For King and Country

For King and Country

Oliver Ma

Poetry

Told from the eyes of Charles Stuart, the Prince of Wales, For King and Country is set in England during its Civil War. Follow the young prince as he tries to balance his loyalties to his house with his loyalties to his people against the backdrop of the European enlightenment.Prince Charles Stuart seemed to have his future laid out for him: he is the heir apparent to the English Throne and his father rules over a prosperous British Isles, enjoying the bounties of the recent Renaissance. When the prince travels north to confront the rebellious Scottish Noble Archibald Argyll, however, he realizes the British Isles were neither as well off nor as loyal to the crown as he has been led to believe. As a religious discord uproots old sentiments between the English Parliament and the English King, war looms on the horizon; Charles must find wisdom beyond his years, or witness his world torn apart by a bloody, civil war. In a tale of trials and hardships, Prince Charles endures tragedy after tragedy that threatens to bring the Royal house to the brinks of extinction. Struggling to come to terms with realities outside the Palace walls, Charles is exposed to a plethora of ideas that shakes his loyalties to the core. As the King wages war on his own people, one of Europe’s greatest eras, the Enlightenment, is dawning. Prince Charles, loyal to both his house and his country, must leave the world his father had built for him, and forge a new Britain, one where the interests of the king and the people compliment each other, in order to succeed the British Throne.
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A Gladiator's Dilemma

A Gladiator's Dilemma

Oliver Ma

Poetry

Eric and Zing are two young Carthaginian soldiers captured during the second Punic War. How long can they hang on as the strength of their friendship is tested again and again in the Roman Coliseum?Oliver Ma's first work of fiction, written when he was 11. Partly inspired by a trip in Italy he took in 2001, (during which he visited the mighty Colosseum), A Gladiator's Dilemma was first published in print in 2010. Most of the research for this fiction was done in Deerfield Elementary School's library, with the bulk of the info coming from the children's book You Wouldn't Want to be a Gladiator.
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