Stephen D. Lalonde

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ANISSI 

ANISSI is a book that is part prequel and part sequel to my marginally historical novels, SINON OF KIRRA and MENTU THE NUBIAN. This book begins with the childhood of Mentu's mother, Anissi and follows her through her revenge against the Egyptians who destroyed her village and the search for her stolen son.

With her throughout, are the two girls, Duwana and Amaros, who saved her life after the attack on the village. Together with Anissi, they become warriors and travel throughout the Mediterranean searching for her son, Mentu.

PROLOGUE

I will kill them; all of them.

The Nile is but a single tear compared to the oceans of my anger. They came swiftly into our little village. I could hear that they were many in number. They grabbed my husband before he could reach his bow. I could hear him calling me as they took him outside of our hut. Then I heard the sickening thud of his body slapping the ground like an antelope when it is pierced by an arrow. Two men came into our hut and ripped my son from my arms. I could hear his screams over my own as they took him out of the hut and away from my life. Then three others, who kept me from escaping, beat me and raped me. I fought, screamed, cried, and gouged with what nails I had left until one of them stabbed me and left me for dead. I curled up on the floor of the hut as they set fire to it. I couldn’t move. There was no sound left in my raw throat. As my hut’s roof burned, raining fire and ash on me, I could hear feet pounding the earth and the creaking wheels of the cart being taken, and children screaming. They fled as quickly as they had come. My vision ceased.