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AGAMEMNON MUST DIE
“Read this and your life will be enriched.”
Darius Stansky, author of The King’s Jew.
“To tell part of an epic that has been told for two and a half thousand years requires ambition. Hock’s telling ambitiously alternates between the poetic flow of the classics and a more standard narrative style. And this works.”
Raymond Holland, author of The Origin of Birds in the Footprints of Writing.
“As massive as the scope of this story is, the small details are not neglected and add to the pleasure: ‘Around her wafted a light fragrance, her favorite summer flowers simmered in oil by an ancient apothecary.’ Anyone who appreciates good writing and Greek Tragedy will enjoy this.”
Sly, author of Stonefish.
ABOUT THE BOOK
To sail against Troy, Agamemnon sacrificed his virgin daughter Iphigenia. Ten years later, he returns victorious, hoping that Queen Clytemnestra has forgiven him. He is so wrong.
The royal family of Mycenae has a bloody, monstrous history. Agamemnon returns with his war trophy, the Trojan Princess Cassandra, whom he unthinkingly flaunts before his queen. After an epic sword fight in his own banquet hall, Agamemnon is killed. Cassandra has her nightmares/visions of the gory and unspeakable deeds of the House of Atreus; she is led away to be executed. Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus have their respective reasons, but this regicide must be avenged. Or so say the voices in Orestes’ head. He must avenge his father. He must kill the regicides. He must kill his own mother.
But killing one’s own mother would break the greatest of ancient taboos and would result in even more voices in his head. Are they just voices? Can they be placated?
Distributed by Amazon.com
Page count: 158
Publication date: November 1, 2014.
Distributor: Amazon, Createspace.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hock G. Tjoa was born in Singapore to Chinese parents. He studied history at Brandeis and Harvard and taught European history and Asian political thought at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. He has published George Henry Lewes, a Victorian Mind, “The social and political ideas of Tan Cheng Lock” and various articles in the Newsletter of the China History Forum. He is married and lives with his family in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California.
In the last decade he has turned his attention to Chinese history, literature, and genealogy,working on translating and adapting selected works of Chinese history and literature so these might reach and inform a wider audience. The Battle of Chibi is the first of these projects to be published (2010) although he translated what became Heaven is High and the Emperor, a Play (published shortly thereafter) before that in his study of Mandarin.
In 2013, Hock published the first volume of The Chinese Spymaster and The Ingenious Judge Dee. “Agamemnon Must Die,” a retelling of Aeschylus” Oresteia and dedicated to students of the humanities who enjoy Greek myth and drama, especially from the Trojan War era.
Welcome to Indietribe’s AUTUMN BOOK FAIR
Not split into genres, not formalised, sanitised, regimental or politically correct…
Just one big jumble of great books for your reading pleasure
If it was on your iPad, you’d call it a SHUFFLE
SO HERE WE GO…
THE VASE WITH THE MANY COLOURED MARBLES by JACOB SINGER
BRAKENSTROOM by JACOB SINGER
BETRAYED by WODE HAWKINSON
Brook, a Denver socialite, seems to have a good life until she becomes the victim of a botched carjacking. In a matter of minutes, her life is forever altered. She is abducted, transported, and held for days by three brutal men in a remote mountain location. She escapes only to end up barefoot, nearly naked, and hopelessly lost in the Colorado wilderness at the beginning of a harsh winter
ZEKE by WODE HAWKINSON
Sue Cox is a naive college student who falls for the exciting new clerk at the local used bookstore. Captivated by Zeke’s brooding good looks and menacing but irresistible charisma, Sue capitulates to his will, leaving her wide open for exploitation. Zeke begins to exert subtle control and entices her to leave town with him. As they travel, his behavior grows more deviant and increasingly volatile.
SUE by WODE HAWKINSON
Sue Cox had been lured into a bizarre relationship with Zeke, a man whose stunning looks hid a demented mind. She had left town with him on a road trip and nearly lost her life in the process. She was saved from death at the last minute by a private investigator, Will Falstaff, whom her parents had hired to find her and bring her home. But, Zeke was still out there.
