About the Book

The death of slavers and disappearance of a tribe in East Africa’s Great Rift Valley in 1450, and now discovery of a hidden civilization protecting world-changing secrets create a gripping dilemma for archaeologists. In present time, two intrepid archaeologists—Allan Cline and Christopher Ward—caused a cultural firestorm with their thesis on the earliest advanced civilizations. Undeterred by ridicule, the men lead a team to the same valley, in search of irrefutable evidence. There in a massive subterranean cave, ancient people had left stunning clues. Allan and Chris now have compelling evidence, which upends history. Immersed in their discoveries, they stumble into a strange land where an advanced society thrives. The team gains knowledge of world-changing secrets. For thousands of years, the people who call themselves the Ashais remained hidden. Treachery is embedded in their psyche, and now they sense grave dangers to their very existence. The archaeologists understand the serious risks to the people, and as cultural stewards, they want to protect them, yet as men of science they must herald new truths to the world. Their dilemma turns into a struggle for their own survival. They cannot leave. The people will not permit them to leave the place called Ashaise—the Land of the Crystal Bird. Death walks in shadows. One of the archaeologists will come to understand the mysterious people. He embraces a beautiful woman and feels the weight of centuries of betrayal and brutality that shatters lives. The team did not grasp the sophistication of the amazing, but deadly Ashais. “The Crystal Bird” weaves a thread between ancient and present time. It is a bold, unique novel about values, survival and a people’s traumatic history. Beneath the veil of discoveries and an inconvenient love affair, “The Crystal Bird” asks provocative questions about religion and culture, and how modern societies value history and cultural heritage. It discreetly lingers around the psychological effects of six hundred years of cruelty wrought on millions of people. Have they triumphed?