"Do you know where your sons & daughters are? If they're with the Messiah, God help them...."

Mark of the Crescent is set in the 17th Century Ottoman Empire, taking place in many exotic & culturally diverse locations such as Istanbul, Izmir, Cyprus, Cairo, Gaza, Hebron & Jerusalem. It tells the story through the eyes of Kansu - a Janissary. The Janissaries were Christian born boys torn from their families, conscripted to be raised according to the Islamic faith as professional soldiers, guardians of the Sultan & his lands. Yet, Kansu has always felt much different to his peers. He bears a crescent scar on his right shoulder. Its meaning is shrouded in mystery. He is unaware of his origins - that of an Ottoman prince - whisked away from the harem's fatal intrigues where his mother, a concubine to the Sultan, has been executed. On day, the battle hardened Kansu is given a dangerous mission: to investigate & arrest a man who claims to be the Messiah......


Ayman Kole

Ayman studied intensively at the University of Sydney, completing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a triple major: English, Performance Studies, and Studies in Religion. He also completed an MA in English in 2006, from the same university and wrote the short story "The Mirror" which was the Phoenix Journal finalist, published by Sydney University Press. He has worked as a writer for various publications and as a lecturer in English, Film and Creative Writing at various universities. He has completed his PhD in History, English and Creative Writing from Charles Stuart University.

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