Travels in Elysium

Travels in Elysium

by William Azuski


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A metaphysical mystery set on the Aegean island of Santorini.
Trading rural England for the dream job of archaeologist's apprentice on the scarred volcanic island of Santorini, 22‐year old Nicholas Pedrosa is about to blunder into an ancient mystery that will threaten his liberty, his life, even his most fundamental concepts of reality.

A death that may have been murder... An island that blew apart with the force of 100,000 atomic bombs... A civilisation prised out of the ash, its exquisite frescoes bearing a haunting resemblance to Plato's lost island paradise, Atlantis... And inexplicable events entwining past and present with bewildering intensity... Can this ancient conundrum be understood before it engulfs them all?

'This extraordinary novel, part murder mystery, part metaphysical thriller, kept me guessing until the very last page. The intellectual duel between the troubled hero and his ruthless mentor is mesmerising. William Azuski's treatment of the Atlantis legend is completely original and I have rarely read a novel with such a strong sense of place. The bizarre landscapes of Santorini and the daily lives of its people, both ancient and modern, are vividly evoked. Anyone who enjoys the work of Umberto Eco, Orhan Pamuk or Carlos Ruiz Zafón should try this book.'
- Geraldine Harris, author, Egyptologist, and a member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783952401521
Publisher: Iridescent Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2013
Pages: 540
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

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Travels in Elysium 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Travels in Elysium by William Azuski is an amazing tale, mixing ancient legend and modern psychology as Nicholas Pedrosa tackles his first real job on an archaeological dig on a Greek island. With an interesting cast of characters led by the chief scientist, Marcus Huxley, the group plunges into the depths of the human search for the meaning of life and an explanation of what comes after death as they delve deeper and deeper under the pumice and ash deposited three millennia earlier by the volcano that all but destroyed the island. Several deaths, along with pressing political and professional issues, complicate the emotional and working relationships between the scientific team and the islanders who alternate between wanting the dig to be a success and wishing the foreigners would leave. Each character struggles with their personal philosophies as infamous Dr. Huxley relentlessly pushes them to tear aside the veil between this world and the next. Many views about life after death are examined in Travels in Elysium as the author follows the emotional turmoil created by an archaeologist desperately searching for the elusive island of Atlantis. Fantastic visual pictures are created with amazing clarity as the past and present are blended in the minds and spirits of the characters. A full range of human virtues and failings are examined from several points of view. Nick Pedrosa experiences his own growth and weaknesses through the careful manipulation of his boss, the archaeologist Marcus Huxley. Each character is realistically portrayed and plays his or her role beautifully as the story unfolds, forcing each of them to face some very hard truths. This is a bold tale that puts the best and worst in people under the microscope.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Nicholas Pedrosa has an offer for his dream job, to join an expedition for an archaeological dig on the island of Santorini in the Aegean sea. This islands history goes back generations, but does it have a curse, with each generation from the first inhabitant there have been eruptions of the volcano and volcanic ash buries each society. When Nicholas arrives at Santorini he finds more then he bargained for. The bright welcome he expected is overcast by the death of his predecessor. But is there more to the story then it appears. How could he have been called to the dig before the death? What conspiracy could have taken the young mans life? And why was his widow so angry about the treatment of the remains? All these are questions that Nicholas has to piece together before he becomes another victim to the islands curse.
Ameise1 More than 1 year ago
Frankly speaking the reading was a real struggle and there were many times that I was very close to put it unfinished aside. But because I've won this book for an early review I finished it to be able to write my review. The positive aspect of this story is the language which is very rich, detailed and vivid. Everything is described so precisely that I've got the feeling taking part as an observant in the middle of it. BUT I wasn't able to find the thread. It took me half away through (300 pages) until I got the feeling about what and where the plot could lead. Unfortunately, also those small glimmers of a so called threads were mostly ending in the nowhere. I was more confused than satisfied and this is a factor I really don't like. The very end was a big surprise and I was asking myself at which reading junction I've taken the wrong path that I haven't got a clue about the outcome. But to tell the truth there couldn't have been a right path. All of them would have been leading in another direction (2 1/2 stars).
Teritree001971at More than 1 year ago
About one third the way through this book, I had to return to the story description and reread it as I thought I was thinking of the wrong book. From the description, I thought I would read it straight through but it is nothing like the description to me. Unfortunately, I had to put the book down and make myself return to it. TRAVELS IN ELYSIUM is an amalgam of new age beliefs, traditional religon, a little Greek mythology, out of body experiences, alternate realities and a few murder/suicides thrown in for good measure. The author delineates everything to the point that the story was bland and boring, consisting only of those descriptions with a vague storyline inside. I would have liked to have more of the plot and story and far fewer descriptors. At times I would become confused when reading, as I would be reading and realise the character wasn't here, he was actually in another place or time. To me, the story had too many potential storylines but none of them were really developed and it could have been an excellent read, esp the parts when we were allowed to view Socrates at work.