“I am going to die, Asterius, but you shall not. And no woman shall ever replace me. I shall torment you forever…that is my gift. Your father’s gift is your bull’s head.”
Here in the museum’s rotunda, in Asterius’ bestial ferment, his thoughts run rampant with turmoil against Naomi, while outside, Leeza Dunham’s skeleton had returned to the triceratops rallying Asterius’ bone brigade.
The battle was about to begin.
"I also believe that heart and desire is what sets great thriller books apart from just another monster story. There are plenty of monsters devoid of human feelings. I’ll take human insight with my chills and thrills any day. Earth Shaker’s tragic love story between Asterius and Naomi provides that."
Greek mythology inspires tragic contemporary love story.
Richard Guimond reverses the “Beauty and the Beast” roles to tell a thrilling yet tragic love story in “Earth Shaker”
TIVERTON, R.I. – “Earth Shaker” (ISBN 1461115884), a compelling novel by Richard Guimond, inspired by Greek Mythology, writes a story that has never been told. It takes readers back to ancient times on the Island of Crete . Queen Pasiphae, the wife of King Minos, steps outside of her marriage and lies with the Great White Bull, a mythological demigod. That wicked coupling produces an Earth Shaker, Asterius, the Minotaur of Greek legend.
Readers travel to 1980, and meet a young, savvy and beautiful archaeologist. Driven to succeed, Naomi Slocum is in over her head, when she and her boss, a ruthless curator, discover Asterius deep within the labyrinth of Daedalus. They smuggle the cocooned body from Greece to Washington , D.C. , but as Naomi soon learns, things go horribly wrong.
From the moment we know that death is inevitable, we are fascinated by the idea of eternal life. Guimond’s characters fall into that same trap, and quickly realize the price they must pay for immortality. They soon learn that the dead should be left undisturbed and maybe there is a reason to heed the words: Rest in Peace.
“Hopefully, my novel provides some curious satisfaction into what makes us human,” Guimond says. “I believe there's an innate darkness in all of us, and depending on the situation, we're quite capable of doing things that go against our moral nature.”