Sunday, February 2, 2014

Roland Yeoman's 'Death in the House of Life', A Review

Egyptian Mysteries. . .





Something is hiding beneath the sand, a darkness, a ancient hunger for revenge. Meilori is looking for an object of power that she left hidden in the sand centuries ago. 

At the beginning of the 20th century, the world is changing. 

A boy stands beside his dying father's bed, where he's been since the Texas Ranger brought him in. He trusts the lawman to tell him the truth. A bond is formed. The boy is Samuel Clemens, and the Ranger is Sam McCord. Fast-forward to Egypt, in the early 20th century, a country at a crossroads under the governance of a faux local government managed by foreign powers.

An archaeological dig is in progress in Tanis* and the city is thick with humanity when the story opens. In every scene, you feel the heat, the dry air, the crush of the crowds. A sense of danger lurks behind every pillar. Tanis is a city believed to hide unknown quantities of treasure. 

Into this den of intrigue comes a strange mix of fellows: Sam McCord, Meilori, Ada Byron, an adult Samuel Clemens, Nikolas Tesla, and Oscar Wilde. The dialogue is subtle and sometimes blatant as Wilde and Clemens banter, sizzling looks pass between McCord and Meilori, and we learn much in a brief girl-to-girl heart rending by Ada, as she explains why she clings to Sam McCord, even though he's not really to her taste. . .In the midst of the attempt to arrest McCord, a young Churchill shows the first glimmer of his strong convictions and quick mind. The British command thinks McCord and his crew may have had something to do with Wilde being free.

Much of Egypt's history is revealed throughout the story as the characters fight and sidestep danger to accomplish their mission: finding Meilori's buried House of Life. Roland has also included photos of that time in history, an excellent addition that sets the stage. I enjoyed this story so much I'd give it top rating, 5 stars. I would like to see a followup to this story. The pacing and the action were well balanced, with pauses to give us time to breathe. Recommended.


*Tanis, a city in ancient Egypt.
 
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In case you didn't see it:

Previous Interview with the main cast of characters in Death in the House of Life. DG interviews the travelers on location in the past. And tries to stay on the good side of Meilori. . . 





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Have you read Death in the House of Life? Do you like stories about Egyptian mysteries? Or do you like reading about historical events merged with fiction? Would you descend into a deep, dank tomb closed for centuries?

Please let me know in the comments that you were here. Thanks for stopping by! I'm always listening.

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To get your copy of Death in the House of Life, see Roland's blog, Writing in the Crosshairs; his books will take you on adventures you won't forget.

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21 comments:

  1. Need moments where we can stop and breathe. Roland will be happy with your review. I have it on my iPad with a couple others in front of it.

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    1. I like the mixture of history and the characters I've come to love. I hope it passes muster, anyway.

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    2. Alex, I hope when you do read that it will entertain you. Thanks for your constant friendship.

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  2. Roland has excelled at telling his stories in a way that captures your attention and imagination. I hope more people will take a chance on traveling to Egypt with Sam McCord. Great review.

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    1. I hope so, too, David . I like Roland's universe. I have my favorite characters, too, but I still say this is one of Roland's best.

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    2. David, wasn't it a great review? Like you, I hope a few will take a gamble on a trip to 1895 Egypt. Saw your post on the Captain America trailer. I want to see the movie, but it is too many months away.

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  3. Thanks, D.G. for the great review. Not too many people are interested in my novels these days.

    Thanks to the cancer surgery, this novel may well be my last one in more ways than one. I am proud of it, and for a swan song it fits in a way.

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    1. It is Sunday, and I like to leave posts up for a few days. I still have to finish Lucifer's Orphan and Her Bones are in the Badlands, and what's this about swan songs? Think Eagle, not Swan.

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    2. I feel more like a plucked eagle! But then, I am always drained and down after a grueling weekend!

      GHOST OF A CHANCE and HER BONES ARE IN THE BADLANDS are being done as audiobooks -- I want to hear how they come out! Maybe the surgery will let me. :-)

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  4. I'm reading and enjoying Roland's HER BONES ARE IN THE BADLANDS, which features McCord and Tesla on a silent film set in the American Southwest. A must for silent film buffs!

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    1. That's coming up on my list to read, Sean, and I like the premise and the location. Tesla adds a bit of the mad scientist to the story in Egypt.

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  5. Great review of an adventure I look forward to traveling with Sam. Egypt has always intrigued me, and this story really does. Thank you, DG.

    xoRobyn

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    2. You'll like it, Robyn, and a few scenes are priceless. . .it was my pleasure to review this book.

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  6. And thank you, Robyn, for being interested in this adventure! :-)

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  7. D.G.: The ghost of Mark Twain assures me he has to be in those priceless scenes. You know humble he isn't. ;-)

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    1. I forgive Twain since he wrote Tom Sawyer. One of those priceless scenes is Ada and Meilori, btw..

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  8. I love the title of this book. I've seen it around on other blogs, and it sounds really good!

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    1. It's good, Sherry, If you like history, Egyptian mysteries, and legends, you'll love it.

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  9. Roland should be happy with your excellent review, D.G. Are you going to put it up on Amazon etc too? I've started it. I love Ancient Egyptian mysteries. Am teaching Oscar Wilde at the moment, but a very different Wilde from Rolands creation...

    Thank you

    Denise

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    1. I have posted a review in Amazon. I try to do that for books I feature on my blog. I'd love to sit in on your class. . .

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