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Loyalty Binds Me (Richard III in the 21st-century) [Kindle Edition]

Joan Szechtman
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The second book about Richard III in the 21st-century, Loyalty Binds Me continues Richard III's story. Richard has married a divorcee, adopted her two daughters, and with the help of his new wife, has been able to rescue his son Edward, who had predeceased him in the 15th-century. Richard has lived in the twenty-first century for two years, and his son has been with him for the past year. At the start of the novel, they have just arrived in London, when Richard is brought in by the Metropolitan Police for questioning about the alleged murder of Richard III's nephews in 1483. Richard must now find a way to clear his name and protect his family while concealing his true identity.

Editorial Reviews


2011 ForeWord Book of the Year Historical Fiction Finalist

"Immortality plays into our hands strangely. 'Loyalty Binds Me' is a unique novel that spins into a Richard the III alive in the twenty-first century. Wrapped into a centuries old problem and facing what he's been running from for centuries. With a five hundred year old murder mystery turning hot again, 'Loyalty Binds Me' is a highly unique twist on historical fiction and mystery, recommended."--Midwest Book Review

"A suspenseful, interesting look at what could be if only time travel were possible." RT Book Reviews

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"Szechtman's solid historical research and skillful writing make Loyalty Binds Me a welcome addition to novels about the endlessly engrossing Wars of the Roses."--Arlene Okerlund, author of the historical biographies Elizabeth: England's Slandered Queen and Elizabeth of York.

"Following on seamlessly from This Time, Loyalty Binds Me shows Richard III in a fresh, unexpected and very human light. A must read...."--Brian Wainwright, author of Within the Fetterlock and The Adventures of Alianore Audley.

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  • Language: English
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Day Trials of the Last Plantagenet King January 30, 2012
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_Loyalty Binds Me_, second in a projected trilogy concerning Richard III, the medieval monarch of the "Princes in the Tower" tradition, takes on a huge task. Many readers will be familiar with the last Plantagenet king's travel to present-day in the first installment, _This Time_, and speculative fiction fans (and others) will revel in such a journey. However, when Richard finds himself now under arrest for the murders of his nephews--which, mind you, happened some 500 years ago, and there exist contradictions to this charge--he experiences firsthand effects of the success the Tudors, Shakespeare and others have had in blackening his reputation. But how, readers may ask, does the author manage to overcome the label of absurdity; will enough modern lawmen actually believe this is Richard III come to this era, and are willing to risk their careers on such a prosecution? How can this be portrayed?

Worry not, readers, for Joan Szechtman not only manages all this heavy lifting, but also does it with the mark of a brilliant writer: by making it look easy. The flow of the book is so smooth, that when I read certain parts I actually gasped at the ups and downs Szechtman took me through with Richard. So thrilling are those danger moments, I found myself mentally shaking my fist at the need to sleep; I simply had to keep reading and find out what happens next.

One of the ways I can think of that helps the author achieve this is her understanding of today's society. Unlike most people in Richard's time, our society has been through so much with technology that even those who scoff at the idea of time travel still often contemplate it with a fair degree of seriousness.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A History Lesson With a Bang! June 18, 2012
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Having read "This Time," the first book in the series, I felt compelled to discover what happened in the sequel. The author did not disappoint me. When Richard and his new family make a pilgrimage to England, they're propelled into a political chess game between "friendly" world powers. Governments are anxious to secure the "time travel" device invented by Sarah, Richard's new wife, but they also want proof that it works. Arrested for a crime that might have occurred 500 years ago, Richard is faced with a "no win" situation, lie or remain silent and get locked up for years as a "terrorist threat." He might protect himself but what will happen to his family in the meantime?

Richard understood politics in ancient England, but a battle of wills involving the FBI and MI5 might be beyond his abilities. Luckily "Dickon" finds champions for his cause, a Ricardian solicitor and a feisty woman reporter. How can he "prove" he didn't murder his nephews in 1483 when the authorities are determined to compare his DNA to bones found at the Tower of London?