DARK LONGINGS by WODE HAWKINSON
Ruby Hayes spends her days working in a coffee shop and attending college. After a mysterious phone call, her ex-boyfriend Kenny goes missing and Ruby is determined to find out what happened to him. Although the police are looking into his disappearance, Ruby decides to pursue her own investigation. Each clue brings Ruby closer to the truth…and nearer to danger. Will she find Kenny? Or will she herself become prey?
TANGERINE by WODE HAWKINSON
A young scientist, Ava Majestic, is pitted against an egotistical billionaire, Augustus Agnotico. He believes she is in possession of an artifact with special powers and hires a rogue, Needle, to follow her as she travels through space, investigating planets to clear them for habitation. Needle, drawn to Ava, quits working for Agnotico and teams up with her.
WRITING THANK-YOU CARDS MADE EASY : WEDDING EDITION by EMILY SANFORD
Writing thank-you notes can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be that way. This short guide will teach you how to quickly write eloquent thank-you cards that show your appreciation to wedding guests.
SPOOKY SNACKS 1 – REVENGE OF THE DUST BUNNIES by MIKE KALMBACH
Don’t clean your room! Dust always seems to collect in strange places: on your dresser, behind the TV, and under your bed. It’s not random. There’s something sinister going on. A hidden group is behind this. And they have a plan.
WRITING ADVICE FOR TEENS – CREATING STORIES by MIKE KALMBACH
Don’t let the title fool you–all beginning to intermediate writers will enjoy these tips and strategies for helping their stories come to life!
THE CALDERIAN CONFLICT by MIKE KALMBACH
Fun, fast-paced pirate novel packed with mystery, suspense, and intrigue. Will appeal to fans of Brandon Sanderson, George RR Martin, and R A Salvatore.
OCCUPYING AMERICA – WE SHALL OVERCOME by REV. PAUL J. BERN
This is arguably the most comprehensive history and mission statements about the Occupy and 99% Movements written up until now.
THE MIDDLE AND WORKING CLASS MANIFESTO BY REV. PAUL J. BERN
This is the book that helped ignite the Occupy Wall St. and the 99% Movements in America and throughout the world.
MISSION LISBON – THE V1 DOUBLE CROSS by TOBY OLIVER
MI5 receives a microfilm on the Hitler’s rocket programme. A French scientist, Jean Giscard, working on the project is horrified at the destructive nature of the weapons and warns the Allies they could affect the outcome of the War. He contacts the SOE and is spirited to Portugal. DCI Garvan, seconded to MI5 accompanies Major Spencer Hall to Lisbon. Their mission to escort Giscard to England, it’s a race against time; Himmler has ordered Giscard to be killed. A double-agent unfortunately divulges his whereabouts. In their deadly game of smoke and mirrors no-one is ever quite what they seem.
CODENAME NICOLETTE by TOBY OLIVER
During the Blitz the body of Sarah Davis is found after a tip-off to Scotland Yard by DCI Luke Garvan. A single bullet wound had extinguished the girl’s life with calculated precision. At Scotland Yard he is introduced to Major Spencer Hall from British Intelligence. Garvan discovers this was no ordinary killing Sarah was a member of MI5’s shadowy Twenty Committee. The Investigation draws Garvan into a dangerous underworld of espionage, it’s an intellectual, deadly game of counter bluff against the Abwehr. One rogue agent could bring the entire system crashing down like a pack of cards.
