Pentadaktylos: Love, Promises and Patriotism in the Last Days of Colonial Cyprus

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A haunting saga of dedicated love, old promises and conflicts of patriotism set in the turbulent Middle East. A British Army officer returns to the Mediterranean Island of Cyprus to discover he has a son from a passionate love affair eighteen years before. Real and terrifying problems surface. His seventeen year old son is now a terrorist fighting for independence from British colonial rule. More

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About Robert Egby

Robert Egby started his early life in England as an avowed atheist yet while suffering a disease which a doctor termed fatal, a spirit appeared and told him he would not die.
His great-grandmother, a Seer, predicted his life, but he refused to believe her—until it started happening. Doors opened as if by magic. Work in a unique film studio in England, living in a desert tent in Egypt, an act in a local variety show got him into professional broadcasting, journalism and news photography. He became an international correspondent meeting kings and killers. One gunman saved his life—twice. He was arrested in Baghdad for photographing kings eating and in Cyprus he scooped a major Press award for a newspicture.
Strange Cosmic energies called kinks stopped him from being in a major British train crash and sailing on a troopship that sank. A spirit voice warned him of an air attack and again saved him from walking through a Lebanese minefield. The voice warned him as bullets smashed through his hotel room.
In all this, he suffered from a negative ego but this was about to change. The Seer had predicted he would go west though he vowed he never would. Arriving in Canada, his work in broadcasting brought four awards for documentaries. Then he found himself living a double life, one professional, the other spiritual. With the help of Spirit Guides and a Guardian Angel he embraced a life of metaphysics, healing and higher learning, and in doing so dissolved the negative ego, the cause of all suffering. As predicted so many years before by the Seer, he set himself free and started to “work with the light” and help people understand Cosmic Forces. This book is the story of his personal quest. His life story is amply illustrated with photos, most of which are his own.
Today, in the United States he teaches a release from suffering and how to attain Cosmic consciousness. The author believes kinks in the Cosmos happen in everyone’s life but we fail to recognize these as opportunities and go with the flow. He became an international journalist and news photographer without any formal college or university training.
Over the years he wrote several novels and short stories that were never published--until now. His first historical novel is "Pentadaktylos: Love, Promises and Patriotism in the Last Days of Colonial Cyprus" is in print and ebook. Another historical novel, "The Guardians of Stafka: The Hunt for Romanov Gold in Canada" was published in December 2011 and is now available on Smashwords.

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Pentadaktylos is fiction but it reads like fact because the author Robert Egby lived and worked as a journalist and an award-winning news photographer during the critical times on the Island of Cyprus -- 1958. He wrote it as a labor of love because Eleni's character is based on the the woman he loved there so long ago.

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Review by: George Easton on Oct. 09, 2012 : (no rating)
A truly interesting and fascinating read. Although"Pentadaktylos" is a work of fiction it offers a unique way of discovering many events that happened during the Cyprus Struggle in the mid to late 1950`s because the author was actually on the scene at the time of EOKA and Enosis, as a news reporter and photographer, so there are many references to real life events and actual people involved. There`s an uncanny sense of realism in the story, especially in the final chapter, which made me wonder if this tale really is fiction and not a biography of the writer. I highly recommend this fine book, especially for anyone interested in fairly recent history.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mike Townley on Oct. 28, 2011 :
Having lived in Cyprus very shortly after the troubles - I realise the vast amount of research that Bob has put into his book. The book is very readable and difficult to put down - much to the irritation of my family! The plot is well presented and is very readable and exciting.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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