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   The Valley of Kings by Amos Keppler

   374 tightly spaced pages. Hardcover edition. ISBN 978-82-91693-36-1

   Release date September 21, 2022.

   Sales price US $42.50, Europe 35 Euros, UK 30 pounds (probably considerably less on some online stores). The novel is 135 000 words.


   Some places you can buy this one and others, and description of other Amos Keppler novels

   If the store near you desn't have the book or claim that they can't order it for you, give them the author, title and ISBN number and insist that they order it. Several of the world's largest distributors offer the book. That means it will be available also in non-english speaking countries. If you, for instance live on continental Europe and your store has an English language book section (which most stores have today), it should most definitely be available there.





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            THE BOOK

   The small group of people is wanderers. They have always been wanderers, always been on the move, never truly belonging anywhere.
   There is a mystery, a mystery of their lives. It is close, now, so close they can touch it, smell it, in the sands of Sahara, in the Valley of Kings, Egypt, along the ancient Silk Road through Asian cities, mountains and deserts.
   There is a Valley of Kings, somewhere, beyond the rim of the world, hidden from mortal eyes, a place of freedom for those who are... special, persecuted in a world fearing the unknown, fearing and hating what is different. They are drawn to it, irresistibly, inevitably. Something about it, something there resonates deep within their being.
   So, they set out to find that place, tracing centuries' old tracks, ghosts of clues to its position, to its origin, and what it means to them, to them personally, as grains of sand keep slipping through their fingers.
   And finally, the Valley of Kings welcomes them, taking them into its embrace, its womb, giving them hard needed solace, hard fought answers, reopening every single wound and pain of their soul.
   There is no mystery. The mystery remains.


   «I must rule with eye and claw - as the hawk among lesser birds». Atreides insertion
Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert


The first book in the series

The Defenseless


   The texts and clippings on this website are gathered from many sources and viewpoints. My hope is that it will be known as the definite authority on The Janus Clan and Phoenix Green Earth, their life and struggle.


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