The Shadow of Darkness



Aegypt is only the beginning...Ancient Light
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Length of Novel:

104,025 words

Keywords and Market Focus:

Fiction, Egypt, Ancient Egypt, Cold War, Russia, Tomb, Suspense, Mummy, Archeology, Mystery, Germany, France, Britain, Moscow, Stalin, NKVD, SMERSh, MGB, MVD, Beria, Abakumov, Orthodox Church; will fascinate anyone interested in mystery and suspense—will appeal particularly to those who enjoy archeological historical mystery and suspense novels.

The theme of The Shadow of Darkness is similar to the gothic horror novel The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker mixed with a spy novel like The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carre; it is a completely new twist on the many Egyptian and archeological historical mysteries currently in print.

The Shadow of Darkness is a continuation of the adventures of Paul and Leora and Lumière began in Aegypt, The Goddess of Light, and The Goddess of Darkness.


Fiction Suspense


Whoosh… flash… boom, an explosion nearly steals the life of Lumière Bolang. It robs her of her memory, voice, and mobility. She becomes a victim, like so many other children of the violence of the Second World War.

ère Bolang is the daughter of the goddess of light and her warrior. Her soul was tainted through the actions and teaching of her aunt, the goddess of darkness—or so Lumière believes. She believes this so strongly, that after she, her mother and father conquered the goddess of darkness, Lumière ran away from them—forever. Her mother and father thought she was dead. Lumière took with her, the goddess of darkness’ “changed” tablet and her servant, Oba.

When Lumière and Oba attempt to escape Berlin at the end of World War II, she is caught in a firefight and almost killed. Lumière is rescued by a Jewish Soviet reporter and nursed back to life. She learns to speak and read Russian, and he takes her to Moscow.

Lumière injuries are extensive—they affect her legs, her speech, and her mind. Lumière can’t remember anything before the explosion, but when she meets Oba again, horrible dreams haunt her. The dreams are so terrible, the local commissar wants to send Lumière to a people’s asylum—a mental institution. Instead, her Jewish friend takes her to the newly opened Moscow convent. There, he believes, Lumière can get the help and protection she needs.

At the convent, Lumière’s incredible language ability becomes evident. The Patriarch of the Orthodox Church begins to use her as a translator to tempt the Soviet intelligence system. The Patriarch wants a spy in the NKVD, the precursor of the KGB, for the Orthodox Church—Lumière could be that spy.

Beria and Abakumov the chiefs of the NKVD and the MGB take the bait, and Beria installs Lumière as the head of Embassy Relations. Her skills are also too tempting for Stalin who accepts her as his translator, Stalin’s Little Bird. Stalin makes Lumière the head of the Department for International Understanding and puts her in charge of all advanced language study in the Soviet Union.

Meanwhile, Lumière is learning more about her own past. She determines that she needs to study Chinese to help her flush out the goddess of darkness who is now influencing the communists in China. That is when Lumière meets Aleksandr, an associate professor of Oriental languages in Moscow University. Aleksandr falls in love with Lumière—a love she is certain she cannot return.

In 1953 Stalin dies, Beria and Abakumov are imprisoned. Lumière’s life hangs in the balance. All thoughts of her mission to China disappear. She must escape to the West before the Soviet state led now by Khrushchev, purges her directorate and her life.

Author's reviewer’s quotes: 


Emotionally, physically, and spiritually wrung out, Lumière Bolang is a child you want to hold and love. She overcomes every hurdle to find love and peace when there is no love and peace to be found.

Wow! Into the bowels of the post war Soviet Union. Literally, a meeting with some of the most evil men in history—the tension in The Shadow of Darkness will keep you at the edge of your seat.

A dream-world you hope will end but never stops—the Soviet state gives everything and takes everything from Lumi
ère Bolang. An amazing internal spy novel where the suspense never ends.

Short descriptive teasers: 

The conflicted and tragic Lumière is injured at the end of World War Two and finds herself at the mercies of the Soviet Union.

