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AS AN avid reader of his-
tory and fiction, LEUT
Daren Cherian was flipping
through the pages of an
Egyptian mythology book and real-
ised there was a great story to be told
between the pages.
LEUT Cherian, a project officer
at Fleet Logistics Support, then
embarked on a two-year adventure to
write a novel.
He suffered through several epi-
sodes of writer's block and several
re-writes before the final version was
ready for publication.
"I have always wanted to write
a book but was looking for the right
story to tell," LEUT Cherian said.
"Egyptian mythology to me is
rich, diverse and very interesting."
LEUT Cherian spent some time
researching ancient Egypt and came
across an era that had not been
explored in many other novels.
"Few have heard of the story of
the female king known as Hatshepsut
and how she came to power," he said.
"I refer to her as the female king
and not as a queen because during
the time of the pharaohs, there was
no word for queen."
LEUT Cherian also contacted
Joyce Tyldesley, of Manchester
University, and an author of several
Egyptian history books, to help him
with the details of Egyptian life to
prevent any historical inaccuracies.
His novel, Godwar: Hell Rising,
remained a work-in-progress for
some time as he worked on the plot.
"Every night as I closed my eyes
to fall asleep, I would think about
ways in which I could enrich my
plot or navigate the hurdle," LEUT
"Eventually, you get over your
writer's block. I made several re-
writes until I finally settled on the
After contacting agents and
receiving many rejection letters,
LEUT Cherian decided to self-
"I spoke to Matthew Reilly dur-
ing a book signing and he mentioned
that he got a lot of rejections and
finally self-published his first novel,"
"I researched into self-publishing
and decided to go with a company
that provided editing services and a
website inclusive in the price.
"Editing is one of the most impor-
tant things required when you write
LEUT Cherian has several more
ideas for future novels and is work-
ing on an adventure set in Australia.
A first-time author brings ancient Egypt to
life, LSIS Helen Frank reports.
Pyramids jut towards the sky like
man-made mountains, magnifi-
cent amid the stark environs of
the desert. Within the labyrinthine
interior of these great tombs lie
great pharaohs, once resplend-
ent and mighty rulers of ancient
empires, now naught but petrified
remains and dust. D.K Cherian
tells the tale of a woman who is
taken back to the time of these
bygone rulers, to discover the
truth of their ancient faith, and
come to an understanding of what
life and death was in Godwar:
Hell Rising. A woman and her two
friends become trapped in time. In
ancient Egypt, they meet a sim-
ple farmer, a queen making her
grab for the throne, a politically
motivated architect, and a power-
hungry vizier. All their lives will be
changed by the oncoming wars
against the minions of a long dead
and dark power and the ensuing
struggle between the demons of
Hell and the gods of Heaven.
Lieutenant's novel idea
For more information on Godwar: Hell Rising
FICTION SUCCESS: LEUT Daren Cherian proudly displays his first novel,
Godwar: Hell Rising.
Photo: ABIS Richard Cordell
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