A unit of the Seventh Cavalry is on a mission over Afghanistan when their plane is hit. The thirteen men and women bail out of the crippled plane, but when they reach the ground, they are not in Afghanistan. And it seems they have descended two thousand years into the past where primitive forces fight with swords and arrows. The platoon is thrown into a battle where they must choose sides quickly or die. They are swept along in a tide of events so powerful that their courage, ingenuity and weapons are tested to the limits of their durability and strength.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I love ancient history and the second Punic war with Hannibal taking his army and elephants over the Alps to attack Rome has always fascinated me. In this book my characters give us eyewitness accounts of events and battles as they unfold.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I have a military and computer science background. I am a student of history and I’ve traveled extensively. In my science studies I came across the records of polar shifts. When the poles suddenly change, especially if the new poles are hundreds of miles from their original positions, it must cause great cataclysms around the world. If one of these event were strong enough, I wondered, might it change time? Could it rotate time into the future, or the past? That’s where the idea of a unit of the U.S. Army begin dropped back into the past, two thousand years into the past, came from. With that germ of an idea, I built around it using real people and events from 216 B.C.
A dozen children jogged along the side of the trail, passing the carts. They wore short sarongs made of a rough tan fabric extending to their knees. Except for one of them, they were bare above the waist and dark complected, but not black. They carried bulging goat skin bags with straps over their shoulders. Each one held a wooden bowl in his hand. The bowls were attached to their wrists by a length of leather.
One of the boys spotted Alexander’s platoon and came running to them. He stopped in front of Karina, tilted his goat skin to fill his bowl with a clear liquid. With his head bowed low and using both hands, he held the bowl out to Karina.
“Thank you.” She took the bowl and lifted it toward her lips.
“Hold on,” Sergeant Alexander said.
“What?” Karina asked.
“You don’t know what that is.”
“It looks like water, Sarge.”
Alexander came over to her, dipped his finger into the bowl, then touched it to his tongue. He smacked his lips. “All right, take a small sip.”
“Not after you stuck your finger in it.”
She grinned at him. “Kidding.” She took a sip, then drank half the bowl. “Thank you, very much.” She handed the bowl back to the boy.
He took the bowl but still wouldn’t look at her. He kept his eyes on the ground at her feet.
When the other children saw Karina drink from the bowl, four of them, three boys and the one girl in the group, hurried over to serve water to the rest of the platoon. All of them kept their heads bowed, never looking at the soldiers’ faces.
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