Book: The Justinian Curse by Mikel Emmanuel De Cruscategories: Book, Curse, Plague, Drama, Adventure, Fiction, History, Europe, Asia, America, Italy, Bacteria, Justinian
Mikel Emmanuel De Crusabout this book: An emperor and a curse. A historian and a dark past.A young scientist and an ancient plague. A simple microbiologist and a complex bacteria. The Justinian Curse links all of them in a intricate knot of adventure and thrill. Each of them are deeply connected to a real and dangerous disease that had killed millions for millenniums. The story is set in different eras of the plague and exposes the human vulnerabilities against a highly adaptive disease. No vaccines, no known cures and a rapid mortality rate. How can one survive if such a plague ever resurfaced again? The question falls entirely in the hands of a young woman, a brave gentleman and an arrogant veteran.
• The inspiration
Although the novel sets place in various areas of the world it was the beautiful city of Ravenna, in Italy, that stirred the imagination of the author. Just as Dante was inspired to write the Divine Comedy in this divine city, so too was the author inspired to connect himself in a unique way to the mesmerizing city.What better way than to write a novel.
• The Title
The title was one of hardest aspects to finalize of the novel. At first it had an entirely different name all together , 'The Plague of Justinian' and then he changed it to 'The Justinian Plague', but the author did not want to confuse his readers of the type of writing genre, as it could have been easily misconstrued as an academic rather than a fictional piece.
Research came largely from collating ideas and from cities in Italy,books and online resources. It took the author almost a year to sift through the layers of information before finally enabling to piece the factual and fictional puzzles together.
• The reader
I would like to thank my readers and sincerely welcome any comments and criticism. This book is first but by no means the last. Another book is already in the works and I hope it will be just as enjoying as "The Justinian Curse" is.
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