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Astarte is one of the last of a dying race. Eons ago her people sailed to the stars and seeded many worlds with life. One of these worlds was that of the Warrior.
Published 2012 (first published September 1st 2011)
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Carole P. Roman
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Graphic and spare, The City of the Mirage is more memoir than novel, a recounting of a life-changing event as a distant traveler finds himself in a strange land. Escaping pursuers, the blond pilot lands in unknown territory. He is taken up by a band of warriors. He must adapt, and he does, accepting their customs, living as they do. Soon, he gains a reputation as a great warrior and finds himself in service to the Queen Astarte. He becomes her most trusted aide and consort.
Told almost in the sty
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D.R.
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you like fantasy tales filled with maidens of war, playful concubines, battle scenes and unworldly beasts, you will love “The City of the Mirage” by Jerome Brooke.

A modern-day pilot (eventually known as The Conqueror) accidentally finds himself in a foreign world with few resources. He is met and befriended by an enchanting woman calling herself “Lady of the Myst.” She directs him down a stream where he meets warriors armed with swords, riding single-horned beasts. They give him a mount and
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Dianne
Warriors, battles, a nameless hero who becomes a legend, and a powerful goddess, City of Mirage by Jerome Brooke reads like a dark, epic tale, but it is a novella, well-paced, quickly digested, yet carrying an air of mystery to it as the main character is placed into a world of which he knows nothing. Filled with battle scenes that are vivid, action-packed and full of violence, this makes for a remarkable read, considering its brevity. I would have enjoyed more detail and character fleshing out, ...more
Kyra Halland
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-and-review
Kyra's star ratings:
Characters: * * *
Story: * * * *
Writing: * * * *
Concept: * * * *
Emotional engagement: * * * 1/2 (I like deeper emotional engagement, but there are good reasons why the story only touches on the surface of the emotions.)

(I was provided with a free copy of this book for the purpose of giving an honest review)

The City of the Mirage is an interesting book; an epic in scale but novella-length collection of shorter episodes that tell the story of a nameless military pilot, referred
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David Brian
Sep 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Jerome Brooke has succeeded in writing an interesting novella about a 'man thrown out of place and time.' An unnamed, and downed pilot finds himself lost, and stranded in a desert with enemy soldiers hot on his trail. After entering a stream to fill his water canteen, he finds himself engulfed in a mysterious mist, and emerges into a strange and mysterious land.

This is a realm of warriors, ferocious battles, and a place where women are most definitely considered second class citizens. The image
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Gaele
Jan 29, 2013 rated it liked it
In an interesting concept, the author has dropped a man from now into the myths and legends of the desert. Narrated as a first person, there were sections where I would have preferred more description and less step-by-step narration. Unfortunately, what I saw as an overuse of that technique, the description of place often got lost as the narration was more geared to the action and not the location. During the battle scenes however, the narration was crisp, clean and full of action. The little pi ...more
Reed Bosgoed
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fascinating tale of a man lost in a world he doesn't understand. I've always liked the 'fish out of water' type of tale. Much of the detail has more impact because the narrator is discovering it along with the audience. Considering the brief length of the novella, the author manages to fit in some interesting scenes. The one issue I encountered was that the author has a tendency to begin too many sentences with simple pronouns. There were several portions of the story where 3-5 consecutive sen ...more
Ju Ephraime
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
To describe this novella as, an interesting concept, is to downplay the author’s journey into the land of mythology and magic, where mystical kings and queens were forever engaged in order to maintain supremacy. I was a bit confused in the beginning until I got used to the author’s rapid shifts from one character to the next, as he takes the reader on this journey. The fights scenes are well-written and moves right along. I was happy to see the "City Of The Mirage" lives to fight another day. In ...more
M. Leon Smith
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I must admit a weakness of 'stranger in a strange land' stories and this tale of a downed pilot being transported to another world didn't disappoint. The culture of the land he ends up in is barbaric - slavery is rife and women are very much second-class citizens. The fact I reacted so strongly against the land is a credit to the Brooke's writing. There were a few typos/grammatical errors that slipped through the proof reading process but these in no way reduced the impact the story had on me or ...more
Jerome Brooke
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The Divine Astarte is one of the last of her race. Her people sailed to the stars long ago, and seeded many worlds with life. She ruled a vast empire of the stars. She called the Warrior to fight at her side.

Astarte was served by a legion of shield maidens, cruel warriors feared by all. They viewed men as weak, and committed many atrocities. Captives were impaled, or reduced to eunuchs. The lucky became camp followers.
Rosie Morgan
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The City of the Mirage – a tale of warriors and chivalry, remarkably imagined cities and wastelands - is, above all, a tale of immortality and nobility.
This book is cleanly written and action-packed. It had the sense of the Arabian Nights about it with the setting conjuring up desert cities and the story line closely aligned to the mythical.
For those who enjoy a fast-moving tale, with battle, warriors, a legendary hero and a mysterious goddess – this would definitely fit the bill!
Jack Beemer
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is an exhilarating Arthurian tale, reminiscent of Beowulf and other classic epics, filled with decadence and macabre. We follow the journey of a sword-wielding clansman, identified only as Warrior, as he mixes with strange beings and battles deadly advocacies. The story is set in another world, reminiscent of earth’s dark ages, filled with divine monarchs, powerful beasts, and depraved demons. Never a dull moment, City of the Mirage grabs hold of its reader and refuses to let go.
Lance Morcan
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Highly recommended!

The City of the Mirage transported this reader to another realm and held me in its grip until I’d finished reading it…in one sitting.

Reminiscent of the epics of bygone eras, it’s an ageless yet fast-moving tale of warriors, new lands, gods and goddesses where myths prevail and not all is what it seems.

Recommended reading!
Barbara D.
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The City of the Mirage is an excellent epic tale. It is well-written and compelling.
The author takes you into a mysterious and intriguing world full of warriors, fierce battles and myths.
I really enjoyed this book, it was hard to put down. I will be reading more books by Jerome Brooke!
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