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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2002
Passion, passion and more passion, but what else are you to expect from a Scorpio?!....its sting is nearly fatal! "The Scorpion Child" will make you wish to run away to exoticism, Constantinople and romance. This Scorpio heroine keeps her head cool among a maze of love, political and kharma intrigues, while everybody else is thrown into turmoil under her intense gaze and velvety touch. Like a real Scorpio, "The Scorpion Child" is fascinated by life and death issues, spirituality and passionately interested in sex, it has always an hypnotic appeal on Scorpio!....(be sure you have your sweetheart at hand while reading!).
One more time Kristina O'Donnelly masters the plot and romance while bringing us some invaluable insights, in this case about the Armenian-Turkish conflict. "The Scorpion Child" will give you an inlook at what a terrorist mind can be made of as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Civil unrest continues in Turkey despite military rule. Burham Bey survived the attempts of Anika Alkibiades to recreate the Byzantine Empire, but the plots she set in motion continue and Turkey is torn by terrorists from the right, left, and Armenian separatists. Meanwhile, Burhan's estranged wife, Ariadne is back in New York after deserting Burhan due to a long-past affair and the son that resulted from that affair (as well as her reaction to the death of her own son, killed by terrorists).

Ariadne, now a successful author, meets and falls for a handsome American actor who is fighting his own battles against alcoholism and a problem staying faithful to any one woman. Ariadne's most recent book is a novel about past-lives and although David is a skeptic, he begins to receive hints that he and Ariadne once shared a sort of relationship in an earlier life--a relationship in which he was a priest/confessor.

Although she swears she has left Burhan forever, Ariadne remains drawn to him and is torn between the two men she loves. But in the larger context of Turkey's problems, the love triangle is doomed to explode. When their daughter, Leyla, vanishes into the international terrorist movement and a terrorist tracks Ariadne down to New York and attacks her in her apartment, Ariadne flees to Turkey and to Burhan. But the results of her affair with David remain, even as Ariadne and Burhan attempt to restore their damaged relationship.

Author Kristina O'Donnelly delivers a compelling story of personal growth and suffering. The story of DEFY ETERNITY: THE SCORPION CHILD is even more topical in the post-9/11 world than when O'Donnelly wrote it, and her message of the world being one people is certainly welcome.

Some readers (including me) may be troubled by O'Donnelly's arguments that Armenian Genocide of World War I was exagerated. Arguments about the actual events during this tragedy do not, however, detract from O'Donnelly's message that terrorist tactics are ultimately destructive of civilization.

DEFY ETERNITY: THE SCORPION CHILD is an emotionally moving story as the major characters of O'Donnelly's LANDS OF THE MORNING series age and suffer the consequences of their mistakes--and even of their victories. Readers who started with THE HORSEMAN and CLARION OF MIDNIGHT will definitely want to add this one to their to-be-read list. Although each book in the series stands alone, I found that DEFY ETERNITY: THE SCORPION CHILD in particular benefited from having read the earlier novels.

If you enjoy a novel with complex characters, plenty of action, and a strong thematic position, DEFY ETERNITY: THE SCORPION CHILD and, indeed, the entire LANDS OF THE MORNING series will be a welcome treat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2001
Have I lived before? Orient-Express type books makes me wonder I am a 35 year old artist and multi-media web designer from New York, and do not have much time to keep up with the latest releases. However, friend who has read this novel's prequel, The Horseman, which also deals with reincarnation and is quite exotic, praised it, and I got curious and ordered it from the publishing house. Well, this is a suspense-thriller with unusual and exotic backdrops. Sexy and fast moving, never boring,from New York to Istanbul,politics, high-stakes terrorism,a sympathetic and courageous heroine, and yes, reincarnation is in the core. As I read the novel in between breaks from my heavy work load, I felt like I had a window seat on the Orient Express and pondered the question: is it the soul that reincarnates, or the genes? Even though I finished reading this novel, I still wonder...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2006
Kristina O'Donnelly again shows her miracle in the breath-taking novel 'The Scorpion Child'. I blame myself why I havent read this novel before. She blends her attractive imagination with politic reality. In the Scorpion Child, Ms O'Donnelly gives pure objective reflections on Turkish-Armenian Conflict. In such an era which we alltogether fight against terrorism in the world, the Scorpion Child gives the reader invaluable insights.
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