Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT Spirit Of Lost Angels by @LizaPerrat #HistFic #wwwblogs

Hist fic? Reviewed by Terry? Perfect!…

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Today’s second team review is from Terry, she blogs here

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Terry has been reading Spirit Of Lost Angels by Liza Perrat



4.5 out of 5 stars

Spirit of Lost Angels is Liza Perrat’s debut novel, and revolves around Victoire Charpentier, a peasant living in the village of Lucie-sur-Vionne.  It is linked to the later book, Blood Rose Angel, by the bone angel talisman passed down through generations.  This first novel in the trilogy takes place in the years leading up to the French Revolution.

Victoire’s life is one of tragic events indeed, as she loses those she loves to accident, illness, the danger and politics of the times, and at the careless hands of the nobility.  Cast into a brutal Parisian prison, she meets the notorious Jeanne de Valois-Saint-Remy who inspires within her the fire of revolution; I liked the inclusion…

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#Bookreview ‘Qumran’ by Jerry Amernic “TuesdayBookBlog

Today I’m reviewing ‘Qumran’ by Jerry Amernic

Qumran by Jerry Amernic

Blurb (from Amazon) :

David Marr, archaeologist and world authority on the Romans, has spent his life studying the Holy Land with all its violence and unrest that go back to the time of the scriptures. While teaching in Jerusalem, he makes the most dramatic discovery of his life just off the shore of the Dead Sea near the site of the ancient monastic settlement at Qumran. It is something that could have huge repercussions with the potential to turn the world on its side.

David first whets his appetite as a student when he played a crucial role in the 1947 discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. His later adventures with the Holy Grail and Holy Shroud brought him to the forefront of the maelstrom that develops whenever science confronts religion. The backdrop to these experiences was always war–Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, the Six Day War in 1967, the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Throughout it all, he has carved a career of widespread renown, but has seen so much evidence of man’s brutality to man that he is spiritually disillusioned.

As he begins to unearth clues about what he has found, he and those closest to him–his Jewish-American wife Gita, the brilliant Egyptian pathologist Jamil Hassad, and his Israeli research assistant Robbie Schueftan–all find themselves in danger. Now David the scientist, whose life has always be ruled by logic and reason, isn’t certain about anything and he won’t rest until he finds the truth.

Did I like it?

Hist fic, Archaeology, the Vatican. All the ingredients are there. And Jerry Amernic delivers. It starts with the discovery of a body showing the signs of crucifixion and the wounds mentioned in the bible. Prof Marr is on the this cannot be side and starts to investigate more. With the help of the Egyptian pathologist and his research assistant. Hiding the ‘mummy’ from sight. The episode at Glastonbury is without any critic to the believe system of the monk who’s showing Prof Marr the potentially Holy Grail. Critic is happening more to the “scientists” during the examination of the ‘Holy shroud’. And from then on you know the bad guys.

What I didn’t like

At the beginning of the book I had my doubts. Could this turn into something paranormal? Is there someone trying to ‘sell’ me his belief system? Luckily, nothing of it happened. So, what did I not like? Nothing.

Would I recommend it?

If you like Hist Fic? Yes, yes and again yes. Give it a go. Jerry Armernic knows what he’s writing about. And he can write. 18 out of 20 points on my scale

Ausone’s notebook instalment #amwriting #mondayblogs #cats #IARTG

Good morning, Humans. Monday morning, here I am. Creature of habit. Get used to it (or not, your decision).
It’s always complicated. Deciding what to talk about. Politics or as I prefer to name it human follies squared. We will keep the politics part as short as possible today cause there is or was something more animal related. We’ll come to that after the politics part.
Last week the so-called POTUS was on his first international visit. It was called “holy trip”. He was visiting some sacred places. Something like the centres of the three monotheistic religions. Although already the first one wasn’t exactly matching. He was in Saudi-Arabia. But in the capital and not in Mecca. Jerusalem and Rome ok. What did he do in Saudi Arabia? Selling arms. Makes you think a bit. What’s the difference between a politician selling arms and a “criminal” selling arms? The price? The rules that they’ve made up to calm their conscience? I know via my favourite human that Germany is not allowed to sell arms to conflict zones. It’s simply against the law. As usual politicians always find a way around the existing laws. For example. I guess you can say that the area around the western border of the Mediterranean Sea. Is a constant conflict zone. They’re just not stopping there, since shortly after the Second World War it’s going on and on. Much too complicated for my cat brain to understand all the reasons. Germany was allowed to sell submarines to Israel. You can’t explain that either. The POTUS sold arms to Saudi Arabia. I’ve no idea if there is an American law against selling arms to conflict zones. But Saudi Arabia is heavily involved in bombing Yemen. There would be other reason. Like for instance, there was this terror attack on the Twin Towers in New York. 14 terrorists, one from Egypt, one from I don’t know and 12 from Saudi Arabia. That the US were afterwards attacking Afghanistan, you have to find your own reason for that.
There was at least one thing that was very, very interesting about this trip. As it was over, the German chancellor claimed in a speech for the upcoming elections in Germany. That: Europe can no longer rely on the US and Britain to take care of their security. They have to do it themselves. If I would only trust a politician.
There was, to finish this topic, an image that speaks more than words. The trip finished with a G7 summit in Sicily. All those politicians were visiting an ancient theatre. Their way back, 6 of them were walking. One followed them in a golf cart.
Enough with politics for today.
Cats and other animals. It’s hot. So, Humans take care of your animals. Provide them water, fresh water. A lot of. Don’t make them stay in your cars. It’s like a hot oven. Just don’t.
The turtles here went AWOL for some time. Luckily they are both back now. Just remember nature always finds a way. They spent the day in the park that the rabbit uses when outdoors. Although the park was ‘kind of’ secured. Fixed to the ground. They found a way of lifting the barrier and escaping. The big one was found the next morning, strolling ij the garden. The smaller one was found another day later by the neighbour in her garden. How he managed to get there? Another miracle.
For today’s picture I have the pleasure of presenting you a better one of…drum roll please. Figaro, socks, chausettes. Picture, as usual, taken by the preferred photographer.
Figaro wrong terrace
See you next week

