A Review of “Winter Of The World” – By Ken Follett

Winter Of World  Winter Of The World by Ken Follett, is the epic second novel in the Century Trilogy and revisits the lives of the characters created in Fall Of Giants.   The original cast of characters returns along with their now growing children as they face the most terrifying years we’ve seen as a planet.  The Second World War.  This historical fiction follows the lives of American, British, Russian, and German families as they struggle and battle to survive the horror that becomes the Nazi Party in Germany.  Brilliantly set against the backdrop of World War Two, the conflict is depicted through the personal stories of the characters as they develop, grow and triumph…or are lost.

Brilliantly told, these families who’s lives seem to intertwine time and again, paint an epic picture of the age and fit seamlessly into the historical events of the era. Follett leaves one wanting to immediately pick up the final book in the trilogy Edge Of Eternity. 

The Review!

This is my second Ken Follett novel, having read Fall of Giants almost two years ago.  It was easy to fall back into the story of these characters as they struggle through the historical events of World War Two.  Follett’s style with this novel is to have each character appear briefly on the stage that is the page before you to share a part of their struggle. Their own personal point in the history that was unfolding over the planet, and brings home to the reader an intimate story of one persons place in the grand scheme.  As each character rises to the foreground and then fades back as the next character comes to light, Follett builds an epic tapestry of life with each individual becoming rich and full in its moment.

The story itself has moved ahead in years from the first novel and the original characters slide slightly into the background as their children take the reins of the storytelling and the transition is both seamless and well written.  It maintains enough of the original novel while bringing a new set of stories to life.

Some of the novel is a difficult read as Follett is a master of making his words create a mental picture in the reader’s mind.  One such picture deals with the horrific murder of a German citizen arrested because he wouldn’t sell his restaurant.  The writing is bold, graphic and leaves nothing to imagination, leaving the reader to fully experience the raw horror that was the Nazi party Germany in the 1930s.

Other reviews have hinted criticism of the length of the piece.  Nine hundred and sixty pages, which are jam packed with story.  To this one can only respond that it is World War Two! To tell it in any less detail or space would have drawn away from the conflict and Follett’s style of looking at the conflict from all sides.  The only true disappointment comes from a lack of view from the Canadian perspective, and maybe more importantly the Japanese (two of their cities were bombed with massive casualties) who’s voices seem silent in this piece.

Jumping Off Points!

Too many to list them all…however, here are four that caught my interest.

Homosexual concentration camp    Persecution of Homosexuals in Nazi Germany

Cable street Cable Street Battle

Reichstag fire Reichstag Fire

Auschwitz Auschwitz Concentration Death Camp

The Rating!

This one gets a rare five out of five.  The writing is detailed and accurate, the characters are deep and memorable and the combination of history and fictional story fitting together brilliantly leave me anxious to read the third and final in the series.

Well done Mr. Follett, well done!

The Author!

Follett, Ken  Ken Follett arrived in 1978 with his first novel Eye Of The Needle, and has written over 20 novels, he has won several awards including The Edgar for his first novel Eye of The Needle which also became a movie.  Born in 1949 in Cardiff Wales we was the son of a tax inspector and attended University College London. He has an extensive website which outlines his life and novels.  Please check it out for further information.

ken-follett.com

Evelyn Tidman – Author and her novel Gentleman of Fortune!

Gentleman of Fortune Good evening all!

Today I got a message from Evelyn Tidman a Goodreads member and author who writes historical fiction. You might have guessed historical fiction is an interest of mine, so, I had a look at her site and quickly up on my list of books to be read, is her novel “Gentleman of Fortune“.  The cover is eye catching, the story centers around pirates along the West African Slave Coast and the reviews and comments sound like its definitely worth the read.  Not to mention I really liked the site.  Soooo fellow readers:  I am going to toss this one up as a late summer read!  If you pick it up, as I plan too, please let me know your thoughts.

Evelyn, many thanks for letting me link your site.  Looking forward to the adventure!

Have a great week all!

Cheers Scott

http://www.evelyntidmanauthor.com/

Boyden’s Latest Creation is a Canadian Epic – The Orenda will captivate you.

Orenda

The Orenda

by Joseph Boyden

Published in Canada by Penguin Canada 2013

Orenda:  invisible magic power believed by the Iroquois to pervade all natural objects as a spiritual energy.

