||June 21, 2004
Set during the conflict in Bosnia, Legend Of The Spear launches the reader, and twenty-seven year old Dimiter Markovitz, into a fast-moving perilous journey of terror, intrigue, double-cross and paranormal events in search of revenge and eventually her spiritual identity along with two ancient icons of the Christian world:The Cup of Arimathaea and the Spear of Longinus.
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Books by Jean Sidney Blomquist
Tenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina 1990's
It is Easter Sunday when Dimiter Markovitz, her parents and two young siblings leave the Greek Orthodox church and head for the town square to celebrate with friends and neighbors this special day.
As Dimiter watches from a small hill above the park bandstand, bullets begin to riddle the square, killing her family and many of the towns people. As she races to safety she grabs a tiny child sitting, screaming amidst the bullets that bounce around him.
Convinced that the Serbs are responsible for this massacre and filled with revenge she travels to the monastery of St. Vladimir to notify her elder brother of the deaths of their parentns, siblings and townspeople. It is there she meets the Starets and begins an adventure that will change her life .
Events of spirit and paranormal happenings woven throughout this adventure will fascinate the metaphysically inclined reader. Historical references, accurate descriptions and well-known legends add factual interest and give a sense of credibility and reality to this fictional story. Be they nineteen or ninety, readers will find themselves breathlessly sitting on the edge of their chairs as the story unfolds.
"...The group had started to disperse, but now, seeing what was shaping up, they returned to the circle to watch. The sparring seemed friendly at first, but as Dimiter missed a punch George slapped her across the face taking her off guard. Surprised and embarressed, she glared at him. Now the blows they delivered bruised skin and tore clothing. George made one quick move, which if completed, would have killed Dimiter. His hand had stopped less than an inch away from delivering a lethal blow to her nose. The two of them stood frozen, staring at each other without expression. George backed off and started to relax, until his eyes caught sight of Dimiter's knife poised firmly at his midsection.
She waited a full second before slowly and deliberately replacing the knife into its sheath. In that moment mutual respect was acknowledged and a bond was formed..."
A Five Star Review
"Dimiter Markovitz stands shocked as bullets riddle Tenica, her village, killing Dimiter's parents and siblings. She reaches for a lone infant as she runs in terror from the carnage that once was her home. From page one, readers will be hooked by this excellent historical fiction. Although set in the Christian world it will appeal to all.
Fleeing to the monastery where her elder brother resides, Dimiter leaves her charge Alexi in the arms of the monks and begins a journey of revenge, intrigue and absolute terror. She becomes embroiled in the search for two Christian artifacts, the Cup of
Arimathaea and the Spear of Longinus. Exciting, page turning drama enfolds as readers are drawn into the world of munitions, torture and underworld marketers.
The historical facts are well researched and the settings are vivid and alive. Dimiter's character is extremely realistic and believable. The evil Veronica is the epitome of darkness. Small dispersions of paranormal happenings make this book fascinating. There seems to be a resurgence of interest in the Spear of Longinus also known as the Spear of Lepanto and this fiction gives the reader an in depth look at two of Christianity's revered artifacts.
Sam Joy and Jeaan Sisdney joined forces as Jason Edwards to create Legend of the Spear. Highly recommended by Allbooks Reviews."
Highly recommended by Allbooks Reviews.
Reviewer: Shirley Roe
Four and a Half Beacon Review for Legend Of The Spear by Jason Edwards
From Lighthouse Literary Review
"This is the story of a young woman named Dimiter and her journey to discover her destiny. Having been raised to be a "freedom fighter," she seeks revenge when her village is attacked and her family killed. While she sets out to deliver her vengence, her plans are changed through a series of attempts on her life. Ultimately, she learns who she is meant to be and ends up worlds away from where she began.
This is a very good "coming of age" story that held my interest throughout. The characters are interesting and the religious implications add a great dimension to the plot. I think it is a book worth reading for a wide spread audience as it offers something for everyone. Throughout the storyline, the concept of fate and life ending up as it should be is repeated, providing a good depth to the story.
Reviewed by Ramona
A Five Star Review
" Without warning, machine-gun bullets hit the ground, raising ugly puffs of dust in the village square. It's Easter Sunday and Dimiter Markovitz stands in momentary shock as bullets riddle the town square in Tenica, her village, killing her parents siblings and many of the villagers. She reaches for a lone, terrified infant as she races in terror from the carnage that once was her home.
Dimiter begins a journey of terror and intrigue as she seeks to revenge her village. Her quest takes her to Saint Vladimir and a meeting with the Starts, the highly evolved spiritual head of the monestary. It is there she learns about the Cup of Arimathaea and the Spear of Longinus and begins to discover her spiritual identity.
Events of spirit and paranormal happenings are woven throughout this adventure. Historical references, accurate descriptions and well-known legends add factual interest and give a sense of credibility and reality to this fictional story. Nineteen or ninety, you will find yourself breathlessly sitting on the edge of your chair as the story unfolds.
Reviewed by Charmaine Boericke
Hobit House Reviews
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