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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Five Directions Press (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615650147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615650142
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,473,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Have you ever wanted to relive, even rewrite, your favorite novel? I did. I had re-read the classic adventure romance The Scarlet Pimpernel (Baroness Orczy, 1905) after many years, thanks to Amazon.com's recommendations service, and I was fascinated with the conflict between the main characters. I began imagining how they might resolve their dilemma, and next thing I knew I had 50,000 words of story that included a brand new adventure for Sir Percy and his band. I added a frame, and The Not Exactly Scarlet Pimpernel was born. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

About the Author

C. P. Lesley, a historian, is also the author of The Golden Lynx and The Winged Horse, the first two books in Legends of the Five Directions, a series set during the childhood of Ivan the Terrible--a time full of unrest, war, and cut-throat politics. She is currently working on Legends 3, The Swan Princess. The Not Exactly Scarlet Pimpernel is her 21st-century take on Baroness Orczy's classic adventure romance The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905). 

More About the Author

As a child, C. P. Lesley thought everyone told themselves stories to help themselves fall asleep. It never occurred to her that anyone would pay her for them, and for a long time, she was right--no one would. But after years of producing horrible prose, reading books about novel writing, and pestering hapless fellow-writers and friends to read her drafts, some of the advice stuck, and she finished "The Not Exactly Scarlet Pimpernel," followed by "The Golden Lynx" and "The Winged Horse."

She is currently working on the next book in the Legends of the Five Directions series, "The Swan Princess" (3: North), to be followed by "The Vermilion Bird" (4: South), and "The Shattered Drum" (5: Center). When not thinking up new ways to torture her characters, she edits other people's manuscripts, reads voraciously, maintains her website, and takes classes in classical ballet. That love of ballet also finds expression in her Tarkei Chronicles series, which so far consists of "Desert Flower" and "Kingdom of the Shades." If she ever finishes the Legends series, she plans to write "Corsair," a third Tarkei Chronicle featuring Choli, the child whose finding of a pair of ballet shoes sets up the series, as an adult.

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Very well writen and and it has adventure, romance and humour.
GeekyGirlReviews
Anyone unfamiliar with the original Scarlet Pimpernel will have no problem understanding what's happening because the author has explained it in the opening chapters.
Janet K. Olshewsky
THE SCARLET P. is one of my all-time favorite historical novels, with a great mix of romance and derring-do.
Sherry Christie

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Christie on July 10, 2012
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As soon as I read a blurb about THE NOT EXACTLY SCARLET PIMPERNEL, I knew I wanted to read it. THE SCARLET P. is one of my all-time favorite historical novels, with a great mix of romance and derring-do. C.P. Lesley came up with the wonderful concept of allowing modern-day students to take part in a reenactment of TSP that would literally involve them in the action, thanks to the sort of industrial magic that made Andy Serkis into Gollum. The first-person narrator, Ninel Pennington, swans around in the body, costume, and milieux of her character, Marguerite, but also has Marguerite talking to her in her head. Will Marguerite be able to overcome the aloofness of her husband, Sir Percy Blakeney? Will the Scarlet Pimpernel escape the clutches of the villain, Chauvelin? We're not sure, because the "actors" now have the power to change the plot. It's all very well done, and Ninel's own story parallels Marguerite's with Sir Percy very nicely. I'd like to see more from this author. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Solovyeva on August 21, 2012
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I enjoyed the fusion of ultra high tech with romantic history. This is the perfect fantasy for those who wish they could go back to a more interesting time in history and relive one of the great historical romances.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colleen M. Kelley on August 14, 2012
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Exciting and intriguing, "The Not Exactly Scarlet Pimpernel" is a brilliant reworking of the classic novel by Baroness Orczy. I have to admit that although I was casually familiar with the premise of the original, I'd never read it. That wasn't a problem here, though, as C.P. Lesley cleverly reveals Orczy's plot before diving headfirst into her own, and does it in such a way that I don't think it would ruin it for anyone who hadn't yet read the original. Lesley's characters are well-drawn, likeable and sympathetic, the plot unpredictable and exciting, and the resolution is satisfying. Add to that Lesley's knack for injecting just the right amount of accurate historical detail and you have a wonderful book, a perfect companion with which to curl up on a rainy day (or whatever setting you prefer when you want to be swept away). I couldn't recommend this book more and look forward to more from the author.
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