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The Great Cat of R'a Paperback – August 3, 2016
From the Author
This is the second book in my Menmenet Series (a sequel to The Two Kites). The series is based on the alternate history idea that the Egyptians colonized the West Coast rather than the Spanish, as the Egyptian empire survived into the present day. I'm exploring some of the political and cultural issues in our own day through the lens of the culture of ancient Egypt, and also having a lot of fun inventing a language for my characters based on Egyptian hieroglyphic. The art of the book is a lot of fun, too--creating all the hieroglyphics in the glossary margins on each page. And Mary's illustrations bring the book to life! Go to poesys.com to sign up on our mailing list for book and event notifications and get a free short story from my I Ching series.
From the Inside Flap
Shesmu, the hero of The Two Kites, has inherited his mentor Nekhen's French Restaurant in the city of Menmenet. The Montupahapy Society, the premier food industry association, awards him the prestigious Best Young Pezu award after just a few months of work. Celebrating with his girlfriend, Detective-Sergeant Cheryl MacIntyre of the Menment Medjayu, he meets the officers of the Society, but the evening ends in disaster as one of them, Sen-Nedjem, assaults another guest and gets bounced from the nightclub, and the wer of the Society, Nes-Imen, asks for his help in dealing with deeper issues at the Society. Over the next few days, Shesmu gradually discovers that many things are not what they appear to be in Menmenet as he gets sucked into the Society's affairs and into MacIntyre's current case of a murder of a w'ab priest of Bastet by another w'ab priest. Following the money leads Shesmu and MacIntyre into the dark world of the Russian mafias of Russkaya Amerika, the part of Russia to the north of Menmenet on the North American west coast, then back to Menmenet. The consequences are dire and force Shesmu into a very different understanding of his own self-deception about his new life and his mentor; they also lead MacIntyre into mistaken trust and life-threatening situations she did not expect from a simple murder investigation. The second novel in the alternative-history Menmenet series, The Great Cat of R'a explores the nature and consequences of self-deception in a very different world from our own.
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This is a novel that combines Egyptian influences (different god, stick and bow combat, and language) with contemporary technology, Rusian mobsters, and money laundering. Come for the culture and save for the mystery.