by Max Overton
Rakshasa is a demon. He doesn’t know where he came from or how he came to be in the first place. All he knows is that he feeds on the dying thoughts of men and that he is hungry.
Engendered in ancient times in the north of India, he wanders, doing exactly what he wants, killing when and where he pleases until he attracts the attention of a god. Fleeing for his life, Rakshasa must now come to terms with what he is and his place in the scheme of things. Hiding from the gods, he delves into the world of men, following individual lives and impacting on them. As his knowledge grows, so does his dissatisfaction and he wonders whether he must always be a demon or whether he can change his nature.
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Max Overton is a scientist by training, and historian by inclination; a butterfly enthusiast, science fiction buff and a delver into the hidden mysteries of the world. He has lived in such diverse places as Malaysia, India, England, Germany, Jamaica, New Zealand, the USA and Australia, working in a wide array of occupations, meeting interesting characters and experiencing strange phenomena. Educated primarily in New Zealand, he has since called Australia home, residing in Far North Queensland beside the Coral Sea. From this tropical base, he has explored rain forest and desert, traveling to and through Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia. He is endlessly fascinated by the peoples and legends of this Great Southern Land.
In 1999, a chance encounter with an American author led to his new career as a fiction writer. He traveled to Illinois in the United States, where he thoroughly enjoyed a five-year stay, meeting wonderful people, investigating strange places, exploring the towns and cities along the Mississippi River and acquainting himself with the Great Lakes. Venturing further afield, Max Overton journeyed to Michigan, Texas, Nevada and California, getting to know ordinary Americans, before returning to tropical Australia.
Although a specialist in historical fiction, Max Overton does not limit himself to that genre, having written thrillers, paranormal and Western novels. His real-life experiences are reflected in many of the characters and situations in his books. He has won the EPIC e-book Award for Best Historical novel twice.