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review 2020-05-13 23:55
Weighed down by the author's need to show his research
Dominion - C.J. Sansom

Much like American history, British history seems to have a default setting when it comes to alternate history novels. For U.S. history, that setting is the Civil War, for which innumerable stories playing around with different outcomes and their consequences. For British history, however, the default to which authors keep returning is 1940, as they hypothesize how very different things might have turned out had Winston Churchill not become prime minister and fought on. Invariably the outcome is worse for Britain and the world, as the story's protagonists have to cope with the jackbooted heel of the Third Reich pressing down upon the nation's neck.

 

C. J. Sansom's book is just one example of this. Set in 1952, it imagines a world in which Lord Halifax was selected as prime minister in May 1940 instead of Churchill. The result is grim: after the German triumph in France in June, the British agree to a treaty that cedes domination of Europe to the Nazis. With their empire increasingly straining for independence, fascism steadily takes root in British politics. Yet a resistance movement headed by Churchill fights back against the slowly settling authoritarianism of the British government. Among their number is David Fitzgerald, a veteran of the "1939-40" war who supplies intelligence to the Resistance from his post as a civil servant in the Dominions Office. But when a friend from his years at university reaches out to him, Fitzgerald finds himself drawn into far more dangerous work. Before long Fitzgerald is on the run with his friend, with both Special Branch and a Gestapo agent hard on his heels.

 

The best alternate history novels tell gripping stories within a plausible world. Sansom succeeds brilliantly in the latter respect, as he has envisioned an alternative outcome that is distinctively different without being unrealistic. Yet the considerable amount of work Sansom put into detailing his ahistorical setting proves a weakness, as the author succumbs to the temptation to display his research in the text, Few chapters go by without details dropped about recent history or headlines from the contemporary world, all done in clunky bits of exposition. Though it demonstrates the impressive amount of thought Sansom put into his book, the sheer weight of it drags down the text. So too does Sansom's laborious retelling of his characters' backstories, which often drain any momentum from the plot. The combination causes Sansom's novel to collapse from its own weight, making it one of the more disappointing examples of a genre from which readers have an abundance of alternatives from which to choose.

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text 2020-05-13 19:48
Reading progress update: I've read 170 out of 629 pages.
Dominion - C.J. Sansom

On to the summer TBR reads at last! It's a book that I first read over a decade ago, when I was on a determined alternate history reading binge, and re-reading it again reminds me of why I was so underwhelmed by it. It seems that nearly every alternate history novel involving Britain and the Second World War involves a resistance and the effort to ferret out either the Holocaust or an atomic bomb project. This one is the latter, and while Sansom does some interesting things with it, he's a little too eager to show off his world-building and he burdens his book with character flashbacks that detract from the story's pacing. I'm going to be happy to add this one to the book box once I'm done with it.

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review 2019-11-27 11:00
New Release Review! Coldest Fire (Dominion #3) Juliette Cross!

 

 

Shh....be very quiet. I am in a post apocalyptic world and I am following the archangel Uriel around because I want to see the demon prince Vladek get what he deserves and Uriel is so hell bent on getting his revenge that he has even accepted the help of the witch Nadya. This is so exciting! Enjoy and don't forget to add COLDEST FIRE - the 3rd and final book in the Dominion series by Juliette Cross to your shelves!

 

 

 

 

Archangel Uriel is hell bent on revenge on the demon prince Vladek. To get into the prince’s impenetrable fortress, he’ll have to fight in the pits of the underworld. And he’ll need the help of the last person he can trust –– the demon witch Nadya.

 

There is no way Nadya, who spends her days taking care of others, expected to find Uriel on her doorstep. He seems no happier about being there than she does. But helping him means evening the scales against her backstabbing sister, and she’ll do whatever it takes to make that bitch pay.

 

Using the fight pit circuits in the demon underworld, Nadya helps Uriel combat his way to the arena at the castle in Russia. Only she isn’t what she seems. As a matter of fact, she may hold the key to his redemption...and to his heart.

 

 

 

He is out for revenge against the demon prince Vladek, but to get into the prince’s impenetrable fortress, Uriel have to fight in the pits of the underworld.  By helping the Archangel Uriel, Nadya can even the scales against her backstabbing sister and she will do whatever it takes to make her pay. Nadya helps Uriel combat his way to the arena at the castle in Russia, but she isn’t what she seems, as a matter of fact she may hold the key to his redemption…and to his heart.

 

What an awesome, earth shattering conclusion to the Dominion series! Uriel and Nadya are two bold, striking characters that easily capture the attention of their audience which consists not only of the readers but also the bad guys. The chemistry between them is made of strong, electrical and fiery current but the romance is quite sweet as these two wounded souls join together to achieve their goals. Lots of emotional turmoil flowing the pages along with the passion and romance which really brings these characters to life.

 

The fast paced plot is full of energy, suspense and excitement as they enact their plan to reach the arena, knowing that once they are there, things will not go as they expect. The danger builds the closer they get to their enemy and with a couple stunning twists the readers just have to hang on to every last word of this exhilarating, nail biting read.

 

 

 

 

Goodreads   *   BookLikes   *   BookBub   *   Riffle   *   Romance   *   GBooks 

 

 

 

 

COLDEST FIRE is the 3rd & final book in the DOMINION series. 

 

 

Author   *   Goodreads   *   Amazon   *   Entangled

 

 

Each book in the Dominion series is STANDALONE:

 

.5 The Deepest Well (prequel)  *   Darkest Heart   *   Hardest Fall

 

Coldest Fire

 

 

 

The Dominion Series is the sequel to The Vessel Trilogy

 

Goodreads   *   Author

 

 

 

 

Stay a Spell #1 - WOLF GONE WILD - January 14, 2020

 

 

Join Stormy Vixen for the cover reveal on December 2, 2019!

