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The Ghosts of the Past is the epic middle chapter of the Anlei's Legacy Trilogy.  It was also the quickest to write, taking just 40 weeks.
This is the dark middle chapter, the trilogy's "Empire Strikes Back" where I found myself tapping into my darkest memories from a violent childhood.
But it is more than just an expression of long repressed memories of evil, vengeance, and pain.  This story, while dark, is fundamentally hopeful and filled with music. Six songs appear in this epic, two of them with their music retained, recorded as the soundtrack to the book's trailers.  Here, more than any other story written so far, you hear echoes of "The Lord of the Rings" singing in harmony with "Pride and Prejudice." 
This is a story of love, loss, hope, and sacrifice.  Prepared to be inspired.

About the Author

Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA, author-historian Laurel A. Rockefeller educates while she entertains, encouraging readers to think about current events and history in a completely new way. Using exhaustive and comprehensive research across dozens of academic disciplines, Laurel's stories come alive so vividly it is easy to forget you are learning something new. Can it be any wonder that secondary school teacher Lorraine Carey calls Laurel's "Legendary Women of World History Series, "...a gold mine for educators that want an all inclusive history unit?" Debb LaVoie agrees, "Laurel A. Rockefeller weaves a wonderful story." Rabid Reader Reviews adds, "I really enjoy Laurel Rockefeller's work and believe that she'll be responsible for introducing many young women to historical figures they will admire." As a low vision author who lost most of her sight to a traumatic brain injury while in secondary school, Laurel is passionate about high quality audio books. London-born British actor and voice actor Richard Mann narrates Laurel's audio book editions with superb performances complimentary to and enhancing Laurel's powerful and vibrant creative non-fiction storytelling. Hear Mr. Mann in action on Audible at http://tinyurl.com/AudibleBoudicca-USA. Talk to Laurel and join the conversation on twitter at https://twitter.com/laurelworlds, follow Laurel on pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/peersofbeinan, then check out Laurel's blog at http://peersofbeinan.wordpress.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Peers of Beinan
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482797372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482797374
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA, author-historian Laurel A. Rockefeller educates while she entertains, encouraging readers to think about current events and history in a completely new way. Using exhaustive and comprehensive research across dozens of academic disciplines, Laurel's stories come alive so vividly it is easy to forget you are learning something new.

Enjoy Ms. Rockefeller's books in English and Chinese in your choice of digital, paperback, and audio editions.

Talk to Laurel and join the conversation on twitter at https://twitter.com/laurelworlds, follow Laurel on pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/peersofbeinan, then check out Laurel's blog at http://peersofbeinan.wordpress.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PArailfan on June 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Ghosts of the Past is the second book in Laurel A. Rockefeller's epic Peers of Beinan series book. It's a very different book from its prequel with much more sex and violence than you find in "The Great Succession Crisis" which I found a bit surprising after reading Great Succession Crisis. Spanning four generations, it focuses less on the royal family from house Gurun and much more on the lives of ordinary, non-royal Beinarians which I really enjoyed exploring.

As a bigger book and with a more epic story, Ghosts is able to explore the intricacies of the argene industry, with all of its benefits and environmental consequences, which I think are very well presented. There's also a large cast of characters that I think keeps the political aspects of the story interesting without being overwhelming.

Another facet to Ghosts of the Past is the variety of the different locations throughout the story presented with just the right amount of detail. There's also two mysterious characters near the end of the book that leave me wanting to know more about them and looking forward to learning about them in the next book.

Last, the book ends with mysteries unsolved, making me eager to read book three.

Overall, I really liked this book and definitely recommend it to anyone wanting a great mystery-adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cyril Patrick Feerick on October 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Set after the "Great Succession Crisis" (book 1) author Laurel A. Rockefeller takes us back to Beinan as healing centres across the planet are targeted by unknown assailants. After Lord Elendir loses both his healer parents to two separate bombings, the haunted knight begs Crown Prince Kendric for permission to investigate so can he find peace at last. The wonderful world of Beinan is very unique - a colorful blend of cultures in a medieval-future society. An in depth world with characters that are realistic and easy to identify with. It has both intrigue and drama. And while we are introduced to a world so totally different from our own, we feel the parallels and lessons offered by the author acutely. Very well written - If you like medieval fiction/science fantasy/political, then this story should be right up your alley. It certainly was mine. Highly recommended. Please note this one contains more violence and sex than book one. I'm looking forward to reading book 3 !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ginger Turner on May 24, 2014
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If you like a good murder-mystery book, you will LOVE this one! You definitely won't want to put this book down until you're finished with it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on July 14, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Ghosts was a thrilling read. I hadn't read book one, but now I definitely will! Can't wait for book 3!
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It was a good read, but to slow and soft for me. Now if your new to paranormal its a great book to start!
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