Fox calls the new ones charcoal. “They are as heavy and as dumb,” he says as we watch two of them ahead of us in their hosts’ canoe lamely attempt to paddle. With their fresh robes, so black they absorb the late summer sunshine. I think Fox’s name for them is very good. But I will still call them all crows for the way they hop around and peck at the dead or dying things. 

Ok, so I’m going to change up my format here and just talk free form about this book. I picked this one up in my favorite Chapter’s at MicMac Mall after seeing it on the longlist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. The subject matter caught my eye because I know little about early First Nations people, and I was curious if a story about Huron’s and Iroquois would hold my interest for 500 pages. I have to add here I did not recognize the authors name at this point.

The Orenda, is a story of an Iroquois girl named Snow Falls, who is captured by the Huron war bearer named Bird, after he slaughtered her family in what can be best described as a blood bath by Bird and his men during a winter expedition. Bird also has in tow a man who is first described as “the crow” and it is decided that he will take the two back to his village to live. Snow Falls, is carried by “the crow” to the village and they nearly don’t survive the journey. Once back home, Bird decides to adopt Snow Falls, and it is here we learn that the “the crow”, is a Jesuit Priest, who’s come to the new world to minister to the sauvages and convert them to Christianity.

This beginning paints a beautiful backdrop to an epic story that spans the years, as Snow Falls adjusts to being the daughter of a man she despises for killing her real family. A hatred that drives her to cut off her adopted father’s finger and her own in the attempt as he sleeps. It’s also the backdrop for the story of Pere Christophe “the crow” and his time in the new world living among sauvages that he does not understand. And lastly, this story is also about Bird, a warrior, who has lost his own family at the hands of the Iroquois and has now taken his revenge by capturing Snow Falls.

To say the least there is a lot in this novel. The highlights for me are that it tells the story of the Wendat (Huron) people in a way that no history book in highschool ever has. The story this novel tells, draws the reader into the lives of these people, and for me allowed me to develop a deep admiration for their way of life, and left me with a sadness, knowing that the arrival of the Europeans on this soil forever changed this culture. To go even deeper, it asks of the reader, have we lost something that should not have been lost? The book only offers the following answer and leaves the reader to decide that question for oneself

Now what is most important, Aataentsic says, Orenda can’t be lost, just misplaced. The past and the future are present.

Snow Falls is the perfect heroine of this novel. She’s independent, strong, courageous, and fearless, and yet at the heart of it all, she is still a frightened girl who’s seen things no child should have seen. Her relationship with Bird is magic to watch, as she goes from terror, to hatred to revenge, and finally to love and respect. The moment in the novel when their fingers are simultaneously severed by her hand, binds the two together. By the end of the novel, their bond is strong, and some of the pages are hard to read as this piece draws to a close.

If I were to rate this book, it is an absolute five out of five. That rating surprises me, I have to add, and here’s why…when I got the novel home, excited to start…it was then that I discovered that Joseph Boyden had also written “Through Black Spruce” which I had not enjoyed at all when I read it two years ago. So to all of you, who say…I’m never reading him/her again…please remember this…always give an author a second chance…they may surprise or even stun you with their next piece.

I often feel I should offer a criticism when doing these reviews, but for this one, I cannot find anything negative. One bit of advice I can offer if The Orenda turns out to be your first Boyden novel…He unfolds the story in first person through first person account, rotating between two to three characters, at first this can be annoying, but once you get a feel for the characters, their voices become distinct and a pleasure to read.

Love it. There is little else I can say. I wish it had won the Giller Prize, it truly deserved the acknowledgement and its place on the best-seller list speaks for itself. Congratulations Joseph on a magnificent piece.

In closing I will add, for all readers in Canada…this is one to definitely add to your collection. It will forever change how you think about early Canadian history and the part the Huron and Iroquois played as well as the early church influence with these people.

 

The Author

Joseph Boyden, Born 1966, North York Ontario Canada, is a novelist and short story writer. His books have won several prizes and his work Through Black Spruce, won the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Joseph’s background in a Jesuit run College school and his Anishnaabe heritage lend themselves well to his novels about First Nations heritage and culture.

His other works include Three Day Road, and Born with a Tooth.

