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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Third Road Press (16 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615841198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615841199
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,546,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. His novel, “A Christmas Carol 2: The Return of Scrooge” reached #1 on Amazon's bestseller list for Humor/Parody. His screen work includes an upcoming adventure for Callahan Filmworks, and co-writing three of the “Skateboy” movies based on the international series. Elisberg is a long-time columnist for the Huffington Post and the Writers Guild of America, whose political writing is included in the anthology, “Clued in on Politics” (CQ Press). Among his other writing, he co-wrote a book on world travel; co-wrote the song, "Just One of the Girls," for the Showtime movie “Wharf Rat;” and wrote the book for the stage musical-comedy, “Rapunzel.” He has contributed to for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, and Los Angeles Magazine.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Surprises in store 23 July 2013
By Christopher Dunn - Published on
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One thing that's a drag about our short-hand culture these days is how an original idea is often reduced to some simple, pithy, easy to digest descriptor. What winds up happening is, everything is given equal weight - there's nothing that really separates the great idea from the merely ordinary one when you reduce it to ten words or less.

"Die Hard on a boat," for example, might sound a fun premise for a movie. (I can assure you it was anything but.) Conversely, "Three musketeers but with women" is so much more than that simple descriptor. It gets your attention, sure - it raises your eyebrow but in the end, it doesn't begin to hint at the real treat that lies in store.

I had certain expectations going in when I cracked this book open - I envisioned a fun adventure, a romp through history, and plenty of humor along the way. Don't get me wrong, all those things and more are within these pages. What I didn't expect was to be moved as much as I was by the three heroines at the heart of the story and their relationship with one another. The other thing I didn't expect was to read a 350+ page book as quickly as I did. But I got caught up very quickly and after that it was off to the races with this thoroughly entertaining read. It just sparkles - and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fun Historic Novel 5 Aug. 2013
By Ace - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The Wild Roses is action-packed - a real page turner! At times, I felt like I was watching an adventure flick filled with intrigue. Come to think of it, this book would make a wonderful movie! And how fun to have female swashbucklers as the central characters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Missing something. 25 Dec. 2013
By Knightengale Books - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The young king of France has been kidnapped! In a desperate search, the royal musketeers have been assembled to scour the country to find him. Time is running out, as the boy king is destined to appear at the upcoming Gala National, proving that the monarchy still stands strong. While greed and corruption have swept the nation, wealthy aristocrats plot to topple the crown and claim more power. Peace and security hang on by a thread as France enters its darkest hour.

Enter the Wild Roses...three beautiful women on a mission to save France. Racine, the (brunette) Gypsy with a never-say-die attitude, Gabrielle, the (blonde) aspiring actress who treats life as a play, and Charlotte, the displaced (red-headed) ‘princess’ who thrives on vengeance. Reluctant at first to work together, the young women grow into a fine team, learning swordplay from a retired fencing master and practicing their budding skills on the mean streets of Paris. Where ever there are pickpockets, wrongdoers, thieves or chauvinistic grungy drunkards, the Wild Roses appear with their blades at the ready. But their real adventure begins (quite some time after Book Two of Five) where they set off to rescue the king from the hands of evil.

My biggest problem with this novel was the characters. I’m not sure if Elisberg was more in a hurry to save the king of France or get the book published, but he could have taken more time and care to paint a lovelier picture of the Wild Roses. At times, it felt like the three main characters, Racine, Gabrielle and Charlotte, were too modern for the setting – in terms of their dialogue – but Elisberg tries his best to capture ‘who they are’ as individuals instead of always lumping together as a unit, or more simply, the feminine version of The Three Musketeers. He has the most success with Racine however, who becomes (sort of) the main character, although I wasn’t quite sure. I did enjoy her attitude, spunk, brashness and cunning. However, Charlotte and Gabrielle were often left out when it came to character development. I would have liked to get to know them more, heck maybe even identify with them? But the author chose not to delve that deeply into their personas, leaving an empty feeling as I read.

All in all, the book gets 3 stars. It has a nice chronology, good overlapping plotlines and plenty of clanging steel to keep the pages turning. What it does lack is depth, descriptions, and those nice pauses where the characters are free to reflect and grow.
Let Me Tell You a Story 30 July 2014
By Writer's Corner - Published on
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Robert J. Elisberg sent me his debut novel Wild Roses. I liked the idea of the story of the three musketeers with a twist meaning women in the role instead of men. I knew a little about the three musketeers but not much. I was interested to see how three women in these roles would work or not?
The king was only a child at the time of his kidnapping. His father had died recently and with the monarch being a child a perfect opportunity. One noble man the Marquis De Longueville wants to change the rule of France to the nobles. He seems to succeed until…These three women Racine a gypsy, Charlotte a wealthy heiress, and Gabrielle an actress start blocking his plan. These ladies all have one thing in common they are great with a sword. An old nobleman finds a way to unite them, but can they really get over their differences? Will they rescue the king?
My Thoughts:
I thought this story was interesting like I mentioned before. I am always interested to see female characters in leadership. The author came up with some interesting characters in Racine, Charlotte, and Gabrielle. He has a great villain in the Marquis De Longueville.
The story seemed to drag. I had no problem reading the first eighty pages. I would really prefer a little less telling of a story and a little more show. In other words let the characters tell the story. I lost interest the more telling I received throughout the novel.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Subject Is "Roses" 4 Aug. 2013
By Barry Glasser - Published on
Format: Paperback
The best tribute a legendary novelist can hope to be paid is for the resourceful Robert J. Elisberg to re-imagine the world and style of the author's immortal work and produce a book that is worthy of the original and wholly original on its own. Mr Elisberg's A Christmas Carol 2 was a wonderful sequel to the Dickens masterwork. His new novel, The Wild Roses, is an impudent, breathlessly paced, riproaring comic adventure in the spirit of Dumas' The Three Musketeers, but this time -- and it's about time -- the three sword-wielding heroes are heroines. And they are destined to leap from page to screen. The only question is which of the A-list actresses who will be vying for the roles wins the duel. Mesdames, en garde!
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