The Khazars Will Rise Again!: Mystery Tales of the Khazars
, by Anne Hart, paperback, 234 pages, published March 2002 by iUniverse, Inc. ISBN: 0-595-21830-X. This thriller is about the adventures of the Time-Traveling Restorers of Righteousness. A feminist warrior who is a merchant lady soldier of fortune physician-scientist meets her "danger woman" spy assassin assignments as the plot of this women’s literature mystery thriller.
It’s an adventure about a time-traveling, thirty-something, Eastern European-Central Asian doctor-spy-secret agent-danger woman who vows that Khazaria will rise again. She time-travels between modern times, contemporary Baghdad in the war zone, and 9th century Khazaria in its golden age, a virtual garden of Eden and a utopia for refugees where the Volga flows into the Caspian Sea.
Some sample dialogue from the protagonist returning to contemporary settings/time-travel reads: “Today, I threw the plastic replica of my own head (with the bullet-hole between the eyes) down the incinerator, along with the meager belongings of the deceased look-a-like actor I paid to play my fiancé, Tarkhan.”
“I found myself this evening in new millennium Baghdad, but it was not the Baghdad I had many times rode across, when the reign of Haroun-Ar Rashid ended. Baghdad is where I became a relic, and I must repair and restore righteousness to be able to use again the secrets of Weasel cave, my time-travel fortress, far away in the Caucasus.
“Soldiers strolled below my high-rise apartment window, after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. I had the Kalashnikov trained on a group of teenage women, below as they rocked their baby carriages.
“The last recalcitrant rays of August sunlight washed Baghdad''s crowded streets. A caravan of military tanks slid over a few feet between the Mountain of the Two Horns, a yellow barren stone and stopped beside the Tigris.
My fiancé Dr. Tarkhan, no longer a medieval Khazar baghatur (warrior) this year posed as an American pathologist. The new controller, the man who sat second in line to the power in Iraq, stood near his car and dabbed at the tears in his eyes. “What this country needs is a righteous and tolerant woman for president,” I whispered to Tarkhan. “It’s a long way back to my ninth-century homeland.”
This is a feminist thriller written primarily for female readers focusing on a lady spy merchant soldier and physician and the danger surrounding her from her relationships and job duties. Browse the book at the publisher’s Web site at: http://www.iuniverse.com/bookstore/book_detail.asp?isbn=0-595-21830-X.