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A dark urban fantasy that re-imagines A Tale of Two Cities on the modern international stage, The Last Stratiote depicts the age-old struggle between revenge and love in the heart of one tortured woman.
Blood Law. It's the foundation of all human relationships, as old as humanity itself. In the Balkans, it's been enshrined in written code since the Middle Ages.
For Elira Dukagjini, a stratiote, an Albanian mercenary who loves Shakespeare and composes blood haiku, it's what drives her--at least until she meets James Goodman, an ICE agent pursuing the same trio of sex traffickers one explosive March night. For James, a Special Forces veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who earned a degree in philosophy on his career path, it's not just about bringing criminals to justice. The sex traffickers have kidnapped Mirjeta Gjakova, the woman he loves, at the behest of a man he burns to pay back. For Mirjeta, a concert violinist who escaped her Balkan homeland as an orphaned teen, the strict accounting of Blood Law threatens to collect a heavy debt: her life. When Elira's blood hunt collides with James's pursuit of the kidnappers, the resulting trial forces her out of her predatory myopia. What Elira decides will change the entire course of their three lives, setting a precedent in the law governing human behavior.
Complex, gritty, and brutally human, The Last Stratiote alternates between dramatic action and a challenging, richly symbolic exploration of life, religion, and philosophy. It is a story informed by the intrinsic motives underlying our desire for love, lust, revenge, healing, and redemption.
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What's So Special About The Last Stratiote? Elira Dukagjini, the protagonist, that's what. Elira is basically Lisbeth Salander's sexier Balkan cousin. So if you like a tattoo-sporting, violent, takes-care-of-herself, larger-than-life young woman who dominates the story, this book is for you.
There are other elements that make The Last Stratiote special. There's plenty of gritty, blood-and-guts action, history, philosophy, theology, sex, and the supernatural. It's got something for everyone.
But there's more.
The Last Stratiote transforms the vengeful, bloodthirsty French peasantry and civilized, law-abiding English society in Dickens' classic "A Tale of Two Cities" into a litigious American society grappling with the bloody, eye-for-an-eye worldview of the Balkans and Mideast.
Bronze Winner, Foreword Reviews 2013 IndieFab Book of the Year Award (Fantasy - Adult Fiction)
"A suspenseful, high-stakes tale ..." -- Kirkus Reviews
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Book Description Zephon Books, 2013. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0982687583
Book Description Zephon Books. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 230 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.58 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0982687583
Book Description Zephon Books, 2013. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110982687583