- File Size: 883 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 28, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MST4KEB
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,151 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Stone Bridge: Book III of The Devil's Bible Series Kindle Edition
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That said, the author set out to write a book that outdid many of the historical fiction books he'd read and, in that, this series delivers. I was engaged throughout, the writing was interesting yet easy to consume, the background history had surprising depth and the characters connected - although the main villain was perhaps just a little too villainous and could have used some Darth Vader-y redemption or doubt. Well done Mr Bolan on your debut and I'm excited to see what comes next.
It’s hard to give insight into the plot without giving away any secrets, but the book’s climax is a massive battle across the river in the centre of Prague. If the bad guys win, the world ends. If the good guys win, there’s not even any guarantee that the war will be over. I found myself rooting for the good guys not because I particularly liked them, but simply because I found Reinald, the chief baddie, startlingly unpleasant. Not evil, just thoroughly distasteful.
I’m impressed that Bolan crammed so much into three books: history, religion, adventure, science, culture, language, geography, romance, fantasy. The whole series is chock full of ideas and might even warrant a second read at some point in the future.
As regards the time period of the book (The Thirty Years War) Michael Bolan has obviously done his research. Thankfully, he doesn't bludgeon you with facts, history and dates. This is not a Wikipedia page, it is a fiction book. He also has a deft touch with the Irish myths (of which he is very knowledgeable) which are woven into the story.
Downsides? Not many. There are one or two places where I would like to have seen more dialogue, some of the timeline jumps didn't flow as smoothly as they could, and there a few instances of head-hopping, but otherwise, Michael Bolan has made a huge leap forwards as a writer.
It should also be noted that as far as typos, grammar errors, and punctuation problems go, I spotted one. Just one. There may be more. but I didn't catch them. It shouldn't need to be said, but in the age of 'anyone can write a book' (i.e. anyone can upload a book), some authors haven't realised that not everyone can edit or proofread a book. The occasional error is understandable, a plethora is not. (What is the collective noun for grammar mistakes? A confusion? A clatter?)
If you're into Historical Fiction (bordering on alternative history) with a twist of Fantasy and a large dash of action thrown into the mix, this book is for you.