A shadow of darkness hangs over Lumi
ère Bolang—while she tries to find out who she really is she is forced to become someone she abhors.

The history of post war Soviet Russia is played out the novel The Shadow of Darkness—Lumi
ère Bolang must find her way through her own mind and the dangerous corridors of the Soviet state.




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Aegypt is only the beginning...







ISBN: 1602900132

ISBN-13: 9781602900134

Format: Paperback, 232pp

Publisher: OakTara Publishing Group LLC

Pub. Date: January 2008



An unspeakable evil and an unbelievable power is about to be released into the world...

In the Tomb of Darkness and Light
If someone from the ancient world walked suddenly on the earth, what would they tell us about their times, and what changes would they observe in ours?  What if that person was revered as a goddess in the ancient world and evidenced a power beyond modern human understanding?  What if she were malevolent?
Fort Saint stands on a plateau between the salt deserts of the Chott Djerid and Chott Melrhir.  Four thousand years ago the chotts were filled–one salt and one fresh.  The fort coincidentally guards an ancient foundation where once stood a temple.  
The commander of Fort Saint, Lieutenant Paul Bolang discovered the foundation and unearthed Egyptian hieroglyphics on it.  His letter brought an archeological party to explore it.  And when the archeologists unearthed a tomb beneath, Paul was the only one who noticed a keen foreboding in the find.  Death followed the opening of the tomb and led Paul to uncover alone the existence of two other hidden tombs: the tombs of the Goddess of Darkness and the Goddess of Light.

Paul was present when the archeologists opened the tomb of the Goddess of Light and someone or something escaped.  Paul chased the being out onto the desert and captured a naked woman who spoke only ancient Egyptian.  

Paul struggled to communicate with woman who called herself Leora.  She claimed to come from the tomb, and she claimed to be the Goddess of Light—a claim she backed up with inexplicable powers.  Leora seemed benevolent, but she alerted Paul that her sister, Leila, the Goddess of Darkness wanted to also escape her tomb.  Leora warned that if Leila were released, she would visit only evil and suffering on mankind—that was her nature.

Now the archeologists have discovered the second tomb, the Tomb of the Goddess of Darkness, and they want to open it.    


 Aegypt is only the beginning...

 The Ancient Light Novels

          Aegypt (Published by OakTara)

          Sister of Light (Contracted to OakTara)

          Sister of Darkness (Contracted to OakTara)

          Shadow of Darkness (In consideration with OakTara)

          Shadow of Light (In consideration with OakTara)


          Children of Light and Darkness (In consideration with OakTara) 


          Warrior of Light (In consideration with OakTara) 


          Warrior of Darkness (In consideration with OakTara)  





Meet the Author

Photo by Tim Davis Photography

The finest escape in literature is an escape into a real and inviting culture—so asserts L. D. Alford a novelist who explores with originality those cultures and societies we think we already know.  He builds tales that make ancient people and times real to us.  His stories uniquely explore the connections between events close and familiar and events of the past—he cleaves them together with threads of reality that bring the past alive.  L. D. Alford is familiar with technology and cultures—he earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Dayton. He is a graduate of Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and the US Air Force Test Pilot School.  He is widely traveled and has spent long periods in Europe and Central America.  His writing includes over 40 technical articles and a historical fiction novel The Second Mission published by Xulon.  L. D. Alford is an author who combines intimate scientific and cultural knowledge into fiction worlds that breathe reality.




  Novels by this Author
       The Second Mission (Available now)
       Centurion   (Available now published by OakTara)
      Ancient Light              (Available now published by OakTara)
                  Aegypt         Sister of Light   Sister of Darkness


 The Dragon and the Fox


 The Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox (Available now published by OakTara)


              The End of Honor    The Fox’s Honor          A Season of Honor 




  L.D. Alford is the author of over 41 technical papers published in international journals on flight test, military policy, flight safety, space, and cyberwar.  Technical Writing
  L.D. Alford has been a professional aviator for more than 30 years.  Aviation Writing

L.D. Alford Aviation Writing Technical Writing Unpublished Novels Writing Links Engineer