To learn more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Boyden

Joseph Boyden

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Savoured nearly every word of “The Witch’s Salvation” by Francesca Pelaccia

Witch Salvation

The Witch’s Salvation

 

By

 

Francesca Pelaccia

copyright 2013 – Self Published Work

 

The Book!

Every eighteen year old girl wants the perfect present on their birthday! Annie (Anasztasia) is no different and she wants the Fendi purse, knowing she cannot live without it. What she doesn’t want however, is to visit Romania and meet the Strigoaic. The Strigoaic, a 550 year old witch who cursed Anasztasia’s family (who happen to be immortal) and tossed them out of their beloved Wallachia five centuries ago. So why go meet a 550 year old witch? Well she may be the only hope of fixing the circumstances of Anasztasia’s birth. She’s mortal!! Her grandfather however plans to get her, her immortality, even if he has to deal with the witch to get it!

So off to Romania, where during the ball Annie is kidnapped by Matthias! Matthias, who’s family also happen to be immortal has made his own deal with the witch. Bring Annie to her, and she’ll let Matthias friend Austin back out of the mirror she’s trapped him in. Confused yet? Well, turns out that Matthias and Annie share a secret…he’s mortal too in a family of immortals. His family trapped in Wallachia, hers banned from setting foot there.

English: The castle of Vlad Tepes (Dracula), T...

English: The castle of Vlad Tepes (Dracula), Târgovişte, Romania. Română: Curtea domneasca din Targoviste (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Strigoaic has a plan, she wants to be free as badly as the Seneslau’s (Annie’s family) and the Barbat’s (Matthias clan) want out of the curse. So she offers them a deal. Go back in time and get the golden cup and bring it to her, and she will make them immortal. Or…they can get married and stay married which will break the curse.
The families take over and decide that getting married beats time travel. They begin to plan a wedding for these two not so star crossed lovers. But fate has a way of turning up, and the two find themselves in 1457 on one of the bloodiest days in Romanian history. Vlad III Tepes (yes you guessed it, the inspiration for Dracula) is set to massacre the nobles in the land, including Annie and Matthias great grandparents. Oh, did I mention he also has the golden cup, and they have 24 hours to make it back to their own time.

 
They set out on a race against the clock, and find that even 500 years ago in wild Wallachia, that there are friends to be had, and allies to help them on their quest. Will they save their families and gain their immortality, or suffer at the hands of Vlad III along with their long dead ancestors.

The Review!

Well, I vowed this year, no more books about Vlad Tepes or Dracula or anything related to the subject!  But this one crept in under the guise of being about witches, and I’m thrilled it did.  This one rolls Romeo & Juliet meets Dracula in with a good dose of Jules Verne time travelling.  Ok maybe not, but the story was definitely a fresh approach to this topic. The mix of historical fact, myth, and pure fiction to weave a story that captures you early, and keeps the interest through to the end.

Pelaccia’s use of the events of Easter 1457 in Wallachia, when Tepes massacred the local nobles who assisted in the death of his family (a bloody chapter in history, and ghoulish details are outlined in the book), serve as the historical reference point for this novel and gives an incredible backdrop for the tale. The families of Seneslau and Barbat are fictional but fit into this historical event, and once you let your mind slide over the time travel piece, it becomes a believable tale. The descriptions of the area are spot on, and the use of Targoviste and other actual locales lends to the readers ability to enjoy the tale as if its happening right before your eyes. The words “you are drawn into the story” is well suited to this piece.

 
Matthias, the renegade nature loving prince, and Anasztasia the urban modern princess make a perfect pair as the mortals in this story. Trapped and freed by the circumstances of their respective births, they have spent their lives put down by the immortals around them. Now they find themselves the hope for both families and the ultimate salvation for their respective clans. The young love blossoming between them will tweak the hearts of the romance lovers.  Guys don’t panic…An adequate amount of blood and gore will keep you reading!

The Rating!

Well lets see…Witches – that’s always a sell point for me! Vlad Tepes (aka Dracula) – Yup! got me there too! and time travel – SOLD! Definitely one to enjoy!

Grab it already!

 

The Author!

Francesca

Francesca Pelaccia

She’s Canadian!! Francesca grew up in Toronto Ontario and went to University of Toronto where she studied English literature. She has taught, been involved with corporate editing and publishing and also taught English as a second language.

She lives just outside Toronto with her family. And this reviewer danced a happy chair dance upon reading in her her bio…that there is a trilogy in the works. Keep eyes peeled for The Witch’s Monastery!

