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Hi. I’m Daniel Julian, author of The Diamond Grenade.
I'm hosting a raffle of five fifteen dollar Barnes & Noble gift cards.
See, I wrote this story about a supreme court justice slash military intelligence czar playing horseshoes underwater with a newly sworn in secret service agent in an outdoor pool in the capitol city of a made-up nation called Guria…
I don’t run hate; there’s precious little hate in this book, but there is cold-blooded, hate-justified patricide.
Try not to evict me from my own little party of self-congratulations about this piece.
Tea served in wee small vessels tends to the potent end of things. I have made a potent little piece of fiction.
Surprisingly, nowhere in this set of five serial novellas have I mentioned we breathe plant shit. There are objectionable expletives in the text, but I have kept them to a minimum. Sometimes the characters say “Messiah” in situations of surprise or exasperation, where we might say, “Jesus” or “Jesus Christ”. I think I drop the f-bomb a few times. Anyway, it’s turns out to be funny they say “Messiah” when, in the fifth novella, a self-proclaiming messiah becomes a main character.
Whit, who narrates the fifth novella, is son of either Donus, Florian, or Beatus. He wears a diamond grenade made and bequeathed to him by Lev, who narrates the first four novellas. Whit finally uses the diamond grenade when he finds himself abducted by unknown captors in a very foreign land. He had gone to the foreign land as an escort to the self-proclaimed messiah, whose father was of that land. The messiah’s mother was most likely Whit’s relative.
Finally catching up to himself in the chronological account of his family tree somewhere in the middle of the five books, Lev, narrator of the first four novellas of the set, the man who constructs the diamond grenade and gives it to Whit, is the foundling son of Anrea, the sole female magistrate of the nation just pre-Guria.
Guria is born in a bloodbath of a revolution in the course of the books. It is named after Gur, who becomes its first head of state. Gur is Anrea’s father. Gur is the man who slays his own father in the course of the novellas. The weapons with which Gur commits his premeditated homicide are oversized carving tools from an inn’s kitchen. Gur has arranged for his father, Tuc, to be framed for the robbery of the inn on the night of the murder. Tuc’s corpse is discovered along with a pile of cash money, and Gur is given a reward as well as commended with a medal.
Tuc, Gur's father and victim, is an anti-labor (meaning: the workers should not have to work at all, because there are enormous piles of cash money in the vaults of the big, clean houses – plenty to go around for a while with nobody having to work at all) activist and all-around shady opportunist. He throws dice for money and manipulates people for Lev, who masterminds the coup by arming and inciting Tuc’s anti-labor movement, among other factions such as the militant women’s font.
This is the story of a family. Though not blood-kin, Lev is Tuc’s great-grandson. Anrea is Lev’s mother. Anrea is also Gur’s daughter and Tuc’s granddaughter. In the course of the revolution, Anrea is ruthless. She poisons scores of key political people whose deaths are needful to the success of the coup.
A set of five good serial novellas. Find them here:http://blurbraffle.weebly.com
Hope you make the time to enjoy them.
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