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The Snow Leopard [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Leston
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The saga of one man’s epic struggle to survive during the tumultuous early years of the 13th century as two powerful and aristocratic families—one Russian, one Mongol—are inexorably drawn into bloody conflict, fated to play opposing sides in the creation of the largest empire of the medieval age. Cruelly betrayed while a mere boy by his brother’s vaulting ambition, he eventually overcomes bitter slavery far from his native land, achieving the status of a legendary warrior without peer among his adoptive people. Ultimately forced by tragic circumstances to choose between these two diverse cultures, he must finally decide where his true loyalties lay.

About the Author:

In his early years, Daniel Leston was known as a 'Story Teller' by his nephews and nieces, weaving wondrous tales for their young imaginations about heroes and heroines that strangely seems to carry the same monikers as the intended listeners. It was on this foundation that he decided to pen his first two books, primarily for the enjoyment of family and close friends.

With the emergence of a remarkable tool called the 'e-reader', he decided to retrieve his novels from their long attic slumber, dust them off and offer them to the public in 2009.

Blending his passion, as a former student of Art and History, Mr. Leston has drawn from his background to create two great tales steeped in history, adventure and human conquest. Opting to avoid the more chosen route of hiring a graphic artist for his first submissions to the literary world, he chose instead to complete the package, bringing his vision to life by painting his own covers.

Daniel Leston is currently busy pounding the keyboard on his newest work... a continuing adventure for his beloved character from 'The Amun Chamber', Professor David Manning, scheduled for release in Fall 2012.

Product Details

  • File Size: 735 KB
  • Print Length: 491 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1467972614
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,556 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read! April 24, 2010
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I must say that when I purchased this book, there was no synopsis, so I plunged headfirst into a book I knew nothing about. I knew that I had enjoyed the author's other book immensely and that was enough for me to be interested in this one. I was not disappointed.
This book is a historical fiction, centering around the life of one young man. You struggle as he struggles, feel his pain, his joy, his longings. He becomes a member and a leader in a world that once held him in slavery. In later years, when it comes time to choose between his homeland, and the people he has grown to consider family, he shows where his heart truly lies.
I felt as though I was taken into a time period I knew little about and given an understanding of life at the time, while still enjoying a compelling and well told story. I look forward to more books from the author in the future. Even if you aren't much into history, give this book a chance. The story of the main character and his life is well worth the read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read August 31, 2010
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I enjoyed the story in this book and the historical viewpoint. The characters were developed enough so that I cared about them and their actions were realistic. Even Alexei's improbable rise from slave to Mongol leader was believable. I would definitely read more by this author.

However, there were a lot of typos, mostly of the homonym variety. It could have used some additional editing. Overall, though, it was very entertaining.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Plot - Needed a Better Editor August 28, 2010
By Susan
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This is a pretty good book but could be a very good book with the benefit of a better editor. The plot line is believable and well executed and overall the prose is good (though at least one other review was put off by it). There are a few places in the story where there is a jarring shift between the more "formal" prose that is the norm to the very casual tone the author uses in the dialog of a 14 year old character.

I also found the characters to be believable and no more or less well developed than characters in other historical fiction novels. With just a little more work on "tightening-up" the text this book could have easily gone from 3 stars to 4 or 5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This author is wonderful October 23, 2011
By happy
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I am not going to discuss the plot. I want you to find that out for yourself. But this author is right up there with Clavell, Mitchum, Anna lee Waldo, and so many good story tellers. And that is what a book is for, to tell a story, take you to a place and time you have not been too. Make you want to learn more about the history of the places written about. If you don't want to purchase this book for your personal library, then go borrow it from your lobrary. What a treat. This Author is a keeper.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice Idea Poor Execution February 29, 2012
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The idea of a captured Russian rising to prominence in the Mongolian culture as a Mongol warrior and leader is a nice idea, albeit a wholly and completely ridiculous one. Nevertheless, in the spirit of creating an intriguing historically fictional storyline, the author set out to tell the tale, and came up woefully short. I could go on about how he skips around and ahead without bolstering the characters and their growing relationships, or explaining sufficiently how the Mongols came to suspend or ignore their famously brutal and ruthless nature, but there are so many examples of this that it would take too long to describe. On top of the disjointed plot, the book also ends too abruptly, with several unrealistic twists and turns shoved on the reader in an effort to rap up the story. But the largest glaring omission on the part of the author is his failure to stay true to the title of the book and the underlying theme relating to the Snow Leopard medallion, and its supposed "lucky charm" features that is grants to the main character. Not only does the story inexplicably abandon this theme, but the reader never finds out anything about its origin, meaning or true purpose. How something like this could be omitted is unfathomable. The book in my opinion is thin and incomplete. As I said in the title, nice idea very poor execution.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book, and I've read hundreds June 12, 2014
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Puts you in the Mongol world. You are in for a wild ride. Stop what you are reading now, and get this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars unexpected June 11, 2014
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This was a great book. the flow was really good. The author's writing and story line was great.
I did not see the end coming. I would recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written. Intriguing. May 29, 2014
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Using a bit of true history, this tale of a Kievian noble travels the world of Europe and Asia from the 1200s. It was slow to start but I soon found myself unable to put it down.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love how the book was staged back in time.And the ending was such a surprise.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story and a page turner
Use seldom seen historical background in Medieval Russia ,the author brings us to the steppe and snowy plains of Kiev.It's a page turner,I couldn't put it down.
Published 9 months ago by Karl Wong
4.0 out of 5 stars 2nd chance winner
This would have been a 5 star except for two factors. The author took too long to set up the story line and rushed the ending. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great book about a overlooked event in history
Wonderful writing and great book about the destruction of Kiev and the Mongol invasion of Russia in the 1200s. Well written and engrossing. Highly recommend for history buffs.
Published 13 months ago by Seeker/Seer
4.0 out of 5 stars My first book by this author
I really enjoyed The Snow Leopard. The characters were believable and had great depth. The storyline was intriguing and I kept wanting to go back and read some more. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Carol Weeks
3.0 out of 5 stars Review
I enjoyed the story but was surprised at the number of selling errors and uses of the wrong word-e.e. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Frank Dees
4.0 out of 5 stars Intersting
Well developed characters, good story with plenty of action,sad at times,good history lesson. Will try authors other books, like stories about Mongols
Published 18 months ago by John Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Storyline interesting and fast paced. Characters well developed and believable, a thoroughly enable read. I like anything dealing with cats and legends.
Published 18 months ago by Irma J. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars The Snow Leopard
Chose this book because it was recommended by a good friend and good not become engaged in the story, Did not complete.
Published 24 months ago by JoAnn Pizer-Fox JoAnn Pizer-Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars The Snow Leopard
Very interesting and unusual story line. Lot's of horrible unjust and violent events, but most characters were very attractive. Read more
Published on November 30, 2012 by Velia Tome'
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More About the Author

Daniel Leston was born in Canada, yet spent the majority of his adult years living and traveling throughout the US. Though his working career was spent in the unrelated field of designing and manufacturing complex, industrial machinery, he never lost touch with his lifelong passion for both writing and the study of history, which extends all the way back to his early, student days at the University of Buffalo.

Along with his wife of 40+yrs, he currently resides in southern Ontario, where he now happily works at his chosen vocation of being a full-time author. Following up on the early success of his three 'Action/Thriller' novels, The Amun Chamber, The Genghis Tomb, & The Emperor's Treasure, he just finished working on his 4th exciting adventure around their popular main character, Professor David Manning. Look for the Porus Legacy, available now.

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