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The Mason of New Orleans by [Ryan, Charles]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1556 KB
  • Print Length: 495 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,567,801 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Charles paints a very vivid picture and I'm always interested in time travel yarns, I liked the construction and dialogue, my only observation is the tale didn't really end properly, felt like there was more to come.

Well done Mr Ryan!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8cc9518c) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cc2abd0) out of 5 stars A great read: more than I bargained for! 12 Dec. 2012
By ChinaGamerGuy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Martin, the Mason: a lovable fish out of water if ever there was one, with the fate of a beautiful lady and her castle resting on his shaking, yet steadfast shoulders! This book was a delight to read, and leaves me wanting more from Mr. Ryan. The story vividly evokes medieval times from the point of view of a modern mason, magically thrust upon the twelfth-century scene. His character made it easy for me to get into the book because Martin's reactions seemed to mimic how I might face troubles like swords, horsemanship, cults, ruthless nobles and more: with wit, courage and modern knowledge, applied as best he can. The twists in Martin's adventures were always fresh, and I never got caught in a trope trap. Indeed, it is not going too far to compare this to "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," yet it's all the more enjoyable because it embraces the opportunities rather than using them as a foil or for commentary on modern life and troubles.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cc2ac24) out of 5 stars Exciting and thought-provoking book! 12 Dec. 2012
By Keri Wiker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a fun book and a great read. I couldn't put it down! I have a degree in history, and I loved the historical accuracy of the setting. The author clearly researched what life was like in medieval Europe, which of course really makes Martin feel like the fish out of water that he is. It's easy to settle in and view the world from Martin's perspective. What is foreign to you is foreign to him. And in Martin's new world, not everything works out the way it would in our more relaxed society. But there I go blathering on about the history.

The action is well-paced. I never hit a boring spot, and I was always sad when I had to put the book down for the night. The combat is realistic, and the medicine horrifying. If you like history, fantasy, or roleplaying games (particularly Ars Magica), you'll really enjoy the Mason of New Orleans. I highly recommend it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d4e21c8) out of 5 stars The more things change.... 12 Dec. 2012
By LindaB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Or,as Steve Martin once said, "those French have a different word for everything." That's what I loved best about this novel, as horrifying as it would be to be stripped of your time, place and language, Martin was able to find, hold on to and develop the elements common to physical tools and those more important bits that motivate individuals and society.

This book was a super satisfying and engaging romp. I spent most of my time with the book with either a smile on my face or brows furrowed in worry as Martin and his crew faced each new challenge. As much as I smiled, the history, hardship and pain felt spot on.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cc2aeac) out of 5 stars excellent book, full of humor, and realistic reactions by the hero 16 Dec. 2012
By GWf - Published on Amazon.com
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This novel is brilliant example of the "accidental time traveler", who pops back into history unexpectedly, in this case to the Middle Ages, in France. It has an impressive display of the details of life there, including the food, clothing, warfare, and politics. The author, unlike most who try this genre, has his modern protagonist Martin notice the difference between Hollywood/fiction, and the gritty everyday reality of the period. He also blends in a lot of humor, as Martin sorts things out in his head. I've read many books in this field, and never one better. 5 stars is a very rare rating from me.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cc2ae4c) out of 5 stars Great characters and sense of humor too 18 Dec. 2012
By Stacey M. Tidball - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I greatly enjoyed reading this book, especially because of Charles Ryan's ability to write vivid characters with a consistent voice. Martin was a well-written character and hearing his internal dialogue gave the book a great sense of humor as well as an enjoyable take on the time-travel genre. He highlighted how hard life was for the characters without making it burdensome for the reader or dwelling on trite time-travel concepts; I highly recommend this book!
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