- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Charlwood Books (June 10, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956147208
- ISBN-13: 978-0956147202
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,942,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Waste Land Paperback – June 10, 2010
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About the Author
Simon Acland worked as a venture capitalist for over 20 years. He was managing director of Quester, one of Britain's most active early-stage technology investors, and non-executive director of 25 companies in its portfolio. He has been involved with many successful trade sales and IPOs; he's also experienced failures and learned from them. A long-standing member of the British Venture Capital Association's Technology Committee, he was also a Director of the British Business Angels' Association.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Acland has a nice writing style, an erudite tone (where appropriate), and the story's well-paced as well as well-researched. It includes a bibliography; you don't see that often with a novel - even with historical novels. (I don't recall that Gore Vidal ever did that.)
The story is a mythological/historical tale about a young monk-turned-knight who participated in the first European religious crusade into modern-day Turkey, Syria and Palestine. The mythological aspects take a little work to swallow but the history seems to be pretty solid. (I'll admit, though, that I'm not particularly fit to judge historical accuracy, since I haven't read much of the history of the Crusades.)
The characterization is first-rate, the dialog is well-written, and the editing is excellent. This book is a great example of what a Kindle Daily Deal book can be. Apparently, this book has been out in paperback for a couple of years but the Kindle version is a recent release.
What I particularly liked was the frame story structure that Acland used. Small parts of the book are about modern day characters and their relationship to the much larger parts that took place in the late 11th century. Acland handled this approach very well, I thought.
In short, I'm hard pressed to think of anything I *didn't* like about this book. Recommended!