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The Siege of Masada

(Turning Points #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  7 reviews
An ancient fortress ... A desperate last stand ... Trapped in a time she doesn’t belong ... Will Gwyn change the course of history just to survive? On holiday from university with her family in Israel, Gwyn stumbles across a strange device while exploring the ruins of Masada. She is unwittingly thrown back two thousand years in time to the bloody siege between the Roman in ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published November 22nd 2015 by Jodie Lane
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Delia Strange
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story is a really interesting one that jumps around in time and shows different perspectives from different characters, though the main protagonist is Gwyn.

The story isn't fast-paced at the beginning, but picks up steam after the first few chapters. As a result, some readers might not get to the better part of the story. I personally found the turning point to be reading Adi's journey to Masada. It was punchy, emotional and absorbing.

The author breaks a few 'rules' in point-of-view in this b
M.G. Ryan
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Siege of Masada is an intriguing tale of time travel where the author has woven the past, the present and the future successfully into the one story. I enjoyed the historical fiction component of the book, where the main protagonist, Gwyn, is thrown back in time to the era when the Romans attacked Masada. A fictional story set amongst true historical events, (much like James Cameron did with Jack & Rose in 'Titanic'), was an interesting setting which lead to an enjoyable read. The future wor ...more
Adrien Le
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I met the most intelligent and delightful authoress herself at a local book-signing. I didn't hesitate to obtain my personally autographed copy on the spot as from an all too brief conversation I quickly discerned that anything this well educated, softly spoken woman had written would be well worth the meagre cost in dollars to obtain. As I waited patiently for my opportunity to get her sure to be in the near future valuable signature on my newly purchased copy of her debut work, as she kindly s ...more
Natasha Ramm
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this debut novel by Jodie Lane and would recommend it to readers with an interest in history and time-travel stories.
Matthew Sue Yek
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Topic: Historical, Time-travelling, Sci-fi, 3rd person

Narrative: Gywn an Australian University student gets a hold of a time-travelling piece, while in Israel, that sends her back to 76AD with the siege of Masada just starting. While Michelle, a time-traveling agent, whom has lost the time traveling device, is trying to recover it.

Review: I really enjoyed the story as a whole, although i felt that parts of the book dragged on a bit (specifically with Gywn being in Israel, and the conclusion was
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Siege of Masada was a fun piece of young/new adult historical fiction that painted a portrayal of several sides of an ancient battle. Nothing overly graphic in battle scenes, though occasional swearing and 'mature' themes (which were kind of great and hilarious and why I'd suggest new adult works too, though the first few chapters may mislead you).

This book took me a little bit to get into. The start was somewhat slow and jumpy, and as I don't generally read a lot of historical fiction it wa
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
(My author friends are cooler than YOUR author friends :P )
Well done, Jodie, an intriguing read! Very wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey. ;)
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Jodie Lane is an avid amateur historian, combining her love of travel and adventure with fascinating stories from the past. Brisbane based, she studied a variety of modern history at the University of Queensland, and loves to read a wide range of historical and science fiction.

Her travels have taken her all over the world: she has lived and taught English in China and Romania, backpacked through E

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