Russ Wallace is life-long student of history, religion, politics, and social issues. As an instructor, he came to value the critical thinking so necessary to navigate the minefields of propaganda while searching for truths. As a world traveler, Russ learned the opposing views and prejudices underlying many of the problems in human society, ancient and modern.
He employs a vivid imagination to fill in the life of Zenobia, a real historical figure and one of the most fascinating women who ever lived. He is working on future books in the Zenobia book series.
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In the 3rd century a girl of uncommon abilities was born in the desert wilderness of Syria. Rescued from death by her courageous mother, Zenobia masqueraded as a boy to stay alive. She grew up to become one of the toughest, deadliest women who ever lived.
Brilliant and beautiful, Zenobia carried the greatest female military mind in history. She eventually came to control the second most powerful army in the world. When her love of justice brought her into conflict with the strongest empire on earth, she set her sights on the greatest conquest of all - Rome.
This book traces Zenobia's life from age nine to fifteen, setting the stage for her amazing rise to power. It includes the beginnings of her legend and her budding romances.
No one who reads her captivating story will ever forget Zenobia.
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Zenobia - Birth of a Legend, Chapter 37:
“All is fair in love and war!” he yelled back.
Her adrenaline kicked in and she tore up the stairs after him and grabbed onto his tunic with both hands and hung on with all her strength. He dragged her up for a few steps and then he collapsed and they both burst out in gasping laughter.
She pulled herself up alongside him until their faces were less than a cubit apart. “And which is this, Salim,” she asked with a pant, “love or war?”
He put his hands up defensively and said, “Zenobia …”
She put a hand on each of his shoulders and pulled herself closer. “Am I making you nervous, warrior?” she asked teasingly, but keeping her voice down. She did not want the sound to carry.
“Yes, you are,” he answered seriously.
“Good!” she said emphatically as she clasped her hands behind his neck. “You have been avoiding me since we climbed the pyramid. Why?”
He tried unsuccessfully to pull away. “Not my idea, I assure you.”
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