THE RED GATE by RICHARD SUTTON
Western Ireland, 1911: a young shepherd falls into a pasture sinkhole to be saved by his father; they discover an ancient key to their connection with the land, but they aren’t the only ones interested – 380 pages, Historical Fiction/Fantasy
THE GATEKEEPERS by RICHARD SUTTON
Western Ireland, 1921: With Ireland in the throes of Civil War, can they keep their entire family safe, including the cousins from America? – 422 pages, Historical Fiction/Fantasy
HOME by RICHARD SUTTON
Human colonist on a new world with nothing but their wits to protect them from the neighbors they didn’t know they were going to find — 228 pages, Old-School SciFi
TROLL by RICHARD SUTTON
High in a Norwegian valley, 40,000 years ago, two very different clans reveal the origins of racial hatred and fear of the others — 192 Pages, Prehistoric Fiction
BACK TO SANTA FE by W.T.Durand
A rowdy, bad seed returns to his empty childhood home, to find that everything he thought he’d left behind is rising from where it has been long buried, but new allies are appearing he had never considered. 366 pages, Mystery/Personal Journey
ON PARSON’S CREEK by RICHARD SUTTON
A teenager moves to a tiny new town in the Oregon Cascades, where he discovers an entire community conspiring to hide a dark secret in the woods from the light of day. 244 pages, YA/Adult Novella
DEAR CROSSING by MARJORIE DOERING
The devil is in the details, and the details aren’t what anyone expected
SHADOW TAG by MARJORIE DOERING
Finishing what you start is admirable. It can also be deadly.
A SORT OF JUSTICE by P E SIBLEY
Half-human Mark Praed inherited a skill from his alien mother that makes him a valued agent: he reads minds.
TALLON’S TOUCH by PE SIBLEY
Posing as a convicted felon, Praed infiltrates a drug dealer’s gang while his partner, Alex, is sidelined in a farming settlement.
DANGEROUS WATERS by ANNE ALLEN
Jeanne Le Page is lucky to be alive – 15 years ago she was almost killed in a boating accident which brought heart-breaking family tragedy and now she is forced to return to Guernsey following the death of her beloved Grandmother.
FINDING MOTHER by ANNE ALLEN
Prepare to be swept away by a heart-warming tale of family relationships and love as Nicole discovers who she really is while searching for her natural mother; the woman who gave her away at birth.
GUERNSEY RETREAT by ANN ALLEN
A man loses his father and a young woman loses her mother, both in tragic circumstances that lead, when they meet, to surprising revelations from the past.
SECRETS OF THE DARK HOUSE by LINDA GAINE
A chilling story of survival of a young woman and her child at the hands of a gruesome psychotic killer.
BLIND RAGE by LINDA GAINE
A story of Extreme wealth, Anger, Rage, and the ultimate betrayal.
PURE TRASH by BETTE A STEVENS
Experience the joy of a carefree Saturday and the blistering pain of feeling not quite good enough as you hop on a bike and ride into town with two delightful young boys who find adventure at every turn. Shawn and Willie Daniels live in the woods with no indoor water or plumbing. Dad spends most of his hard earned money on beer. Prejudice, class division, alcoholism, poverty, injustice, and bullying are cleverly woven into this 1950s adventure short. PURE TRASH is a prequel to upcoming debut novel planned for release Summer 2014.
Forewarning by Kate Wyland
An injured man forces Kasey Martin to make a frightening choice. Can she use her skills to protect those she loves or will she fail again?
Wyoming Escape by Kate Wyland
Two dead bodies. One dirty cop. Add one scared chef and a sexy Marine for a suspenseful page turner
A Plotting Blueprint: 10 Steps to a Perfect Plot by Charlie Bray
‘Step by Step it follows how a successful book was written’
BUILD A BOOK: Preparation by Charlie Bray
‘Preparation, helps you to prepare fully for the journey ahead. Before you even lift your pen or switch on your keyboard, there are essential steps to put in place. Just as you would check everything on your car before embarking on a long journey, adequate preparation is necessary to make sure you’re not setting out on a novel-writing folly’
BUILD A BOOK: Plot by Charlie Bray
‘Plot will help you turn your story idea into a fully functioning plot-line. It will help you, every step of the way, to fashion a believable narrative, with a balance of action and setting. It will show you how to integrate subplots and create escalating levels of drama. It will help you to introduce your main characters and plan all the problems and solutions along the novel’s journey’
BUILD A BOOK: Synopsis by Charlie Bray
‘Synopsis helps you prepare a detailed plot line, which sets out the story from start to finish. It helps you ascertain whether the story is strong enough to hold the readers’ interest throughout a full size novel. The finished synopsis will give you the confidence to start writing your first draft. It will provide you with a complete overview of your proposed novel and ensure that the story and characters are correctly balanced’
A Four Book Laughter Box by Charlie Bray
Enjoy this hilarious collection of Charlie Bray’s first four comedy books
The Trouble With Celebrity by Charlie Bray
‘Did you know Charlie Bray had ‘arrested’ one of the Beatles, lost Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, got drunk with Keith Moon and pulled a gun on a Great Train Robber? His new book is out now and tells all!’
