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The Secret of Excalibur (Excalibur Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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He can teleport anywhere he wants to, and for some unknown reason England is calling to him. After the American government agencies try to control him, he goes to London; where he meets Dr Ruth Burns at the London Institute of Psychic Research, run by MI6.
Soon Arthur and Ruth start a passionate love affair. They end up at Lake George, where Ruth saw The Lady of the Lake, and Excalibur many years before. There they find more than they bargained for.
For me the love affair between Arthur and Ruth happened a little too quickly, I would have liked to watch their relationship develop.
I highly recommend this book with its twist, turns and unusual plot.
The story is narrated by our mind-reading super-powered hero, Arthur Merlin, and when he's not around, the author affords us the choice of either assuming she has taken over as omniscient author, or - and this is clever - that Arthur is still telling the tale because he can be where he wants when he wants...
But back to the "Bond" thing. I can't help thinking that, along with his own experiences, had `The Paranormal' been so big in Ian Fleming's day, he might have written something like this. Arthur Merlin is a wonderful fantasy figure, though hardly the alpha hero in that, to be honest, he's very tongue-in-cheek too: he's non-negotiable on most things - as for terrorists, they've got no chance - he's a governmental loose cannon... Oh, and he has a sex-drive like mine. Except he can pull it off, as it were - hell, he can even convert the staunchest lesbian to come out of the closet and see what she's missing: a man. He's a real man, you see, and he just can't get enough. Anyone remember Bond doing that, by the way? Well, Arthur can spy on her taking a shower while pouring brandies in the kitchen. Can Bond do that? No!
Maybe I'm exaggerating a tad, but the book is great fun.
And then there's the whole King Arthur angle, adding a whole new dimension - Bond meets Merlin, it's a fantasy world gone mad. And yet the author somehow pulls it off; she has a wonderful imagination.
I recommend this book to anyone wondering what to do at the weekend. Escapism at its best.
It was actually a one star review that prompted me to read this book, and I'm so gad I did. One thing I must say up front is that this book is set in the 1980's, so attitudes weren't as politically correct back then. It's actually refreshing to see a bit of good old fashioned male chauvinism...only don't tell the wife, okay?
The story is about a guy, Arthur Merlin, who possesses extraordinary, superhero like powers. There is a suggestion that the CIA tried to control him, before he turns up at a psychic institute in England. There he meets Ruth, a prickly lesbian doctor. I won't ruin it for you, but the fireworks between them form the core of a great book.
I will admit that the first person POV took me a while to get used to, but after a couple of excellently written chapters I really enjoyed it.
The Arthurian theme takes a huge twist at the end of the book, turning the whole on it's head, and I cannot wait for book two. There is a story here that needs to be told, and Sahara Foley is the one to tell it!
A very imaginative and intriguing story, it zips along with plenty of twists and surprises. Arthur Merlin, a young man with paranormal abilities links up with Ruth Burns, a doctor obsessed with the King Arthur and Excalibur Legends due to a sighting of The Lady Of The Lake when she was younger. Together they uncover a story that is part myth, part Cold War military tactics and part Sci-fi which weaves together in a unique way.
A fun easy read but not always believable.
I'd recommend to adults who enjoy reading YA books.
The characters are strong and it is alternately funny and intense, increasing in action as it goes along. Complaints would be that the sudden point of view changes threw me a little and the romantic angle happened a little too quickly. But it's an original treatment of the Arthurian legends in a modern context and was an interesting read.
Arthur Merlin has great powers, but he keeps them hidden. When people find out about them, they fear him.He keeps moving around the world, but when he comes to the UK,he meets with Ruth, who does not seem to fear him.
Ruth and he travel to a lake in the South of England and there Arthur feels he is being called to by something in the lake.
Arthurian legend and modern life come together in this original tale by Sahara Foley. They find Excalibur, but discover the truth about the sword is much stranger and more dangerous than anyone could imagine.