Dr. Michael Meguid.

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How does a lonely & neglected boy from Cairo grow to be a man of consequence?

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The body of a young girl drifts over a reef where Jake Savage is photographing lionfish, beautiful brown-striped creatures with feathery pectoral fins that could almost make one forget their venomous spines. For an instant, Jake thinks she might be watching him, but she has no snorkel or mask. She isn’t wearing a swimsuit but rather is clad in only a shirt and panties. And she can’t have looked at him because she has no eyes.

What has this child done to die so young, to be forgotten and left to drift until consumed by the creatures of the sea? A voice whispers to let her go, but he can’t leave her to the whim of the wind and tide ....a simple decision with deadly consequences.


​Elliott Light grew up outside Washington, D.C. in McLean, Virginia before the beltway
encircled the capital city, before farms were turned into housing developments, and before open fields became mega-malls.

Light attended the University of Virginia, receiving degrees in Electrical Engineering and Law. He has several patents to his name. After stints as an
environmental lawyer and a high-tech in-house counsel, he practiced patent law in a private law firm.

Now retired, he resides in Naples, FL with his wife, Sonya. Throwaways is his fourth published novel.

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From the green rich Nile valley to the unimaginable ruin and rubble of post-war Germany and the vibrant hedonism of 60s London, Dr. Michael Meguid’s life story unfolds in brilliant prose.  “Roots & Branches” illuminates his life’s path filled with rejection, longing, sadness, relentless pursuit, and ultimate fulfillment, joy, and unbridled success. 

Born to an Egyptian father and a German mother, his earliest memories of Cairo are idyllic, but his mother’s refusal to adapt to Egyptian life results in upheaval. At the age of four, his parents leave him in Hamburg with his German grandparents, where life becomes defined by the rigid rules of his Prussian grandfather in a culture and language he does not understand.  When his parents collect him five years later, they take him to England, where once again he has to adapt to being an outsider.

A life of gaping holes, howling loneliness, and longing that rippled through him his entire life, this is a story of courage, resilience, and perseverance. 


Dr. Michael Meguid Dr. Meguid began life as the son of a prominent Arabic linguist in Cairo, Egypt. Neglected throughout his childhood and shuffled across Egypt, Germany, and London, Michael was constantly learning and adapting to new cultures, languages, and peoples. He had a dream: to go to University College, London, and become a surgeon.   He accomplished his dream, going on to practice and conduct research at prestigious hospitals and universities and founded a medical journal, "Nutrition." Today, he is retired from medicine and writes full time from his home on a Southwest Florida island.

Why is a  young girl's sightless body floating over the reef?