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Kings Deception: Steve Berry (Now with author Q&A)

The Author
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Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 40 languages with more than 15 million printed copies in 51 countries.  They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists.
History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel.  It’s his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have crossed the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners and their popular writers’ workshops.  To date, nearly 2,000 students have attended those workshops. In 2012 Steve’s devotion to historic preservation was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve the first spokesman for National Preservation Week.  Among his other honors is the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award.
Steve was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years.  He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers—a group of more than 2,000 thriller writers from around the world—and served three years as its co-president.
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Synopsis
Cotton Malone is back!
A behind-the-scenes political fight between the United States and England has the unintended result of landing Cotton Malone’s son, Gary, in the hands of a man with a dangerous personal agenda. It also forces Malone to come face-to-face with a baffling historical mystery: a long-buried secret that throws into question the legitimacy of the entire reign of Elizabeth I – a revelation with explosive modern-day consequences.
Review
In the past I have usually found it very easy to review a Cotton Malone book, but this time I have to be honest, I’m struggling.
At times I found it hard to get into, at others I found it took off and the pages almost read themselves. But something kept bringing the story to a clunky halt. I’m not sure if its my innate Englishness that took offence at the different portrayal of one of our finest monarchs, or my equality vibe and the view that to have achieved as much this monarch did she had to have been a man. Even looking up the myth behind the book (the Bisley Boy) it just didn’t gel for me all the way through.
Steve’s writing as ever is well tuned, has that pace that draws a reader in and with just the right level of history to intrigue a reader. As usual his research is impeccable, but for me it was the wrong conspiracy. Even with making an allowance for that, this book is no Amber Room, probably his finest work.
This will make a very decent poolside thriller for this summer.
4/5 Stars despite my personal quibbles with the conspiracy. Steve Berry is still one of the true masters of this genre and i will be pre-ordering his next book.
(Parm)
Q&A

How does a Lawyer become one of the leading thriller writers in the world?

 Just a lot of hard work.  I wrote my first word 23 years ago in 1990 and I’ve been writing constantly ever since.  Currently I have 11 novels in print.  The King’s Deception is book 12, the 8th on the Cotton Malone series. I’ve been fortunate that my choice of stories and characters have proven popular.  Each book has built on the one before it.

What was the inspiration that led to The King’s Deception?

 In 2010 my wife, Elizabeth, and I were north of London in the town of Ely doing some publicity work for Hodder, my British publisher.  A lovely  woman was showing us around the magnificent cathedral and told me about a local legend.   In the village of Bisley, for many centuries, on a day certain, the residents would dress a young boy in Elizabethan costume then parade him through the streets.  I researched the legend and discovered that another writer, Bram Stoker, in the early part of the 20th century likewise heard the tale.  The creator of Dracula was so impressed that he included the Bisley Boy in his non-fiction work, Famous Imposters, published in 1910.  I found that book and read it.  Then I found more books and discovered that much truth lay at the heart of the Bisely Boy legend—all of which centers around Elizabeth I, the last reigning Tudor monarch, who died in 1603¾and the novel was born.

Elizabeth I was a unique individual.  All of her life she wore heavy make-up, wigs, and clothing that sheathed her body.  She refused to allow doctors to physically examine her and left orders that, at her death, no autopsy should be performed.  Her main duty as queen was to produce an heir so the Tudor lineage would continue, yet she refused to marry, refused to birth a child, and proclaimed herself the Virgin Queen.  Most curious of all was that she was buried with her half-sister Mary, in the same grave, their bones allowed to mingle together.  I discovered that all of this happened for a reason, and it’s that reason which my recurring hero, Cotton Malone, becomes entangled with while in England.

Cotton Malone has been a fantastic success for 7 years.  Have you ever been tempted to start a new series with a new hero? (discounting stand alone books)

  I still have many tales to tell for Cotton.  But, you never know, there could be another series one day.

Will Cotton Malone have to leave the bookshop again (how long a wait), or is he retiring?

Cotton is back in The King’s Deception, drawn from his bookshop into another adventure, this one in England.  And he’ll be around for the next 4 novels too. There are no plans for him to retire.

