Carl Alves Two for Eternity

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Two for Eternity

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9781937148041: Two for Eternity

Two for Eternity is an historical as well as a contemporary, fantasy thriller that takes many controversial interpretations of history. From ancient Egypt and Babylon, through the time of Christ in Judea, spanning the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, and through World War II, Raiken and Vrag engage in inhuman battles of will. Vrag pulls the strings of malevolent leaders, and causes endless destruction and chaos. His immortal counterpart and enemy, Raiken, defends humanity and opposes him at every turn. The stakes have never been higher, as Vrag sets his sights on the destruction of society. The twin brothers battle one last time to settle their score for eternity.

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Two for Eternity takes place over a 12,000 year period.  It covers pre-history, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Babylon, the time of Christ in Judea, the time of the Vikings in Norway, Columbus sailing to America, the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, and World War 2 all the way up to modern day.  One of the most fun aspects of writing this novel was delving into the different time periods with some historical research. 
            As much as I could, I tried to find non-standard sources of information.  I think much of what we learn in history class is skewed because we're only getting history from one perspective, from the side of those who won the war.  I wanted to give people a different perspective and try to do it in an entertaining manner.   
            Since the novel was going to span 12,000 years, Ancient Egypt seemed like a great place to start.  Ancient Egypt was highly advanced and militarized.  It was the first civilization to really spread their empire far across their borders.
            One of the prevailing themes of the novel focuses on religion.  Since organized religion and religious belief has had such a pervading effect on our history, it seemed like a natural theme.  Marduk was the patron deity of the city of Babylon and highly influential on Babylonian culture.  Marduk was a warrior god who defeated Tiamat, a dragon and leader of the Annunaki gods, in single combat.  During the reign of Hammurabi, Babylon truly established itself as political and cultural center of world, which is why I chose to write about this time period. 
            The section where I deviated the most from the textbook version of history is the part that takes place in Hispaniola in 1492. Christopher Columbus has been inaccurately portrayed throughout history.  Not only was he not first European to land in Americas (the Vikings had landed in North America 500 years earlier), but Columbus was nothing short of murderous thug.  Using brutal tactics such as unleashing war dogs, systematic cold blooded murder, purposely spreading disease, he managed to kill millions, including the genocide of the Tainos Indians in Hispaniola.  My primary source of data for this part of the novel was the journal of Christopher Columbus' brother who took part in his journey. 
Although I didn't start off with this time period (I instead incorporated it through the use of a flashback scene) I wanted to establish that my two main characters, Raiken and Vrag, have been around since the beginning of human history.  I set the flashback scene in 10,000 BC in Central Africa.  This part of the book was mostly guesswork and speculation since not much is known about this time period.  When I initially wrote this chapter, I did so without dialogue since it wasn't clear that human language had been developed, but after watching the movie 10,000 B.C, I decided to incorporate dialogue.  If the movie producers could do it, then I could do it as well.  With so little historical information available, this was the most challenging chapter to write in my book.
            I wrote about the time of Judea, during the time of Christ.  Since I was already familiar with the biblical tales centered during this time, and since most people have watched a movie or two or ten from this time period, I didn't think it was so necessary to paint a picture of the land and the time period, so most of my research focused on day to day aspects of Jewish culture. Some of things that I focused on in my research was the importance of the marketplace in Jerusalem, public baths and what occurred during pilgrimages. The real challenge was not to think that I already knew everything I needed to in order to write this chapter.
One of the prevailing themes of the novel focuses on religion.  Since organized religion and religious belief has had such a pervading effect on our history, it seemed like a natural theme.  Marduk was the patron deity of the city of Babylon and highly influential on Babylonian culture.  Marduk was a warrior god who defeated Tiamat, a dragon and leader of the Annunaki gods, in single combat.  During the reign of Hammurabi, Babylon truly established itself as political and cultural center of world, which is why I chose to write about this time period. 
            The section where I deviated the most from the textbook version of history is the part that takes place in Hispaniola in 1492. Christopher Columbus has been inaccurately portrayed throughout history.  Not only was he not first European to land in Americas (the Vikings had landed in North America 500 years earlier), but Columbus was nothing short of murderous thug.  Using brutal tactics such as unleashing war dogs, systematic cold blooded murder, purposely spreading disease, he managed to kill millions, including the genocide of the Tainos Indians in Hispaniola.  My primary source of data for this part of the novel was the journal of Christopher Columbus' brother who took part in his journey. 
            If you like history, I think my novel will really work for you.  There's drama, adventure, fantasy, romance, a little bit for everyone.

Intro
By the time the coroner carted the three corpses out of Raiken's house, the sun had risen. They had questioned him repeatedly about the men who shot up his house. He told them he knew nothing about the gunmen and why they had tried to assassinate him.
    He requested time to sleep before the next round of questions. They left, except for three police officers who guarded his house.
    He went inside his battered house where Dalia and Sally waited for him. Thank God his wife and sister had survived this hellish ordeal. It would have shattered him if either had died.
    "Scott, we need to talk," Dalia said.
During the attack, the gunmen destroyed the kitchen chairs, so Sally sat on the floor. "I know you were lying to the police, and we've had enough of your lies."
    "We want to know what's going on," Dalia said, "and we want to know now!"
    "And we're not just talking about why these guys shot the house apart while trying to kill you. We want to know everything."
"It's impossible for a person to do what you did tonight." Dalia paced around the kitchen. "You moved so fast, I couldn't even follow you with my eyes."
    Sally looked up at him. "Not to mention that you know about, oh I don't know, sixty languages or so, and talk about places that you've never been to as if you've lived there your whole life."
    "It doesn't add up, Scott. We want you to explain everything."
Raiken tilted his head back and closed his eyes, clutching the bandaged area above his hip where the bullet had pierced him. Weariness sank deep into his bones as if the past twelve millennia had crept up on him.
    Raiken gave a harsh laugh that made Sally and Dalia jump. "I've never told anyone my story, but for the first time I need to let someone know the secrets I've buried for so long. You want to know the truth? You'll have to forget what you thought you knew about the world."
    Dalia's face tightened. "After what we saw tonight, that won't be too hard."
Raiken took a deep breath. "What I'm about to tell you is a tale that spans thousands of years. The pyramids in Egypt weren't even a thought when I entered this world. This is a tale of good and evil. It's a tale of betrayal, heartbreak, and revenge. But in its essence, this is a tale of two people. Scott Mullen is the latest of many names I've had. The other is my dark twin, who is responsible for tonight's attack." Raiken closed his eyes and sighed. "Where do I even start? I guess the only place to start is in the beginning."

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Dedication I would like to thank all of the many people who made this novel happen.  I would especially like to thank Deborah Leblanc for helping me hone my writing skills and for providing sage advice, L. Sue Durkin for taking a chance on me, Max and Alex, the two greatest little guys a dad could hope for, and Michelle, my motivation and inspiration, thank you for being with me every step of the way.

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