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Today, I am pleased to feature the character profile of one of the protagonists from King’s Crusade, the second novel in my supernatural series Seventeen. I normally compile a bio for the main characters of every book that I write, starting initially with their basic physical description and age. This bio grows as I write the novel and each character tells me more about him/herself. Note that Zachary’s profile is based on the story taking place in 2010.
Name: Zacharias Elijah Jackson
Date & place of birth: Montana, USA, 1973. 37 years old.
Physical description: 6ft 2 in, blond hair, ice-blue eyes, athletic build.
Skills/exceptional abilities: Eidetic memory. One of the most intelligent humans alive today. Holds post-doctorates in several of the natural and social sciences. University boxing champion.
Family background: Parents deceased. No siblings. Has a cousin in Montana.
Marital status: Single. Falls in love with Alexa King.
Occupation: Archaeology professor at Harvard University, specializing in anthropology.
Likes: Running, boxing, archaeology, research, jazz music, pizza.
Dislikes: Fast cars, guns, people trying to kill him, heavy metal music, boats, tidiness.
Miscellaneous facts: Became the youngest professor the world has ever known at age 17 years. Visiting lecturer to several internationally renowned universities. Was sacked by Dimitri Reznak on an archaeological dig in Mesopotamia in 2000, after he broke the confidentiality agreement in his contract and tried to discover the truth behind the organization funding the research project. Suspects that another race of intelligent beings walk the Earth besides humans. Computer geek and occasional hacker. Lives in an apartment in Back Bay, Boston.
Important people in his life: Alexa King.
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Seventeeen Series Book 2
Genre: Supernatural thriller
The perfect immortal warrior.
A set of stolen, priceless artifacts.
An ancient sect determined to bring about the downfall of human civilization.
The exciting, action-packed follow-up to Soul Meaning and the second installment in the supernatural thriller series, Seventeen.
When a team of scientists unearth scriptures older than the Dead Sea Scrolls in a cave in the Eastern Desert mountains in Egypt, a mystery lost to the tides of time is uncovered. Heading the expedition is Dimitri Reznak, the Head of the Crovir Immortal Culture & History Section. But the monumental discovery is spoiled by evidence of looting and half the priceless artifacts Reznak has been seeking for centuries have disappeared.
Alexa King is a covert agent for the Crovir First Council. When she is approached by her godfather for a mission that could help elucidate the enigma of her lost past, she finds herself delving into the dangerous and shadowy world of secret religious societies. Assigned by Reznak to assist her is Zachary Jackson, a gifted human and Harvard archaeology professor.
In their search for the missing artifacts, King and Jackson stumble upon the existence of a deadly sect whose origins are as mystifying as the relics they are searching for. From North Africa to the doors of Vatican City itself, they unveil a centuries-old plan that aims to shatter the very structure of civilized society.
With the help of Reznak and a group of unexpected allies, King and Jackson must stop the enemy and uncover the astonishing truth behind the missing artifacts and King’s own unearthly origins before all is lost.
Seventeen Series Book One
Genre: Supernatural thriller
Number of pages: 420
Word Count: 108,187
Cover Artist: Streetlight Graphics
A half breed immortal. An international manhunt. A race against time to stop a terrifying plot that threatens to kill millions. The gripping, action-packed debut novel by AD Starrling and the first in the supernatural thriller series Seventeen.
‘My name is Lucas Soul.
Today, I died again.
This is my fifteenth death in the last four hundred and fifty years.’
The Crovirs and the Bastians. Two races of immortals who have lived side by side with humans for millennia and been engaged in a bloody war since the very dawn of their existence. With the capacity to survive up to sixteen deaths, it was not until the late fourteenth century that they reached an uneasy truce, following a deadly plague that wiped out more than half of their numbers and made the majority of survivors infertile.
Soul is an outcast of both immortal societies. Born of a Bastian mother and a Crovir father, a half breed whose very existence is abhorred by the two races, he spends the first three hundred and fifty years of his life being chased and killed by the Hunters.
One fall night in Boston, the Hunt starts again, resulting in Soul’s fifteenth death and triggering a chain of events that sends him on the run with Reid Hasley, a former US Marine and his human business partner of ten years. When a lead takes them to Washington DC and a biotechnology company with affiliations to the Crovirs, they cross the Atlantic to Europe, on the trail of a French scientist whose research seems intrinsically linked to the reason why the Hunters are after Soul again.
From Paris to Prague, their search for answers will lead them deep into the immortal societies and bring them face to face with someone from Soul’s past. Shocking secrets are uncovered and fresh allies come to the fore as they attempt to put a stop to a new and terrifying threat to both immortals and humans.
Time is running out for Soul. Can he get to the truth before his seventeenth death, protect the ones he loves and prevent another immortal war?
About the Author:
AD Starrling was born on the small island nation of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and came to the UK at the age of twenty to study medicine. After five years of hard graft earning her MD and another five years working all of God’s hours as a Pediatrician, she decided it was time for a change and returned to her first love, writing.
Soul Meaning is her debut novel and the first in a supernatural thriller series entitled Seventeen. She currently lives in Warwickshire in the West Midlands, where she is busy writing the second novel in the series while drinking gallons of tea.
She still practices medicine. AD Starrling is her pen name.