 What is your favourite book:  a.) that you have written;  b.) written by another? (my all time fav Steve Berry is still Amber Room)

I’ve written 4 stand alone novels, 8 Cotton Malone adventures, and 4 e-book original stories  I have to say, I love all of my children equally.  My personal favorite book of all time is Hawaii, by James Michener.  It was the first adult fiction book I ever read (at age 14), so it remains special.

What genre do you read for fun?

 I’m a thriller junkie, so I gravitate toward those.  But I also love pure historical fiction.

Will you and James Rollins ever combine talents?

That could well come to pass sometime in the next 2 years.  Keep a check on my website, www.steveberry.org for more details on this.

I was fascinated to read about History Matters, what can you tell us about why you formed the foundation, what you are working on? and how can people help you?

Money for historic preservation and conservation is one of the first things to be cut from any budget.  So my wife, Elizabeth, and I  thought it was time to come up with an innovative way to raise money, and that’s what History Matters is all about. So far, the most popular thing we’ve done is a 4 hour seminar that we teach where writers, aspiring writers, and readers buy their way in with a contribution. Usually, that’s somewhere between $75 and $150. All of the money raised from the workshop goes to the particular historical project that has invited us to be there. No expenses or appearance fees are charged. In fact, we pay all of those ourselves. History Matters offers a way to raise money from a group of people who might not normally contribute to historical preservation — writers — with me acting as the conduit, providing education and expertise that might not normally be available in their area. So far, we have taught over 2000 students. Other ways History Matters raises money is through meet and greets, speaking engagements, gala events, receptions, luncheons, dinners, club meetings, or a cocktail party.  We have participated in many of these.  To date, we’ve raised $600,000 for various projects.  We have several more scheduled this year, all of which can be found at http://www.steveberry.org under History Matters.  All people have to do to help is drop us an e-mail and let us know if there is a project in their area.  We’d love to do one in England.

  Sell Kings Deception to the readers in your own words…what makes it stand out from the crowd?

 The answer to the second question above lays out the basic premise of the great secret at the novel’s heart.  But it’s also a modern day political thriller with a solid historic hook.  You’re going to learn things about English history you never knew.

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Christian Cameron: Tyrant Destroyer of Cities

About the Author

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Christian Cameron was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1962. He grew up in Rockport, Massachusetts, Iowa City, Iowa, and Rochester, New York, where he attended McQuaid Jesuit High School and later graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in history.

After the longest undergraduate degree on record (1980-87), he joined the United States Navy, where he served as an intelligence officer and as a backseater in S-3 Vikings in the First Gulf War, in Somalia, and elsewhere. After a dozen years of service, he became a full time writer in 2000. He lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife Sarah and their daughter Beatrice.

(and all round bloomin nice guy)

Product Description

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Demetrius, son of Alexander’s former comrade, Antigonus One-Eye, was perhaps the most dashing and
charismatic of the Successors, the Macedonian generals who fought a bitter war for the spoils of Alexander’s short-lived empire. Still smarting from his epic defeat at the hands of Ptolemy, Demetrius has his eye on one of the richest
prizes in the ancient world – the naval superpower of Rhodes. But the Rhodians know that defeat will mean annihilation, and Demetrius’s campaign will entail five separate naval battles over several years before he can begin to breach the city walls – leading him to employ an array of fantastic war machines: ancient super-weapons like his gigantic lens of polished bronze used to focus on the city’s wooden ramparts and set them ablaze. If she is to survive against such a merciless assault, Rhodes will need the help of every ally she can muster – including the newly crowned King of the Bosporus, Satyrus, and his fiery twin, Melitta…

Review

Cards on the table I’m a big fan of the writing of Christian Cameron, that said i approach every book by every author with the same open expectation of “wow me”.

Tyrant Destroyer of Cities was like having old friends come to visit fr a symposium, with wild tales of exploits and adventure … Simply brilliant.

Reading Tyrant Destroyer of Cities definatly has had that WOW factor, it is a fantastic tale broad in scope, both for stand out Historical moments and also Great names from Greek history and yet its still written and characterised in such detail that you live eat sleep and breathe the ancient Greek world.

Being the 5th book in the Tyrant series reading it was like donning my favourite slippers, slumping in my favourite armchair, with a nice cuppa. For a voracious reader this is a lovely comfortable feeling of returning to some well know and well loved characters set in a period chock full of emotion, action and historical turning points.

