There are worlds that exist beneath the shroud of human reality, accessible only to those who know how to find the doors. Sam Cristo, haunted by a violent past on the streets of Philadelphia, has spent years searching for one such world.
Today, he stands before its door. At last, he can avenge the murder of his beloved Jeanette.
A powerful force suddenly grabs hold of Sam and pulls him through the doorway, dropping him into a strange realm under a blood-red sky. There he meets Serena, the leader of a rebellion against Xavier, the tyrant king who ordered Jeanette's execution. Sam joins Serena on a mission to sneak into a secret temple with ties to the ancient Aztec Empire. Inside they make a chilling discovery about Xavier's endgame, setting off a desperate race against time to destroy a talisman that powers the portal between worlds. Along the way, Sam learns the truth behind Jeanette's murder when a stunning revelation turns his life upside down, and he soon finds himself fighting for something greater than vengeance.
THE EYES OF MICTLAN is a genre-bending work of dark fantasy blended with elements of organized crime and historical fiction that straddles two worlds across multiple time periods, telling parallel stories that slowly converge into a thrilling climax.
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About the Author
Michael Rappa wrote his first story when he was six years old, a collaboration with two classmates about a haunted house, thus kicking off a lifelong love affair with the written word. Throughout grade school Michael wrote stories that he would read in front of the class. Some of these stories (to the occasional chagrin of his classmates) reached epic proportions in length. When he wasn’t writing stories for school, Michael wrote much longer stories at home, and by eighth grade his stories had reached novella length.
Carrying his love of writing into college, Michael chose a Creative Writing specialization at Rowan University to augment his Communications (Radio/TV/Film) degree. It was in his creative writing classes that he first delved seriously into poetry, culminating in the publication of five of his poems in the school’s literary journal, Avant. Michael also wrote a one-act play that was one of five chosen to be performed by his class, and he continued to hone his prose craft via short stories. For his film class he wrote and directed a short film called Fast Food that was featured in the school’s In the Can film festival, a rare honor for a first-year student film. During his time at Rowan he also studied the craft of screenwriting, eventually completing an original, feature-length screenplay.
After graduation Michael worked as a Creative Services Producer for WMGM-TV 40 for two years before moving into the editorial field, and ultimately the IT industry, where he currently works as a web designer for Educational Testing Service. During this time he began to put to paper (and to computer screen) the novel that had been germinating in his head for several years, Life’s Blood, which eventually became The Eyes of Mictlan, his first published novel .
In his spare time, when not feeding his television addiction, Michael is an avid traveler and photographer. He also enjoys tennis, cooking, and a good game of chess. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Jen and dog Ollie.