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- Once More, From the Beginning
on Dec. 18, 2010
Once More...From the Beginning is a deeply entertaining re-telling of the highlights of the Old Testament from a savvy woman's perspective. The more you know about David, Saul, Abraham, Adam, Cain and Abel the more fun you will have. Of course the women enter stage right at the appropriate times: from the Queen o' Sheba to the clean-er Sheba (Bathsheba) as well as the particularly compelling Judith and the less compelling Jezebel.
The stories are told in a matter-of-fact modern rendition that makes one wonder what God was thinking in the first place. Why put those trees in Eden if the fruit is wasted? Why torment your Chosen People? Ms Bertsch gives the Old Testament a New twist while reminding us that God created TWO people that first week.
If you tend to nod off when trying to get through all the begats and beheadings when reading King James' version (and he was definitely ambiguous about women) then Ms Bertsch's version will keep you awake and smiling from "In the beginning" to Amen, Sister.
- The Tuzla Run
on Jan. 08, 2011
The Tuzla Run reads like an action movie. I felt and could see the characters loading weapons, firing shots, and tumbling down mountains. The masculine swagger of some of the characters reminded me of James Bond and there is an Ian Fleming-like pace that flings the reader from place to place, scene to scene and action to action. I was truly afraid many times as I read, and when I breathed a sigh of relief, I found I had been holding my breath. This novel is sure to please the reader with its tight plot and colorful characters.
- The Pict
on Jan. 08, 2011
The Pict captured my interest from the first because of my interest in this period; I wish there were more novels set in early British history. The first few chapters are engaging and the character of Calach is drawn quickly and with intensity. The author is clearly engrossed in this time period and admires the Pictish tribes and their contributions to British culture. I enjoyed the story very much and recommend it heartily, especially to young people who are curious about the Roman clash with early Britons.