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Welcome to a world unlike anything you’ve known.

There is a rebellion stirring in the jungle village of Ppentaca. Totec, a former slave, has cultivated a force of 500 warriors. He intends to invade the Feathered Kingdom in the valley and ignite a slave uprising in the capital city of Ocochac, where the slaves outnumber their masters. But first they must slay a child to win the favor of the gods. Ixmal, Totec’s son, tries to stop the blood ritual, creating a chain of events that will reach Biblical proportions.

Picture an ancient land filled with magic, where characters straddle two worlds, the world as we know it and the “dream world.” Love Thief, the Legend of Ixmal the Healer, is a fable that draws upon the myths, cultures and languages of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. What is real and what is illusion are not easily distinguishable. A tale of morality, the story chronicles the spiritual and physical journey of Ixmal, who must endure many trials before he earns his moniker.

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“The mysterious narrator of David Bolton’s electrifying fable throws us into the heated center of a mythical world that allows the reader to live it through the five senses and then some. I don’t know how Bolton manages to revive a lost culture in such brilliant scenes, but he does it masterfully, in clear, supple prose. By the time we’re finished with our hero Ixmal’s ranging, fully realized story, it’s clear our own lives have changed with his, all for the better.”

-Donald Berger, author of Quality Hill and The Long Time.

“In Love Thief, Dave Bolton spins an elaborate tale of fantasy and imagination in lives and culture far from the familiar. As we wind through his story of a journey toward self-fulfillment, Mr. Bolton skillfully weaves human emotions of passion, jealousy, and betrayal. Readers can share in the experiences of warriors, princesses, and rulers who inhabit the mystical world he's created.”

-Rowan Scarborough is a longtime national security reporter, The Washington Times, and author of New York Times best-seller Rumsfeld War. 

Characters Speak

"He who fools everyone, fools himself."
"Too often good people use evil for what they think is a higher purpose."
"You don’t find magic. It finds you."
"Terrible things are done in the name of gods."
"A warrior does not strive to be happy, but to do well."
"Do well by the gods, your people, and yourself. Each warrior is the sum of the whole."
"Mortals by their very nature can’t grasp the secrets of creation."
"There is magic in everything, but the world is blind to it."
"One does not know destiny until it occurs."

"He who fools everyone, fools himself."

"Too often good people use evil for what they think is a higher purpose."

"You don’t find magic. It finds you."

"Terrible things are done in the name of gods."

"A warrior does not strive to be happy, but to do well."

"Do well by the gods, your people, and yourself. Each warrior is the sum of the whole."

"Mortals by their very nature can’t grasp the secrets of creation."

"There is magic in everything, but the world is blind to it."

"One does not know destiny until it occurs."

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Dave Bolton speaks about Love Thief: Legend of Ixmal the Healer on Baltimore Fox 45 on Nov. 6th 2018

About the author

David Bolton has traveled extensively throughout Central and South America.

The former editor of the The New Deep Press in San Francisco (now in the Smithsonian) and The Plaza in Tokyo, he was the “master of hyperbole” as a copywriter for advertising and pr agencies in Tokyo, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. In 2004, he published Twitchy Fingers, a book of poetry. With a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an M.A. in Literature from The American University, Washington, DC., he taught business writing for many years in the Professional Writing Program at the University of Maryland. He lives with his wife Denise in Baltimore, Maryland and has two grown daughters, Leslie and Stephanie.   

Other works by David Bolton

Selections from

The Wind Blows Not for Me

The Wind Blows Not for Me was inspired by Jack London’s novel, Call of the Wild. There’s a chapter that describes a winter famine that spreads across the Alaskan wilderness.  London spends pages …
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Cruel Zeus

Would the scales fall From the windows of our soul If we surrendered absolutes? The Aztec sun feeds off the young Would we wither Betraying the high priest’s call? Given the Fuhrer’s belie…
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November’s Song

One of the reasons I left San Francisco was the drought of ’77, when it rained but six inches.  Craig Rock, a fellow poet and Milwaukee native, and I used to smoke a little mother nature and listen…
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The Last Epistle of Satan

I wrote this in the spring of 1988.  Its message of darkness and light still very much applies. Some of the images presented parallel parts of my fable, Love Thief, the Legend of Ixmal the Healer. As…
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Cover for book of poems.

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