 

 

 

AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

Entangled   *   Amazon   *   B&N   *   Kobo  *   iBooks   *   GPlay

 

 

 

 

Juliette lives in lush, moss-laden Louisiana where she lives with her husband, four kids, and black lab, Kona.

 

Multi-published author of paranormal and urban fantasy romance, she loves reading and writing brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes.

 

From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

 

 

Website   *   Goodreads   *   BookBub   *   Facebook   *   Twitter   *   Pinterest

 

Amazon  *   Entangled

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2019-11-24 22:23
5 Star Coldest Fire
Coldest Fire - Juliette Cross

 

He is out for revenge against the demon prince Vladek, but to get into the prince’s impenetrable fortress, Uriel have to fight in the pits of the underworld. By helping the Archangel Uriel, Nadya can even the scales against her backstabbing sister and she will do whatever it takes to make her pay. Nadya helps Uriel combat his way to the arena at the castle in Russia, but she isn’t what she seems, as a matter of fact she may hold the key to his redemption…and to his heart.

 

What an awesome, earth shattering conclusion to the Dominion series! Uriel and Nadya are two bold, striking characters that easily capture the attention of their audience which consists not only of the readers but also the bad guys. The chemistry between them is made of strong, electrical and fiery current but the romance is quite sweet as these two wounded souls join together to achieve their goals. Lots of emotional turmoil flowing the pages along with the passion and romance which really brings these characters to life.

 

The fast paced plot is full of energy, suspense and excitement as they enact their plan to reach the arena, knowing that once they are there, things will not go as they expect. The danger builds the closer they get to their enemy and with a couple stunning twists the readers just have to hang on to every last word of this exhilarating, nail biting read.

 

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review 2019-02-27 10:30
Release Week Review! Hardest Fall (Dominion #2) Juliette Cross!

 

 

Hello, Readers! Today, I am sharing the release of an apocalyptic war between angels and demons in the 2nd book of the Dominion series by Juliette Cross! Enjoy and don't forget to add Hardest Fall to your shelves!

 

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The tattooed demoness, Bone, doesn’t like anything except the magical weapons she makes. But she has hidden talents few know about. When I was brought to her near death, she used her Seraph song to manipulate flesh and bone to save me. But she wasn’t happy about it.

 

Now I must return the favor. Even though she refuses to take sides in the apocalypse, there’s one job she’s not willing to do for the demon prince Rook. If she doesn’t, her head will end up on a spike. Of course, but I will do anything to protect this fierce woman—and not just because she saved me.

 

So now we’re both off to kill a demon—or three—and possibly save the world.

 

 


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The apocalypse has never been so appealing nor has it been as exciting as it is in this newest Dominion novel. Bone and Xander are two strong, captivating characters that demand readers’ attention as they try to get along long enough to discover just what the demon prince, Rook is up to. Their mission however is hampered by the sizzling chemistry that burns hot between them and which readers can feel flowing from the pages as Bone struggles to remain indifferent and neutral which has lots of turbulent emotions flowing throughout this rocking romance.

 

The fast pace of this story ensures that readers remain glued to the pages as the thrilling suspense builds and adrenaline pumping action draws readers deeper into this exciting and dangerously alluring apocalyptic world. There is certainly never a dull moment to be found as surprising twists keep everyone hopping and exciting events takes readers on a thrill ride as Bone and Xander set off to kill a demon or three and possibly save the world as they know it. This series is a brilliantly creative world of a war between angels and demons in an apocalyptic setting that readers can easily imagine, so beware that reading this story will take readers on an exciting journey from neutral territory, to the light side and the dark side, on stage and to a masquerade ball that readers don’t want to miss.

 

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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28764747-hardest-fall

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/hardest-fall-juliette-cross/book,13998433

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/hardest-fall-by-juliette-cross

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1040692

 

Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/5c72432d01dbc864fb9a9ef8/hardest-fall-juliette-cross

 

GBooks - https://books.google.com/books?id=ERmGDwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=juliette+cross+hardest+fall&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiHhZTY69rgAhVJJKwKHfXQDr8Q6AEIKjAA

 

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Hardest Fall is the 2nd book in the Dominion series

 

Author - https://www.juliettecross.com/dominion

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/237514-dominion

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G5K8LZJ?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

 

.5 The Deepest Well
1 The Darkest Heart
2 Hardest Fall

 

 

The Dominion Series is the sequel to The Vessel Trilogy

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/135347-the-vessel-trilogy

 

AUTHOR - https://www.juliettecross.com/the-vessel-trilogy

 

 

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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

Entangled - https://entangledpublishing.com/hardest-fall.html

 

AMAZON: https://goo.gl/b8rZGo


BARNES & NOBLE: https://goo.gl/5Wpd45


KOBO: https://goo.gl/Zczasg


iTunes: https://goo.gl/pyvm9G


GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Juliette_Cross_Hardest_Fall?id=ERmGDwAAQBAJ

 

 

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Juliette lives in lush, moss-laden Louisiana where she lives with her husband, four kids, and black lab, Kona.

 

Multi-published author of paranormal and urban fantasy romance, she loves reading and writing brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes.

 

From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

 

 

 

 

Website - http://juliettecross.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7795664.Juliette_Cross

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/juliette-cross

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/juliettecrossauthor

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/Juliette__Cross

 

Pintrest - http://www.pinterest.com/crossjuliette/

 

Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Juliette-Cross/e/B00MQ18Z1W/

 

 

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