About Cracking of the Mask by Alexander Green and Maria Petrova Green
Everything had been planned and executed to perfection. Where was the satisfaction, then? Why was happiness always so elusive?
Plagued by burning existential questions, Zenon McClow, a businessman with a checkered past, writes a novel set in the mysterious land of ancient Thrace. Zenon’s historical fiction endeavor, The Mask, is inspired by a kind-hearted Bulgarian girl who introduced him to the colorful world of the Thracians.
In Zenon’s tale, a young Greek scholar, Trysimachus, embarks on a perilous quest to the court of the Thracian king Ketriporis. As Trysimachus is forced to confront his own prejudices and fears, Ketriporis must deal with the increasing threats to his rule…
Beset by perils of his own—amidst ill health—Zenon re-examines The Mask, convinced it contains clues to help him resolve his troubled past. What will The Mask reveal to Zenon?
In Cracking of the Mask, readers will experience the revival of an intriguing ancient culture as they embark on an epic journey through battles, adventure, and political intrigues. Along the way, they will encounter the everlasting conflict between our personas and who we are beneath the masks.
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When Maria and Alexander Green, a mother and son, teamed up to write a novel, Cracking of the Mask was born.
Alexander is passionate about honoring both his American and ethnic Bulgarian roots. A lover of learning, he remains incessantly curious about the world and its inhabitants. His interests include public speaking, organizing tours, bringing people of various backgrounds together, and studying the humanities and social sciences. Alexander graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.A. in Economics, minoring in Philosophy.
Maria was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria, in a family of writers and book lovers. She came to the United States through marriage, having met her American husband in Sofia. She is continually drawn to the lesser-known and always looks forward to learning about new historical discoveries. Maria is passionate about using the art of creative writing as a tool for self-discovery and healing.