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New On the Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.

Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.

Your host for June 2013 is: bellezza over at ‘Dolce Bellezza’

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Bellezza, after all, we all like to receive them!

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

This week’s enquiry was received from Matthias Schnellmann, over at Iridescent Publishing, the publishing house for all of William’s books and a place where you can go to check out their full synopses, together with some fascinating and critically acclaimed author articles documenting the way in which  human attitudes have shaped our species’ conquest-driven relationship with nature as a whole.


Plato’s metaphysical Atlantis mystery plays out on an archaeological dig on the island of Santorini.

It was the chance of a lifetime. A dream job in the southern Aegean. Apprentice to the great archaeologist Marcus Huxley, lifting a golden civilisation from the dead… Yet trading rural England for the scarred volcanic island of Santorini, 22‐year old Nicholas Pedrosa is about to blunder into an ancient mystery that will threaten his liberty, his life, even his most fundamental concepts of reality.

‘Then chalk it up to experience, Mr Pedrosa. Trust no one. Believe no one. Question everything. Remember, there is nothing here you can take at face value… No — not even yourself.’

An island that blew apart with the force of 100,000 atomic bombs… A civilisation prised out of the ash, its exquisite frescoes bearing a haunting resemblance to Plato’s lost island paradise, Atlantis… An archaeologist on a collision course with a brutal police state… A death that may have been murder… And a string of inexplicable events entwining past and present with bewildering intensity… Can this ancient conundrum be understood before it engulfs them all?


Image of author William AzuskiWilliam Azuski (AKA William Miles Johnson), is of British and Yugoslav descent and was born and spent many of his formative years in the UK, where he studied ancient history and literature, before dropping out of college to pursue a path on the open road.

Travelling widely through the Mediterranean, his frequent sojourns in Greece included several months on Santorini in the 1970s, an experience that provided firsthand experience for this exceptional metaphysical mystery novel’s local setting.

Writing as William Miles Johnson, Azuski also called upon his Mediterranean experiences and close ties with the region, when he became involved in an international conservation project, to establish marine protected areas, in the then war torn Aegean. This led to the writing of  two non-fiction books, ‘The Monk Seal Conspiracy’ and the critically acclaimed ‘The Rose‐Tinted Menagerie’, both of which are in-depth investigations into the international trade in animals, some of which have been driven to near extinction.

William’s writing talents have also been extended, by a foray into an ‘End Of The World’ Black Comedy, titled ‘Making A Killing’, a witty but frightening expose  of man’s destruction of the Earth and his seeming indifference to the fate of all creatures but his own…


I can’t wait to discover all your own great new finds this week … so please stop by and share your link

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  • As a girl I always wanted to be an archaeologist – a longing that has never quite gone away and probably partly accounts for my love of historical fiction today. Sounds just like my kind of read, thanks for mentioning it.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I was always interested in, and succeeded quite well in history and geography at school, however I don’t think that archaeology was ever on my radar as a career choice.

      I am not and never was, one for getting dirty or dishevelled and I do suffer a little from claustrophobia, so getting lost trying to track down some ancient civilisation, wouldn’t be for me at all!

      This book however, sounds right up my street …. murder, mystery and the intrigue of a lost civilisation, is a storyline which I am thoroughly relishing the prospect of.

      Thank you so much for your comment, it is interesting to find out a little bit more about you. Hope that you are having a good weekend.

  • I wonder if my oldest son would be interested in this one. It sounds right up his alley (not that I’m the best at predicting for him, mind).

    • Hi Kristen,

      I know exactly what you mean … Folks who kow just how much I love my books and reading, will often ask me for recommendations for both books and authors and I really do hate having to put my neck on the line to come up with an answer. What I may enjoy, someone else may hate and vice versa and as my reading tastes are so eclectic, I tend not to get involved very deeply with any single genre, or group of authors.

      It might be worth giving him the link to the book and the author site and let him decide for himself.

      Thanks for taking an interest in today’s post, I appreciate your comment.

  • I shall pop and look this up on Amazon as it sounds just my sort of thing! I think our generation, as girls, were probably not offered the choice of archaeology at school. Time Team brought it to people’s notice I think and my daughter did it as an A level. A few people have criticised Tony Robinson’s knighthood but I think he’s brought history to the attention of the masses and am thrilled that it’s been recognised at last. (Not to mention that I’ve always been a huge Blackadder fan.)

    • Hi Cath,

      If you like the sound of this book, then you might also like the subject of my last post ‘The Diabolist’ by Layton Green … https://www.fiction-books.biz/new-titles/new-on-the-shelf-at-fiction-books-this-week-9/

      I am thinking ‘The DaVinci Code’ meets ‘The Mummy’ meets ‘National Treasure’ meets ‘Indiana Jones’ for both stories. Although there isn’t the occult being thrown into the mix with ‘Travels In Elysium’, we do have murder, a police state and some pretty intense events to contend with. That’ll do for me!!