The Village Idiots Ebay Club by Charlie Bray
‘Quirky people buy quirky things – and Ebay is full of quirky things. DANGER ALERT! What if they can’t stop bidding? What if their lives become quirkier and quirkier as a result? TIME TO JOIN THE EBAY CLUB!’
The Village Idiots Cruise Club by Charlie Bray
‘Laugh out loud at the hilarious fun that can be had on a Mediterranean cruise, Life on the ocean waves ain’t what it used to be’
Open House by Charlie Bray
‘Aristocrats, Ghosts and Squatters Share a Castle’
FOUR PIECES FOR POWER by MARC ESTES
When mysterious strangers arrive at the home of Andrew Correo, they provide him with life changing news. He learns of the Vedicatori, a secret organization established by his ancestors, an organization he now has the chance to inherit control over. In order to gain this control, he needs to compete with Robert Stavero in a global scavenger hunt. They must search for four illusive crystals that, when brought together, will tell them their final destination.
THE CONVICT AND THE ROSE by JAN SIKES
The cold iron bars and forty foot walls of Leavenworth prison could not separate the rebel from his rose.
FLOWERS AND STONE by JAN SIKES
A hot Texas summer, dim-lit honky-tonk barrooms, a young naïve fledgling go-go dancer and a wild rebel Texas musician sets the stage for this passionate love story.
SOLITARY DESIRE by KIM DEFFORGE
The author takes us along on her journey as she narrates the life events that weave an emotional tapestry, from adolescent imagination to adult life situations. Conveying amusing candor, Defforge details how she came full circle, from Paris to “la vie en rose” on the French Riviera. A true story of twists and turns and the author’s courage to follow it.
KIDS’ RIVIERA by KIM DEFFORGE
This book is a compilation of information about kid-focused sites on the French Riviera, so that the whole family can enjoy the sun and the sea, and experience the savoir-faire that the area has to offer.
THE VISIONARY MAYAN QUEEN:Yohl lk’nal of Palenque by LEONIDE MARTIN
Book 1 Mists of Palenque Series
THE CONTROVERSIAL MAYAN QUEEN: Sak’uk of Palenque by LEONIDE MARTIN
THE COLLECTORS BOOK ONE by RON A SEWELL
Bernie hires the Collectors to retrieve something that should have remained hidden
THE COLLECTORS BOOK TWO by RON A SEWELL
The Collectors play the game by the rules, but what if the rules change?
THE COLLECTORS BOOK THREE by RON A SEWELL
The Great Wall of China contains a secret
THE COLLECTORS BOOK FOUR by RON A SEWELL
Hitler’s Diamonds are in the Sahara. Can they be found?’
IN TOO DEEP (Due South Book 1) by TRACEY ALVAREZ
To save her brother from financial ruin, police diver Piper Harland does the one thing she swore she’d never do—return to the tiny island hometown on Stewart Island where Ryan “West” Westlake crushed her heart. West lost Piper once, but now she’s back for an unexpected six week visit. Maybe he wants her a little bit, but can he fall in love with such a flight risk? Saying goodbye the second time might just destroy them both.
