The Crystal Bird by Helen Drayton

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Death waits in shadows as slavers make their way through
East Africa's Great Rift Valley. The warriors know what they want, so they
slaughter them and then climb the holy mountain to give thanks to their sun
god. The tribe awaits the warriors return.

It is now six centuries later, and a team led by archaeologists,
Allan Cline and Christopher Ward, is exploring caves in the very region.
Mesmerized by 50,000 year-old-artifacts, they stumble into a strange land.
There, an advanced civilization called the Ashais thrives. They protect a
strange bird, and world-changing secrets. The team gains knowledge of the
secrets. They have a compelling story to tell...truths that upend written history
and challenge beliefs about the very genesis of mankind. There is grave danger
to the Ashais, and the archaeologists are torn between the land they must
protect and new truths they must herald to the world. One of them is drawn to
the mysterious people. He embraces a beautiful woman and feels the weight of
centuries of betrayal and brutality that shatters lives. Greed and conflict
engulf the team. They play into the hands of the beautiful, but deadly Ashais.
Death waits in shadows.

"The Crystal Bird" is a unique and compelling story
of adventure, love, history and mythical magic. It provocatively probes
religion, and how different civilizations value life, culture, and the
discoveries they make.

About Helen Drayton

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I remember sitting in the kitchen at home in Belmont, which is a pretty little town in Trinidad, with many narrow lanes-some winding, and some as short as several strides. There in the kitchen my mother, a beautiful woman, would be making bread and cake. She would give me a piece of dough, and I would be lost in a world making shapes and little people. So it was from childhood I loved to create things, draw, paint...dream. I still get lost in poetry, writing and painting-passions that were with me, when in my teenage years, I went to parks and gardens in England to sketch the beautiful scenery and write poems. Having traversed corridors of the corporate world in banking and finance, marketing, corporate communications and advertising, I now indulge in the creative childhood passions in my homeland, Trinidad and Tobago. I am simply an ancient history enthusiast, poet, artist, university lecturer, and newspaper columnist. My publications are two books of poetry, Passages I and Passages II Brown Doves, and this novel, "The Crystal Bird.
Published December 22, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 386 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Drayton’s lyrical prose contains poetic turns of phrase such as, “The music of whistling trees and the low pitched call of the crystal birds soared across the Blue Mountains, which were splashed with the light of the midnight sun.” A unique, engaging story of star-crossed love, history and myth...

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“A piece of human history has emerged in this cave that could fill a gap in information about ancient civilizations and rewrite history.” Allan Cline, a dedicated archaeologist, has penetrated an ancient African paradise.

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