Im never sure if Christians writing style by design is to have you wanting to step into the line of battle and save some of those wonderful characters, to weep at the waste of life, and to hug your comrades in words and arms. Its a wondeful style and leaves me emotionally drained and almost physically exhaused at the end of each book, but oh so satisfied as a reader.

As ever Christians attention to detail and history is second to none. Add to that the fact that his sea borne stories get better and more detailed with every one, putting him up there with the greats of the waves like O’Brian, it almost feels as if he wrote the book whilst riding the waves.

Another personal like is that there is yet another link to the Long War series and Satyrus’s ancestor Arimnestos of Plataea coupled with the demi god Herakles, it adds that extra dimension bringing the whole Cameron world together.

You can read this as a stand alone tale, but i would say dive in at book one and follow the journey of the whole family… and then get the long war series and follow the tales of Arimnestos of Plataea. There is no finer writer of Historical Fiction and adventure.

Im worried that there is officially only one book left in the series: Force of Kings, due out in 2014. I will be doing my best to convince Christian that the series should just carry on endlessly following the family. Even if we have to wait a while between books, because the man is writing so many books in so many series at present (see below). I deeply appreciate his prolific nature.

Very Highly Recommended
(Parm)
Tyrant

1. Tyrant (2008)
2. Storm of Arrows (2009)
3. Funeral Games (2010)
4. King of the Bosporus (2011)
5. Destroyer of Cities (2013)
6. Force of Kings (2014)
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Long War
1. Killer of Men (2010)
2. Marathon: Freedom or Death (2011)
3. Poseidon’s Spear (2012)
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Tom Swan and the Head of St George
1. Castillon (2012)
2. Venice (2012)
3. Constantinople (2012)
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Novels
Washington and Caesar (2003)
God of War (2012)
The Ill-Made Knight (2013)
The Long Sword (2014)
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*Pre-orders for Ill-Made Knight Signed Ltd edition & other signed Limted editions**

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Robert Masello: The Romanov Cross

The Author

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Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist, television writer, and the bestselling author of many novels and nonfiction books.

His articles, essays and reviews have appeared often in such magazines as New York, Town and Country, Travel and Leisure, People, Redbook, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, TV Guide, Men’s Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Westways, and The Wilson Quarterly. Newspapers include The Washington Post, Newsday, The Chicago Tribune, and The Los Angeles Times.

He has written for several popular television series, ranging from “Early Edition” to “Charmed,” which have aired on CBS, Fox, USA, and Showtime.

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Synopsis

Nearly one hundred years ago, a desperate young woman crawled ashore on a desolate arctic island, carrying a terrible secret and a mysterious, emerald-encrusted cross. A century later, acts of man, nature, and history converge on that same forbidding shore with a power sufficient to shatter civilization as we know it.

Army epidemiologist Frank Slater is facing a court-martial, but after his punishment is mysteriously lifted, Slater is offered a job no one else wants – to travel to a small island off the coast of Alaska and investigate a potentially lethal phenomenon: The permafrost has begun to melt, exposing bodies from a colony that was wiped out by the dreaded Spanish flu of 1918. Frank must determine if the thawed remains still carry the deadly virus in their frozen flesh and, if so, ensure that it doesn’t come back to life.

Frank and his handpicked team arrive by helicopter, loaded down with high-tech tools, prepared to exhume history. The colony, it transpires, was once settled by a sect devoted to the mad Russian monk Rasputin, but there is even more hiding in the past than Frank’s team is aware of. Any hope of success hinges on their willingness to accept the fact that even their cutting-edge science has its limits – and that the ancient wisdom of the Inuit people who once inhabited this eerie land is as essential as any serum. By the time Frank discovers that his mission has been compromised – crashed by a gang of reckless treasure hunters – he will be in a brutal race against time. With a young, strong-willed Inuit woman by his side, Frank must put a deadly genie back in the bottle before all of humanity pays the price.

The Romanov Cross is at once an alternate take on one of history’s most profound mysteries, a love story as unlikely as it is inevitable, and a thriller of heart-stopping, supernatural suspense. With his signature blend of fascinating history and fantastic imagination, critically acclaimed author Robert Masello has once again crafted a terrifying story of past events coming back to haunt the present day . . . and of dark deeds aching to be unearthed.

