A Fresh Look at the Creation of Imperial China

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Retired professor Lanny Fields pens new fiction providing vivid look at an important time in history

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In his book, Emperor! A Romance of Ancient China (published by iUniverse), author and retired history professor Lanny Fields writes a new fiction about the early years of Imperial China.

It's 221 BC, and 10 years of brutal warfare have unified China. Emperor Ying Jeng, Imperial China's creator, disarms the people and commissions a road system to unite key areas of the empire. Weights, measures, laws, monies, and written characters are standardized in a system that will endure for 2,000 years. Jeng also befriends Marcus Lucius Scipio, a Roman traveler who saves the Emperor's life on more than one occasion.

Eight years later, Marcus meets and soon falls in love with Ming Tien, a Chinese scholar and former nun. Ming returns his love, but she refuses to become a man's property through marriage-even after she finds out that she's carrying Marcus's child. She chooses not to tell him about the baby, and the lie haunts their relationship to its demise. A short time after their daughter's birth and subsequent adoption, Marcus and Ming can't help but renew their passionate affair. But when a drunken Emperor Jeng accosts Ming, her reaction has lasting consequences for all.

Peasants, local officials, aristocrats, and an organized crime syndicate are all caught up in this romantic drama of the empire's forging, vividly depicted through the eyes of a historian intent on documenting the life and times of the first Emperor of China.

Emperor! gives an exciting and well-rounded account of a seminal time in China’s colorful history, from building the country, the Great Wall, the burning of books, executing their opponents, and times of both war and peace.

“China was and is a fascinating place filled with people not unlike themselves,” explains Fields. “They were people ready to die for their beliefs, who also had timeless gender issues, and even teaches us that love heals all wounds.”

About the Author
History professor Lanny Fields has taught Chinese history for years and has published a book and a number of articles on the subject. He lives in California.

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