Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Book Review: Roland Yoemans and New Orleans

The Legend of Victor Standish


Author Roland Yoemans


After Katrina, certain areas of New Orleans were off-limits, but not to everyone and especially not the young Victor Standish.  Dropped off in a new city compliments of his mother, he meets Alice, a young woman from the past.  She's different and Victor likes that.  They help each other.


Then, he experiences Meilori's, a jazz club from the past that reappears for a time in the dark hours of the evening.  Once in Meilori's, different rules apply.  Everyone in this club seems to be waiting for something.  Customers are told to stuff towels under their door, shut their windows and beware mist.  A few literary characters show up to lend a hand or take advantage of the situation.  The Legend of Victor Standish is a good introduction to the core characters who appear in other books by Roland.


Roland shows us the dark side of a storm-damaged New Orleans, and reveals little bits of good will even as a storm brews on the horizon.  Check out Roland's Blog for tips on writing and to view the art work used in his books.




The next book I read out of order. . .


The End of Days

Author Roland Yoemans


It's back to school time again. But, St. Marrock's isn't an ordinary school, it's run by the dark Sidhe.  There are no guarantees that students will learn anything or even survive.  Students watch their instructors as well as their fellows and make no mistakes.  Predators roam the halls.  This is a 'gathering of the clans', the good and the bad.


People have been disappearing from St. Marrock's School, but who's responsible?  That's what McCord and his cohorts want to know.  Alice, Becca and Trish pose as students, others from Meilori's act as protectors.  Victor lends his ethereal support.  It is a time for new legends.
 

Do you know blogger and author Roland Yoemans? Have you visited New Orleans?  OR, do you like Literary References?  Please share in the comments. 


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Roland's books Rival and Burnt Offerings, acquired after the first two, will be reviewed in a future post.

http://rolandyeomans.blogspot.ca/  Roland's Blog

33 comments:

  1. Victor sends a wink your way, and Samuel tips his Stetson to you, D.G. Your reviews made my weary evening so much the better for having read them. Thank you! Roland

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    1. You caught my imagination with these books, and I love literary and historical references.

      Reviewing was difficult as these aren't ordinary stories. That's a good thing.

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  2. I've read two of his books and this one is next on the list! Roland is awesome.

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    1. I tried not to include any spoilers in the review, Alex.

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  3. I've seen some of his Meilori stuff on his blog! Sounded quirky and fun.

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    1. Roland has a unique style, and it is fun to read.

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  4. These sound like great reads.

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  5. Alex: I hope you enjoy END OF DAYS. I'm sure you will like the 13 beautiful interior illustrations by Leonora Roy. Thanks for the nice compliment!

    Bryan: Quirky and fun ... sounds like my last date! :-) I think you would like my haunted French Quarter tales.

    Mary: I hope one day you take a chance on one of them!

    D.G: You were a gem to review these books. I am so happy you liked them. If you could say so on their Amazon pages Victor and Alice would love it! :-)

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    1. Roland: I'm not a regular Amazon reviewer, but I'll consider the request. I'll let you know if and when I do. (for Victor, Alice and McCord)

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  6. i have read novels before, set in new orleans and i always enjoy them

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    1. I think I like the French flavour of New Orleans,and the jazz heritage.
      Roland gives it a unique twist in his stories.

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  7. There's something very rich about New Orleans as a setting, especially for the dark and enchanting. I haven't read these yet, but I do follow Roland and need to get on top of it!

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    1. The Legend of Victor Standish is a good one to start with. New Orleans does have a rich history.

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  8. I am well aware of this amazing author's capabilities. I have read several of Roland's books. He is a time honored author and has the soul of Hemingway and the heart of Mark Twain...

    I have been a fan of his blogs from the first day I had discovered it. No present author today can stir emotions like Roland.

    I had been to New Orleans years ago and look forward to visiting there again someday. It is a city steeped in history and mystery.

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    1. Well said, Michael! Thanks for dropping by. I'd like to see N'Orleans someday, too.

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  9. Lynn:
    I think if you like New Orleans, you will like certain of my novels. After the first 35 pages, New Orleans of the present and 1834 are spotlighted for the rest of the stand-alone Victor novel, THE RIVAL. It is currently #11 on Amazon's Zombie Love best sellers list.

    I didn't even know Amazon had such a list! :-)

    But in 1834 New Orleans you will meet famous outrageous persoanages as Annie Christmas, Jim Bowie, the riverboat gambler John Powell, Andrew Jackson (whose run for Presidency was first announced in New Orleans!)

    Shannon:
    D.G. is right: THE LEGEND OF VICTOR STANDISH would be a nice place to enter my version of haunted New Orleans.

    FRENCH QUARTER NOCTURNE focuses on Sam McCord in New Orleans. It focuses on the first month following Hurricane Katrina (as does END OF DAYS but from Alice Wentworth's perspective.)

    I think you will enjoy visiting my version of supernatural New Orleans.

    Michael!
    It's good to see you here! I've missed you. You are a too busy man ... like me.

    Those are gracious words you wrote. The ghost of Ernest Hemingway scowled at me when you likened me to him. Mark Twain just slapped my arm and winked, "You wish!" If you re-visit New Orleans, be sure to keep an eye out to see if Meilori's shimmers into being at twilight. Bring your pepper spray and wear your running shoes! :-)

    D.G.:
    Thanks for doing these reviews. They made my weekend! I think you would like New Orleans should you ever visit. But stay away during Mardi Gras ... much too crowded! Right before then the temperatures and humidity are usually just right! :-)

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  10. Yes, I know him. He was actually one of my earliest followers. :)

    I've never visited New Orleans, but from what I've read it sounds like a diverse city.

    Thanks for the review!

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    1. Roland is a supportive blogger, I agree.

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  11. Roland has such great concepts for books! Victor Standish has been on my to read list for a long time - which means its nearing the top. :)

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    1. With the art and the literary references, Roland weaves a rich tale.

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  12. Mary Holm - thanks for visiting and the follow on both my blogs. Much appreciated.

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  13. I'm thinking I'd want to pass on that school, lol! Both sound like quite a tale and a blending of old and new.

    Sia McKye's Thoughts...OVER COFFEE

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    1. There are 'mean girls' and 'mean guys' in that school. You need a little magic.

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  14. Hey, I just finished reading Victor Standish this month, too. Samuel McCord is my new favorite antihero.

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    1. I agree, Milo. McCord has my vote too! Now I want to read more.

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  15. I love New Orleans - spent much time there in my teens and twenties as I grew up on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Haven't been back since Katrina hit - I've heard it's quite different.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, JRB. That's interesting re-Katrina. You should give Roland's books a try.

      I just hope Isaac does a detour and heads out to sea. I remember Hurricane Ivan in 2004, as well. I was leaving Atlanta when it was on its way there.

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  16. I've not read any of Roland's books - yet.

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    1. The Legend of Victor Standish was the first one I read, I wanted to get the background of how Victor arrived in New Orleans. It introduces Alice as well.

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    1. Thanks, Donna. I'll have two more coming (Burnt Offerings and Rival, by Roland). Probably mid Sept.

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  18. I "met" Roland at Alex's blog the other day and bought the Victor Standish book. Sounds right up my alley! Since my real name is Katrina, I have a fascination with post-K New Orleans, and have had visiting the city on my bucket list for a long time. Will be fun to do a virtual visit.
    Tina @ Life is Good

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