12 Mar 2014

NEW RELEASE & REVIEW: “After the Cataclysm” by Inge H. Borg

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Today I have the honour of presenting and reviewing the newly released dystopian novel, AFTER THE CATACLYSM by Inge H. Borg.

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Thank you, Christoph, for showcasing my new dystopian novel, After the Cataclysm. It is the third in my Legends of the Winged Scarab series that, incidentally, I never planned to write.

After I had wrestled with Khamsin, The Devil Wind of The Nile, for years, I thought I was done. But in retirement, something has to keep me off the streets. Upon the urging of a friend, Sirocco, Storm over Land and Sea, emerged from the sands of Egypt, plunging me into the Mediterranean.

By that time, Cataclysm began rattling around in my head. When I researched a real ghost ship, the abandoned Russian cruise ship Lyubov Orlova, I had no idea that news about her would explode all over the British papers only weeks before I finished my book. She was supposedly infested with cannibal rats about to beach herself on Great Britain’s shores, unleashing the rodents on a panicked populace.

I gave this ship another life as the new Bucanero II (my original Bucanero is a mega-yacht in Book 2). Her belly now holds Egypt’s ancient golden tablets. After the explosion of the North American Yellowstone Supervolcano, this ship becomes the battleground between those who hoard the artifacts for themselves, and those who seek to save them for posterity. Of course, while another storm rages. Inge H. Borg-Author

Would it surprise you that—some day—the Legends of the Winged Scarab, the Khepri, may be revealed in a fourth book? Only time—and my perseverance—will tell.

But for the present, I am very grateful to you for having read and featuring my Cataclysm. If your blog-fans would take a look at my author pages listing all my books, here are the links:

 

Review:

“After the Cataclysm” by Inge H. Borg is her third book with an Egyptian theme, all three belong to the “Legends of the Winged Scarab” series. On this occasion the story is set in a post-apocalyptic / post-cataclysmic world where most of the US is wasteland and power and wealth are now in South America and Venezuela.

Art theft, smuggling and material survival form the story of this book that brings back Egyptologist Naunet Klein from the previous book. She finds herself invited together with her husband, to join Egyptian archaeologist Jabari El-Masri and art collector Lorenzo Dominguez on an abandoned cruise ship in the Caribbean to help translate the inscription on Ancient Golden Tablets.

Legends around the inscriptions and their threatening nature make this a difficult task for her, as does the entire set up of illegality and bribery and with untrustworthy partners in crime on board.

The story is like an adventurous dream, ornate and meticulously set up. It tells with often sarcastic wit and Borg’s signature dry sense of humour the motifs and hopes of our characters while checking those ideas constantly against the harsh reality.

With her all-knowing point of view Borg let’ s us look into all of their minds – a technique that I value.

Obviously well researched and knowledgeable about Egypt and its culture Borg’s writing style is full of ornate and beautiful descriptions. 

Weaving in the ancient Egyptian mythology and legends lends an almost philosophical and moral aspects to some of the writing and plot. 

The boat that our heroes use is real and, once again, the precise descriptions make it come alive easily.

At the same time, the futuristic setting does not distract from the story. What could have been a major component in the plot is merely a writer’s tool in my eyes to show once more the enormity of time. Book 1 one (Khamsin, the Devil Wind of the Nile) was set in 3080 B.C, Book 2 (Sirocco, Storm over Land and Sea) in the present, and now Book 3, “After the Cataclysm,” takes place only a couple of years into the future. It pays homage to the indestructability of the legends and the artefacts and with that made a lasting impression on this reader’s mind. While dystopian in nature the book spares us distractions that would not befit the story.

Naunet and her husband, the art collector and the archaeologist are all excellent characters that make the reading experience a very enjoyable one. 

About the Author

After living and working both in Europe and the United States, Ms. Borg now lives in a diversified lake community in Arkansas where she continues to write fiction.

Inge H. Borg – Author Pages

http://www.amazon.com/Inge-H.-Borg/e/B006QYQKUS – Amazon

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/505050 –  Smashwords

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/inge-h.-borgBarnes & Noble

http://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomInge_H_Borg – Goodreads

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/inge-h.-borg/– Apple

Blogs:

http://devilwinds.blogspot.com/

http://ingehborg.blogspot.com/

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After the eruption of the Yellowstone Super-Volcano, a ton of ancient gold, cannibal rats and protagonists from Sirocco, Storm over Land and Sea (Book 2) make for an explosive mix on a ghost ship, the real Lyubov Orlova.

   Book 3 of the Legends of the Winged Scarab, a dystopian action-adventure novel, plunges straight into a desperate post-apocalyptic world. Egyptologist Naunet Wilkins and her scientist husband Jonathan flee their lawless homeland by accepting an uneasy offer from Egyptian archaeologist Jabari El-Masri, a fugitive from his own country, now living on Venezuela’s Isla Margarita, owned by the fanatic art collector Lorenzo Dominguez. Did El-Masri trade his Golden Tablets and American friends to barter for his own exile?

   Once again, Naunet is torn between translating the ancient curses for the South American billionaire, or to save her new world from their dire predictions. As another ill-wind blows, she finds the answer.

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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