New Book Review: The Far Side of the World by Daniel Kalla – reviewed by Ian Shone

the-far-side-of-the-skyA new book review from Ian Shone:

Coming off the last book reviewed for Alt Hist (Rebecca Cantrell’s A Game of Lies) there seems to be a certain accidental continuity with this book, which deals with a Jewish doctor’s flight from Vienna to Shanghai in the wake of the Anschluss. It’s another tense but sober story of life under the shadow of Nazism, tastefully and sincerely written, and it benefits from a similar consistency of pacing.

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New Historical Fiction Book: The Ionia Sanction by Gary Corby

The Ionia Sanction by Gary Corby

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312599013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312599010

 

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“Corby has not only made Greek history accessible—he’s made it first-rate entertainment.” –Kelli Stanley, award-winning author of Nox Dormienda and City of Dragons

Athens, 460 B.C.  Life’s tough for Nicolaos, the only investigating agent in ancient Athens.  His girlfriend’s left him and his boss wants to fire him.  But when an Athenian official is murdered, the brilliant statesman Pericles has no choice but to put Nico on the job.

The case takes Nico, in the company of a beautiful slave girl, to the land of Ionia within the Persian Empire.  The Persians will execute him on the spot if they think he’s a spy.  Beyond that, there are only a few minor problems:

He’s being chased by brigands who are only waiting for the right price before they kill him.

Somehow he has to placate his girlfriend, who is very angry about that slave girl.

He must meet Themistocles, the military genius who saved Greece during the Persian Wars, and then  defected to the hated enemy.

And to solve the crime, Nico must uncover a secret that could not only destroy Athens, but will force him to choose between love, and ambition, and his own life.

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