The jealousy and desire Arthur inspires among his followers threaten to defeat him as surely as his military setbacks in this third novel in Wilson's series about Britain in the Dark Ages, narrated by the High King's conflicted lieutenant, the berserker Bedwyr. Despite losing a quarter of his troops, Arthur knows his success depends on fighting the just war . . . in the brutal sense of the word in those days: no indiscriminate slaughtering of women and children, only those who take up arms, though starving them out by burning crops and killing livestock is acceptable.
Set in the Old West that was, before America extended past the Mississippi River, this thoroughly researched novel tells a dramatized version of the author's own family history: the Adam Mitchell family.
Only a man who survived the trials and tribulations of the West Point cadets and went on to serve his country as an active-duty officer could write such a brilliant dramatization of the military careers and personal lives of the main characters who people this book: Ulysses S. Grant, Lucius Kosciusko Rumble, and Elijah Cord. By showing us the early events that helped shape them into men of honor, Bob Mayer escapes the trap of simply dramatizing known facts from diaries, letters, and so forth that necessarily plagues historians and biographers of the great Civil War generals. Here he creates an engaging, mostly imaginary account based on facts.
Tupac Amaru, the last Inca emperor, was executed by the conquistadores. But his body does not get to rest in peace: when archaeologists uncover his reburied remains, a graverobber steals the funerary artifacts, in ignorance leaving behind only the death mask. A 30-year-old Marine is among the American undergraduate students at the summer field camp in Peru. His quest to avenge the woman and children murdered by the thief leads him and a friend across the world on a dangerous mission.
I've been meaning to write a review of the Foreigner series since reading #1, #2, and #3 in a single weekend many years ago. Unfortunately, I always get so caught up in the story that I'm unable to focus on the details with a critical eye.
By now, each new book in the series is like Facebook in providing me the opportunity to catch up with old friends: in this case, Ilisidi, Lord Geigi, and Cajeiri (and wondering, for the latter, whether the author will ever let him move on to felicitous nine years old). With kidnappings, attempted assassinations, uneasy alliances, and conspiracies and machinations that would put Jacobean dramas to shame, the series consistently reveals essentials about the human condition--using the alien culture of the atevi.
This paranormal romantic suspense takes us offworld to Harmony, a world colonized by a high-tech futuristic Earth but then cut off from the home planet and reverting back to today's level of technology in a setting that is parallel to our Pacific Northwest. On this new planet, latent psi abilities are common, enhanced by tuned amber. The heroine of this book, Lyra Dore, makes her living, such as it is, by tuning amber, though she also explores the alien ruins and sells relics from them (and has another source of income with great potential, besides).
For several years I reviewed very few books because Amazon got snitty about authors as reviewers. When I read back through those old Amazon reviews, I decided to copy some to my own website and add new reviews that readers may find useful.
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