William Azuski Travels in Elysium

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Travels in Elysium

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It was the chance of a lifetime. A dream job in the southern Aegean. Apprentice to the great archaeologist Marcus Huxley, lifting a golden civilisation from the dead... Yet trading rural England for the scarred volcanic island of Santorini, 22-year old Nicholas Pedrosa is about to blunder into an ancient mystery that will threaten his liberty, his life, even his most fundamental concepts of reality.

'Then chalk it up to experience, Mr Pedrosa.
Trust no one. Believe no one. Question everything.
Remember, there is nothing here you can take at face value... No -- not even yourself.'


A death that may have been murder... An island that blew apart with the force of 100,000 atomic bombs... A civilisation prised out of the ash, its exquisite frescoes bearing a haunting resemblance to Plato's lost island paradise, Atlantis... And inexplicable events entwining past and present with bewildering intensity... Can this ancient conundrum be understood before it engulfs them all?

'This extraordinary novel, part murder mystery, part metaphysical thriller, kept me guessing until the very last page. The intellectual duel between the troubled hero and his ruthless mentor is mesmerising. William Azuski's treatment of the Atlantis legend is completely original and I have rarely read a novel with such a strong sense of place. The bizarre landscapes of Santorini and the daily lives of its people, both ancient and modern, are vividly evoked. Anyone who enjoys the work of Umberto Eco, Orhan Pamuk or Carlos Ruiz Zafón should try this book.' -- Geraldine Harris, author, Egyptologist, and a member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford.

'Alternately lyrical, allegorical, sensual and spine-tingling, William Azuski takes the reader on an exciting voyage of discovery, an allegorical tale of the search for the very meaning of existence. It takes the reader to that place where myth, mysticism, nature and human obsession converge. [...] It is a journey worth taking. Four trowels for William Azuski's marvelous Travels in Elysium.'
-- Bill Gresens, Book Reviews, Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center, University of Wisconsin.

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"A superbly crafted saga of the first order, Travels In Elysium is a major work of deftly written suspense that incorporates and blends timeless elements that emerge as a first class metaphysical mystery. Author William Azuski's novel marks him as a major literary talent with Travels In Elysium leaving his thoroughly entertained readers looking eagerly toward his next effort! Highly recommended for community library fiction collections, it should be noted that Travels In Elysium is also available in a Kindle edition." -- Midwest Book Review

"Azuski knits these plotlines together with considerable skill, contextualizing them within the wider philosophical background of a search for Plato's mythical lost city of Atlantis and infusing them with plenty of memorable descriptions [...] A smart and satisfying archaeological thriller..." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Young Nicholas Pedrosa has left behind a promising though boring career to assist at an archaeological dig in Greece. Serving as apprentice to Marcus Huxley is nothing like he imagined, though. His predecessor died mysteriously, [and] Huxley himself is either a fraud, a visionary, or a madman. Figuring out which may be a matter of life or death for Nick, and as they dig deeper into the volcanic ash that obscures the past inhabitants of the island, rumors of Atlantis abound... [A] well-written, complex and thought-provoking read. -- San Francisco Book Review ****

"Like [Umberto] Eco and García Márquez, Azuski conjures a remarkable sense of an exotic place. The reader is immersed in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feel of Santorini under the military junta of the early 1970s and in the mystical reality that intersects with the mundane world. [...] if you enjoy literary fiction that makes you think, then I recommend Travels in Elysium." -- Archaeologist and author JM McDowell, jmmcdowell.

[An] engrossing novel [...] a must read for any fiction fan with an interest in Greek history, archaeology, or mythology or who, like Huxley (and Azuski), dream of Elysium or want to believe in the legend of Atlantis." -- Foreword Reviews

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