CREATIVE FACTORY ENTERPRISES
San Diego, California
November 7, 2016
America is a divided nation, not unlike the Babylonian Empire in the sixth century BC. The world’s dominant power tumbled into oblivion, brought down by its own divisiveness.
The Lions of Babylon trilogy by Wes Brustad chronicles what might have happened over the 87-year history of this international power, and offers an insight to what might be ahead for the United States. While an intriguing story set in history, this sprawling work on the order of War and Peace has a vibe that resonates with current times.
The Lions; Den, the first book in the trilogy, has just been released by Lighthouse Publishing. This is the story of Nebuchadnezzar, one of history’s most notable and terrifying warriors, building an empire unparalleled in his day. It is a story of wars as consumed by hatred he sought to kill a boyhood friend who had become his lifelong nemesis. An invincible warrior . . . a shrewd politician . . . and an artist, Babylon was his masterpiece featuring the massive hanging gardens he built for his wife, fifty-four gold-gilt temples, and the world’s first skyscraper, a three-hundred foot high pyramid piercing the sky to be seen for miles in the distance.
This is also the story of Daniel, a Jewish captive removed from Judah and placed in the royal palace of Babylon. Imbued with an intense faith in God, Daniel was a man of extraordinary leadership abilities. Two men as different as could possibly be. A man of boiling passions and volatile temperament, Nebuchadnezzar would never have survived without the steadiness of his most trusted aide, Daniel.
The research for this book was spread over six years, taking the author into the archives of many museums and universities where often could only be gleaned information from archeological digs. While only wanting to write a story that was set in accurate historical detail, by accident Wes Brustad became a lay authority on the Neo-Babylonian period.
It all began with the question, what happened when Nebuchadnezzar was removed from his throne and became as a beast in the pastures of his own prize herd of cattle? How did the kingdom survive? Who stewarded it until Nebuchadnezzar was restored? Brustad grappled for fifteen years with this story in chapter four of the Book of Daniel found in the Bible. The second book in the trilogy, The Roar of the Lions, was the result.
The questions continued. How did Nebuchadnezzar ascend to the throne? What made him such a force? And then, why did it all implode?
The trilogy was born.
Brustad is a retired executive and producer in the entertainment and performing arts. His forty-five year career brought him to every region of the country working with musicians, actors, and dancers in hundreds of productions and concerts. He now devotes his time to writing the many stories swirling in his head and creating turquoise and silver jewelry. He remains active in the community in which he lives, serving on several boards.
Brustad is open to interviews. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 760-522-3269.
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