The Shadow of Light



Aegypt is only the beginning...Ancient Light
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The Fifth Ancient Light Novel...


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Length of Novel:

113,000 words

Keywords and Market Focus:

Fiction, Egypt, Ancient Egypt, Cold War, China, Mao, Dragon, Yinglong, MI, British Foreign Office, Russia, Tomb, Suspense, Mummy, Archeology, Mystery, Germany, France, Britain, Moscow, Stalin, NKVD, SMERSh, MGB, MVD, KGB, Goddess of Light, Goddess of Darkness, Orthodox Church; will fascinate anyone interested in mystery and suspense—will appeal particularly to those who enjoy archeological historical mystery and suspense novels.

The theme of The Shadow of Light is similar to the gothic horror novel The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker mixed with a spy novel like The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carre; it is a completely new twist on the many Egyptian and archeological historical mysteries currently in print.

The Shadow of Light is a continuation of the adventures of Lumière, the daughter of Paul and Leora begun in Aegypt, The Goddess of Light, The Goddess of Darkness, and The Shadow of Darkness.


Fiction Suspense


Lumière Bolang once had purpose and the ability to see that purpose through. She once had power and a calling and a man who loved her. Now, she has nothing. Since she defected with her love Aleksandr, the State Department took her tablet, her work, and all that made her who she was. Lumière never loved herself, but she could once achieve what she was called to do. Now, she believes she is nothing.

Aleksandr was her love. He believed in her and stuck with her through everything. He knows Lumière’s every secret. Lumière unintentionally sends him away. He loved her so much, and now she chases away her greatest comfort and help.

Lumière is the daughter of the goddess of light and her warrior. What this means is that she controls immense power of a spiritual dimension. This power is embodied in her many extraordinary human skills and her tablet. Using the tablet, she can control healing and the forces of light and night. She also controls a servant, Oba. Her purpose is to seek and destroy, Leila, the goddess of darkness, her mother’s twin. Leila influenced Hitler, Stalin, and now Mao. Lumière was attempting to travel to China to seek Leila when she and Aleksandr were forced to leave the Soviet Union.

Lumière cannot stay in America, the Americans think she is, at best, a double agent and, at worst, an outright spy. Bruce Lyons gives her a job in “the organization.” Because of her Chinese language expertise, Lumière works as a secretary in the Chinese division of the British Foreign Office and reports to “the organization.” In this capacity, she aids internal and external intelligence for the British.

Her intelligence operative status becomes evident when she meets Aleksandr in Geneva. He is a Chinese translator for the Americans, and is now engaged. Lumière pours out her heart to him, in Russian, in public, and accidentally identifies herself to the KGB. He rejects her overture. Lumière and Aleksandr are both kidnapped. The KGB wants to take them back to stand trial as traitors, but Aleksandr convinces them to let Lumière go. They release her, but retain Aleksandr to ensure Lumière’s compliance.

What the KGB doesn’t realize is the level that Lumière is working. When she reports everything to “the organization,” the British use the opportunity to gather intelligence. Lumière realizes, the time may come when she must choose between Aleksandr’s life and British security. In spite of Aleksandr’s rejection, Lumière still loves him. When Oba returns with Lumière’s tablet, she sends him to rescue Aleksandr.

Now, Lumière has purpose. She has a means of seeking the goddess of darkness through the Foreign Office connections to China. She watches Oba rescue and bring Aleksandr back to England. She has a position in “the organization.” There is hope for her to succeed and she may be able to defeat Leila. She may succeed, if only she can win back Aleksandr’s love, seek Leila, and prevent the KGB from taking her captive again.

Author's reviewer’s quotes: 


Fantastic conclusion to the Aegypt novels—or is it. The Shadow of Light mixes the Cold War with ancient China in a marvelous brew of excitement, adventure, and intrigue.

Lumière Bolang is a character that you can’t stop loving. She unintentionally conspires to turn her own world upside down, but at each incident, you can’t help cheer for her and hope everything turns out right.

This spy novel is dazzling. It is filled with twists and turns, mysteries ancient and modern. It makes Indiana Jones look like a bumpkin. Adventure and suspense fill this novel from beginning to end.

