Hi, I’m AJ Lewis
I’m a translator and author of fiction born and educated in New England. I left the United States as a young man for Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian Subcontinent where I acquired some languages, and raised a family.
As a traveler, I have always been drawn to overlooked and forgotten places where every corner turned holds the promise of the unexpected. My hope is that the souks I’ve explored will leave their flavors in my fiction. As an author, I write mysteries to confound and then astound my readers. My stories aim to describe the world, not to inform it; but if they cause people to think about their own world, then maybe I’ve accomplished something.
I hope you enjoy the series, and I hope the books open new vistas for you on a misunderstood and misrepresented society of contradictions.
What did I, Ettore, know of Algiers when I was swept to sea in the year 1788? What could I know? I was barely more than a boy living in a hammock strung nightly from hooks in a kitchen at a seaside bordello in Amalfi.
About the Mystries
Ready to discover a City on the Mediterranean Long Thought to be Forbidden?
Conflicts During the Final Ottoman Years in Algiers: 1775 – 1830
Spanish-Tuscan armada of 74 warships and over 200 transport vessels led by General Alexander O’Reilly is destroyed, with casualties of 5,000 men, while attempting to invade Algiers.
War of the American Revolution
Spanish naval bombardment of Algiers by a fleet of 70 warships fails.
Algiers is bombarded by the combined naval forces of Spain, Naples, Malta and Portugal
Russia and Turkey go to war in the Crimea and Caucasus.
The Storming of the Bastille and Revolution in France
Wars of the First Coalition as French Republicans battle Royalist Europe
The “Glorious First of June” naval battle is claimed a victory by the British after clashing in the Atlantic with the French under Admiral Vilaret.
1796, July 11:
American mariners held hostage in Algiers are ransomed.
Napoleon’s Army of the Orient invades the Mediterranean, losing most of its fleet to the British under Lord Nelson at AbuKir after capturing the garrison at Malta in June of 1798
Wars of the Second Coalition in which Russia, Britain, Austria, the Netherlands, Portugal, Naples, and Vatican faced off against France.
In India, the British defeat Tippu Sultan in the Fourth and final Mysore War
British defeat Denmark-Norway in the Battle of Copenhagen
First Barbary Wars in which the US and Sweden attack the North African state
Second Barbary War
The British-Dutch Fleet under Lord Exmouth Bombards Algiers
Invasion of Algiers by the French