Acacia, Book 1

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Bantam, 2008 - Assassins - 686 pages
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"Ruling from the island of Acacia, the emperor of the Known World has inherited an apparent peace and prosperity won by his ancestors generations ago. He's an intelligent man, a widower who dotes on his four children and it is this devotion that obliges him to hide a terrible secret from them- that their prosperity rests on the dark realities of trafficking in drugs and human lives. A man of integrity, he hopes that he might bring an end to this vile trade, but powerful forces stand in his way. And then an assassin strikes, a lone killer sent by the Mein, an ancient foe long ago exiled to the frozen north. Now the Mein have returned to take revenge on their old enemy and begin a series of brutal surprise assaults on Acacia. Mortally wounded, the emperor puts into play a plan that will allow his children to escape, to fulfil their destinies. And so begins a quest to avenge a father's death and restore an empire - this time on the basis of universal freedom..."

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ACACIA: Book One: The War with the Mein

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Something genuinely new from the author of historical novels about the black American experience (Gabriel's Story, 2001; Walk Through Darkness, 2002) and the Second Punic War (Pride of Carthage, 2005 ... Read full review

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User Review  - KatW - Borders

The characters in this book were so engrossing and I totally could not put it down. The second installment, which I have high hopes for, is due soon and I can hardly wait. Definitely one for the personal shelf. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

David Anthony Durham was born in New York City. He is the award-winning author of three acclaimed novels, Gabriel's Story, Walk Through Darkness and Hannibal- Pride of Carthage. He lived in Scotland for several years but now lives with his family in California, where he teaches at Cal State University.

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