"PIERCING GREY EYES, HAIR FLOWING LIKE A RIVER OF FIRE... THERE WAS SOMETHING DIFFERENT ABOUT HER, SOMETHING GRAND AND ETHEREAL..."
Chaplain Ryan Shields has encountered Death on many occasions. She's quite nice, actually.
As an advisor to the American expeditionary force in Armenia, engaged in seemingly futile peacekeeping efforts, Ryan regularly exercises a unique and inexplicable ability to see Death herself. What begins as a morbid curiosity quickly turns into a horrifying comedy of fate, when the platoon to which he's attached is caught up in a surprise attack and stranded behind enemy lines.
With Death following him the whole way, he must battle the elements, a seemingly omnipresent enemy, and internal dissension, all the while struggling to keep the flame of his own failing faith from flickering away into extinction.
FINDING LIGHT IN A DARK WORLD
A FICTIONAL FUTURE BASED ON THE FOUNDATION OF MODERN REALITY
Although the setting is founded on a fictional future conflict, that conflict is based on real events in the past and on real events happening today, right now. The Armenian Highlands have long been the volatile boundary between religious divides and global empires—the Persians, Russians, Ottomans, Romans. It's impossible to boil millennia of conflicts down to a single explanation, but I hope to be able to highlight some of the real issues that seize these small nations, issues that often get ignored as insignificant or unworthy of Western attention. Although their countries may be small, the prejudices and predispositions that run deep within their soil and blood are a microcosm of the world at large. Ones that we can learn from and grow from.
I hope that by exploring this region through my novel, you can come to appreciate the intricacies of a conflict that often lives in obscurity, but one that is no less worthy of the attention given to conflicts found on the front pages.
These photos are all snapshots from my travels across Armenia. For such a small nation, there's certainly a lot of powerful history to be found there.