MAD
A Free Man

ISBN-10:1936154048
ISBN-13:978-1936154043
Paperback: 184 pages
Date of Printing: April 2, 2010
Publisher: Foremost Press - USA

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A fascinating voyage to a forgotten time,
shrouded in mythology and mysticism.
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"A man's quest to satisfy his soul's desire, as well as fulfilling his destiny."

Mad, a young priest in Ninhursag's temple, is taken from his ravaged village into slavery and marched to the Sumerian metropolis of Eridu. He becomes involved with an underground element, who have an intriguing plan to restore power to the banished goddess, Inanna, and save the land from its oppressors.

But Mad and his new friends are mistaken about many truths of the underworld and what Mad will eventually have to sacrifice to save Inanna—the very thing he has been striving for all along.
This is a simple tale about simple people in a very complex world, but their fight for truth and freedom rings true for all time.
 
From A Review
 
M. Mehmet Ünver's historical fantasy novel,
Mad: A Free Man is set in ancient times in southeastern Anatolia, commonly referred to as "the cradle of civilization" and homeland to the Sumerian civilization. It is about a young temple priest and his lifelong struggle for freedom, first from the rules of his village temple, and then from the sinister machinations of a strict religious hierarchy that rules the metropolis Eridu and will do anything to retain power.
 
Mad: A Free Man is an idea I've been playing with for years—a story set in the roots of human civilization, shrouded in the mystery of an ancient belief system, but with a clear message for all mankind.

M. Mehmet Unver's historical fantasy novel, Mad: A Free Man is set in ancient times in southeastern Anatolia, commonly referred to as "the cradle of civilization" and homeland to the Sumerian civilization. It is about a young temple priest and his lifelong struggle for freedom, first from the rules of his village temple, and then from the sinister machinations of a strict religious hierarchy that rules the metropolis Eridu and will do anything to retain power.

Unver was born and raised in Batman, Turkey. He currently resides in Reutlingen, Germany.

Mad: A Free Man, one of Unver's many novels, was translated from Turkish into English by Dr. Mert Arkanbas.

Mad is dedicated to the temple at a young age, but discontent with his lot in life from the beginning. He dreams of freedom outside the confines of village society, religion, and his family. He believes that by going out in a larger world, he will be free of these confines of responsibility.

His village is attacked by marauding soldiers looking for slaves and iron. Mad begins an adventure into a whole new world, full of danger and mysticism and jumps headlong into a rescue attempt to save the goddess, Inanna. He believes that if he fulfills his destiny in rescuing Inanna, he will finally be free.

Unver uses a simple writing style to portray the thoughts and doings of an Iron Age people, but Mad's ideas are large and scenes in the story add layers to our understanding of the character of this idealistic young man from thousands of years ago.

Mad: A Free Man will leave the reader with an understanding of what it means to thirst for freedom—not just physical freedom, but the freedom to love and believe in something more than what humans have to offer. Freedom to love and idolize someone bigger than just a mortal woman. This story leaves you with a feeling of having lived in another place and time, of having struggled for perfection.

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