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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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  • File Size: 595 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publication Date: July 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DMDU0W
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lisl Zlitni on January 30, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
_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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Viviane Crystal VINE VOICE on June 5, 2011
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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 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BigAl on March 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
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, in the case of much of what Shakespeare has many believing, corrected historical fiction.

In "Loyalty Binds Me," the subtle historical teaching is still taking place, but the plot is closer to a thriller than the science fiction mixed with history tutorial the first time out. The characters had me emotionally invested even more than I might have been, because they were old friends from reading "This Time." That helped draw me into the thriller portion of the plot. Szechtman does an excellent job of integrating the historical with the contemporary, including some strange twists, with Richard III's arrest for lawbreaking alleged to have happened five hundred years previously. I liked the story, the "big picture," of "Loyalty Binds Me," but what I liked even more is in the details.

As I'm reading a book for review I'll highlight errors of the kind that should have been caught during the copyediting and proofing process. I'll also highlight and make notes about things that jump out at me as especially good or bad. When I reviewed my notes from "Loyalty Binds Me" I had exactly one "typo" type error I'd caught, a "you" that I thought should have been a "your." The rest of the notes were about something Szechtman got right that very few Indie authors seem to pull off. That is getting the language right when there is a mix of characters who would speak different flavors of English. The best example is comparing Sarah (Richard III's wife) who is American and says, "she probably would be in the hospital there" while an English character asks, "do you know why she's in hospital.
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