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Author:Looking back over the creation of Azimuth I become aware of what I was trying to do in a way that may have been unclear during the ten years it took to write. I wanted to construct a gripping, popular story but with smart writing. I wanted to discuss the good and the bad in life; war, death, god, love and friendship. We live in frightening times and most of us cannot understand why it should be so. When the Great Powers and so many individual governments use anonymous killing machines and complex economic pillaging to further their ends, putting millions to death via desperate poverty and the sword, we feel powerless and scared. We can't begin to get our minds around the awfulness of it. It is hard to put a human face to such inhumanity. Yet, at the same time, our lives are enhanced by marvellous, intimate events such as love, childbirth, sex, nature and gifts of the imagination.So I was driven to try to create a world where such horrors and delights were experienced at a human level and which might help us all to think clearly about what we are here for as humankind. No religious tract. No soppy faith stuff. Just a steady focus on being alive and what we can do to stop feeling so powerless.Azimuth is fantasy literature in the same way that Lord of the Rings is. One part is set some time before the Buddha and the other some time after Mohammed. I leant heavily upon legend and fable, on heroes and mythical events, on Samurai codes and on the time when ordinary people felt that there were gods everywhere controlling all of our affairs and later, in one god controlling everything. Then I constructed two narratives, a bit like two snakes wrapped around each other. In one, Kamil the Historian reads his account of the life of a warrior who became a wise magus, comprising sixty six tales selected from the life of this fictional man. Meanwhile, in his own time Kamil, himself, this podgy middle aged and fusty historian becomes dragged into court conspiracies, to discover he is a natural early detective and acute observer of human drives and frailties. And also to realise that he is a man with very male needs.Thus, as you read the three books covering the three great periods of the Magus' life, everything you encounter is at ground level, seen through human eyes and you, too, can experience extraordinary events and struggle to make sense of them like the Magus and Kamil do. You will meet many powerful women, who control the affairs of their people and much of the overall story, male and female characters who display the full range of human contradiction and unpredictability, stuff from nightmares and horror, stuff of dreams and delight, wild adventure with twists and turns to baffle and amuse..Azimuth is fabulous (a reaching out towards adult fable), a work of the imagination rather than the result of historical research and I hope it transports you, grips you and provides you with an understated means to grapple with the great questions of life. The early reviews point this way!In The Final Journey we follow the last third of the Magus' life where he is inveigled into accompanying the personification of evil, a man who is intent on becoming immortal. Again, every tale is a complete short story, full of mystery and jeopardy as the pair suffer an uneasy truce while travelling to three sites of religious promise, each advertising an escape route from the finality of death. At the same time Kamil and the daughter of Sabiya, Shahrazad, undertake their own journey to face the timeless enigma that has plagued the whole of the girl's occult existence.The intertwining narrative snakes I mentioned at the beginning find their crescendo on the final pages of this book.For much more about the book go to:http://azimuthtrilogy.com