The Byzantium Stone
by David Chacko

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The Byzantium Stone

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Adriano did not know if he believed Sacerdote's story. Not all of it. Some parts could not be verified by any man alive. This was legend and vast in time. But if Adriano knew anything of the legends of the Jews, he understood that within it was a core of truth. Perhaps it would not be as this man told—this man whom time had made its heir—but it would have a reality of its own.

"May I see the manuscript now?"

"Of course," said Sacerdote, knowing he had won. "I mean you to see this thing that you will never forget. That, God willing, you will have as your own. It is called by us, and by all the people who went before us, The Mysteries of the Stone."

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Photo of Bracciano

Teresa Montaldo's Italian villa on Lake Bracciano

David Chacko on the terrace

Photo of the count's desk

Count Adriano Sanguini's Desk

Photo of Italian villa

Room in the Villa

Photo of Lindos Harbor

Lindos Harbor, Rhodes

Photo of Walls of Rhodes

The Walls of Rhodes

Photo of Street of the Knights

Street of the Knights, the island of Rhodes


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About This Great Book

Samson is the designated seeker for the man of fantastic wealth who launched the idea of search engines. Samson flies to Italy determined to find the truth about an under-the-table art deal that clouds the origins of The Byzantium Stone. Huge sums of money are involved, but what he finds instead is that the secret is guarded by a beautiful woman who may have the biggest truth wrapped in a small coded notebook.

What incredible things does this book say? And how far along the road to discovery will it lead Samson as he closes in on the legendary gemstone that everyone just has to have?


From A Review

When in the first chapter of The Byzantium Stone a Greek in post-World War I Constantinople bargains away his birthright, we understand that this strange gem will provide the impetus of David Chacko's plot. The stone is not simply a beautiful gem, but one that exhibits extreme changeability—or chatoyance. And that, too, becomes a major theme in a novel that has more changes of place and time than the reader can count.

The remarkable thing is that the flashbacks from the present to multiple locations and eras in the past do not become confusing or redundant. Chacko's story is a chameleon whose tail never breaks off in the reader's hand...


From The Author

This is my best advice for a young writer: If you want to have the time of your life, set your book in Italy. Doing the first-hand research will be one of the best experiences of your life.

David Chacko


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