By this time you should have already read Three Musketeers Again: Unknown Adventures of Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D’Artagnan: All for One and One for All!. I hope you enjoy the novel as much as I did writing it. Please do not forget to recommend this book to your friends, especially if they love historical fiction.
Many times I have been asked the question “Why did I write this book?” and every time my response would go along the lines of “I want to continue the legacy of Alexandre Dumas and of the Three Musketeers.” It was not that I simply wanted to write a book, but I felt I have an obligation to do so after I discovered a manuscript through the archives in my great-grandfather’s home in Voronezh, Russia.
The manuscript was long carefully preserved by my grandfather, who believed it to be the genuine unpublished chapters of the great Dumas’ The Three Musketeers. Imagine my surprise – and my great joy – upon learning that the great storyteller’s unpublished story was in my family’s possession for more than a hundred years. Fans of Dumas and of the Three Musketeers should be able to share in my joy.
While writing Three Musketeers Again, I felt somewhat thankful that my ancestors never tried to publish the manuscript as I believed it was my calling and my responsibility to do so. My ancestors had done their job, extending the hand of friendship to Dumas when he visited Russia in 1858 and eventually preserving his manuscript. It was my job to share Dumas’ unpublished chapters to his legion of fans.
But of course, it was not an easy job to do so. I had to write in the style of the great storyteller in order to preserve the memories of the man readers are long acquainted with whenever they read the D’Artagnan Romances. I believed I had faithfully accomplished my job well, hence the publication of the first part of the manuscript in Three Musketeers Again.
Three Musketeers Again plays an important role in the adventures of the Three Musketeers and in the whole narrative of the D’Artagnan Romances. The book aims to bridge the time gap between The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After. What had transpired between the years, readers like me asked themselves when they read the second book of the D’Artagnan Romances. As I digested Dumas’ unpublished chapters, I believed the question was already answered.
It is impossible to think that Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D’Artagnan were inactive for twenty long years. Where were they when Louis XIV ascended the throne? What were they doing when France was colonizing the New World? Could it be that they were forgotten by the King and Queen? Or could they have run out of adventures?
Other than bridging the time gap between the first two books of the D’Artagnan Romances, I wanted to present the character development of the Three Musketeers, among others and somewhat provide the background of the turbulent times they were in. In Three Musketeers Again, we read about D’Artagnan finding a new love while carrying put his mission to quell a Protestant rebellion, the Cardinal waging war against Spain and the nobles who undermined the kingdom, Aramis developing a more mysterious character and getting involved with his fellow Jesuits in political intrigues, among many others. You will read more when I publish the second part of the manuscript.
I am still in the process of translating and writing the second part of the manuscript, which will serve as the sequel to the Three Musketeers Again. By now, enjoy the book, recommend it to your friends, share the story – we all do our part in preserving the legacy of Dumas and of The Three Musketeers.