Over thousands of years, the Balkan Penninsula has been subject to warfare and feudal control-first by the Romans, followed by the Venetians and then the conflicts between two empires, the Austro-Hungarians, and the Ottomans. Added to these were the turmoil in the Near East between Ottomans and Persians. Clashes of culture, religion, and lifestyles were endured by the people working the land. My ancestors were Italians, Croatians, and Slovenians. I enjoy researching historical events and incorporating these into my stories.
Gates of Greed
by K. Richardus
This graphic tale centers on the 1583 war between Ottoman and Persian armies for the fortress of Derbent, located on the Caspian Sea. Commander Azim is distracted by memories of his rape of Maria five years earlier in her village on the Kupa River. He yearns to return and bring her and their son to Istanbul-the boy to become a warrior and Maria to service Azim's needs, if he survives the battle.
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