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Murder in Hattusas: Hittite Trilogy

Sasha Garrydeb

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410 pages. At the close of the Old Kingdom in 1420 BC, the realm of the ancient Hittite Empire is in chaos. Muwatallis, the king has been assassinated in the capital, Hattusas, by the feared Kaska Assassins Guild. Muwas, the dead kings brother blames the two sons of the previous king, Huzziyas, and he insists he be the one to succeed his brother. The two sons of Huzziyas, Kantuzzili and Himuili, insist the next king be Tudhaliyas, son of Himuili, since rewarding Muwatallis previous assassination of Huzziyas, is unthinkable. Neither side is prepared to give way, and the scene is set for civil war. Tagrama, the High Priest of the temple of the Storm God Taru, tries to broker a peace, but is up against outright stubbornness. Muwas then hires Harep, of the same Assassins Guild, to kill Tudhaliyas. Only Mokhat, the former spiritual adviser to the Assassins Guild, knows what Harep looks like, and he is determined to stop all the damnable assassinations. Hes had enough of the Guilds murdering ways. Muwas calls upon his Mittani allies, the Mittani King Saustatar, who sends his son Artatama with an army to Muwas aid. The Kizzuwatna King Shunashura changes allegiance and abandons the Mittani in favour of Kantuzzilis faction, sending an army to help Tudhaliyas. The Pharaoh Amenhotep II threatens to invade Mittani unless they pull their army out of Hatti. Saustatar refuses. When Tudhaliyas meets Nikal, he falls for this daughter of the Kizzuwatna king. They announce their engagement. Harep, the hired assassin, makes a number of attempts on Tudhaliyas life, but is foiled. The major Battle of the Wide Plateau settles the civil war but in the mean time, Harap manages to kidnap Nikal. Murder in Hattusas is the 1st Volume of the Hittite Trilogy. The protagonist, Mokhat, is in search of himself after his sordid ministrations to a bunch of murderers. It is a bronze-age thriller, which includes a romp through the Hittite landscape, a civil war, and chariots in battle. This is a tale of love and adventure set in the most fascinating recently discovered culture of the ancient world. A must for all fans of the Hittite civilisation. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780954814465

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Title: Murder in Hattusas: Hittite Trilogy

Publisher: ABC Publishers

Binding: Paperback

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At the close of the Old Kingdom in 1420 BC, the realm of the ancient Hittite Empire is in chaos. Muwatallis, the king has been assassinated in the capital, Hattusas, by the feared Kaska Assassin’s Guild. Muwas, the dead king’s brother blames the two sons of the previous king, Huzziyas, and he insists he be the one to succeed his brother. The two sons of Huzziyas, Kantuzzili and Himuili, insist the next king be Tudhaliyas, son of Himuili, since rewarding Muwatallis’ previous assassination of Huzziyas, is unthinkable. Neither side is prepared to give way, and the scene is set for civil war. Tagrama, the High Priest of the temple of the Storm God Taru, tries to broker a peace, but is up against outright stubbornness. Muwas then hires Harep, of the same Assassin’s Guild, to kill Tudhaliyas. Only Mokhat, the former spiritual adviser to the Assassin’s Guild, knows what Harep looks like, and he is determined to stop all the damnable assassinations. He’s had enough of the Guild’s murdering ways. Muwas calls upon his Mittani allies, the Mittani King Saustatar, who sends his son Artatama with an army to Muwas’ aid. The Kizzuwatna King Shunashura changes allegiance and abandons the Mittani in favour of Kantuzzili’s faction, sending an army to help Tudhaliyas. The Pharaoh Amenhotep II threatens to invade Mittani unless they pull their army out of Hatti. Saustatar refuses. When Tudhaliyas meets Nikal, he falls for this daughter of the Kizzuwatna king. They announce their engagement. Harep, the hired assassin, makes a number of attempts on Tudhaliyas’ life, but is foiled. The major Battle of the Wide Plateau settles the civil war but in the mean time, Harap manages to kidnap Nikal. Murder in Hattusas is the 1st Volume of the Hittite Trilogy. The protagonist, Mokhat, is in search of himself after his sordid ministrations to a bunch of murderers. It is a bronze-age thriller, which includes a romp through the Hittite landscape, a civil war, and chariots in battle. This is a tale of love and adventure set in the most fascinating recently discovered culture of the ancient world. Volume 2 of this trilogy is due out at Easter 2011. A must for all fans of the Hittite civilisation.

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Sasha Garrydeb worked in the computer industry in Eastern Europe for a number of years as a consultant. Then he went back to University and graduated in Psychology, specialising in Relapse Prevention in Alcoholism and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, (OCD). Interests include most Slavic languages and their etymology. There’s a current fascination with prehistory taking in the birth of the earth onwards. He reads extensively, throws pots, and is a bit of a motor biking nut. He's currently working on the second novel in the Hittite Trilogy, to be published in February 2011. That is work in progress. He's had a fascination for the lost Hittite civilization for a number of years and thought it high time someone made a stab at including them in the thriller fiction genre. His first novel was Worlds Beyond Ours which had been bouncing around in his head for some years. The second book came out of the blue and was The Wizard of Kalar, an ecology fantasy novel; and then there was a change of direction, which ended up with the writing of the current Hittite Trilogy. He lives with a cat called Psyche, who is the surrogate Editor of all his books; at least he claims she is, so any typos are down to her editing.

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