Ancient Illumination II
Kuongoza Mwanga: The leading light

by Rod Van Blake

The Adventures of the Kison Askari continue! Queen Tunisia, Prince Darius and company try to regroup after attacks from Commandant Krulak and the GMC have them reeling but another interloper has even Pharaoh cringing.

About this Book

A void in leadership is left for the Kison Askari as they retreat to Jupiter to plan out how to proceed. Queen Regent Tunisia has to figure out what to do moving forward as her people are handed a weapon from Babylon and his descendants of Atlantis that could tip the balance in the opposite direction if they choose to seek vengeance instead of keeping it as a deterrent. Babylon hopes she will use caution, especially with Darius, the young prince, looking on. Relations between the mutated races and the rest of society have proven to be a divisive subject since the war began.

The ancient radiant being is still exiled on Earth, observing his handiwork proceeding as the mutated races continue to feud with non-mutated beings. Instead of uniting to find the originator of this conflict, the Kison Askari, Limbia Johari, and Ongakujin, along with any that sympathize with their cause, continue fighting. Although this is entertaining to the exile, his attention is caught by the threat of another invader into the Milky Way with the potential to destroy it all. Even if they can set aside their differences, it may all be for naught.

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Publisher:  WaveCloud Corporation, August 2018
Author:  Rod Van Blake
Language:  English


Recent Blog Entries

Here we go again!

Last month the second novel in the Ancient Illumination novel went live and now I am prepping for my second Comic con appearance here in Baltimore MD at the convention center downtown. I have been pretty busy so this is just a quick blog to let everyone know what I have been and what I will be up to. So on September 28th thru the 30th I’ll be in Baltimore at table A219. I did well last year and returning with more than one book should bode well for another great showing. Before the close of the year I will be hard at work on the third novel and mapping out the outline for the first of my fantasy series. At the end of next month I will be at the VA Comic con in Richmond Virginia at the Speedway on October 27th and 28th. Should be another fun event with lots of comic book and scifi fans dressed up as their favorite fictional characters from a variety of Geekdoms! The last time I was able to participate was in 2015 I believe at the Tidewater Comic con in Va Beach. Towards the middle of the month I will be taking another voice acting class with Melissa Leebaert if I can get in. Why? Because I am also in the process of recording the audio books to put them up on audible and iTunes so that people who don’t have time to read my stories can at least listen to them on the way to and from work. I have confidence in my voice but want to make sure... read more

Ancient Illumination makes an Appearance at the Baltimore Comic Con!

                          I must admit I was a bit nervous coming into an event like this as a vendor for the first time not knowing how a literary author would do at a convention that primarily is about comic books and other visual forms of media. I had no prints, comic books, graphic novels or posters of well known characters to offer. I had a few placards made showing visual representations of a few of my characters and a banner behind me depicting one of the more prominent figures I had created along with one of my ships. These worked great as they gave a visual for people to look at and opened the door for me to engage them if they seemed relatively interested then I could tell them about the characters and my story. For a first experience it could not have gone much better than it did. There are a few reasons I think that helped. The visuals I already mentioned, I had a plan before going in, I actively engaged people as they walked by, and finally I was consistent.                       I think it also helped that my table was relatively nicely presented and organized (I had help with that). It was not cluttered and there were a few things that caught peoples eye as they passed. It just so happens that I am a large person and that helped catch some folks attention. As my size 6’9″ 350 lbs is something I cannot... read more