New Book Tells How an Ancient Artifact Becomes a Catalyst for Revenge

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Author Nicholas Hazel takes readers on a thrilling romp through history and mystery as an ancient artifact sparks international intrigue in “The Cyrus Cylinder”

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From author Nicholas Hazel who brought readers Murder in Mountain Lion Canyon comes another exciting mystery novel. This time, he spins a fascinating yarn around an ancient politically motivated artifact, The Cyrus Cylinder, inscribed in 539 BCE, which also in recent years has been used for political purposes.

When readers immerse themselves in this story, they will discover how the Cyrus Cylinder becomes the catalyst for international intrigue and also for purely personal settling of scores. During a visit to the United States to participate in the centennial celebration of a higher education association, a descendant and namesake of King Cyrus, now chancellor of the University of Tehran, confronts—and is confronted by—what happened twenty years ago as well as what is happening today.

As with his first book, the author has succeeded in crafting another gripping narrative that will keep readers at the edge of their seats. Filled with suspense, action and adventure, The Cyrus Cylinder will take them on a thrilling romp through history, danger and mystery.

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About the Author
Nicholas Hazel, the author of this novel, has served as a faculty member and administrator in colleges and universities and is the author of scholarly books and articles. In retirement, he has continued to admire universities for their creation and dissemination of knowledge, while at the same time realizing that they are also institutions where political aspirations and tensions are played out and where strong, even violent, human passions can rage underneath the surface of the impartial searching for the truth. He is fascinated by the ways in which history can impinge on the present through our interpretations and reconstructions—or deliberate distortions—of what once occurred.

The Cyrus Cylinder * by Nicholas Hazel
Publication Date: July 16, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 268 pages; 978-1-4771-3983-7
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 268 pages; 978-1-4771-3984-4
Ebook; $3.99; 978-1-4771-3985-1

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