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Dominion: Dawn of the Mongol Empire (Heaven's Favorite Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Tom Shanley
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Over the past eight hundred years, our collective memory of Genghis (Chinggis) Khan has been reduced to a grotesque caricature of an archetypical despot. Like his contemporaries in those harsh times, he proved himself capable of great cruelty. Unlike many, however, he was also capable of extraordinary good, outlawing the kidnapping of women, declaring all children legitimate, mandating freedom of religion, and ultimately coming to believe that free trade was the key to peace. In this, the sequel to Ascent: The Rise of Chinggis Khan and the conclusion of Heaven’s Favorite, his story continues.
Balance. Balance was good and the Jurchen who ruled northern China did their part to maintain the status quo. Whenever it appeared that the steppe barbarians might reach accord with each other, or if one appeared poised to dominate the others, the Jurchen would step in. Wielding the promise of great wealth on the one hand and the threat represented by the might of their armies on the other, they would use their influence to ensure that the barbarian tribes remained at each other’s throats.
But now, with Temujin’s consolidation of power on the steppe, everything had changed. The status quo, the balance, had been replaced by a new reality, one that was problematic not only for the powerful Jurchen who ruled northern China, but for Temujin, as well. Without an outside enemy at whom he could direct the energies of his young men, his emerging empire would self-destruct. He knew this was so, and if they had not realized it already, so would the Jurchen before too long.
Our story resumes in 1206 A.D. with Temujin’s fledgling empire surrounded by potential enemies any of which is powerful enough to wipe him out.
The product of three years of exhaustive research, Heaven’s Favorite paints a vivid portrait of the Asia of eight hundred years ago upon which Temujin’s story unfolds. In pursuit of the true story behind this saga, Shanley traveled over forty-five hundred kilometers throughout Mongolia in the company of Mongol scholars from Chinggis Khan University and visited China a number of times.

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About the Author

This book is the product of three years of exhaustive research. In pursuit of the true story behind this saga, Tom Shanely traveled over forty-five hundred kilometers throughout Mongolia in the company of Mongol scholars from Chinggis Khan University and visited China a number of times.

Product Details

  • File Size: 802 KB
  • Print Length: 399 pages
  • Publisher: MindShare Press; 1 edition (October 30, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001JQLI3M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,248 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven' Favorite February 6, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
Historical fiction is a genre that I have enjoyed for many years, but I like those books that are heavier in the historical and lighter in the fiction. Mr. Shanley's "Heaven's Favorite" is just such a book. While he adds enough fictional wordplay between the characters to flesh out the story and keep it moving he also sticks to the facts of the life of Chinggis Khan and brings this life to the reader in a cogent and lively form. As this story unfolds, from Temujin's start as an outcast and slave to his eventual leadership of the Mongol Empire, it describes his humanity, intelligence and ruthlessness and how these traits won him an empire. A must read for those of us who enjoy the panoply of history put into a readable format.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The historical side of fiction August 20, 2009
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The author uses well researched historical facts to write this novel. The fiction is used to flesh out and move the story forward. His excellent writing allows the reader to see the Mongol world that Chingis Kahn lived in and rose to power by his warring to fulfill heaven's mandate which his family truly believed was given to him. He also believed it too and developed one of the best trained armies to fulfill this mission.

