Author: Peter J. Ochs II
ISBN 978-1-62137-210-3 (softcover)
ISBN 978-1-62137-223-3 (eBook)
A MIT astrophysicist is called upon to continue the investigation of a lost civilization on the Arabian Peninsula after the unfortunate and untimely death of the expedition’s lead archeologist. Just why an astronomer is called upon a situation where he is evidently “a fish out of water” is not exactly clear, but his involvement is not accidental and his role becomes pivotal.
The research revolves around the location of a cluster of lost cities in the southern Arabian Peninsula that are believed to have been settled over 3000 years ago by a group of people migrating from the Mediterranean with ties to Ancient Greece. This group appears to have been guided to the site by an enigmatic figure who continues to crop up throughout the history of the settlement even though the recorded evidence suggests that the settlement was active for over 800 years. Some time in its ninth century of existence, the civilization and its intriguing father-figure vanished abruptly somewhere about the time of the well known chronicled collapse of a great earthen dam.
As sites are revealed and artifacts are recovered, the astronomer is drawn into a complex scenario where his very actions will trigger the story’s climatic events and reveal the identity of the settlement’s mentor.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Peter J. Ochs II first went to the Sultanate of Oman in 1991 to work in the Ministry of Water Resources. As an art director, he assembled scientific tests and graphics into publication form. During that time he had an opportunity to explore the country, both through his job and through weekend wadi bashing.
After two years, having amassed a great deal of information about this little known Arabian country, he decided to publicize Oman through writing, photography, and artwork. In 1995 he prepared an exhibition of photographs and illustrations which was shown throughout New England at schools, libraries, and cultural fairs, and in 1998 at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relation’s presentation ceremony of the International Peace Award given to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Sultan of Oman.
In 1996, Peachey (as he is known by friends and colleagues) returned to Oman to write the first English language travel guide to be published in the United States, the Maverick Guide to Oman, published by Pelican Publishing of Gretna, L.A.
From 1998, he lived in Oman working in inbound tourism. After the 9/11 tragedy, he returned home to the U.S. Mr. Ochs has been a tour guide in Oman and Washington DC and currently works as a guide in Yellowstone National Park.
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