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Destiny's War (Saladin's Secret #1)

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The age of empires has ended.

The Great War erupts across the known world, pitting empires against nations. The Middle Eastern desert becomes a battlefield, as the Ottoman Empire battle against the pressing British Forces.

A reporter, a spy, an archaeologist, are all proper descriptions of Marion by the age of 18. He ran away from home after his mother passed away, seeking
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Published January 31st 2020 by Pyram King
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Matt McAvoy
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love reading about turn of the 20th century British military camaraderie the stiff upper lip and golden age of cricket, and Pyram Kings language in this respect is a delight. It feels authentic and quintessentially English. This short book the first in a series is adapted fiction from the real diaries of Francis Marion Jäger, an American journalist sent to Syria in World War One, to join the British forces fighting against the Turks and Arab mercenaries of the Ottoman Empire, to report for ...more
Annarella
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fast paced and action pack book that reminds the old action&adventure books.
It was an entertaining and engaging read, well written and with a well thought cast of characters.
A fun read, well researched and well written.
Recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Stephen
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a fast paced gripping story, that was well written. I really hope there is going to be a next in the series.
Coralee Hicks
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Destiny's War will be a series of novellas set in WWI. The hero, Francis Marion Jager, is a young adventurer, modeled in the style of Kipling's Kim. The author's decision to offer his work as a serialized novel, also harks back to Kipling who first published Kim in Mcclure's magazine. Part I, reviewed here, titled Saladin's Secret will be closely followed by Assassin Awakes. (Part 2).

In his author introduction, King relates a non traditional upbringing. Perhaps this non structured education has
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Faith
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kantara is a staging area for men going to or coming from the front and is south of Port Said; it is also both cemetery and collection area for the casualtys of the war. This begins this book.

Just looking at the Index and End Notes, the author has spent considerable time, effort and extensive research in writing this part of the series.  There are noted figures mentioned such as Francis Marion, Swamp Fox of the American Revolution, and Lawrence of Arabia.

This book is well written from war's
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Manal Jamaleddine
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant historical novel giving life and action to ancient places and historical figures in WWI. Very informative, vivid and fun! The narrative style is beautiful, sounding real and modern.
Can't wait for the next book of the series!
#a_very_good_read
Michele
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Number of stars 5 out of 5

I really enjoy this book very much that I really need book two. That is how good this Middle Eastern war, spy, mystery. The author did a great with he's writing, he really made me feel that I am there.

I really very much recommend this book to all who likes mystery, and history.

Pick up this book and see it yourself, you too will really like this book.
Yolisa
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Destiny's War is a must read. In simple terms it is a quick read that is full of information that you will not normally get.The author is well read and has thoroughly done his research.
There is a war going on,but do the soldiers involved know what or who they are dealing with?It's a war they can never prepare for.It takes a toll on any soldier,it rips you to shreds.Will the British win this war?Who is Marion and what is his role in all this?
I cannot wait for the sequel
Agnes
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a review.

This story takes place during WWI, in the Middle East, and is based on the real diaries of Francis Marion Jäger, an american who travelled extensively in that region, even working as a spy of sorts for Gertrude Bell.

The book is fast paced and entertaining, while being at the same time very informative. It is obviously based on a thorough research of the events of the time and the people involved. Relevant events and persons
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Trick Wiley
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Received this through Net Gallery and so glad I was able to read this! You have anything and everything that you would want and more for a spy story! The travels he goes through,the situations he encounters is fast paced and exciting! You learn so very much of his travels and the people and situations he comes across i in his life!! A very much need to read story! The characters you will relate to as the story goes on and relate to!! You learn of the Ottoman with the British war and what affects ...more
Xerxes
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a book that at the end left me wanting for more. I admire the dedication of research put into this novel. On a note, Townshend was the worst general ever to have been employed in the British Army. One of the worst Generals. Even Wellington and Napoleon would have despised this man for his tactics in warfare. And Rat-face. What a character. Reminds me of the typical stupidity that the upper class officers of the British Army had in WW1. They were unoriginal in thought, and lacked ...more
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