Behind the scenes of history…
Lurked desperate men with strange knowledge, doctors with dangerous cures, and scientists terrified by their own discoveries.
Join the heir to a faerie legacy and his bloody companion on a journey that ends before the very ramparts of New Orleans and in the smoke of a terrifying battle. What was the secret Winston Churchill’s valet sought to share with his employer from beyond the grave? Meet Flight Lieutenant Neville ‘Bunny’ Edwards, who in the course of the Second World War loses his humanity, but never his courage or his determination to stay in the fighting.
Illustrated by Donna Barr, http:www.stinz.com
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Dec 26, 2008
"Reserve Some Time..." ...because Rice's style draws the reader in like few other authors can. He does not so much present his plots as unveil them, with cunning use of idiom and a strikingly authentic attention to the details of both history and myth. Thoroughly English in character, "Archival" tells of three distinctly individual protagonists linked by common fates, and the evolution of British society as it slowly attempts to cope with them and others like them. At turns disturbing, comical, horrifying and thoughtful, "Archival" is difficult to put down and entirely enjoyable.
"Most enjoyable!" Do you enjoy meticulously researched military history, authentic period language, and suspense? How about folk mythology? Rob Rice seemlessly weaves these seemingly disparate elements into a tapestry so carefully constructed that even the most cynical reader will be tempted to suspend disbelief. In vignettes ranging from the war of 1812, to the post-WWI interbellum, to the early years of WWII aerial combat, the author spins three galloping good yarns (pun intended) that reflect an amazing grasp of real-world military operations, equipment, customs and bureaucratic intrigue. He starts with complex, believable characters, vividly portrayed, realistic combat action, and incorporates a generous helping of scrying lenses, weather manipulation, and assorted folk goblins. The result is a delightful read that is even better the second time.
"Rob Rice - A great read for historical or fantasy fiction fans" Archival: Most Secret is a collection of historic war stories the like of which you have never seen before. The settings are familiar, even many of the characters are famous persons from our past. However, in Rob Rice's world, there is one major difference - the addition of magic and transformation. For in the war stories presented in Archival:Most Secret, soldiers encounter spells and curses that are far more dangerous than mere bullets. Do not mistake these for simple fairy tails for adults - Rice weaves a complex tapestry of intrigue, unique character, and historical detail that can draw in the most skeptical reader. This collection traces the fate of three different soldiers who find that war is quite literally a beastly business. Each is told with careful thought to period language, historical fact, and logic. The players are real people, with faults and quirks that bring them alive in the mind's eye. He... More > also manages to bring the locale alive, with detailed descriptions and atmosphere. If you enjoy historical novels, or any kind of realiztic fantasy, you'll love Archival: Most Secret.< Less
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