Book: Ribbons of Death by Edita A. Petrickcategories: Book, Mythology, Curses, Legends, Deities, Paranormal, Fantasy, Egypt, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Academic, Bloody Riots, Peace Taker, Washington, Los Angeles, Carter, Dayton, Montana, Hunter, Myths
Edita A. Petrickabout this book: Deadly riots that leave hundreds dead and thousands injured start for many reasons but seldom because an eight year old stabs a burning candle into her mother's face. Most survivors just want to forget the horrors witnessed that day and get on with their lives. But Carter, who lived through one such riot in Cairo, needs to find out why a peaceful rally of women and children turned into a battlefield where the aggressors were those normally found giving comfort and hope. He finds an answer that is as bizarre as what happened that fateful day in a far away land. However, bizarre or not, Carter must consider the possibility that the attack of madness has somehow found its way on to the US soil.
The premise of the above story is ancient history. Every time I visit a museum I leave carrying a story inside me. This is one of such stories that just had to get out.
This is not just a mystery, it's also a subtle relationship story of the two main characters. I had a difficult time coming up with the book's title. I actually spent as much time on choosing the title as I spent writing the book. The hardest part was the beginning. That part has always been problematic for me and I suppose it shows because I got a comment, even in my 5-star reviews - that the start could be crisper, faster. But I was glad to see that my readers are forgiving and I am trying to come up with faster openings.
The title has always been there, in the novel, from the moment I wrote it but it took me a long time to see it. The cover reflects one particular myth's origin - ancient Egypt as well as its transition to modern-day Egypt. I always do a lot of research for all my novels. It comes from not just being an academic - I've spent more than 25 years working in corporate culture as a professional engineer - but because researching even something you've always loved, gives you a new angle, new appreciation of the old subject.
I'd like to say that for an author, word-of-mouth endorsement is crucial and if the readers enjoyed the book, could they please leave a review on Amazon.com. Most are just a sentence or two and that's all I expect. It would make a huge difference to me and the effort it took to write that review is greatly appreciated. I also appreciate any comments they may want to make to me directly, via email.
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