Origins: Discovery is an epic 188,300 word story of love, culture and discovery set during the greatest conflicts in history. The entire novel is written in three Parts, including:
- Part 1: The Axis Rises
- Part 2: Defending the Free World; and
- Part 3: Discovering Humanity.
The novel has been written to provide a window to a world few people in the West know about - of villages and people in Asia experiencing the trauma of political change and conflict in the 1930s, but also a world of amazing cultures, music, dance and history.
Armenia is an ancient land, the oldest Christian nation, but it has become part of the Soviet Union. To the east, the Japanese, Soviets and Chinese all warily watch each other, while in the birthplace of many religions - India and Nepal - the influence of the British Empire is slowly waning.
Experience an incredible story of self-discovery through the eyes of villagers as they laugh, love and cry; people that will ultimately change the course of history - and provide a lens on why we still have problems in the 21st century between different peoples. Learn about the discovery of a long-hidden treasure that will alter the way we treat each other as humans. Discover our origins...
Len Wicks is a dual Australian/New Zealand citizen, who is married with three children. He has a background in aviation as an air traffic controller working in New Zealand and the Sultanate of Oman, and in air traffic management in Thailand for the Asia/Pacific Office of the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations specialized agency.
Len's interests in geography and history had led him to travel extensively worldwide - but in particular to Russia, the Ukraine and the Caucasus, where he met his Armenian wife, Armine. He has interests in sport (the national religion in New Zealand is rugby! and he was a netball coach for many years), and children's education (http://www.ody-see.com).
Writing Origins: Discovery wasn't planned. It was only after returning from a trip to Armenia that the story came to him, and the process of turning a vision into reality started. The motivation to write every day for 21 months in a novel style that was completely unfamiliar to him was provided by his family's encouragement and the knowledge that the world should know about history such as the Armenian Genocide. Len hopes that people will learn about other cultures and treat each other more kindly as a result of the work.