The Second Volume of The Living and the Dead Completes Anthony J. Enciso’s Epic Story

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Readers await the next novel of exciting sophomore author.

Xlibris, a print-on-demand self-publishing services provider, is in the process of publishing volume two of Anthony J. Enciso’s The Living and the Dead. The two volumes were written one book after another during a creative bubble that ended with their completion in 2009.

The original inspiration for these volumes rests with the master storyteller Stephen King. The author labored at a derivative work (which got shelved) until a new story rattling around in his head took shape. It was not of angels and demons, or devils and doomed mortals - it was a simple tale of love between a boy and a girl with a past, a past that came back to haunt her in the form of a terrifying hit man and his deadly entourage of assassins.

From this premise, the story evolved into an epic - not quite horror, not quite romance but a happy hybrid of both. The story began in the first volume, involved a teenager named Matty discovering a mysterious samurai sword hidden behind a closet at their home and confronting his father about it. Nate, the father, soon reveals to his son all the things that happened to him in the previous seventeen years – how he fell in love with Sarah (Matty’s mother), how shadows from her past came back to haunt her, and how precisely he obtained the sword from a villain named Dante. Thus began Matty’s understanding of who his father really was and why the sacrifices he made were essential to the survival of his family.

The first volume is memorable. This second volume concludes the arduous quest that the young hero embarked on to regain what he had lost. The conclusion will either find him seeing daylight or mired in deep twilight. In either case, this second volume is a must-read. Meanwhile, the author is traveling to his beloved Santa Fe, New Mexico, for inspiration or to some new corner of the globe in search of that next great story.

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About the Author
Anthony J. Enciso grew up in San Pedro, Calif., where much of the story is set. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Although reading, writing, and traveling have always been his primary passions, he currently practices criminal law as a deputy district attorney in San Bernardino County. “The Living and the Dead: Volumes I and II” are his first novels for publication.

The Living and the Dead * by Anthony J. Enciso
Volume II
Publication Date: September 7, 2011
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 820 pages; 978-1-4653-4307-9
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 820 pages; 978-1-4653-4308-6
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4653-4309-3

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