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Travels in Elysium
By William Azuski
2013
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating:  4 stars
 
Nicholas Pedrosa is 22 years old when he accepts a job as apprentice to archaeologist Marcus Huxley, joining his work on the island of Santorini in the southern Aegean. 
 
In Greek mythology, Elysium is “the home of the blessed after death.”  Another definition of Elysium is “any ideally delightful or blissful place or condition.’
 
Would this be Elysium for Nicholas?  When he left rural England to accept this position, he truly thought so.
 
Yet the journey, in reality, is far from delight or bliss for Nicholas from the very beginning as he replaces the apprentice before him who died.  Was he murdered?  That uncertainty hovers over Nicholas as he gets to know the brilliant, yet ruthless, Marcus Huxley.  Secrets abound.  Could he have discovered Atlantis?  The questions continue to mount for Nicholas each day.
 

With well-defined and developed characters, the author places them in a setting with writing that makes them come alive. Readers will experience being on the island, privy to the well written, realistic conversations that will let them see and hear what Nicolas experienced is his battle to make sense of the unknown and mysteries in this new job he has traveled to accept.