Shelfari edited the description of Elizabeth Rose Thursday, April 26, 2012.
When vampires and angels join forces against humanity nothing matters but survival. The final stand on ancient ground, when blood saturates desert sand and the only sounds are the walls falling and mothers wailing with their children... is this the end? We never thought it was possible, yet here it faces us and there's no way out. The Eye of Ra is all that's left between us and obliteration - goddess save us! This is what Author Bonita Franks says about Elizabeth Rose... Janus is a good name for an author who looks both ways: one set of eyes to the real, the tangible--the everyday sounds of conversation, the drool of camels and the authentic cadences of Syrian street talk; the other looks to the surreal--to the apocalyptic visions of dizzying magic and impossible dreams. “Their precious life forces slowly dripped like a shower of crimson teardrops into the receptacle below . . . . the odor of rotting flesh hung like a blanket in the stagnant air . . . .” I found myself almost mesmerized looking at a rich tapestry of magical people and places, alongside the actual sights and sounds of Syria. Janus’ prose catches the reader up in her elaborate, exotic detail. We see the tents, the musicians, the dances: “The sea of flames sent waves of embers streaming out behind her like tiny fairies . . . .” And just when we think the magic will permeate us completely, there comes the sound of SUV’s and pickups! Elizabeth Rose is a masterful juxtaposition of real and surreal. I almost want to find music that some master could compose to play while I read. I imagine the music accompanied by a hooded cobra, sinuous and hypnotic, winding tales as old as the universe. Great job, Janus Gangi Author