Publish date: November 12th 2013
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
Series: Tournament (#1)
This was a definite departure from the authors usual writing, but I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Set in the time of Sultan Suleiman's reign in the Ottoman Empire, this was a great mystery that takes place in a secret chess tournament set up by the Sultan to crown the best chess pla...
Read by Angela B: Like a school lesson. Wonder what is happening here? .. Long educational answer. Sex scenes were very out of place. Very fickle.
Read by Melissa: I really like the way Matthew Reilly writes - it is very bare and all about the plot, not so much about the characters. This was quite a diversion from Reilly's 'usual' action settings - I mean how exciting can a chess tournament BE?? However, he uses the history of Europe at the ti...
Just about everyone has already commented how this novel is a departure for Matthew Reilly. It's still unmistakably a Matthew Reilly novel, but instead of a thriller, this is a mystery novel.Whilst this was an enjoyable novel, I can't rate it as highly as his others. The key to enjoying the change i...
This book blew me away in a quiet sort of way. There is something about historical fiction with characters whose names we recognise that makes you wonder "could it be true?" And that is what makes great fiction, that wondering left with the reader, where the author can almost convince them that thei...
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