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Marshall Best is an avid reader, father of six and business owner. In the past several years he has found his love of writing as well. What began as a desire to write a story for his children has evolved into a nine book series.
Marshall has done extensive research into the history behind the legends, people and places of England, Scotland and Ireland involved in his books. He loves being able to weave real people and legends into his stories making them come alive. He is definitely a writer that tends to the details often mapping out timetables, calendars, genealogies, etc. that pertain to his book to ensure that it is as realistic as possible.
Marshall also enjoys putting real life issues into his books, delving into a bit of philosophy while entertaining with orcs, dragons, magic and battles. He is someone who loves a grand adventure but makes sure it's not a shallow one.
on Nov. 09, 2013 :
Cumoro was GREAT!!!!! Cumoro (aka) Guiamo is found yet again in another land from where he was living! There is a quote in this book that I love love love!
It was said by a character by the name of Sreng, he says "It is far better thing to fight for a hope, however faint, than to linger in fear while suffering the pangs of doubt ever gnawing at your soul."! AWESOME!
This book is filled with battle after battle and I couldn't put it down! I find my self loving Curmoro (Guiamo) even more in this book! He amazes me! I love his connection with the land and the animals! I love that no matter what situation he is in, he is always doing the best he can!
I am really loving this series! I cannot wait to see where the adventure takes me next! Thanks Marshall Best for introducing me to an era I probably never would have read about if it wasn't for these amazing books!
(I was given this book in exchange for my honest review)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
Larry B. Gray
on Sep. 23, 2013 :
Cumoro by Marshall Best, the second book of The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo, is an excellent book which will leave you breathless each time you take a break. The action packed, and I mean action packed, adventure is non-stop from page one until the end.
The author did an excellent job of moving seamlessly from where the first book ended directly into this story. The storylines continues to develop and new twists are constantly being added. This volume, though best if read with the first volume, can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone story. I really like how in this story the author weaves historical facts into the mythological folklore of the era and region.
Marshall Best is an excellent storyteller and part of what makes his stories so good is his character development. Each of his characters are both believable and real to life which makes them easy to identify with. Not only are they strong and wise as you would expect from a hero, but they each have a humanity which comes out in the story.
I really liked Cumoro by Marshall Best and I highly recommend this book to all readers. I recommend you also read the first book of the series, Guiamo, in order to gain the full appreciation of this great series.
[Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
(reviewed long after purchase)