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Authentic from a historical perspective, realistic from an emotional standpoint, challenging and relevant for us today are just a few ways to describe Lynne Gentry's debut novel, Healer of Carthage, book one in the Carthage Chronicles. Although I rarely read a novel where time travel is involved, I enjoyed this story to the point of barely being able to put it down. So I will say that if you're a fan of early Roman history, you will love this story; and if you're not a fan of early Roman history, you will love this story!
I can't begin to imagine the hours of research involved, because Lynne's writing incorporates some actual historical characters and shows impeccable knowledge of Ancient Rome and its medical practices. The story is primarily plot driven, yet characterization is strong. Lisbeth is a bright, driven, 28-year-old medical intern whose god is science. Cyprian is a handsome Roman noble who is struggling to abandon his pagan beliefs for his newfound faith. With his hard edges but kind heart and generosity, he is such an appealing figure! There is strong chemistry between Cyprian and Lisbeth, and this element is done very well. The supporting characters of Magdalena and her Down-syndrome child, Laurentius, also add much depth to the story.
One of the most gripping scenes was when Cyprian and Lisbeth attended a day of games at the Carthage sports complex, a colossal structure built by Rome to intimidate their conquered provinces. As thousands of spectators beheld unimaginable cruelty and death with something akin to apathy, I felt like I was reading words of warning to us today.
"No one in the stands moved. Screams of innocent women and children would echo from this place for generations, and yet not one spectator in the seats would lift a finger to stop the barbarism. Deaf ears. Blind eyes. . . . Good people doing nothing. The fall of every civilization playing out before her very eyes."
I also felt Lynne's words often presented a challenge, conviction in their very essence as I was forced to examine the strength of my faith. For with the edict to bow the knee to Rome's Emperor and the rise of persecution, Ancient Rome was not a comfortable place for Christians. Caecilianus, bishop of the church in Carthage, speaks these words to a gathering of Christians: "Because Christ suffered for me, I will do what I can for him. . . . Brothers and sisters, stay the course. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, even to the point of death."
As the story progresses, Lisbeth learns more about Cyprian's God and wonders if He could have sent her there for a purpose - with this conclusion: "Shame on her if she stood by and did nothing." And that's something that every reader will have to ask and decide.
The narrative comes to a satisfactory conclusion, but readers may have a hard time waiting for book two in the series. Healer of Carthage is a strong debut by Lynne Gentry and I highly recommend it to all readers.
Thank you to Howard Books and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
This hardback edition is filled with color photos, much info. on these topics: the school of life, ingenious means, strategies for survival, in place of speech, animals and people. Many picture insets with valuable info. on various animals in their habitats. A great book for those who love animals, to add to your school or home library.
O.K., you either loved Mike Royko or you don't. If you loved him you were saddened by his death during surgery. In that case here's a recap of his best columns. You may have read some of these in the Chicago Sun but there are a lot here that will be new to you.
This is a good bunk-side book. You can read a column or two every night; it will make you look forward to going to bed.
This is the second book in Stieg Larson's "Millennium" trilogy. You must start with the first, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" then read this one and then the third, "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest." If you like gripping fiction this trilogy is for you.
You will also like the movies which are now being remade in English; the original movie trilogy was in Swedish with subtitles and it was still excellent.
This book typical of Desmond Morris's style, comparing human cultures to those of animals as he did in "The Naked Ape." It is very interesting and thought provoking reading. He places man into a zoo, this zoo being the cities man has constructed to occupy himself. Then Morris looks at his behavior and relates it to lower, or "animal" drives to explain how humans behave in that environment.
I can't say I agree with everything he says but it was captivating reading.
This was a complicated read. Why? Well, she had three different and complicated plots going on at once with little to any background on them. Characters were hard to keep track of and follow. That being said the two main characters were so fun! Great development, tension, mixing it up and communication. Why it had to be so muddled with all that was going on I don't know, one of those plots expanded would have rocked this book to great but anyhoo.
Still a fun read.
Cute story, good romance, loved it.
I've been a Belva Plain fan since I was a teenager, but I haven't read all of her books. So I was excited to choose CRESCENT CITY for the February 2014 "New Orleans" theme in my online book club, The Reading Cove.
I thought the first half of this story was very engaging. A German widow fleas to America to make his fortune after his wife is killed, and returns to Germany to collect his children as the book opens. The kids were being raised as Orthodox Jews, but their father had relaxed his beliefs and embraced the freedom of the American culture. So his kids, Miriam and David experienced a great culture shock, unable to adapt to the institution of slavery and the lax attitude toward their faith.
But then the Civil War hits, and it's all Gone With the Wind knock-off from there! Complete with Miriam cast as Scarlett O'Hara, Andre as Ashley, and Gabriel as Rhett. And the David character, for all his passionate convictions, basically amounted to nothing. Very, very disappointing.
The second half of the story was tedious, boring and, most of all, done better before. You may as well just go read Gone With the Wind. Sorry, Belva.
I give CRESCENT CITY a C+.
This series is dear to my heart, and this seems to be one of the books I begin to read when I've had a bad day. It's funny, endearing, and it gives a glimpse of Tortall that wasn't seen in the Lioness's quartet. As for drawbacks, I would say that there is some mild sexism if you're looking for it - it is written by a feminist; though in my opinion it's exhibited for both sides. Overall, however, the benefit much outweighs the cost.
Was wonderful. All her books have been great.
I enjoyed ... quick read ... typical Alex Cross Book ... good to read Nana Mama again :-)
Loved the book. Great insight into Laci's life and the love her mother and family had for her. Lots of details about Scott Peterson that I had never heard before.
Lotsa "F"-bombs. Lotsa swearing, period. Enjoyable to me just to browse thru ... also pictures in 2 sections very enjoyable to view. I didn't read the whole thing, but probably 60%, which was enough to get the flavor. Biggest surprise was where Steven was from!!!
Enjoyable book ... quick read ... typical Alex Cross ... Glad to see Nana mama again :-)
If you're interested in aging men's sex fantasies, this is the book for you. If not, then not.
Greatly enjoyed .... good DB book ... haven't read him in decades and glad to have an opportunity to do so again.
Excellent start to introducing agent Virgil Flowers. This set me in the path of reading all the Virgil Flowers series. It has everything I love, action , humor and a main character with personality.
An excellent mystery that keeps you guessing until the end. Camilla Lackberg is very god writer. I would recommend it for anyone who likes detective type mysteries.
A definite cozy, and I'm looking forward to the 2nd in the series.
Using various fortune telling tools to interpret her visions, Sunny seeks to aid the residents of Divinity, New York. But when she uses tea leaves to read the frazzled town librarian, what lies at the bottom of the cup is anything but helpful.