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Three Princes Hardcover – February 4, 2014
Intrusion: A Novel
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Top Customer Reviews
What Wheeler does best is write lavish descriptions of opulent luxury. At every location, including in desert tents out in the Sahara desert, the princes encounter beautiful and rich scenes - tasty and elaborate feasts, wonderous architecture, priceless furniture, amazing clothes, heady scents, the finest wines, glittering jewels, etc. The people who live in these places are healthy, strong and beautiful, with restrained manners and tastefully knowing their places. A movie directory would need a giant budget to film all the ornate locations described here.
Another nice part of the novel is Wheeler's description of the flying Quetzals of the Inca empire. (Wouldn't the Incas call their air ships condors? Quetzals are only found in central America, which is the location of the Mayan empire.) I have loved flying airships ever since I read A Princess of Mars back in my high school days. Wheeler envisions huge craft levitated by the lighter-than-air gas Tlalocene in huge balloons of caoutchouc.Read more ›
Like I said, it’s a great setting premise, one refreshingly distant from the usual European-based background. Unfortunately, though Wheeler flashes some moments, the setting and premise are mostly missed opportunities, thanks to a host of issues.
Plotting is mostly weak, relying on coincidences and conveniences, perfectly timed arrivals and departures, and too many people knowing just what to do too often. The action is episodic in nature as Scott and Mik travel from place to place, but it all feels a bit disjointed and removed and I can’t say any of it is all that exciting or even interesting. Too much feels random or without sufficient explanation/motivation, while other plot points are dropped in or dropped out.
The characters are pretty pallid and all too simplistic, either all good or all bad. Mik, for instance, has this magical charisma that charms everyone immediately, while one of the villains is a raving maniac, literally. Not to mention nearly everyone Scott meets is beautiful and full of “presence.Read more ›
There might be spoilers, so scroll along if you don't want to know.
Most of the other reviews are correct in that they spend little time explaining any of the history at all. I know this really isn't needed in alternative histories novels like this, but there is little to any mention of it. I was expecting at least something, but you didn't really get a lot. It also reminds me of Redwall because it seems like every meal they have in this novel is superb and written out in detail.
Although, it was still a fun little ride.
Enter Scott Oken, royalty by blood, and Mikel Mabruke, called the Professor Prince, both of whom are well-trained intelligence operatives for the Egyptian empire. They are sent to investigate the Incan moon launch, as well as to uncover more information at the black orchid cult that is growing in strength and numbers. In Tawantinsuyu, the Incan Empire, we have Viracocha, who is the final of the titular three princes whom the story revolves around. Though really, the vast majority of the story surrounds Oken, a man who can seemingly do no wrong and who attracts women at every turn.
The first half of the story involves a lot of travelling, a fair bit of characters showing off their expansive skillsets and knowledge while dodging members of the black orchid cult as they travel by land and air from Memphis to Tawantinsuyu, across the Atlantic Ocean, in order to investigate the rumours of the Incan empire launching a ship to the moon. This plot gets all but forgotten in the second half of the book after they've arrived there, when they meet Viracocha and get tangled in the politics of his life.
As antagonists go, Pachacuti was rather weak.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I requested THREE PRINCES from Tor because Egypt is one of my NEED NOW topics and the fact that this book takes a concept, what would the world look like if Egypt hadn’t fallen,... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Donna C
This is a book I really wanted to like. I love Egyptian history and the Egyptian “style” so the idea of bringing that forward into modern times really intrigued me. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Travis Starnes
Not a literary masterpiece, but a solid, fun read. I enjoyed the alternate history premise, that of a world where Caesar married Cleopatra and became Pharoah. Read morePublished 24 months ago by SkySailor
Maybe “Three Princes” (Tor, $25.99, 349 pages) isn’t technically the start of a series, as it’s a self-contained work with a beginning, middle and end in just 349 pages (what a... Read morePublished on July 30, 2014 by Clay Kallam
The author really needs to explain how history was changed. She also needs to do a lot more research about ancient Egyptian, Roman, Incan, Aztec, and Mayan, culture and history. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by Kyryn
Ramona Wheeler tells of Three Princes (hard from Tor) in an alternate present in which Julius Caesar married Cleopatra 1877 years before and set up a permanent empire. Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by Henry L. Lazarus
I love alternate history, and the premise of political intrigue in a nineteenth century dominated by Egypt sent me to the bookstore. Read morePublished on March 15, 2014 by Kay Hudson
This novel is essentially a rip-roaring fun romp in a fascinating and complex setting. The characters are drawn with broad brushstrokes, but the action is well done and I... Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by John Richard Snead II