I got a copy of this audio book on CD from Galaxy Press (via Library Thing) in exchange for an honest review. Thank-you! This is the second audio bookI got a copy of this audio book on CD from Galaxy Press (via Library Thing) in exchange for an honest review. Thank-you! This is the second audio book I've gotten from Galaxy Press.
L. Ron Hubbard knows how to tell a story! "Under the Black Ensign" is fast-paced and full of adventure. Tom Bristol is the quintessential pirate - dashing and daring - but he also has a compassionate side. The Caribbean of the 1600s is described vividly. (I actually learned a lot about the structure of ships and I got a better feel for the politics of the day! The description of the slave galley caused my stomach to twist!)
The audio production, including voice actors, sound effects, and music, is excellent! The scenes transition well and the back ground noises make the story even more compelling.
I recommend this for people who enjoy the "golden age of radio" type productions, adventure stories, and pirates. You won't be disappointed! ...more
An aged warrior living at a forge with her family learns that villagers are in danger because of roving bands that come down from the mountains. She gAn aged warrior living at a forge with her family learns that villagers are in danger because of roving bands that come down from the mountains. She goes to work repairing her sword to come to the aid of villagers.
The frozen world is so well described - the snow falling from branches, the sound of skis - and the main character is so compelling. She's different than other fantasy heroines - an older female, retired soldier, has her own family - but is made of stern stuff.
I would love to read a full length novel featuring these characters! ...more
I got a copy of this book through a First Reads giveaway. The author enclosed a personal note and signed the book. Thank-you!
This book reminds me of aI got a copy of this book through a First Reads giveaway. The author enclosed a personal note and signed the book. Thank-you!
This book reminds me of an "Indiana Jones" movie or "National Treasure". It's a combination of mystery and romances, touching on European history, myths and archaeology. There's some tense moments that involve PG-13 related material and language to give you a heads-up. The author has a definite flair for the dramatic. Like an "Indiana Jones" movie, each character is a bit on the ridiculous side. Especially the bad guys. The idiosyncrasies of the bad guys was one of my favorite things about the book!
The author creates an elaborate puzzle for the characters (and the reader) to solve involving the seven deadly sins, seven historical figures and seven European cities. We follow them on adventures throughout Europe. The descriptions of the landmarks creates a clear mental picture for the reader.
Renee, the heroine, has been diagnosed with leukemia - but we never know what kind. Her parents left her with a trust fund, so she's able to travel to different archeological digs around the world. She watched her father die from cancer and is haunted by the past. David is a retired helicopter pilot with some issues of his own. There relationship is a very important part of the story but doesn't take the focus from the action.
This is a story for pure enjoyment. Other reviewers have noted the unrealistic pieces of the story - i.e. Renee destroying an ancient Greek temple, stealing an artifact and climbing out using a cross-bow. Obviously, this requires the reader to take the story with the proverbial grain of salt.