In addition, Michael has published THE CALIPHATE under the pseudonym Jack Stewart, and has four graphic novels, which will be published this summer by Oxford Canada Press, and a thriller titled HURAKAN due out with Overmountain Press this fall.
Samiya, an Egyptian woman, and Taggart, a Canadian professor of Comparative Religion, have nothing in common, until they find themselves on opposite sides of a bloody war for causes neither is sure they believe in.
Every five hundred years the Phoenix returns home for rebirth. And every five hundred years Seth, Horus, and Osiris are reborn, fated to re-fight their greatest battle. That five hundred years is up.Twenty five years ago, Samiya’s mother, Elen, planted Sam in the bowels of Cairo to be nurtured by Pharaoh, the megalomaniac leader of the Shemsu Seth, a cult dedicated to the ancient Egyptian God of Chaos and users of primal Void. Void draws from the power of nature, and the Fullness, the energy which balances Void, draws from mankind’s collective unconscious. The Sisters of Isis once controlled both. After two millennia, they want their powers back. They will trade the contents of a golden Codex in return for Sam’s training, so that she might return to the Sisters with knowledge of the Void.
But the Codex details the locations of the twenty four pieces that make up Osiris’s Backbone and every five hundred years the completed relic must innervate the true prophet and complete the prophecy of the Phoenix, allowing the Fullness to be reborn. One lunar cycle remains. In Pharaoh’s hands the relic would create a corruption of a god, a god who would rule in Void alone for the next five hundred years.
Reason has ruled for centuries. Isn’t it time for Chaos to have a chance?