Debut Novel Tackles Maya Cosmology and Human Sacrifice: Ecco Qua Press Announces Its Inaugural Release

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The Warrior King, by Wendy Murray, takes the reader inside the mysterious world of the ancient Maya in the context of a modern murder mystery and tortured romance.

The archaeology framework for the story is factual, thorough, and fascinating . . . . Murray also writes well, developing memorable characters. Murray's fiction debut is thought-provoking. ~ Publishers Weekly

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Wendy Murray’s debut novel, The Warrior King, tells the story of Lucy Shaw, a well-known international journalist living in Honduras. She is assigned to travel to the Maya ruins in Copan, Honduras to report on a discovery the archaeologists believe to be the tomb of the ancient Maya dynasty’s founding king, Yax Ku’k Mo’ (yash kook mo). As the story progresses, Lucy is forced to work closely with her former lover, lead archaeologist, James Fee, while the strain of their painful and tumultuous past bears heavily on them. A mysterious murder adds to the tension between Lucy and James Fee and compels them to confront forces and circumstances they cannot control or explain.

The Warrior King is based upon several years of on-site research by the author who interviewed at length the lead archaeologists when she covered these discoveries for Time magazine. The story's archaeological data is true to the events as they occurred during the time in which the book is set (the early 1990s). The fictional characters animate the mystery and emotion that not only take the reader through the tunnels of dead Maya kings but also into the hidden tortured places of the human heart.

Wendy Murray lived in Honduras for four years covering political and cultural events for Honduras This Week, and Time magazine. Murray’s writing has taken her all over the world. Having published ten books, she is proud to present her eleventh book and debut novel, which Publishers Weekly has called "thorough...and fascinating."
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To request a review copy or set up an interview with the author please contact C. Michael McAuley at michael.mcauley (at) eccoquapress (dot) com

Ecco Qua Press is an independent publisher of fiction, literary nonfiction, graphic novels, and poetry. The name is Italian, translating to “Here it is,” defining its mission to get good work out and into the hands of interested readers.


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