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Monday, April 7, 2014

Dare to experience DEATH IN THE HOUSE OF LIFE

{Cover courtesy of the genius of Leonora Roy}

It is a time of death, disease, and war in Egypt --

normal conditions for all of its 5000 year history.

The year is 1895.  Ten years earlier General Gordon died in the seige of Khartoum, fighting alongside McCord-Pasha. 
File:General Gordon's Last Stand.jpg

Six months later,  Muhammad Ahmad, the self-proclaimed Mahdi died mysteriously.

Many whispered, "McCord-Pasha still lives."

In 1895, cholera killed 150,000 -- among them those who would enslave the peasants and seize the land for themselves.

The whispers increase, "McCord-Pasha is angry."

Lady Meilori Shinseen, millennia ago called Sekhmet, merely smiles.

It was said that her breath formed the desert.

As a Ningyo, able to manipulate all fluids, Sekhmet and her people happily drained the land dry.

Now, Sekhmet has returned for her aegis and should she succeed, nations will tremble before her and thousands die.

File:Egyptian - "Aegis" with the head of Sakhmet - Walters 57540 - Three Quarter.jpgAnd with the genius, Nikola Tesla, at her side, Sekhmet may well possess her aegis again.

McCord-Pasha has to think of a way to save the world without destroying his marriage

while keeping British operatives from re-capturing Oscar Wilde, whom he and Samuel Clemens just broke out of Reading Goal.

But beneath the ruins of Tanis slumbers Something that should never be awakened.

Once again, the world is on the brink of Chaos with only the wits and courage of McCord-Pasha to pull it back.


  1. And death still has a corner (a big one) in the house of life. Which is as it should be.

  2. Elephant's Child:
    The art of keeping Death at bay was one of things studied in Ancient Egypt's Houses of Life.

    But Death is patient, knowing she always wins. Thanks for visiting. :-)

  3. Okay, now I know for sure that I've got to read Death in the House of Life, especially if Twain springs Wilde from Reading Gaol in it. You sure know your literary history, Roland!

  4. Helena:
    You get to see Twain as a 12 year old boy first but the sparks between Twain and Wilde were the most fun writing I have done in awhile!

    I think you will like the book. It was a movie in my head as I wrote it as you mention in your post of today. :-)