Apr 102013
 

Hawk Quest.
Robert Lyndon.
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Usually I relegate fiction to audiobooks. Audio is great for listening to stories and not so great for non-fiction that you might want to mark up. This book sounded too interesting to pass up on the NetGalley list of books, guess I am a sucker for epic sagas.

Update after Finishing

Very enjoyable read giving the reader an epic tour of the ‘civilized’ world at the turn of the millennium.

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Hawk Quest
by Robert Lyndon
Publisher: Redhook
Published: 04/09/2013
ISBN-10: 0316219568
ISBN-13: 978-0316219563
Started: 04/10/2013
Finished: 05/17/2013
Source: NetGalley
Format: e-book

Publisher Synopsis

The Normans have captured England. The Turks have captured a Norman knight. And in order to free him, a soldier named Vallon must capture four rare hawks.

On a heart-stopping journey to the far ends of the earth, braving Arctic seas, Viking warlords, and the blood-drenched battlefields, Vallon and his comrades must track down their quarry one by one in a relentless race against time.

The scale is huge. The journey is incredible. The history is real. This is Hawk Quest.


Author Info
Robert Lyndon has been a falconer since boyhood. A keen student of history, he was intrigued by accounts of hawks being used as ransoms during the Middle Ages. Some of the scenes in Hawk Quest were inspired by Lyndon's own experiences as a falconer, climber and traveler in remote places. He has written many books and articles on history and exploration. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he lives in Dorset.


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Jun 152012
 

If you are a Jane Austen fan, then this is a good book to meet up with old friends again in a familiar setting.

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Death Comes to Pemberley
by P.D. James
Publisher: Knopf
Published: 12/06/2011
ISBN-10: 0307959856
ISBN-13: 978-0307959850
Started: 06/17/2012
Finished: 02/01/2013
Format: e-book

Publisher Synopsis
A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen’s beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem. It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball. Then, on the eve of the ball, the patrician idyll is shattered. A coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister, who with her husband, the very dubious Wickham, has been banned from Pemberley. She stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. With shocking suddenness, Pemberley is plunged into a frightening mystery. Inspired by a lifelong passion for Austen, P. D. James masterfully re-creates the world of Pride and Prejudice, electrifying it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly crafted crime story, as only she can write it.
Author Info
P. D. James is the author of twenty previous books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast on television in the United States and other countries. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of Great Britain's Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she celebrated her eightieth birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991 and was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame in 2008. She lives in London and Oxford.