Articles for the Month of June 2015

Boudicca: Britain’s Queen of the Iceni by Laurel A. Rockefeller

Guest Audiobook Review from Dab of Darkness.

Set in the 1st century ancient Britannia, Rome is still attempting to expand their empire. This short, creative non-fiction historical account follows King Prasutagus of the Iceni and runaway Gaulish slave Boudicca.

The author does a good job of making these characters accessible to the reader by showing the story through their eyes. Events do move rather quickly as decades of their lives are covered in a mere 50 minutes. Luckily, I was able to connect with the characters quickly because of the first person point of view.

I found this an interesting, quick overview of Boudicca’s life during Roman conquest. The listener gets the clear idea of the culture clash between Romans and the various Britannic tribes. For instance, most, or perhaps all, of the Brittanic tribes held women as equal to men in most areas of life whereas the Romans felt a woman’s place was in the home or as a slave. The timeline had to move swiftly for most of Boudicca’s life to be covered in such a short amount of story time. I think this book would be of interest to those just getting into the historical fiction genre or for folks wanting a short recounting of Boudicca’s life and deeds. If you are looking for a history (not fiction) or a more in-depth historical fiction, this may not be for you. The author doesn’t steer clear of the harsher side of Boudicca’s life: slavery, battles, rape, etc. are included in this historical fiction, though the author does not go into graphic detail.

The book left me wanting more. Often drama was used, and perhaps over used, to get the poignant parts of Boudicca’s life across to the listener. I think this work would have been a little better if even 2 hours were given in which to tell Boudicca’s tale. For instance, the ending was pretty dramatic (if historically accurate) but I didn’t really understand Boudicca’s choice at the end as she fought her whole life to stay alive and free. Also, I wanted to know how her kinsman, loyal followers, etc. reacted on a personal level to her final choice.

Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni: The Legendary Women of World History, Book 1 | [Laurel A. Rockefeller]

Available from Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Kids/Boudicca-Britains-Queen-of-the-Iceni-Audiobook/B00NFXO172/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1434456223&sr=1-1

A Murderer’s Heart by Julie Elizabeth Powell

51wsbx9+l5L__AA160_I thoroughly enjoyed this story!

I reviewed this book as an audiobook and had never read or listened to Julie Elizabeth Powell’s books before.

I have to say firstly that the narrator, Melanie Fraser, has a wonderfully warm voice and an impressive voice range both male and female.

Dr Anne Blake is a psychiatrist with her own practice and she also helps out at the Tadmore Psychiatric Hospital as well. Unmarried, yet fulfilled in a job she loves, Anne is a kind and thoughtful person, helping everyone she can, both professionally and personally. She is lucky to have a fantastic Personal Assistant, Sam, who seems in tune with her and keeps her professional world in order.

Naturally, when she discovers that a good friend thinks she may be in danger Anne does all she can to help and support her. However, it soon becomes apparent that events are taking a much more sinister turn, there is a killer at large…

As the plot thickens this story evolves wonderfully, with plenty of twists and turns and a surprising ending.

 

About the Author:  Hello everyone. If you haven’t guessed by now I have a passion for words and have eighteen titles published in a variety of genres…all thanks to Lulu and Kindle, much hard work and sleepless nights.

My eldest daughter has flown the nest and is married to a man who doesn’t mind his mother-in-law though my son has only recently decided the stretch his wings and now happiness surrounds him in the form of someone I think is just adorable.

My middle child is off on a mysterious adventure, the like of which I can only guess…and tried to do so in my first book, Gone.

I love to read and am looking for ways to double time so to indulge in the mysterious and wonderful and delicious and strange…my favourite kind of story.

Writing is my passion, though I enjoy creating handcrafted cards, jewellery making, scrapbooking, painting, drawing, 3D art and dabbling in encaustic art whenever I can.

Oh yes, I used to teach or mark exam papers but now concentrate on writing and enjoying my new life, which materialised, as if by a miracle. Though still dislike all those necessary domestic chores that would, for me, be included in the Rings of Hell!

That’s it. Thank you to anyone who reads my books…enjoy the flight!

 

About the Book: Anne Blake, psychiatrist, is good at her job and believes that even the most sick at heart can be cured…or at least saved enough that they can lead a better life.

But maybe she’s wrong?

Maybe within a murderer’s heart, evil lurks and nothing can be done except to save yourself?

 

Available from Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Murderers-Heart-Julie-Elizabeth-Powell-ebook/dp/B005MEQ4EU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434292087&sr=8-1&keywords=a+murderers+heart

and as an Audiobook from Audible http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/A-Murderers-Heart-Audiobook/B00YNVGECK