I was actually really disappointed in this book. I had actually purchased the second book, Tyrant Storm of Arrows from a clearance bin years ago because it interested me. And I finally got around recently to getting the first book because as we all know you can’t very well read book 2 without reading book 1 first.
The storyline when you look at it as a whole was very meh. The begining and middle engaged me as the characters were actually doing things, but I would up skimming the entire last third of the book because it was just that boring to me. Not sure I’ll be reading the second one after this…
Anywhoodle, this is the story of an Athenian calvary officer who is turned mercenary after being dismissed from the army of Alexander the Great and is hired by the tyrant of a small city to train their calvary force and all along the way the main character Kineas has to fight an uphill battel against politics, noblemen who dislike and distrust him, as well as new recruits who think they’re too good to serve in the calvary.
Now as I said in the beginning the first two thirds were interesting. It was all about Kineas’ past in the army, gathering his mercenary group together, riding forth to the town, training the troops, and finally girding for war when it comes to them. But then that final third…war is engaged and for the most part nothing happens. At least nothing that keeps me interested in reading word for word.
There was a bit of a love story in there, but they made the female character so standoffish and their whole courtship so convoluted and complex I just didn’t see the point of it in the end.
Ah well. Maybe I will read the second one someday, and maybe it will be better.
But now, that moment you have all been waiting for. The final (?) book for Ja No Read Mo 2017! Ladies an gentlemen may I introduce the 13th book for this month and this year: An Irish Doctor in Love and At Sea by Patrick Taylor.
Long before Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly became a fixture in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo, he was a young M.B. with plan to marry sweetheart. Deirdre Mawhinney, and settle down. But those dreams are complicated by the Second World War and the call of duty. Assigned to the HMS Warspite, a formidable thirty-thousand-ton battleship, Surgeon Lieutenant O’Reilly soon finds himself face-to-face with the horrors of war, tending to the dreadnought’s crew of twelve hundred as well as the many casualties brought aboard. Also a struggle: remaining true to his beloved Deirdre despite temptations abroad…
Over two decades later, life in Ballybucklebo is far cry from the strife of war, but O’Reilly and young colleagues still have plenty of challenges on their hands, from an outbreak of German measles, the odd tropical disease, a hard-fought pie-baking contest, and a local father whose muleheaded adherence to tradition is standing in the way of his son’s future. Now older and wiser, O’Reilly has prescriptions of whatever ails … until a secret from the past threatens to unravel his own peace of mind.
Shifting deftly between two very different eras, Patrick Taylor’s latest Irish Country novel reveals more about O’Reilly’s tumultuous past, even as Ballybucklebo faces the future in its own singular fashion.