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Product Details

  • Paperback: 644 pages
  • Publisher: Rose International Publishing House, Inc.; 4th edition (April 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930574320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930574328
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,311,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Horseman was written by a passionate writer who is not only the product of the Old and the New World, but who also convincingly represents a harmonious intercultural fusion of the Occident and the Orient due to her personal biography. Kristina O'Donnelly's literary palette is extremely rich and universal, and draws on first-hand experiences, combined with in-depth historical research in order to write this fascinating fictional and multi-cultural epic. It is a relevant book to read in our contemporary time plagued by unwanted polarizations in both East and West. --Rahal X. - author of KHALIL & MAJNUN, A Memoir - Mahmutlar, Southern Turkey. 2008

… a gem among the myriad of pebbles, THE HORSEMAN is as literate as it is engrossing!.. --Dr. Martin Abend, New York, NY, USA

Dr. M. Ilmiye Cig, Sumerologist, Istanbul, Turkey ... fascinating! A cosmic tale of love, sin, and redemption with a variety of information about customs, archaeology, history and philosophy! --On record . 2003

From the Publisher

Kristina O'Donnelly's writings are astounding in their depth and diversity. THE HORSEMAN won the grand prize for JADA Press' Romance Novel of the Year Award, in 2004. Kristina is a firm believer in the can do, will do, spirit, and that one should never give up the good fight as every person's effort, counts.
Looking into O'Donnelly's background, it becomes clear that this is the novel she was born to write.
THE HORSEMAN is the lead novel of the international, multi-cultural series "Lands of the Morning." Poison or dynamite to some and manna to others, THE HORSEMAN elicits deep emotional responses from every reader.
Prof. Karen-Claire Voss (Istanbul University) in her Introduction to this novel, writes, "Also interesting and at least as compelling is the brilliant, knowledgeable, and courageous way in which Kristina O Donnelly sheds light on the complex and controversial topic of the difficult relations between Kurds and Turks, an extremely sensitive issue, something which has been rarely discussed openly, still less has been made part of a love story.
This book is precious. I do not use this word lightly and say it not only because this is the story of a truly incredible woman and a genuinely fabulous romance. I say it because unlike so many other romances, this one is not meant to allow us to escape the complexities of real life; rather, it is intended to lead us deeper into them. It also enables us to develop an empathetic understanding of the complexities of real life as it is lived in contemporary Turkey."

More About the Author

Vita aka Kristina aka Karina, nicknamed A Lady For All Seasons, was an actress as well as an author and journalist, and more photos of her stormy, globe-trotting, universe-tripping life, can be found at

Kismet seems to have decreed that author editor journalist VITA KRISTINA O'DONNELLY, aka Vita Vendresha and Karina di Cuore, should lead a globe-trotting, multi-cultural, chameleon-life wrought with romance and drama, and thus end up writing thought-provoking exotic novels. Her odyssey began with her birth in Rome, Italy, after the Second World War. Her father Sami Alberto, aka David Vendresha, was a freedom-fighter, journalist and editor, and her Austrian mother Geraldine von Landeck, an opera singer and his best comrade-in-ideals.

Having met in Vienna, Austria during the raging fires of the Second World War, and married in Prague, Czechoslovakia, David and Geraldine then settled in Rome, Italy, at the end of the war, and Kristina was born 2 years later. A short while after, due to political persecution, the threesome had to leave Italy and settled in Turkey.

Growing up in Istanbul, in the 1960s, Kristina fell in love with Turkey and her gallant people. She was a child film-star and later a poet and a journalist and published a daily column in the major Istanbul daily. A die-hard romantic and idealist imbued with a can-do, will-do spirit, she strove to the best of her abilities to champion the rights of the down-trodden. At the age of 17, she defied her parents, eloped and married a 44-year old Turkish artist, who had convinced her that he shared her inclinations. The the union produced a much beloved son, Faik Kurt. However, the April-December marriage of an artist and writer, was soon confronted by the realities of life and sunk in stormy seas.

Six years later, Kristina had no choice but to leave, under traumatic circumstances.

After her arrival in New York, she restarted her life virtually from point zero. Although fluent in German, Turkish, Italian, her English could be termed at best "pidgin,' and her experience as an artist, writer and journalist, counted naught in the New World - and walking a road inlaid with razor-blades, she worked as a 24/7 maid, cook, window-cleaner, hair-stylist, door-to-door delivery person, and later on as a real estate sales person.

