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Sequel to “When The Angels Have Risen” After questioning his bizarre dreams and unexplained sudden knowledge of ancient Greek, Jerry Fletcher is regressed to his past lives. Under his regression Jerry finally becomes aware that during Alexander the Great’s military campaigns he was Aias, the historically unwritten hero. Aias was not only Alexander’s untold mentor and great true friend but was also notable for being a true maverick and an inspiring military hero. Aias may have been mysteriously removed from Alexander’s Journal, but now the truth is finally revealed. From the bloody and gruesome military campaigns to the erotic rendezvous’ affairs- Aias utilizing his unique style with his very mysterious sword was a compelling warrior on the battlefield, and along with his other unique skills he was quite infamous in the bedroom. Alexander the Great often compared Aias to both Illiad’s Hector and Achilles but in one. Alexander the Great and Ptlomey simply thought that Aias was perhaps a God reincarnate from Olympus. Alexander simply called him an Aries incarnate. His enemies simply called him, “Aias the Decapitator.” And Aristotle simply called him THE HERETIC. The women of Greece called him… Well… You’ll simply have to read the book to find out…
As we walked by the antiquities area, we saw a group of archeologists looking at an array of what looked like Greek armor with a helmet, shield and an unusual sword. The sword had the form used by a Japanese samurai with its one-sided blade that was rather thin but forged from a steel-like metal but with sparkling bronze-looking metal splattered within the alloy. The sword's handle was made of a brilliant gold with a deep black metal alloy at the knobbed end, which was artistically engraved with Egyptian hieroglyphics. The armor, also unusual, had a light but tightly ringed gold like mesh similarly worn by the knights during the Middle Ages. Along the collar of the armor was an engraving of Old Hebrew writing mixed with Egyptian hieroglyphics. The artifacts were apparently discovered on the Island of Crete and were thought to be from the time period of Alexander the Great. The Spartan helmet with its thick black and white long mane still intact and mysteriously with absolutely no decay running down the center and a braided tail in the back had a glowing brass/gold-like metal alloy and an unusual engraved marking on the forehead——a six pointed star like a Star of David. Above the Star of David was an engraving of a Masonic-like image——an Egyptian pyramid with an Egyptian eye on top. This marking was also on the center of the shield, which was made of the same unusual alloy gold-like metal.
We looked over the shoulders of the archeologists as they examined their new find. With their magnifying
glasses, they were looking over every square inch of these artifacts. An archeologist brushed off the dust from the shield, and Greek markings appeared. The markings were engraved within the thick black circular design.
One of the archeologists read the Greek out loud. Another asked, “What does it mean?”
I interjected, “To the soul of mankind... to the all that live in the air, in the water or on the Earth... to the physical Earth... to the infinite stars and heavenly bodies... to the love that has no boundaries... All is connected to the One... The Infinite One...”
All of the archaeologists, in total amazement, looked at me with a bewildered look.
One of the archaeologists asked, “Is that what it says?”
The one reading the Greek hesitantly answered back, “Uh, yeah.”
I immediately grabbed Joanne's hand, and with great discretion, we quickly exited the museum.
Joanne said, “I didn't know that you knew Greek.”
Historical Fiction, Peppered with Erotica
My dictionary tells me a heretic is a person with unorthodox opinions. Or, in the author's words, "a person who doesn't conform to, or follow the beliefs of his people". But never mind that because I soon found out that our protagonist's enemies had another word for him: The Decapitator. Whoa! Get ready for action but readers beware, heed the warning on the first page: "Due to the author's Selective Tourettes Syndrome, the following contains profanity and obscenities that might burn your little eyes..."--He's not kidding. As for me? I was more than ready to start turning pages!
Feder starts out with a dream, involving the Lakota Sioux battling the U.S. Cavalry. From there, the story seamlessly transitions into a steamy, erotic reality involving our main character who is, in reality, currently a U.S. Senator. Later, while the senator is headed to an important press conference, he decides to kill a little time at a museum where he discovers that he's able to read an ancient Greek inscription--even though he's never studied the Greek language! Disturbed and curious about this, our protagonist decides to undergo psychic regression. He drifts back in time--through WW II, then the Lakota sequence, the Middle Ages, all the way to the time of Alexander the Great. It's there that the author weaves his fictitious protagonist, the decapitator named Aias, into the fabric of Alexander's life and conquests, interacting with true historical legends, even marrying Nefertiri, Queen of Egypt. The author uses a clever means of narrating the story as told by Aias and Nefertiri to their coming-of-age children.