More can be found at: http://francescapelaccia.com/

 

 

 

Take 18 1/2 Minutes and check out the Review of Ronald C. Meyer’s new Novel!

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18 1/2 Minutes 

by  Ronald C. Meyer

available as an eBook on Amazon and Chapter’s Indigo 2013

 

 

The Book!

Gideon James, has been through hell.  A tour of duty in Afghanistan; from videographer, shooting documentary footage, to gunning down the innocent when things went bad.  Things like that change a person.  Things like his sister coming home from a tour of duty with a head full of shrapnel! Things like his parents committing suicide!  Things that changed Gideon and as he’s on the slippery slope out of the world, he is approached by Amy Rutledge, to speak on her talk show.

Amy’s cable documentary program, The Truth Now! has a small following, until she interviews Gideon, and embarks on a discovery to find out what is on the famous 18 1/2 minutes of oval office tape that turned up erased during Nixon’s days in the white house.  It’s  a journey that has perked up some ears in the Nation’s capital and when Amy hires Gideon to help her uncover the truth, and its this truth that could get them all killed, the perked ears go on the offensive.

As they seek out the elusive Jeff White, who is the only person who may truly know what is on the tape, the pieces of the puzzle seem to be falling together.  Amy and Gideon begin to feel confident that the mystery may finally be revealed, and those involved brought to justice.  Or will they?  Or is the greatest game play of all in the air?  Can Gideon help his sister, and can he finally have some peace over the death of his parents and the horrors he witnessed in the middle east?

The Review!

Meyer caught my attention early in this one.  The opening pages outlining the famous tape being erased and the implied murder of the man who did the dirty work, caught the mystery/thriller lover in me.  To tackle this famous bit of history and to build a believable tale surrounding it, was no small feat, but Meyer pulls it through with all the things you’d look for in a political thriller.  You get the evil White house aide who knows just a little too much, the general who’s not afraid to get his hands dirty and the full cast of reporters, political, Mafia and scientific persona’s that drive the story to a stunning conclusion.

One of my favourite aspects of this novel is the use of a secret organization known as the Club of Athens as the ultimate evil doers in all this.   Tying the famous 18 1/2 minute tape to the Club of Athens (a church of Scientology-esque group) only adds to the mystery and intrigue.  Meyer, makes identifying The Athens Club, real world counterpart easy, with comments such as “L Ron Hubbard is Ayn Rand in drag, and a reference later in the novel to the original members being sci-fi fanatics who used a science fiction story to build a religion.  The references draw you in, and for me, kept me reading to see where the story would lead, and how or when the truth of this group would be revealed.

If I had to make a criticism, its that near the end of the novel, one part of the story was wrapped up by introducing a plot element which had not been mentioned at all through the novel.  It felt very much like it was “added” to explain the particular character’s behaviour and it did just that, however with no lead up to it, it felt like an add-on with no connection to the rest of the book.  Also some characters receive no wrap up at all in the final pages, and that was disappointing, for this reader.  However that said, the Epilogue paints a chilling picture that will leave you questioning many things about the world we live in, and the information we are fed as a society.  Loved the closing pages.

The Review!

Excellent read, Meyer left me wanting to get on the net and look up every conspiracy theory out there…and I likely will.  Awesome effort, and have it ear-marked for a second read to pick up the finer points I likely missed first time through.   This one clips along at an amazing rate, so definitely one to pull onto your eReader of choice next weekend and enjoy!

The Cover!

For once I’m on the fence!  It’s a cover, it didn’t wow me or turn me off.

The Author!

Ronald C.  Meyer, owner of Centre Communications, is a producer of movies and documentary DVDs, with sales exceeding one million units. He is also the co-author of two bestselling books on Aikido – Aikido in America and Center: The Power of Aikido.  When not writing novels he is also a famous fossil collector

Ron Meyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrath Of The Caid, Book Two – Joe O’neill Has struck Gold in The Sand a Second Time!

Caid

By
Joe O’Neill

Published by Black Ship Publishing

The Book!

