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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Fantasy / Urban Life
  • Language:English
  • Pages:230
  • eBook ISBN:9780982687598

The Last Stratiote

by LeAnn Neal Reilly

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Overview
Blood Law. It’s the foundation of all human relationships, as old as humanity itself. In the Balkans, it’s been enshrined in written code since the Middle Ages. For Elira Dukagjini, a stratiote, an Albanian mercenary who loves Shakespeare and composes blood haiku, it’s what drives her—at least until she meets James Goodman, an ICE agent pursuing the same trio of sex traffickers one explosive March night. For James, a Special Forces veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who earned a degree in philosophy on his career path, it’s not just about bringing criminals to justice. The sex traffickers have kidnapped Mirjeta Gjakova, the woman he loves, at the behest of a man he burns to pay back. For Mirjeta, a concert violinist who escaped her Balkan homeland as an orphaned teen, the strict accounting of Blood Law threatens to collect a heavy debt: her life. Complex, gritty, and brutally human, THE LAST STRATIOTE alternates between dramatic action and a challenging, richly symbolic exploration of life, religion, and philosophy. It is a story informed by the intrinsic motives underlying our desire for love, lust, revenge, healing, and redemption. KIRKUS REVIEWS describes it as a "suspenseful, high-stakes tale." In a FIVE-STAR CLARION REVIEW, Lee Gooden writes that THE LAST STRATIOTE "is infused with intensity and intelligence."
Description
Blood Law. It’s the foundation of all human relationships, as old as humanity itself. In the Balkans, it’s been enshrined in written code since the Middle Ages. For Elira Dukagjini, a stratiote, an Albanian mercenary who loves Shakespeare and composes blood haiku, it’s what drives her—at least until she meets James Goodman, an ICE agent pursuing the same trio of sex traffickers one explosive March night. For James, a Special Forces veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who earned a degree in philosophy on his career path, it’s not just about bringing criminals to justice. The sex traffickers have kidnapped Mirjeta Gjakova, the woman he loves, at the behest of a man he burns to pay back. For Mirjeta, a concert violinist who escaped her Balkan homeland as an orphaned teen, the strict accounting of Blood Law threatens to collect a heavy debt: her life. When Elira’s blood hunt collides with James’s pursuit of the kidnappers, what she chooses to do will change their lives forever, setting a precedent in the law governing human behavior. Complex, gritty, and brutally human, THE LAST STRATIOTE alternates between dramatic action and a challenging, richly symbolic exploration of life, religion, and philosophy. It is a story informed by the intrinsic motives underlying our desire for love, lust, revenge, healing, and redemption. “THE LAST STRATIOTE contains the relentless pace of James Patterson’s novels; the political intrigue and pragmatic characters found in Daniel Silva’s and Jeffery Archer’s books; and the historicity, philosophy, and theology of Anne Rice’s work. ... The result is a novel that conveys sensuality and eroticism that stimulate the libido and the mind.”―Lee Gooden, FIVE-STAR CLARION REVIEW "A suspenseful, high-stakes tale," KIRKUS REVIEWS
About the author
According to Kirkus Reviews, LeAnn Neal Reilly writes novels "about resilient women caught in magical, otherworldly circumstances." She grew up in the Midwest, migrated east to Pittsburgh for graduate school, and then migrated even farther east to the Boston suburbs where by day she raises three EXCEPTIONALLY SMART, GOOD-LOOKING, and TALENTED offspring who are the SLOBBIEST HUMAN BEINGS ON EARTH. In the slivers of time that she calls her own, she writes novels. It's a tough job, and most days she forgets to don her tights. Her first novel, "The Mermaid's Pendant," reimagines the Hans Christian Andersen/Disney fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" as a contemporary fantasy in which the mermaid learns to live happily ever after as a human wife and mother in the suburbs. Her second novel, "Saint Sebastian's Head," uses the martyrdom of St. Sebastian, a favorite among medieval and Renaissance artists, as a metaphor for the suffering that the protagonist, a woman nicknamed Weeble, must endure and overcome. "The Last Stratiote" is her third novel.
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