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Format: Paperback, 232pp
Publisher: OakTara Publishing Group LLC
Pub. Date: January 2008
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In the Tomb of Darkness and Light
I study an era by reading every primary source document I can find from the time period. Then I begin researching strong scholarly works on the subject. I studied about a year before I began to write Aegypt.
When the world was young, people believed in all kinds of gods and goddesses. In the novel Aegypt, I ask the question what would happen if modern people came face to face with a real goddess.
The characters grew out of this question. You have the pragmatist, Paul Bolang. He is a military man, a no nonsense leader. He believes what he sees and knows it for what it is. You have the archeologists Mr. Audrey, Monsieur. Perrain, and Mr. Williams. Audrey is a modern scientist, he doesn’t believe in anything he can’t understand. Perrain is a secular politician. He follows to the letter the current agreement of general human thought. And Williams is driven by the work. If it isn’t a normal part of his work it can’t be real.
So these are the men who open an ancient Egyptian tomb and find a mystery over 4000 years old—the goddess of light and her sister, the goddess of darkness. Paul Bolang believes. He finds the goddess of light who was released from the first tomb when it was opened. She is gentle and beautiful, but also powerful. Now he must stop the archeologists who want to open the second tomb—the tomb of the goddess of darkness. The goddess of darkness is malevolent. She is driven by a desire for power and to control the lives of others.
Aegypt opens up the ancient world for your observation. Will you be a realist like Paul Bolang or will the Goddess of Darkness catch you unawares.
|Here is a real map of the area of Fort Saint (the red circle is right on it). This map and the following diagrams will be included in the book!|
|When you read the book,
you will understand--plus you will see them as the mystery and the novel
unfold. These were originally intended to be chapter decorations and
not full scale diagrams--therefore the slight digital look. My
publisher thought they would make better full size diagrams in the book.
If there is a future edition, I will improve them--my son has already told
me he will redraw them!
Here is a diagram of Fort Saint with the Egyptian foundation in front of it.
The foundation with the basalt plug and the beginnings of the dig.
The initial breakthrough with the corridor already opened to each end. The inner wall is the mural seen on the basalt plug.
The antechamber and tomb with the first trap. You can see the rotating doors, the blood channels on the floor, the blade, and the counterweight shaft.
The tomb of the goddess of light. The sarcophagus scar is evident.
The entire outer corridor is opened up with the original broken entrance at the south east.
Both entrance traps to the antechamber are revealed for the final confrontation.
|This was my original concept of the cover (it is a picture of the basalt plug).|
|This picture and following are the initial cover concepts from Capstone.|
|I chose to mix the picture on the first with the lettering on the second.|
From my book notes:
I did not list all my notes or my references. I may add these later--if there is any interest.
A foreign legion lieutenant discovers the Egyptian goddesses of good and evil in an ancient tomb; they are brought to life when the tomb is opened, and their 4000 year old conflict begins again.
How do men react to the spiritual when it is revealed to them plainly, and how do we communicate those thoughts across centuries and drawing rooms?
Archeological horror story:
French Foreign Legion outpost (Fort Saint) in the late 1920s
Central character is a young Lieutenant
Student of Languages, Egyptian, Arabic, Greek, Hebrew,
Academie des Sciences of the Institut de France
Chott Djerid depression
Chott Melrhir depression
Chott el Fedjadj depression
Fort Saint at Nefta
Tozeur (Northeast of Fort)
Nefta (Southwest of Fort)
Gafsa (largest close city 60 mi, has a telegraph, no railroad)
Legion Étagère, the French Foreign Legion
Lieutenant Paul Bolang
l’Orage (black Arabian horse) m storm, thunderstorm
Captain Simon Ourain
Sergeant Maurice le Boehm
Corporal Villinave mess steward
Doctor Robert Flair
Corporal la Haver, the Captain of the Guard
Legionnaire Gauroi (killed by Leila)
Woman servant Fatima Habeig
Mr. Lionel Audrey
Mr. James Williams
M. (Monsieur) Claude Parrain
Sir Barot Cheston the patron of Audrey and a friend to Paul
Leila, the name of the goddess of darkness, means dark as night
Leora, the name of the goddess of light, means light, my light
Sheik Allei ben Zar
Abdu Habad - bandit leader of band attacked at the beginning of the book
the fetish was taken from him
Time value of the Tomb - 2000 BC (4000 years ago)
Ra - Sun god (sun)
Bastet - Love and joy goddess (cat)
Khnum - Creation and fertility god (ram)
Thoth - Learning and wisdom (ibis)
Apis - Love and childbirth (bull)
Sobek - Courage and strength (crocodile)
Anubis - Protection of the dead (jackal)
Osiris - The dead (dead man)
Horus - King (falcon)
Amon - Aton under A IV below
Maat - goddess of balance and harmony
Selket or Serket - goddess on canopic chest intestines (cure scorpion sting)
Isis - “ liver
Neith - “ stomach
Nepthys - “ lungs
An ancient revolution 500 years before the Great Pyramid caused the goddesses to be displaced in favor of the later pantheon (the Jews leaving Egypt). The failure of the pantheon to succeed against the power of God.
The 19th Dynasty (1300 BC)
Rameses II - Moses exodus
Capital - Rameses (also Avaris or Tanis) in the Delta
Amenhotep III - wife Tiye
Amenhotep IV - Akhenaton - wife Nefertiti
moved capital from Thebes to Akhetaton
monotheism under Aton
Tutankhamun - wife Ankhesenpaaton (Ankhesanamun) - tomb discovered by British A. Howard Carter patron Lord Carnarvon, discovery on 26 November 1922
Stele of Merneptah - 1229 BC speaks of Israel
Rosetta Stone - 196 BC translated 1822 by Jean Francois Champollion
Stele of Merneptah, Temple of Horus at Edfu, Temple of Isis at Philae (Island), Temple of Hathor at Dendera, Obelisk of Hatshepsut - Karnak - Philae
cartouche - name symbols
This book was written from the point of view of Lieutenant Bolang. I don’t intend for the reader to fully trust the Lieutenant’s view. The proof in the book is supposed to build and build until it is overwhelming. I want the reader to have the same ah-ha experience the three archeologists feel at the revealing dinner chapter. But, I want the reader to distrust Bolang until the point is proven. I want to sew seeds of distrust in each scene so the reader is just not totally sure the Lieutenant is right.
The three representatives of spiritual disillusionment and disbelief: the scientist, the atheist, and the engineer. The scientist wants facts, but must be convinced through theory and philosophy. The atheist cannot be persuaded. The engineer is convinced through facts alone.