Rezension – Mari Griffith: Das Geheimnis der Königin

 

 

Mari Griffith: Das Geheimnis der Königin (orig: The Root of the Tudor Rose, übersetzt von Cécile Lecaux); ebook, 405 S., Bastei Lübbe, Mai 2018; 6,99€

Das Buch hat mir insgesamt gut gefallen. Es ist leichte Lektüre für historisch interessierte LeserInnen.

Es lebt von vielen kleinen Details über Sitten und Gebräuche, auch wenn sich diese nicht so ohne weiteres verifizieren lassen.

Der Schreibstil ist angenehm, aber stellenweise sehr Husch-Husch, so dass einem die Hauptfiguren emotional fernbleiben.

Die ersten 2/3 des Buches sind sehr interessant, aber es wird vieles erwähnt was dann nie wieder aufgegriffen und erklärt wird.

Wenn man mehr wissen möchte, muss man selbst recherchieren. Dankenswerter Weise gibt die Autorin am Anfang des Buches die (für diese Geschichte) wichtigsten Stammbäume an, und am Ende des Buches gibt es einen historischen Überblick mit weiterführenden Links.

Wer hier auf ein Romanze, oder wenigstens gefühlvolle Beschreibung der heimlichen Ehe Catherines mit Owen Tudor hofft, wird bitterlich enttäuscht werden.
Für mich kam zwar die Atmosphäre der machtlosen Frauen (und seien sie auch Königin von England), und die Unterdrückung der Waliser herüber, aber Catherine, Owen, und auch Heinrich blieben mir fern.
Da alles so im Zeitraffer geschrieben ist konnte ich keine wirkliche Beziehung zu den Figuren aufbauen, auch wenn deutlich wurde wie sehr sie alle gelitten haben.

Als leichte Lektüre kann ich es empfehlen, aber wer tiefer eintauchen möchte wird bei diesem Buch zu kurz kommen.

Vielen Dank an Bastei Lübbe für das Rezensionsexemplar.

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Spotlight: Alec Birri – The Condition Trilogy Book 3

Author: Alec Birri

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble

Length: 6 hours 34 minutes

Publisher: Essential Music Limited⎮2018

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: The Condition Trilogy, Book 3

Release date: Jan. 17, 2018

The third and final part of a dystopian trilogy based on the author’s command of a top secret government unit.

So, Professor Savage has been unmasked as the monster Alex Salib always knew he was. But what was their agreement, and why is she still determined to see it through? The war on terror appears to be back on track, but why does President Kalten seem hell-bent on ramping it up – are the Americans seriously intent on starting World War Three?

And what of the treatment itself? Despite Savage’s arrest, the “corrections” go on, but to what end? The laws of unintended consequences are about to cause a seismic shift in the very nature of our existence. But then our new master knows that and won’t let it happen until we’re ready….

Ready to accept the unacceptable.

 

Alec Birri served thirty years with the UK Armed Forces. He commanded an operational unit that experimented in new military capabilities classified at the highest level (Top Secret Strap 3) and it is this that forms the basis of his novels. Although semi-autobiographical, for national security and personal liberty reasons, the events and individuals portrayed have to be fiction but are still nonetheless in keeping with his experiences.

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If you regularly enjoy listening to audiobooks then this Shakespearean actor will need no introduction. Winner of a 2016 SOVAS award, Jonathan’s voice is rightly recognized as being one of the best, and his narration of The Condition Trilogy is no exception.

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Spotlight: Alec Birri – The Condition Trilogy Book 2

Author: Alec Birri

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble

Length: 6 hours 39 minutes

Publisher: Essential Music Limited⎮2018

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: The Condition Trilogy, Book 2

Release date: Jan. 17, 2018

The second in a dystopian trilogy based on the author’s command of a top secret government unit.

Discovering an infamous Nazi doctor conducted abortions in Argentina after the Second World War may not come as a surprise, but why was the twisted eugenicist not only allowed to continue his evil experiments but encouraged to do so? And what has that got to do with a respected neurologist in 2027? Surely, the invention of a cure for nearly all the world’s ailments can’t possibly have its roots buried in the horrors of Auschwitz?
The unacceptable is about to become the disturbingly bizarre. What has the treatment’s “correction” of pedophiles got to do with the president of the United States, the pope, and even the UK’s Green Party?

