The Meq by Steve Cash

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In every generation, a fantasy novel is published that captures something essential and enduring about life that no other book has expressed in quite the same way. Here unfolds a journey of discovery–in a story that surprises us on every page. . . .


On May 4, 1881, the day that Zianno Zezen–Z, for short–turns twelve, his life changes forever. Amid the confusion of a tragic train wreck, he has the first inkling that he is no ordinary boy . . . that he is not human at all, but instead a member of a race known as the Meq. The Meq have lost all memory of their origins; they do not know why they heal with astonishing speed, or why, once they turn twelve, they stop aging unless they meet the single other member of their race destined to join with them.

Certain Meq possess even more amazing powers, thanks to mysterious Stones they have carried since before the dawn of recorded history. Z’s father carried such a Stone, the Stone of Dreams. Now that Stone is Z’s to bear . . . and to protect.

The Meq are far-flung and elusive, but Z finds allies. He will need them; for a challenge comes from the renegade Meq called the Fleur-du-Mal–the Flower of Evil. A sadistic assassin in the body of a twelve-year-old boy, the Fleur-du-Mal will become Z’s archenemy in a story that spans decades and continents and features an unforgettable cast of characters, human and Meq alike.

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About Steve Cash

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Author ResidenceSpringfield, MO

Author HometownSpringfield, MOAfter a futile attempt to obtain a college degree, STEVE CASH lived on the West Coast, then returned to his birthplace of Springfield, Missouri, to become an original member of the band The Ozark Mountain Daredevils. He is the coauthor of the 70s pop hits "Jackie Blue" and "If You Wanna Get to Heaven." For the last thirty years, he has played harmonica; written songs; performed all over Europe, the United States, and Canada; raised his children; and read books.
Published January 25, 2005 by Del Rey. 416 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He becomes a baseball fan and meets the twin daughters of a Cardinals player—whom Solomon’s lady friend (and Z’s foster mother), Mrs. Bennings, takes in when the player dies after an all-night drinking bout.

Jan 25 2005 | Read Full Review of The Meq

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Covering the history of the cold war on a small scale, singer-songwriter Cash concludes his trilogy (after 2005's The Meq and 2006's Time Dancers) of immortal near-humans who look 12 years old and possess unusual powers.

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