THE RESCUE OF JERUSALEM:
The Alliance Between Hebrews and Africans in 701 B.C.
In 701 B.C. the Assyrian empire was in its ascendancy. It had already vanquished the kingdom of Israel to the north including the capital at Samaria. It then prepared an assault on Judah and its capital at Jerusalem.
But in one of those significant events that changes the course of world history, Assyria was repelled. Jerusalem was saved until 586 B.C. when the Babylonians sacked the city, forcing its leadership class into exile.
Henry Aubin, in a major feat of scholarship, determines that Jerusalem was aided by a Kushite army from Africa which had marched northeast from the Nile valley. While the Bible attributes the Assyrian retreat to an angel and secular commentators cite pestilence, Aubin, in a meticulously documented work, demonstrates that an alliance with the African nation of Kush bolstered Jerusalem’s defences.
Kush, also known as Nubia, was located in what is now southern Egypt and northern Sudan. A monarchy that existed for more than 1000 years, from 900 B.C. to A.D. 350, Kushites held sway over Egypt from 712 B.C. to about 660 B.C. Of Egypt’s 31 dynasties, this, the 25th Dynasty, is the only one that all scholars agree, was black.
The commander of the Kushite expeditionary force was Taharqa (or as the Bible calls him Tirhakah). This Kushite prince, who had his own interests in halting Assyrian expansion, likely caught the aggressors by surprise as they prepared their siege of Jerusalem.
Aubin offers a thrilling military history and a stirring political analysis of the ancient world. He also sees the event as influential over the centuries.
The Kushite rescue of the Hebrew kingdom of Judah enabled the fragile, war-ravaged state to endure, to nurse itself back to economic and demographic health, and allowed the Hebrew religion, Yahwism, to evolve within the next several centuries into Judaism. Thus emerged the monotheistic trunk supporting Christianity and Islam.
Rise of the Golden Cobra
A quest for revenge on the battlefields of ancient Egypt
Though only 14, Nebi is caught up in events that will shape his country’s future. When his master is brutally slain, he barely escapes into the desert. As the sole survivor of the treacherous attack, Nebi knows that only one man can stave off the destruction of this great civilization. That man is Piankhy, ruler of the African kingdom of Kush. In desperation, Nebi flees to this remote but powerful king.
Set in the eighth century BCE, this epic adventure dramatizes the true story of King Piankhy’s command of one of the biggest military campaigns in Egypt’s history.
Through Nebi’s eyes, this world of furious ground battle, ship-to-ship combat, and cities under siege come to life. But another struggle is raging in the young man’s heart: Should he seek revenge against his murderous personal enemy, Count Nimlot? Or should he forgive him his terrible crimes?
Ride Hard, Shoot Straight, Speak the Truth
Ride Hard, Shoot Straight, Speak the Truth, intended for readers 12 to 16, is about a desire for fame and heroism. The setting is a little known but harrowing period of ancient history when black Africans from Kush, aka Nubia, ruled Egypt (circa 728 BC to 663 BC) and the menacing superpower in the region was Assyria.
It is also the time when armies were experimenting with a new, cutting-edge combat force–a cavalry. The conventional wisdom was that bareback riders would never replace chariots.
Hip, a Kushite, is 12 when he proves he can hold his own against boys two or three years older. Seeking glory like his famous father, Hip becomes the youngest recruit in the army’s three-year training program for light-cavalry scouts and raiders. Most of the novel portrays his adventures at age 15, when he journeys with his regiment across the Sinai Desert to try to defend the kingdom of Gaza against attack by the Assyrian emperor Sargon.
Hip’s sweetheart, Meryt, is a refugee from Samaria, the capital of Israel that the Assyrians have already conquered (720 BC). Having witnessed the horrors of war, Meryt–now a nurse who tends wounded soldiers–challenges Hip’s belief that warfare is a proper arena for achieving heroism and glory. Hip is captured, escapes and does serious damage to the Assyrian supply line. In so doing, he amply fulfills the conventional definition of heroism. But, with Meryt’s help, he comes to see that a higher form of heroism exists.
Ride Hard, Shoot Straight, Speak the Truth is an action-packed, solidly researched story presents an era unfamiliar to readers–a time before the invention of saddles and stirrups when riding in battle was exceptionally difficult, when Africans were briefly major players in the Middle East, when racism as we know it today did not exist, when Assyria with its ruthless war machine became what one historian calls, the “forbear of Nazi Germany.”