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- Print Length: 233 pages
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- Publisher: Michael Bolan; 2 edition (February 16, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 16, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00SWWIWPI
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The Sons of Brabant: Book I of The Devil's Bible Series Kindle Edition
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The 17th Century was a turning point for many things, most notably the slow demise of the Holy Roman Empire and the rise of France. What I didn’t realize was the international nature of the conflict, where a Turk might fight for Spain, and a Scot for Sweden. Long before the arrival of motor transport, people were traveling the world, seeking adventure.
That’s what this book is about – adventure. It’s set in the Thirty Years War, seen through the eyes of four siblings: three good, and one really nasty villain, an intriguing mix of psychopath, sociopath and lost boy, with a hint of OCD thrown in. The background is historically accurate in the main, although Bolan takes some liberties with when inventions actually took place.
I grew up in Germany where much of the Thirty Years War happened. When we learned about it in school, it was dull, just a series of names and dates. Bolan’s book is completely different – it’s full of rich characters who struggle to survive in those turbulent times. Most of the main characters are very believable, although I think the author is keeping something in reserve, especially with the heroine Isabella. She’s well-drawn, but doesn’t do much, which left me hoping for more in the rest of the series.
I really enjoyed this book, in fact I surprised myself that I enjoyed it so much. It’s set as historical fiction, but really it’s an adventure novel with a religious conspiracy running right through it. I can’t wait to see what happens next…
It is in two genres (besides the main genre of historical fiction) that deserve their own names by now, though the names I'd give are way too long. Genre 1: world-wide conspiracy with deep historical roots, happening invisibly but under our noses and affecting the fates of millions (think *Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code*, A.G. Riddle's *The Atlantis Gene*, or the Indiana Jones series). Genre 2: the rebel underdog fighting with impossible odds against an evil empire with unimaginable power (think Star Wars, Brave Heart, Gladiator).
Why did I expect to be underwhelmed? This is a first novel from someone who did not spend his life as an aspiring writer. I read it because I know the author, he's a smart guy, and it was a free copy. I am a sucker for action/thriller/mystery & historical fiction, so I suppose I'm an ideal candidate for this kind of multi-genre action-filled book, but I'm also probably too well-educated and too old and skeptical to like most books written for this audience even when they're extremely well reviewed. So I figured I'd read it because I like bad fiction even when the content is mostly garbage, but I also figured I wouldn't love it.
But the book surprised me. It's smart, it covers a location meaningful to me (Europe from Ireland to the Czech Republic, where I now live) and an exciting period in history (the 30 years wars) that has received too little coverage in popular historical fiction. It has a great underdog story with strong relationships that build over the course of the novel and really connect you to the heroes and their small but growing team of rebels. And it also provides a great lesson in history, religion, and the history of science that makes you want to read more about the time while still conveying a sense of the time in the writing. It's a wonderful book covering original territory that has the potential to be the first volume of an epic thriller.
My one complaint is that the story ended too abruptly so that it didn't feel complete. While the book is part of a series, I like to have a sense of completion after each book or I feel cheated. I didn't feel that sense of completion with this book. But I guess the good news is there's a next book in the series that promises to carry the story onward. And the story in the first book is still long and full and compelling, so still highly worth the read in its own right.
In a war-ridden Europe, Willem, Leo, and Isabella exile themselves from their tyrannical brother, Reinald. They rely on each other and their growing group of mercenaries in their goal to depose Reinald, who has become part of a movement to bring about the Apocalypse. With the help of an Irishman, the siblings find that they must aim higher than their rightful inheritance. They must put an end to the work of the Four Horsemen for the sake of the world.
The Sons of Brabant is a wonderfully crafted novel. While I wasn't sure of it in the beginning, the writing and story quickly drew me into the 1600s. This is probably the best start to a series I've read in quite a while. The characters were all fully developed by the end, smaller plots were completed, but all this was done with the promise of more, yet I wasn't left frustrated by unanswered questions or dangling plot lines. The ending perfectly sets up the second novel, which I was gratefully told will arrive in the Fall of 2015. I'm also grateful to see a strong female character in Isabella. Of course there was some romantic mentions, but that wasn't what made her character. She's beautiful, but that's not what other characters remember of her. It's her passion, intelligence, and her kindness that sets her apart and makes her the true leader of the exiled siblings (which her brothers admit.) Bolan shows his deep understanding of European history with his descriptions of the wars and battles, along with the political climate. It's refreshing to read a novel where I am so immersed that I don't bother fact checking. For me, that's saying a lot. I fact check menus. There's a fantastical element to the novel which made that much easier. I loved the inclusion of so many cultures and seeing how they interacted.
Overall I think this is a great novel for anyone who enjoys action and history. This is one novel that makes you ponder the consequences of right and wrong, and who determines those sides of the coin.
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