As if the Condition trilogy wasn’t unsettling enough….

Alec Birri served thirty years with the UK Armed Forces. He commanded an operational unit that experimented in new military capabilities classified at the highest level (Top Secret Strap 3) and it is this that forms the basis of his novels. Although semi-autobiographical, for national security and personal liberty reasons, the events and individuals portrayed have to be fiction but are still nonetheless in keeping with his experiences.

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If you regularly enjoy listening to audiobooks then this Shakespearean actor will need no introduction. Winner of a 2016 SOVAS award, Jonathan’s voice is rightly recognized as being one of the best, and his narration of The Condition Trilogy is no exception.

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Review: The Condition Trilogy Book One by Alec Birri (Audio)

Author: Alec Birri

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble

Length: 6 hours 32 minutes

Publisher: Essential Music Limited⎮2018

Genre: Medical Thriller

Series: The Condition Trilogy, Book 1

Release date: Jan. 17, 2018

The first in a dystopian trilogy based on the author’s command of a top secret government unit.
What if all brain disorders were treatable? Few would lament the passing of dementia or autism, but what if the twisted mind of a sex offender or murderer could be cured too? Or how about a terrorist or maybe a political extremist? What if we could all be “corrected”?
It’s 1966, and RAF pilot Dan Stewart awakes from a coma following an aircraft accident into a world where nothing seems to make sense anymore. Not being able to recall the crash might be expected, but what about the rest of his life? And what’s stopping him from taking his medication? Is it brain damage that’s causing paranoia about the red pill, or is Dan right to think something sinister is going on?
His horrific injuries don’t make any sense either – a post-crash fire caused him to suffer almost 100% burns. How is it even possible to survive that? Are the hallucinations and strange dreams trying to tell him something? They are, and he’ll soon find out what, but not before his doctor’s sure the shock won’t kill him.



Alec Birri served thirty years with the UK Armed Forces. He commanded an operational unit that experimented in new military capabilities classified at the highest level (Top Secret Strap 3) and it is this that forms the basis of his novels. Although semi-autobiographical, for national security and personal liberty reasons, the events and individuals portrayed have to be fiction but are still nonetheless in keeping with his experiences.

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Narrator Bio


If you regularly enjoy listening to audiobooks then this Shakespearean actor will need no introduction. Winner of a 2016 SOVAS award, Jonathan’s voice is rightly recognized as being one of the best, and his narration of The Condition Trilogy is no exception.

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I’m a huge fan of Dystopias, so when I read the synopsis of the Condition series, I  asked for a copy to listen to. I wasn’t disappointed. The story of book one, along with the author’s background, makes you chill to the bone. Are such things even possible?

We’ve all profited from medical research and progress at some point in our lives, and I, at least, tend to not think about where a certain medication came from overly much.

We’re aware that new medicine is tested on animals, and on human volunteers before it is declared ‘safe’ from whichever board is in charge. There are numerous films about viruses developed (and accidentally set free) by the military — and if we are to believe the press, there are secret military laboratories researching very dangerous viruses.

It never seemed as close to home as in the UK, though, and after listening to this book, I really don’t want to know what the Germans are up to in that regard.

This book is not about viruses, however, but it begs the question:

Are we all doomed, not from Mssrs Trump or Kim Jong Un firing nuclear weapons, but from secret medical experiments?

The book makes you ponder these questions and more. It is a topic I’d rather put firmly in the science fiction corner, but alas, it is only too real.

In this regard, the author managed to make me think, and, let’s face it, to frighten me. However, the way the book is written takes some patience to keep listening. For a long while, the reader, as well as the protagonist, doesn’t have a clue what the heck is going on. It takes ages before some light is shed on the whole affair and you get an idea what this could be about.

There isn’t a lot in way of character development, as all the characters remain quite distant. I couldn’t build a relation to the main character, because he was so confused most of the time, and it was all so weird. Even though much of it is revealed later on, there isn’t any character who really got me rooting for him or her.

Still, the idea and the topic are well worth being known by a wider public, and there are two more sequels which might well change my mind about some of the characters.

Jonathan Keeble is a very gifted narrator. His character interpretations, his pace and narration were perfect. He is certainly a new voice in my library of audio books. I have to listen to more of his narrations.

