Icarus and the Wing Builder is an epic tale of rites of passage, love, betrayal and mastery, set upon the mystical islands and sailing ships of the Aegean Sea. This book tells the story of the first recorded flight between two mountainous islands by a father and son; two ordinary people of an ancient time, whose deeds have become legendary. The book is the first volume of a trilogy of historical fiction set during the rise of the Minoan civilization and its fall, in the wake of a cataclysmic volcanic eruption in 1650 BC.
Following a devastating earthquake, Minos, the aging patriarch of an advanced maritime civilization, employs Daedalus, the famous inventor from mainland Athens, to direct the restoration of his island. Given the history of conflict between their nations, it is an unusual selection. While reconstructing the capital, the builder believes himself to be above the political dissonance. But as his Athenian-born son, Icarus, grows into manhood, he finds himself inexorably drawn in. Daedalus’ journey takes him through a breathtaking love affair, into the heart of a dark underground labyrinth, and finally, into the realization that his own values are in direct opposition to those of his benefactor, the king. Forced to flee from the palace, Icarus and Daedalus travel the island’s length and breadth, searching for a way off . . . and finding much more.
Robert has created a historical novel out of legend and myth that reads like a suspenseful drama, set three millennia ago and shortly before the cataclysmic eruption of the volcano known as Thera (Santorini) at the height of the Minoan civilization. Daedalus Rising is the story of a man that dreams of flight on wings of his own design. It is also the story of his son’s passage from youth to manhood. In this particular case the son happens to be Icarus, the boy who according to the old legend, perished after flying too close to the sun on wings made by the father.
Daedalus Rising tells the story of the father. We all know the sad, old story, the one taught in high school. But we don’t have to keep mindlessly repeating it, generation after generation. Because building wings is no small feat. It had to be his life’s work, a masterpiece. It could yet be his legacy. This award winning novel tells the wingmaker’s story, and of what really happened in the sky that day.
Robert is also a contributing author in a new men’s anthology, ‘Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Lives: Defining Moments’ which is being launched later in 2011.