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Lamentations and Magic

Ancient Civilizations

Book 1

By: Russell Cowdrey

Performed by: James Anderson Foster

Released: March 12, 2024

Language: English

Format: Single Narration

Duration: 11 hr, 28 min

History is but a shadow of the truth.
A jaded thief and an idealistic archaeologist form an unlikely partnership to solve an ancient mystery. Opposed at every turn by unknown forces, their journey takes them across 1880s Egypt in search of a lost temple to the other side of the universe, where magic is all too real.
Being a foreigner’s bastard, Louisa learned early to take from the world before it took from her. Like a whisper in the sands of time, a stolen letter hints at the unimaginable.
In the wake of Alexander the Great’s death, his empire fractured. Fighting over his remains, armies of pretenders to his legacy maneuvered within the parched plains and canyons of the Egyptian Sinai. Elements of those armies vanish, leaving a mysterious footnote to history—a footnote that sends Louisa to Egypt seeking answers and treasure.
Archaeologist Dr. Benjamin McGehee is facing new beginnings. Consumed with preparing for his first Egyptian excavation and raising Abu, a recently orphaned teenager, Ben never expected the enigma that is Louisa Sophia.
Joined on their quest by cavalrymen from the 13th Bengal Lancers, Ben and Louisa discover the impossible. A mystical artifact that transports them to the fabled Field of Reeds from Egyptian lore.
Caught in the middle of a war and hunted for their unique knowledge, the desperate Earthlings confront a world where magic is common and alien races coexist alongside dwarves, elves, and humans, all of which are descended from Earth’s ancient civilizations. Ben and Louisa must race to unlock the secrets of a long-vanished alien race or face the Lamentations.
Can they survive long enough to find a way home?
Lamentations and Magic is a cross-genre adventure combining elements of alternative history, archaeology, sci-fi, romance, coming of age, epic fantasy, military history, time travel, and found family.



Russell Cowdrey

Fueled by his love of reading, Indie Author, Russell Cowdrey introduces his audience to a new world filled with historical science fiction wrapped up in a fantasy blanket of aliens, magic, archaeology, military history, romance, and found family.



James Anderson Foster

James Anderson Foster has won or been nominated for every major award in the audiobook industry, and was one of those kids who actually lettered in drama way back in High School. Since that time, he’s done most of his acting behind a microphone, and has narrated close to 400 audiobooks for a variety of publishers, across nearly all genres. Along with his acting, James also has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and an abiding interest in religious and supernatural phenomenology.