New Novel Explores the Rebirth of Freedom in the 15th Century

Stafford, VA, July 02, 2009 --( A new novel from Outskirts Press explores the eternal tension between liberty and authoritarianism and reveals a conspiracy that led to the modern age. The Last Byzantine ( promises to change how people think about history, religion and the wisdom of the ancients.

In his first novel, Ken McClellan posits that modern liberty was forged as a Renaissance conspiracy, heated by the twin fires of Jihad and Inquisition. He provides a first-hand look at when Greek wisdom and Roman values had to be salvaged from the wreckage of Old World theocracy. It’s a story chock full of power, faith, betrayal, love and courage.

The book introduces John Palaeologus, who has one overarching mission: to stop the Ottoman conquest of Europe. In a lifelong quest for Truth, he discovers that the great religious war of the End Times is one colossal mistake of secrets forgotten and common doctrine twisted over time. His audience could not be less sympathetic. He is a prisoner of the Inquisition. In the 40 days he has been given to confess his sins, the rightful heir of Byzantium writes an autobiography of adventure and love spanning the Mediterranean. John’s target for persuasion is the next Grand Inquisitor. Can he pass the baton of civilization and an important prophecy before he is condemned to die?

McClellan, a former public affairs officer for the military, was inspired to write the book after living through the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon and asking, “So why all the hatred and how do we get over it?” The answer is inspirational fiction with something for every student of history, religion, the occult and prophecy.

“Our world is the Phoenix born from the death of Byzantium,” McClellan said. “In the past five centuries, we have gathered aromatic barks and spices in preparation for our world's renewal. Zoroastrians, Jews, Hindus, Moslems, Taoists and early Christians all saw the period of 2010-2239 as one of great transformation. The Last Byzantine is the story of the last time humanity stood upon the pyre.”

The Last Byzantine: Confessions of a Would-Be Messiah is now available through Ingram, Baker & Taylor,,, and the online bookstore of Outskirts Press, at

Book Statistics
978-1-4327-3981-2 (Hardback)
978-1-4327-2385-9 (Paperback)
US$28.95 hardback or US$17.95 paperback
CAN$36.95 hardback or CAN$28.95 paperback
6.14 x 9.21
371 pages
Also available as an e-book for $7.95

About the Author: Ken McClellan is a former public affairs officer for the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense. He has a B.A. in communication from American University and an M.S. in international relations from Troy State. McClellan lives in Stafford, Virginia.

Author Contact: Visit him on the Web at

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