 

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Alec Birri. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Aufruf zum Boykott von Georg Holtzbrinck GmbH (besonders S. Fischer) und Macmillan

Seit Ende Februar dieses Jahres sah sich Gutenberg.org gezwungen, Deutschland den Zugang zu seiner Website mittels eines Geoblockers zu verwehren.

Was ist passiert? Der S. Fischer Verlag, eine Tochtergesellschaft der Verlagsgruppe Georg Holtzbrinck GmbH (in Amerika auch bekannt als der Verlagsriese  Macmillan), hat Gutenberg.org in Deutschland!!! vor ein Gericht gezerrt weil diese nach ihrem (amerikanischen) Copyright Bücher der Autoren Heinrich Mann, Thomas Mann, und Alfred Döblin veröffentlicht haben. gutenberg.org sitzt in den USA und agiert nach den dortigen Copyrightgesetzen, die sich von denen in Deutschland unterscheiden.

Trotzdem hat ein deutsches Gericht dem Kläger (S. Fischer Verlag) Recht gegeben.

Gutenberg.org sieht das zwar anders, und entsprechend ihrer Rechtsprechung tun sie nichts illegales, da sie aber eine gemeinnützige  Organisation sind die kein Geld einnimmt (außer Spenden), haben sie nicht die Mittel, einen langwierigen, kostspieligen Prozess durchzuziehen. Also wird jetzt wegen ein paar gierigen Verlagen ein gesamtes Land geblockt — dabei sind die meisten Bücher auf gutenberg.org auch in Deutschland in der Public Domain.

Wer mehr darüber wissen möchte, kann es hier nachlesen.

Ich rufe also alle auf, Bücher und Material zu boykottieren, die aus Verlagen der Verlagsgruppe Georg Holtzbrinck GmbH stammen! Bitte unterstützt gutenberg.org und teilt dies auf allen sozialen Medienseiten.

Review: Legacy (The Biodome Chronicles #1) by Jesikah Sundin (Audio)

About the Audiobook

Author: Jesikah Sundin

Narrator: Sunil Patel

Length: 12 hours 30 minutes

Publisher: Forest Tales Publishing⎮2017

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: The Biodome Chronicles, Book 1

Release date: Dec. 11, 2017

Synopsis:

She is from the past, locked inside a world within a world.

He is from the future, haunted by her death.

A sensible young nobleman and his fiery sister live in an experimental medieval village. Sealed inside this biodome since infancy, Leaf and Willow have been groomed by The Code to build a sustainable world, one devoid of Outsider interference. One that believes death will give way to life.

All is ideal until their father bequeaths a family secret with his dying breath, placing an invisible crown of power on Leaf’s head. Now everyone in their quiet town is suspect. Risking banishment, the siblings search for clues, leading them to Fillion Nichols, an Outsider with a shocking connection to their family.

Their encounter launches Fillion into battle with his turbulent past as he rushes to decode the many secrets that bind their future together–a necessity if they are all to survive.

Cultures clash in an unforgettable quest for truth, unfolding a story rich in mystery, betrayal, and love.

Are you ready to discover what is real?

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My thoughts:

When you think of scifi, you usually imagine something that happens in space, far away from Earth. However, this needn’t be the case. You can write really great scifi without leaving Earth, and that’s exactly what Jesikah Sundin did with her Biodome Chronicles.

If you’ve watched Stephen King’s ‘Under the Dome’, you get the idea: there’s a community living under a dome — albeit voluntarily — that is, the first generation did. Their descendants haven’t been given a choice, but they seem content enough.

However, something is about to change: Leaf and his sister Willow discover a few things that make them distrust almost everybody. Their encounter with Outsider Fillian sets in motion a chain of events they can’t control.

We have here some great characters, notably Fillian and Willow, and I can’t wait to find out how the story goes on.

As is wont in a good scifi story, there’s a lot of technology involved, none of which seems impossible, even with today’s standards. Experiencing some of it through the eyes of Leaf and Willow makes it seem quite alien and outlandish, though.

I have to admit that I quite like the idea of living in unpolluted surroundings, where there is no technology that could do harm to nature.  That said, I guess there’d be numerous things I’d miss, so I’d probably not be as content as the idea suggests, and living in a confined space, however intact it might be, probably would drive me mad after a while.

