Authors: Alexis Konnaris
This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, organizations, places and events are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or locales is entirely coincidental.
Copyright © 2011 Alexis Konnaris
All rights reserved.
ISBN 13: 9781466287433
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61914-884-0
Library of Congress Control Number: 2011915811
CreateSpace, North Charleston, SC
Alexis Konnaris grew up in Cyprus. After graduating from Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, with a Bachelor of Arts in Law, he worked for several years as a lawyer in Cyprus and in England.
The Emperor Awakes
is the author’s first book.
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To my mother, Erma (1950-2009), who was the inspiration and driving force behind this book and without whom this book would not have been written.
Mum, your fighting spirit lives on.
I love you.
Symitzis family :
current head of the Valchern Corporation, matriarch of the family, elder sister of Iraklios, and mother of Aristo and Vasilis
Elli’s eldest son and brother of Vasilis
Elli’s youngest son and brother of Aristo
businessman and Elli’s younger brother
head of the family in the 15
century, and mother of Michael and Mark
Eleni’s eldest son and brother of Mark
Eleni’s youngest son and brother of Michael
head of the family in the early 20
century, Antonios’ elder sister, and mother of Manuel, Nikitas and Stephanos
businessman and Zoe’s younger brother
Antonios’ eldest daughter
Zoe’s eldest son, and brother of Nikitas and Stephanos
Zoe’s second son, and brother of Manuel and Stephanos
Zoe’s youngest son, and brother of Manuel and Nikitas
businessman, head of the family, husband of Anna, and father of Giorgos and Katerina
Andros’ wife, and mother of Giorgos and Katerina
archaeologist, son of Andros and Anna, and brother of Katerina
businesswoman, daughter of Andros and Anna, and sister of Giorgos
Anna’s mother, and grandmother of Giorgos and Katerina
Madame Marcquesa de Parmalanski:
leader of the Ruinands
Antonios’ housekeeper and cook, grandmother of Manto below
Elli’s housekeeper and cook, granddaughter of Manto above
Andrew Le Charos:
Australian businessman of Greek descent
Ducesa de Mori Astir:
deputy director of the Metropolitan Museum in New York
restorer working for the Metropolitan Museum in New York
director of the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
abbot of the Monastery of Pantokrator, Mount Athos, Greece
librarian of the Monastery of Pantokrator, Mount Athos, Greece
He had committed a heinous crime, but his ruthlessness had ebbed away as he crossed the woods. The silence that shrouded everything around him would have been welcome had he not had blood on his hands, the blood of a governess to an innocent baby. He did not mean to do it. It was an accident. She got in the way. He had lifted the baby from his crib and was all packed up and ready to go when she appeared at the door, no doubt on her usual round to check on the baby.
Why did she have to put up a struggle and start screaming? She had to be silenced otherwise the whole plan would have been shattered before it had even started. He had lost the element of surprise and the screams had cost him his head start.