Review

This is a tough review to write, I liked this book and at times hated this book. But i think the story wins out in the end. (I hated the use of one word in particular. Lighted… its Lit man Lit… he lit a fire, not lighted it…Ok rant over)

The book is not totally what I was expecting, but I don’t often read supernatural thrillers. When you get away from the use of certain words (grr) then you have a story that builds slowly and carefully, gradually drawing the reader in.

I liked the regular time slip elements back to the time of Rasputin and the Romanov’s. They have been an enduring mystery of the modern age, and really do grab the interest (or they did with me). The book also triggers a need to know more, I know I have looked more at how things suddenly went so bad for the royal family. (I bet the Germans regretted sending Lenin there in the end though).

In the current time period, the book probably could have lived without the love story and centred more on the spanish flu, and the mystery of the wolves etc.

And ultimately I thought the end for poor Anastasia was a cop-out, I get the keep it all hidden for the best angle, but its a cop-out. it would be better having it hit the headlines and a world scandal but with the Dr and Mayor leaving it all behind in the wider world because up in the wilds of Alaska no one cares about the politics.

Would I recommend?

It’s worth a read, I spent a couple of days with it, and at night wanted to keep going not sleep. So despite the draw backs noted, yes a 4 out of 5 thriller, good characters and a nice idea for the plot.

My Wife had a hacking cough while i was reading this, so that added an extra dimension to the story… dont read it when you have a cold, im not sure i would have finished it if i had one…. the spanish flu is a scary SOB.

(Parm)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Romanov-Cross-Robert-Masello/dp/0553807803/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360669888&sr=1-1

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King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence …Its Competition Time.

We have a Winner: Debbie Haupt

Congratulations: i hope you enjoy your “signed copy of King of Thorns (US edition) Kindly donated by the wordsmith himself Mark Lawrence.”

everyone else better luck with the next comp but make sure you go and buy

Prince of Thorns http://www.amazon.co.uk/Prince-Thorns-Broken-Empire-1/dp/0007423632/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365445837&sr=1-1&keywords=mark+lawrence

King of Thorns http://www.amazon.co.uk/King-Thorns-Broken-Empire-2/dp/0007439032/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365445837&sr=1-3&keywords=mark+lawrence

and Pre-order Emperor of Thorns http://www.amazon.co.uk/Emperor-Thorns-Mark-Lawrence/dp/0007439067/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365445837&sr=1-4&keywords=mark+lawrence

The Author

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Mark Lawrence is married with four children. His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments.

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Synopsis

The second book in the Broken Empire series, Lawrence takes his young anti-hero one step closer to his grand ambition.
To reach greatness you must step on bodies, and many brothers lie trodden in my wake. I’ve walked from pawn to
player and I’ll win this game of ours, though the cost of it may drown the world in blood…

The land burns with the fires of a hundred battles as lords and petty kings fight for the Broken Empire. The long road to avenge the slaughter of his mother and brother has shown Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath the hidden hands behind this endless war. He saw the game and vowed to sweep the board. First though he must gather his own pieces, learn the rules of play, and discover how to break them.

A six nation army, twenty thousand strong, marches toward Jorg’s gates, led by a champion beloved of the people. Every decent man prays this shining hero will unite the empire and heal its wounds. Every omen says he will. Every good king knows to bend the knee in the face of overwhelming odds, if only to save their people and their lands. But King Jorg is not a good king.

Faced by an enemy many times his strength Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But playing fair was never part of Jorg’s game plan.

Buy a copy of King of Thorns: http://www.amazon.co.uk/King-Thorns-Broken-Empire-2/dp/0007439032/ref=pd_sim_b_2

Pre-Order Emperor of Thorns: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Emperor-Thorns-Mark-Lawrence/dp/0007439067/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360664896&sr=1-1

Review

The second book in this unique Fantasy/ Scifi blend. Firstly a must in my opinion is that you read book one, King of Thorns just doesn’t work without having experienced Prince of Thorns.

The main Character Jorg, so basic, so simple and yet so complex and so diverse its an amazing feat to have achieved
on paper, for me something this complex comes with a fair bit of yawning and desire to skip a few pages. But not with this book (or Prince) the clear writing and story direction just enthrals the reader.

