Purdue University North Central Limited-term Lecturer and best-selling author Ray Gleason will be signing copies of his latest novel, “The Gabinian Affair” and answering questions about his writing on Friday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the PNC campus bookstore, located on the lower level of the Library-Student-Faculty-Building. The event is open to the public.
Gleason, who is teaching English Composition II at PNC this semester, is a well-published fiction writer. “The Gabinian Affair” is the first installment of the Gaius Marius Chronicle, the memoir of a retired Roman soldier, who served with Caesar during his Gallic campaigns and throughout the Roman civil wars. The Gaius Marius Chronicle, an exciting new saga, is shrouded with mystery and intense drama, all the while retaining its historical accuracy.
In “The Gabinian Affair,” young Gaius Marius Insubrecus is torn between fantasy and reality. His grandfather told him fanciful tales of his heroic people, the Gah’el, while his mother, Valeria, desperately wants him to focus on becoming a practical Roman gentleman. Meanwhile, Insubrecus becomes infatuated with Gabinia, the beautiful daughter of a Roman Senator, who has vowed to kill him.
Insubrecus tries to escape the assassins sent after him from Rome by hiding in the Roman army, right at the time that the new governor, Gaius Iulius Caesar, decides to go to war with a fierce and ruthless tribe called the Helvetii. Insubrecus is plunged into a world of violence, intrigue and betrayal, as he tries to save his own life all while serving his new patron, Caesar.
Gleason will also be signing copies of his other books, “A Grunt Speaks: A Devil’s Dictionary of Vietnam Infantry Terms” and his first novel, “The Violent Season.” In addition, he teaches Medieval Literature at Northwestern University. Gleason became an advocate for the “lost generation” of the Vietnam-era in his best-selling novel, “The Violent Season.”
The Gabinian Affair has 240 pages and is being sold as a trade paperback for $16.95. For further information or to schedule an interview with Gleason, contact Nickcole Watkins at 516.900.5674.