Of Honest Fame Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I was wrong. Good Lord was I wrong! I've read many of the 'greatest books ever written'; from Crime and Punishment, through Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and everything in between, so I feel that I know a good book from an average one.
This book deserves to be every bit as widely read as those 'classics'; it is quite simply one of the greatest achievements by a modern writer that I have ever had the privilege to read. Buy it now.
Of Honest Fame is a historical fiction novel, but you don't have to be a history guru to enjoy this book. History and geography are probably my two worst subjects. I have steered away from historical fiction in the past for that very reason. Plus, I feared historical novels would dry and polite and formal. And let's face it, no matter how high school text books paint an event, there's always more to the story than what you read.
I think that is what intrigued me so much in Of Honest Fame. This was not the academic glossing over I remember from world history. I appreciated how real everything felt. The characters were unique and human, with faults and strengths and interesting personalities. As much as I revere Jane Austen for creativity, I have never been completely captured by her characters because they are just too prim and proper. Bennetts is able to capture in this book the nuances of London life in 1812 in a way that makes is seem very familiar and real. Yes, there elaborate parties and different boots for different times of the day, and of course manners and social conniving play a part, but rather than this being the focus, it seems to be more of a façade everyone wears while real life is happening in the background.Read more ›
From the little I know I am impressed by the historical accuracy, and that adds to the rich and absorbing sense of time and place. Within a few minutes of beginning this book, you are walking those streets and breathing that air, awaiting the next fraught, unexpected and exciting surprises.
But there is no need to be a history buff or even a lover of historical fiction, for this book stands alone as excellent entertainment. It is most certainly a five star experience, and I recommend it strongly.
The ending is quite brilliant - very clever writing indeed - and certainly leaves me wanting to read M.m. Bennetts' next book at the earliest opportunity.
Mr./Ms. Bennetts tranports the reader 200 years back in time with vividly grim descriptions of the horrific effects of war and the toll it takes on humans, animals and the land. The author immersed me in the details of a bygone era with an unerring talent for lushly descriptive phrasing and most especially the verbiage containing an entertaining array of inventive swearing. Be forewarned that unless you enjoy Googling numerous phrases per paragraph (believe me the Kindle dictionary must get tired of reporting "no definition found") it is often easier to simply go with understanding the gist of the vocabulary.
The author does a masterful job of building tension although some of the specifics of spydom strain credulity. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and characterizations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In order to get the most out of Of Honest Fame, you would do well to read May 1812, as this is a sequel.
I loved May,1812, which is a historic romance. Read more
I was caught in the web of the secret world of treachery, and cunning spies that try to stay one step ahead to save themselves and their country. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Suzie B
This was a great read! The story and characters were well developed and extremely interesting. The writing was superb and the subject matter fascinating. Read morePublished on July 9, 2014 by Benny 806
What a book. I love historical fiction. I like almost everything, but historical will always hold a special place with me. I also really enjoy it when research has been done. Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by Nyxx Raven
I was impressed by the author's previous work, May 1812 and I'm so glad I decided to read this one too. I couldn't put it down and had to read it in one sitting. Read morePublished on August 16, 2012 by Chocopie DX
Very close to 5 stars, but I only award 5 stars to the "best books I've ever read; books I will read over and over again" and while this is close, it's not quite there. Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by R. Barrows
I did NOT buy this book.............don't even remember looking at it. bought Katherine Boo's book, The Beautiful Forevers,
but NOT this one!
Thanks to Amazon reviewers, I gave this book a try and at such a bargain price could not believe how very much I enjoyed this one. Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by K. Conklin