Short descriptive teasers: 

Lumière Bolang seeks out the goddess of darkness whose evil is influencing the People’s Republic of China through Chairman Mao.

The Cold War is hot for Lumière Bolang an agent for “the organization;” she must fight the Soviets, the Chinese, and her own perceived deficiencies to stay alive.

Ancient China comes alive in the modern era when Lumière Bolang and Aleksandr Diakonov face the greatest evil left on the face of the earth—their success may spell a difference for the free and the communist worlds.




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Aegypt is only the beginning...







ISBN: 1602900132

ISBN-13: 9781602900134

Format: Paperback, 232pp

Publisher: OakTara Publishing Group LLC

Pub. Date: January 2008



An unspeakable evil and an unbelievable power is about to be released into the world...

In the Tomb of Darkness and Light
If someone from the ancient world walked suddenly on the earth, what would they tell us about their times, and what changes would they observe in ours?  What if that person was revered as a goddess in the ancient world and evidenced a power beyond modern human understanding?  What if she were malevolent?
Fort Saint stands on a plateau between the salt deserts of the Chott Djerid and Chott Melrhir.  Four thousand years ago the chotts were filled–one salt and one fresh.  The fort coincidentally guards an ancient foundation where once stood a temple.  
The commander of Fort Saint, Lieutenant Paul Bolang discovered the foundation and unearthed Egyptian hieroglyphics on it.  His letter brought an archeological party to explore it.  And when the archeologists unearthed a tomb beneath, Paul was the only one who noticed a keen foreboding in the find.  Death followed the opening of the tomb and led Paul to uncover alone the existence of two other hidden tombs: the tombs of the Goddess of Darkness and the Goddess of Light.

Paul was present when the archeologists opened the tomb of the Goddess of Light and someone or something escaped.  Paul chased the being out onto the desert and captured a naked woman who spoke only ancient Egyptian.  

Paul struggled to communicate with woman who called herself Leora.  She claimed to come from the tomb, and she claimed to be the Goddess of Light—a claim she backed up with inexplicable powers.  Leora seemed benevolent, but she alerted Paul that her sister, Leila, the Goddess of Darkness wanted to also escape her tomb.  Leora warned that if Leila were released, she would visit only evil and suffering on mankind—that was her nature.

Now the archeologists have discovered the second tomb, the Tomb of the Goddess of Darkness, and they want to open it.    

Aegypt is only the beginning...

 The Ancient Light Novels

          Aegypt (Published by OakTara)

          Sister of Light (Contracted to OakTara)

          Sister of Darkness (Contracted to OakTara)

          Shadow of Darkness (In consideration with OakTara)

          Shadow of Light (In consideration with OakTara)


          Children of Light and Darkness (In consideration with OakTara) 


          Warrior of Light (In consideration with OakTara) 


          Warrior of Darkness (In consideration with OakTara)  



Meet the Author

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The finest escape in literature is an escape into a real and inviting culture—so asserts L. D. Alford a novelist who explores with originality those cultures and societies we think we already know.  He builds tales that make ancient people and times real to us.  His stories uniquely explore the connections between events close and familiar and events of the past—he cleaves them together with threads of reality that bring the past alive.  L. D. Alford is familiar with technology and cultures—he earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Dayton. He is a graduate of Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and the US Air Force Test Pilot School.  He is widely traveled and has spent long periods in Europe and Central America.  His writing includes over 40 technical articles and a historical fiction novel The Second Mission published by Xulon.  L. D. Alford is an author who combines intimate scientific and cultural knowledge into fiction worlds that breathe reality.




  Novels by this Author
       The Second Mission (Available now)
       Centurion   (Available now published by OakTara)
      Ancient Light              (Available now published by OakTara)
                  Aegypt         Sister of Light   Sister of Darkness


 The Dragon and the Fox


 The Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox (Available now published by OakTara)


              The End of Honor    The Fox’s Honor          A Season of Honor 




  L.D. Alford is the author of 41 technical papers published in international journals on flight test, military policy, flight safety, space, and cyberwar.  Technical Writing
  L.D. Alford has been a professional aviator for 28 years.  Aviation Writing

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