They’re back, the four friends from the adventure which started in “Rebels Of The Kasbah“. Tariq, Fez, Aseem and Margaret, find themselves scattered to the wind this time. Margaret returns back to England with her mother and brother after heroic escape from the Kasbah. There Margaret find returning to normal life a difficulty; adjusting to school and society after her adventures in Morocco, all without her father, becomes too much for her. Meanwhile Tariq, Aseem and Fez, slip away from the rebels to learn what the Caid is up to and how he can be stopped, with the adventure continues at an intensity that will leave the reader on the edge of the seat.

The Caid has decided to exact his revenge in a big way and enlists the help of Black Mamba and the French military to bring down those who defy him. As things heat up, Tariq finds himself separated from his friends and encounters Melbourne Jack, while Margaret gets shipped off to France. Will the four find a way to stop the evil Caid, and will the rebels survive their biggest battle yet.
The Review!

Can we get up and cheer for this one? This one lives up to the first novel in the series, and brings the original characters back and expand with new and delightful characters. From Melbourne Jack the treasure hunter and the assassin known as Black Mamba to Miss Cromwell, the tyrannical headmistress at Margaret’s school, O’Neill draws in new characters to round out the cast, and brings the adventure to life. This one begins where Rebels left off, as the four friends adjust to the aftermath of their escape from the Casbah. the writing is bold and maintains that “hero” feel that O’Neill created in Rebel’s.

This novel reminds me of the famous series written by J. K. Rowling, no…there are no wizards or broomsticks, but the battle of good versus evil continues in O’Neill’s writing and you can’t help but get caught up in this story, and would totally adapt to big screen. The four main characters have solid ethics and morals and put themselves in harms way to stand for what is right, in the face of danger. The evil Caid and his minion Black Mamba are an apt match to the rebels and while there is little to like about the reprehensible Caid, one does find a soft spot for Mamba, as his story unfolds and his relationship to the young Jawad develops.

Another favorite in this piece, are the antics of Margaret and new found friend Alice, as they try to fit in at a school that isn’t tolerant of Margaret’s new found rebel heart. This friendship forms when the following occurs, and is one of many feel good moments in this novel.

Without another thought, Margaret picked up her lunch and began racing after Hillie. Her lunch consisted of warm shepherd’s pie, milk and an apple crisp.
Hillie was only six feet behind Alice, with her milk jug raised in the air, about to pour it on Alice’s head when…
Margaret dumped her entire lunch on Hillie!
The shepherd’s pie landed on her head and the gravy covered her whole scalp. Milk dripped down the entire front of her face and body, and the apple crisp splattered all over her perfect school uniform.
There wasn’t a spot anywhere above her neck that wasn’t covered in gravy, chunks of lamb, apple crisp or farmer’s milk. Hillie looked as if she had gone bobbing for apples in a pig trough.

This novel is brilliant, and already has this reviewer wanting the third book in the series Legends of the Rif. It has everything you’d hope for in a second novel, and carries the original story forward while developing new aspects to the adventure, to keep your interest piqued all the way to the last page.

The Rating!

If you’ve read Rebel’s of The Kasbah, and feel in love with this tale from 1912 Morocco, then Wrath Of The Caid is a definite must have book. O’Neill, brings to life an adventure that has the bells and whistles you’d look for in a series of this nature. He captured my interest in book one, and book two has captivated my interest even more…so for the first time, I’m giving a “Captivated” rating!

The Cover!

The cover of this book follows the format of the first in the series, which is brilliant for those who collect books as they arrive out in print. Also extremely well fitting for the story inside. Excellent choice.

The Author – Joe O’Neill!

Joe O’Neill has a bachelors degree in International Business from Washington State Universitywith a major in creative writing. He is the founder and CEO of Waquis, and travels frequently to Southern Asia.  It was on a trip to Sri Lanka that O’Neill got the idea to write this novel and he says it was a story waiting to be told. Joe ONeill

Sons Of Zeus by Noble Smith – Top Notch Summer Read!

   Sons Of ZeusSONS of  ZEUS

by Noble Smith

Published by Thomas Dunne Books/Saint Martins Press 2013

The God Of Death was in the stadium that blistering summer day.  He was among the forty thousand impatient men stomping their feet, calling for the pankration championship to begin That is what warriors would say years later – during the endless war between Athens and Sparta — when they talked about seeing the ill-omened match between the new fighters known as the bull and the Centaur.  – Papyrus fragment from the “Lost History” of the Peloponnesian War by the “Exiled Scribe”

Welcome back to Greece, 431 BC. This is the first book in the Warrior Trilogy by Noble Smith. Its the beginning of the war between Sparta and Athens for the ultimate control of Greece, and caught in the middle is the city-state of Plataea. Beautiful Plataea home of the young warrior Nikias and his grandfather, General Menesarkus.

