"Eight-foot-tall bullet proof man? Check. Deadly female Jamaican knife thrower? Check. Dramatic 'I am your mother' revelations? Oh yeah. Zoot suit rioters? Of course. Corrupt police, vampires, and treasure maps? Yes! An amusing talking dog that speaks in rhyme? No. That would be stupid. But there were car chases. That always sells me." -- Brian Katcher, Forever Young Adult
"An exciting and thrillingly inventive mash-up of historical fiction and urban fantasy, with crime-fiction and mystery elements stirred in...The result is a drama full of history, action, and quite a bit of deadpan humor, all of it delivered with winning confidence. This is an author and a series to watch."
-- Historical Novel Society
"If you like your classic Hollywood history with some vintage supernatural, superhero spice, David Khalaf's The Sixteen Burdens will have you enthralled from page one, dahhling!... Cuddle up in your favorite sable blanket; this page-turner will keep you up all night. If you're the type that needs your beauty rest, don't start this book if you have an early call time. The second book in this trilogy is out next fall, but there is a novella prequel, Houdini's Last Trick available now."
-- Dwarf + Giant, The Last Bookstore
"The main thing to say about this book is: Wow. This is the kind of book you hope will get attention, so please pay attention! The novel is inventive, well-written and researched, and well-designed. The amount of historical detail is impressive and woven perfectly into this Hollywood Fantasy. An incredible first novel in this stellar new trilogy."
-- Self-Publishing Review
"David Khalaf's debut novel and the first book in THE BURDENS TRILOGY is an eclectic literary mashup -- mystery mixed into urban fantasy with a backbeat of Hollywood's Golden Age. While connecting the dots would be a tall order for a less talented raconteur, Khalaf delivers an engaging adventure grounded in the wondrous complexities of self-discovery and the power of friendship...4.5 Stars (out of 5): Highly recommended."
-- Underground Book Reviews
From the Author
What if humanity's greatest talents were concentrated into the hands of a lucky few? That's the question I set out to explore in The Sixteen Burdens. Surely those talents would have belonged to some of some history's greatest figures: Sampson with his strength. King Solomon with his wisdom. Joan of Arc with her courage.
This story could have been set in any place and time, but I chose my personal favorite: 1930s Hollywood. At the time, Los Angeles was an epicenter for talent and a magnet for some of the world's greatest figures of the day. It seemed a natural fit. With the world on the brink of another great war, what would happen when these Great Talents start to meet and vie for power? That's what you'll find out!
Want to see the map that inspired Gray Studebaker's Hollywood Starland Moviegraph? Check it out at: davidkhalaf.com/map.html
Or connect on Facebook to see some of my favorite photos and curiosities from the 1930s: facebook.com/davidkhalafwriting