Set in World War II China, fantasy author Ricardo Alexanders takes you on an action-packed thrill ride full of twists and turns in DRAGON TOMB.
While defending his country against Japanese invasion, archaeologist Chuan-Jay Hoo is taken as a prisoner of war when a behind-enemy-lines rescue mission goes horribly wrong. His captors force him to take part in the excavation of an ancient tomb, a process that unearths the true origin of Chinese civilization.
The excavation ends; but China is still in dire need of help. Teamed up with American adventurer Dr. Harry Jones, a close friend of President Roosevelt, Chuan-Jay returns to the tomb and convinces the guardians of the tomb to interfere human affairs.
The tide of the war is turned but no one sees what is coming next: the rise of an otherworldly evil. Neither the Allies nor the Axis powers can stand in its way. Soon, our world is at the brink of Armageddon. At the final moment of human civilization, Chuan-Jay finds himself standing alone in the tomb of the First King, as the last line of defense for the survival of mankind.
About the Book
The Last Resistance: Dragon Tomb
by Ricardo Alexanders
Adult Historical Sci Fi Fantasy
November 8, 2017
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Intro- Excerpt 1 – Dragon Stone
The year is 1939. An expedition to the most mysterious tomb in China awakes a nameless force and changes the fate of mankind forever… In the prison camp, protagonist Chuan-Jay (CJ) Hoo stumbles into Akagi Hikoichi, his old roommate at Boston University and the commander of the Japanese expedition force. One night, Akagi confesses that he is looking for the Ninth Cauldron, a mythical device said to be buried with the First King. He tells CJ that Japan can win the war with the power of the Ninth Cauldron and he has convinced Emperor Hirohito about that. CJ does not believe a word out of Akagi’s mouth.
“This is crazy talk, Akagi! Xia may have existed and the tomb could be under one of these hills. But the dragon and all that supernatural crap… I don’t know how you even convinced yourself. Akagi, you are an archaeologist!”
“You will believe me once you see this.” Akagi reached into a hidden pocket in his winter jacket and took out an eyeglass case. He opened the case. There was the necklace CJ had seen many times from a distance.
Akagi picked up the chain and let the small, slightly blackish pendant dangle in the air.
“Yes. Take a look.” Akagi nodded.
CJ took the necklace from him. It appeared to be an emerald-shaped solitaire diamond with a slightly dark-reddish hint. It looked like about one carat, not too big, not too small, with one end sitting on a four-pronged white-gold setting. Dangling in front of Akagi’s gas lamp, the stone’s surface appeared to be smooth and shiny.
“A small stone with visible inclusions. What about it?”
“Take a close look.” Akagi handed him the magnifying lens.
Something is inside.
CJ realized this immediately, as there were some strange reflections of light from within the diamond.
“The polarizer,” Akagi reminded him.
As he held the lens, CJ’s jaw hit the ground. The inside of the diamond was like nothing CJ had seen before. Beneath the hard surface was a core with the shape of two identical tetrahedrons superimposed over each other in opposite directions. The core looked purple and appeared to be spinning clockwise, like it was floating on water in the middle of the hardest thing in the world.
Even more bizarre, the core appeared to have a mind of its own. Most of the time, it spun at a very low speed. Sometimes it would speed up a little, then slow itself down. Its rotation totally disregarded the motion of the diamond.
“What…How…” CJ, dumbstruck, finally managed to utter a few incoherent words.
“It is called the heart of the stone. The corner pointing up channels energy down from the sky to the Earth; and the one pointing downwards draws energy up from the Earth. Together, they create a perfect balance.”
“What is this stone?”
“It was said to be the amulet of the First King. According to my secret scrolls, he lost it in one of his last battles. When it resurfaced about twenty-seven hundred years ago, it was named the Dragon Stone. Others call it the Blood Dragon Stone.”
“The secret scrolls? Can I read them?”
“No, you can’t. They are locked safely in my museum in Tokyo. About another thousand years later, the Dragon Stone showed up again briefly before it disappeared from this world.”
“It is indeed out of this world.” CJ agreed on this part. “How did you find it?”
“I bought it. The guy I bought it from said it was kept in his family from the time of Xia.”
“He lied, just trying to score a sale.” CJ knew the antique business too well and had not heard of anyone in China with a family tree that could trace back to the time of the Xia Dynasty.
“He probably did. But when I took it back to Tokyo and studied it, it really fit the pieces of information of the Dragon Stone that I pieced together from those scrolls.”