Be sure to read this book if you want to take a peek at Mongolian history that is often forgotten. The age of Chingis (Ghengis) Kahn was a magnificent one, albeit a bloody one at times, but something that should be studied.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heaven's Favorite-Dawn of the Mongol review January 24, 2009
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I must admit I hesitated picking up a work of historical fiction (not my usual fare) but I was well rewarded. This novel was so beautifully written that even the daunting names of the characters and locations were easily absorbed by the reader. Heaven's Favorite was both stimulating and informative, leaving the reader thirsting for more. It is the story of Chinggis Khan, an Asian leader of mythic proportions. This infamous warrior is presented as a man of deep humility and loyalty when dealing with his loyal followers, but also as one of the most ruthless leaders of all time. The brilliance of his strategies and his intelligence as a ruler are truly astounding, and the geographic descriptions so fine-tuned that you could easily imagine the terrain and locations that were conquered. My hat is off to Mr. Shanley for creating a must read; one that had my attention throughout.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You CAN be awed and repulsed at the same time February 22, 2012
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Absolutely amazing. I cannot think of any conqueror who compares to this unstoppable man. Traveling one thousand miles on a small horse in 1.5 weeks was nothing! The futuristic vision, religious tolerance, brutality , honor and love contained in this legendary icon cannot be summarized. It must be absorbed , and this is the book to do it. Recommended to all readers of historical fiction and those who realize the realities of history are more exciting than fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true story of a feared and fearsome conquest. June 26, 2013
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Tom Shanley, has written this great saga about the rise and conquests of Genghis Khan. a person in history every bit as cruel and fearsome as Hitler, Stalin or Napoleon. A man who as barely a boy when he assumed the title of Khan, firstly united a nomadic people and then set about the same expansion within one lifetime as the Roman Empire was able to produce in nearly a thousand years. All of this is very graphically offered to the reader, leaving nothing out about his loyalty to family and allies ad absolute cruelty to any person or country that dared to oppose him. Mixed with this a love story to his wife and mother which can move the reader to tears. The historical progression, description of Mongol Homeland and the territories he crossed is surprisingly accurate.
Anyone that loves a historical epoch will want to read this and the next book in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, recount of history February 22, 2013
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Good book highly enjoyable , more than happy to read more of this series, I have enjoyed the use of history and fact fiction to illustrate the characters
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! February 2, 2009
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Once I started reading, it was hard to stop. This follows "Ascent, The Rise of Chinggis Khan, capturing the conquests of Khan through China, the Middle East and Asia. A great book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Story, Rich in History May 4, 2009
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In my youth, when I first learned of the exploits of "Genghis" Kahn, the character, land and time were so distant that the Mongols seemed to me to be more myth than fact. I had no particular interest in learning more, yet when I became aware of this 2-book novel, I thought I owed it to myself to revisit the subject.

I was pleasantly surprised to find myself engrossed in this story Shanley has woven. With the knowledge that the author had exhaustively researched the Mongols, the era, the culture and terrain, and most importantly, "Chinggis" the man, the story became fascinating. As a reader you will come to reconcile the humanity of an individual who could readily put to death those who did not accept what he was certain to be his divine duty yet treat the lowliest of servants with great respect. Whether you are a student of history or just want to spend a weekend immersed in a good tale, I think you'll enjoy Heaven's Favorite.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Iron Will
Greatest rags to riches story in human history from slave and outcast to largest land kingdom in the world !
Published 17 days ago by Harpreet Grewal
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read all the way
Very factual, didn't embellish as much as some have,but overall an easy book to read. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this time and area
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Donald Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars great historically based novel
This novel will appeal to people interested in the life of Genghis Khan. I liked it and can recommend it. The story keep me interested and at times I could not put it down.
Published 8 months ago by Paul Rodwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't mess with Khan
Enjoyed reading this story and was amazed how it was put into words. Plus the sale price was very attractive.
Published 9 months ago by dutch
5.0 out of 5 stars Gengis Khan ... what a guy
Adventure, excitement, intrigue, betrayal, revenge, money, power, a story about a time and place I always wanted to know more about ... loved it !!!
Published 12 months ago by edhcpa
5.0 out of 5 stars Temujin rides again
I found this fictional history of the rise and rise of Genghis Khan absolutely gripping, even though I know that he had to be weaving invented material into real history. Read more
Published 19 months ago by DKS
5.0 out of 5 stars good series
Okay, no spoiler here. Do you want your moneys worth for a good well written story?
Do you like serial books? Do you like historical fiction?
then buy this.
Published 22 months ago by happy
4.0 out of 5 stars Well researched history
Genghis (Chinggis) comes across as a fascinating character in this well researched and essentially sympathetic historical 'fiction'. Read more
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