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  • File Size: 1461 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press (June 30, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 30, 2014
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LFW9UF8
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Bannister draws you right into the age and scene and keeps you there. And, quite possibly, one may learn something of interest. I find myself going to google (keeper of all knowledge and non-knowledge) quite a bit as I read this series.

A Fragile Peace is the fifth of this series. This series is based upon the real historical, and until recently forgotten, “Emperor Caesar Marcus Aurelius Mausaeus Carausius, Dutiful, Fortunate, the Unconquered,” also known historically as Arth, the Bear, and Caros. The real Carausius did not have the opportunity to enjoy life as long as depicted in this series into the 4th c (died around 293 BC), but such is quite fine when very well written as is this historical fiction.

As I’ve noted previously, this series is not a love story, nor is it romantic. The author depicts reality. No music plays in the background. Bannister has done epic historical research into the age as it relates to Roman military and all relating to Britannia of the age of this very real Arthur.

The main emphasis is upon action and considerations, both strategic and tactical, as must burden the mind of an Emperor (as he indeed was the 1st Emperor of Britain) who is faced with both external threats of invasions as well as serious domestic tribal uprisings.

In the case of this book Arthur is also faced with the terrible and historical plague which wiped out much of his forces as well as the population.

There are very personal tragedies as well as some detailed, well described combat scenes. One can even learn the construction of a light chariot. You never know ...

This 5th book has a bit more subtle humor within once and awhile - not a lot mind you. Just a smidgeon.
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I stumbled across these books about the legendary Arthur after Googling “British knights and legends” some time ago. (Like most Americans with European roots, I’ve thought often – and, after a couple of cold ales, fantasized! – about being a warrior back when horses, swords and “might is right” were the order of the day. Not to mention the added attraction of damsels in distress.)

Paul Bannister’s fourth novel in the series, “The King’s Cavalry,” had just been published and I devoured it, as I did his three earlier ones.

I’m delighted to say “A Fragile Peace” stacks up right alongside its predecessors. And I’ll go along with the earlier reviewer that there’s a great movie here just waiting to be made. Teach Vin Diesel to speak English, instead of whatever it is he mumbles, and he’d make an awesome Scots renegade in a kilt!
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Just one request ... a loan of Mr. Bannister's time machine! The man evokes a long-gone and bloody era as if he visited just last week - and took notes. After too long a wait, we're back in familiar and finely scripted territory. The details are exquisite and the action furious - the one-on-one battle with Boartooth will have you wincing. Arthur's sidekicks are back and as interesting as always - Grabelius, warrior-bishop Candless, Scandinavian sea raider Iacco Grimr et al ... the usual suspects. Memo to Hollywood: Would someone PLEASE option this series for a movie? And ask Ed Harris if he can do a kingly, Brit accent. Grabelius - Jason Statham; Candless - Arnold Schwarzennegger; Grimr - Viggo Mortensen. Just sayin ...
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This is the fifth novel in the sequence, but the first I have read. It stands up well on its own, although I shall be looking for the others. The story of Arthur trying to hold his kingdom together is cleverly told both in the first person from Arthur's viewpoint, and in the third from the viewpoint of Merlin and others. It is very readable and enjoyable throughout and leaves one wanting more. Thoroughly recommended.
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The blood and thunder that is the hallmark of Mr Bannister's "Lord of the Narrow Sea" trilogy is still there by the bucket load, but the most impressive thing about "A Fragile Peace" is the level of detail it contains. As befits a journalist of his standing, Bannister has obviously spent a considerable amount of time on his research and it pays dividends in spades, successfully recreating what life must have been like in Ancient Britain. Highly recommended.
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Paul Bannister's main theses, that one Carausius is the source of the legends of King Arthur, is dubious to me. He lived too early in history for that to be at all likely, in my (possibly ill-informed) opinion. But that small quibble aside, this is a worthwhile historical novel. I did not care too much for the gritty, dark penumbra of the book. Given that these were hard times, with much violence and other horrors, a bit of lightness at times would not have been amiss. The characters are certainly fleshed out. No cardboard cut-outs here! Bannister has obviously done his homework, and he has the knack of bringing the past alive.
The other problem I had was in caring what happened to the main characters. Most seemed to be unworthy of the reader's support. I simply could not find myself "rooting" for them. Somehow I like a book where I can identify with the main character and want him to succeed. This book, not so much.
Still, I enjoyed the read for the doors it opened to another era, very different from our own, and yet, maybe, not so different. For those that like historical novels, this one is definitely worth the time.
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