Feder obviously did a painstaking and thorough job on his research. He skillfully describes the battles of the ancient Greeks, in particular, the assassination of King Philip of Macedonia. Most noteworthy are his renderings of the military strategy and action surrounding the rebelling Illyrians. I was particularly impressed to find out that Alexander defeated the Taulantian and Dardanian forces and not one soldier was killed. I also enjoyed the way the author tells us the story using a modern voice and works in his erotic scenes. The voice doesn't always work and the erotica is sometimes a bit over the top and gratuitous but, c'mon, what erotica isn't? I think using the voice and dialogue of the times would be dry and tedious--merely a history lesson.
Feder weaves a creative, accurate and most of all--entertaining tale.
All in all? . . . I found The Heretic to be a fun read and recommend it heartily, especially if you're into historical fiction, peppered with erotica.
Jan Evan Whitford, Allbooks Reviews
Smooth-Flowing, Exciting, Swashbuckling
The Heretic by Andrew Feder treated me to a very unique look at Ancient Greece back when it was a force to be feared. After a few chapters of establishing protagonist Jerry Fletcher's situation, there is a past life regression session that slows the pace down, and then puts Jerry Fletcher in the background in order to focus on the person whose life he managed to regress to, a warrior and tactician by the name of Aias, dearest and closest friend of Alexander the Great.
The meat of the story involves Aias---all the men he shaped, all the women he enjoyed, and all enemies he slaughtered. Macedonian by birth and Spartan by association, the one monotheist among early Greek pantheon worshippers, possibly the one heterosexual among Ancient Greeks, Aias was unique among the citizens of that time. Feder's tale is an easy read, with one event flowing into the next, and he uses a voice both modern and comfortable to any reader (Feder targets a more mature audience by mentioning what he calls Selective Tourettes Syndrome, meaning profanities abound). I came to appreciate that Aias was the kind of man who could back up a seemingly gigantic ego, and yet he put Greece and Alexander before him. Aias's wife, family, and the one God he believed in were the most important things of all in his life, and Alexander's friendship was just as precious to him.
If I were to be glib about it, a good blurb for the Heretic would be, "behind every great man is an even greater man who would rather not be mentioned". Aias was so loyal to Alexander and loved him so much that he never took glory for himself and even had his name stricken from the history books. A grand tale this was, told in a voice your buddy would use to describe last night's carousing. Despite my reservations about any historical references made (did Ancient Greek women even wear panties? Or am I just not party to a joke?), the story moves easily and quickly. The way Feder paints with words is refreshing and can be delightful - my personal favorite is the use of the word "ribetting" in a sentence to set up the scene for a military tactical assault! Aias may very well be one of those demigods that he doesn't believe in, and with the Tony Soprano-esque voice Andrew Feder chose for Aias, many readers will find a smooth-flowing, exciting, swashbuckling story.
Reviewed by: Celina Cuadro - www.bookideas.com
Heretic, Decapitator lover
"The Heretic" is the sequel to "When Angels Have Risen." Not having read the first one, I can easily say that this book stands well alone. This story begins in the life of Jerry Fletcher. He is a United States Senator during the time after The Second American Revolution. This is a time when the government is promoting: "personal growth, enlightenment, healing, respect, and, of course, freedom." Jerry is not married; however, he is living with Kelly whom he refers as his savior and the love of his life.
Jerry has been having dreams that take him back in history to times of strife. When he is at a museum one day, he discovers that he can read Greek. He finds this discovery amazing, however, somewhat troubling because he has never studied Greek. Following the advice of an ex-lover, Jerry consults a psychic who regresses him into his past lives. Through this path, he discovers that he was the Spartan Aias, who was Alexander's mentor. Aias also felt a brotherly closeness to Alexander.
Aias and Alexander go to battle together. During particularly brutal campaigns, Aias became known as "The Decapitator." This was for a good reason. Also for a good reason, he was known as a great lover among women. In this book, the majority of Greek males engaged in homosexuality. Aias has no interest in this. The women at the time were more than willing to let Aias make up for the lack of attention that they were receiving from men. Aias was also known as "The Heretic" because he didn't follow the religious beliefs of his people. He did not worship statutes, nor did he believe that they were God. He believed in one infinite God.
When Aias met the priestess Nefertiti, he immediately fell for her. They were married and enjoyed their lives together when he wasn't away at war. Nefertiti also shared his religious beliefs and introduced him to the scrolls written by heavenly bodies referred to as "The Celestials." These are enlightened beings whom we have derived a great deal of knowledge.
I enjoyed "The Heretic." It was written in a modern voice, which might detract a little from the historical value of the story, however, it makes it much more interesting and easy to follow. Aias is a man who stands on his own two feet. In spite of his foul language and lusty pursuits, he also has deep spiritual beliefs. I loved that this was incorporated into the story with Nefertiti. I highly recommend, "The Heretic."
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views
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