Hooked from the Very Beginning

“Arsenis has written a sweeping novel and I must admit that I was hooked from the very beginning. There are so many
dimensions to this work: the family saga sweeping five decades, several countries and historical realities as backgrounds to the action, an amazing window into the world of competitive chess, well-drawn believable characters…”

Amazing Work of Art

This is a wonderful book. From cover to cover, the writing was full of emotion, suspense and who doesn’t love a good sibling story.. :) I would say to anyone that you should give it a read!! Mr Arsenis is a talented writer and I can’t wait to read more by him.

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Interview with Damon van Luden

Damon: This is Damon van Luden conducting an interview with author William Andreas Arsenis. William: Hello Damon. Please just call me William. There’s no need for such formality here. Damon: As you wish, William. I’ll cut to the chase: you don’t like me, do you. William: Since this is an interview, I’ll assume that was a question, though it certainly didn’t sound like one. Damon: With due respect, sir, that didn’t sound like an answer. William: At ease…Lieutenant is it? Have you graduated West Point yet? Damon: Yes. But again you’ve evaded my question. William: You’ve got it all wrong. It’s not at all the way you think. Damon: Okay, then set me straight. William: It doesn’t work that way, Damon. You ask a question for which you already believe you know the answer—your mind is closed to the truth—so my reply will not help you. Damon: Nice. Not only do you dislike me, you think I’m beyond hope. William: Christ, Damon, you want a piece of me? Is that what this is all about? Damon: If I wanted a piece of you, you’d be in pieces now, and I’d be making my selection out of your remains. Don’t flatter yourself just because you write books. William: I’ll try not to. Damon: Another wise guy, just like my kid brother. Like the world doesn’t have enough of them. William: [Laughs] I wasn’t trying to imply that I could kick your ass, if that’s what you’re thinking. I’m just telling you that you can’t kick mine. My God, Damon, if you keep staring at me like that, I’m going to get...
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