I absorbed more English history in these novels than I ever learned in high school. That's probably due to Joan's superb skill as a writer. She brings the fascinating mystery and intrigue during the 15th century to life in a character who remembers the events. But why should anyone in modern times care enough about Richard III to form a society and hold "mock" trials about his guilt or innocence? Historians should follow Joan Szechtman's example and "transport" their favorite characters from history into an interesting novel. We might all learn more than we ever thought possible. She weaves enough information from the first book into the sequel to make it a stand-alone novel. I received a free copy of this book from the author, but I believe it's worth the price. Buy this book today and get a "history lesson with a bang."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finish the Quest for Honor! June 5, 2011
In the novel, This Time by Joan Szechtman, Richard III and his son, Edward, were brought into the 21st Century by scientists who invented a time machine financed by a wealthy businessman who yearns to be accepted as a Ricardian scholar. Richard marries the scientist who originally created the undeveloped time machine and her daughters come to cherish Richard as the solid, caring father they never had.

As this new story begins, the family has traveled to England to pay their respects as a family to Richard's first wife and Edward's mother, Anne, at Westminster Abbey. It's a journey complicated by the fact that Edward is trying to cope with a new family and living in a totally different world, and Sarah and the girls are still moving through their own family adjustments. These insecurities lurking below the surface are about to be stretched to the limit!

On their arrival in London, Richard is accosted by British authorities who tell him he is about to be charged with the murder of Edward IV's "missing Princes," as they have come to be called throughout history. The accusation initially strikes the reader as ludicrous, until British and American agents, a dynamic British journalist, a Ricardian lawyer, and other characters become intimately connected with this family who just want to be left alone to grow as the loving family they are becoming.

When the allegations change to something even more drastic, the unfolding scenario becomes intricately complex because of the mixed motives emerging that tell a totally different story, one packed with suspense, intrigue, and even violence.

Loyalty Binds Me is a credible, finely plotted historical mystery that encompasses all possible theories about Richard III's motives and acts in the 15th Century.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting find
I read both of these books about Richard III in the 21st century because the premise was very interesting. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept but fell flat
This novel, the sequel to 'This Time' in which Richard III is saved from Bosworth Field and brought to 2004, continues the story of Richard Gloucestre and his wife Sarah. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Carpe Librum
5.0 out of 5 stars Loyalty Gets Richard into a Real Bind!
What's a 550 year old monarch to do when arrested for murders that he didn't commit? And treason against a king who wasn't a true king? Read more
Published 24 months ago by Andra Gannols
5.0 out of 5 stars Loyalty Binds Me
This was delightful! I have both this book and "This Time" and really enjoyed them. The author has a really different plotline and I love fiction dealing with Richard III. Read more
Published on October 2, 2012 by Hedgiemom
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Put Down
Reading this novel was like being on a roller coaster. I willingly suspended my disbelief and enjoyed the ride. I'm afraid to write much more or risk spoilers. Read more
Published on August 15, 2012 by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic sequel to "This Time"
This book is a fantastic sequel to "This Time" where Richard III has been displaced into the 21st Century, and has been reunited with his son Edward, who was similarly displaced... Read more
Published on June 24, 2012 by SBlass
4.0 out of 5 stars Loyalty Binds Me - now to get to England
Having an interest in Richard III and having enjoyed the previous book in the proposed trilogy I bought this book with great anticipation. Read more
Published on March 10, 2012 by Jel Cel
4.0 out of 5 stars Loyalty Binds Me
The first book of this series was mostly about Richard III adapting to life in this century. While the action took place in contemporary times, it integrated historical facts and,... Read more
Published on March 4, 2012 by BigAl
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Blend of History and Fiction!
I've been in love with history since forever! My mother loved history, and introduced me to it through historical novels (which, if done right, are a great way to introduce a teen... Read more
Published on February 29, 2012 by Marie Hibbard
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard III living in 21st Century
This is the second book by Joan Szechtman on Richard III in our time. It is as good as book one. Can be read stand alone or as a sequal. Read more
Published on February 8, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

I call myself an accidental author because I never expected to be one. But thanks to serendipity and the "Sunne in Splendour" by Sharon Kay Penman, my life took a right turn--I became a Ricardian and an author.

It seems I was born with engineering in my DNA, since, as my parents told me, I was fixing things around the home from when I was a toddler. I did get an engineering degree and spent most of my technical life working in the computer sciences.

I can't believe how lucky I am to have two careers that I absolutely love. Writing is my new life and there are two books in various stages sitting on my computer in addition to the two currently published.

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