I have been trying to rate Sambath Meas’s The Governor’s Daughter: The Scribes of Brahmadhan on Amazon.com several times and still have yet to see my comments posted. I don’t know what happened. Anyhow, I give it 5 out of 5 stars, as “The Governor’s Daughter” truly transports me to a different time and place, and potentially a whole new other world or realm, as it appears to be series of The Scribes of Brahmadhan. It is a murder, mystery, and science fiction novella that follows a young sleuth, Anjali Chinak, during 1920’s Cambodia to catch a serial rapist and killer running loose in Southeast Asia. She wants to help her father, who is a detective, to solve crimes and to find the killer or killers. Unfortunately, he considers her too young and inexperienced. As a clever girl, she finds her way to investigate the case and at the same time, she puts herself in danger.
I love the fighting scene where it shows a mysterious ancient weapon with a futuristic technology—a great science fictional episode that can be expanded in the author’s future writing. I give it 5 stars. The Governor’s Daughter is a must read novella! It is refreshing take on murder and mystery. It should not be overlooked. You will definitely enjoy it. I highly recommend it.
Whether you are a Khmer person or not you will love this beautiful yet thrilling and suspenseful story. The Governor’s Daughter: The Scribes of Brahmadhan is a great piece of creative imagination blending Khmer people’s lives during the colonial era. It offers Cambodia’s geography and Khmer civilization to an audience who is familiar and unfamiliar with the kingdom.
Thank you and congratulations to Sambath Meas for a great novella. Please keep on writing and publishing …great work!
Timothy S. Chhim.
Amazon Best-selling Author
Timothy Chhim is a motivational speaker, best-selling author, Napoleon Hill Foundation Certified Instructor and licensee. He is the owner of an Allstate Insurance Agency in Nanuet, New York. He was born into an impoverish family in Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia. From a young age he has always dreamed of freedom and strived for a better
life for himself and his countrymen. Tragically, the Vietnam War spread into Cambodia, forcing its leaders to take sides and the people to be divided. The battle between communism and capitalism raged on from 1970 to 1975. Devastatingly, the former won. Timothy became one of the millions of people who were forced out of Cambodia’s capital at gunpoint by the Khmer Rouge on April 17, 1975. After several screening processes, Timothy was singled out as an educated citizen and as a Khmer Republic official. He was slated to be executed in the jungle among more than 70 people.
Timothy’s desire for freedom emboldened him. Believing in his destiny to achieve greatness for his family and countrymen, as foretold by a seer, he decided to escape the Khmer Rouge’s death row by jumping out, zigzagging, and dodging many rounds of bullets to make his way toward the dense forest. Timothy escaped his execution two more times before he journeyed for a few weeks through the jungle that teemed with human predators, dangerous animals and landmines. He finally reached Thailand on August 18, 1975—4 months after his evacuation from Phnom Penh.
Father Arthur Pedersen of Grace Church, Jersey City, N.J. sponsored Timothy to New Jersey in October 1976.