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Chronicles of Success

UK Bookselling Series

by Claire Main

#109, 10 December 2007

Did you have a good Halloween? I'm still stirring the cauldron and practising my cackle. But I know that as soon as Halloween is finished it's full speed ahead for Christmas, and Christmas means Christmas chocolate, not any old chocolate but Christmas chocolate. Christmas chocolate is unique in having all its calories removed by special elves working in Santa's workshop. They don't waste these calories but recycle them. Santa is very keen on recycling. They put all these spare calories into sports drinks.

So, as I walk in my local park eating my Christmas chocolate, I can smile fondly at the joggers staggering past slurping noisily at their sports drinks. I know who is losing the most weight!

But as William Shakespeare said regarding chocolate, "To bite, or not to bite, that is the question." Well, well, we can answer that question for you, as can Wendy Alec, whose dynamic series of books titled The Chronicles of Brothers is taking the literary world by storm. Wendy seems to have the answers to the most fundamental of all questions. Where do we come from? How did the universe begin? How did our perceptions of good and evil evolve? Wendy Alec answers these questions and weaves a fast moving action packed fantasy adventure story of epic proportions. Her style is wonderfully descriptive and colourful as she plots the fall of Lucifer from the Prince of Good to the Prince of Evil in book one. She backs the story with attention to detail which helps to answer the most exacting of scientific questions.

Now Messiah: The First Judgement sequel to her bestselling first novel Fall of Lucifer has just been released. Everyone is going crazy in the UK for this title, and it's no wonder as the series will no doubt make an amazing film.

So who is Wendy Alec? After finding out all about the books, I tracked her down to a small Cornish village in the South of England, where she lives with her family.

"I was born in London, England. My father was an amazingly gifted man with an incredible sense of life, people and humour. The whole family immigrated to South Africa when I was eight so I grew up on the shores of the Indian Ocean in Durban. I am a creative junkie and even from a very early age was drawn to the arts. I started writing my first rock opera when I was nineteen, just fresh out of drama school since to me it incorporated my two great loves, music and drama, writing found a way to transcribe everything I visualised in my head onto paper; it's the same to this day. The early part of my life paved the way for an intensive creative career that would span the next twenty years. In the early 90's I entered the advertising industry as a copywriter, then became creative director of a TV commercial production house before launching with my husband the UK and Europe's first religious television channel on Rupert Murdoch's SKY platform in the UK in 1995. As TV network Controller and Creative Director, I was responsible for masterminding the Channel's radical creative international branding and programming. Twelve years later, in a whirlwind turn of events, the Channel, God TV, is over half the size of CNN, now broadcasting eight separate 24-hour television channels to over 450 million global viewers, the most recent launch to 16 million homes on the Direct TV platform broadcasting across the USA. It's a hectic lifestyle and I can't imagine what it would be like to have the luxury of writing full time but fortunately I love all the media activities I am involved in. I am currently preparing for the rapidly approaching film development schedule for Chronicles which will involve creating the conceptual artwork, storyboards and then pre-visuals before moving onto pre-production.

"It means so much to me to see that in the UK and around the world the books have developed a cult following through word of mouth to become one of the most successful self-publishing phenomena in the history of the UK. The saga revolves around the age old theme of the battle between good and evil. In the world today many people have questions that are left unanswered such as in the debate on why bad things happen to good people. I have attempted in the Chronicles series to create a fictional concept to take the reader on a journey into a fantasy world that tells a tale older than the universe itself, of a race created from a unique DNA sequence that will constitute the human genome code, the consequence of which is to precipitate a war that is to be fought throughout the annals of time: the war for the race of men. The plot revolves around three Archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Lucifer who are Brothers set in the first heaven, the plot then jumps from the first heaven to earth to three human brothers - The De Vere Brothers, so its character driven and all seven books develop around the two sets of Brothers: the Angelic Archangels and the De Vere's from the race of men. I carefully research all my books using creative license to bring factual accounts to life and currently for Son of Perdition, the next book, I am looking particularly at ... well, you will have to wait, it's all in the book!"