Sunil Patel’s narration was wonderful, he brought the story to life, and I listened every free minute I had. Although there isn’t exactly a cliffhanger, the ending left me wanting for more. I’m very curious about the future developments, and I hope ‘my’ lead characters will be well.

So, if all scifi you know is set in space, you should absolutely try this story, just to give you an idea that there’s more than space battles to a good scifi story. For everybody else: you don’t need to be a geek, or even understand technology to thoroughly enjoy this story.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jesikah Sundin. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

About the Author: Jesikah Sundin

Jesikah Sundin is multi-award winning a sci-fi/fantasy writer mom of three nerdlets and devoted wife to a gamer geek. In addition to her family, she shares her home in Monroe, Washington with a red-footed tortoise and a collection of seatbelt purses. She is addicted to coffee, laughing, and Dr. Martens boots and shoes … Oh! And the forest is her happy place.

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Jesikah owns Forest Tales Photography, and boasts a varied background in business administration and marketing, though her heart has always belonged to the arts and sciences. In college, she pursued a degree in geophysics and oceanography. And, as a teenager, she attended a performing arts school for musical theater and opera, performing in several theater productions, while also serving as editor-in-chief of her high school’s newspaper. She is married for over twenty years to her high school sweetheart and raising three awesomely geeky children. When not writing, she’s often found in her garden, hiking, gaming, baking, fangirling over all things Star Wars and Firefly, or attending various conventions in cosplay, notably Comicon and FaerieCon.

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About the Narrator: Sunil Patel

My name is Sunil Patel and I am a professional British male Voice-Over artist. I was born and bred in London, UK, and woke up with a deep, rumbling voice when I neared adulthood. As a result I have pursued the lifestyle of a Voice Actor / Voice-over artist, not wanting my unique voice to go to waste. I have recorded for multinational companies like Herbal Life, and organisations like The Billy Graham Evangelist Association. I have also narrated an audiobook called Legacy: The Biodome Chronicles. I can also do voice-overs in other languages, which includes Hindi and Gujarati.I have been voice trained by coach and mentor, Gary Terrza (https://www.vomasterclass.com), a successful and and well-known voice actor who has been doing his craft for over 25 years. I have also received additional voice training by my acting mentor and coach, Gavin MacAlinden, (https://www.actinggymnasium.co.uk/)

Other interesting facts about myself: I worked as a Police Community Support Officer for the London Metropolitan Police for four years; Travelled to 16 countries; Climbed 3 mountains, including a Himalayan peak; I speak 5 languages and most importantly I am also pursuing a career in acting and have performed in local theater in Camden, London.

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Review: Rain Oxford – Book of Names (Audio)

Rain Oxford: Book of Names, J.Scott Bennett (Narrator), 10:36h, audible, $24.95

Synopsis:

The brothers Nathan and Luca are mysteriously transported to a foreign world which is very different to Earth. The new (to them) world is called Syndrial, and it is ruled by priests and gods and goddesses.

Nathan finds that he has magic, and that he is considered to be the saviour of this world if he can learn to control his magic and find a powerful book: the book of names.

He and Luca face great danger in trying to achieve that goal.

What I think:

Although the idea that the real, secret names hold power, and that whoever knows them can wield power over the person holding them is not a novel idea, the way it is presented in this book is novel and intriguing.

Syndrial is a colourful world, and it is a world of inequality. The ruling priests pretty much do what they want, and they don’t shy away from being very cruel in order to get even more powerful. The gods don’t usually interfere, and it is up to a couple of semi-gods to stop the priests.

I was drawn into the book right from the start, and there wasn’t a dull moment.

There are very many twists and turns, and nothing is as it appears. Poor Nathan has to learn the hard way, and in the end he has to make a very difficult decision about a loved one.

Scott Bennett did a marvellous job at narrating the story, his characters were convincing, his pace exactly right, just the way I like it.

Going by the subtitle (Casters of Syndrial, Book 1) it seems to be the start of a series; however, it can well be read as a standalone — there’s no mean cliffhanger, which is great.

This was my first book by both the author and the narrator, and I’ll certainly check out more of their works.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this audio book and I chose to willingly post an honest review.