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Veils of Salome

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... and Salome danced. For Herodias had ordered it. She was a woman of unrelenting ambition and lust, a woman possessed. She was a wife and mother but she was also determined to become a first lady of Roman society at any cost. If her husband could not achieve this goal then she would ... even if she had to victimize her own daughter. the sensual, youthful beauty of Salome ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published 1976 by Pinnacle Books (first published 1962)
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In the introduction, Jakes describes this book (and the others he wrote under the pseudonym of "Jay Scotland") as his way of fighting through a dark time when he felt that his peak writing powers were a thing of the past and he would be stuck in the writing doldrums forever.

OK, not encouraging.

But I decided to plunge onward, because there were some things going for it. Ancient times setting! Famously awesome story! First-person POV? Eh, alright, not a fave of mine, but I'd overlook it. Actually
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Aug 04, 2013 Joshua Taylor rated it liked it
A quick read. This was my introduction to Jakes - I have seen his books around and finally got around to reading one. Reasonably entertaining story about Salome, with the focus far more on events aside from her interaction with John the Baptist. Didn't discourage me from seeking out more by Jakes.
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John Jakes, the author of more than a dozen novels, is regarded as one of today’s most distinguished writers of historical fiction. His work includes the highly acclaimed Kent Family Chronicles series and the North and South Trilogy. Jakes’s commitment to historical accuracy and evocative storytelling earned him the title of “the godfather of historical novelists” from the Los Angeles Times and le ...more
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