By Anthony Mirarchi
This new trilogy entitled Cristo’s Chronicles is intended
for the adolescent market. It is a fantasy/adventure story of a young boy living
during the early Bronze Age. The hero, Cristo, is a very bright, inquisitive,
young man who becomes involved in some of the most amazing discoveries of mankind.
These are adventure stories in which Cristo shows courage as well as brilliance.
All three parts are written with part one going to publication in July, 2007.Part One is called The King’s Challenge. In this segment,
Cristo discovers how to build a sundial and with the help of his mentor, Lord
Allard, learns how to make a calendar. He is kidnapped by the Lord Boltair,
who tries to discover the secrets that Cristo and Allard are working on to present
them as his own work to Duke Nextor. He escapes and is rewarded by King Adolphus.
Part Two, entitled The King’s Spies, explains how Cristo
and Allard learn to count from their experience developing the time mechanisms.
Cristo helps Allard develop the first symbols representing real numbers. Cristo
also invents the first abacus. Duke Nextor has revolted against The King and
Cristo has been asked to use his new tools and counting ability to assess the
strength of Duke Nextor’s army. Cristo is captured and held hostage. Cristo’s
ability to count is the key reason that Adolphus is able to defeat Duke Nextor
and save Cristo.
Part Three, The King’s Emissaries, shows Cristo and Allard
putting together a writing system. They are able to extend the use of symbols for numbers to sounds then combine them into words. The symbols are written
on sheepskin to make the first written words. Cristo is sent to Duke Nextor
as a peace emissary to teach the new counting system. The Duke has a nefarious
scheme, but he is thwarted by Cristo’s ability to send written messages.