Mason Balouchian graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1980 as an Aerospace Engineer. He has spent most of his life as an editor, and commercial writer. He is a member of Florida Writers Association, and works in Orlando as an editor and publishing consultant. He has written many short stories in the genre of fantasy, science fiction, and memoir a few of which have been published on kindle such as A Traveler’s Deity, The Bridge of Judgement, and The Rug. These short stories collected in an anthology will soon be published in paperback, hardcover, and digital form.
Working as a freelance tour guide during the 90s, he visited the tomb of Cyrus the Great on many occasions, and learned about this fascinating figure in detail. Later in 2011, he decided to write the story in a dramatic form because he thought that Cyrus, as the original architect of The Human Rights Charter, had not been given the attention he deserved.
An excerpt from Kirkus Review (Cyrus)
“…Balouchian (Punishment, 2017, etc.) manages to artfully condense a complex history into a very brief novel, well under 200 pages. The drama, sometimes tantalizingly grim, unfolds with an electrified air of suspense, even though the reader knows the conclusion of the tale is foregone. The most remarkable aspect of Cyrus’ governance was his insistence on the rights of his citizens, a position so historically radical one wishes the author could have attempted more of an explanation for its basis. Nonetheless, this is a well-crafted and readable introduction to a major historical figure…”