By now it will come as no surprise to the more discerning among you that like Seventh, once it proved popular, inevitably it incurred the wrath of some complete idiots as you will see if you peruse what remains of the reviews, particularly those with one star.
One braindead moron in the United States even had the temerity at the time to suggest that The Forgotten Age somehow denigrates arabs, simply because one specific baddy in the story happens to be based on a well known, highly controversial, bad tempered, less than honest Egyptian archaeologist, who still thinks that all ancient Egyptian antiquities are his personal property to do with as he sees fit. In other words, who better to base the perfect arch villain for my story on than him?
When he was in charge, he was paid handsomely by a well known American publication for the films he made for its popular television channel, as well as being paid to do the lucrative lecture circuit in the US. Inevitably he was fired and imprisoned for corruption amongst other things by the civilian government at the time of the Arab Spring, only to be later released after yet another regime change in that much troubled land.
If you have ever read my good friend Robert Bauval’s book Breaking the Mirror of Heaven co-written with Ahmed Osman both of whom know him only too well, you will read all about the person in question.
By offering our books for free, we all tend to leave ourselves wide open for totally uncalled for mindnumbingly stupid attacks blatantly encouraged by Amazon, citing the hackneyed Freedom of Speech argument as an excuse to protect its inhouse trolls and their one and two star so-called reviews. Given that Amazon now removes any and all reviews it suspects may be written by individuals known to any given author, there is no excuse for it not doing the same to the blindingly obvious troll reviews, is there?
For precisely that reason I have taken the following decision. There is no way in Hades I will ever offer my latest, Céleste for free. Or for that matter any existing or future books by yours truly ever again. Simply put, like every other writer who deals with Amazon, I don’t agree with it’s draconian methods regarding genuine reviews. Nor do I believe that bad publicity for any given book in the form of one and two star reviews will attract readers!
But I digress. Should you be interested in reading The Forgotten Age for yourselves, here is its blurb to peak your curiosity:
In the world of archaeology, some things are just not meant to be. Only the brave or foolhardy will ever dare to challenge the establishment and its accepted theories. Previously, Dr Nick Palmer had proved himself beyond any reasonable doubt by saving the Earth and the entire Solar system from total destruction on December, 21st, 2012, enabling humanity’s seventh age to begin.
Now it was time to upset the academic world once and for all. He returns to Egypt to find the fabled library of the ancients to disprove the blinkered thinking over who was responsible for sculpting the Sphinx as well as establishing the true purpose of the pyramids. Along the way he is joined once again by most of his old team and a few new recruits. In their bid for proof they are subjected to all manner of obstacles put in their path.
Apart from attempted murder, kidnapping and torture, even the environment is hostile towards Nick and his team in his latest adventure. Will he succeed in his quest for the truth about the Sphinx and the pyramids? Find out when you read ‘The Forgotten Age.’
Here’s a snippet:
“What if Santorini, Thera if you prefer it, was actually the fabled Atlantis of legend after all? What if old Plato had unwittingly uncovered the truth? But the particular destructive event he wrote about happened even earlier than the date you insist is the one and only time Santorini blew. Remember, he was writing about events long before his time. Somehow or other he had to sift through the many tales, conjecture, myths and legends of his day looking for clues, not an easy task even now. Don’t automatically reject out of hand the idea of Santorini being Plato’s Atlantis.”
Eason, Jack (2012-11-14). The Forgotten Age (Kindle Locations 1518-1522). Jack Eason. Kindle Edition.