      I’m afraid that we will have to agree to disagree about ‘Blackadder’, as that was one programme that I just couldn’t stand and didn’t find remotely funny, although I am not a huge fan of Rowan Atkinson, full stop. My nieces will watch episodes of ‘Mr. Bean’ over and over again, although they are both too young to remember the original showing of the series, whereas I just found the character nauseating!

      I agree totally that Tony Robinson has brought popular history and archaeology to the attention of the masses and made it much more accessible to the ordinary man (or woman) in the street, although I am not sure that this should warrant a knighthood.

      These archaeological finds are definitely something which, as a nation, we should all have an interest in preserving for future generations, although with the pace at which technology is advancing, whether those future generations are going to have any interest in their past history, is a moot point.

      I know that economic times are tough right now, but there has to be an overwhelming argument to keep museums entry free for as long as possible, so that everyone can have equal access to artefacts from their heritage and history.

      Thanks for taking such a keen interest in the post today and for your well considered comments, I appreciate your visit.

      I hope that you are well and have a good week.

  • I know a couple of family members who would like this book. Alas, not one for me. I know what you mean about putting your neck on the line when recommending titles. It’s such a subjective thing. But, I guess we are book bloggers, aren’t we 😉 Wishing you a wonderful week, Yvonne.

    • Hi Mary,

      I must admit that I try to treat the blog as more of a personal reading diary, which is why I am always so loathe to rate a book, as you say, it is all quite subjective. I generally try not to pass too many personal opinions, commenting rather on the writing style of the author and the strength of the storyline.

      ‘Travels in Elysium’ sounds like it has a plot abundant in excitement and given the critical acclaim William’s non-fiction writing has received, I have high hopes for the quality of the writing and storytelling.

      Thanks for taking the time to leave such a well considered comment, I appreciate it.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Unfortunately, as a new arrival, this book is at the bottom of my review pile, so it may be some time before I get to it.

      I must admit that the temptation to move it up the pile is quite strong, but I shall resist.

      I really am looking forward to what sounds like an exciting read though!

      Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate your comment.

    • Hi Pat,

      I love a good storyline with plenty of mystery and suspense and this book is going to fit the bill very well I think.

      Thanks for your interest in this week’s mailbox post, I appreciate your comment.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      This storyline is so very different from anything else that William has written previously, however all of his books, both fiction and non-fiction have received such great reviews and acclaim, that I can’t wait to read it.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is good to speak with you.

    • Hi Mystica,

      I definitely agree that offering potential readers of a book, an unbiased opinion, is the way to go. I would hate for anyone to buy a book on my say so or recommendation, only to find that they don’t enjoy it and feel cheated at the money they had spent.

      Mind you, this has happened to us on more than one occasion, when we have taken recommendations about a great film to go and see, or an excellent restaurant to visit, which is why we try not to take too much notice of sites such as ‘Trip Advisor’.

      ‘Travels In Elysium’ does sound like an intriguing story, with a good mix of mystery, suspense and historical detail in the plot, so I am eagerly awaiting it getting to the top of my review stack!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you are having a good week.

  • Hi Yvonne, this sounds like a good one. I like the whole archaeological aspect of it. Happy reading 🙂
    I’ve been meaning to stop by and see what you were up to, but have been swamped over here lately. I missed your blog!

    • Hi Naida,

      I was wondering how you were, as you don’t seem to have been quite so active on the blog of late, I thought perhaps you might be taking a break from things.

      Hubbie and I have been away for a week and whilst I was able to read and reply to comments, something went wrong with the laptop and I couldn’t comment on anyone else’s sites, or publish a post.

      I really like the sound of the adventure and intrigue centred around this story and I am almost certain, from reading the author’s website and the critical acclaim his previous works have attracted, that the authenticity and attention to detail are going to be spot on!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that your hectic period will slow down a little, very soon.

  • Thanks Yvonne. So you were away for a bit as well then.
    I have slowly been getting back into the swing of things and doing some blog hopping today. I missed about a week and it seems like so much has happened in blog land.

    • Hi Naida,

      We went, together with my brother, sister-in-law and niece, to the furthermost SouthWest tip of the country, to Cornwall, for a week’s holiday.

      The weather wasn’t brilliant, certainly not ‘Flaming June’, but we did plenty of long walks, around what is some of the country’s best coastline and one of the most popular holiday destinations for overseas visitors.

      I nearly convinced myself that I was going to end the blog and just go back to concentrating on my reading … but as you can see, I am back on the boards … for now at least!

      Getting back into things after just a short break is so difficult, isn’t it?

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