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The Massacre of Heartbreak Morrow

Yousef Alqamoussi

ISBN 10: 0979070627 / ISBN 13: 9780979070624
Published by Crown Publications, 2007
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Title: The Massacre of Heartbreak Morrow

Publisher: Crown Publications

Publication Date: 2007

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: 2nd.

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Set during the reign of Nero's crumbling Roman Empire, this epic poem, which is based on a true story, tells of a subject of the Roman Empire who stood up against the tyrant of his time to fight for his beliefs. The story took place approximately sixty years after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It was a time of upheaval and chaos in the crumbling Roman Empire. Nero s senseless rule had wreaked havoc not only throughout the Roman realm, but throughout the entire known world. Numerous uprisings were breaking out throughout the Empire. Without the emperor s regulation, the authority of the governors faced little restriction, and they were left to do as they pleased. Some resorted to corruption and extortion, while others began to terrorize their citizens. The province of Syria was under the rule of the ruthless Camillus dynasty. Their tyranny and oppression was unbearable, and the new heir to the throne, Aphenzo Camillus, would stop at nothing to continue the cruel and heartless legacy of his forefathers. As Aphenzo acquired more wealth and power, the people began to fear him more and more. No one dared to challenge the great governor of Syria no one except Hesano Hasimus. Hesano, a respected nobleman, openly preached against the rule of Aphenzo Camillus. Consequently he was exiled from Syria, and fled to the city of Babylon, where many of his family members and supporters resided. Soon after, Hesano began to receive many letters from the citizens of Syria, calling him back to Damascus to help them in overthrowing Aphenzo. The people of Damascus promised to support Hesano and crown him their ruler if he returned and aided them in overthrowing the Camillus dynasty. Receiving word that Hesano was plotting against his throne, Aphenzo ordered an army of ten thousand troops to blockade the rebel s caravan in the deserts of Arabia and to kill him and all of his followers. As for those who promised to assist Hesano, Aphenzo bribed them with wealth and property. And as for those who refused his bribes, he ordered their execution. From fear of persecution, the citizens finally surrendered to Aphenzo s suppression and promised to defend the throne against Hesano. Aphenzo s troops were sent out to impede Hesano s caravan, which was on its way to Damascus with over three hundred soldiers, and many women and children. When Aphenzo s army met them, it cornered them in the midst of the scorching desert, not far from the shores of the Euphrates River. There they remained for nine days, surrounded by Aphenzo s troops. On the morrow of the tenth day, Hesano and his followers fought Aphenzo s enormous army on the shores of Euphrates in the famous battle of Heartbreak Morrow. And the outcome is the most moving in all of human history... The main and overall points of the book are: 1. To impart to readers the basic message of Hesano s struggle: that one must sacrifice in order to achieve what is greater, and must defy injustice and fight for his/her beliefs, despite the many risks and hardships that may be faced. 2. The book calls into question the way in which the general public comprehends sacrifice and struggle. 3. It emphasizes the importance of justice, truth, and integrity, equality of men regardless of race, religion, gender, and the value of principle. 4. It reflects to readers the problems of our modern society, particularly the corruption and injustice of contemporary governments, and the evils of greed and immorality.

About the Author:

Yousef Alqamoussi immigrated to the United States from the Middle East when he was three years old. He published Heartbreak Morrow when he was twenty. He is also the author of Renegade Rebel, as well as numerous articles, poems, and short stories, among them the award-winning short story entitled Hit and Run, which have been published in Al-Safahat (Pages) international magazine, Mirror News (Henry Ford Community College newspaper,) and various national anthologies.

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