The Ancient Tripod of Peace by Kalen Cap #BlogTour with #GuestPost and #Giveaway


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The Ancient Tripod of Peace
by Kalen Cap
Genre: YA Mystery
Release Date: March 
13th 2018

Summary:

Teens Lexi and Gil face relic-thieving secret societies.

Plagued by loneliness in her Lake Erie Islands community, vegan Lexi hopes to make like-minded friends in high school. But her dad’s job is jeopardized when relics are stolen from his museum, changing her priorities. And she finds her new teachers’ eerie dislike of her troubling.

His dad in jail, cipher enthusiast 
and bacon-loving Gil hopes freshman year will provide a clean slate. Soon, he discovers secret codes within a Shakespearean play while paired with Lexi, pulling him into an ancient mystery.

With the official museum burglary investigation stalled, the mismatched teen sleuths join forces to try and crack the case. Lexi’s inquiries and Gil’s codes capture their teachers’ attention. But these teachers have the stolen Tripod of Peace, a powerful relic sought by rival secret societies. Caught in these societies’ crossfire as thieves wield an instrument of astounding power, Gil and Lexi are in danger.

The Ancient Tripod of Peace is the first book in novelist Kalen Cap’s Teen Thief-Catchers Series. If you like stories with artifact treasures, fighting secret societies, and spirited protagonists, you’ll enjoy this novel.


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Excerpt:
Lexi
Lexi hadn’t met any vegan guys her age, only girls. “Want to join me and Anita later?”
“Sure. I’ll try it out,” Trevor agreed.
“We only have a day to find our code for this topic,” Gil said. “Let’s focus on the project. I don’t want to start out locked in with something weak.”
The three read the project description again. Lexi felt clueless. She asked the others how to begin.
Gil said the topic related well to his social science fair project the year before on secret codes in writing.
Lexi rolled her eyes. From the way Gil told it, the project was designed for him. Full of yourself maybe?
Trevor said he spent part of a summer in Greece the year before when his father ran workshops there. There, he’d learned about ancient Greek history. Lexi didn’t mind as much when Trevor made it sound like his experiences aligned with the project. Unlike Gil’s, Trevor’s voice soothed her.
Trevor and Gil both stared at her expectantly. She blushed, first believing they were checking her out. But she soon realized they wanted to hear her special connection to the project topic.
“My grandmother usually teaches history here, too. She gave the opening talk at assembly. Oh, and my granddad’s an actor. He used to be a professional and acted in lots of Shakespeare. They can give me pointers,” Lexi said. My grandparents? That’s my “in” on the project? I’m such a loser. She was determined to not be the weakest link in the group.
Tell Us About the Shakespearean Play and Why You Used It in Your Story

In the novel, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is the Shakespearean play which contains a code. Gil, one of two lead protagonists in “The Ancient Tripod of Peace,” finds the code when prompted with a school project to link a play by William Shakespeare to ancient Greece. I had several reasons for selecting the play.

First, the play and its numerous remakes in varied forms remains popular and most readers are likely to be familiar with it. Given its age in centuries, it is useful in bridging the further gap to ancient stories several times older than it is. Epic tales such as those by Apollonius of Rhodes refer to events and characters from over three millennia ago, so a more recent familiar story helps keep the timeline accessible.

The play does have ancient Greek references within it, and the “code” is readily derived from within the play in a way that remains plausible. As a reader, I can suspend disbelief with the best of them, but as a writer I didn’t want to stretch things too far. Hopefully, Gil’s finding of the code and its simple explanation remains believable.

Further, this specific play is one of Shakespeare's earlier ones, so the explanation for patronage and how it came about is presented as well. While there are widely held suppositions for how the play was developed and produced, there still is a bit of mystery about that so it fits well within the storyline. Also, references for the time period of the 1590’s, such as “The School of Night” and the need for religious affiliation secrecy, play well with the context of the novel’s ethos.

Finally, the quote itself containing the code is interesting. Its reversal of expectation for characters chasing other characters fits the spirit of the play as well juxtaposing ancient references into something new. For these reasons and others, the play’s selection worked well within the novel’s storyline.

About the Author
Kalen Cap is a writer living in Columbus, Ohio. Active in animal protection and environmental causes, he often brings such concerns into his fiction writing.

After having a number of poems and short stories published, as well as original plays produced locally, he took up novel writing.

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