Nikias is the perfect hero for this story. He’s young, impulsive, quick to act, passionate and hot headed. Dreaming of Olympic glory, he trains hard for pankration (no holds barred fighting); but more than glory he’d love to have the proud eye of his grandfather upon him. Nikias does, however have the eye of his beloved and beautiful Kallisto. While the two share an intimate moment, they find themselves interrupted by Kallisto’s brothers seeking revenge on Nikias for defiling their sister. When, Kallisto’s brother Lysander dies from an accidental injury; Nikias is arrested and faces exile for murder. As if this is not enough, a traitorous act leaves Plataea open to a violent attack.

This novel heats up, as the Plataean’s forced to fight for their lives in a battle that will set the tone of the impending war between Athen’s and Sparta, deal with betrayal from one of their own. Nikias must now grow up and be the man he’s been stuggling to become, and instead of battling in an arena, he is now in a battle to save his city, his family, and the woman he loves. Even his own life is at stake.

The Review

This one is an absolute ten on all sides. After having read “The One Armed Warrior” which is the prequel to this novel, my expectations were high for this novel. Smith carried through with the same force of writing on this novel as in the prequel and left me craving the next in the trilogy.

Nikias, our hero the perfect mix of boy becoming a man. Struggling against his own youth to become his own man, wanting so much to prove himself in the eyes of his grandfather, and at his darkest moments his heroism truly shines. Equally impressive in this piece is Menesarkus, hero of the Persian war, the “Bull Of Plataea”, now getting on years, fighting his own demons as his body no longer allows him to live as he’s accustomed; and during a skirmish with Nikias that he comes to this realization

Menesarkus realized, with a sinking in his gut, that he was afraid of his grandson.  He did not want to fight him anymore today.  He did not want to be beaten.

The relationship between these two will be a hit to fathers and sons the world over, its that classic struggle of the young man to gain his independence, while still needing that approval, all tied up with the impetuousness of youth. Its also the story of the older man, wanting to remain strong and fearless in the eyes of his family, fighting a body that age has taken its toll, and while the mind is young and fearless, the bones and muscle are aged and weak.

This one heats up, as the battle for Plataea comes to life. Smith delivers a thrilling battle, and pulls no punches when it comes to the brutality of war in ancient Greece. The scenes are gritty, strong, sometimes grotesque and paint a vivid picture of what it would have been like to be trapped within your own walls, with no way out except through the enemy who holds the gate. One truly feels that these characters are in a battle to save their home and lives. Risking certain death to overcome their enemies; betrayed by one of their own.

Plataea

The writing in this piece is bold, the characters are strong, and even in the midst of a violent battle, you are drawn into the romance between Nikias and Kallisto, the relationship between Nikias and his grandfather, and many more.  Smith’s characters are real, in that they all carry their own fears, frustrations, secrets, plots plans and agendas.   And not to give the tale away, but one even finds the most traitorous of them all can pull a little compassion from the reader as the story unfolds.

Brilliantly written, it is one that could be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the trilogy.  Smith has developed in its pages sufficient story lines to easily carry over into a second piece, while giving the one time reader everything they need to thoroughly enjoy this as a stand alone piece.  That said, if you aren’t chomping the bit for the 2nd book by the end of this one, this reader would be more than surprised.

Ruins of Plataea. (image from http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/ancient/plataea/ )

Rating!

Get it! Get It! YES GET IT NOW!!

Top notch! Loved it! Very anxious to read the second novel.  This one will be a pleasure to read for anyone with an interest in Ancient Greece.  Definitely has a home in my library and is on the list for re-read!  I will be reading the full trilogy as they hit the bookstores, so let me know your thoughts on this one when you’ve read it,

The Author!

Noble Smith is an award winning playwright, a documentary-film executive producer, and the media director of an international human rights foundation.    Other works by Noble Smith include Stolen from Gypsies and Wisdom of the Shire, A Short guide to a Long and Happy Life. Smith Lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.  Want to know more about Noble and the Warrior Trilogy?  Check out http://www.thewarriortrilogy.com/

Noble Smith