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The Fox [Kindle Edition]

Arlene Radasky
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Fox

In THE FOX, a historical novel, Jahna and Lovern's clan lay in the Roman's path of destruction. The death of their people is a certainty, unless a bargain is made with the Gods, even if it means a human sacrifice.

Will the trade the Druid Lovern and his visionary wife, Jahna make with the Gods, save their family? Will there be future generations to sing the songs of their dead?


Two centuries later, Aine MacRae is on their trail. She's a struggling archaeologist, on the verge of uncovering the village were Jahna and Lovern lived. She's found the farm where her site is located is for sale! But for a ghostly, visit greed almost triumphs leaving the truth and ancient stories buried forever. Read The Fox and discover if Jahna and Lovern's bloodline continues and if Aine wins her independence, finds answers to haunting questions and allows a lost love to be rekindled.

Visit Arlene Radasky's website, www.radasky.com, to learn more about THE FOX.

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About the Author

A scholar of ancient history, Arlene Radasky is fortunate to have walked upon each of the seven continents on the earth. For the past two decades she has worked with a number of nonprofit organizations including the American Red Cross and Hospice of Santa Barbara. She currently lives in California and is a proud mother and grandmother. This is her first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 640 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439211752
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kinetic Publishing (January 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KPM2N4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,082,542 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Past and present, interwoven like a fine plaid. August 9, 2009
Format:Paperback
The Fox is a tale that tells two apparently very different stories that, by the end of the book, come together to show how communities and families are still affected by love, loss and hope in the same way, hundreds of years apart. The character of Jahna has a feisty spirit common with many modern heroines, but works within the bounds of the ancient society portrayed here to make her believable and likeable. Her 21st Century counterpart, Aine, is a more fragile character whose passion for archaeology gradually builds her self-esteem and we see her blossom as she learns lessons from her own life as well as those of the people whose artefacts she digs up.

The shared waking-dreams of these two characters creates an unusual bond between the two time periods that works well within the ancient Druidic lore explored here, bringing in elements of fantasy that are unobtrusive and appropriate. Echoes in the lives of both women reinforce the link; colours, smells and views all overlapping millennia apart.

Despite a tragic end to one part of the story, I finished the book feeling uplifted and positive. The second half of the book really races along once the scenes have been set and I couldn't set it down once I was into the last five chapters. I have come away with a desire to find out more about this period in history, feeling I have already learnt much from the story which has clearly been well-researched. A very enjoyable read all round.
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82 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Without a doubt, this one is a future classic February 25, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just finished reading The Fox and I have to say...it was truly great. I bought The Fox for my wife as a Christmas present even though this is not the genre she usually reads. She usually prefers more current/real-life type stories. I also don't normally lean toward the historical romance tilt either, but after reading the glowing reviews and listening to the overwhelmingly positive comments from others that had read the novel, I decided to take a leap of faith. Now we are book readers in our house, I'm talking small library here, so if a work is good it will be read, but it was still a chance on my part.

I wrapped the book up and placed it beneath the tree. When she opened it, she said that she liked it, but I could see from her expression that the jury was still out. I wanted to read the book, but since it was her present, I decided to wait until she read it first. On a trip out of town, I was scouring the house for something to read while away and she offered up The Fox. I snagged the book and hit the road. I was not able to finish reading the novel until I returned several days later. I can now say that the jury is most definitely in and they have found Arlene Radasky guilty in the first degree of writing an absolutely fabulous novel.

I dare anyone to read this novel and not cry by the time you've reached the end, I'm not talking sniffles here but a straight out boo-hoo. The story pulls the reader into the novel's world from the beginning, almost without the reader's knowledge.

The book was really great. I never cry when reading a book,never. But this one got me.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kathleen A. Barry, Ph.D., MFT May 3, 2010
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
I found Arlene Radasky's The Fox to be a compelling novel ... the characters were very realistic. The author did a fantastic job of going between historic periods in time ... I felt I was right there with many of the characters. I stayed up until 3AM to finish the book ... and was sad when I had to say goodbye to the story.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Historical Romance April 2, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Fox by Arlene Radasky is a captivating, fascinating historical romance, a story of ancient people, there traditions, beliefs, customs, and culture. The author paints a word picture rich in breath-taking scenery and unique characters It's a powerful love story full of passion, courage, and tragedy.

The Fox is a tale not unlike Jean Auel's "The Clan of The Cave Bear." Jahna, the heroin of this epic story, like Ayla, the heroin from the Cave Bear series, is a strong, courageous and passionate young woman. This book will stir your emotions.

Aine MacRae is a modern day archeologists working a site in the Highland of Scotland and about to discover the ruins of Jahna's ancient clan site, with help from Johna, herself. But she must find an ancient relic worth stopping the finalization of the sale of the excavation site. She also wants to pick up the shattered pieces of a renewed friendship with an ex-lover.

If you loved the Cave Bear series, you'll love, "The Fox."

The Clan of the Cave BearThe Valley of HorsesThe Shelters of Stone (Earth's Children, Book 5)The Mark of a Druid
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Past, present and future February 1, 2009
Format:Paperback
The Fox is a wonderful and heart-rending look into the life of Aine MacRae. Definitely bring the tissues, but also be prepared to be riveted by skillful tale-weaving which integrates romance, female empowerment, Druidism, past lives, archaeology and human relation all in one little book.

You'll find yourself drawn into both worlds, aching and loving and living with the main character, learning and coming to understand more than you ever thought to know about Celtic history, archaeology (both the good and the bad!), and the struggle and strength of a woman with a painful past.

I absolutely recommend this book to anyone with any interest in Celtic culture and historic Druidism -- this is a well-researched and well-written survey of both with a helpful balance of all the elements that make for a great story.

The somewhat slow start is an artifact of the process: it's a complicated world that needs to be introduced, and it does take a little while to build it all together. It's definitely worth the momentary confusion, and you'll forget all about it once you get into it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I enjoyed this book. I am having a hard time thinking of how to express why without giving away anything! What's really Nice about this book is you Feel good reading it. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Cynthia Fischer
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I finally read this book
My Aunt recommended this wonderful read to me a year ago, but I just aquired it. Just beautiful! So touching and heartfelt, I actually sobbed at a crucial point (or two ) in the... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Paulette McRose
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating
Enjoyed how the story unfolded and how the links were revealed. The use of the foxes and ravens were moving. Learned much about the cultures.
Published 15 days ago by Jennifer McSorley
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I have a long love of all things celt and highlands. So I will say for the MOST part I enjoyed reading this book. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Melody Hewson
2.0 out of 5 stars Promising, but failed to grab hold of me.
Too long in parts. I wanted to quit reading several times. This could have been a great story but just didn't hold my attention. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jotaluke
5.0 out of 5 stars Celtic history
Wonderful story. Wonderful history. Wonderful science. Brings archeology to life. I want to know more about this family and time.
Published 1 month ago by Wendy Hahn
5.0 out of 5 stars I really loved this book
I really loved this book. I was well written and the characters were well rounded. The author really made me care about all of them. I couldn't put it down.
Published 1 month ago by DannaJF
5.0 out of 5 stars Archaeology Brought to Life...
Within the pages of this book lives from centuries passed become so vivid we smell, fear, and anticipate as if weather were living in their time, in their bodies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marcia E. Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book! I love books that deal with archeology ...
Good book! I love books that deal with archeology and this one was a totally different angle. I highly recommend it.
Published 2 months ago by bettylorraine
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
not really memorable
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