MELTING INTO YOU (Due South Book 2) by TRACEY ALVAREZ
Ben Harland is, by his own admission, a bit of a grouch. He doesn’t do soppy chick-flicks and he’s hen-picked enough as it is with his mother and two younger sisters on his case. He sure doesn’t need any more drama in his world. But life has a way of rearing up and biting him in the butt when he least expects it. Cue insta-daddyhood to an eight-year-old girl and an out-of-control attraction to Stewart Island’s hot school teacher, Kezia Murphy.
GRYFFON MASTER by JOYCE SHAUGHNESSY
A fantasy thriller coauthored by Joyce Shaughnessy, H.M. Schuldt, Christian Warren Freed, Lynette White, and Randall Lemon.
An Arab, Ahmad Ibn Fazzar, and a Viking, Ragnar Olafson, find themselves trapped in a mysterious and very dangerous jungle world. They are warriors who have somehow stumbled into this dangerous maze and are forced to fight evil in order to escape back to their homes.
They are faced with danger at every turn but are helped by two courageous dwarves, Karlo and Kerr, who become constant companions. One must meet his pre-ordained destiny as The Sword Master and the other as The Gryffon Master in order to help each other escape.
Pursued by giants, liches, dragons, and other evil creatures, they must learn to fight together. It is an exciting story told by five authors in round-robin style that will have the reader captivated by its magical spell. It speaks to the warrior in all of us.
MR GRUMPY LIZZARD MEETS THE GIGGLING GIRLS by JOYCE SHAUGHNESSY
Mr. Grumpy Lizard requests help from four giggling girls because “the citizens of Reptile Land are entirely too unhappy.” The story itself has a wonderful simplicity and straightforwardness telling how important it is to extend happiness and to know that when we show our happiness, it can make other people around us feel happy too.
This entertaining story has wonderful illustrations that capture the personality of the characters. Joyce and Dennis Shaughnessy have given a priceless gift to their grandchildren as they used them as characters in the book. What a great read aloud book for teachers, parents, and grandparents. The children will be enchanted with this story, as will the adults.
THE DEATH OF CARTHAGE by ROBIN E LEVIN
Tells the story of the Second and Third Punic wars through the eyes of three Romans, Lucius, a cavalryman serving under Scipio in Spain and Africa, Enneus, a cavalryman taken prisoner and sold into slavery in Greece, and Ectorius, Enneus’ son who travels to Africa with the historian Polybius and witnesses the destruction of Carthage.
MAXIMUS, WARTS AND ALL by ROBIN E LEVIN
Tells the story of Quintus Fabius Verrucosus Cunctator from his own point of view. Fabius was a Roman general who thought outside the box. While the typical Roman response to the invasion of Italy by Hannibal was to confront him in a pitched battle, Fabius realized that Hannibal was a military genius beyond peer and that the only way Rome could avert destruction would be to wear Hannibal’s forces down in a war of attrition. Four successive battles, all disasters for Rome, proved Fabius correct.
SEMPRONIA, THE DAUGHTER OF GRACCI by ROBIN E LEVIN
Sempronia was the daughter of Cornelia the Mother of the Gracchi, the sister of the Roman reformers Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus, and the wife of Publius Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus, the general who destroyed Carthage in 146 B.C. Scipio Aemilianus staunchly opposed Tiberius Gracchus’ land reform measures and after his assassination said that Tiberius was “justly murdered.” Sempronia is trapped in the middle of one of the most bitter intra-family feuds in history. Which side will she choose?
IN THE SHADOW OF THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN by RANDALL CALDWELL
Forced into early retirement from the Hollywood Police Department, Patrick ‘Mac’ McFarland is now a private detective who prowls the mean streets of Hollywood and the dark alleys of the criminal mind. McFarland uses court-ordered therapy to assess how the movie business came to be and what affect it has had on some of its participants, to ultimately sort through clues that solve a murder fifteen years in the making, and then to confront his most formidable foe yet – his own troubled past.
Hope you enjoy our Autumn Book Fair