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Freemasonry for beginners,
This review is from: Knights of the Black and White Book One: Bk. 1 (Paperback)I normally only bother to review really good books or absolute turkeys. This is the only book in the last 20 years I have been totally unable to bring myself to finish. Maybe this disqualifies me, but I beg you, do not waste your money!
You might as well buy a summary of the wacky end of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry instead of this supposed historical novel. Buyers of this book are just subsidising a crap justification of a sub sect of the Masons.
Did you want some cracking action and battle scenes? You won't get them here. Did you want some decent characterisation? You won't get any here. I really enjoy authors like Bernard Cornwell. Despite the 'broad brush' characterisation (crude, to some,that kind of writer makes a period come alive and the people seem like people we know. Well, Bernard is the Knight of the White. Jack Whyte (You get the symbolism I hope) is the Knight of the Black. ALL his characters are WOODEN, LIFLESS DUMMIES. Their only reason for existence on the page is to spout out the nonsense that their author wishes to communicate. Did you know, for instance, that St Paul was not a Jew, but an evil 'Gentile' who founded his own religion and fobbed it off to humanity as something called Christianity?
If you wish to delude yourself that the 'ideas' in this book make it a cut above the rest, I warn you to check Jack's 'facts' very carefully. This novel is an insult to Crusades historians, historical novel fans, Biblical students and lovers of a good read. People must buy these books because of the decent cover and get a terrible shock!
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Initial post: 15 Sep 2010 13:54:53 BDT
This is meant to be a fictional book though surely? It says in amazons blurb "a brand new fictional trilogy"...
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