A spellbinding tale that traces four steadfast protectors of humanity in a changing world.

The Honorable Knight

From the The Fellowship of the Ancient Covenant series , Vol. 1

Donahoe tells a story of friendship and courage spanning the ages in this debut adventure novel.

A Navy SEAL, a mercenary commando, a Mossad operative, and a CDC agent don’t seem to have much in common at first, but Ian, Jacques, Serena, and Desiree go back a long way. Almost a millennium, in fact. When they first meet in Jerusalem, their visions of saving the world center on the First Crusade. Ian is a humble farmer who longs for the honor of knighthood, Jacques a spoiled son of wealth and means who dreams more of glory than of helping common people, Serena a blacksmith’s daughter with strong opinions and few prospects besides marriage, and Desiree a nurse who knows her worth more than those around her. But their quest is far greater than they realize, and they are soon approached by a mystic Covenant, a group dedicated to saving humanity however it can, and which includes even the Magi present at the birth of Jesus. Gifted with supernaturally long lives, a pull toward those in need, and even the occasional miracle, the four turn against the Crusades to defend the Holy Land. Today, with their diversity, skill, and friendship even greater assets than before, they strive for peace for all, defending the world against terrorism and biological attacks. The greatest strength of this first installment in a series lies in its use of both the past and present. The dichotomy of medieval adventure story and modern military thriller makes each new chapter a joy to read. And while the characters already are three-dimensional and well-crafted in each timeline, the addition of knowing where they came from in the distant past and where they will land in the future infuses new depth, making the nods to how they’ve changed (and how they haven’t) a real treat. Finally, the details of both timelines feel genuine and well researched without becoming dry, and the plots are dynamic and page-turning, making the story a truly rich journey, with plenty to look forward to in future books.

A spellbinding tale that traces four steadfast protectors of humanity in a changing world.

Pub Date: May 28, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-944337-04-9

Page Count: 346

Publisher: Mill Creek Publishing

Review Posted Online: Nov. 22, 2016

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ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH

While a few weeks ago it seemed as if Praeger would have a two month lead over Dutton in their presentation of this Soviet best seller, both the "authorized" edition (Dutton's) and the "unauthorized" (Praeger's) will appear almost simultaneously. There has been considerable advance attention on what appears to be as much of a publishing cause celebre here as the original appearance of the book in Russia. Without entering into the scrimmage, or dismissing it as a plague on both your houses, we will limit ourselves to a few facts. Royalties from the "unauthorized" edition will go to the International Rescue Committee; Dutton with their contracted edition is adhering to copyright conventions. The Praeger edition has two translators and one of them is the translator of Doctor Zhivago Dutton's translator, Ralph Parker, has been stigmatized by Praeger as "an apologist for the Soviet regime". To the untutored eye, the Dutton translation seems a little more literary, the Praeger perhaps closer to the rather primitive style of the original. The book itself is an account of one day in the three thousand six hundred and fifty three days of the sentence to be served by a carpenter, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov. (Solzhenitsyn was a political prisoner.) From the unrelenting cold without, to the conditions within, from the bathhouse to the latrine to the cells where survival for more than two weeks is impossible, this records the hopeless facts of existence as faced by thousands who went on "living like this, with your eyes on the ground". The Dutton edition has an excellent introduction providing an orientation on the political background to its appearance in Russia by Marvin Kalb. All involved in its publication (translators, introducers, etc.) claim for it great "artistic" values which we cannot share, although there is no question of its importance as a political and human document and as significant and tangible evidence of the de-Stalinization program.

Pub Date: June 15, 1963

ISBN: 0451228146

Page Count: 181

Publisher: Praeger

Review Posted Online: Oct. 5, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1963

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A LITTLE LIFE

Four men who meet as college roommates move to New York and spend the next three decades gaining renown in their professions—as an architect, painter, actor and lawyer—and struggling with demons in their intertwined personal lives.

Yanagihara (The People in the Trees, 2013) takes the still-bold leap of writing about characters who don’t share her background; in addition to being male, JB is African-American, Malcolm has a black father and white mother, Willem is white, and “Jude’s race was undetermined”—deserted at birth, he was raised in a monastery and had an unspeakably traumatic childhood that’s revealed slowly over the course of the book. Two of them are gay, one straight and one bisexual. There isn’t a single significant female character, and for a long novel, there isn’t much plot. There aren’t even many markers of what’s happening in the outside world; Jude moves to a loft in SoHo as a young man, but we don’t see the neighborhood change from gritty artists’ enclave to glitzy tourist destination. What we get instead is an intensely interior look at the friends’ psyches and relationships, and it’s utterly enthralling. The four men think about work and creativity and success and failure; they cook for each other, compete with each other and jostle for each other’s affection. JB bases his entire artistic career on painting portraits of his friends, while Malcolm takes care of them by designing their apartments and houses. When Jude, as an adult, is adopted by his favorite Harvard law professor, his friends join him for Thanksgiving in Cambridge every year. And when Willem becomes a movie star, they all bask in his glow. Eventually, the tone darkens and the story narrows to focus on Jude as the pain of his past cuts deep into his carefully constructed life.  

The phrase “tour de force” could have been invented for this audacious novel.

Pub Date: March 10, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-385-53925-8

Page Count: 720

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2015

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