Few years later, Kristina married her soul-mate, blue-eyed Hibernian, Michael O'Donnelly (which led her to travel throughout Ireland and thus causing her to fall in love with the Irish people as well).

In time she moved up to be employed for the New York Daily News as an advertising rep., and then trailblazed as a newspaper union officer (The Newspaper Guild of America). Not surprisingly, her experiences in this electric environment inspired her to write the contemporary novel, Ride the Eagle (originally published by Worldwide Library; 2nd publishing by Rose International Publishing House). Readers called this novel "... a piece of Americana and a celebration of idealism." Ride the Eagle was sold in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, England, Spain, and Australia. (In May of 2003, Ride the Eagle, retitled as Sevgili Dusmanim (Beloved Enemy) was published in Turkey, by Epsilon Publishing House.)This was followed by the Turkish translation of The Scorpion Child, retitled as Sonsuzluga Isyan.

So far Kristina O'Donnelly has published 9 novels, with 5 more sitting in the pipeline.
And so, her quest to touch and perchance to help heal, the Universal Human Heart, goes on ....

The proverbial question begs: CAN YOU GO HOME AGAIN?

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Rountree on April 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"A gripping epic of passion, politics, spirituality and more." That is what the back cover promises. And this is precisely what this magnificent book delivered. From its mysterious beginning, it traces the journey of a young girl leaping toward womanhood, at a dizzy pace that is at times in it self, breath-taking. Set in Turkey in the turbulent 60's, I was immediately immersed in a kaleidoscope of rich culture and intrigue, that slowly started to burn inside me as if I were there as witness, until at last I was nearly consumed. The rich pageantry and insight of a little understood culture comes to life between the pages of The Horseman, taking you on a break-neck journey of romance, passion and self discovery, as well as the realization of past life experience. Fragile alliances, mysterious dreams of the past, action and adventure intertwine into an excellent tale both realistic in its scope, but powerful in impact. As the story travels full circle to the twist in the end, the hint of a greater twist to come inspired me to grab the next book of the series, "The Scorpion Child," And ride off into the sunset......
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
'The Horseman' is a gripping novel that will sweep you in to its characters' lives before you realize you've been caught. Highly descriptive in its imagery, the tale guides the reader through worlds both ancient and contemporary with compelling characters, intriguing story line, and cultural/political clashes too richly detailed to resist. Magnificently illuminative of the ongoing conflicts between Turks and Kurds, 'The Horseman' is as much a pleasurable geographical/historical journey through ancient lands as it is a tale of the strengths and weaknesses within the human condition. Romance, political intrigues, cultural bridges, betrayals, faith ... it is timely and very much alive. O'Donnelly reveals a great depth of knowledge on many levels including the traditions & mores within the Muslim world, the Irish Catholic experience, and even Celtic mythology. Highly recommended to any reader who craves a good tale enriched by trans-continental adventures, historical insights and skillfully applied literary gifts of the author.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By booksforabuck VINE VOICE on June 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
Ariadne, a blond American teen living with her parents in Turkey, suffers a prophetic vision while on her way to an archeological dig. Sometimes the vision is of an ancient past, and sometimes of a cruel future. In every case, though, she is caught in a love triangle.

When she's rescued from a kidnapping by a handsome Kurdish nobleman, Ariadne believes she may have found her great love--and certainly Mehmet Ali falls for the beautiful and energetic teenager. Although she does love Mehmet Ali, though, Ariadne is obsessed with the crusading journalist Burhan Kayhanoly--who falls for her the moments she walks into his office to interview for an internship at the newspaper where he writes a regular column.

Burhan exposes Ariadne to the poverty and ignorance that, he believes, are holding his beloved nation down. Ariadne is especially sympathetic with the poor conditions for women--a sympathy made much stronger when Mehmet Ali's sister weds a much older man--and then commits suicide. She dreams of a life with Burhan, together stomping out the corruption that is such a blight on Turkish society and politics.

Award-winning author Kristina O'Donnelly mixes past-life regression, tarot, and traditional Turkish magic with sensual passion and with adventure as Mehmet Ali, Ariadne, and Burhan sometimes cooperate and sometimes battle over the path to be taken by their nation (or even whether there should be a nation of Turkey rather than an independent Kurdistan). O'Donnelly blends in the past-lives over which these three have carried out their eternal triangle of love and dispair.

If you're looking for a sexy romantic thriller with a fascinating setting, plenty of action, and a touch of magic, you won't go wrong with THE HORSEMAN.
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