there was much more to this eventful era than first perceived. The story grew and branched into two sections as I traced Gizeric's inheritors to their last descendant, a young woman named Meridia. I drew upon my musical training to develop this saga into an "arch form". The book opens with the murder of Valentinian and the kidnap of his widow and her daughters by the Vandal, Gizeric, who came to Rome to protect them. Fire rules this novel. Gizeric and the Empress embark upon a passionate, secret affair that produces a son. Her daughter, the princess Eudocia, falls in love with Gizeric's son. The Empress is determined to return to Byzantium with her daughter. The arch soars to a peak with the reconciiation of Gizeric and the Empress, then begins the descent in reverse as their inheritors lose the African kingdom, reconcile with Rome, and become citizens of the Eastern Empire. Their last daughter is taken as wife to the Avar chagan, Baian, and a new arch rises from the phoenix's ashes. Eudoxia is the Phoenix, and this is her story and Gizeric's.

About the Author

Dolores A McCabe wears many hats. Mother, teacher, musician, writer, union activist, independent businesswoman, she is now semi-retired and preparing to widen her writing career. Ms. McCabe is a Baby Boomer. Se married a Vietnam veteran and during the time she stayed home to raise her children she developed an enduring fascination with ancient and medieval history. 
Dolores is an Indie author who has published four books. Each book is based upon one of the four alchemic elements: earth, air, fire, water. The ancient magicians named these as the four elements of chaos and change when unleashed, or of beneficial necessities for life when controlled. It is a concept that fascinates the author.
D. McCabe has been writing for over twenty-five years. This book is the product of dedicated research and artistic imagination.

More About the Author

Dolores A McCabe was born in Manhattan during the post-WWII baby boom. Her parents moved to New Jersey, where Dolores spent her childhood in a neighborhood filled with children of working-class Americans. In 1972 she married and settled in New York's Hudson Valley, where she had her husband raised their six children. During those years she began work on her four historical romance novels. These novels are meticulously researched. Ms. McCabe opened a music studio in 1983. In 1998 she closed her studio and embarked upon a love affair with Miniature Poodles. Her Eine Kleine Kennel is known for intelligent, well socialized companion dogs. In 2004 Ms. McCabe launched her "Indie Author" enterprise. She completed her manuscripts and self-published her novels. Her website, http://www.enteranotherage.com showcases her works and adds historical details to add depth to the novels' plot and characters.

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With Shadow, it is as if you are there in the story, living and breathing it with the characters.
Jennifer Kolchinsky
He and the Empress embark upon a secret affair that produces a son who will profoundly affect the future of the Vandal kingdom.
typoqueen
This is a novel of suspense, love, hate, jealousy, rivalry, triumph, suspicion, superstition, violence and tender moments.
La Vaughn Kemnow

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By typoqueen on March 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
Valentinian III, Emperor of Rome, has just been assassinated. His widow, the Empress Eudoxia, has been given an ultimatum by his murderer, Maximus. She must marry him and bring Constantinople's support for his reign. She must also give her elder daughter, Eudocia, in marriage to his elder son, so that his power can be secure. Intrigue runs rampant within Rome while the Empress tries to find a champion. But Valentinian's cruelty has estranged everyone, and there is no one willing to come to his widow's aid. Eudoxia's chief minister Eutropius secretly invites the Vandal King Gizeric, to support Eudoxia's claim to the Throne. Gizeric, once a ward of Eudoxia's grandfather, the great Warrior-Emperor Theodosius, hastens to Rome.

But Eudoxia does not want this dark, dangerous Vandal King's aid. She viciously spurns him, and thus begins this great saga of love and revenge. THE SHADOW OF THE PHOENIX spans about 120 years of history during the tumultuous years surrounding the final eclipse of the Western Empire and the fateful siege of Constantinople by the Avars. Gizeric carries the Royal Family into exile in Africa, leaving Rome without a ruler. While Goths and Sueves scramble in bloody disarray for the shadowy power, Gizeric strengthens his hold upon Africa, the first independent kingdom in the history of Empire. He and the Empress embark upon a secret affair that produces a son who will profoundly affect the future of the Vandal kingdom. Unaware, their elder son and daughter fall in love and marry, also giving birth to a son who will just as profoundly affect their nation's destiny. Roman and Vandal struggle in a fight to the death, their battleground shifting from Italy to Africa to Constantinople, to their children and even into Eudoxia's private chambers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Kolchinsky on December 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Set during the period of the fall of the Roman Empire, Shadow takes its readers back to a time of decadence, strife, and glory with a dramatic story spanning several generations of a particularly colorful family. At Shadow's core are the women of this family, who come to life with vivid force. These characters remain imprinted in the readers' mind as the tales of their lives portrayed through allegorical symbols and plot twists, keep the reader very interested and also challenged as to understanding the intentions behind the characters' behaviors and life-changing decisions. The author's writing style is extremely intelligent and fast-paced, and not 'overdone'. This is an achievement as I find many historical fiction novels to be a 'heavy' read, whereas with Pheonix, it is almost like listening to a Motzart Symphony. The author's command of words is like that of Motzart's with notes.... light, delicate melodies combined with dark minor chords and riffs, being played through characters rather than musical instruments, resulting in a grand masterpiece. Some authors create a story where the reader is looking in. With Shadow, it is as if you are there in the story, living and breathing it with the characters. They are so lovely and each so strong in identity; it is as if each character is a muse, uniquely chiseled from the author's mind and beautifully portrayed through her art of writing. Shadow is an epic work and a fast read with an imaginative storyline. It is the type of book that you can't seem to stop thinking about as you are reading it, and then once you've finished it, you will want to read it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By La Vaughn Kemnow on May 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
As we travel on a gripping journey back through the time of the Dark Ages, we meet the scurrilous to the noble--those who would stick a dagger in your back to some who sat in power but with hearts of gold. The author has done an excellent job of fleshing out a robust time in history of which little is actually known; but what is known speaks volumes. This is a novel of suspense, love, hate, jealousy, rivalry, triumph, suspicion, superstition, violence and tender moments.
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