An adventure fantasy set in The Land of Fruits and Melons. This exotic region is a melt of Asian, Uighur, and ancient Western cultures.
Nick Taylor is hired by the Regional Museum of Xinjiang to lead an archaeological expedition to discover the Lost City of Shamadù and falls in love with Gail Norton, a satellite imaging scientist. He is caught in a sand storm in the Taklamakan Desert and stumbles upon the tomb of an ancient shaman who holds out to him a magic bone that transports those who look through to other lives and worlds. Nick looks through the hole and emerges in ancient Shamadù incarnated as Tok Ma. He endures physical hardships and fights mythological demons in the Kunlun Mountains to find Fenghuang, the all-knowing simurgh. The simurgh reveals that Lord Xie Pu will soon die and feast on the souls of his people for eternity in the hallows of the Kunlun. Tok Ma must save them but will fail in his mission. He will be given a second chance to succeed in another life as Nick Taylor.
Nick wakes up five days later from a coma in a hospital in Urumqi. After his near-death experience in the tomb he is a changed man, haunted by memories of his wife and family from 3800 years ago. Only Gail believes him. He must decide who he is: a scientist or a shaman, and in which world to live: the 21st century AD, or the 18th century BC.
M. K. Mollman, writer
Five stars. ..". a very good read. The main character is the reincarnation of a wise man from 3800 years ago in China on the silk road. He must go back in time to finish what he could not do the first time around. The jumps through time and space were done well. Just a short explanation about how and then back to the story."
Nureyan Zunong, native of Urumqi
"The book is very interesting, not your usual Xinjiang topic books. I like fantasy, time traveling sort of stories so I enjoyed it very much. Reading the story made me home sick."
John Maxwell, author, chef, and Virginia television personality
"Good story. Wonderful characters and great scenery."