Burying his face in his hands, Nadir muttered, “Each day that passes I worry about the consequences of you dwelling in this new country.”
“Might I remind you precisely whose brilliant idea that was to take our exile here.”
The Nightingale’s Odyssey series was spawned by an obsession with the darker side of a classic narrative. You could say it is also a fascination with what drives a spirit to endure in a world when the odds threaten to crush you. Creative souls are often, like a frail bird or fragile bloom, delicate.
Erik is a man of extraordinary talents born with a severe disfigurement. Throughout his past, this facial deformity has filtered his interactions with the world. He was most notoriously known as the Phantom of the Opera, a fact he desires to keep his shameful secret.
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Synopsis: There is but one word above all others never to say to Erik, unless you desire to spark his indomitable determination. That word is “impossible”.
Trapped in the Bowery after illegally immigrating to late nineteenth century America, the ever resourceful Erik feverishly poured everything into establishing himself as an elite architect. When the aristocratic architect VanHollus, intent upon sharing his territory with no one, decided to make an example of the ambitious Frenchmen society could not fathom the war that would rage between the two rivals. Once the gauntlet was thrown both men stood to lose a fortune: VanHollus his reputation, Erik his only chance at a livelihood in the new world. Will Erik live to show the world his genius once again or will he starve in the shadows where VanHollus seems determined to confine him?
Steeped in the dynamic cultural melting pot of Manhattan in the 1880’s, the story explores the culture of the tenements dwellers in contrast to the social elite. From the soot-stained Bowery with its lively Saturday night streets, to the lavish Hoffman Hotel with its luxurious dining hall filled with the cream of the crop. Erik’s iron perseverance is the only thing capable of breaking through the barrier to lift him from a ragged laborer to an enigmatic man of consequence. The trouble lies in Erik’s own inner battle, for the font of his inspiration stems from a deal with a dire price. And someone has come to collect.
Synopsis: In the shadows of the Music Hall’s stage wing Erik heard her voice again for the first time in ten years. With that dreaded indulgence, the foundations of his carefully constructed empire cracked. On the verge of opening the pinnacle of the arts, Carnegie’s grand Music Hall, the hidden genius of the project is swept up in a tidal wave from his past.
When Christine Daae, a renowned singer in Paris, is invited to the opening concerts no one knew the turbulent reunion that would follow. Ten years was not enough to bury Erik’s obsession with his former vocal student. When his involvement changes from architect to accompanist his colleagues begin to comprehend his profound comprehension of acoustics. However Nadir, Erik’s longtime associate from his past life, suspects that the darker side is playing a high stake game to steal the hand of his once love.
The famed Music Hall’s grand opening holds a secret drama wrought with deception, passion, and murder. And danger to Erik. For if the world ever learned his dark secret he stands to loose everything.
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Synopsis: For Erik and Christine their existence in Manhattan could not be more idealistic. He, the director of the arts and first chair violinist at Carnegie Hall. She, a sought after soloist. The world has set things to right … or has it.
A serpent slithers through the dark alleys of the city scarcely detected by Erik’s network of informants. Erik’s paranoia sparks anew, and the constant vigilance wears away at the famed Nightingale. Everyone around him notes the telltale state and many believe it to stem from the recent violent death of a friend—and the replacement of the second chair violinist. But Erik, even in his hysteria, sees a pattern linking back like the scales on a viper. Someone has a longstanding grudge. Someone knows who he once was, what he once did.
And they are not the forgiving type.
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Synopsis: In the year 1899 Erik has been in Eurasia on sabbatical. Or so the story goes. But his family harbors the dark truth. Beneath the tranquil facade they have waged a desperate battle for Erik’s sanity, and Dr. Wright is their last hope.
Faced with the most unusual patient, Wright can’t refuse this once in a lifetime case that so many others have failed to help. But the ambitious doctor is blinded by his goal to restore Erik to his former genius and fails to realize the delicate nature of his patient’s existence. It earns him a one way ticket back to Boston.
With Erik’s tentative return to society and a small role in Carnegie Hall, he and his son Charles labor to overcome the damage of the past. A love-sick Charles, socially unable to court his sweetheart, is devastated when the family’s secret destroys any chance he may have had to convince the Chantelli’s to hold Simonetta’s hand for him. In an act of empathy, Erik commits a sacrifice that no one can believe—not to restore his own shattered honor, but to secure his son’s desire.
For no one understands the cost of true love more than Erik.
Synopsis: When Erik is found on the dueling knoll shot in the back, Charles suspects foul play. Haunted by the ghosts of his father’s past, the family must chase down the untied threads of Erik’s by-gone rise to power.
As the world crumbles around him young Charles never stopped to ponder the question, what would he do when faced with the mastermind behind the plot to kill his father? In the devastating wake he finds no solace in words of wisdom. Only an insatiable thirst for justice.