The author mixes fact and fiction
A Vernon author has fused factual history and fiction in a new book.
The Diomede: Diomede, the Sea Peoples, and the Fall of the Hittite Empire was written by Gregory Michael Nixon.
The book was released on July 26 and Nixon admits that “its subject matter will not make it an immediate bestseller”, but he has “high hopes that word of its quality will spread among those who are so interested.” It is both historical and literary fiction.
“A historical novel with authentic, legendary and fictional characters interacting through the extraordinary panorama of the Bronze Age collapse in the Hittite Empire between the Aegean Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Diomedes, ancient hero of the Trojan War, and the Polyglot Sea Peoples raid the interior of the Hittite Empire in its final months. It is both a study in ancient mythical consciousness and an exciting love affair, of character, destruction, desperate survival and the lived mystery of pagan rituals. It was a time of such chaos, royalty was overthrown, palaces and temples were burned down and the power of the gods was questioned , but the former Great Goddess, who had been suppressed, began to regain her former dominion,” a statement said. on Amazon where the book can be purchased.
“Diomede, though important in Homer’s Iliad – a warrior equal to Hektor or Achilleus, a thinker as cunning as Odysseus and as wise as Nestor, and the only man who dared to hurt gods – rarely, if ever, been the main protagonist of Literature. He gets his due inside. His own wandering adventures and suffering after the destruction of Ilios are traced as far north as Kolkhis (Colchis) in the Black Sea, through his involvement with the last Hittite royal family in Anatolia, and as far south as Alasiya (Cyprus) in the Mediterranean. He climbs the heights of glory but must also descend into the darkness of the underworld in an attempt to save the one he loves.