“According to the -quote- Secret Scroll –unquote- again.”
“It was also said that part of the king’s soul had grown into this stone and it will wake up once it gets close to the king’s dead body.”
“So that is why you were…”
“Yes. Every time I put it close to my heart, I can feel something special, maybe the soul of the First King.”
“Really? Can I try it?”
“No. Not unless you agree to join me.”
“No. Like I said before, I am not going to help you steal our national treasures.”
“Not so quickly, CJ. Think it through.”
“What’s to think through?”
“Well, let me give you a little hint. You probably already know that this is a top-secret mission. The whole expedition force was shipped directly from Japan and operated under a fake unit name. Only our highest commander in China, General Yasuji Okamura, was briefed. So…” Akagi stopped for a second. “At the end of the mission… I am pretty sure you know what I mean.”
CJ fully understood Akagi’s words.
“I can get you out alive. So think about it. Don’t rush.”
Not saying anything, CJ stood up and prepared to leave.
“You speak perfect Japanese. I might even be able to get you a Japanese passport.” Akagi added, “Then you can go wherever you want and do whatever you want.”
Intro-Excerpt 2 – Gunto
The year is 1939. An expedition to the most mysterious tomb in China awakes a nameless force and changes the fate of mankind forever… In the dark chambers of the First King’s tomb, Japanese imperial army clashes with the Launtjas, guardians of the tomb, led by their commander Captain Chee. After battle, protagonist Chuan-Jay (CJ) Hoo witnesses one of the bloodies scene he has ever seen…
All of a sudden, all gunfire stopped and the Grand Hall became completely dark once again. The only sound CJ could hear were the dying wailing of the wounded Japanese soldiers.
Not even one flashlight was turned on. CJ watched the aftermath of the carnage in deep fear.
“It is over,” the voice of Chee stated from somewhere.
CJ turned around; he saw two faint light sources moving slowly in the air and gradually became brighter and brighter.
There Chee is.
Chee tapped somewhere on his left wrist panel. The stars on the inner wall started to re-emerge. Gradually, the Grand Hall was lit again. In the middle of the hall, two Launtjas were walking among the dead bodies and dying spirits, examining something.
Big-Bell and White-Goat, probably. CJ could guess by the shape of their bodies.
Where are Black-Fish and Tiger? He glanced around the hall. There was no sign of the two.
“Ready?” Chee switched his weapon to his left hand and put his right hand on CJ’s back.
“Thanks for asking this time.” CJ meant to say it sarcastically. However, he was already on the ground before he could finish the sentence. He looked at Chee, then the place they jumped off from. CJ really admired how powerful Chee was. Prior to the onslaught, Chee had jumped up to the top of the Resting Chamber with a full-size human in his hand.
“Steady!” Chee never wasted any unnecessary words. He let CJ go and switched his weapon back to his right hand.
He is right-handed. CJ stared at Chee’s right hand. Somehow, the wrench-like weapon from the oblong umbrella holder now looked more like a snake in Chee’s hand. Indeed, CJ could see four small fangs on the silver end of the stick at such a close distance.
Wonder what they actually call it? A two-headed-snake?
Holding his “Two-Headed-Snake,” Chee started walking towards the entrance tunnel.
He is really a fast walker. CJ could barely keep up with him.
Chee stumbled forward for a big step.
Two bullets fell off his back. Apparently not injured, Chee turned around.
Out of nowhere, Captain Oda appeared in a pile of bodies, blood smeared all over his face, holding a pistol with lingering smoke, about twenty yards to CJ’s right.
Cocking his head, Chee looked at Captain Oda like he was saying, “Bring it on. You can’t hurt me.” Somehow, it did not look like Chee was planning to strike back right away.
Apparently feeling insulted, Captain Oda threw away his pistol. He drew his military sword and hold it above his head, yelling “Baka!” Oda started to charge at Chee with all his anger.
Chee stood still.
“Watch the Gunto, Chee!” CJ shouted since he had personally seen how devastating a Gunto could be in a close-range combat.
Less than three yards from Chee, Oda had reached his full speed. His slashing blade was on its way to Chee’s neck.
Still, Chee did not make a move.
Suddenly, Oda’s blade stopped slashing forward, like it was frozen in the air. Holding his Gunto with both hands, not being able to move an inch, Oda was terrified by this force that he could not see.
Moments later, Oda moved again. Not his Gunto, but his head started moving.
From where CJ was standing, Oda’s head appeared to tilt up like he had been grabbed by his neck and it was moving forward, extremely slowly.
