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Arlene C. Harris started writing at a very early age. Her first works were epic tales involving Snoopy in his “Red Baron” mode teaming up with the cast from “Hogan’s Heroes”, mainly because at five years old she didn’t know there had been not one, but two, World Wars.
In 1996 she was the Grand Prize Winner of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Award for her short story “His Best Weapon.” Shortly after that, she embarked on her six-book series Pont-au-Change. She has a few more books in the pipeline at this time.
Arlene lives in California.
on July 26, 2014 :
I was waiting for Honor a very long time, I had, being a long time fan of the series, very high expectations, and these expectations were exceeded.
It's a long time that a book touched me on so many levels. I was laughing, crying (especially during the last fifty pages) and even gasping because of plot and character developments I'd never foreseen - and it is usually hard to surprise me.
The characters are so much alive (well, as long as they are alive, there are losses to mourn) that you could almost talk to them - or shout at them even when it is an original character you just met a few pages before.
I can't wait for the next part.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
on Sep. 26, 2013 :
Harris continues both to impress and to impale--I'm pinned to her paragraphs as surely as a butterfly to Styrofoam. Book IV, Honor, transports us back once more to the Isle of Guernsey, where Victor Hugo learns more of the story he will never write--the REAL story of Jean Valjean and his best friend(!) "E" Javert (if you want to find out his name, read the series yourself!).
I hate to go "Star Trek" in a literary review, but this novel--book four, remember--is still boldly going where no one has gone before. Valjean and Javert find themselves in the strangest climates (both environmental and political) it is humanly possible to be in, and at the same time, the reader picks up pieces of history--not simply European history, but the history of the entire world--and does so as effortlessly and seamlessly as if God himself had orchestrated it all.
At the same time, there is emotion, and plenty of it: humor--the laugh-out-loud, face-covering kind; there is tragedy--the quiet tears-down-the-cheeks and the out-loud-sobbing kind. I can't think of a territory--globally or emotionally--that this book does not cover, and somehow still discover anew. I could (and will) read it again and again, and that's the highest praise I can give any book.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)