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Top Customer Reviews
The inability to edit your own writing is not unusual, that is why publishing houses hire editors. But the one assigned to Mr. Novo by Coffee Town Press needs to find a different career. He is certainly not helping Mr. Novo's career.
Given that, I was rather pleasantly surprised at how the author was able to breathe life into the story of the 1453 siege of Constantinople. This was one of those books that I simply could not put down, reading it into the early morning hours while I should have been sleeping. It was gripping, mesmerizing, and fascinating. As I read, I was continually stopping to contemplate the action being described, wondering what I would have done had I been there. As a retired Marine who is fairly familiar with the city of Istanbul, I kept thinking and re-thinking steps I might have taken had I been either defending the city or been on the besieging side.
The main events and people were a very accurate recital of the siege given what we know from history. But to bring the story to life, the author had to invent thoughts, dialogue, and other factors which would explain the motivations and actions taken by the various individuals. This is why the book is historical fiction rather than history. But the author did a masterful job of creating these additions. They lent weight to the true story without detracting from the facts as we know them. I realize that this is not a traditional history book, but I think the presentation is such that more people would be willing to read it, and the more people understand the events of our past, the better we can cope with our future.Read more ›
The reader comes away with a sense of the geography and grand scale of this siege on land and sea, a battle between continents. Finally, it is a worthwhile read for its relevance to today's world with Greece seemingly weakening into oblivion and Turkey rising to regional prominence. I found Queen of Cities highly enjoyable and hope that Novo writes another historical novel centered on the ancient Mediterranean world that he evokes so well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We were traveling to Turkey, so I thought this book would be interesting. It was, but kind of dragged on a bit too much. I couldn't finish it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Monica
This ebook is a history of Constantinople one time capital of the Roman Empire. This book should be in the library of anyone who pretends to know the history of Turkey and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by BAARDA
Just came back from Istanbul and there was just about enough historical truth in the book to make it very interesting when visiting the Palace and grounds of the walled city.Published 15 months ago by TImmyv
A good historical book. I enjoyed very much, but somehow it didn't give me the feeling of the historical period as I expected. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had never studied nor read of the fall of Constantinople. It has been forever since I have read any historical literature. I loved it.Published on May 22, 2013 by Debra harris
This volume is historically accurate and tells the story of two remarkable empires and their remarkable clash. Read morePublished on May 8, 2013 by A.H. Derman
This book is great history and is excellently written. The descriptions of scenery, battles, armor, ships, and characters create vivid pictures in one's mind. Highly recommended.Published on April 28, 2013 by Robyn L Bugbee
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