Inch by inch, Oda’s face was forced onto the blunt side of his Gunto until the Gunto sat right in the middle of his head. It looked like Oda had cut his own head in half without making any noise. This surpassed any of the horrifying and bizarre scenes that CJ had seen today.
Out of nowhere, Tiger appeared with his weapon on his back, Oda’s Gunto in his left hand, and the back of Oda’s head in his right hand. Tiger slightly rotated Oda’s head towards him. He briefly looked into the horror in Oda’s eyes before dropping the corpse to the ground.
Intro Excerpt 3 – World At War
The year is 1939. While defending his country against Japanese invasion, archaeologist Chuan-Jay (CJ) Hoo is taken as a prisoner of war when a behind-enemy-lines rescue mission goes horribly wrong. His captors force him to take part in the excavation of an ancient tomb, a process that unearths the true origin of Chinese civilization.
The excavation ends; but China is still in dire need of help. Teamed up with American adventurer Dr. Harry Jones, a close friend of President Roosevelt, CJ returns to the tomb and convinces the guardians of the tomb to interfere human affairs. The tide of the war is turned but no one sees what is coming next: the rise of an otherworldly evil. Our world is at the brink of an Armageddon. The Allies and the Axis powers join force to fight for our survival.
The night before the final battle, a staff interrupts the battle planning meeting in Northern China. He unplugs his headset from the radio and out comes the voice of President Roosevelt.
“Good day, People of America!”
Roosevelt’s greeting was followed by the voices of other world leaders in their native tongues.
“People of China.”
“People of the Soviet Union.”
“People of Japan.”
“People of Germany.”
“People of Great Britain.”
“And the people of the world. Tomorrow, October 8th, 1943—a date which will live on in human history—if there is still one,” said Roosevelt. Each leader repeated the same paragraph after him in their own language.
“The United States of America, the Republic of China, the Soviet Union, The Empire of Japan, The Reich, and Great Britain together will go to war against an alien force who suddenly and deliberately attacked us with the intention to annihilate the very existence of mankind.”
People around the globe were listening, holding their breath.
“Our world was in a state of chaos and we were at war with each other—for what? Territories, ideologies, or supremacies. We never realized how childish and ignorant we were until our very existences were in grave danger. Indeed, one city after another—Manhattan, Shimonoseki, Nanking, Moscow, Rome, Munich, and London—was obliterated in a matter of seconds. Even a tiny island in the Indian Ocean was wiped out by a single strike from the sky. From that day, nothing will be the same again for mankind.”
Across East Asia, infantrymen on the Great Wall were listening; drivers of BM-8-24 Katyusha rocket launchers were listening; crews of Tiger tanks in the Mongolian grassland were listening; gunners on the battleship Yamato were listening; pilots of B-17 bombers in Oita Airfield were listening; sailors on the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid were listening. By the Leaning Tower of the Tiger Hill Pagoda in Suzhou, White-Goat, Black-Fish, and CJ were listening.
“For the first time, the people of Earth have put aside their differences and formed an opinion on the implications to the very life and safety of our civilization. For the first time in history, we are truly united,” Roosevelt said with force. “A new United Nations has been democratically formed to direct all the measures for our defense.
“As the President of the United States, I pledge my country to the United Nation and mankind,” he announced.
Roosevelt was followed by other world leaders.
“As the Chairman of the Republic of China.”
“As the Premier of the Soviet Union.”
“As the Chancellor of Germany.”
“As the Prime Minister of Great Britain.”
“As the Emperor of Japan.”
At this moment, the image of the Japanese Delegates bowing to their skinny translator prior to the recording session of the Bermuda Summit flashed across CJ’s mind.
How could I not see this at the first glance?
Although Hirohito was heavily disguised but those thick glasses!
The voice of Roosevelt continued, “Today, the world declared in one voice: we will not go quietly into the night! Tomorrow, we will fight. No matter how much sacrifice it may cost. No matter how long it may take. We will fight, fight for the existence of mankind.”
Roosevelt’s voice became stronger and stronger.
“Our United Forces may be far inferior, the final victory may not be inevitable, but we will fight, fight till the last resistance vanishes on the surface of our home planet — so help us God, FIGHT!”
The Last Resistance: Dragon Tomb
A Fantasy Novel by Ricardo Alexanders
Tomb of Xia: A Hidden Apocalypse
When archaeologist Chuan-Jay (CJ) Hoo becomes a POW in 1939, he’s conscripted to work on the excavation of an ancient tomb in China, a process that unearths the secret of alien involvements in Chinese history.