It is not however a book you can sit there and tear through in a day, it has too much depth too much plot
for that, this is a week long read, a book to put down and stop and think through whats happened and then go back for more. The writer has the ability to take you on an emotional roller coaster through the eyes of Jorg (mainly) and
also through the eyes of Katherine which makes a great counter perspective.

The utter honesty of this book is what really grabs you, when trawling the mind of someone like Jorg there must be times when the author wonders “should i do this, should i go there?” and he never backs down its warts and all, all the inglorious and hidden thoughts are there, to delight and disgust the reader. Do i like Jorg? not a chance, does he fascinate me, yes and that’s why i keep reading and reading.

Where does the story go next? only Emperor of Thorns will tell us, because Jorg is keeping us in the dark on that
one!

Not for the faint hearted but Highly recomended
(Parm)

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And now a Competition: for the winner a signed copy of King of Thorns (US edition) Kindly donated by the wordsmith himself Mark Lawrence.
What is Jorgs full name?
Winner to be chosen at random on 1st April 2013
Answers by email to parmenionbooks@yahoo.co.uk
Subject of email: King of Thorns
For the 2 runners up i shall be adding 2 UK copies of Red Knight by Miles Cameron. (1 each)

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Its Competition Time: The Grim Company by Luke Scull

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And the Winner is Elizabeth Lloyd:

for those who didn’t win don’t forget to buy a copy of the book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Grim-Company-Luke-Scull/dp/178185131X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365448694&sr=1-1&keywords=grim+company

Calling all fans of Fantasy Fiction, high adventure and damn fine reads. I have a competition for you that…..Well its just awesome.

To Celebrate the release of the amazing debut title The Grim Company by Luke Scull I am running a competition to win a Signed Unique Print created by the …well by the Highly talented and much prized Larry Rostant. (and donated by the lovely people at Head of Zeus Publishing

http://headofzeus.com/

You cannot buy this prize, I know, I tried to buy some of his work once. If you follow the link you will spot some very famous, and beautiful book cover art.

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The artwork is an image of the setting for Luke Scull’s novel The Grim Company.

The Prize will be framed and signed by the artist.

So how do you win?

There will be 2 questions.

Question 1 will be contained in the free downloadable section of the book (a whopping 68% of the book)

http://www.thegrimcompany.co.uk/

Question 2 will be in the final 32%  of the book available to buy for £1.99 March 1st.

So if you only buy one book this year…..well you need to read more and when you do, make this one of the first.

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Synopsis:

The grey granite walls of Dorminia rise to three times the height of a man, surrounding the city on all sides save for the south, where the Broken Sea begins. The stone is three-foot thick at its weakest point and can withstand all but the heaviest assault. The Crimson Watch patrol the streets even as Salazar’s Mindhawks patrol the skies.
The Grey City was not always so. But something has changed. Something has broken at its heart. Perhaps the wild magic of the dead Gods has corrupted Dorminia’s Magelord, as it has the earth itself. Or perhaps this iron-fisted tyranny is the consequence of a lifetime of dark deeds…
Still, pockets of resistance remain. When two formidable Highlanders save the life of a young rebel, it proves the foundation for an unlikely fellowship. A fellowship united against tyranny, but composed of self-righteous outlaws, crippled turncoats and amoral mercenaries. A grim company. But with the world entering an Age of Ruin, this is not a time of heroes…

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Review of the whole book is here: https://parmenionbooks.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/the-grim-company-by-luke-scull/

Question 1: When was Davarus given the Green Quartz Crystal.

Question 2 When does Davarus see the Green Quartz Crystal for the last time

(hint…its near the end of the book)

The competition closure date is April 5th 2013.

All entries to be sent to Parmenionbooks@yahoo.co.uk

UK & Europe Only.

1 Entry per person

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C.C Humphreys Shakespear’s Rebel

The Author

C.C. Humphreys was born in Toronto, Canada, and grew up in Los Angeles and London. A third generation actor and writer on both sides of his family, he returned to Canada in the nineties and there his writing career began. He won the inaugural playwriting competition of the New Play Centre, Vancouver with his first play, ‘A Cage Without Bars’ which was produced in Vancouver and London. He was a schoolboy fencing champion, became a fight choreographer and thus turned his love of swashbuckling towards historical fiction. He is married and lives in Finchley, North London.
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Synopsis

London 1599, a city on the brink of revolution…

He is Queen Elizabeth’s last, perhaps her greatest, love – Robert Deveraux, Earl of Essex. Champion jouster, dashing general…and the man that John Lawley, England’s finest swordsman, most wishes to avoid. For John knows the other earl – the reckless melancholic – and has had to risk his life for him in battle one time too many.