So, what are the books all about? Read below for a detailed description from Warboys, the publishing company that produced the book. Plus, later on in this issue of UK New Collectable books, you can read the full interview with Wendy Alec.

Synopsis of Chronicles of Brothers, Book 1 The Fall of Lucifer
(information from Warboys)

In the hallowed corridors of heaven itself, the love between three brothers fills the ages before time began. Lucifer, the beloved of heaven, first and greatest of the three. Worship leader of heaven. His throne second only to the Most High's. Ever has he been the Lord God's prince and favourite subject.

Michael, commander of the host of heaven, strong and wise and steadfast. And Gabriel, youngest and most idealistic, loyal and loving for eternity past. Brothers for eternity.

The shining halls of glory buzz with the news of God's new creation - a physical universe. Stars and planets and seas and creatures, all to be made not of spirit but of matter. All to provide the home for the Almighty's crowning creation, a mortal man-bearing in physical form the DNA of God Himself. But in mankind, Lucifer sees his replacement as God's favourite.

Lucifer, gifted, ardent devoted is consumed with jealousy and hate for this "man" who is so loved by the creator. A vicious and devious series of events sees Lucifer and his fallen horde banished from heaven. They swiftly enforce their claim to the generations of the race of men, past, present and future, guaranteeing their demise in the lake of fire. This is a timeless saga of love and treason, set on opulent palaces and frightening hell worlds, of demons and angelic warriors, of obsessive love and treason, and of an ancient evil that know no bounds.

Product Details:

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Warboys Publishing Limited (14 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095523770X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955237706
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 2.6 cm
Synopsis of Chronicles of Brothers, Book 2 Messiah: The First Judgement
(information from Warboys)

The Brothers trilogy traces three archangel brothers, Michael, Gabriel and Lucifer and their harrowing journey from the flawless world of the palace chambers in the first heaven through Lucifer's banishment with his fallen host to Perdition. The brother's comradeship is shattered.

Lucifer and his fallen horde swiftly enforce their claim to the generations of the race of men, past, present and future, guaranteeing their demise in the lake of fire with the fallen, at the great white judgement in eons to come.

Only one can put a stop to Lucifer's demonic malevolent plans - Lucifer's arch adversary, The Nazarene. A savage bloody battle ensues in the vaults of the damned in the penitentiaries of hell. The vast armies of the first heaven and hell wage violent war. Perdition's kingdom is ravaged. Lucifer is defeated. For a season. Lucifer summons the dread councils of hell to conspire. They reconvene at the turn of the earth's second millennium. Lucifer spawns his own Messiah.

Michael and Gabriel await Lucifer on the island - Le Mont St. Michel off the French coast of Normandy. Finally he arrives. This is the first time the three brothers have met in person for fifteen millenniums. "I too have my Messiah ..."

Product Details:

  • Hardcover: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Warboys Publishing Limited; Fist Edition (1 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955237734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955237737
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14.4 x 4.2 cm

Collectors Notes:

  • Printing numbers generally run 5% over to under projections. The approximate number of first editions printed was 20,000 of The Fall of Lucifer and Messiah: The First Judgement. Currently you can only get copies of the second book in the UK.
  • There are 100 stamped and embossed Limited Edition books are of The Fall of Lucifer.
  • 777 Limited Edition books of Messiah: First Judgement hold the author's signature and are embossed with an exclusive Chronicles of Brothers provenance stamp.

Current prices for first prints in fine condition of Chronicles of Brothers are as follows. If you act quickly the initial first print run of Messiah: The First Judgement can still be had on Waterstone's and Amazon UK for 16.99. The 100 exclusive Limited Edition Stamped copies of The Fall of Lucifer can be had from around 39.99. 777 Limited Edition Embossed copies of Messiah: The First Judgement can be had for around 99.99. Plus Wendy Alec has 4 rare manuscripts priced between 30,000 to 10,000.

For further details about Wendy Alec, visit ChroniclesofBrothers.com and ChroniclesofBrothers.net. You can email chroniclesofbrothers@doodledbooks.co.uk for further information on how to get hold of standard hardbacks in the US and Limited Editions.

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