The British tradition of afternoon tea is alive and evolving in Japan | The Japan Times

Even though the UK wants to leave the EU and the Empire doesn’t exist any more. There are things that just NEED to stay. One of them….Although afternoon tea is a British tradition, Japan, too, offers an opportunity to enjoy tea time with all the luxurious trimmings. Traditional afternoon

Source: The British tradition of afternoon tea is alive and evolving in Japan | The Japan Times

Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT The Merchant’s Pearl by Amie O’Brien @merchantspearl #HistFic

Sometimes I feel like I’m stealing. But then ….Sharing is caring

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Today’s team review is from Eleanor, she blogs here

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Eleanor has been reading The Merchant’s Pearl by Amie O’Brien


The Merchant’s Pearl by Amie O’Brien

Set in a Turkish harem in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire, this novel explores how love can succeed against the odds, amongst themes of trust, sex and politics – the latter of the harem, royal court and the wider world. Leila, a slave harem girl, battles with her new station in life, dreaming of when she was free and trying to reconcile herself to the fact that she will probably never be free again. Told from Leila’s point of view, we watch how she battles harem politics and expectations, develops a deep friendship with Dariya, a woman who is also a harem slave to the same man and, how Leila falls in love with Prince Emre despite herself.

Prince Emre has…

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Voyager by @CarlRackman fast paced Techno #Thriller #fridayreads


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VoyagerVoyager by Carl Rackman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Voyager is an American based techno-thriller.

It opens with the terrible events of 9/11 and introduces us to Bradley Barnes.

Chapter one begins in September 2016 as Barnes and his team from the FBI are about to storm a building containing suspects with terrorism links. Unfortunately the main suspects escape—with super-human speed.

In California, Dr Callie Woolf, project manager of the Voyager Interstellar Mission, is alerted to a security breach; a probe, far out in space, begins sending back unexpected images. The data is highly sensitive and Callie’s team are put on immediate paid leave. These vacations become permanent for some, in a series of mysterious deaths. Callie is also targeted, but quick reactions keep her alive; however, her attempts to go on the run are short-lived when she is arrested for espionage.

When Barnes is told to pick up…

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Kings and Queens by @TerryTyler4 #Contemporary with #Historical Echoes

Sounds interesting…

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

I wanted to share this book again because it was so different from anything I’d read before. A story which tells of the life and loves of Harry Lanchester, paralleling Henry VIII and his wives in a modern setting, with all the corresponding turbulence and romance. 

Harry’s realm is his South of England property developing company, Lanchester Estates, while his ‘wives’ are the twentieth century sisters of their historic counterparts: Anne Boleyn is reincarnated as the equally intriguing Annette Hever, and Henry VIII’s fifth wife with the risqué past, Catherine Howard, lives again in 1999 as Keira Howard, a former lap dancer.

My Review

This novel promises to be…

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT The Spirit Tree by @KathrynMHearst #Supernatural #Fantasy

Maybe one day I’ll be ready to read something like that….Maybe

Rosie Amber

Today’s team review is from Jessie, she blogs here

#RBRT Review Team

Jessie has been reading The Spirit Tree by Kathryn M Hearst


I have found a book that may be just what you are looking for!

(Okay, that’s not actually true. Rosie Amber found it.  I just read it. She’s a great helper of book finding and you should go look at her blog!)

-If you are fan of the supernatural, this book may be for you.

(You know, like shape shifting, Native American magic sort of supernatural that comes at you all fast paced and crazy.  No napping in this book! There are also  a few… hundred… snakes in this book as well. Just in case you are one of those people who will string me up by my toes if I don’t warn you about such things.)

-If you are fan of the buxom girl meets older…

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#BookReview ‘Nippon Connection’ by Michael Crichton Originat title ‘Rising Sun’ #TuesdayBookBlog

Today I’m reviewing ‘Nippon Connection’ by Michael Crichton. Original title ‘Rising Sun’ translated into German by Michaela Grabinger

Nippon Connection M.Crichton

Blurb (from Amazon) :

On the forty-fifth floor of the Nakamoto Tower in downtown L. A. a grand opening celebration is in full swing at the new American headquarters of the immense Japanese conglomerate. On the forty-sixth floor, in an empty conference room, the dead body of a beautiful woman is discovered. The investigation immediately becomes a thrilling chase through a twisting maze of industrial intrigue, a no-holds barred conflict in which control of a vital American technology is the fiercely coveted prize – and the Japanese saying ‘business is war’ takes on a terrifying reality. Rising Sun is a powerful, compulsive thriller from a master of the genre.

Did I like it?

Sure. I’m kind of a fan of the books of the late Michael Crichton. Several books were made into films or TV series (Jurassic Park, ER, Westworld, etc.).  Or better the books were the basic ideas for the films. There are a lot of changes in the films. In general unnecessary changes and the books are a lot better than the films. 3 of the differences between this book and the adaptation. Another killer. No relation between Connor and the student who helps with the video in the book. Eddie Sakamura survives in the book but killed in the film. None of these changes are necessary. But Crichton worked on the script for the film too. So, I guess if he was OK with the changes. Who am I to complain.

What I didn’t like

Nothing, it is certainly not high literature. I don’t think it was meant to be.

Would I recommend it?

Kind of a beach read. 16 out of 20 points. If you like the films made after the books of Crichton. Read the books they are (even) better than the films