All John wants is to be left alone to win back the heart of the woman he loves, be the kind of father that his son can look up to, and arrange the fight scenes for the magnificent new theatre, the Globe. To realise these dreams, John must dodge both Essex and his ruthless adversary for the queen’s affections, Robert Cecil, and remain free to help his oldest friend Will Shakespeare finish the play that threatens to destroy him: THE TRAGEDY OF HAMLET.

But John is doomed by his three devils: whisky, women and Mad Robbie Deveraux. Despite every effort to evade the clutches of Elizabeth and her cohorts, John is soon enmeshed in the intrigues of court and dragged into the seemingly hopeless war in Ireland, forced to play his part in a deadly game of power and politics, conspiracy and rebellion.

From the scaffold of the Globe to the one in the Tower. From ambush in Ireland to even greater menace in Whitehall, John Lawley must strive to be – or not to be – the man who might just save England.

Review

When i get to the end of a book im always eager to sit and write the review, to express my opinion and feelings of the work i have just finished. I think this is probably the first time i have been intimidated by the process, worried that i didnt have the right words or the eloquence to do justice to the book.

Yes the book is simply that good.

I have read many stories where the authors love of the subject is clear in the telling of the story. But this time its more than that its a passion for the tale, for the time, for the people and for the subject. This passion leaps from every word, every utterance of every character the very bones and soul of the story.

The synopsis will tell you enough about the plot im certainly not going to spoil a single line of it for you.  What my utmost desire is by writing this, is that you go and buy a copy.  Because this story has it all; a love story, a family story, History, mystery and intrigue, passion, sex, plots, fighting, infighting, backstabbing…the list could go on and on. Its is the complete package.

A book this good comes along only rarely and deserves to hit the bestseller list.

Click to Buy a Signed Copy from Goldsboro Books

Click to Buy a Copy from Amazon UK

The book release date is 14th March. (Pre Order now)

Highest recommendation

(Parm)

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Wool by Hugh Howey (Review)

About the Author

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Hugh Howey is the author of the award-winning Molly Fyde Saga and the New York Times and USA Today bestselling WOOL series. The WOOL OMNIBUS won Kindle Book Review’s 2012 Indie Book of the Year Award — it has been as high as #1 in the Kindle store — and 17 countries have picked up the work for translation. Look for WOOL in hardback in 2013 from Random House UK and keep your fingers crossed that Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian will do something exciting with the film rights!

Hugh lives in Jupiter, FL with his wife Amber and their dog Bella. When he isn’t writing, he’s reading or taking a photograph.

Wool

From the Inside Flap

In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo.

Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies.

To live, you must follow the rules. But some don’t. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism.

Their punishment is simple and deadly. They are allowed outside.

Jules is one of these people. She may well be the last.

From the Back Cover

WHAT WOULD YOU DO

If the world outside was deadly,

And the air you breathed could kill.

AND YOU LIVED IN A PLACE

Where every birth required a death

And the choices you made could save lives – or destroy them.

THIS IS JULES’ STORY

THIS IS THE WORLD OF WOOL

Review

Wool has been an amazing experience, the book started out for me as one mans emotional turmoil in a desolate world. It then led me to see and then feel the inner workings of the power structure of the Silo. All of this was engaging as a story, but it wasnt until the screen was peeled back that you began to see and experience the true 1984 style control surrounding the lives of everyone in the silo.

The Silo is one huge air tight world, an organism that functions only as long as every part functions properly, as long as there is a back up ready to take its place or to fix a problem. Disease cannot be allowed to fester and ideas are a disease. This is a world of do your job, live your life and don’t question the world at large. This is how the end of the world looks and it’s a scary sight.

This story is high tension, high stress and a bloody scary look at humanity in a confined space. It’s not a book I can say I loved, but its a book I can say made me think and think and think, its a book you experience as much as you read it. I would highly recommend this book to all readers

(Parm)

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