Synopses & Reviews
The Great War began with two shots: one aimed at the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Hapsburg throne, and the other aimed at his wife, Sophie. What many thought would be just another Balkan squabble quickly transformed into a major war felt around the world. As Europe burst into flames and millions of soldiers began battling the forces of nationalism, the Ottoman Turks joined arms with the Germans and extended the conflict to their longtime enemies, the Russians and Christians. Incited by secular leaders in Constantinople, northwestern Persia became a warzone in which radical religious tribes invaded Christian villages and systematically martyred hundreds of thousands of “infidels” who dared to resist conversion.
On a small slice of ancient, isolated land owned by a wealthy Assyrian family, a young Christian girl awakens to the brutal massacre of her race in a war that she is too young to understand. Stripped of her privileged and comfortable existence, pursued by a Muslim governor – a symbol of the rising new world order – and surrounded by hostility and greed, deep-sated hatred and unspeakable horrors, she must somehow come to terms with the nightmare that her life has become.
In northwestern Persia, on a small slice of ancient land owned by a wealthy Assyrian family, a young Christian girl awakens to the brutal massacre of her race; a religious war that she is too young to understand, yet must somehow come to terms, with transforms her privileged life into one of unspeakable horror and suffering.
About the Author
Joe David is a Virginia-based writer and a former freelance journalist, public relations specialist and educator. Two of his five previous works include “Teacher of the Year” (1996) and “The Fire Within” (1981).