Author: Mark Wallace Maguire
Narrator: Thomas Cassidy
Length: 8 hours 47 minutes
Series: The Alexandria Rising Chronicles, Book 1
Publisher: Speckled Leaf Press
Released: May 12, 2020
Genre: Action; Adventure
Rand O’Neal, an ambition-less reporter, is given a single task upon the death of his grandfather: Destroy a mysterious map. What should be a simple errand thrusts Rand into a journey across three countries where he discovers humanity’s biggest secret. The book is labelled an action adventure, but contains elements of science fiction, suspense, and mystery.
Mark Wallace Maguire is a Kindle best-selling author of several books, including the highly-praised Alexandria Rising Chronicles. He is a 2017 Independent Author of the Year Finalist and a 2017 Georgia Author of The Year nominee. He is also an award-winning columnist and journalist whose work has appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers at home and abroad. He’s been honored by several organizations, including The Associated Press, Georgia Poetry Society and Society of Professional Journalists. In 2005, he was named Berry College Outstanding Young Alumni of The Year. When he’s not writing, he enjoys hiking, playing guitar, shooting short films and gardening. Voice actor from the UK. Narrator of over 80 audiobooks ranging from London based police thrillers (The Edmonton Police Series), a variety of financial and self-help books, to the globe hopping excitement of the Alexandria Trilogy. In his spare time he enjoys martial arts, fitness, old German cars and conspiracy theories.
Symbolism and Numerology in Alexandria RisingSomeone asked me the other day about how much symbolism I crammed into ‘Alexandria Rising. Well, the answer is pretty straightforward: As much as I possibly could. Why do this in an action adventure novel? Well, I figured if I was going to write a novel, I might as well have some fun with it. Example? Okay, no spoiler here, but a character in the book takes Train 42. The number ‘42’ is widespread in the works of author Lewis Carroll who was also an avid numerologist. The number is especially present in Alice in Wonderland where it is used several times directly or indirectly. 42 is also present in the TV show ‘LOST’ as part of the mysterious numbers and author Douglas Adams uses it in his books as well. So when picking names and numbers, I had a lot of fun. I am very much inspired by T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland and Dante’s Inferno. While I would not put my work on a literary level with those two brilliant pieces, I do love how those works contain mass amounts of allusions, symbolism and interconnectivity. Writing ‘Alexandria Rising’ gave me an opportunity to create my own little world using those devices. Bonus? I have an appendices in the book which provides some insight and after you read it you can even visit the website, www.alexandriarising.com to engage with e links which lead to video, images or research associated with names, places and numerals throughout the book.
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