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Escape From Plauen


[Review] Citadel by Kate Mosse

Title: Citadel: In war-torn France, the bravest act is love
Author: Kate Mosse
Publisher: William Morrow March 18, 2014
Genre: Fiction, World War II, French Resistance, Gnostic book,
Format: Advanced reader paperback
Pages: 704
Rating: 3 Stars for Good.
Source: Free advanced reader copy from William Morrow, and France Book Tours, in exchange for a review.

Link for tour: Citadel

Kate Mosse is the multimillion selling author of four works of nonfiction, three plays, one volume of short stories and six novels, including the New York Times bestselling Labyrinthand Sepulchre.  A popular presenter for BBC television and radio in the UK, she is also cofounder and chair of the prestigious Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) and a member of the board of the National Theatre of Great Britain. In 2013, she was named as one of the Top 100 most influential people in British publishing and also awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to literature.…

[Review] Escape From Plauen-A True Story by Renate Stoever

Title: Escape From Plauen-A True Story
Author: Renate Stoever
Publisher: iBooks March 1, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1596879812Genre: Non-fiction, Memoir, World War II, Germany,
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 374
Rating: 5 Stars for Excellent.
Source: Free copy from Renate Stoever, iBooks, and Agile Impact, in exchange for a review.

Plauen is a city in Saxony, Germany. When World War II began, the chief manufacture is embroidery. The capital city of Saxony, is Dresden. Plauen is located in eastern Germany, near the border of Czech Republic.
Renate, and her younger sister Margit, and parents, lived in the center of the city of Plauen.
Renate's grandparents had a small house with a garden seven miles from Plauen.
When Germany began the war by invading Poland, Renate was three.
Her sister Margit was born in 1940.
Their father was drafted into the Germany army in 1941.
The bombings began in 1944, and for a while Plauen was undisturbed. But eventually the planes descended over Plauen and dropped the…

[Review] Fagin's Boy by Christina E. Pilz

Title: Fagin's Boy
Author: Christina E. Pilz
Publisher: Blue Rain Press January 1, 2014
ISBN-10: 0989727300
Genre: Fiction, Oliver Twist, England, Victorian England, 
Format: Paperback
Pages: 624
Rating: 2 Stars for Okay
Source: Free copy from Christina E. Pilz, Blue Rain Press, and Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, in exchange for a review. 

Kindle price is $2.99: Fagin's Boy

When Fagin's Boy begins Oliver Twist is 17. His Uncle Brownlow has recently died and the man in charge of Oliver has never liked him from the beginning, the staunch Mr. Grimwig. Oliver is given an opportunity to work as an apprentice in a haberdashery shop. As the story progresses, Oliver is haunted by his early childhood, the poverty, loneliness, and rejection, is a heavy baggage he carries. Bitterness will arise from a place he did not know existed and rear it monstrous demon.

My Thoughts:
I want to first state that I am a big fan of Charles Dickens. I have read the following books by him:

[Review] The Cambridge Companion To Medieval English Culture Edited by Andrew Galloway

Title: The Cambridge Companion To Medieval English Culture
Edited by Andrew Galloway
Publisher: Cambridge University Press April 29, 2011
Genre: Non-fiction, Middle Ages, Medieval Culture and Society
Format: Paperback
Pages: 340
Rating: 3 1/2 - 4 Stars
Source: Free copy from Cambridge University Press in exchange for a review.

Link for Kindle copy ($13.99): The Cambridge Companion To Medieval English Culture

Link to a list of the best Medieval history sites: Medieval History.
The Cambridge Companion To Medieval English Culture, is a compilation of several author's writings on various subjects pertaining to medieval history in England.
An example of chapters:
"From court to nation" by Scott Waugh, 
"Archaeology and post-Conquest England" by David A. Hinton,
"Social ideals and social disruption" by Richard Kaeuper,
"The idea of sancity and the uncanonized life of Margery Kempe" by Rebecca Krug,
"Visual texts in post-Conquest …

[Review] Watching The Dark: An Inspector Banks Novel by Peter Robinson

Title: Watching The Dark: An Inspector Banks Novel
Author: Peter Robinson
Publisher: William Morrow February 25, 2014
ISBN: 9780062283979 
Genre: Fiction, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, Detective, Mystery, England
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Rating: 4 Stars for Very Good
Source: Free copy from William Morrow Trade Paperback in exchange for a review.

Detective Alan Banks of the Eastvale police department in Yorkshire, England, is summoned to solve the murder of another inspector, who has died mysteriously at a police treatment center. Detective Banks partner is Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot. Detective Cabbot has recently come back to work after a convalescent leave. Because a detective has been murdered Banks must work with a Professional Standards, Inspector Joanna Passere. Detective Banks prefers to work alone, or at least with Detective Cabbot. The murder leads Banks and Cabbot to an unsolved case of a missing young English woman in Estonia. Banks and Cabbot travel to the…


I managed to post a review today, Dominion; however, I've been sick all week, probably the flu. I did get a flu shot last fall and this is why I'm stating I have a light case of the flu. I feel much worse than a cold, but have not run high fever. I'm better than earlier in the week, but have a way to go before I'm ready to go back to the gym, or run, or other several other things I can thing of.
The next wave of books up for review are:
Watching The Dark, An Inspector Banks Novel by Peter Robinson
Fagin's Boy by Christina E. Pilz
Citadel by Kate Mosse
The Cambridge Companion To Medieval English Culture Edited by Andrew Galloway

[Review] Dominion by C. J. Sansom

Title: Dominion
Author: C. J. Sansom
Publisher: Mulholland Books/Little Brown and Company January 28, 2014
Genre: Historical fiction, World War II, England, Nazi Germany, Dystopian
ISBN-13: 978-0316254915
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 640
Rating: 3 Stars for Good
Source: Free copy from Mulholland Books and Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, for the purpose of review.

Dominion tour link @ HFVBT

C.J. Sansom is the bestselling author of the critically-acclaimed Matthew Sharlake series, as well as the runaway international bestseller Winter in Madrid. He lives in Sussex, England.
You can find more information on C.J. Sansom and his novels at or on Facebook.

Dominion link at Amazon
Kindle price is $12.74

Forget everything you know from history after Dunkirk in 1940, because England signed a peace treaty with Nazi Germany. Most of Europe is under Nazi Occupation, or under their iron thumb. The Nazi's are continuing their onslaught of murdering Jews. Spain is…