The story can now be told.
In 1999, an elite interdisciplinary team headed by Nobel laureate Andrew Danicek gathered in California to carry out a ground-breaking time-travel experiment. While the rest of the world remained unaware, Julius Caesar was successfully transported from the last day of his life to a specially-constructed covert facility. Four days of conversation with historians and Latin scholars were planned, followed by Caesar’s return to the moment from which he was extracted. But despite the team’s meticulous efforts to maintain secrecy and plan for all possible exigencies, a kidnap attempt plunges Caesar into peril. Fully aware that the future of civilization may hang in the balance, one team member must summon strength she didn’t know she possessed to return Caesar to the Ides of March.
The shocking details of Caesar’s visit and its effect on subsequent events have been protected by draconian nondisclosure agreements….until now.
A Coin for the Ferryman, an extraordinary saga in which Julius Caesar is kidnapped right before his assassination in 44 B.C. and transported to Los Angeles at the turn of the 20th century. Author Megan Edwards’ beautifully written novel embarks upon a wildly imaginative journey with captivating characters and a diversity of settings that offers its readers a glimpse of time travel and its potential ramifications. A gripping thriller, an ambitious thought experiment, and a heartbreaking love story, A Coin for the Ferryman seamlessly weaves together several genres, including historical and speculative fiction, philosophy, science, and romance.
What would Julius Caesar Do?
In 1999, an elite interdisciplinary team headed by Nobel laureate Andrew Danicek gathered in California to carry out a ground-breaking time-travel experiment. Under a veil of top scientific and breakthrough secrecy, Julius Caesar was transported from the Ides of March to IDES, a specially constructed covert facility located in southern California. Four days of conversation with historians and Latin scholars were planned, followed by Caesar’s return to the moment from which he was beamed into the future, thus keeping subsequent history intact. But an unscrupulous antiquities dealer who learns of Caesar’s visit disrupts the experiment by attempting to kidnap Caesar himself. Cassandra Fleury, the intelligent and sexy youngest member of the team, must summon the courage she didn’t know she possessed to restore Caesar to the Ides of March. Hushed by draconian non-disclosure agreements for more than two decades, the team members who participated in Danicek’s experiment remained silent. However, due to certain events, their stories have brought this transcendent experiment and story to surface.
He came. He saw. She conquered. (Venit. Vidit. Vicit.)
“Like any master weaver, Edwards plants motifs that may seem peripheral until she brings them back as principal turns of plot,” hails John Van Sickle, Professor of Classics & of Comparative Literature, City University of New York, Guggenheim fellow, and author. “Once her mastery was clear, reading went on with eagerness to find what she would create next. The skill with which she builds character, diverse places and times, and life stories entertains and instructs. In ironical concert with her detailed and daring fictions, her every account rings true. Indeed, historiographical theory informs the invented dialogues with Caesar as conqueror and writer of commentaries, of which the very Latin name avers, “made up.”
A Coin for the Ferryman creates a world in which Julius Caesar emerges as a colossal figure who is depicted as both storied and human, unperplexed by any quest—including a visit to the modern-day Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Scrupulously researched and expertly crafted, Megan Edwards has written a masterpiece which takes the reader on an entertaining, fast-paced voyage alongside an unforgettable cast of characters—including Caesar himself! A consummate storyteller, Edwards reminds us that when all is said and done, history, ambition, and love contain the power to transcend time.
Thank you, Megan Edwards and Bruce Mason
About the Author
Megan Edwards is the author of the forthcoming novel A Coin for the Ferryman. Her other books include the travel memoir Roads from the Ashes: An Odyssey in Real Life on the Virtual Frontier, the award-winning Copper Black mystery novels Getting off on Frank Sinatra and Full-Service Blonde, and the award-winning novel Strings: A Love Story. Edwards holds a B.A. in classics from Scripps College and an M.A. from Claremont Graduate University. She has lived and traveled extensively in Europe and spent nearly seven years “on the road” all over North America. Now at home in Las Vegas, Nevada, she is working on her next book.