The Halia series is not so much about famous heroes, princes, and statesmen as it is about ordinary individuals who find themselves caught up in the great events of their times. The first four volumes mirror the rise and fall of the tantalizing and mysterious civilizations that flourished in the Aegean in the ages before written history. Later, the focus will be on Archaic and Classical Greece.
Coming soon, Part 2, Ungodly Wealth: In 1608 BC, when Rapi of Halia is apprenticed to his seafaring uncle, he has no idea that his next voyage will lead to a cargo of stolen wealth, or that his sly uncle has plans to unload his loot on the island of Atlantis. It’s all high adventure for Rapi until murderous strangers come looking for the treasure. When the island’s long-dormant volcano erupts with devastating force, he is forced to make the kinds of choices that will change the course of his young life forever.
Part 3, The Seal of Freedom: Set in 1347 BC, young Deomatis of Halia, abused by his alcoholic father, is sold into forced labor building the walls of a massive Bronze Age citadel. Wrongly accused of causing a construction site disaster, he is condemned to serve as a galley slave. His eventual fate: to row on a ship headed for Crete and commanded by the Theseus, an Athenian prince who has been charged with delivering tribute to King Minos of Knossos.
Part 4, A Villager’s War: In an utterly new approach to the Trojan War epic, the carpenter Euxylios of Halia is drafted in 1226 BC when his king plans a campaign. But like so many of his fellow conscripts, he has never heard of the enemy he is to fight. He suffers through the misery and vicissitudes of a long campaign until, near the end, he is enlisted for his carpentry skills to help construct the great wooden horse, the infamous ruse used to breach the defenses of Troy.
Part 5, One Man’s Games: It is 642 BC, and a central Greek tribe, the Dryopians, are starved of land. An athletic young man, Hypselos, is sent by their dictatorial chief to inquire of opportunities to send the landless to distant colonies. Hypselos’ chance meeting with a diplomat from Argos at an athletic competition leads to a colonial enterprise: King Pheidon of Argos wants to repopulate the site of Halia, largely abandoned in the aftermath of the Trojan War.
Part 6, Between Countries: As a boy, Timaios of Halia watched as competing factions helped pit Sparta and Athens against one another over control of his small city-state’s strategic harbor. As a man, he faces the dreadful prospect of marching at the forefront of a hoplite phalanx when the harsh realities of the devastating Peloponnesian War reach the very walls of his poorly defended city.