KIRKUS INDIE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2022
FOREWORD INDIES SILVER WINNER - FANTASY
FOREWORD INDIES FINALIST - SCIENCE FICTION
KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW
“A dreamy fable of love, betrayal, and one woman’s journey of self-discovery, overflowing with mythic elements. Huddles’s writing reads like a dreamlike poem, and this thoughtful take on growing into oneself will resonate with fans of intricate poetic worldbuilding.” —Publishers Weekly
“An original mythology all its own … elegant, sophisticated storytelling.” — Ho Lin, Foreword Reviews
“A rich, dreamy tale that’s infused with spirituality…immersive and beautiful—a tragic romance that will appeal to lovers of diverse, original storytelling.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Asha of the Air’s inventive mythmaking stands out thanks to its elegant, sophisticated storytelling.…equal parts magical adventure and spiritual inquiry… an original mythology all its own.” —Foreword Reviews
“Truly unique” … “like nothing I’ve ever read before” … “poetic and highly emotive” … “a highly original new narrative that carries many transcendent messages to its readers” … “a deeply thought-provoking fantasy read.”
— K.C. Finn (USA Today and Amazon best-selling author)
“With a story drenched deep in lore and myth, Huddles incorporates a delicious blend of Western and South Asian influences to create something that not only feels authentic and unique but also thoroughly entertaining.”
— Pikasho Deka, Readers’ Favorite Reviews
Asha Of The Air
Written by John Huddles
Publication Date: 04.26.22
Hardcover ISBN 9781735853529 $27.95
E-Book ISBN 9781735853536 $9.99
John Huddles is a screenwriter, director, and novelist based in Los Angeles.
Filmmaker Magazine called his sci-fi thriller, The Philosophers, an “adventure film of ideas” ... “sneakily beautiful” ... full of “bravura fantasy sequences.” The Los Angeles Times said: “unusually creative and ambitious” ... “packed with smart, provocative ideas” ... “impressively written and directed by John Huddles.”
John’s first novel, 2020’s Boon On The Moon, extended his love of sci-fi/fantasy into storytelling for the page instead of the screen. Kirkus Reviews wrote: “Huddles’ literary debut is a brisk, delightful story.” Foreword Reviews called Boon “wonderful” ... “a terrific and memorable science fiction tale.”
John began his writing career as editor- in-chief of Brown University’s student magazine and as one of Brown’s first-ever Undergraduate Writing Fellows.
He is also a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Nitze School Of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C. and The American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles.
"Checkmate is a concise and thoughtful primer on the intricacies of Middle Eastern politics. With chess as its overarching metaphor, the book describes Middle Eastern affairs from the perspective of their major players, asserting that, "when it comes to the Middle East … there are no available short-cuts. Checkmate is a fascinating text … an excellent diagram of the political climate of the Middle East."
—Benjamin Welton, Foreword Clarion Review
Checkmate: The King's Game in the Middle East
Written by Gennaro Buonocore
Publication Date: 11.24.20
Paperback ISBN 9781735853505 $14.95
Ebook ISBN 9781735853512 $8.99
Checkmate is a comprehensive look into the current Middle Eastern political and strategic reality which views the region as a giant chessboard to better understand the relationship between the players. However, in viewing the complexities of the Middle East, it is important to understand that strategy is not everything. This is a region of the world where emotions, passions, and cultural heritage have played the protagonists' roles. Considering historical implications, memories both physical and emotional, and the unfortunate consequences of cultural displacements, this essay explores the effects on social identities, which may result in prolonged strife and conflict. This work does not attempt to be a sociology treatise nor a policy paper. Rather, it is a collection of personal observations and experiences placed in the context of historical events. It focuses on the Middle East, but the concept could be applied to any area of the world. With this book, the author suggests that conflict, in the greater Middle East, cannot be mitigated until Western expectations are modified to include an understanding of the effects that cultural heritage has on regional dynamics.
Gennaro Buonocore is a senior international banking and capital markets specialist and a professor of Comparative National Security Analysis. He is a graduate of the European Business School London, received his Masters of Finance from Webster University School of Business and Technology, and a Dottorato in Economia e Mercati from the Universita' di Roma III. He has served as a military police officer in the Italian Polizia di Stato and as a reserve Civil Affairs officer in the Corpo Militare della Croce Rossa Italiana. He currently serves as a reserve Foreign Area Officer in the United States.
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