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· Starlight On Stone CRUX (ebook)

· Starlight On Stone CRUX

· Starlight On Stone EAST (ebook)

· Starlight On Stone NORTH (ebook)

· Starlight On Stone WEST (ebook)

· Starlight On Stone NORTH

· Starlight On Stone SOUTH

· Starlight On Stone EAST

· Starlight On Stone WEST

· War Stories for My Grandchildren - A Memoir in Short Stories

Short Stories
· Star Travels

· Midas

· French Poets II

· Sir You are Free to Go

· Loose Lips

· New Year's Eve, the prequel

· New Year's Eve

· Neptune's Realm - Love Among the Long Dead Men

· Shipyards and Last Ships

· Tarzan, Jane and Boy

· Good Mourning-Warnings

· Rebel Art in the West

· Waste

· Railroaded

· Good Mourning, Knees

· Good Mourning, Isis

· Good Mourning, Amerika!

· Heels and Other Clones

· Bummer

· A Conversation

· Your Own Nuclear Power

· A Harmless Plot

· Helix or Vortex? That is the question ...

· Cyber City Park

· Weeds

· Community

· In Praise of Ishara

· Dog

· One Of Us

· Greeks and Other Baal-cains

         More poetry...
· CRUX - Climax of the Starlight On Stone saga

· Starlight On Stone CRUX

· New Promo Video for Starlight On Stone NORTH

· Shargo the Strong intro

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Publisher:  Lulu ISBN-10:  0983332037


Copyright:  08May2012 ISBN-13:  9781105709241

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The boy-king, Shi-shi, can defeat his enemies if the generals will follow him. He will survive plots by ambitious priesthoods, if the gods smile upon him and if he can find the right woman amidst the wreckage of a looming dark age, he just might found a vital new dynasty.

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The barge was strong and ornate. It was fit for a king, but Shi-shi did not like the feel of a ship, even on the great river. The Hapi could be so fickle and every prominent figure knew it was an unsteady foundation. That it was rising to flood stage also made him uneasy, but it was a strong current and that made it good. Much water and rich red silt was yet to come. 
Storytellers named this season long ago. It was the time a mysterious island disappeared beneath the waves and  the Shipwrecked Sailor returned to his queen bearing gifts from the wise Serpent King of Punt. The harvest was in, a celebration due. And then the Queen of Heaven would send the Sailor out again with a fine ship and 300 of Qemt’s best seamen. In two more months, the ship would founder in a storm and all the sailors, save our hero, would be drowned. But magically, an island appeared out of the water and the shipwrecked sailor crawled to safety. This corresponded to the receding of the Hapi, and the reemerging farmlands. Planting took place then, while the Sailor wandered the island, finding no ‘inhabitants’ (crops) but after four months a huge, wonderful serpent with a long beard appeared and thundered “I am the King of Punt and you are welcome in my land.” “Thank you, O King,” the Sailor responded, and noted that the land had become  fertile and ‘well populated’. “If you will provide me a ship, I will return to my homeland and sing your praises, then return with gifts from my monarch.” “O, no,” the serpent replied. “In four months a ship will appear to take you home in only two months. Then this island will disappear. In the meantime, journey among my subjects,  get to know them ... befriend them.” The Sailor did and saw that it was good. And sure enough, the ship appeared, just as the king had promised. When the Sailor embarked the king sent with him all manner of gifts for his monarch and the gifts included cotton, wine, wild and domesticated animals, furs and other wonders and especially grain, chick peas and beer. Then the island disappeared again beneath the water. And so, in two months, the Sailor returned to his queen, just as Shi-shi did now, on the rising Hapi and its milky, nectarine tide. 
It was a simple story, a calendar any farmer, even a child could read in the starry heavens. And it was as old as the first villages which grew up along the great river. 
In four months the planting season began. Shi-shi’s campaign against Hattusha would have to be finished by then, so his infantry could disband and become farmers again. And so, like the immortal Sailor, the boy-king rode the earthly reflection of heaven on yet another adventure.
The send off was well behind him. He was away from the massive pillars which hid so much while they told the adoring history of every succession, every ascension. The gods were pleased. 
But the empire already missed its workers, women’s hearts fluttered as their men vanished into the bowels of warships, children cried at the unusual, fearful tensions.
“Victory!” the people shouted, in spite of themselves. 


Enjoy the free read of my book and drop me a note in the 'Review' section if you wish. I'd love to know what you think. Best, Jan

Reader Reviews for "Starlight On Stone SOUTH (ebook)"

Reviewed by Terry Rizzuti 5/9/2012
Good luck with your new book, Jansen. I hope you make the best sellers list. Terry

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