Monthly Archives: July 2015

Queen of This Realm by Jean Plaidy

Queen Elizabeth I was an enigmatic queen who puzzles us centuries later. How close did she get with Robert Dudley or her other suitors? What did she think of religious turmoil and the threat of the Spanish Armada? Get a look at this powerful monarch through the veil of time.

Elizabeth is a blend of clever and frivolous. Her cleverness wins dangerous political battles. Her frivolous desire for admiration causes her to favor men who court her for power. Dramatic events create suspense but the book’s focus is on Elizabeth’s relationships. There is her rapport with wise Cecil, appalled curiosity about Mary Queen of Scots, and thoughts on other important figures of Elizabeth’s era. Queen of This Realm is a portrayal of Elizabeth I and 16th century England.

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Check out other fictional potrayals of Elizabeth such as The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir and The Queen’s Governess by Karen Harper.

Books such as Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne by David Starkey provide nonfiction portrayals of Elizabeth I.

Film portrayals of Queen Elizabeth include Elizabeth R.

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Genghis: Birth of an Empire by Conn Iggulden

What made Genghis Khan into a ruthless conqueror? He is the son of a khan, but his life is upended when a retainer steals his birthright. Surviving among the tribeless gives him a vision. He will lead the tribeless, destroy the Tartars, and become khan of all.

Genghis becomes a ruthless man determined to avoid weakness and failing those loyal to him. His family members are interesting in themselves and their relationships with him give him deeper depth. The harsh culture of the Mongolian tribes is vividly portrayed. There is a compelling mix of battles and politics as Genghis begins his path to power. Genghis: Birth of an Empire offers a potrayal of Genghis Khan, the Mongolian Empire, and a tale of a conqueror.

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Check out other fictional portayals of Genghis Khan such as The Blue Wolf by Frederic Dion.

A young Saxon is taken a slave by Vikings but goes on to help create a kingdom in England in The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell.

Check out books like The Rise and Fall of the Second Largest Empire in History: How Genghis Khan’s Monguls Almost Conquered the World by Thomas J. Craughwell to learn more about Genghis Khan and the Monguls.

Genghis Khan has been portrayed in movies such as Mongul: The Rise of Genghis Khan.

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By the Blood of Heroes: The Great Undead War Book I by Joseph Nassise

In WWI Germany creates a gas that revives the dead as gory ‘shamblers’. The Allies suffer another blow when their greatest ace, Captain Freeman, is captured. Can a team led by Captain Michael ‘Madman’ Burke rescue Freeman and keep hope alive?

By the Blood of Heroes is a unique mix of zombies, alternate history, and steampunk. The cunning undead Red Baron, brave good guys, and exotic steampunk gadgets are fun. Burke’s team’s battles and a monstrous plan Freeman learns of create suspenseful horror. By the Blood of Heroes offers horror, alternate history, steampunk, suspense, and a fun read.

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A mother and her son search for secrets and confront a mad scientist in the ruins of Seattle in Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.

A Scotland Yard inspector is tasked with discovering why a dead body with bite marks has appeared on the Transatlantic Span in Doktor Glass by Thomas Brennan.

A mercenary Captain in a world where the Civil War ended due to zombies is drawn into the quest for a powerful weapon in Odd Men Out by Matt Bretts.

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Eleven Little Piggies by Jake Hines

Chief of Detectives Jake Hines goes hunting for geese but finds murder. With a lucrative land deal being offered the motive points to family, but more murders add confusion. Can Jake and his overworked team discover the truth?

Jake shines for being a human policeman. He is levelheaded but not always politically correct and balances being overworked with his family life. The members of his team also have traits which make them seem human as well as workers for justice. Handling interrogations, getting information together, and other aspects of police work are shown vividly. The Minnesota small town changing due to increased diversity, expansion, and various money seeking ventures is also shown. The story is engaging and shows police life in a way between dark and cozy. Eleven Little Piggies offers a police procedural mystery with engagingly human characters.

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Detective Sigrid Harold investigates a New York socialite’s murder and finds blackmail, theft, and danger in Death of a Butterfly by Margaret Maron.

When a car crash is more than it seems an undersheriff and his team struggle to uncover the truth in Heartshot by Steven F. Havill.

A Scotland Yard Superintendent’s incognito vacation is disrupted by murder in A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie.

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