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Sons of Chaos

Sons of Chaos by Chris Jayme & Illustrations by Ale Aragon

Oversized, panoramic hardback graphic novel Sons of Chaos, exposes the quiet agenda of Ali Pasha, the Ottoman Empire’s most brutal dictator, and how his fascination with a young Greek boy led to the rise of one of Greece’s most revered heroes— and a war that would define the Western World.

An immersion into the moments we never see, and the self-serving motivations that convince a nation that violence is warranted, and that war is necessary.

In honor of the 200 Year anniversary of the Greek War for Independence, Sons of Chaos presents the story of 1821 through the eyes of Marcos Botsaris, the son of a respected Greek leader taken prisoner as a child and raised within the dungeons of history’s most infamous Ottoman Pasha, known as the “Napoleon of the East”— Ali Pasha of Ioannina. Over the next ten years, the bond formed between them would define history.

The Greek War for Independence was a conflict that quietly influenced the entire world and participants ranged from the London Stock Exchange to celebrities such as Lord Byron, as well as average impassioned Americans willing to transport themselves across the Atlantic to fight alongside the Greeks.

This conflict was the pinnacle of what we now know as the Romantic Period and yet, it’s a war that few know ever existed outside of the Greek and Turkish cultures; a war that stimulated the fall of the Ottoman Empire and shaped Western Civilization as we now know it, and in a sense is being fought today under a different heading amongst today’s political world leaders.

Hundreds of years of Ottoman rule gave the Greeks a reason to fight. Marcos Botsaris gave them a leader.

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About the Author

Chris Jaymes is a multiple award-winning American writer, director, producer, actor, and musician. In his nearly three decades of working in the entertainment industry, he has been a member of the Capitol Records recording artist band Bootstraps; acted in such projects as Lost, Party of Five, and Chicago Hope; wrote, produced, and directed the multiple award-winning film, In Memory of My Father, and directed numerous films and TV shows.

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Alejandro Aragon

About the Illustrator

Ale Aragon is a comic artist from Argentina. A professional since 2008, he has worked for Boom! Studios, Image Comics, Moonstone, Shadowline, Viper Comics, and Visionary Comics. Aragon co-created Overlook and worked on such titles as Northlanders, Deadpool, 28 Days Later, and Hunter.

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My Review

4 Stars

In 1821 Greece was under the rule of Ali Pasha, the brutal Ottoman dictator. This is the story of Marcos Botsaris, the son of a Greek leader that is captured and left in the dungeon for ten years. He is released and has help sneaking out of the palace. Marcos returns home to find friends and family that survived Pasha’s brutal attack ten years prior. Marcos is reluctant to fight but rises his place as a leader to fight for Greece’s freedom.

I have to admit that I never really heard of this war and was surprised when I read this book. I was thinking that this too place a long time ago, not as recently. This is a beautifully illustrated story of Marcos Botsaris. Marcos doesn’t want to fight but is thrown into this war. It’s heartbreaking what happens to him but everything took place to help shape him into the leader that his is destined to be.

The illustrations were amazing. They made me feel like I was right there with the characters. I am very curious to learn more about this war and how it shaped Western Civilization. I was surprised to learn that some Americans came to help the Greek fight. This is a great read for those that like their graphic novels but also to share this war and to get more people interested in the real history.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Media Masters Publicity for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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