Aegypt is only the beginning...Ancient Light
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The Seventh Ancient Light Novel...


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Length of Novel:

119,440 words

Keywords and Market Focus:

Fiction, Egypt, Ancient Egypt, Cold War, China, Mao, Burma, Fairies, MI, British Foreign Office, Russia, Tomb, Suspense, Mummy, Archeology, Mystery, Britain, Scotland, KGB, Scotland, Ceridwin, Gaelic, Celts, Queen Elizabeth, Anglican, Dragon, Goddess, Warrior; will fascinate anyone interested in mystery and suspense—will appeal particularly to those who enjoy archeological historical mystery and suspense novels.

The conceptual theme of Warrior of Light is similar to the gothic horror novel The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker mixed with an action/adventure novel like (to tell you the truth, I don't know anything like it--still looking); it is a completely new twist on the many Egyptian and archeological historical mysteries currently in print.

Warrior of Light is a continuation of the adventures of Lumičre's children, the daughter of Paul and Leora begun in Aegypt, Sister of Light, Sister of Darkness, The Shadow of Darkness, The Shadow of Light, and Children of Light and Darkness.


Fiction Suspense


Daniel Long’s life changed. His family moved to a new neighborhood. He graduated and is entering a new school in the Sixth Form. He has left behind bullies and teasing and a painful schooling. Some of that teasing came about because Daniel has no idea what his father does for a living. His father works for the British government and always carries two pistols. Their family moved because of a promotion. The rest of the bullying came about because Daniel is an intellectual who loves to study languages. Though Daniel ran track because his mother thought it was safe, he never really imagined anything different for his life—then he met Sveta and Klava Calloway.

Sveta and Klava are remarkable twin girls. When Daniel first meets them, he is sixteen and they are fourteen. At fourteen, they are entering the Sixth Form with Daniel at the same school. They speak multiple languages and won’t say how many or what. They know what Daniel’s father does for a living, but they won’t tell him. Their parents work for the British government too. But there is something more peculiar about these girls. They are different and they are handicapped. Sveta is deaf, and Klava is blind, but their disabilities don’t seem to slow them down. There is more, much more Daniel doesn’t understand about them.

Sveta and Klava take Daniel on as their special project. They invite him to come to America with them for the summer to visit their grandmother and grandfather, Leora and Paul Bolang. Daniel has no idea the plan is for Colonel Paul Bolang to train him in manly arts. These were all the skills Daniel’s mother feared for him to attempt. They were the kinds of activities she protected him from, and Daniel discovers he loves them. He is remarkable at them—he has the best teacher in Colonel Bolang to train him. Daniel learns to shoot, ride, fence, operate weapons, and vehicles—all the skills of a professional soldier, or a spy.

At the same time Daniel is in training, so are Sveta and Klava. Their training is more arcane; Leora Bolang leads it. Daniel has no idea what it could be.

Sveta has more than a friendly attraction for Daniel Long. She made Klava step away from an interest in the intellectual young man. She brought Daniel along to train with Paul Bolang. She is preparing Daniel to be her warrior. Whatever that means, and Daniel is all for it. He has discovered he loves soldiering more than intellectual pursuits. He has discovered he is a man of action. He finds that he is falling in love with Sveta Calloway.

Following Sixth Form, Sveta and Klava attend Oxford and Daniel Sandhurst Royal Military Academy. All is well until Daniel receives a cryptic letter from Sveta and Klava’s adopted mother, Kathrin. Sveta and Klava are both missing, and they are lost in Communist China…

Author's reviewer’s quotes: 


Sveta wants a warrior, and she has marked one for her own. She has to train him and bring him up to her standards, but she has a plan for that too. What she didn’t imagine is how she could change too.

Excellent final novel to the series. All I can say is, wow--the characters are strong and their growth in maturity is powerfully depicted. All this and blazing adventure too.

What a goddess wants, a goddess usually gets even if she is barely a woman and turning fifteen. Too bad Daniel Long has no idea what is about to hit him.

Short descriptive teasers: 

Daniel Long thought he was only an intellectual—his mother convinced him of that; Sveta Calloway, the goddess of light, has another idea about what she wants Daniel Long to become.

Sveta Calloway, the goddess of light, always has had her way, always—now it looks like she will again; she has chosen a warrior, but that warrior needs training and convincing.

Lumičre and Aleksandr Diakonov were lost on a mission in China; their twin daughters, Sveta and Klava, were raised in Britain; now, Sveta and Klava have a plan to rescue their parents—they just need to find a warrior to take with them.




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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

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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 more than 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 over 30 years.  Aviation Writing

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