The excavation ends; but China is still in dire need of help. Teamed up with American adventurer Dr. Harry Jones, a close friend of President Roosevelt, CJ returns to the tomb and convinces the guardians of the tomb to interfere human affairs. However, neither has any clue about what they have just unleashed…
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/qbs7k1nXAv4
World War II was the last global conflict in which ordinary people inflicted unimaginable atrocities on their fellow human beings under the propaganda of toxic ideologies. Sadly, the vestiges of such ideologies still linger in our society and instigate hatred among us, seven decades later.
Rooted in mankind’s struggle with past and current dilemmas, Ricardo tries to emphasize the importance of human unity. The Last Resistance: Dragon Tomb describes a confrontation between human and an otherworldly civilization in an Armageddon only one man lived to tell; a hidden history designed to keep readers thinking:
What if Hitler’s white supremacy was challenged by a species far beyond his comprehension?
What if this hidden history did happen and the evil is still wandering somewhere in the Universe?
What to Expect?
Dragon Tomb is probably one of the most unique time travel stories of all time. It blends ancient Chinese history, tomb-raiding, war, and alien contact in a special way.
If you love the adventure of Indiana Jones, the scary dragons in Game of Thrones, or the epic tank battles in WW II; if you like watching an all-out alien invasion of Earth, you will love Dragon Tomb.
Try picturing a battlefield on which Germany Panzers are charging forward alongside the Soviet T-34s; behind them march Chinese infantrymen with bayonets mounted on rifles; above them fly American P-40s and Japanese Zeros. Not too far from them in the front stand the plasma-fireball-spitting dragons from across the galaxy.
Kirkus Reviews says: “an epic and inventive Far East, space-invasion reimagining of World War II.”
Midwest Book Review says: “The story line complex but logical…hard to put down.” –
The two men who save the world in Dragon Tomb have deep New England roots:
CJ Hoo: a Chinese archaeologist graduated from Boston University
Dr. Jones: an American adventurer who teaches archaeology in Connecticut
In many novels/movies, aliens are portraited as monsters without any individuality yet like to destroy Earth for no apparent reason. Ricardo believes that any extraterrestrial life form with high intelligence should be living in a society, probably like ours and they should have personalities, just like us.
Therefore, Ricardo decides to depict the aliens differently. In Dragon Tomb, the aliens are individuals with unique personalities. They love; they hate; they eat; they pee; they have faith. Among all the alien characters he created, Ricardo’s favorite is the always-cursing Black-Fish.
Every Day is a Monument
“The ending was very difficult to write.” Ricardo said, “I wanted to provide a satisfying closure.”
Everyone knows how WW II ended and Ricardo doesn’t intend to change that. Neither does he want to tell readers that good somehow prevails and the world magically becomes a better place, even in a fictional universe.
In Dragon Tomb, former foes do put aside their hatred and fight for the survival of mankind. However, human unity does not guarantee the impossible possible. One by one, good characters die. Human throws in they have but still fail.
One second after the final moment of destruction, history happens as we know it. The protagonist becomes the only person with memory of that dark time. After WW II, He retires from the army and decides to devote the rest of his life to protect the secret of the tomb and to prevent the Armageddon from reaching the Earth again.
This is exactly how the series’ title “The Last Resistance” was conceived. Book two of the pentalogy, Resurrection, will take place in the present time while the rest will go into the future.
An original theme song, “Every Day is a Monument,” was created to convey the importance of human unity. If Hitler and Tojo could put down their pride and fight alongside the Allies for our world in Dragon Tomb, why can’t we put ours down now? There are still so much for us to conquer: global warming, poverty, inequality…
Please check out the music video on YouTube and leave a comment if you like the song.
Review Drive Giveaway!
Ricardo Alexanders is launching a review drive with a series of fantastic giveaways! He’s discounted the book to $0.99 for the month of October while the review drive is running.
HOW IT WORKS
Simply read the book and post your review on Amazon. There are no requirements for the content of your review. Even if it’s only a sentence or two, all that’s asked is that your review be a fair and honest assessment of the book.
When the review count hits certain milestones, the author will launch a new giveaway. The giveaways are open to everyone once they launch, but they only launch when Amazon shows a certain number of reviews.
Once Dragon Tomb reaches:
- 25 customer reviews on Amazon, I will launch a giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card.
- 50 customer reviews on Amazon, I will launch a giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed paperback of Dragon Tomb.
- 75 customer reviews on Amazon, I will launch a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card and a signed paperback of Dragon Tomb.
- 100 customer reviews on Amazon, I will launch a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card and signed paperbacks of Dragon Tomb & Bollywood Invasion.
About Ricardo Alexanders
Ricardo is a descendant of the Great Yyu, a.k.a. the first king of China. He lives in Massachusetts and enjoys experiencing all kinds of cultures around the world. After obtaining his doctorate in science, he became fascinated with time-travel. As an aspiring writer, he loves to write time-travel fictions that blend fantasy, science, and real history together.
In 2017, he published his debut time-travel novel Dragon Tomb, the first book of his TLR (The Last Resistance) pentalogy. This history science fiction series starts from World War II, during which a young archaeologist discovers the true origin of Chinese civilization and saves the world from Armageddon.
Q: What is the central theme of Dragon Tomb?
The central theme of Dragon Tomb is to inspire everyone on this blue planet to cherish what we have as a species in the vast university. In my mind, all people should be united instead of hating and killing each other for political, religious, racial or whatever other reasons.
Q: What was your creative process for writing this work?
The most creative part of my work is seamlessly combining real history with science fiction to make readers feel that this hidden history could have actually happened. In the process, I sort of created my own genre, which combines fantasy, alternate history, science fiction and time travel together.
The story starts as a tomb raiding expedition during the 2nd Sino-Japanese War. Then, it becomes an Alien contact story, where the protagonist finds out that the illusive Xia Dynasty, the 1st dynasty in China, is established by some strayed Aliens who happened to land on earth 4000 years ago. After that, the novel becomes an alternative history fiction, where the Allies and the Axis powers put their differences aside and fight against an all-out Alien invasion. Near the end of the book, Dragon Tomb morphed into a time travel fantasy, in which the protagonist activates a special device buried in the Tomb of Xia, called the Ninth Cauldron, to turn back time and save mankind from total annihilation.
Q: Do you hide any secrets in your books for people to find out?
Absolutely and I love doing that. For the readers who are fans of the Japanese anime in early 90s, they will quickly figure out that all the names of the Japanese characters in Dragon Tomb are taken from the Slam Dunk, a sports-themed manga series that I grew up watching.
American adventurer and archaeology professor, Dr. Harry Jones, is an important character. His role is crucial in the story plot. Smart readers could quickly figure out where his last name comes from. I believe a few of them would eventually realize that I named him Harry to pay my tribute to Harrison Ford, who plays the title character in the Indiana Jones film series.
Q: How did you research for this project?
I grew up an avid reader with very broad reading spectrum. 40 years of reading gives me a robust background in history and military. For other details that I do not know, I have to thank Google and its amazing Google Earth.
Q: What inspires you to write, in general?
My dreams. All my stories are based on the dreams I have had at some point of my life. I don’t know how I can explain this. Many of my dreams are bizarre. Sometimes, I even woke up with sweat on my back and felt like I just experienced a life time in my dream.
Q: What are your goals for this novel?
I want to share my life in my dreams with the world and my vision for the future of mankind. At the same time, I also want to inspire myself to finish the rest of the pentalogy.
Q: What kind of writer are you?
I am an outliner writer; there is no question about it. Before I officially start writing a book, I’d like to have the ending of the story in my mind. Strangely, all my novels are based on bizarre dreams I have had at some point of my life. As a habit, I like to type down my dreams the morning after.
Q: How do you develop the characters in your book?
I typically don’t think too much about them in the beginning. During my writing, I always imagine myself as one of my characters, talking to them, listening to them, putting myself in their shoes. As a result, they naturally come to life as the writing progresses.
Q: What type of writer are you?
My favorite author is George R.R. Martin. His A Song of Ice and Fire would certainly keep me up all night reading. The most valuable lesson I learned from him is that the most beloved characters should die every once in a while.
Q: What tips would you give to an aspiring writer?
Write with your heart.
Q: Can you share a bit about your past projects?
I just finished my second time-travel novel Bollywood Invasion, a story of a modern-day American boy who wakes up in 1958 India as the reincarnation of John Lennon.
I dedicated this unique book to the great Beatles and it will be officially launched on September 18. Kirkus Review calls it “an imaginative…rock ‘n’ roll fantasy.”
Book trailer: https://youtu.be/CUN5Md-tXJk.
Q: What is your next project?
My next project is to finish Resurrection, book two of the TLR pentalogy. My plan is to bring one book to my readers a year.